Monday, October 17, 2011
One of the super duper cool things about keeping a blog is that I've made some amazing friends by doing it. Not a lot. Just three. Two of them also lost one of their twins and I talk to them a lot. Email, Facebook, even the telephone every once in a while. (Their blogs are Catching up with Daphne and Justin and Megan.) The third had a preemie and, I'm not sure how it started, but we began emailing each other. They just moved from Texas to N. Korea and I'm loving her blog. Her blog is the Hillbergs and I list it on mine but she has it set to private.
Anyway, she read my bread post and decided to try Healthy Bread. Then she offered to send me some of her sourdough starter from N. Korea. I'd never tried sourdough bread before so I was pretty nervous. I think I spent a good 5 hours reading about sourdough starter and watching videos about how to care for it, ie. not kill it, etc. After just I a few days reviving and caring for the starter she sent me (all the way from Korea!) I finally made my first loaves.
They turned out great! I'm so excited about it! The only bad thing is that they're mainly all-purpose flour and I feel guilty the whole time I'm serving and eating it. I saved some of the starter in the fridge and, as it turns out, sourdough starter can live forever in your fridge. You just need to feed it every once in a while. The only other bad thing is that the bread's super soft and lighter than my HBI5. Dave (who happens to be from San Francisco) suggested that this would be better for sandwiches. Hmmm... I didn't respond. :-)