I’m back! It’s been a solid 15 months since we last chatted. My last post was a goodbye post. At the time, I didn’t have any plans to start blogging again, but here I am. What’s been happening since my last post?
– I’m a year older, obviously – and the next one will be 30!
– I’m married now. I still enjoy staring down at my ring finger!
– I went to the States for a majestic, food-centric, three-week honeymoon in Seattle, Portland, Bend, Reno and San Francisco.
– I live in Melbourne now. Miss u Brisbane!
– I’ve finished half of a masters degree in speech pathology. Fingers crossed I’ll make it through the second half.
– I travelled to Tasmania recently and am currently making only half-joking plans to move to Hobart ASAP…
– I’ve also been able to explore a little bit of the beautiful state of Victoria since we moved here.
– I’m preparing to spend Christmas in Melbourne with friends and family, before heading off for a rural placement block in north-eastern Victoria early next year…
– Then it’s back into full-time study for one last year!
I’ve also been obsessed with making sourdough bread, which brings me to the reason why I’m back here (find an extensive bread diary on my Instagram account @hannahsdough!). Despite being in full-time study, or maybe even because of being in full-time study, sourdough has become an important part of my schedule! Cultivating my starter, fermenting the dough, stretching, folding, resting, shaping – the “circle of loaf” has kept me sane and given me some focus and purpose that is not just centred on studying. It relaxes me and takes my mind off things. There is always something new to be learned, always another loaf to be baked (I live in a house of four!).
I’ve been promising myself (and others!) all year that I would create some resources and recipes over the summer – without the stresses of study looming over me – for people wanting to get into sourdough, or anyone who’s interested in bread. I often get questions on Instagram about my recipes and process, so I wanted to compile some things here to refer people to. I think there’s no better time than now to dig out the camera again, write some of my most loved recipes down, and share them with you!
So what can you expect to see on here from now on?
– Recipes for sourdough bread, as well as other ways to use your sourdough starter.
– Photo (and hopefully video!) tutorials about some of the processes involved in sourdough, such as how to dry out your sourdough starter for long-term storage or gifting.
– Informational posts and resources, such as ways for busy people to maintain a healthy sourdough starter, my essential sourdough baking tools, etc.
I’m happy to be back, and stay tuned for some recipes soon!