Pancakes Make it Better

Chloe and the Red Squirrel

Yesterday was a sad day. I was diligently plugging away at work when one of the neighbor cats took the liberty of snatching up our favorite squirrel friend. The little red squirrel. It broke our hearts to see a friend be snatched up by a domesticated fur ball. A memory plays in my mind, the last time I saw our little friend.

The bastards

I felt powerless that there was nothing I could have done to prevent this. My partner was crushed, so I made my way to the kitchen to prep some comfort food. This event took me to the cookbook NYC Vegan’s recipe for Diner-Style Pancakes, which were delightful and not too difficult to make.

Liquid at rest

With a few lumps in my batter, and a hole in my heart 🐿, I preheated the skillet to 350 and grabbed my 1/4 measuring cup. Once preheated, I poured the batter and sprinkled mini chocolate chips over the top. The pancakes turned out perfect. It was exactly what we needed to get through the tragedy of losing a squirrel friend.

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Comfort food is necessary during these difficult times. We’ll miss you little squirrel friend. These flapjacks are for you. ❤️

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Gus and the NYC Vegan cookbook

Compiling a Vegan Quiche

A few days ago I used JL Fields’ Vegan Baking for Beginners to make a pie crust base for some sort of pie. I didn’t consider that the basic pie crust was for more of a savory base, so I felt that my options were limited on what I could make based on the ingredients I had available. The recipe calls for the dough to chill for 30 minutes, up to 2 days. I used that window to brainstorm on what kind of pie I could make.

Basic pie crust base

I decided to make a quiche which is a French tart consiting of a pastry crust. I placed my frozen Just Egg in water for 15 minute intervals. Once the water became chilled, I replaced the water until the product was thawed. I rolled out my dough into a 10″ disc, I set my pie crust, failed to fluke the edges so the dough did not reach the brim of the pie plate. I had a little overflow of Just Egg liquid in my pie plate after par baking the crust. It actually added a cooked crispy, flakey texture around the edges which is something I really enjoy. A nice surprise.

I added some Good Planet parmesan and a little bit of salt to the top for flavor. It turned out better than expected, but blind baking the pie crust may have been the better option. After a bit of googling on what a pie plate is, what “pricking” is, and totally overlooking the step that says to flute the edges I had mixed results. The pie crust ended up flakey and a bit puffier than I would have liked, but the flavor and texture were perfect. Check out JL Field’s Vegan Baking for Beginners for an awesome boost to your baking skills.

#veganbaking #jlfields #justegg #goodplanet

Control: Better on PS5

Control: PS4

Control is not another day at the office, it’s incredibly challenging requiring wit and fast reaction. You spend the game retaking control points which clear out some of the Hiss frequency and eventually allow fast travel, Ability upgrades, “Astral Constructs”, and mini missions called Board Countermeasures. There’s so much depth to the story I was completely drawn in. There’s a lot of lore behind the objects of power and plenty of TPS reports to read.

I’m not going to go too sleep on this. It’s an awesome title and I can’t wait to play it on PS5. The PS4 hardware is pushed to the max as the fans on my PS4 go brrrr from the constant rendering and what not. There’s a few artifacts, frame skips, motion blurring, which may have caused a few problems with keeping the flow going, but I think these will be resolved with the PS5 launch.

#Control #PS4 #epicgames

How not to make Nutty Maple Truffles

Melting Chocolate

I’ve always had a skill set in making confections, but it’s a skill I have definitely not honed. One key thing in baking is to follow your recipe list and use the right ingredients. JL Fields introduced a great cookbook in 2020, vegan baking for beginners, that has 75 sweet and savory recipes to get those creative gears spinning. This brings me to my worst confection ever. Nutty Maple Truffles. Now if one would properly follow the ingredients list it calls for semisweet chocolate. Myself being one to overlook instructions used unsweetened baking chocolate.

After melting the chocolate and allowing it to cool for an hour, it seemed to need more time to chill. That’s when I realized my error. I combined and melted the peanut butter and maple syrup, the ingredients would not bind. It was a gooey mess! I tried to save the chocolate by adding sugar. Truly disappointed I composted the whole project.

Baking is a delicate skill and being precise in measurements, ingredients, and mixes is key. I mark this one as a failed confection. Until next thyme.

You can find JL Field’s Vegan Baking for Beginners by using the link below. It’s a great lesson in mathematical measurements and baking.

A Difference of Opinions

I recall when I moved to Minnesota, and the first time I experienced racism. Boarding the green line a man was getting off and said, “you’re on the wrong side”. Jokingly unaware, I said, “I didn’t know there were sides”.  Then this man started to assault me and tried to take my cellphone as I contacted Public Safety.  I wished no ill will towards this man who I put up a defensive stance toward, but I learned that I had experienced racism for the first time in my new home. As I profiled the assaulter, I knew that someone was on our side.  You never interfere with a Public Safety call.

This happened the day before I started my career in Minnesota, and Target still wanted me to come to work after this assault. You have to wear heavy armor to tackle racism, and there’s no cure for it. There’s only understanding and dissecting millennia of oppression, insurrection, violence, and straight up cruelty.  People have potential but it requires investment, and may that investment never be taken from the bloody hand of a victim. There is a cure for racism, and it’s a matter of finding the frequency from which this racism lies.