The Fresh Loaf

A Community of Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts.

Hello all!

andreq's picture

Hello all!



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.


Floydm's picture

Welcome to the site!

Debra Wink's picture
Debra Wink

And Happy Birthday! Since I didn't have time to shop for a present, my belated birthday gift to you is a new word. Kitchen. That's the cooking room---the most important room in the house :-)

Welcome to TFL!

andreq's picture

Haha!! I know this word ;)

I had a little brain freeze when I wrote my post. I was like "huuu... what is that word you use to describe the room where you cook?" 


Thanks for the welcome word!


p.s. My birthday is 2 day before christmas (do the math...) :)

Debra Wink's picture
Debra Wink

Ahh, my apologies. I thought yesterday was your birthday because you added "as of today" after your age. Where I'm from that means I turned 24 today. But that could just be a regional difference in usage---language is funny that way. I would either say that you were 24 years old, or that you were 24 as of two days before Christmas. But no matter how you say it, you are much better at English than I am in any other language! I think you will like it here :-)

andreq's picture

Yeah that sounded a little strange when I wrote it.

I wanted to make sure people look at the thread date when they read that I'm 24 "now" because I will not be when this thread is 1 yr old ;)

ehanner's picture

Yes, welcome to the site. I think you will be fine here. This is a warm and friendly collection of like minded folks.

Quebec is a great place. Very pretty town. There are lots of IT types here for some reason also. You are among friends. I like your creativity and look forward to seeing your work.