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How To Make Your Own Sourdough Bread

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In a world of microwaves and right or left swipes, there are still some things worth the wait—like baking bread. Even though it takes some time, DIYing pretty bakery loafs in your own kitchen should not elicit a boredom-induced meltdown. The kitchen won’t hold you hostage from the instantaneous satisfactions of Netflix or Seamless. You don’t need to babysit bread as it rises, you just have to practice patience.

Preparing our beloved carb is an ancient act. Bread has been a component of the human diet for literally ever. While there is a menu of bread options, and making each specific loaf can take anywhere from hours to months, some things are worth the wait, like sourdough.

Marie Constantinesco of My Life in Sourdough knows a thing or two about how to make flour flourish. In her series, now filming its third season in Paris (!!!), we watch her explore life and love as it intersects with food. Baking, we see as she presents delicate homemade scones to a love interest, is an expression of love. So, in other words, the Supremes were right—you can’t hurry love. And in some cases, you have to wait anywhere from five days to one month.

All you need to start on this journey is flour and water. Two things even the barest of kitchens stock. Natural bacteria found in the air nestle into the flour-water mixture and, over time, create a garden of bubbles that smell more sour than floral. (This is a good thing here.) 

Make one starter and hold onto it for years. Message boards are plastered with love stories between bakers and starters. “I’ve had mine for fifteen years, we’ve survived multiple moves,” one user gushes. If your landlord doesn’t allow pets, a sourdough starter is a fine substitute. It requires responsibility and care to keep it alive and functioning, and it won’t shed. A starter will be your kitchen companion, so give it a nice, clean corner in your refrigerator. 

Some love is instant, other love needs time to rise. Here are a couple of ideas of what to make once you get your starter, well, started.

 

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You can find Marie’s no-fail process for sourdough bread here.

Some starter tips from a sourdough novice’s kitchen: If you do not have a Dutch oven (they’re worth the investment, but very expensive), get creative. Bake the bread in a cast-iron skillet, covering the bread with a 3-inch deep spring form pan that acts as the lid to trap in moisture (important) while also providing space for the bread to rise.

 

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.

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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.

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