Hi! My name is Natasa and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovenia - a very small country in Central Europe.
My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.
Well, the days went by and I just couldn't stop thinking about the bread so I said “why not” and baked my first soda bread that looked quite like bread but it was too crumbly and it left a slight bitter tang in my mouth. I knew I could get more out of the bread so I started searching and finally found what I was imagining – sourdough bread.
I read hundreds of recipes and all called for active sourdough starter. I was confused - I didn’t understand well where to get it, how to make it on my own or how to make it in less than one week.
My first sourdough starter was a mouldy, runny and inactive mixture of all-purpose flour and water. In one moment I thought there was no way I could make this work. I didn’t give up; I mixed flour and water for at least twenty times before it finally worked and could bake my first sourdough brick, I mean sourdough bread. I didn’t give up for the second time either.
One day I nailed it, the taste and smell of the bread were amazing, the crumb was soft and tender and most importantly, all of the above mentioned symptoms (brain fog, bloating, and flatulence) were gone.
I was on fire! I began experimenting, reading and eventually I started blogging and sharing recipes in Slovene, my native language. In 2014, my blog won a national award for the best culinary blog. The competition was organized by Ljubljananjam, Ljubljana foodies' hub.
“Everything is hard before it is easy”.
I started my blog to share and unleash the secrets and tricks of sourdough baking and to show that you too can master the art and the beauty of home sourdough baking. It doesn’t have to be hard before easy. It can only be easy.
I would like to meet you - a new sourdough baker - so don't hesitate to contact me or leave me a comment below. If you have any questions or if you would just like to say hello, feel free to e-mail me at natasa@mydailysourdoughbread.
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Warning: Baking your own Real Sourdough Bread can make your imagination blossom, your taste buds go crazy and can make you addicted to its incredible smell and mouth-watering taste.
Food52 |10 Essential Tools for Making Sourdough Bread at Home, October 2015
Sourdough Surprises | Gluten Free Sourdough Baking, August 2015
FeedFeed | Sourdough fougasse with sea salt, May 2016