Here we are at another festive season and this one is particularly interesting. Here in BC, we are in the midst of the second wave of Covid so restrictions about, albeit confusing, but we are doing our best.
Back in the early days of Covid, we all know that baking became a really big thing to do while at home in isolation. My social feeds were full of folks naming their sourdough starters, baking crispy loaves of rustic bread and at this time, the flower farm was ramping up to full steam ahead for the summer season. I always thought it would be very nice and quaint to bake one's own bread - what a 'back to the land' and wholesome activity but let's be honest, most of the year I'm running with my hair back and there ain't no time for that! And also, baking bread is not a strong suit of mine - I'm pretty impatient when it comes to yeast based items. But come December, things slow down, my son is home for the holidays and I start thinking more about this kind of thing. And now I'm doing it.
It's remarkably easy to do. I simply followed a beginner's sourdough starter recipe from The Clever Carrot. And here are the ingredients:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
14 cup warm water
That's it! You'll need a warm place for it to grow and once you see bubbles you're off to the races. I'm on day 5 now and it's not expanding as much as I would like, so I'm putting it in the oven with the light on as suggested. I've named it 'Fred' because it just felt right.
I'm on my way to my weekly sourdough dreams, stick around to see what creations abound!