Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in spirit, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

Oh Lord,

Teach me to seek You and reveal yourself to me when I seek You.

For I cannot seek You unless You first teach me, nor find You unless You first reveal yourself to me.

Let me seek You in longing, and long for You in seeking.

Let me find You in love, and love You in finding.

~Saint Ambrose of Milan

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Name: Erin Yonke

Location: Aurora, IL

Info: I'm happily married to my husband and champion pro-life activist, Matt. I stay home with my three small boys; Ambrose (11/06), Peter (3/08), and Joseph (9/10).

Monday, September 11, 2006

Taming wild yeasts.

I recently decided to swap making my traditional yeast breads with sourdough....just for fun. (Oh, and if you don't care about bread, you should skip this.)
I wish I could say things are going well.
Sourdough, unlike my beloved, domestic, active dry yeast, is made by mixing equal parts flour and water and, through fermentation, captures "wild yeasts" from the air. And, therefore has the temperment of a wild animal. Don't get me wrong, I've managed to come up with several great, crusty, flavorful loaves with this stuff...but, it's been totally unpredictable.
Dry yeast is very loyal. As long as you give it a wet, warm place to hang out, it will love you. And even if it's having a bad day, you can just sprinkle some sugar on it, and THEN it will love you. Sourdough, on the other hand, is an actual living organism. It requires frequent feedings, consistent temperatures, reacts poorly to metal (which rules out the kitchen aid and the handy dough hook), and even under perfect conditions, may take up to 4 hours for just one rise. 4 hours. I'm just so not that patient.
Anyway, it's probably good for my soul.

Another interesting note about bread: I read somewhere recently that the purpose for "slashing" a cross on the top of bread loaves originated in Ireland and was actually used to bless the bread before baking, and not just to make the bread look pretty. Maybe I'm the only one who didn't know this.

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