Greetings from Toronto
Hello! I am here because I am sourdough-obsessed. My starter was born in October 2021 and I started baking bread in November. Loaf #65 is in the oven as we speak.
We are on Disability and this bread has changed our lives. Prior to this life-changing discovery, I had cut all ties with bread. I was quit for over two years. I am a scratch cook, and my purpose is healing with whole foods. Working with local organic whole foods is the closest I can get to being in nature, while being stuck in the city. For me, this is equivalent to soaking in the sun and walking barefoot in the dirt. It feels like grounding. It feels like love and connection to the universe. It feels like rejuvenation and inspiration. The lightbulb went off, that, when you're caring for your self, your health, by consciously choosing your system's input, you are also caring for the local organic farmers, who are caring for our Earth, the soil, and all life on this planet.
I started by using a small manual coffee grinder. I didn't know what I was getting myself into but I wasn't having it any other way. Throw yourself to the wind and ride. For me, it's the real deal or no deal. I'd spend days happily milling with videos on all things bread playing in the background. I'd take notes and mill with love, joy, wonder, awe. We quickly realized we need a proper grain mill, so we upgraded to the Victorio Roots & Branches Hand Crank Grain Mill. That wasn't enough for our passion, and desired production, so we upgraded again to the Wondermill Junior Deluxe Plus...My Old Man and I both fell so in love and got so obsessed, together we were baking 1-3 times a day, not to mention all the wonderful recipes I have that uses flour.
Well, the Wondermill was a bust. The stones didn't last us not two months and we already need to buy new stones! And we can't keep buying new stones. So...we're back to the slower, smaller output Victorio mill until then...you have to be gentle or it'll wiggle. Now I can understand how some bakers find themselves sitting on top of a pile of old mills. We still need a solution. Ah, we'll get there. Don't know how but...never in my wildest dreams did I ever fathom being here where I am today doing as I am doing right now, so...Hello Unknown! Hello TFL. It is indeed a great pleasure to be here.
I look forward to sharing my bakes, and reading about all the bakes posted on here, and consuming as much knowledge as I can.
Thank you for having me.