Monday, January 16, 2017
Thursday, January 05, 2017
These were extremely successful.
These are amazing hot.
Even a bit stale at a potluck they were appreciated.
Two sweet potatoes
About the same amount of waxy (red or Yukon gold) potatoes
A half a beet
A medium sized peeled yellow onion
2 Tbsp ground flax seed (or 2 beaten eggs)
Chick pea flour (maybe a cup?)
Better than bouillon Not-Chicken (or other bouillon concentrate) 1 tsp
Black pepper and salt to taste
MAKE THE BATTER
Peel and coarsely grate sweet potatoes. Microwave for about 5 minutes until almost cooked.
Peel and coarsely grate beet. Microwave for about 2 minutes until almost cooked.
Let them cool a bit.
Corasely grate potatoes (not necessary to peel)
Drain potatoes in colander, squeezing out excess moisture.
Peel onion and grate on finest side of box grater. This is quite tedious.
You should get a sort of oniony slush. Drain as much onion juice as you can from the slush in a fine-grain sieve.
(Running the onion through a food processor is less satisfactory but much easier. You will get a stronger onion flavor as the juice won't separate. You may want to use less, maybe half an onion.)
If not using eggs:
Bring 1/2 cup water to a vigorous boil in small pot. Reduce heat.
Add flax, and bring back to a slow boil.
Whisk vigorously for about 2 minutes, to form a sticky substance.
Combine root vegetables and onion in large mixing bowl.
Add chick pea flour until the vegetables clump together. I think about a cup.
Add seasonings and flax or eggs and mix thoroughly.
FRY EM UP
The hard part is getting the oil to the right temperature.
Pour oil into a large, good, smooth or non-stick pan to cover bottom to at least 1/4 inch. If you don't have a good pan, don't bother trying this.
Heat oil, medium hot.
Put a small amount of test batter in oil. It should sizzle but not spatter. If it doesn't sizzle you'll get a greasy mess. It it spatters you'll get a coal lump before the pancake cooks through.
When you think the oil is the right temperature, make a test latke.
Drop about 2 tbsp of batter into the oil. Be careful - if oil is too hot this can be dangerous - keep your face a good distance from pan.
Flatten batter to thickness of about 1/2 inch. Ideally half the latke is in the oil and half not.
Wait until the edges are quite dark, and flip. Ideally do not flip a latke more than once. (I am not sure but I think about 4 minutes for one side, 3 for the other.)
Do NOT flip the latke before pushing on one side of the latke with the spatula loosens the whole bottom and moves the entire latke. If it just squishes a bit, it is too soon to flip. Once it doesn't squish but slides, you still want to give it about a minute. Flip.
The outside of the latke should be mottled dark brown and crispy. If it is soggy, your oil is too cool or you flipped too soon. If it is black, your oil is too hot or you cooked too long.
Wait a couple of minutes and taste. Decide if it is delicious.
Is it delicious? Make a batch of 4 or 5 in your pan.
Is it not delicious? Adjust your strategy and try again with a single latke.
These things are greasy, so they absorb some oil. As you make batches, adding oil and getting it up to the right temperature is something you will get to practice.
This recipe makes a whole lot of latkes.
Serve with sour cream or vegan sour cream. Have some applesauce on hand for random goyim that think that is how to serve potato pancakes.
Note: latkes can be vegan but they cannot be health food. Also, let's face it, they are worth it, but a lot of trouble. Once a year, please.
Friday, December 18, 2015
The battle is between terrorism and tolerance, between violence and peace, within each culture. It's amazingly symmetrical between Christians and Muslims, where the most dangerous people pick a few passages out of an ancient book and represent them as key to their holy war.
As someone without roots in either Christianity or Islam living in Texas, guess which bunch of extremists I find myself more afraid of on a day to day basis?
Angry people who take ancient books too seriously are dangerous. That's surely true. But it really doesn't matter much which book they are worked up about.
The way to fight them is not by mistreating all their distant relatives just because of their culture and background.
My grandfather ended up in Hitler's gas chambers because of thinking like this. When you think of "Muslims" as the enemy you are no better than someone who thinks of "Jews'" or "Christians" as the enemy. All of us have good sensible people and terrible, evil people among us. The question is which tendency we want to celebrate.
When you buy into an enemy extremist's view of what their culture is about, you are doing them a huge favor. Is that really what you want?
The way to fight extreme intolerance is with extreme tolerance. "Fighting fire with fire" actually is not the strategy of most fire departments.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
I'm very pleased with this recipe and now make it regularly.
grind golden flax seeds in coffee grinder to a fine powder
- bring 6 Tbsp water to a boil & reduce heat
- add 2 Tbsp ground flax, whisk for 2 or 3 minutes until a paste forms
- add 2 Cups unsweetened soy milk
- add 2 tsp maple syrup
- whisk until roughly mixed (won't blend perfectly)
- spray or lightly grease a 9" square glass casserole with oil
- preheat oven to 450 F
in mixing bowl combine thoroughly
- 1 1/3 Cups cornmeal
- 2/3 Cup oat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
try to avoid lumps in oat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- add liquids to dry
- pour into casserole
- bake for 23 minutes
- let cool 5 minutes
- run a knife around edge of bread to separate from dish
(or next day split horizontally & toasted in toaster-oven)
- adding Nature's Balance avocado butter is nice nut not so low fat
- or regular butter is not so bad but not so vegan
- if you're feeling indulgent, a little extra maple syrup or honey
It works out to 0.11 Sverdrups, which is a bit over half the discharge of the Amazon, but greater than any other river, about seven times the discharge of the Mississippi or St. Lawrence.
SC area 83e3 km2 = 83 e9 m^2depth of flood = 0.25 m
total water = 20e9 m3
time = 2 days
10e9 m3 /day
= 115740 m3 / s
Saturday, April 30, 2011
There's a huge kerfuffle about attributing severe weather in Alabama to climate forcing. Kevin Trenberth and Peter Gleick come out strongly in favor of "this is the sort of thing"-ism.
It is irresponsible not to mention climate change. … The environment in which all of these storms and the tornadoes are occurring has changed from human influencesDavid Appel, who gets far too little credit as a pioneer of climate blogging, is, perhaps surprisingly, appalled.
You don't have to look very far to disprove this -- in fact, you don't even have to look farther than the Drudge Report, which today links to this story:Judith Curry, who has many good links, is somewhat more predictably appalled.TuscaloosaNews.comWhen are activists going to learn that they will never make their case by falsifying the science, and that, in fact, they only harm their cause when they do so? You cannot draw conclusions about climate based on weather. You can only do it via long-term (decadal or more) statistics.
5 P.M. UPDATE: Hundreds treated at DCH
"The loss of life is the greatest from an outbreak of U.S. tornadoes since April 1974, when 329 people were killed by a storm that swept across 13 Southern and Midwestern states."
Please tattoo this on your foreheads, so you don't ruin this for those of us trying to communicate actual, real science, with all its inconvenient unknowns and uncertainties.
I think that we are seeing another instance of excessive attention to "attribution" in a statistical sense. The climate is changing with increasing rapidity. Some of the changes will be anticipated, some not. We shouldn't presume that changes will be locally monotonic. They won't be. Under the circumstances, we'll get extraordinary runs of just-the-sort-of-awfulness-we-get-around-here in various places as the system wobbles about. I mean, what did you expect?
On that basis, +1 Trenberth