Sourdough Woe

After watching Paul Hollywood’s “Bread” series on BBC2 I bought the book and a dough separator and got baking. I found the kneading very therapeutic after a hard day in the office, and I’ve had some great successes. By last week, I was getting quite confident about this baking lark, and decided to try my hand at sourdough. Everything went OK at first. I followed the instructions carefully, and my starter got nicely active. But after I “fed” it on day three, it just seemed to die, and all the activity stopped. I looked for advice on the internet, thought I’d found the solution and started again. This time I started feeding earlier, and more regularly, and though it limped on for a day longer, my second starter gave up the ghost last night.

It got me thinking that there’s an analogy here with DIY court cases; it’s quite easy to start a court case on your own, but litigation can develop a life of its own. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can kill off your chances of success. It can be hard to work your way through the mass of conflicting and sometimes biased advice on the internet. Timely guidance from a professional on what to do is always cheaper than trying to give a dying case the kiss of life.

I’m available for consultations on litigation matters…but in the meantime, if anyone has any good sourdough tips, send them to me at!