Haida Gwaii Recreation proofing new online sourdough program

Melissa Paugh of Sandspit (pictured) plans to teach an online sourdough baking program through Haida Gwaii Recreation during the fall and winter 2020. (Jamie Polk/Submitted photo)Melissa Paugh of Sandspit (pictured) plans to teach an online sourdough baking program through Haida Gwaii Recreation during the fall and winter 2020. (Jamie Polk/Submitted photo)
The details of Paugh’s program are currently in the works, but overall it will be an introduction to how to bake a successful loaf of sourdough bread, including the provision of a sourdough starter, recipes and reference materials. (Melissa Paugh/Submitted photo)The details of Paugh’s program are currently in the works, but overall it will be an introduction to how to bake a successful loaf of sourdough bread, including the provision of a sourdough starter, recipes and reference materials. (Melissa Paugh/Submitted photo)
If there is interest, Paugh said she has ideas for a more advanced sourdough class in the future, with a focus on baking other recipes, such as pancakes, crackers, muffins and more. (Melissa Paugh/Submitted photo)If there is interest, Paugh said she has ideas for a more advanced sourdough class in the future, with a focus on baking other recipes, such as pancakes, crackers, muffins and more. (Melissa Paugh/Submitted photo)
If there is interest, Paugh said she has ideas for a more advanced sourdough class in the future, with a focus on baking other recipes, such as pancakes, crackers, muffins and more. (Melissa Paugh/Submitted photo)If there is interest, Paugh said she has ideas for a more advanced sourdough class in the future, with a focus on baking other recipes, such as pancakes, crackers, muffins and more. (Melissa Paugh/Submitted photo)

A virtual Haida Gwaii Recreation program in the works for fall and winter promises to teach residents all they “knead” to know to start baking sourdough.

Taught by Sandspit-based baker Melissa Paugh, the program will provide participants with the basics of making the slow-fermented bread that has seen a rise in popularity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paugh told the Observer she is an exhibit designer who has been baking sourdough for about five years. She found baking was a nice way to take time for herself after her daughter was born, and sourdough worked well because it does not take a lot of active time, just “small bits of attention and patience.”

“I find the bread super tasty and really healthy, and it’s nice to do some baking,” she said. “You feel like you’re giving yourself and your family something wholesome.”

When the pandemic first started, some of Paugh’s family members reached out to request video tutorials featuring some of her sourdough expertise.

“I found I really liked it,” she said of making the videos, adding that they began to circulate online. “It does seem like people are quite keen.”

ALSO READ: Before DIY sourdough starters became popular, there was home economics

The details of the Haida Gwaii Rec program that was inspired as a result are still being decided, but overall, it will be an introductory course to making a successful loaf of sourdough bread, including the provision of a sourdough starter, recipes and reference materials.

Paugh will be sharing her own starter with participants, a “wild” yeast that she in turn received from a man who lives in Kispiox.

She will bring her laptop into the kitchen as she leads participants in making the bread and shaping the dough over Zoom, and she will also provide an overview of the steps required to continue to ferment and proof the loaves.

Since participants will have to wait for their loaves to reach the right level of maturation, they will do their own baking after the class is complete.

“At that point we’ll have done a lot of the tricky work together,” she said.

If there is interest, she also has ideas for a more advanced course so that participants could learn more recipes, such as sourdough pancakes, crackers and muffins.

“If people are interested in it I would love to do other classes,” she said.

PHOTOS: Skidegate teens get creative with COVID-19 cupcake contest

Do you have something we should report on? Email:
karissa.gall@blackpress.ca.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Recreation

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

This BC Hydro map shows some of the power outages across Northern BC. Many were caused by high winds. (BC Hydro Website)
Power out across much of Northern BC

BC Hydro anticipates some may be without power overnight

Administering naloxone to a person experiencing a benzo-related overdose event won’t help. Naloxone is used to neutralize opioids. (Jenna Hauck/The Progress file photo)
Northern Health warning drug users of potential benzo contamination

The drug does not respond to naloxone, and is being included in street drugs

Cedar Valley Lodge, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers at the LNG Canada Project site in Kitimat. The most recent outbreak among workers at the project site was just declared over. (Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
Second COVID-19 outbreak at LNG Canada Project site declared over

The outbreak was first declared on Dec. 16, 2020

CGL has closed down the two lodges affected to everyone except the essential staff. (Black Press file photo)
All COVID-19 cases associated with Coastal GasLink outbreak deemed recovered

Outbreaks occurred at CGL project accommodation sites in Burns Lake and Nechako Local Health Areas

Syringe is prepared with one of B.C.’s first vials of Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 caseload stays steady with 465 more Tuesday

No new outbreaks in health care facilities, 12 more deaths

Flags line the National Mall towards the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Joe Biden arrives at U.S. Capitol for inauguration

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington

A memorial for the fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Tisdale, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

Sidhu was sentenced almost two years ago to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving

Cumberland photographer Sara Kemper recently took the top spot in a Canadian Geographic photography contest. Photo by Sara Kemper
B.C. photographer takes top Canadian Geographic photo prize

Sara Kemper shows what home means to her in Comox Valley photo

New Westminster TV production designer, Rick Whitfield, has designed an office in a box for British Columbians in need of a private workspace. (BC Box Office photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. man designs ‘box office’ solution for those working from home

‘A professionally designed workspace on your property, away from the distractions of home’

Chilliwack ER doctor Marc Greidanus is featured in a video, published Jan. 18, 2021, where he demonstrates and describes effectiveness of various styles of masks. (Youtube)
VIDEO: Emergency room doctor runs through pros and cons of various masks

‘We’ve been asked to wear a mask and it’s not that hard,’ Greidanus says.

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

(Pixabay photo)
VIDEO: Tip to Metro Vancouver transit police helps woman 4,000 km away in Ohio

Sgt. Clint Hampton says transit police were alerted to a YouTube video of the woman in mental distress

A woman types on her laptop in Miami in a Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wilfredo Lee
British Columbia government lax on cybersecurity practices, auditor reports

The audit did not highlight a specific threat, but it found breaches in cybersecurity are increasing globally

Most Read