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That's a heck of a lot of begatting - A little less than a happy high
komos
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That's a heck of a lot of begatting
A friend gifted me with a sourdough starter (which I've started calling "Lisette"), and over the course of the week I've been relearning bread making with good results. The staff at a certain library has benefited most from my efforts, first with a batch of crumpets and today with half a loaf of a modified Reinhart basic sourdough, respectively sent along with lime curd and spiced blueberry jam. In my office, a conversation about what I was doing led one coworker to ask for a starter of her own to have as a pet and promptly named it "Groucho."

E's excitement led to a weird and, most likely, a completely unmanageable idea. Were I to make more starters available, would any of you be interested in taking one for care and feeding? Taking it a step further, if you get a starter, would you be willing to share the name you give it (if any) and pass the same request along to anyone who you then pass starters to? I'm curious to see how far this can spread before maintaining the geometric progression of a semi-controlled microbial lineage becomes overwhelming.
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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: February 5th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like fun!
I can't promise I'll manage to keep it alive for a long period of time, but I'm definitely game if you don't mind me eventually killing an offspring. ^_^
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool. Given that my first attempt a couple of years ago met a horrible demise, I can't expect that all of the starters will thrive. Have any time over the weekend that's good for a drop? Can I interest you in anything else?
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: February 5th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can tell you right now that prosicated would like world peace and a pony...
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, now I want a pony.
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: February 5th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
R. had expressed interest in getting some sourdough starter up and running; I'm sure we could come up with a good name.
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool. When might you be free?
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: February 5th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... Saturday brunch plans at 10ish, plans to go to the Somerville High School's production of Beauty and the Beast for a 2PM showtime, and busy pretty much all of Sunday. So I suppose the answer is "either midday Saturday or Saturday evening." What works for you all?
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
That could do. Haven't much in the way of plans outside of a haircut and watching some West Wing with V.
latvianchick From: latvianchick Date: February 5th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's not our starter's offspring, is it?

(our doesn't have a name. It's actually one of the few living things in our apartment that doesn't have a personality of some kind)
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought that Justin had started from scratch, but if he pulled a starter from you, I'm happy to credit its origins.

The name is primarily a mnemonic device. On my list of things to do before I leave the house in the morning, "Feed Lisette" follows seamlessly after "Feed Kitty."

ETA: Wait a tick... was it you who was telling me about your 50 year-old starter?

Edited at 2010-02-06 06:34 am (UTC)
latvianchick From: latvianchick Date: February 6th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Justin's starter is not descended from ours.

I've certainly heard about 50yo starters, but ours is only 5.
komos From: komos Date: February 6th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe... anything's possible. ^^

The only complaint about the bread so far is that it's not sour enough to be billed as sourdough. Is it safe to assume that as the culture develops, it will pick up more acidity?
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: February 5th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, me, me! I've been thinking lately about wanting to do a sourdough but not having a starter. I will totally give it a freaking sweet name.
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right on. Will you be at Second Circle Sunday night for mad Puppy Bowl action?
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: February 6th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup! Bunny Cheerleaders!!!!!! I wouldn't miss it for the world.
khourytamarisk From: khourytamarisk Date: February 5th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would love it and pet it and call it George.

In reality, I'd probably be a bad parent and forget to give it daily noms, but I couldn't pass up the use of the line. ;)
komos From: komos Date: February 6th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
If you planned on baking with it regularly, it'd be easier.
dr_alycat From: dr_alycat Date: February 6th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
whoa! you read my mind! Just yesterday I got it into my head that I'd really like to make some homemade sourdough. So, YES PLEASE!! :)

The Hubby might like to weigh in, but as for names, I'm leaning towards Stimpy.

We'll be at 2nd Circle!
komos From: komos Date: February 6th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok, I'll see what I can do. ^^
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