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  1. Drinks! 2017 (Part 1)

    Old Fashioned.
  2. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Grilled cheese (mozzarella, manchego, parmesan) on rye ...
  3. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2017)

    "Strammer Max": freshly baked rye bread (see bread thread), sweet mustard, Leberkäse, fried egg. For the bread I also opened some potted pork belly and a jar of "Zwiebelmettwurst" (cured meat with onions). In both cases the jellied juices from the glasses are fantastic.
  4. The Bread Topic (2016-)

    Light rye bread: 50% rye flour (type 1050), 45% strong wheat flour, 5% semolina. 2.5 days cold ferment. Baked at 250 oC in a preheated Le Creuset (in the oven) for 20 min, then at 200 oC in the oven alone for 30 min. To be eaten for lunch with homemade meats ...
  5. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Perfect, thanks !
  6. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Looks great, HC! Care to share crust recipe and cooking temp/time ?
  7. I feel with you - what is life without decent cheese ! Let me know the next time you cross the border to HK and I'll prepare a "care package" for you ...
  8. Bread: Bake in a couche?

    Only if you have a couch made from Asbestos filaments (cf. the popular Charlemagne story) ...
  9. The Bread Topic (2016-)

    Yeah, those times are over. But that bread would be nice - heavily buttered - with smoked salmon and a glass of MR ... Damn, it's only 10 am
  10. The Bread Topic (2016-)

    Reinhart's "Poor man's brioche" for Sunday morning toasts ...
  11. @TomRahav: Amazon.com carries several brands of calcium gluconate and ships to Hong Kong. I order there semi-frequently ...
  12. Being a scientist myself I truly admire your passion for this. While I agree that germination of perfectly preserved seeds has been successfully performed, it should be noted that no one has successfully cultivated that plant from its seeds in the timeframe it was used. The article devotes a large portion as to why this could be. Progress has been made in agriculture but it would be rather difficult to convince a potential grant sponsor that you would not only find seeds a a plant that has been extinct for two milleniae but also for the first time in human history be able to cultivate it (probably even outside of its very district native habitat). That being said and not be too discouraging, I do believe that your planned endeavor would make a fine feature for one of the "popular" historic/natural science oriented periodicals, e.g. National Geographic. I know the do sponsor independent authors with projects of this scope. Maybe that would be a possible entry point for your expedition ? I for one would be very happy to read about your findings
  13. Please have a look: she links her first (successful) endeavours with alkaline noodle with detailled instructions in the post. I think that would be a better place to start.
  14. I've read the recipe you've linked (better the one that was referred to in the link you provided). She is very specific as to which and how much of the two flours to use, 1 g (not a teaspoon) of Na2CO3, kneading times etc. As she gets it done, maybe I'd rather follow her instructions to the letter and try again and again before heading out and changing details (or even begin with different materials or quantities). Yes, it might be a formulation issue, but it could also be lack of routine to succeed. Maybe try using the recipe in a pasta machine first to see if stable noodles can be achieved. Then head out and do the pulling routine ...
  15. Chocdoc Does Dallas

    It's 7.30 am here ... and I am sooooo wanting this right now !