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March Photo Challenge: Day 11



Prompt: Living

About this photo: My dough is not living.

This is my first of two failed attempts at pizza dough today. A friend gave me a starter named Gertrude, seen above in the pasta sauce jar, and I had delusions of grandeur of being able to create a delicious pizza from scratch to woo Mr. Husband.

Notes to self:

  • Do not try to make any baked goods requiring a yeasted rise when doubling up on the evil Ortho Tri-Cyclen.
  • Always have a backup meal or pre-made crust.
  • If the first crust fails, don’t try again.
  • If you start sobbing and yelling while throwing away dough, your husband will still love you, although he may find you a smidgen crazy.

It was a rough day. Tomorrow will be better.

*Note: Dinner attempt No. 3 used a pre-made crust and it was surprisingly delicious.



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  1. March 11, 2012

    Oh boy- I have had my fair share of failed risings…

  2. Rachel @ Eggs In A Row #
    March 11, 2012

    Hey sweetie. My blog is down, email me at re: your trip!

    • March 12, 2012

      Oy, hope it comes back up again! seems like there have been a few hickups lately at WP blogs going down..

      • Rachel @ Eggs In A Row #
        March 12, 2012

        No, my in-laws found it and threw a fit. I’m now basically disowned.

        • March 12, 2012

          Oh my, crap! really hope they play it nice.. that must be so frustrating!

          Sorry Belle for hi-jacking your blog.

  3. March 11, 2012

    Sorry you had such a rough day! I understand the torture of making anything with yeast! I can’t stand it! Pastry is evil for me to be honest! Anyway, here is a link to one of my other blogs with a recipe for pizza dough that I’ve yet to mess up! Hope it helps. I’ve never heard of using a starter for pizza dough.

    Your last note reminded me of my pastry mess up a month ago. I made two attempts at it for lemon meringue pie for company and ended up having to buy the frozen shells! It was NOT a good day and my husband was shocked by my emotions!

  4. March 11, 2012

    Failed risings suck! There have been a couple of breads that I baked anyway and they didn’t come out horrible.

  5. March 11, 2012

    I can confirm the sobbing while throwing away dough/husband still loves you thing.

  6. EmHart #
    March 12, 2012

    Mmmmmm, cale and sweet potato, that sounds really good.

  7. March 12, 2012

    Whenever I make dinner I always have a back-up ready because my results are pretty unpredictable. You can make pizza dough without a starter, though! Maybe next time haha!

  8. March 12, 2012

    Uff, hope today is better and that the Rage cools down for you.. Not fun!

  9. March 12, 2012

    Hoping for a better day for you tomorrow xxx

  10. March 12, 2012

    Dough can be so overly sensitive 🙂

  11. March 13, 2012

    I think our husbands could bond over stories of meltdowns during this IF journey. Sometimes it can be the smallest things that set me off. I hope you’re feeling better today!

    On a culture related note…did you feed Gertrude lately? Sometimes they just need to be fed and given some time (a day or two, I’d have to ask my husband since sourdough is his thing) before they’re ready to do their magic. I usually just use instant yeast for pizza dough though.

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