Sourdough Take 2

Yesterday, after I cleaned up all of my tears and threw away my charcoal brick I made in my oven, I started another loaf of sourdough. I used what was left of the levain, which was not as much as I was supposed to use, but it was good enough. And it worked. And it…

My Sourdough Is Full Of Tears

Let. Me. Tell. You. A story. It is guaranteed worth reading if you enjoy other people’s sadness. Today is Easter (yay)! It’s also the day that I get to bake the sourdough I’ve been fermenting, cultivating, and reading motivational stories to for the past six days. I forgot to take a picture, but it was beautiful. I mixed…

The Day of Sourdough

Today is a big day! The day that the levain finishes fermenting, and I can FINALLY make SOURDOUGH!!! Yes please! It’s also Saturday, so it’s doubly great. Except that I have to go to class tonight at 8pm. Who does that? To be fair though, it’s an observational astronomy class, so I guess it kinda has to be…

Levain Day 3 – and Pizza

All I wanted today was pizza. Actually, that’s true most days. And I got really sad when I realized that it would take me at least a day to make the dough. But then I got over it really quick, because I actually made the dough, and it smelled JUST like pizza dough should. I…

Levain: A Less Sad Story

I took a gentler whiff of the pot of levain in my kitchen this morning. It still smelled like vomit, but this time I only gagged a tiny bit, as opposed to yesterday, when I took a huge whiff and gagged a lot. Since I had to leave it to sit uncovered for two hours…

Levain: A Sad Story

I woke up this morning, ran to my bowl of levain (sourdough mix), pulled off the towel I’d used to cover it, and took a big ol’ whiff. Then I promptly almost vomited, because it smelled exactly like what a moldy piece of soggy cardboard might smell like. And then I looked at it. This…

Levain Day 1

Yesterday I went shopping, because I needed flour. I also needed actual food, like eggs, and lettuce, but I was most excited about the flour. I stood in the flour isle and looked inquisitively at all of the bags like I knew something that everyone else didn’t. In reality I was just thinking about how…

Dinner Rolls

I have two dogs, their names are Mollie and Edison, and they are the cutest little patooties ever. We call them Moo and Ed, which are much better names. Technically they’re my parents’ dogs, but they love me the most. Today is Edison’s second birthday! He’s the tiniest little blonde, long haired miniature dachshund, and he’s a little bit…

Povitica

Happy St. Patricks Day! May your day be filled with weird ham and boiled vegetables. Today the weather was very strange. There was a crazy wind storm as we were driving down the highway, and branches from trees were flying around and falling on us and stuff. I was pretty sure we were going to die…

40% Whole Wheat Bread

Whole wheat makes me sad. It’s super hard to work with, and it tastes like a tree. Like munching on some soft bark. Nobody wants that. Nobody eats whole wheat bread because they think it’s “delicious”. See? I put it in quotes because I couldn’t even bring myself to think it. People eat whole wheat bread because…

Whole Wheat

I read the intro to chapter three in my bread cookbook today. It’s titled “Levain” and I though that it was really weird that it was right next to the chapters “Basic Bread” and “Pizza”, which are words that are actually real. When I started reading, I realized that it’s basically the noun version of…

Pizza!

Two important things happened today. The first is that I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and stood in their “bread accessory” aisle (pretty sure that’s not the actual name of the aisle) and got me some fancy bread tools. Like a circular baking pan. It’s actually just a pie tin, but let me have…