Quick Bites from Pender

When Bread Goes Bad and Other Christmas Photos

In Island Life on December 28, 2009 at 5:01 am


‘Twas 5 days before Christmas, when in my little house, I started 4 loaves of natural sourdough — just 1 for my spouse.  I could go on, but what’s the point?  You can see by the photo that this story does not end well. Look at it — it’s sad, solid and spotty.  Not good.  In case you don’t know, it is a 4 day process to make a levain sourdough. (once you already have a starter — which I do — made it myself — with an onion from my garden).  I have made my “Pender Island Sourdough” successfully in the past, from the same starter, and I’m not really sure what happened this time, but as you can see, my 4 days of work were for naught.

So a few people didn’t get their entire gift, and we didn’t have PI Sourdough on Christmas morn.  Our neighbours didn’t get their loaf for looking after the Dooze while we went to Vancouver for Christmas with my family.


Since we moved to Pender, we’ve only spent one Christmas here.  That’s only 1 out of 6.  I think we’re due for a Christmas at home very, very soon.  I mean, look at the scene on Christmas Eve as the ferry docks to take us to Vancouver…

santa's ship

So we left the dooze, and our island, and spent a lovely 2 nights with my family and some friends.  This copper-dipped macaroni necklace was a gift from my friend Alanna — made by Natalie at Makeshift.  I love it!


my favourite gift that day

We had our traditional morning with my brother’s family.  Potato pancakes, bacon, OJ and prezzies by the tree.  Then a great dinner (my Mom makes the best stuffing) — no, I mean it.  The Best.  It rocks your mothers’.

Our ferry ride home on Boxing Day was equally as clear and gorgeous as the trip out.  We got home, collected the Dooze, lit a fire and settled in for a couple of days of nesting.  Well earned after another busy Christmas!  Best wishes from our house to yours.

Pender Island Ferry Terminal Otter Bay

arriving home


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