Living the Simple Life With Sourdough

| 8/5/2008 1:44:04 PM

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What is so great about simple living? That is a rhetorical question. Yep. When I am not sailing past shoppers in the Commissary (that is the military’s idea of a supermarket) giggling at buggies which are piled high with prepackaged foods, laundry detergent, yogurt sticks, dog treats, bread, and soda – I am enjoying the look on people’s faces when they discover that I make everything in their cart, cupboard, or pantry in my little kitchen. That is a swinging-on-the-gate feeling if ever there was one. Hey, don’t judge me. I’m just easily entertained. I still get a kick out of scrubbing my baseboards with an old toothbrush, a pail of water, and a bar of homemade soap.

Simplifying life is a reward in itself. In today’s world, it is easy to get discouraged because of all of the bad (violence, oppression, chemical warfare – in our supermarkets as well as on a global level – healthcare or the lack thereof, waste, disease, and more). While I am certainly not in denial about the state of things, I choose to focus my attention on making a difference in my own home, community, and life. As Mohandas Ghandi so eloquently put it, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – but in being able to remake ourselves.”

Homemade Sourdough Bread

Here’s a simple living joy that I personally love: Sourdough Starter a.k.a The Mother Sponge. This little bit of genius – bowing to the breadmakers of yesteryear – can be kept indefinitely at room temperature if fed a simple diet of flour and water. A sourdough starter is not only a handy way to produce fabulous breads but a great way to stop paying ever-rising prices for yeast and/or bread at the grocery store.Sourdough Ingredients

Here’s my method (possibly not the best method but it works for me):

2 cups unbleached, unbromated flour
2 cups warm water (I use the water that I’ve boiled potatoes in to provide additional starch)

Add water to the flour in a bowl. Blend the ingredients and pour into a plastic gallon-size zip-loc bag.

8/14/2008 11:01:22 AM

I was always scared of sour dough starter up until now. Thanks, so much for this post and your site!

8/7/2008 10:17:52 AM

You know whats even easier than making your own starter? Having someone give a cup or so of theirs when they want to get rid of it during a feeding. *nudge nudge*

8/7/2008 7:53:22 AM

Yum! Yum!! I use to make sourdough bread all the time! But I let my starter die. Thanks for the recipe for the starter. I loved the hooch part-you are too clever!

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