Continuing on in my quest to finally learn to cook, I had met someone special. My third love. It wasn’t until this period in my life that made me realize that there has to be more to cooking than just making food to eat. Food is important. It nourishes the body, gives us energy, and generally helps us live. But then again, it can help you feel sick too.
My mother used to tell me not to eat to much applesauce, chocolates, or whatever else because it will give me a tummy ache. She was right to a certain extent since too much of anything isn’t good. The one piece of information that was always missing was the “Why?”. I would ask her why and should would simply tell me “because I said so.” That’s no reason. But if you are trying to explain your reasons to a five year old, it seems logical that that’s the best answer she could give at the time. How am I, at the young age of five, going to understand the complicated workings of the human body when I can’t even spell. So with virtually no information on food, what it does for the body, or the best foods to eat to help your body function, I was sent off to provide for my family, kids, and relatives (during bbq’s and such).
When I met my third and final husband, it seemed that things would continue on the way they always have: eating out, frozen foods, etc., until he got sick. I don’t mean the flu, a cold, or a stomach ache. I am talking chronic stomach problems and all the pain, nausea, vomiting, and hospital visits that came along with it. I knew I had to do something other than just toting him around from hospital to hospital, doctor to doctor. I started reading about probiotics. Not just the pills you can buy over the counter…real probiotics from food. It began to become very apparent that issues with the human body usually start with what you eat.
Natural probiotics come from fermented foods, or at least all the ones I know about. Yogurts, kimchi, and sourdough bread all are good examples of fermented foods. I even tried making homemade quick kimchi which, in my opinion was really good, but I couldn’t get Tummy to eat it. I bought a scoby and made homemade kombucha, nope, Tummy wouldn’t touch it. Kefir, definitely not. That left yogurt and sourdough bread. Now he will eat yogurt, occasionally, and sourdough bread, definitely, but the best way to help a bad tummy with sourdough bread is to make the starter from scratch. I really did try to make the starter, twice. It takes a lot of patience and time, of which I rarely have, and both times I failed to follow the instructions precisely. If you are miss one day, or forget to feed your starter, you might as well start over because your starter can die. And mine did just that. But if you are successful in creating your starter, then you will be able to make fresh sourdough bread for the rest of your life with this one starter…as long as it doesn’t die.