Starting with the starter

It’s a glorious Sunday morning, and I’m trying not to be intimidated by this blog. The accessories and options are endless. I have no idea what a css or trackback or a pingback is. As much as I love learning new languages, this web-language doesn’t seem quite as romantic as, say, learning Romanian.

But where was I. It’s Sunday.  And though today I won’t be baking, I will be freshening my starter so I can bake like a mad woman tomorrow.

I’m terrible at keeping starters going, and every now and then I kill mine and have to run to my brother to get a new one. He doesn’t kill his starter–ever. That starter is the one that came across the Pyrenees mountains, carried in a rucksack, traveled by boat over the ocean, then hopped a train to California in the late 1800’s and has been present in thousands, maybe millions of loaves of sourdough bread. I ate a lot of that sourdough growing up…

Anyway, I’m not going to kill my starter today. Not right now, when I’m trying to be good, trying to launch this new blog! I’m going to feed it some flour, and water, and say nice things to it. I’m going to leave the cover off while I go to church so it can soak up some of the yeasties floating around my kitchen.

And tomorrow, I’m baking bread. I’m baking sourdough.Sourdough starter--lovely Any takers?


11 thoughts on “Starting with the starter

    • Katherine: I’ll be blogging about my efforts to bake and give away that which I bake–all the people I encounter, and the recipes I use, and how hard it is some days to be generous… Anyway, I’m looking forward to this new experiment and pray that it inspires others who are busy like me, to think about giving to our neighbors…

  1. I’m so excited about this Jane! Your blog looks great!

    You will get the hang of working it. I had a wordpress blog for awhile but ended up moving to blogger because I was already used to how to do things their way, and it’s much easier (for me at least).

    BTW, how did you get your photo as your flavicon?? I still haven’t figured that out yet.

    • Wow, Sylvia, what in the world is a “flavicon?” If it’s the photo at the top you’re talking about–of the woman kneading from the book–, then that was in the settings, or appearance menu, or something. !!!! Or, if you’re talking about the photo of me, then I think that’s just a wordpress thing. I have no idea how this blog operates. Steep learning curve…

  2. I like that we all get quilt squares as designators for our posts! I’ve got the Friendship Star with Flying Geese–those geese were supposed to end up in Maria’s quilt….ah well, maybe in a few years….

  3. Jane, what a wonderful idea! I know you will do a praise worthy job too knowing how well you bake and write and give. 🙂 Julia and I will definitely be following your new endeavor.

  4. LOVE the blog Jane – thank you! Is there anyway for you to share your starter? It would be SO SPECIAL to work w/ some of yours. Mind you, I’m further away – but I have a FedEx # …? 😉 Love you!!!

    • Barbi–I’d love to share the starter. How fun.

      But first, I’m heading back to France next week, to the very village where the starter originated. Shhhh, don’t tell my brothers, but I’m bringing the starter with me to trap some of the old country yeasties.

      So…. when I return, we can figure out a way to get you some.

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