So I received Herman today. I initially thought I was being passed a bottle of sick.. and wondered what I had done to deserve this. Turns out I was passed Herman.
Herman is alive in the sense that there is yeast in him and I was given him by my wonderful friend Caz. The idea is, you grow him for 10 days, then split the mixture into 5, keep one part for yourself and give the other 4 parts to friends. Then you bake your part, and your friends then grow their own little Herman. Currently the Herman I am in possession of, is F3 generation, and have been instructed that at all costs he must survive.
This friendship cake is damn kool for an idea, and I shall share with you all the instructions that my friend gave me for nurturing him: Herman Recipe
Check him out, he is wonderful. My baby is currently in a bowl on my bookcase!