I'm new here, but been lurking around for quite some time.
I've been baking bread for about 2 year now and I love it! Actualy, my grand-mother was baking homemade bread (back when she was still alive) and I've always been facinated by this. She was making the most wonderful "Pain de ménage" (big white 2 pound loaf in a bread pan). Since her lost, my mom (her daugther) started making some bread and I think that's when I got interested more in baking bread.
Last summer I've been given a nice Cuisinart Bread Machine (thanks mom!). I use it for making nice simple loaf when I don't have time for more complex recipe.
I still prefer nice oven baked bread. I think the shape is half of the exprience when eating it ;).
2 month ago I've tryed making a Starter without much success... my failure was mostly du for not getting enought information. I didn't really like the "feed it twice a day part", but after some reading I think I should try again with a stiff starter (am I wrong with the name ??? 50/50 hydration = ?)
Some info about me :
I'm a guy
I'm 24 years old (as of today)
I live in Quebec City, Canada (in a "small" apparement... which has the tiniest cooking room ever, but the place is nice!)
I have a nice girlfriend who like homemade bread and sometime bake some in the bread machine :) (love you !)
I got a computer (programming) job.
I have a cat (it's a Chartreux, pretty nice, got it from someone!)
I'm deeply in the DIY mantra... my next post will be about making banneton (brotform) by myself! (you'll see I'm quite specific... to much programming I guess)
That's about it!
Here I leave you with a little Panda Bread I made back this summer. It's looking good in a plate, but it didn't taste too good (it's a Milk Bread... like lots of milk)
p.s. English isn't my maiden language but I think I manage it quite OK. Just let me know if you find something weird in my grammar.