Reviving Sourdough

Thought I’d try to revive this blog the same way I’m reviving my sourdough starter…by cultivating the good and allowing that growth to eliminate the bad.  This blog used to be about my discoveries & fun encounters with a variety of things…birding, biking, learning medicine, etc.  Then it became a rant against the current status of american health care & delivery.

Well I don’t want to cultivate that anymore.  I want to revive my expression of learning & wonder about the world that surrounds us.

Sourdough, i learned, is active due to two primary organisms…yeast & lactobacillus.  The particular strains of each are what gives sourdough it’s wonderful taste.  2 days ago I dug out a starter I’d made nearly a year ago. It was more like a science project than a starter.  I carefully scraped off the mold & oxidized gray parts and scooped the rest into a bowl. I added some warm water, stirred vigerously to reoxygenate and added some flour.

To may amazement, the next day I found bubbles!  I carefully stirred & fed it again following the instructions here for reviving sourdough.

This morning, I actually got out a food scale, I want to do it right. I measured out 100 grams of my revival project, added 50 g of water and 50 g of flour and set it in the oven with the light on.  If all goes well, I’ll be blogging about some amazing bread in a few days. Stay tuned.

  2 comments for “Reviving Sourdough

  1. Sine Nomine
    December 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Dear Doc Shazam,

    Please write anything or nothing! Some loyal readers will check in from

    time to time! If we find some new words we will REJOICE. If not, then we

    may reread some of the existing posts or just HOPE that you are well &

    SAFE & living your life as you wish. I hope that you know that Dr. Charles

    has returned at, & Dr. Maria of is now

    married & writing at & on twitter.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

    Imagining some delicious & aromatic sourdough while waiting for any


    Thanks for ALL your GREAT WRITINGS!!

    Sine Nomine


  2. Doc Shazam
    December 19, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words! Those were the days, weren’t they, when we were all writing regularly? So exciting. How we all grow & change. Soon I will publish my books from these writings here…

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