Saturday, 10 March 2012

the start of a new sourdough journey


... in November last year, not long after my dear Lucretia died, the very lovely Lucy who writes the excellent New Zealand based KitchenMaid blog, sent me a packet of NZ Country Sourdough Culture... it was a beautiful gesture, one that I am ashamed to say left neglected in the envelope it came in, tucked away on a shelf in the new kitchen... in fact i had totally forgotten about it until last week when I started to count my books for this months random recipes challenge...

... it's such a glorious spring day here today in Belleau that I thought the sourdough and I were finally ready to start a new journey... so I sterilised my larger kilner jar, got out the 8 pages of instructions that came with the starter and so begins the journey...

... excuse the pun but i'm afraid it's a bit of a non-starter really... there's not much to say other than I added 240ml of warm water to the dried culture and then topped it up with 120g white flour and stirred ... and now I have to leave it for 24 hours before I can do much else...

... my starter is created by a wonderful chap called Nev who is based in Hutt City in NZ... i've done a bit of an internet search and can't find much about him although he does say in the instructions that he makes all kinds of different sourdough cultures from the classic San Francisco starter to an old world Austrian... but i'm sure you can do some research of your own... i'll keep you abreast of activities and steps and if you want to create a starter of your own without a ready made culture, and I suggest you do... think of the fun we'll have... you can always follow my original journey with Lucretia...

....I should have some lovely bread to show you by next weekend!

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