Sourdough Success

My First Sourdough Loaf
I finally had success with my sourdough starter. I used the pineapple method shown here and I guess the trick is to really just follow the instructions. After the fifth day, my starter was foamy and alive! I made a test loaf seen above and while the starter doesn’t seem to have a lot of leavening power, it sure tastes good.

Home Made Sourdough WafflesI used some of the starter that I would have thrown away during a feeding to make waffle batter. The waffles didn’t taste that tangy or tart, but they did have a good complex flavor, which wasn’t something we got with just a regular waffle batter. The waffles were also incredibly airy, which was good if we got it right off the iron, but bad because it got soggy very quickly.

Egg Salad Sandwich on Sourdough BreadI also made an egg salad sandwich using the bread. There’s just something so satisfying about taking a freshly baked loaf of bread out of the oven and cutting into it and seeing the steam rise up. Maybe I should let bread cool a little longer before cutting it, but it’s one of my favorite parts about baking bread.

I didn’t want the egg salad to taste too rich, so I whipped up a batch of mango salad to go along with it. Mango, although sweet, actually tastes really good with some salt, cayenne pepper, and olive oil mixed in with it.

Big Sky Cafe in SLO — a decent lunch

Our first meal in San Luis Obispo was at Big Sky Cafe, located right smack downtown. The place, a large, open, cafe, was bustling with diners when we arrived. The menu has a wide range of options from Mexican, to southern, to Asian-influenced.

Big Sky @ SLO

I was starving when I arrived, but I still didn’t want to face disappointment, so I went with a safe choice: a BLT sandwich and a side of gumbo. The BLT was good, as most BLTs were, and piled high with bacon. It wasn’t the most adventurous choice, but at least I wasn’t disappointed. The gumbo tasted good, but I don’t know if it tasted authentic. It had a small amount of heat, but missing some oomph.

Big Sky @ SLO

One of the reasons we chose to eat lunch at Big Sky was because they have vegan and vegetarian options which weren’t just salad. The BF ordered the bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwich) with a side of fries. Other than being served on a baguette, it was nothing like a bahn mi. Despite the fact that it was clearly just a veggie sandwich with tofu, it was still pretty good.

Big Sky Cafe doesn’t try to get too experimental or fancy, but it’s a decent place to stop by for lunch. The large menu means almost anyone can find something they’d like to eat, and by sticking to the basics, no one should leave disappointed.

Big Sky Cafe
1121 Broad St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 545-5401
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