Being the recipient of an Amish Friendship Bread starter is surprisingly complex.Â Sure, for eight of the ten days all you really do is knead the bag.Â Itâ€™s like a pleasant little morning hand workout or late evening stress relief.Â Also it is a fun surprise to see the contents of the Ziploc bag bubble and do their magic slowly filling the bag with air.
Little did I know I was a recipient of an adventurer of a friendship bread.Â This morning the bread starter tried base jumping from a kitchen shelf. Thankfully, Ziploc bags are tough and the sink was just below, thus Iâ€™m still able to share the progress of the bread with you rather than spending the morning cleaning my sink.
So whatâ€™s so complex about it?Â Well, once you start to think about keeping bread for yourself so you can bake it every 10 days it is a little like having a pet.Â What do you do if you go on vacation?Â Do you have to hire a sitter for your starter?Â Then there is the anxiety of wondering whether I really could screw up something so simple.Â It is possible afterall.Â In the end, I think everything will turn out all right.Â Until then I wait with abaited breath.
PS On a knitting role, I decided to finish the afghan.Â It is really more of a large lap blanket than an afghan but thatâ€™s because Iâ€™ve become a yarn snob of sorts and refuse to buy any more yarn for the thing.Â (That and they discontinued one of my colors.)Â Alas.Â Câ€™est la vie, the blanket câ€™est fin.