I generally ignore XKCD these days, but this one was brought to my attention: Hover over the image for the alt-text. So, even as I tried the sandwich bread out, I'd started on sourdough starter.
This was actually my second shot - the first a long while back having failed miserably to really "take". Turns out the process is both very simple, but there are a few things that can help or hinder. Take, for example, my insistence on using unbleached flour this time around. I'll provide links to several videos and articles I found useful, but starting and maintianing a sourdough starter can really be boiled down to several core principles.
Beautiful Sourdough Bread At Home Thanks To Dynamic Recipe Parameterization
Measures below assume you're doing loaves at a…. There's plenty to write about, but first, I have to credit a friend of mine for reviving an interest in making homemade bread that I had explored a while back and dropped because I didn't have the right tools on tap. What got me started though was the following video: First of all, it looks like I wasn't the…. Basically — all you need is airflow.
And salt. Oh, and to keep it away from pets not only to not having it get eaten, but if your dog sheds huskies, retrievers, etc…. I can second every word of this article on cast-iron cookware, including this excerpt: Since cast iron is made from the same stuff Hephaestus used in his forges for side projects like his automata delivery service to Olympus, you can use it just about anywhere.
Measures below assume you're doing loaves at a… Read More. What got me started though was the following video: First of all, it looks like I wasn't the… Read More.A 3d webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
And yet every night the dreams get worse. I ply the highways, a nervous eye on the rear-view mirror, the back seat piled with stolen menus. Their doors are opened 24 hours, but forever closed to my soul. This is what my life has become. This is my hell. Whenver I turn, there's nobody behind me.
And yet someone is clearly stealing the ketchup. A kids only  version of our house signature Rooty Tooty. One scrambled egg, one strip of bacon, one pork sausage link and one fruit-topped buttermilk pancake. I wonder if the author is British. I wonder if he sleeps at night. Sleep there. Fill it with pancakes. Stuffed French Toast Cinnamon raisin French  toast stuffed with sweet cream cheese filling, topped with cool strawberry or your choice of fruit compote and whipped topping.
There was blood on the floor. Some of it was mine. Served  with house salsa. They're closing the Star Trek Experience today. The IHOP up the strip had pancake platters named after various states. None of them sounded like home. Search comic titles and transcripts:. This means you're free to copy and share these comics but not to sell them. More details.Thankfully, [Makefast Workshop] has turned copious research and hundreds of trials into a dynamic sourdough and semi-sourdough bread recipe chock-full of of drop-down options to customize not just ingredients, but baking methods and other recipe elements as well.
Want to adjust quantities or loaf styles? Play with hydration or flour type? In order to do all this, [Makefast Workshop] needed to understand bread at a deeper level than is usually called for. During research, they observed that the format of recipes was often an obstacle to understanding how good bread actually gets made. The reason for this is simple: recipes are presented as standalone documents describing a fixed process; a set of specific steps that, when followed, yield a particular result.
What they do not normally do is describe the interplay and balance between ingredients and processes, which makes it difficult to understand how and why exactly the recipe produces what it does. The dynamic recipe changes all that.
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We covered their beautiful directions for creating delicious speculoos, complete with effective 3D printed molds for a modern twist on a Belgian classic. Really nice for pizza aswell. Would not really work the same with other protein sources. Gluten is indeed protein, but the way it forms longer chains during kneading is key to trap the gas inside that makes your bread grow.
There is very cheap high-protein flour you can buy. If you go for quality, it depends if you consider it a chore or a hobby. Come on, spend those extra cents and give me that full-taste expensive flour! I use all-purpose flour but what l do differently is that l cook some of that flour into a thick paste, let it cool and then incorporate it into the dough.
Google tangzhong method for explanation. At first I thought the title was in error, but then I realized that matrization refers to unfolding tensors, which are objects that describe multilinear relationships between sets of other objects, and a recipe is a kind of a matrix of ingredients and amounts.
Strange to list autolyse after adding starter and yeast, as autolyse per definition is only wheat and water, nothing else. True, but the protease and amylase get activated much quicker than the starter, I think you get time savings doing this in parallel as long as sugars are made available faster than they are consumed. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Learn how your comment data is processed. By using our website and services, you expressly agree to the placement of our performance, functionality and advertising cookies. Learn more. Report comment. So yes, you are unfolding the complexity of making sourdough. I use about 20x as much starter as they recommend, is that an error or does that really work? Leave a Reply Cancel reply.Randall wants to go back in time to show a person a Google Trends graphshowing massive spikes in a group of search terms, all around the same time.
Some of the terms flour, webcam, sewing machine had fairly steady popularity, then rapidly jumped higher. Others pangolin, Andrew Cuomo were barely searched for at all until they suddenly became items of intense interest.
The joke is that, without context, it would be impossible to guess what caused these simultaneous spikes, and the pattern would seem completely random.
A person might guess that there was a single event that drove all of these searches, but it would be difficult to speculate what that might be.
The title text is a possible "guess" by the person for these search terms having an increase together: a YouTube craze of exotic animals which includes pangolins in homemade aprons possibly made with the help of sewing machines hosting baking shows which leads to a response by New York governor Andrew Cuomo. A recent prior comic that touches on the past's possible views on the present situation from limited information was and In that case, the relative costs of cryptocurrency and hygiene supplies was considered unremarkable by a person because unbeknownst to him the price of both had skyrocketed.
Anyone have any idea about the September spike and December bump in webcam searches? This can be traced down by google trends when narrowing down the date range and looking at the top search phrases that hint at the Bahamas.
I'd hope webcams would last more than a year I agree. There's a spike for webcams every September sincealong with a small spike aligning with Hurricane Matthew in and a spike in October with Hurricane Michael. Why is the webcam search profile so different for worldwide vs. Is there a possibility that some of the September Spike in webcams is a later in years than I'd expect, and surely quashed a bit by smartphones sudden demand for Family Time with newly departed higher-education students?
A modern equivalent remnant of the old September Madness that was at first boosted and then rendered moot by The Eternal September.? But if it is hurricane season that drives it, and I'm not sure it would be, the fact that for example "In Hertford, Hereford, and not-New Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen" might explain why it isn't a worldwide driver. RE: All the webcam speculation: There is a spike not due to people buying a webcam, but watching a webcam of the storm surge hitting.
I'm interpreting the comments above as the first scenario here, instead of the latter. Some examples both positive and negative trends here :  I especially like the "how to cook" one with its predictive spikes for the past few years. Those are better viewed one by one, instead on a single graph, though. Technically there are a few people every year that are indeed from past years: Those that woke up from a long coma. Fabian42 talk5 May UTC.
Like "Sewing Machine" begins pretty late and I think that corresponds to the CDC changing from telling people "If you're not a healthcare worker, don't bother with masks just keep your distance from people" to "if you have to go out, wear a mask to minimize your chance of spreading the virus". The early rise of flour could be the combined effect of people who are stuck at home doing more baking, and the panic buying clearing out the grocery store shelves.
Pangolin rose early and slowly, but dropped off before the end of march; speculation on exactly how the virus started in Wuhan would be more interesting before the virus is in your country, so as it spread the search interest changed over to topics that impact a person directly more than speculation. IIII is a clock error. Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Searches for "sewing machine" are likely driven by people trying to make their own cloth face masksto help contain the spread of the virus, due to an ongoing shortage of professionally made masks. Ironically, a common search is "how to make mask without sewing machine", so this may be partially driven by a lack of machines.
Searches for "Webcam" are likely driven by a massive increase in virtual meetings and video conferencing, as people increasingly work from home and pursue other social distancing strategies. Governor Cuomo like most state governors wasn't subject to much national attention before the epidemic, but has become something of a household name during the crisis.
Searches for "flour" are likely caused by an increase in baking due to people staying at home. This is also referred to in Sourdough Starter. The searches may be driven by people looking for recipes and baking tips, and it may also be driven by people trying to find flour in the face of local shortages.Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Jump to: navigationsearch. The fifth of these comics, Symptomscame out on March 11,the day when the outbreak was declared a world wide pandemic. A total of 19 comics in a row were related to this pandemic, except the April fool's comicCollector's Editionwhich was probably already in the making when the first comic came out and even if so its release was delayed until April 3rd.
So 19 out of After those 20 comics more have appeared that are not directly related to COVID, but Randall keeps returning to the subject. Note that although these comics are all related by references to COVID they are not a comic seriesas most of them has no direct relation to the story or subject of the others, except the overall relation to COVID There can be exceptions within the category, as there now is a direct series relating to the Coronavirus Genome. Subcategories This category has only the following subcategory.
C Coronavirus Genome. Categories : Comics by topic Biology. Namespaces Category Discussion. Views Read Edit View history.How do you avoid over fermenting your artisan sourdough bread? - Foodgeek Baking
These conditions often lead to spare time that needs to be filled, and many people have turned to baking, which can usually be done entirely at home, is relatively time-consuming, and has the advantage of producing finished food, lessening the need to go out to buy food. This trend is common enough that baking supplies, including yeast, have seen a spike in demand, to the point where many people have trouble finding it. As an alternative to yeast, consumers can grow their own sourdough starter, which is a symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria naturally found in flour.
Once the starter has matured, part of it can be used to make bread or other baked good rise, while the remainder can be mixed with more water and nutrients to allow the remaining yeast and bacteria to multiply once again.
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Because these populations need to be maintained, it's often been a practice to trade starters from house to house, with each home using starter when they need it, then setting up the remaining starter to breed more. This has historically been a social activity, allowing people who share an interest in baking to meet, share recipes, and spend time together.
The upshot of all of this is that the coronavirus pandemic has created conditions in which yeast and symbiotic bacteria are being bred in larger numbers, both by companies trying to fill demand, and by individuals trying to make their own. The joke is that this outcome is, in fact, the entire purpose of the coronavirus, which is in a symbiotic relationship with yeast.
The entire global pandemic, by this logic, is directed to keep humans indoors and baking so that more yeast and bacteria is bred. The practice of swapping sourdough starters means that they're propagated more widely, increasing and distributing the yeast population while potentially giving the virus more opportunity to spread, as people socialize.
As Randall points out, this cycle is extremely convoluted. However, it is not unknown for parasites to drive the responses of other creatures in order to propagate themselves. For example, Toxoplasma gondii infects mice, but can only reproduce when it infects cats.
The organism has therefore adapted to infect the nervous systems of mice, making them extremely reckless, increasing their odds of being caught and eaten by cats, allowing the the parasite to move to a new host.
Some flatworm parasites have very complex life cycles that involve four different host animals. Randall has previously speculated about unusual parasitic organisms in Christmas Presentsin which he "concluded" that Christmas presents are parasites of Christmas trees, possibly mediated by a fungus. And in Mycology a fungus infects human brains making them wish to study and thus grow more of this fungus.
Viruses are not organisms lacking some of the defining features of lifeand it is debatable whether they would be considered parasites. Moreover, this theory is obviously implausible for a number of reasons. The most obvious being that natural responses, particularly of viruses and simple organisms, evolve over a long time scale.This means you're free to copy and share these comics but not to sell them. More details. Archive What If? A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
Today's comic is a parody of House of Leaves. House of Pancakes. And yet every night the dreams get worse. I ply the highways, a nervous eye on the rear-view mirror, the back seat piled with stolen menus. Their doors are opened 24 hours, but forever closed to my soul. This is what my life has become. This is my hell. Whenver I turn, there's nobody behind me. And yet someone is clearly stealing the ketchup. A kids only  version of our house signature Rooty Tooty.
One scrambled egg, one strip of bacon, one pork sausage link and one fruit-topped buttermilk pancake. I wonder if the author is British. I wonder if he sleeps at night. Sleep there. Fill it with pancakes. Stuffed French Toast Cinnamon raisin French  toast stuffed with sweet cream cheese filling, topped with cool strawberry or your choice of fruit compote and whipped topping.
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