Craft and Ritual

I ordinarily bake sourdough bread at least once a week, but the routine got interrupted several weeks ago and I’ve been feeling slightly subhuman ever since. I revived my starter over the weekend, weighed out and mixed the ingredients Monday afternoon, let the dough ferment until Tuesday noon, shaped, proofed and baked the loaf a few hours after that, and today I feel like myself again. It seems to be the case with me and cookingcraft that the rituals are more rewarding than the actual product– but the quality of the product is the measure of whether the rituals have been performed properly. But maybe everyone is like this?

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