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Bread Porn – homemade

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Bread Porn – homemade

I often hear “you must have time to bake your own bread” (all the time). But basically it does not take more that getting in a car, driving to a bakery, waiting in the queue and driving back. And there are other things which are also essential to me.

- the absolute knowledge what ingredients have been used (ok let´s assume you know what you bought)
– the smell in the house of fresh bread
– the joy of looking at the bread rising and darkening
– the sound of the cracking crust while the bread cools down
– the first cut trough the bread and eating it with just some butter + salt
– cutting the loaf in 4/4 and sharing at least 2/4 or 3/4 of it with your family and friends
– seeing their joy when they got a warm piece of the bread and sometimes getting something back in exchange.

Just go through the no knead bread recipe but i will describe the routine quickly how I do it.

5 minutes
- grabbing a bow, putting in the yeast, salt, water and flour, mixing it and let it rest until the next morning

1 minute
- hopefully the yeast has blown up your dough, stir it again, put in about 2 spoons of flour and turn the dough a bit (or leave it, if you want to have a shiny surface on the crust). Switch the oven to 250C and put in the pot and the cover.

1 minute
- after about 30 minutes (or up to 1hour) the pot is hot enough, throw in the dough and close it with the cover.

1 minute
- open the cover after about 45 minutes (up to 1 hour is also ok) @ 250 C, switch down to 220 C

1 minute
- after about 15 minutes or up to 25  minutes get the bread out of the oven and put the loaf out of the pot.

So it´s just about 10 minutes to prepare YOUR BREAD, Have a nice day!

 

Home coffee roasting with Gloria

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On sunday, coffee run out. Or better the roasted coffee beans, so i lured my sister Gloria into turning the Whirley Pop for about 30 minutes. The outcome was better than I could have done it. However, I still found a few beans who got burned spots, which should be avoided and you can see it clearly on the least image. You also should cool the coffee beans down after they got the right roast – asap. For that I use the big bowl and to get rid of the bitter skin of the beans as well.

Straight Razor – hair test


Straight Razor – hair test:

To check the sharpness of your straight razor simply grab the hair with the hair root facing the palm/floor and the thinner end towards the sky. If you have no decent long hair for this test – have a look at the other half of your bed you should be able to find some from a/your lady. Gently move down the hair to the razor blade and you should hear the “pling”. If not grap the hair either a bit more to the end and give it more weight for the blade or turn it around. If still not successful give it to an expert for a resharpening and let him teach you of how to keep it sharp with the leather stromp. I read the blade should last for about 1000 shaves before a resharpening is needed again. So give it a try for the full joy of a clean shave rather than a “ripping of the hair feeling”.

Learn to forge with mastersmith Tom Carstens

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Saturday we attended with some friends a workshop by blacksmith Tom Carstens in Bavaria – Degerndorf. The forge shows Tom´s passion for his profession in every detail. The old hammers, anvils, the restored and still used pressure hammers (Golem II) or the dragon in the forge. He uses the old tools but also new technology to be efficient.

With a small group of only 4 he had time for everyone of us through all the course. The basics of blacksmithing envolved through the day. We made a fireplace poker and shovel and the last object was a archaic knife.

On the way back to lake constance the workshop didn´t let us go and this morning plans to create a place to continue to forge/blacksmith are in progress.

Thanks Tom for your time and sharing your knowledge. We really can recommend Tom to everyone who want´s to have an intro into forging but also want to improve his skills.
He does workshops for kids as well.

A short movie found on Youtube showing Tom Carstens.

The Straight Razor Shave Lecture with Donnie Hawley

Just had a straight razor shave, I hardly use the single bladed Gilettes be-cause
anymore. I love practice on my skill, use the straight razor and probably also the trill of the shave.

I made jokes a while ago when about three bladed razors and how they will go up until 10-20 so you can shave your face with one stroke, we have reached the 5 blade nonsense not too far away anymore.

Watch this barber and see how easy it is!

Swiss army backpack – salt and pepper – how to close it!

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I never was too happy how I used to close this backpack – there is for sure some soldier proof instruction around. I´m heading for some serious barbecue and I thought again how to close it better. There are two d-rings / loops in the middle of the rucksack, just go with one of the sting in the upper and pull and the with the other string in the lower and pull. Go with the ends around the canvas and do a bow knot. Thats it, it is closed and fixed to the pack. Since the material is very strong and stiff other methods until now resulted in a too high profile of the back.

Check also the two posts about the swiss army backpack – heavy and the comparison about the light and the heavy one.