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Time to bake a loaf of bread

Time to bake a loaf of bread by Sam Leith in Aeon Magazine is a gloriously written ode to the joy of making bread and, in particular, the time taken to make great bread. For me, sourdough is about sensing your loaf’s place in time. The thing I love about sourdough, and I’m guessing it’s the polarising thing about it, is that it’s an art as well as a science. You have to use your judgement and not blindly follow a recipe or plan. I made a rubbish loaf on Thursday and it’s actually a really positive thing because it was rubbish because I’d not given it due care and attention. And that lack of respect for my loaf meant it ended up dull and flat – in shape and in taste. What’s positive about that? Well, it’s a reminder that you’re dealing with a living thing when making sourdough and it’s not to be taken lightly.

If you live with a breadhead but don’t feel the love yourself, this article will help you to understand what’s going through our minds, at least a tiny bit.

I love to cook all sorts of things, and it’s not as if I’m indifferent to the pleasures of eating those things either. Twenty-four-hour cooked shoulder of pork? Poached eggs with asparagus? Orecchiette pasta with sausage, chilli, garlic, cream, Parmesan and tenderstem broccoli? Sign me up to that shizzle. But bread? Bread’s different. There’s something atavistic about it.

George Orwell’s 11 golden rules for making the perfect cup of tea

In 1946 English novelist and journalist George Orwell published an essay in the Evening Standard entitled “A Nice Cup of Tea.” For everyone who’s ever believed there’s an art to making a good cup of tea, you’ll definitely enjoy Mr. Orwell’s 11 “golden” rules for the perfect cup.

Disregarding the points that aren’t so relevant now, I agree with Orwell on the last two rules (albeit I was disappointed he didn’t say ‘eleventhly’ to introduce his last point).

[via George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules for Making the Perfect Cup of Tea | The Kitchn.]

Is there any point to the 12 times table?

Marvellous takedown of the idiotic idea that we should regress to the dark ages of learning by rote as proposed by the reactionaries’ reactionary, Michael Gove, in Is There Any Point to the 12 Times Table? on the Wolfram Blog.

With no prospect of the pre-decimal money system returning, I can only conclude that the logic behind this new priority is simply, “If learning tables up to 10 is good, then learning them up to 12 is better.”

 

New tent tryout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVGEH-gFncI

Trying to pitch the tent for the first time. It wasn’t until it was up the first time that we realised how enormous it is, considering we’d only really bought it for A’s pony club sleepover.