To dough, or not to dough

My obsession with bread began in 2017 while backpacking through Europe when local breads became a part of my everyday breakfast. I returned to Mumbai hoping to find decent breads made using good, simple and local ingredients but found none. I complained about it but I never really thought of making it at home until the pandemic hit and I was forced to stop all my design projects.

For some reason, I was very reluctant to make my starter. I believed I needed some kind of superior flour to create it and kept waiting for organic flour businesses to open back up. But the lockdown didn’t seem any close to ending so I made my mother dough using a very basic brand of atta. It worked just fine!

The first 2 months of my sourdough experiments were frustrating to say the least. I didn’t bake a single decent bread and if it weren’t for the initial no-work lockdown days, I probably would’ve given up after two tries. With so much time on my hands and my anxiety looming over me, I needed something to obsess about and this was it. I would spend hours reading blogs, exploring recipes and watching videos on the subject.

Above are pictures of my first 5 breads. They were all almost inedible and I hate wasting but I also felt bad making my family eat these terrible breads so I would often just toast them and eat them myself.

The one thing I’m glad I did at the beginning of my sourdough journey is to create an anonymous instagram account where I shared all my trials. (Anonymous because I was embarrassed of sharing my bad breads + I have a bad habit of starting a hobby and not sticking to it.) I became part of a wonderful community of people who helped me to not give up after my initial bad breads. They inspired me to keep experimenting. Fast forward today, I’m obsessed and I have a feeling that this obsession is here to stay. 🙂

Next, I’ll introduce you to Mr. Voldoughmort. Stay tuned!

Cheers,
Shweta

Life is delicious!

Hey guys! I’m Shweta and if you’re reading this, you’ve probably been following my baking journey from the past year and you probably know how obsessed I’ve become. 🙂 I’m so happy you’re here and I hope you learn something from my journey! ✨

I decided to create this blog when I moved to Pondicherry earlier this month and for some unfortunate reason, found out that my Airbnb isn’t going to have an oven. I was pretty upset by the thought of not baking for a month and was itching to make bread again! So, I decided move my focus to exploring the delicious breads and pastries this little town has to offer while also *desperately* reaching out to local bakeries for a chance to maybe assist them or use their oven. More about this in my next posts!

This blog is dedicated to everything bread/pastries/sourdough and probably food in general! I’ll share recipes of what I make but I’ll also talk about the local cuisines I try while travelling. Maybe even some food history stuff and cocktails… you get the gist 😀

I’m SO excited about this! From pizza to natas, I want to make and eat it all! Life is delicious and my heart is b u r s t i n g .

If you’d like to say hi, talk to me about sourdough or even send some recipe requests, reach out to me at shwetaravipatil@gmail.com.

Cheers!
Shweta