from one generation to the next
I have a frugal nature. As I can claim neither Scottish nor Jewish heritage I’ll thank my maternal Grandmother who survived a poverty stricken childhood, the Great Depression and rationing that came with two world wars. My dear Grandma lived to the ripe old age of 98yrs, well into my adulthood and she imbued in me the sense that wasting food was just like putting money in the garbage bin.
In this age of reckless consumerism I find myself bristling with self righteousness when I read of the quantities of food that are discarded, not just by householders, but also my producers and retailers. While I applaud initiatives like Oz Harvest and Second Bite who collect unwanted food and distribute it to the needy, they are not interested in the small amounts from my kitchen, that’s up to me.
Not once have I activated my sourdough starter and ended up with the precise quantity needed to bake a loaf. It gets worse if I plan to make two loaves and feed my starter extra quantities of flour and water. I know there are numerous recipes that make pancakes and pizza bases using the extra, but it’s bread that’s in demand in our household so I started messing with my basic recipe and recalculating the flour water and salt based on the weight of starter I actually had remaining after storing a quantity for the next bake.
My muddled thinking and inaccurate calculations seemed to have little outcome on the loaves.
When my partner in life, my total opposite announced he’d like to have a go at baking bread I was shocked. He doesn’t cook.
After lovingly and generously tending the feeder for the day, when it came to mixing the dough he took one look at my messy recipe page with multiple pencil calculation and offered to make me the swanky table you see below.
Together we made a large batch of 100% spelt bread dough.
His inaugural loaf, made with his half was a huge success. The Fig, Walnut and Cinnamon loaf I made with the rest was delicious too, worthy of a stand alone post, soon.
I’ll never discard sourdough starter again.