Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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The word for the day is 'rustic'

Remember the failed baby shoggoth? That I was going hack?

Well, it's been done. I added a packet of commercial yeast to the little fellow, replayed all the steps in the Learn Shoggoth in 15 Days book, and at the end I had a bubbly, yeasty-smelling shoggoth, which I turned into a couple of loaves of bread, using the instructions in the current issue of Cooks Illustrated.

The result:

Rather pretty loaves, if I say so myself. Rustic-looking. Not quite as high as I would like; I think I used a bit too much water for the flour, resulting in slightly floppy loaves.

Taste? Not bad. A subtle sourdough flavor, not overwhelming. Crust is best described as leathery +3 plate from the planet Krypton interestingly chewy. Texture is, um, rubbery. Not unpleasant, but rubbery. I know it's kneaded enough. Maybe it was the too-much liquid? Although this is a bread with no shortening in it at all, so perhaps the lack of a delicate crumb shouldn't be surprising. It seems to me that sourdough I've had in restaurants has also had a somewhat firm crumb, so maybe this is expected.

Net-net, was it all worth it, the month-long struggle with sourdough starter? Eh, probably not. And the process of making the bread is a three day affair, starting off with a full 36 hours of 'refreshing the starter'. If human romantic relationships required this much detailed attention to succeed, the race would die off.

Still, it's nice to have fresh sourdough; complaints above aside, it's really very pleasant to eat. I can't eat two loaves before they go stale, so I've frozen most of it. I love coarse homemade bread and butter with soups, so I'll be making Kickin' Chicken Soup to take in to work to eat for 'lunch' (i.e., my 3 a.m. meal) for the next week or so.


aya(shii), aya(shimu)
meaning: weird, suspicious

奇怪 == kikai == (noun, adjective that takes な) strange, wonderful, weird, outrageous, mysterious
怪物 == kaibutsu == (noun) monster

Left radical is one of the radical forms of 'heart/feelings'. The right radical is composed of one of the radical forms of 'hand' (upper element) and 'ground' (土), which is commonly used in Chinese as a simplification of a character meaning 'sacred', which may be intended to add meanings of 'otherworldliness/mysteriousness'. This character originally meant, 'the feelings one has on encountering something strange', but its meaning has expanded to encompass the strange thing itself. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'Weird hand on ground gives suspicious feeling.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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