Thursday, October 23, 2008

Break the Paradigm

After establishing basic bread baking or oven making procedures, we tend to settle in and get comfortable. That's okay, but real learning and surprises take place when we break the paradigm.

A long, long time ago I was an avid fly fisherman. Not having caught anything and anxious to get home, I reeled my fly in as fast as possible just to get done for the day. The fly skimmed along the surface of the water, and bango, a very acceptable salmon struck. Inadvertently, I had learned a new fly fishing technique.

Talking to a baker friend today, he told me that last week he had rushed all his sourdough procedures, being quite haphazard, and he made the best loaves he had ever made.
Don't be afraid to take chances. Take big ones.