The teacher of this class is a bit goofy. He uses words like “shaboom” and “skosh” without irony and talks a lot about bringing good energy and positive attitude to your bread. If you sullenly slap it around, it’s not going to be the angelic item you want.

He brings a lot of special details in. Making the starter is a lot simpler than I thought. I recall that the ’49ers carried a bit of starter with them in a bag slung around their necks and under their shirts, imparting an amazing special tang to their loaves. I also know that you can buy starter powder. But apparently you can also mix flour, water, and molasses and let it hang around for a week, feeding it and stirring it up a little every couple of days. Kneading, shaping, and scoring the loaves involve many simple special touches, too.

He’s also very specific about the equipment needed. I may give this class to #2 son for his birthday, along with the fancy gear.

As with most of the other classes I’ve taken this summer, I am watching rather than actually doing the project. I think the first four classes are as far as I’ve gotten. I finished the back of the Delish cardigan and went on to the fronts — I’m doing both at the same time and am about four inches up so far. I’m still working primarily on the Little Boy’s quilt.

So the classes are thus far only giving me abstract knowledge. I figure I’ll watch them again when I get around to starting the projects. Since I don’t generally eat bread, the sourdough might be a holiday project.

The new habits report, with those that have already become second nature removed:

  1. Eat apples and berries every day. I already have berries for breakfast each day, but I must go and buy some apples. While the book specifically says that applesauce doesn’t count, I think I will have some applesauce today to get the habit on track.
  2. No carbs after lunch. I assume he doesn’t mean kale. This could be the compromise between abstention and moderation I’ve been thinking about. I assume that it will also be difficult.
  3. No added sweeteners. Time to give up sugar. I’ve been allowing my sweet tooth too much leeway of late.
  4. One meatless day each week. This is distinctly unappealing. Since cheese, soy, and legumes are on the don’t-eat lists, I’m not sure where I would go with this. I’m not fully committed to this one.
  5. Go to bed hungry. I’ve been doing this one, but I’m not sure how habitual it is yet.
  6. Plan one splurge meal a week. Sunday lunch? The tough part about this is that we’re supposed to be perfect for the remainder of the week, thinking, “I’ll refuse that cake right now, because I can have cake at Sunday lunch.” That’s probably more effective than thinking, “I’ll have that cake today, and then I won’t have any tomorrow.” Every day.
  7. Process email only a few times a day. Working on that.