Saturday, 28 April 2012
Protecting the Daily Bread
I've been baking a lot of sourdough bread since last year when a friend gave me some starter. I love it! It makes wonderful, healthy bread and my starter has been getting stronger and stronger. I have been getting really good, quick rises from it.
Now, my dear little Buddy Boy is a very helpful person. He wants to skip being a dependant six year old and jump straight into being a useful and capable adult. While I am trying to get him ready for school in the mornings, he pops outside to collect wood for the fire, sweeps the floor or feeds the dogs and cat. Sometimes he writes a comprehensive shopping list, and although he can't actually write yet, what he scribbles is spot on! "We're running out of bananas... There's no Vegemite... We need some icy poles." (The latter being his choice of grocery item, not mine)
The other day he decided to do the dishes for me. It wasn't until the next day, when I went to make some bread, that I realised he had found my starter on the bench, tipped it out and washed the bowl!!! I was devastated! I would have to make one from scratch and it would take months to get it permorming as well as the one I had been using!
I spent a day mourning my wonderful starter before I realised, as luck would have it, I had some jars of starter in the fridge! The previous week I had decided to give some to a friend and some to my daughter's teacher. The teacher was nowhere to be seen and the friend wasn't at the school that morning so I brought the jars home and popped them in the fridge and promptly forgot all about them.
So I still have my precious and wonderful starter and I have learnt a lesson. My starter is too valuable to risk losing and from hereon in I will be keeping a spare jar at all times.
Are you mad on sourdough too? How long have you been using the same starter?