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What’s that smell?

WARNING: NOT CREME BRULEE.

It’s been a while. My sourdough starter, Pongo, has been tucked in the back of the fridge for nearly three years, idly ticking away and growing a brown, pungent lid. But I was cleaning out the fridge and not doing much else today, so let’s see what happens.

I scraped out all the gross stuff: it smelled like reeeeeally old washed-rind cheese. Not rotten or mouldy, just extremely pungent and ammoniac.

sludge. STILL NOT CREME BRULEE.

Then I topped up the jar with equal parts (by weight) flour and warmish water, stirred vigourously and left on the bench. I don’t know if there’s any Pongo in there to rescue, but we’ll find out soon. Otherwise I just have a jar of smelly glue.

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