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Archive for May 7th, 2022

Truckla: A pick-up conversion of a Tesla

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7 May 2022 at 4:33 pm

New batch of Derek Simnett’s recipe for Spicy Tahini sauce.

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I just updated my earlier post on no-blender sauces to include the above photo and a brief description of my new (and doubled) batch of Spicy Tahini sauce, using a slight variation of the recipe found in the earlier post.

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7 May 2022 at 2:35 pm

I’m calling Ferment Melange done

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The photo on the left was taken when I started this batch, and on the right are two of the finished jars (jar 1 and jar 3 in the first photo) after 7 days in May.  When I took the second photo, I had already put the half-full (or half-empty, depending on your life outlook) jar in the fridge. Note how bleached the vegetables became during fermentation. 

While it was interesting to use the naturally occurring lactobacillus populations, I think in the future I’ll stick with the starter culture. 

These taste fine, though, and will be gradually consumed as a topping to stir-fries. I plan to start a kale-and-cabbage ferment today (which will also include some onion, carrot, and jalapeño), and for that I’lll use a culture starter.

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7 May 2022 at 12:39 pm

Yaqi, Otoko, and Southern Witchcrafts

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My Yaqui Cashmere was perfect for Otoko Organics, and I immediately had a wonderful crisp lather. “Crisp” is not a common word to use with lather, but if you’ve used Otoko Organics (which I recommend), you know what I mean. I really like the fragrance of this lather — it comes, I imagine, from the pear essence in the formula.

The Yaqi double-open-comb is a wonderful razor, and though it has a fair amount of blade feel, it is non-threatening and I got a perfectly smooth result without any damage at all.

A splash of Southern Witchcrafts Valley of Ashes, which strikes me as a milk, and the shave was done. The ingredients of this aftershave:

Water, stearic acid, shea butter, castor oil, potassium hydroxide, glycerine, coconut oil, sodium lactate, sodium hydroxide, jojoba oil, aloe powder, liquid aloe, isopropyl myristate, kaolin clay, fragrance

I didn’t feel Hydrating Gel was needed in this case.

The tea this morning is Murchie’s Jasmine Downy Pearls: “Long leaves of spring-picked green tea are scented with jasmine blossoms and then meticulously rolled into compact pearls. As they steep, these pearls unravel and produce a mellow, honey and jasmine flavour.”

This tea is exceptional, and I did brew it at the proper green-tea temperature (175-180°F / 79-82°C) for 2-3 minutes. Wonderful stuff, particularly if you have a clear-glass teapot so you can watch the leaves unfurl.

Written by Leisureguy

7 May 2022 at 11:20 am

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

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