Failed first sourdough attempt and Gosky Patties
As I discarded the lump of pumpernickel colored modeling clay that refused to become bread after much tender care and extra time in the oven, I was reminded of Edward Lear's recipe for Gosky patties:
" TO MAKE GOSKY PATTIES
"Take a pig, three or four years of age, and tie him by the off-hind leg to a post. Place 5 pounds of currants, 5 of sugar, 2 pecks of peas, 18 roast chestnuts, a candle, and six bushels of turnips, within his reach; if he eats these, constantly provide him with more.
"Then, procure some cream, some slices of Cheshire cheese, four quinces of foolscap paper, and a packet of black pins. Work the whole into a paste, and spread it out to dry on a sheet of clean brown waterproof linen.
"When the paste is perfectly dry, but not before, proceed to beat the Pig violently, with the handle of a large broom. If he squeals, beat him again.
"Visit the paste and beat the pig alternately for some days, and ascertain that if at the end of that period the whole is about to turn into Gosky Patties.
"If it does not then, it never will; and in that case the Pig may be let loose, and the whole process may be considered as finished."
Sourdough and I are finished, at least for the nonce.