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I've begun my first culture of sourdough starter and hope to keep her/him going for a long time. We need to bond. Help me with a name...
posted by TigerMoth to Home & Garden (33 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Harryhausen.
posted by Gneisskate at 4:45 PM on October 23, 2014


Boy George
posted by Thing at 4:47 PM on October 23, 2014


Every bread that begins with a starter is Herman to me.
posted by jabes at 4:47 PM on October 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


You can always go with "Mother." Be sure to say it like Norman Bates says it.
posted by Sunburnt at 4:48 PM on October 23, 2014 [10 favorites]


Henrietta.
posted by prize bull octorok at 4:51 PM on October 23, 2014


Viktor (Frankenstein's first name)
Boris (Boris Karloff)
Mary Shelley (author)
Bob (bread rises, you punch it down, it slowly bobs back up)
posted by BoscosMom at 4:51 PM on October 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Ooooo, mother is very good!
posted by BoscosMom at 4:52 PM on October 23, 2014


Norton, for Emperor Norton.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 5:06 PM on October 23, 2014


Louie
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:13 PM on October 23, 2014


Oscar.

As in the Grouch.

Because, you know, he's sour.

/lamely laughs at own joke
posted by Hermione Granger at 5:16 PM on October 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


Gizmo?
posted by Melismata at 5:49 PM on October 23, 2014


Bela Lugosi, because then you can sing "Bela Lugosi's bread"
posted by fancyoats at 5:50 PM on October 23, 2014 [5 favorites]


Igor ("eye-gore" like in Young Frankenstein), or
Frau Blucher!!
posted by That's Numberwang! at 7:23 PM on October 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Blobby.
posted by hot_monster at 7:32 PM on October 23, 2014


Kazan

I have my own sourdough. Born August 3, 2014. No name though :D
posted by hot_monster at 7:43 PM on October 23, 2014


Levon.

As in leavening... as well as the amazing musician (also on mefi here) who got his own killer Elton John song. It's also just so COOL. Who wouldn't bond right away with a Levon??

Plus, an excuse to sing "Take a loaf off, Annie!" as you bake. Not that you really need one.
posted by argonauta at 7:55 PM on October 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


Yeasty Beast. You're welcome.
posted by effluvia at 8:04 PM on October 23, 2014


"My name is Legion, for we are many".
posted by metaphorical at 8:29 PM on October 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


In kitchen confidential, Anthony Bourdain has a hilarious chapter about his shifty, yet brilliant intermittent bread Baker, Adam Real-last-name-unknown. The secret to Adam's bread (and the cause of many a shenanigan) is his bread mother, eloquently named: The Bitch.
posted by sparklemotion at 8:36 PM on October 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


Sparklemotion, thanks for placing The Bitch! I had read that but didn't want to bring up that co-dependent relationship between the baker and his starter without remembering where it was from. That image of hauling that giant restaurant-grade mass of dough, booze and yeast out of the fridge and getting it all through the mixer to feed it has stuck with me.
posted by Sunburnt at 9:08 PM on October 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Our bread starter is named Puck.
posted by Boogiechild at 9:54 PM on October 23, 2014


Glob? Glop?
posted by sexyrobot at 10:20 PM on October 23, 2014


Dr. Greyblobber
posted by Namlit at 10:24 PM on October 23, 2014


Graham? (Lactic acid bacilli are Gram-positive.)
posted by en forme de poire at 1:37 AM on October 24, 2014


Mr. Staypuft
posted by plinth at 3:30 AM on October 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


Vulture
posted by Lanark at 4:26 AM on October 24, 2014


Blücher!
posted by moonmilk at 5:00 AM on October 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


My partner's starter is called Clint Yeastwood.
posted by Carravanquelo at 6:18 AM on October 24, 2014


We need to bond.

I agree that you need to bond. James Bond.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:37 AM on October 24, 2014


Heisenberg.
posted by fivesavagepalms at 7:37 AM on October 24, 2014


Great answers, all. Thank you. Somehow I sense that she's feminine (as such) and most of these great names are male. I'll use one of those when I begin a rye starter. For now though, Frau Blücher is so very perfect...!
posted by TigerMoth at 7:43 AM on October 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


You should add the distant neighing sound when you say her name!
posted by Room 641-A at 9:57 AM on October 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


That's the sound I make after getting a good nose-full!
posted by TigerMoth at 11:38 AM on October 24, 2014


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