So how did your July goals go?
I did fairly well, I got a few more batches of kefir soda in the fridge and we’ve all been enjoying them on these hot Michigan days. The kids also like to use those with their little snow cone machine. (The neighbor kids aren’t always sure about the taste, but the fun of eating a snow cone usually gets them over it.)
More on my sourdough bread making adventures!
I also got my sourdough starter fired up and made a loaf of bread which I started out with this No-Knead Sourdough Bread recipe from Ann Marie. I was feeling confident because my starter was looking good (see right). I only got so far, though, because I had the same problem Patrick did in the comments there, my dough didn’t have enough flour when it was time for the final steps. So I just winged it from that point and while the kids gobbled it up fine, I certainly wouldn’t call it a success yet and here’s why:
- The timing worked out so I was fiddling with this literally at 1:00 in the morning, so I didn’t let it rise as much as I should’ve. You may not be able to tell from the picture below, but it’s a really short loaf. Maybe if it had risen more it would have ended up being a higher lighter loaf that would’ve worked for sandwiches, but this one was only good for toast.
- I understand Ann Marie’s reasoning (and her friend Janis where she got the recipe from) about using all unbleached white flour at first until you’re more confident making sourdough breads, but it just feels so wrong doing so! Once I get my recipe down someday with at least half whole grains I’ll feel better about it.
- I really want to find a super simple recipe that I know I’ll be able to use often. Although Ann Marie promises success if you follow that one exactly, there are a lot of specific steps that make me want to find something simpler. Now, believe me, I know this sounds crazy from someone who has had so many sourdough flops, but I just know myself and that I won’t want to make it much if there are too many steps involved.
Similar to the last few months, only maybe even more so, August will be about getting food into our bellies with as little work in the kitchen as possible, since finally in a couple weeks I’ll be opening sign ups for the Real Food Rookie Class. This has been more work than I ever imagined!
Although I may fiddle with the sourdough bread more. If any of you have a super simple sourdough bread recipe that is part whole grain and makes a light loaf that works well for sandwiches, please tell me about it in the comments, even if you told me before. (It’s hard to go back and find these things sometimes.)
Now tell us about your kitchen goals!
If you write about it at your blog, please go ahead and grab that picture above, thank you!
- Need to find a source online for healthy meat?
- Have you seen my recipe for soaked whole grain bread that I’ve pretty much got down pat now? It’s soft (for real!) and tastes great!
- Wonder how much alcohol is really in homemade kefir soda pop?
- Back when I was more consistent about running a few times a week, I came up with this post, 4 —Tiny Tips for Beginning Runners, that you might find helpful if you’re trying to get into running more. (I self-taught myself a lot about running, things that I wished someone had told me earlier!)
- Part of Wardeh's Tuesday Twister!