Our household has a new member! We’ve christened him Bruce.
This is where I’m supposed to gush about how adorable he is, and fill my post with photos of Bruce napping and Bruce playing and Bruce looking at us with love in his eyes and Bruce, Bruce, Bruce.
So… here he is:
Awww. Isn’t he adorable?
No, I haven’t lost my mind (any more than usual). I have, however, managed to grow a sourdough culture. And in the process of researching recipes and techniques I discovered that it’s traditional to name your sourdough starter, since it’s a living organism you have to feed and care for (potentially for years).
That tickled my funnybone, so I decided to name ours after the main character in Bruce Almighty. It seemed appropriate, since Bruce has godlike powers: He can raise the bread. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
I learned to bake bread when I was about thirteen, and I’ve been at it ever since. I enjoy fluffy buns and sweet breads, but my ‘daily bread’ is deliciously packed with whole wheat, flax and chia.
Hubby, on the other hand, dreams of a heavy Black Forest rye like the bread he ate as a kid in Germany. (He’s a Canadian Air Force brat who grew up mostly overseas.) Thanks to the magic of the internet we found some recipes, and the inaugural loaf came out of the oven on Monday.
I can only describe it as, um… solid. Dark and aromatic and heavy as lead. If I hadn’t created a loaf like that on purpose, I’d have hurriedly chucked it before anybody could assume that it was a fair representation of my bread-making skills.
But Hubby says it’s close. Apparently the weight is correct and the Brotgewürz (bread spice) is good, but this loaf is 100% dark rye and on reflection he thinks the magic bread was probably Mischbrot (mixed bread) or Graubrot (grey bread) or Bauernbrot (farmer’s bread) — different names for similar breads made with a blend of rye flour and white/all-purpose wheat flour.
So Bruce will be kept busy while I try out more recipes. And as long as I never find him cuddled up on my pillow in the morning, everything will be fine.
Anybody else harbouring family members in their fridge? (If the answer is ‘yes’, I’m not sure I want to know…)
P.S. Our next round of houseguests arrives on Monday, so my next post will be October 2. Yikes! I can’t believe October is that close!
Book 15 update: Despite the busy-ness of guests and garden, I’m well into Chapter 5. Looking forward to some good writing time in the next few days!