Hi, I'm Jan and I am a bake-a-holic :D
I thought it was about time to find a forum to hang around and discuss my new obsession: baking bread.
I am 50 years old, and all my life envied those who could bake delicious bread from scratch. I made a few feeble attempts over the years, which generally resulted in a short, heavy bricks of a loaf. I figured successful bread baking was only for the lucky few. And I was not one. So never pursued it. But always dreamt of it.
Then, last year after a traumatic accident, me dear mother passed away - and for some unknown reason, the moment I got the call that she had died, I had an overwhleming urge to bake - nevermind it was 1am in the morning.
The moment I laid my hands on the dough and started moving it around, something came over me and I had an overwhelming sense of comfort. A real earthy feeling came over me, and I knew my hands needed to be in dough. And that horrible sad night opened a new door for me where I could pour my passion and my emotions into something to take my mind of the sadness I felt. From that moment - I knew - I simply MUST learn to make bread properly.
A few rough starts, a few good sourdough starters - some bad ones - an experiment here and another there, I am beginning to come to grips with it. In fact, many loaves I feel quite proud of, and wish I had started this sooner. Much sooner. But better late then never.
Now that I am beginning to know what I am doing, I am also beginning to know what I am not doing - where I need help, and advice and guidance.
So here I am, hoping to chat with like minded people, who can share their expertise and advise with me, while I learn more than just the basics. I dream of perfecting Artisan style bread. I am an artist, and I want to utilise the creative nature I have to bake beautiful, homely comforting bread for my family and friends.
My name is Jan, and I look forward to chatting with you.
Happy Easter, and happy baking. :)