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

sourdough starter in a plastic container

What, no resemblance?

My self-care activity for the day was to procure a sourdough starter, sometimes called a “mother,” from a friend who recently divided hers. (Thanks again, Maran!)

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

That willingness to keep trying is the secret to achieving just about everything when you really think about it. Here’s the process I often use:

  1. Try (very awkwardly…and then clean up a somewhat large mess)
  2. Try again (slightly less awkwardly…with less of a mess)
  3. Try again (I might be able to convince someone I know what I’m doing)
  4. Try again (pretty darn good if I do say so myself!)
  5. Try again (How can this be so easy, and why was I ever intimidated in the first place?!?!)

I tend to over-research every new project or experiment I try, but even then I still can’t help but goof up sometimes. The fact that I know (and accept) that I’m going to goof has freed me up to try a whole 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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