Category: lifestyle

Baking: how to melt chocolate chips

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor wonders about the best way to melt chocolate chips. I wondered which way was better – stovetop method vs microwave – to melt chocolate chips. Apparently microwave wins. Source: YouTube: America’s Test Kitchen

Lifestyle: cooking: when pancakes cause controversy

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor mentions this morning’s grumbling over pancakes. As a kid, I loved pancakes, but my parents seldom made them. I guess I never got my fill, so still love them – even the idea of them

Lifestyle: morning baking: cornbread

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor mentions a breakfast food he enjoys. Lately I’ve been thinking that I’ve forgotten about a recipe I used to make. Last night I realized cornbread was it. I’ve made it, but not often enough. I

Lifestyle: the left hand

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor mentions a change he’s made. My right hand seems tired of using the mouse, so I’ve been using key combinations more. When I still need the mouse, I more often use it left-handed. “Why is

Lifestyle: Salt Spring Coffee: Blue Heron variety

Self-tutoring about coffee: the tutor mentions one he’s glad he picked up. When Salt Spring Coffee comes on sale, I usually buy a few bags. Yesterday was just such an occasion. The Blue Heron variety, which I’m drinking right now,

Baking: how to know when dough is sufficiently kneaded

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor mentions a question he hadn’t thought about. I have heard and read that kneading dough takes around 8-10 minutes. I’ve always just done so. Yet, is there a way to know when you’ve kneaded the

Gardening: does tilling the soil bother earthworms?

Self-tutoring about gardening: the tutor wonders about breaking up the soil. Whenever I turn the soil with a shovel in one of the garden plots, the earthworms seem disturbed – some even get cut in two (Sorry!). Yet, tilling the

Lifestyle: YouTube listening: Mysterious WV

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor mentions another YouTube channel he likes. Back in my post from May 14, I mention listening to Bob Gymlan’s channel on YouTube. Here’s another one I like: Mysterious WV. The cases I’ve watched centre around

Gardening: centipedes in the garden

Self-tutoring about gardening: the tutor observes centipedes. Yesterday, planting this year’s garden (let’s hope for the best), I was happy to notice earthworms active therein. I don’t recall many last time, so am encouraged about this year’s prospects. I was

Lifestyle: transit, part II

Self-tutoring about transit: the tutor continues…. Back in my post from Aug 24, 2017, I discuss taking the transit bus, suggesting how liberating it can be from parking, etc. I’ve been on the bus again lately, and have another couple