Perhaps my sourdough starter sensed the start of quarantine, because , ever since this new lifestyle change it has become incredibly more active. In celebration of the rebirth of my sourdough starter, I decided to challenge myself to try one new recipe using my starter each week until I run out of recipes to try. For those of you don’t know, in order to keep your sourdough starter alive or active, you need to constantly discard some of it and feed it with fresh flour and water. Most people who bake with sourdough starter get creative finding recipes to use their sourdough discard. Some of the most popular recipes I’ve seen so far include sourdough pizza, sourdough scallion pancakes and sourdough pancakes. And yes, I have tried all of these recipes already, and they were all a huge success!
I came across this joke the other day that said “Designers have begun putting their sourdough bread pictures on their websites as part of their portfolios during quarantine”. At first I laughed at the joke and felt called out. When I stopped to think about it, I thought to myself - isn’t food an art form and cooking just like the design process? Both cooking and design are iterative processes and take multiple tries to finesse, and there’s always more than one single way to get to the final product. Sometimes I think that my design background brought me onto the journey of baking, and sometimes I think it is the other way around. Regardless, baking has been keeping me sane and busy!