On day 303 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I picked up a sourdough starter 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:
- Try (very awkwardly…and then clean up the big mess)
- Try again (slightly less awkwardly…and then clean up the little mess)
- Try again (I might just be able to convince someone I know what I’m doing.)
- Try again (I’m getting pretty darn good at this, if I do say so myself!)
- 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?