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kaz
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject: Herman  Reply with quote

Last night Herman arrived in the house - he is a quarter share of a German Friendship sour dough cake gifted to me by Mrs Tiggywinkle.
I have to look after him for 10 days (he came with instructions) and then cook 1/4 of the mix and pass the other 3/4 onto friends
From the list of ingrediants that he asks for on day 10 he should be worth looking after
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emsley



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Herman is doing the rounds in this area too!
We had a bowl of 'gloop' (as I called it  - yeasty mix) from my lovely daughter, and she also gave us some of her already cooked Herman.
He is an attention seeker though, with all this fuss for the next 10 days
We thoroughly enjoyed eating him
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My sourdough starter is now 4 years old and still going strongly: tonight we are having sourdough toad in the hole again, which is one of our favourites.  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I last went to visit son and grandkids they were cooking Herman. Their recipe demanded apples for the final cook, but as they didn't have any they put cinnamon and chopped walnuts and cooked it in the meat tin. VERY nice!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh God I'm on my second Herman...I killed the first one as we went away for the weekend and I put him in the fridge. RIP Herman!!! This second one is on day 3. Its getting to the stage at the school gate where if you see someone with margarine tubs you run away!! Love Lizzie
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I suggested on another forum, feed him a bit less but a bit more frequent and split him in half on day 6 or 7 , bake half and keep the other half, no need to keep passing him on unless someone wants him.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much less and how frequently?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would try half a cup of flour, sugar and milk on day 3 and 5 and then split ad bake on day 7 or 8 with very good stirs on the days between, the first couple of baked might be light in flavour but once it gets going it should be able to cope witu the regular feeds.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want a Herman!  Used to do this YEARS ago when the kids were little (they are 32, 30 and 28 now!) Not heard of Herman doing the rounds over here though, and I doubt he would survive the overseas postal service too well! (Of course, if instructions were to be printed on the package perhaps the 'posties' would play along?????)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard of Herman, but never had one.

Gareth's Sourdough is pretty impressive too!  

The longest I had something was a Mother Yeast Culture, but that was years ago.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How would you start a Herman from scratch?
Could you adapt Gareth's sourdough recipe?
I was too late to snaffle one of my son's 'offspring'.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seabird wrote:
How would you start a Herman from scratch?


You can have a 'son of Herman' off me
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes please  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seabird wrote:
How would you start a Herman from scratch?
Could you adapt Gareth's sourdough recipe?
I was too late to snaffle one of my son's 'offspring'.


I have a recipe somewhere on a scrap of paper for a cake mix that you split into 3, one to bake, one to feed, and one to pass on. Sounds a bit like Herman?
It's a very old and tatty bit of paper though, and I'm not sure who's writing it is. Will have to try and find it. Think it's slipped into one of our many recipe books.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wilder wrote:
I want a Herman!  Used to do this YEARS ago when the kids were little (they are 32, 30 and 28 now!) Not heard of Herman doing the rounds over here though, and I doubt he would survive the overseas postal service too well! (Of course, if instructions were to be printed on the package perhaps the 'posties' would play along?????)


Same here! (Only my two are 27, 22! )

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