pastaMadre day

10 December 2011
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allHost [pastaMadre] in Europe

Italia - Bologna - Desenzano del Garda
- Vitangelo, Gabriella ed Enza
- Fabio Koryu Calabrò e Chiara Salvini

Ukraine - Lviv
- Nadya e Ola
CS Nadya e Ola

Spain - Barcelona Parc del Garraf
- Sol

France - Toulouse Cassagnabere
- Pascale and Christian
CS Cassa

France - Paris
- Agnes
CS Agnes P

United Kingdom England - Birmingham
- Vangelis
CS Vangelis
- Dario

United Kingdom England - Liverpool
- Gianni
CS Gianni B
- Ruth

Netherlands - Amsterdam
- Robin casa
CS Robino

Belgium - Dendermonde
- Lieke, Peter and kids
CS Lieke, Peter and kids

Germany - Essen
- Marta
CS Martasia

Germany - Berlin
- Mary, Manuel, Vicky, and

Poland - Warsaw
- Tomas and Justyna
- Sebastian
CS Sebastian PL
- Agata

Poland - Lodz
CS sylwia siu

Czech Republic - Prague
CS Roffepoffe

Hungary - Budapest
HC sofiaxyz

Croatia - Zagreb
- Jasna and Tomo
CS booobamara

Bosnia - Bihać
- Paola L.

pastaMadre in Birmingham!

it's a great fun and pleasure to host Walter and Vittorio in Birmingham!
They are hosted by Vangelis, our Birmingham CS moderator, who is taking good care of them!

The pastaMadre making, baking and sharing will be on Saturday night, in a very typical English pub, the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath!

We just knew that Walter and Vittorio will have their stall together with a bunch of English University students... all girls!! Lucky them!

More info on the full event on Facebook or Couch Surfing and the hosting pub.

First re-freshening the sourdough* (=PASTAMADRE) and then making the bread

(* Sourdough is a dough containing a lactobacillus culture, usually in symbiotic combination with yeasts. Sourdough bread is made by using a small amount (20-25 percent) of starter dough (sometimes known as "the mother sponge"), which contains the culture, and mixing it with new flour and water, check )

The sourdough is the basic ingredient to make bread. You can think at it like a yeast that needs to be added to the mixture of flour and water that make the bread. No sourdough=no bread.

To be kept alive, the sourdough needs to be refreshed, with add of flour and water.

Always use glass or ceramic recipients to keep the sourdough, and wood spoon or hands to mix it: plastic IS NOT GOOD because the pastamadre has to breath and it would stop it to grow.

Let’s say you have 50grams of sourdough: the re-freshening has to be done from every 6 hours (minimum) until every 2 or 3 days maximum and has to be kept in the fridge during the summer.

The sourdough has to be refreshed adding flour in a relation of 1:4 (1 unit sourdough plus 4 units of flour and 4 units of water). So, to make an example, to refresh 50 grams of sourdough, add 200 gr. of flour and 200 gr. of water (you can use a glass to make the measurements).

If you want to have 2kg of bread, you will need 500-600 grams of sourdough. This means that you will need to refresh it several times to reach the right quantity. Bear in mind, you need to wait at least 6 hours between a refreshment and the other.

If you are not planning to make bread for some time and you want to keep the sourdough, put it in a glass recipient and cover it completely with olive oil. This process will conserve the sourdough for 10-15 days.

Do not use all the sourdough in once: keep some separate from the pasta mixture so that you can reuse it for the next time.


You need 300 gr of sourdough;

1000 gr of flour;

700 + or - cl of water;

C'era, ovviamente, anche il pane: Il Primo Pane!


Cena in giardino - Dinner in my garden


That's my salad, what Walter is eating... just picked a couple of metres away... I'm very proud of my messy and round-the-year-productive garden.