Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

Let me introduce you to the other woman in my life

You may have noticed things have been a bit quiet on this here blog over the last week or so. Mainly because we’ve been trying to sell our house and quite honestly the combination of that and work has been all my brain can handle. But amazingly our house sold in less than a week and we’re pretty close to buying a house also, all of which means I now have the brain power to tell you about the other woman in my life.

This, ladies and gentlemen is Susie, or to give her her full name Susie the sourdough starter. The new love of my life, a woman who makes me salivate just at the thought of her.

She is my latest obsession, a never ending mission to make the perfect sourdough loaf. It’s truly fascinating being able to make bread when no yeast at all is added, just some water, flour and magic fairy dust from the air. I think it also appeals to that little boy scientist inside making a magic potion, mixing and stirring and then watching as it bubbles away to itself in its jar.

Of course the main reason for doing this is that sourdough bread makes the greatest toast in the world, add a couple of rashers of bacon and a poached egg and you have the perfect sunday brunch.

Susie is now 2 weeks old and spends weekdays relaxing in the fridge, then on Friday morning she’s awaken from her slumber with a nice feed ready to make the dough on Friday evening and then baked in a loaf on Saturday morning. In theory if you keep this process going your starter will last forever and just gets better with age, plus if you keep the routine going you have an awesome fresh loaf of bread every weekend. What more could a man want?

Food porn photos to follow on Instagram….



  1. I love love love sour dough but just don’t know if I have what it takes to keep it going. It sounds amazing though.

  2. That’s all very well, but where’s the recipe? Having recently discovered making my own pizza dough I am feeling over-confident and ready to graduate onto the next stage – bread. And anything without yeast sounds like a good place to begin, so please, can you share how to do this?

    • Well my bible for this is the fabulous baking brothers, well worth a look if you want a book on bread making. But will blog the recipe at the weekend just for you 🙂

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