Where do I start writing about this subject?
A lot to say but I guess you know about sourdough something or you have heard about it. Seems the trend of it boomed during the pandemic lockdowns. I am slightly disturbed of the way sometimes older practices are taken in the west and made into trends and they get to be seen as snobbish. No, I am not in any trend, I am into natural stuff and making as much from scratch as possible.
This is not a recipe blog but I believe in sharing journeys also when it comes to food. I will share my journey into making a sourdough starter from scratch.
So, my relationship with the sourdough started, “officially” about 2 years ago in Ireland. Nicoleta, a lovely Italian lady, had sourdough and talked to me about it, also I tasted the bread she made…and oh my…I was sold. Not knowing that to make that type of bread I tasted it’s a loooong way for me to go. But I got this “baby” in jar, accordingly to the tradition of where it came from, I gave it a name: Cocutza, a word from Romanian, it’s a diminutive from cocă which mean dough. I nurture it, sometimes forgot it for a while in the fridge, but recovered it after and learn how to make sourdough bread, so that mean not using commercial yeast. I have made all sorts of experiments, not all successful, some great some average. It’s been a good journey but when I had to move countries it came to an end.
After almost one year without guess what I decided to do? Yep, start my own one, I want to go through the process of starting it from scratch. I am a baking enthusiast and even though I had many successes with dry yeast I just want to make this way, sourdough would have been the way people made bread forever, plus it is better for the gut, plus it gives an amazing flavour to baked goods.
I do not intend this to be a guide, I am just sharing my journey in making it, day by day, if someone finds it helpful, even better.
I already knew som stuff about it but to actually make it from scratch I followed instructions from Vindi at My Love of Baking, a blog that thought me a lot and I made lots of nice things form her recipes.
This post will be a daily journal where I will post as this develops, if it’s going bad you will know, if I will succeed to have an active starter at the end, it will be given a name!