Category: fermentation

Weekend DIY: Create Life

homemade sourdough starter

I was jonesing for a kitchen project this weekend so finally tried something on my bucket list: making a sourdough starter from scratch. Sourdough bread is my absolute favourite, with its chewy moistness and subtle sour aroma. I usually feed my addiction by investing in $5 loaves from some of the Cowichan Valley’s many amazing…

Sabrina the Sourdough Starter

Super-tasty sourdough buns and pseudo-baquettes!

When I left home Sunday evening for our first ever Renaissance Women workshop, I thought bread making was a mystical art beyond my ability. My few attempts years ago resulted in brick-like loaves and carpal-tunnel-inflamed hands from kneading. Four hours later I had a sourdough starter named Sabrina in a jar in my fridge: 100g…

Learning How to Make Kombucha

A kombucha SCOBY named Abigail brings home the idea that foods are living things. While I’ve made other fermented foods this summer (e.g. sauerkraut, fermented vegetables with salt water), I’ve never actually been able to see, touch, and name the “culturing agent.” She’s really quite large: bigger than my hand. And she’s whitey-beige, and has spots that make me think of eyes, and feels smooth like baby skin. So: Abigail.