Bakery Monday

November 8, 2021

Once again the bakery is my home kitchen. I had put off baking this Japanese (Japanese-inspired?) milk bread for a long time because it was . . . different, I guess. You have to cook some of the flour with water first (make a roux). And then that has to cool. The rest is pretty straight forward until the end when you are instructed to incorporate several tablespoons of butter one at a time into the dough.

Let’s just say that the dough is pretty much a sticky, lumpy mess, until the last step when it magically becomes silken and supple. After rising for an hour it is a joy to form. It has a lot of spring and it bakes up beautifully. And it tastes good. This recipe is a keeper.


What am I noting today?

November 5, 2021

Celebrate some Notable Redheads:

Queen Boadicea
Mark Twain quotations - Redheads
Mark Twain
The Portrait Gallery: George Washington
George Washington
Queen Cleopatra VII Portrait by Medusa1893 on DeviantArt
Biography of Galileo Galilei | Owlcation
Galileo Galilei
Vincent Van Gogh
Lucille Ball, Ca. Mid-1940s Photograph by Everett
Lucille Ball
The History Man: Henry VIII and his six wives
King Henry VIII
Kiss a ginger day: Red-haired icons of British history ...
Winston Churchill
Thomas Jefferson
Death of Irish Pirate Anne Bonny - on this day, 1782.
And, of course, Anne Bonney


Means nothing – just for fun

November 4, 2021

More info here

Apropos of nothing, we saw several inflatable aliens abducting both children and adults, but my favorite was the light-up fairy unicorn (who was just too tired to go on trick-or-treating).


Time and Space

November 3, 2021

What am I sappy gerbil blogging?

October 29, 2021

Tis the season

October 28, 2021
From C&EN


October 25, 2021

For more information about the graphic and its construction – in a size you can actually read, please go to Visual Capitalist


What am I sappy otter blogging?

October 22, 2021

Off hand, I was impressed

October 20, 2021

Closing ceremony Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020


Invisible Ink

October 19, 2021

Ambivalent about getting a tattoo? Now you can get a one that is programmed to disappear.

Ephemeral, located in Brooklyn, NY, offers tattoos made with pigment that is broken and absorbed by the body over a period of nine to fifteen months. The company is the brainchild of two chemical engineers who developed a patented pigment that dissolves safely in the body and is composed of FDA approved materials.

Change your mind? Now you can have . . .

Ref: NYTimes