Self-Care Challenge (Day 303): Picking Up My Mother

sourdough starter in a plastic container

What, you don’t see the resemblance?

My self-care activity for the day involved picking up a sourdough starter (sometimes called a “mother”) from a friend who recently divided hers.

A workshop I took recently on the Human Gut Microbiome inspired me to experiment a bit more with fermented foods, and sourdough bread seemed like a good place to start. Since the beginning of 2016, I’ve been trying out new recipes for fermented sauerkraut and pickles. Some have turned out well; others not so much. But I’ve been learning a more each time I experiment.

It’s that willingness to keep trying that is the secret sauce with just about everything in life when you really think about it. Here’s the process I often use:

  1. Try (very awkwardly…and then clean up the big mess)
  2. Try again (slightly less awkwardly…and then clean up the little mess)
  3. Try again (I might just be able to convince someone I know what I’m doing.)
  4. Try again (I’m getting pretty darn good at this, if I do say so myself!)
  5. Try again (Why is this so easy…and why was I so intimidated in the first place?)

I have a tendency to over-research new endeavors, but even so I still can’t help but goof up sometimes. The fact that I know (and accept) that I’m going to goof up has made it easier to try a lot of different things over the years.

I haven’t yet put my mother to work, but I’m looking forward to baking some bread soon. In the meantime, I’ll be researching and conducting some small experiments…and probably making a hellacious mess in the process.

What is your favorite sourdough recipe?

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