Some time back Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial was kind enough to bequeath me some of her dried sourdough starter from Priscilla, her own starter. I was a little slow to get mine going but he – yes, it’s a son – has been rehydrated and his name is Elliott.
Priscilla is named for the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert so Celia requests that descendant sourdough is named from the same source. This of course raises endless possibilities – name for a character, an actor or anyone/anything associated with the film.
A quick visit to the Priscilla Wiki provided me with a name in the very first line. Priscilla was written and directed by Stephan Elliott, his surname being my maiden name double 'l' and double 't' even!) gave me the name for my starter.
Rehydrating Elliott was deceptively simple, following Celia’s instructions he was fed and watered at three intervals on the first day. As you can see he responded promptly, as I’m sure all Priscilla’s progeny do, and he has been fed regularly and continues to bubble and froth.
Talking with Elliott made me realise that my previous sourdough starter didn’t have a name so, in an effort to redress that, I have belatedly named her Essie. I don't know if it's the name or the company but Essie is coming along nicely too.
Have a look at Celia’s sourdough tutorial here or simply type sourdough in the search box at her blog. I find Celia’s recipes reliable and straightforward as I’m sure you will too.
I plan to work through Celia's collection of sourdough recipes variously using Elliott or Essie to start the loaf maybe, even in time, using a hybrid of the two.