Groeten uit nederland ... greetings from the Netherlands!
I've been learning a lot about baking artisan breads at home, and am extremely happy that I came across this forum. Learning about sourdough, and all the different options for baking available, etc... amazing! Baked my first loaf yesterday - and it was delicious!
I don't have any of the "proper" equipment yet - I'm just working with normal (cake / quickbread / etc) home baking equipment. No baking stone or cast iron pots, though I do luckily have a Dutch braadpan (enameled cast iron) that works quite well.
Just wanted to say hi, and introduce myself a little bit - I'm hoping to learn a lot here, and share my own gained knowledge in the long run.
I'm Anna, 26 years old, and living in the Netherlands. I'm German by birth and family, though I lived in the United States of America for 16 years as well. I've been cooking and baking as much as possible from scratch for some years now. This year I also have started growing a lot of my own vegetables. Hopefully, as of this week on, I'll also be baking all of my bread myself as well.
No kids, or pets, and only one man :) though I have a pretty busy job and a 1 hour, twice-daily commute, so I'm finding ways to get creative with timing for my bread baking. I also don't have a freezer yet (yay...), so I can't prepare more than I can consume (well, unless I give it away).
Thanks for all of the great information available that I've already found. I'm looking forward to digging more!