Swol sourdough is back!

I’ve been baking sooo much bread lately, and it reminded me of a dough doodle I made for #inktober 2018. If you love baking too, you can get the new, colourful Swol Sourdough as a sticker, on a mug or notebook (among other products) in my shop.

The old drawing looked like this:

sourdough yeast rise #inktober doodle by wordsanddoodlesblog
Read my Inktober post from 2018 here

And here’s the fresh version of “Swol Sourdough” as I’ve decided to name it:

You’d better pop it in the oven soon, before it spills out of its tin.

I put this design on stickers, mugs and more products in my Redbubble shop for other baking nerds flexing their dough muscles – you can see them all here:

Drawing process

The new and improved version of my dough doodle was drawn on paper using Windsor & Newton Promarkers and coloured pencils. Afterwards I did some digital editing in Gimp and Adobe Illustrator to give it some clearer colours and contrast. I also ended up using Adobe Draw to do the final line art. Needless to say, I spent many hours on perfecting this sourdough!

If you follow the blog, you might also have seen this sourdough doodle that I made a couple of weeks ago – also inspired by the doodle from 2018.

It’s funny how old drawings sometimes pop up in my head and inspire something new. I draw a lot of new things on paper and screen at the moment, too, but redrawing old stuff is very fun and challenging at the same time.

Swol sourdough is back!

My happy sourdough

Here’s a drawing of someone who’s been a bit neglected for the past couple of months…

Look how happy my sourdough starter is when it gets fed with some new yummy flour and water 😀

I haven’t been baking very much sourdough bread in 2020. But now that I’m on my summer vacation at home, I have more time and energy for baking – and drawing! Look at me posting on here three days in a row, woohoo!

I that noticed online that a lot of people kind of discovered sourdough during quarantine/self isolation. And it was very fun to follow and made me remember my own starter journey 😀

Sourdough starting

I started my starter in June or July of 2018. That summer was incredibly hot here in Denmark (and Europe in general), and I think that made the process get a bit out of hand. For about a week our apartment smelled quite… sour… To say the least!

Now that my starter is older, however, it’s a lot easier to bake with and maintain and it lives happily in our fridge, as long as I feed it once every 2 or 3 weeks.

For the baking nerds still reading

I don’t always manage to plan a couple of days ahead when I want to bake, though (dough, lol). Which means we also get a lot of non-sourdough bread and obviously store-bought bread, which is nice too. But I really love the final result, when I do bake my own. I’m also not a sourdough purist – I mostly add some yeast to my dough.

Drawing process

Today’s drawing was drawn digitally in Gimp with my Wacom tablet and without a hand drawn sketch as the basis (which I often use). I tried to keep the style a bit more simple than my two previous drawings while I’m still learning to use the programme, so I don’t burn out 🙂

I think this bread doodle from my Inktober 2018 was a bit of an inspiration for today’s drawing. If you’re a proper doodle/sourdough nerd, you can check out all my sourdough-related posts under this tag: sourdough.

Thanks for reading all the way through, please share your sourdough stories (good or bad) in the comments, if you feel like it.

My happy sourdough

Inktober 2018 #17

When you let your bread dough rise for too long and this happens:

This almost happened to me today, because I went for a (as always, really slow) jog while my sourdough loaf was rising in its bread tin. But I managed to get it in the oven in time!

Short update related to yesterday’s waffle post: I made these Overnight Yeasted Waffles this morning, and they turned out REALLY good. Look!

I found the recipe in this Youtube video by Emmymadeinjapan: Waffle hotdog recipe

I love Emmy’s videos, and I’ve been watching a lot of them this past month since I found the channel, sometimes while cooking. It’s amazing to discover a new channel and be able to binge-watch all the videos.

Inktober 2018 #17

Inktober 2018 #9

The wonderful, beige, smelly goo that is my sourdough starter is very precious to me.

I haven’t checked yet, but I’m hoping there’ll be lots of Gollums on Inktober today for the prompt “precious”.

If I got the question: “There’s a fire in your house, what do you grab before running out of the building?”, I think I would answer: “My sourdough!”.

If my boyfriend and neighbours were safe, obviously! I’m not Gollum (yet).

I actually had a dream last night that there was a fire and I got out of the house in a non-dramatic way. So I decided to go back in through the window to get my phone.

When I told my boyfriend about the dream this morning, he immediately yelled:

“YOU DON’T GO BACK FOR THE PHONE!”

Like he thought I was going to do that IRL. Which I don’t think I would do. I have a feeling he wouldn’t react well to me running to get my sourdough starter either.

Inktober 2018 #9

Foodles

I’m on a cooking / baking binge right now and realised that I needed to do bring some food doodles to the blog. Foodles? No.

I thought the binge would last maybe the first 3-5 days of my summer vacation, but now I’m on week 3 and still baking away.

I made my own sourdough starter right before going on our bike trip and was very worried if it would survive 2 weeks in the fridge (which the recipe said it would).

My initial excitement over the witchcraft that is sourdough (where do the bubbles and the yeast and the wonderful sour smell come from?*) led to this little doodle in my notebook:

From weird goo to lovely loaf!

It seems my starter survived and I’ve fed it and baked some wonderful sourdough loaves since we got home.

It seems sourdough is somewhat of a trend (at least on YouTube and Instagram) so now I spend quite a bit of time checking out recipes and images of beautiful bread. I really like the show “It’s Alive with Brad” on the Bon Appetit YouTube channel and have watched the sourdough episode with Brad and Claire like 5 times.

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*It’s from the air, I know, but that’s magical enough for me.

Foodles