Taking A Step Back
I recently took a step back to 2006, and resurrected a starter I dried and tucked away in the pantry.
The starter I had been using put its feet up in the air and died. Every bit of flour I put in it was consumed almost immediately and it turned to glop. Doggedly, I kept feeding and using the starter, hoping for the miracle of a beautiful loaf again. Each time I was disgusted and embarrassed at what came out of the oven: bread that was almost flat, and totally lifeless.
So finally, I pulled out the 2006 starter and brought it back to life, and am happy to say that I'm back on track.
Here are the first loaves to come out of my oven since using the new/old starter. I feel happy and renewed. It's amazing how wonderful a little bread success can make me feel. Hurrah for sourdough!
Maybe next time I hit a starter bump I'll have enough sense to call a retreat instead of being so hardheaded.