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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 Dereel Images for 29 September 2020
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Blue tortillas revisited
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Nine years ago I tried blue masa, mainly out of curiosity. It was better than this castrated white stuff that seems popular in the USA, but I decided that I preferred the yellow masa.

But when shopping in Geelong last week, I could only find a single packet of yellow masa, paradoxically 816 g, which makes sense neither in metric nor in archaic units. So I bought a second packet of blue masa:


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How do you make tortillas with it? Ten years ago I had immense problems with making tortillas at all, and I attributed that to the exact relationship between water and masa. My tortilla recipe bears testimony to that.

OK, take a look...

Brand       Masa       Water       Date
Maseca       120 g       175 g       8 October 2011
Minsa yellow       120 g       200 g       13 July 2012
Minsa blue       120 g       155 g       13 July 2012
Minsa mix       120 g       200 g       13 July 2012
Casa iberica       120 g       180 g       11 April 2013
Masa lista       140 g       252 g       9 April 2019

That's for four tortillas. Nowadays I make two, using 50 g of Minsa masa and 90 g of water (corresponding to 216 g in the table above). And the blue minsa required 155 g, corresponding to 65 g water. Should I try that as a starter? What about reading the instructions on the packaging?

Mezcle 2 tazas de Harina de Maiz Azul Organico El Maizal con 2 tazas de agua tibia y mezcle por 4 minutos.

These bloody cups again! But at any rate it can give me the ratio to the yellow masa.

Mezcle 2 tazas de Harina de Maiz ... con 2 tazas de agua tibia y mezcle por 4 minutos.

The same! Can that be right? OK, mix in my 90 ml of water and leave to soak. Mud. Far too much water.

OK, that was 1:1.8. How about 1:1.5? Add 10 g of masa, try again. Yes, that seems about right. And how about that, I had no trouble at all pressing it and peeling off the paper. Practice makes perfect:


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And the taste? OK, but I still prefer the yellow masa.


Curtains!
Topic: Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

For some reason, the curtain in front of the exit to the verandah has become more and more difficult to open and close. Something is clearly jamming, and today it was so tight that I thought I would tear the cords.

Up to take a look. I don't understand these things, and they've done their best to hide the cords, so I couldn't see anything. But clearly it's related to the cords, and my best bet is that they've come off presumed pulleys at each end of the rail. Removed the ends of the curtains from the cords, and all works.

How do I address this issue?


Wednesday, 30 September 2020 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel
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Finally, the covered arena
Topic: Stones Road house, general Link here

Into town today to finally sign up for the construction of the covered riding arena that we've been talking about for over 6 months. We've chosen Eureka Garages and Sheds, and had quite an amusing time signing up with John Hoffman, who also took a hefty deposit. It looks like we're going to be in for an 8 month wait before it finally stands.


Shopping and haircut
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While in town, also did some shopping. We have an issue with the irrigation lines: during the winter, some iron compound precipitates in the lines, and come spring it can clog up the drippers and sprinklers. Solution: open the ends and let the water flush the precipitate.

But that's a pain. I haven't counted them, but there must be about 20 line ends, all of which need to be opened and then sealed again. Why not a tap?

I found out today: they cost about $10 each. Surely there must be something cheaper. But at the very least, I should count the ends so that I only buy as many taps as I need.

Also down to the library to pick up my library card. What identification did I need? None! I had to quote my date of birth, but that was all, and I was given Yvonne's card too—with a * on it so that I would know which is which: apart from the number, they're identical. That's the case for all four library cards that I have; I suppose it makes the preparation easier. But why make them expire in the first place? They could just reactivate them.

Then to have my hair cut. I've been going there for over 13 years.


Bloody face masks!
Topic: health, opinion Link here

I believe in using face masks to combat infection, and I always wear one when I'm near strangers. And clearly KN95 masks offer better protection than the cheap surgical masks that most people use. So today that's what I wore.

I can't keep the bloody things on my face! Maybe it's just this particular brand, but the loops keep slipping off my ears. I note that medical practitioners all tie the things behind their heads. That requires additional straps, but I think it's worth it. Would something with alligator clips be suitable?


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