It’s ALIVE!!

We have officially made it through the longest month on record: March 2020, which clocked in at about three lifetimes. I hope you all are doing well and staying home as much as possible.

Austin remains on lockdown, so Dustin and I are both working from home. We try to get out for a run or walk every day (while maintaining appropriate distance from our neighbors), but otherwise we’re at home all day.

So I decided to get a pet.

Probably not the kind you’re thinking.

Behold, my sourdough starter! I’ve nicknamed him Sludge, though Sir Doughy (a recommendation from @WriteByJeannie on Twitter) was a close second.

A quart mason jar half full of sourdough starter on a wooden cutting board on my counter.

Sludge is a vigorous little fellow. I got him from my BFF on Sunday and fed him for the first time yesterday morning. He was still firmly contained when I went to bed last night, but I woke up this morning to this:

A quart mason jar of sourdough starter, with the starter overflowing into the wide, flat bowl it's sitting in.
It’s alllliiiiiiive!

Luckily, Dustin suggested the extra bowl last night, even though the jar wasn’t yet full. Smart fellow, my husband.

We don’t eat much bread usually, but with the longer times between grocery store trips and the desire for comfort food, I’ve taken up baking more often. Yesterday, I made a loaf of Irish soda bread with some leftover buttermilk. It turned out a little misshapen but delicious.

I’m going to try my first loaf of sourdough tonight. I’m starting basic with the America’s Test Kitchen recipe for Almost No-Knead Sourdough. I’ve had very good luck with ATK recipes, so I’m hoping this one will deliver, too. I can get more artisanal after I remember how to make bread at all. πŸ˜‚

If you want your own pet to love, you can create a sourdough starter from flour, water, and time. King Arthur Flour has a good guide.

And if you need a smile today, here’s Samuel L Jackson giving you some excellent advice (warning: language). It should auto-start about 6:10 in, or you can jump there manually.

Stay safe out there!

7 Replies to “It’s ALIVE!!”

  1. Wanted to share my pic my 4 day old attempt at my sourdough starter and my baby groot (celery) but can’t seem to add a pic. πŸ˜œπŸ˜† Computer skills stretched at the moment πŸ˜³πŸ˜¬πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
    Hope everyone is trying to keep their distance and keeping healthy. 😷😊 from πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ή

    1. I don’t have image uploading turned on, so the only way to share is to link an image hosted elsewhere. But good luck with your starter!

  2. I had a sourdough starter many years ago, but it didn’t do well. Maybe because I didn’t name it.

    It’s been really cold and windy here, so the only time I left the house last week was to take the trash and recycling out to the curb.

  3. Thank you for sharing a little bit of fun !
    Working from home here too πŸ’ͺ🏻 I don’t especially like but have no choice obviously haha
    The government said we are to be confined until April 15th, but I think we all know we’re in it until the end of the month πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­
    Take care πŸ’ͺ🏻

  4. I love the Sludge! I had one once and loved baking with it, but if I remember correctly, it is a lot of work to keep it fed.

  5. We had our second loaf of sour dough bread from our starter, it was yummy. You can make cookies, pancakes and muffins from the starter.

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