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Sourdough Bread

The idea behind this sourdough starter is to bring bread back to its natural state. Where the microbes that have been processed out of our foods are returned via a natural fermentation process and unenriched, organic flours.

The thought is to use the best, least processed ingredients available. The recipes are generally standard bread recipes, so it’s not about extra steps, just good ingredients.

I went ahead and used the recipe from the Patrick Ryan video,   but used the overnight technique that I always use.  With this technique, it’s best to also use instant yeast because of the slow proofing method.

For serious breadmakers, watch his video, it is truly a master class in making a good loaf of bread.

Sourdough Bread

  • 800g  unenriched* unbleached white flour
  • 10g salt
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 460ml water
  • 320g sourdough starter

Add flour, salt and yeast and mix together. Add water and sourdough starter. Mix for 1 minute in mixer with bread hook. Let rest for 5 minutes. Continue reading

Sourdough Starter

I’m very excited.  LFern is on her way over with some sourdough starter for me. Here’s her first loaves:

She started it from scratch, so I’m getting the shortcut version.  She based her recipe on this guy. We’re both kinda smitten:

I’ll update as I go. I’d like to make rolls first.

Until then…


 

Duck, Duck…Not Goose

This gives you a good idea of how much bigger Penelope is than Mabel and Maddie.  As you can see they have integrated well and there are no more dominance issues. No idea why all three are piled in the one tiny pool!

We are having a bit of an issue with Penelope suddenly, as her hormones are going crazy, wanting to bond with Bixby. I’ll get photos or video this weekend if I can. I am very concerned, only because, you know, Danes are NOT the most graceful of beasts.

If you remember, Maddie and Mabel had the same issue with the late, great Jake Panther and he was not amused. Bixby is just…confused.


 

There’s Always That One Rose: Updated

… that stands out:

Just finished tuning up the front yard. Amazed how the constant rain has changed things. My xeriscaped rock garden is looking more like the forest floor. My roses are struggling and I may have to look into treatments for their waterlogged and spotted leaves.

I’ve cleaned out peonies and poppies early to give the other plants some room to dry out.

I’m “enjoying” watching the bindweed and spurge in a battle to the death. I’m sure I, and my garden, will be the loser.

My yard snakes have quadrupled in size and I’m wondering if I should be concerned that I have enough food for four snakes to grow so quickly. There are two little ones one little one* wandering around, too.

*I just found one dead by the front door. I’m thinking he drown in the downpour last night.

So that’s the front yard. I’ll tackle the jungle in the backyard tomorrow. The veggie garden is looking good, but the lack of sun may hinder production.

Until then…