April 1, 2012

National Sourdough Bread Day

“Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.” - Anatole France

It's National Sourdough Bread Day!

I'm a total carbivore. I always have been.

But I was programmed to be one! See, we always had a delicious array of bread products in my house growing up that mocked us until we gave in and stuffed our faces. One of my least favorite things my parents always bought was potato bread. It was awkward tasting. On the other hand, I was always quite in love with the tangyness of a good sourdough.

I like how dense and chewy it is; I like how flavorful it inherently seems to be; I like how well it drinks up butter when it becomes toast; and, I like how it proudly holds up sandwich fillings. Sourdough bread is thought to have been around (as one of the first, naturally leavened breads) since Ancient Egypt. It's created from flour and water that's left to set at room temperature; wild yeasts that live in the flour and are floating in the air settle on the dough and begin to eat the natural sugars. It ferments and produces lactic acid - what makes sourdough, well, sour! That starter is then used to make the bread; and, if properly maintained, starters can last for years and years!

When I found out today was National Sourdough Bread Day there was only one thing I wanted: a (vegan) roast beef sandwich with (vegan) cream cheese, tomatoes, and onions on two beautiful slices of locally made s.d. bread (ZOMG, WE SHARE THE SAME INITIALS, SOURDOUGH BREAD AND I!!!). Does this combination of flavors sound disgusting? Maybe. But you know how it is with cravings - when they hit, they are all-consuming, and don't back-off until you give in.

So give in, I shall (even if that means having glorious onion breath afterwards).


Happy National Sourdough Bread Day!