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belated hello from Canada

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kwbaker

belated hello from Canada

Hello,

I've recently started posting but haven't yet introduced myself. 

I've made sourdough starters and various fermentations on-and-off over the years but only really got into sourdough baking recently. I've been processing an incredible amount of stress in my career life and discovered that sourdough baking is remarkably therapeutic.

I found the further I got into my bread adventure, the more I kept landing on this forum through google searches. I skipped the middleman and began to instead just come here directly. I've been impressed by the depth of knowledge, support and collegiality here: a very welcome antidote to what feels like a tense, antagonistic time in the world.

Learning about the world of baking, grains, agriculture, the science of fermentation, etc, has been a comforting little respite for me.

thanks for having me!

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Danni3ll3

from another Canuck. I located smack in the middle of Canada from the east/west direction. Where do you hail from? 

Looking forward to more of your posts. 

kwbaker's picture
kwbaker

Thank you!

I've never thought about where the centre of Canada might be. Somewhere in Manitoba?

My location is hidden in my name - KW (Kitchener-Waterloo).

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Danni3ll3

Thunder Bay, ON.  Same province but way, way Northwest of you. 😊

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dabrownman

I find slap and folds are the very best way to develop gluten and ease the stress of the world at the same time.  After 300 of then the world seems a bit more tame and manageable. Lots of fine Canadian bakers with great Canadian flour here too!

Welcome and happy SD baking 

kwbaker's picture
kwbaker

Thank you!

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Lazy Loafer

I'm in Victoria; where you at? I retired from a very stressful career a few years ago, and took up baking instead (I bake for a list of subscribers). You're right, it's so much more relaxing and fulfilling! It's a good thing I don't need to make a living off of it, but I love trying new kinds of bread, and hanging out on this forum. Best folks in the world here!

Welcome, and hope to see many of your bakes on here.

Wendy

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kwbaker

Funny, I'm actually originally from Victoria! (the Gorge area.) I'm heading there in just over a week for my brother's wedding. It's beautiful this time of year.

 

 

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bearhunter

just joined, from Toronto hotel chef by trade but retired with my sanity

I am aiming to make perfect baguettes and then perfect croissants . Started the bread thing because I really really like fresh pita. So simple yet SOOO good.

I travel to Toledo Ohio every few weeks so I am able to get my hands on "weird" things and ingredients pretty easily.

Family enjoys my new obsession but complain about how they can't eat anything outside any more.

The knowledge and experience and willingness to share on this forum is remarkable and I hope that I will be able to contribute to that in some small way.

 

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bearhunter

just joined, from Toronto hotel chef by trade but retired with my sanity

I am aiming to make perfect baguettes and then perfect croissants . Started the bread thing because I really really like fresh pita. So simple yet SOOO good.

I travel to Toledo Ohio every few weeks so I am able to get my hands on "weird" things and ingredients pretty easily.

Family enjoys my new obsession but complain about how they can't eat anything outside any more.

The knowledge and experience and willingness to share on this forum is remarkable and I hope that I will be able to contribute to that in some small way.

 

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kwbaker

welcome! 

What sort of weird things are you able to get in Toledo? I've found it hard to get local grain in Southern Ontario, and that the US seems to far exceed us in terms of interesting heirloo and heritage grains. 

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kwbaker

welcome! 

What sort of weird things are you able to get in Toledo? I've found it hard to get local grain in Southern Ontario, and that the US seems to far exceed us in terms of interesting heirloo and heritage grains. 

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bearhunter

things like a digital scale with a 0 to 150 gr range so I can accurately compare small quantities. Got that at Cabela's in the gun reload ammo department. In Toronto if I even asked for anything gun related I am in jail !

The mere variety of flours and grains in even the local Meijer's saves me traipsing around exotic shops and paying double.

A couche was picked up 5 miles from my daughter's house. Diastatic malt delivered to the door

The availability and access is just much greater. Function of the size of the market place but I will take advantage of it.

we do have fantastic flour.