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Tastes like success.

The return of Pongo has been anticlimactically swift and successful. I scraped out everything dried and wrong-smelling (oddly, nothing smelled really rank or rotten, just like *very* mature cheese), and over a couple of days, Pongo woke up and started foaming up to the lid of the pickle jar in which it resides. Today, the […]

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Pongo lives?

I opened my three-years-dormant sourdough starter Pongo, emptied some out and topped it up with fresh flour and water. 48 hours later: unignorable signs of life. I cleaned half out and topped it up again, scraping all the old stink off the lid and lip. 24 hours later: Rinse and repeat, without the rinsing part. […]

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What’s that smell?

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: […]

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Nestling: Part Two

I am on a nourish jag.  Moving house, the death of a friend and some rough slog at work has resulted in me being tired, fretful and not much fun to be around.  The cure? Nourish.  I keep chanting the word to myself like a soothing pulse: norrr-issh; norrr-issh; norrr-issh; and then M tells me […]

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The simmer-Part 2

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Somebody put me out

Because I AM ON FIRE! I am not sure if it’s some kind of reverse virus, but I am bursting with cookery energy this weekend.  I dipped into Pongo, my sourdough starter, and got some bread dough rising, and while that was doing its yeasty thang, I toasted a batch of muesli and finished sewing […]

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Holy cow!

Dudes, I did it! I made a sourdough!  Exclamation marks all ’round! I honestly didn’t expect my mini loaf to come out as anything but kind of amusing and dense.  But this!  This is bread!  I made bread!  I used my starter, Pongo, who is going to be rewarded with some sultanas to keep him […]

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Sourdough first steps

Using Wild Yeast as both Bible and tantalising inspiration, I am learning how to make sourdough. I don’t believe that I would be blowing my own horn too much to say that I’m a pretty good cook.  I can follow a recipe to perfection, but I can also make things up as I go and […]

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