Archive for February 6th, 2007

Baguette

Today I made an attempt to bake a baguette bread. Not exactly a French baguette, which requires a bread machine (or hours of kneading), but something close-enough (JBQ liked it).

Ingredients (for 1 baguette)
* 1.5 cups of white flour (and some more for the later stage)
* 1/2 cups of warm water
* 1/2 tbspoon dried yeast
* 1/2 tbspoon salt
* sunflower oil for greasing

Execution
1. Turn on your oven at 400F (205C) for about one and a half minutes, and then turn it back off.
2. In a big bowl pour all the ingredients (except the sunflower) and mix well with a whisk initially and then use your hands to knead the dough until it becomes solid enough and well-knead.
3. Place the dough in the lukewarm oven and let it rise for 3 hours.
4. In a working area (e.g. a clean table or kitchen top) spread some flour. Put the dough on top and spread a bit more flour on top of the dough. Use a rolling pin to create a rectangular shape and make the dough thin (make it as thin as a pizza dough).
5. Turn on your oven at 400F (205C) for about one minute, and then turn it back off.
6. With the long side of the rectangular shape facing you, start rolling the dough to make it look like the long, cylindrical shape that baguettes have.
7. Take some plastic wrap and wrap it around your dough, so the shape gets preserved with the help of the plastic wrap.
8. Take a cookie sheet and grease some sunflower oil on it. Place the baguette on the cookie sheet and put it in the lukewarm oven. Let it rise again for another 30 minutes.
9. Carefully remove the plastic wrap from the dough and with the help of a knife, mark some deep lines across the dough (to make it look like the cuts baguettes have).
10. Turn on the oven at 425F (220C) and let it bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. 5 minutes before it’s done, turn it upside down. Remove from oven, place it in a cooling rack.

Note: For a more authentic taste, beat an egg yolk with 2 tbspoons of water and brush the baguette just before you bake it.

Love triangle astronaut charged

Astronaut Lisa Nowak Tuesday was ordered released on an additional $10,000 bond for an attempted murder charge involving a romantic rival.”

Astronauts are the kind of people that I look up to. It is inconceivable to me having an astronaut wanting to kill someone else just because of a love affair. Yes, astronauts are people too, but come on. This kind of behavior is absolutely ridiculous.

People are crazy

There is proof for this, check here. If you don’t procreate, your marriage should be annulled. What’s next? Eat all your veggies or you will have to give up one of your kidneys?

I have a very successful and happy marriage with my JBQ, but I don’t think we will be having children any time soon because of my bad health (which has forced my body to not ovulate lately, hence my recent hormone problems). Should my marriage get annulled because I got unlucky in life? I don’t think so.

Besides, the more children people do, the more we fuck up the planet with all these billions of people. We have overpopulated this small planet and so making children should not by any means be a requirement.