Baking your own bread — rules!

Thanks, gocomics.org

Bread bakers can disagree even when they’re on the same side. I never add sugar to my “poolish” or the completed recipe…flour, water, yeast, a little salt. Which I generally age in the fridge 2-5 days before shaping, rising and baking. BTW, the dough in my household – ready to shape and bake – is called “Jabba”.

Everyone’s drug of choice

Four hundred years ago, Coffea arabica, a tropical shrub bearing glossy green leaves and bright-red berries, was virtually unknown outside of the Arab world and the corner of Ethiopia where it had been discovered in the ninth century—by a goatherd who, legend has it, noticed that his animals would get frisky and stay up all night after nibbling its berries. In the years since…we have given it more than 27 million acres of new habitat all around the world, assigned 25 million farming families to its care and feeding, and bid up its price until it became one of the most valuable globally traded crops…

Coffee owes its global ascendancy to a fortuitous evolutionary accident: The chemical compound that the plant makes to defend itself against insects happens to alter human consciousness in ways we find desirable, making us more energetic and industrious—and notably better workers. That chemical of course is caffeine, which is now the world’s most popular psychoactive drug, used daily by 80 percent of humanity. (It is the only such drug we routinely give to our children, in the form of soda.) Along with the tea plant, which produces the same compound in its leaves, coffee has helped create exactly the kind of world that coffee needs to thrive: a world driven by consumer capitalism, ringed by global trade, and dominated by a species that can now barely get out of bed without its help.

I love it.

Sunday morning grocery shopping

So…Sunday morning is for grocery shopping in our house. We have a pickup appointment in a few days at Walmart. Yes, they’re going crazy, already. We knew Trader Joe wouldn’t be open until 9AM…they had a sign up, last week, announcing the change for restocking time.

We arrived about 5 minutes before opening time. Crap! Parking lot full. The line to the entrance was about 2 blocks long. What can you do? We joined onto the end of the line. No one stood very close to the person ahead.

Once the door opened, the line moved a bunch – then stopped. After 10 minutes of nothing, we resumed moving, slow and steady. When we reached the entrance, we learned why. They were limiting the number of folks shopping to 50. Someone leaves, their cart is wiped down when returned. Back at the entrance, you were handed over to another already-shiny cart and allowed in.

Frankly, it worked smoothly. Shopping wasn’t any longer than usual. Got the TJ portion of our grocery list and out the door. And when I brought the cart back to the lineup, the important thing I noticed was that the line was holding at only several shoppers down to none. Next week, we’ll time it to arrive a hour later.

🙂

Attaboy, TJ! Feels like you got it right on.

Kimbal Musk is a Brooklyn farmer…

HIS NEW FARM WILL BE INSIDE 25 SHIPPING CONTAINERS


Atsalottabasil!

Vertical farming is an indoor farming method in which crops are grown in stacked layers, often without soil. The practice is becoming more popular and important as urban populations grow dramatically and available farmland decreases….While vertical farming isn’t a new concept, these eco-friendly indoor farms are now rapidly expanding.

Elon Musk’s younger brother, Kimbal Musk, who was named “Global Social Entrepreneur” of the year by the World Economic Forum in 2017, started Square Roots, an indoor urban farming company based in Brooklyn, in 2016. Square Roots’ mission is to bring fresh, local food to cities around the world by empowering younger generations to participate in urban farming.

Musk said the company plans to open a Square Roots “Super Farm” — with 25 climate-controlled shipping containers, cold storage, biosecurity infrastructure and everything else needed to run a vertical farm at scale — in less than three months…

“Environmentalists, urban farmers, architects, agronomists, and public health experts, among others, have been joining this mini revolution as they partner to work out a way to salvage a food-scarce, ultra-urbanized future,” Kheir Al-Kodmany, a professor of sustainable urban design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said in a report.

It involves various techniques, such as hydroponics, which uses mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent; aquaponics, which uses aquatic creatures — such as fish and snails — and cultivates plants in water; and aeroponics, which grows plants in the air.

It works. A fair number of knowledgeable folks believe this can be economically self-sufficient and beneficial.

42 ways to fry an egg


ELLA QUITTNER

I fried 42 eggs in nine different cooking fats and five pan types, to try to arrive at the truth: What is the absolute best way to fry an egg?

Ella Quittner for FOOD52.com

Great read. I have an egg for breakfast 4-5 mornings/week. Soft-boiled, precisely 3-minute egg. With a piece of toast from the loaf I bake every Monday morning mostly just to accompany that egg. The toast is buttered with cultured butter from Belgium. Salted butter; so, no salt added to the egg. Tiny grind of Talicherry black peppercorn.

After reading this article, I might go with fried for a few mornings.

China boycotts diseased Saudi shrimp

❝ China has formally banned shrimp imports from Saudi Arabia after a batch was found with white spot syndrome virus. China quickly moved to stop the virus spreading into their country.

Shortly after the ban, China confirmed that they had granted market access to 40 Iranian companies to begin exporting shrimp…

❝ Iran is hoping that seafood exports can be a growth industry, and help the country overcome U.S. economic attacks. The country already exports 22,000 tonnes of shrimp worth around $150 million. They are planning to boost that to 60,000 tonnes.

The Saudis can just ship the diseased shrimp to the United States. Our Fake President will eat it and love it.


The same way Trump eats hot dogs, pasta, steak & shrimp = overcooked + catsup added

Caribbean Vikings happy to leave Trump’s Amerika

❝ President Donald Trump has been joking recently about trading Puerto Rico for Greenland. But now it’s Puerto Ricans who are the ones laughing — and many say they’d be happy with the trade.

Some called themselves the “Caribbean Vikings” and others shared all the benefits they would have if they stopped being a U.S. territory and became an autonomous Danish territory…

❝ “Denmark is the country with the best education in the world,” a man wrote on Twitter.

A Puerto Rican podcaster, known as Nieto, shared what some labeled as the Danish “Starter Kit.”

¡Hasta la victoria siempre!

Fast food joints authorized to act as U.S. consulate


Reuters

❝ U.S. citizens in need of consular services in Austria can now ask for assistance in any of the McDonald’s fast food restaurant chains, according to the United States (U.S) Embassy in Vienna.

❝ “We were approached with the request by the U.S. Consulate. Firstly, because of the brand’s great fame among (U.S. citizens), and secondly, because there are a lot of branches in Austria,” McDonald’s spokesman Wilhelm Baldia told The Independent.

Would you expect our fake president to think the needs of American citizens abroad might be more important than frying a hamburger?