Friday, May 08, 2009

We have sourdough!

The sourdough was a BIG success. I will definitely be making this regularly. The crust was nice and crunchy from all the water spraying on top of the dough before it went in the oven and then spraying the oven walls and floor every minute or so for the first ten minutes, as well as a cup of boiling water on the floor of the stove. I used bread flour as recommended, but the bread seemed lighter than I remember San Francisco sourdough. Next loaf I'll try a special European flour blend I got from the King Arthur flour web site. I think I'll try this bread as toast this morning.

Yesterday was another woman plans, God laughs day. The lure of the garden on the first sunny day in what seems like weeks, was too much of a temptation. I had a wonderful garden helper, Karin Elder, a local artist and photographer who knows a lot about gardening. She did a great deal of weeding which enabled me to plant 18 tomatoes, a row of sweet potatoes, a couple of Corno de Toro peppers,a few perennials, and doing some weeding as well. She also started mulching some of the veggies I've planted. Hopefully this will keep my weeding down once I catch up with all this garden work.

She'll be starting earlier this morning and should get a few hours of work before the forecast noon showers. I'll try to get the rest of the tomatoes and some other things transplanted after breakfast, and before I head for the studio for the day.

We're having dinner out and then doing some grocery shopping afterwards and have a couple of Netflix movies to choose from when we get home. We watched Frost Nixon last night which was excellent. Langellos Nixon was brilliant!

Till later,


  1. I was reading your earlier posts about sourdough and it seems like you made your own starter(s). Is that right?

    If it's not a secret recipe, would you be willing to share? I've tried sourdough before, got a starter that would make the bread rise, but it didn't have any sour flavor.

    In any case, congratulations on the bread. It looks great!

  2. I got the starter I used yesterday from:

    I followed the instructions for a couple of days to get it going and then used her bread recipe.

    The website has instructions and recipes etc. If you order the starter, she sends you the instructions and the recipe.

  3. Congrads, it looks very YUM,Yum. Did the sourness come through, the loaf is beautiful.

  4. Ron, it has a bit of a pleasant,but not strong, sour taste . I added some vitamin C to it as per the recipe. It will be interesting to see if the starter sours more in time. I'm going to try to make another loaf Monday, this time using the European flour mix I got from King Arthur website.

  5. that bread is looking good now you can turn it into a bowl for soup if you want.