Happy birth-month, Pisceans!
Pisces, the fishes (February 19 to March 20)
Now, I’m merely a cook, and not an astrologer, but here’s my advice for your foodcast:
This is probably a good year to let food help you develop your relationships.
I’ve got something in mind that I think will help you do this in two ways.
The sourdough loaf, leavened by naturally occurring wild yeasts, comes to us through a very ancient tradition that requires patience and consistent care… powerful virtues in an era that tends to pay more attention to haste and impermanence. Some sourdough starters have been carefully tended and passed down from baker to baker for tens or hundreds of years.
The practice of patience and consistency helps ensure that your sourdough starter survives, but these skills also helpful things to remember in tending one’s friendships.
And both the starter and the products it makes are ideal for sharing, another powerful relationship builder. When you think back on some of your favorite meals, you’re likely to find they were spent with people you love. As long as there have been people, people have shared their food, so this is a pretty old concept.
So my thought is this: a new friend to break bread, or gather together a group of old friends to join you for brunch. Conspire to launch projects and solve problems.
I’d post the sourdough particulars here, but Sharon Vail’s supremely cool recipes and story here at NPR sum up just about everything I’d want to say on the topic. She uses her starter in pancakes, biscuits, loaves and even chocolate cake.
On the other hand, the impatient among you might consider purchasing a little sourdough community to get your starter started right.
So with that thought in mind, enjoy your birthday and happy eating!