Winds of Change?

You may remember that housework became a more contentious issue when mom and I got our place together. She does the laundry, which is great and helpful, and she lets the dog in and out and makes sure he’s got water while I’m at work. I have been doing basically everything else— all the cooking (she’ll make herself breakfast and lunch, though I always leave her homemade alternatives to making her own— there are single-serve scrambled egg cups and frozen prepared pancakes and quick breads in the freezer. On a good day there’s prepared steel-cut oats in the fridge, in addition to cereals, yogurts and stuff she buys herself). I also do 90 percent or more of the housework, including vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting, mowing, arranging for major repairs, cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes, setting the table, clearing the table, rinsing the dishes, loading the dishwasher, taking out trash and recycling, most of the shopping, all of the pet care. Sometimes she’ll empty part of the dishwasher, or she’ll rearrange what I’ve loaded in the dishwasher before she turns it on, she’ll mostly bring the empty trash cans back from the curb, and about 30 percent of the time, she’ll get the mail. That’s been it. It’s been disappointing, because I thought we’d be partners in this, to a larger degree, but the end game on this one is that I’ll end up doing everything, so I chalked it up to being in that place earlier than I thought.

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Sourdough Starter, An Update

It’s been awhile since I posted anything about my sourdough starter, but I’m still moving it forward. I’ve tried

  • Sourdough pancakes
  • Sourdough biscuits, for biscuits and gravy
  • Sourdough orange rolls (like the pumpkin cinnamon rolls, but orange flavored. Because it was the day of the Super Bowl and I bleed orange and blue.)
  • Sourdough dumplings, in chicken and dumplings
  • More bread

I’d say that the only failure was the sourdough pancakes, and that was my fault— I failed to measure the baking soda sufficiently and apparently, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. It made the pancakes bitter.

I’ve been frustrated because these recipes are on the bland side. I think they’re relying on my sourdough starter for flavor, and it’s been pretty bland. I figured that I had very little to lose by approaching my starter more experimentally. I fed my starter about a teaspoon of sugar back in January. I noticed that it became much more active after that, and the smell grew stronger. I fed it about a tablespoon of honey in February, and it became even more active and stronger. Its consistency changed, so it’s less liquid and more spongy.

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