I keep asking myself, should I give it a name? I’m talking about my sourdough starter, in case you were wondering. Am I crazy?
Of course, the answer to that is yes. I am absolutely crazy, I must be because I have been trying to find a name for my starter.
Deserving a name
When I started this journey I swore I wouldn’t do this. However, it seems most people do it and now that it is almost 4 months old, perhaps it is time to give in and admit there is an affection towards my flour and water concoction. Over the months I’ve tended to it, loved it even. There is no doubt I have an attachment to it.
This starter has yet to let me down and everything we have tried has worked so far.
So here we are, does it deserve a name.
Why are starters always female?
In the quest to think of a name, I have asked myself this many times, why do they always have female names?
Seriously they all do, well all the ones I’ve seen.
Is it because bread that is baked at home is considered more of the job for the woman of the house? Is it about reproduction? I kid you not, there are questions that I have absolutely no answer to.
Do only certain ones deserve a name?
Perhaps you can only give your starter a name if you started it yourself. Mine did start as an empty jar and then I put in some flour and water in equal parts each day. Then after a while starting throwing out some each day. I have nurtured it, feed it, encouraged it. It has take patience and confidence in myself to do this.
I have it, I have it.
Perhaps it is because it is like a child that you give birth to and then nurture to maturity. Well, unlike a child you then use it and throw it away, or eat it as the case may be.
So a name
In case you haven’t worked it out, I did come up with a name.
So I would like to introduce you to Gertrude.
Now I just need to work out if I should name the other two as well.
Too much time on my hands perhaps. Too much time to think more likely.