The latest addition to the family, the bread starter, has now settled in. I make bread at the weekend and feed it, then leave the starter in the fridge for the rest of the week untouched. It seems quite happy with that. Made some rye bread and onion focaccia last weekend. I must admit, though, focaccia is nicer made with brewer's yeast. The rye bread (with pumpkin and feneel seeds) is delicious, and still moist a couple of days after baking.
At Stacky McRacky's suggestion I got a copy of Beth Hensperger's The Bread Bible - looks an interesting beginner's book which can I can work through for a good couple of years before needing something else. Thanks Stacky.
As I'm getting more confident with my Thai cooking, I have started experimenting with some 'fusion' cooking. I made a thai curry with polent cubes, cucumber, chickpeas, and spinach; and another one with sweet potato, fava beans, and aubergines. Normally I frown upon such bastardizations, but I was tired and had leftovers to use up. And thai curries are so forgiving and easy to make - once you have a nice curry paste and stock.
They were both delicious. Making batches of curry paste once a month is working out well.
Shock all around our fellow citizens from Opnorth elect two BNP MEPs. The thing is, as Britain is becoming more Europeanized (which it is, just look at Jamie Oliver strutting about in his scooter) it is only fair the UK starts doing what their European partners have been doing for years, i.e., sending fascist assholes to Brussels.
The leadership challenge that never was
Carry On SinkingNever mind the comedy attempt at a coup from the Labour party - I can just imagine the scenes
"Did you bring the knife?"
"I thought you were supposed to bring the knife, I was going to do the stabbing"
[winking at a passing young female usher] "he's good at poking he! he!"
"In your dreams!"
Silence Of The LambsBut what about a leadership challenge within the Lib-Dems? They were untouched by the expenses scandal, and yet they couldm't capitalize on it, and in fact lost votes in some of their strongholds. If they couldn't get votes at this election, they should really pack up and go home. They are almost as useless as the Italian opposition. Despite Berlusconi doing everything he can to upset is natural support base, they still cannot get anywhere near dislodging him from power. Useless muppets, all of them.
Well done to the Greens, although I suspect many people have no idea what their actual policies are (like opposition to the Euro and demands for a referendum on the Lisbon treaty - both UKIP positions, rather than green issues).
UKIP are here to stayMedia types and the Westminster elite keep underestimating UKIP, but I think they are here to stay. They are mopping up those hard core middle class tories who find Cameron too Tony Blair-ish and are yet to come to terms with the loss of The Empire. The Tories may reason they can do well without these voters anyway, and it's useful to have UKIP as allies in local councils and let them be the nasty party while they get all fluffy and take votes in the centre. I think they are about to replace the Lib-Dems as the country's third party.
Meanwhile in Madrid..
Kaká is gone to Real - a club with a debt/value ratio of 27%. And that before buying Kaká, Ronaldo, and god knows who else. Yet Platini is strangely silent.
A sad day for Serie A, the last true champ leaving like that. And it looks like next year the Bundesliga will overtake us in the UEFA rankings, taking the fourth CL spot with it. Oh well, it can only be good for rugby I suppose...
Have a good day everyone
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