Turkish Delight

Turkish delight , also called Lokum, is a popular middle eastern sweet dessert. It’s made of sugar , cornstarch and flavorings.

But what kind of magic feeling is there when you taste Turkish delight? Curious and
excited I opened the box. I see powder sugar coated cubes neatly packed inside. Although
the packaging says four diferent flavors and colors, I can’t make out the color of each. I
have to try one to know. I picked one out. It feels more dense than a marshmallow and
quite similar to gummy bear.The powder sugar dusting keeps them from sticking together. I popped one  red cube right in my mouth and slowly savored the taste and feel of my first turkish delight. It is sweet and sticky with a chewy jelly consistency. I noted the heavenly rose flavor right away. The green one is mint flavored and the yellow one is lemon. Maybe the next piece I will find pistachio and almond nuts.

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The box is on the dining table to tease and tempt me away from my diet. I wonder if I am going to have tummy ache or tooth ache for eating too much? My tip for eating turkish delight is to eat slowly and in moderation. One is never enough for your sweet tooth.

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My little warrior dog

My little warrior dog

Your untiring playfulness

Interrupted

By untimely silence

Has come.

Your little wagging tail

Bright attentive eyes

Fluffy golden coat

Soft ticklish paws

Cold wet nose

Is forever a masterpiece

Of K9 life and happiness.

You are brave when you came

Be a lot braver when you leave

Give me a last pawshake before you go

Blast me with your last smile

Let me know you enjoyed your life

I could have given you more

I could have hugged you more

Had I known time will be brief

To be with you

My little warrior dog.

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A Day with The Jonssons

One day on the gamezone..

“Arrrgh! I did it again. I’m playing so bad with this team. They shoot when they shouldn’t be shooting.”

“Which team are you with? ”

“Oh for heaven’s sake! No wonder I’m playing so bad. I’m playing against the computer.”

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This thing about computers and passwords is annoying me!  Why do they always prompt for updates, upgrades and all these techy prompts?

It’s to secure your account from unauthorized use and hackers.

From whom?  Who would want to bother with an old woman’s cooking recipe anyways?  It’s not a secret like Tutankhamen’s mummy recipe.

Even that is not a secret nowadays.

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Grandma Glasses : “Oops! I accidentally deleted files on my phone.” (sigh)

I.T. Consultant : Sign up for an upgrade, get  1TB DropBox to use for backup.

Grandma Glasses : “But I don’t want an upgrade.”

I.T. Consultant : “ Enjoy the 1TB backup space. I’m paying the monthly fee.” (sigh)

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A repost from my blog archive Sunday, September 2, 2012

WordPressed

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I was working two hours on my new blog. I am almost done with content, layout and links when I noticed the edit button on my page. I worked around toolbars and still cannot get the edit button off my main blog page.
“Honey? How do I remove the edit button?” I asked my techy savvy husband. Being the math wizard in the family, I knew he can fix it for me. My husband came to check what I was doing. “That’s easy. Here let me help you.”
And after a few clicks on my keyboard he said casually, “I can even change the whole page,” my husband added.

With wide eyes, I gawked at the most complicated muddle of alphanumerics strings I have seen in my entire life. “What the .. ?!” Talk about wordpressed! Oh well, that’s why they put CLICK Support button on the dashboard.

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Alice and the Caterpillar

“In this garden we call Life, not  every caterpillar will tell you which side of the mushroom is better.”- phwriter11

Reading through Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I came to the part where Alice met the Caterpillar, and a little lesson in life came to my mind.  Not that it’s a fable, but I like to connect the story with real life situations.

Alice was so  worried  that she has changed into so many sizes. The Caterpillar reminded her  to keep her temper, and advised Alice that if she takes a bite from the mushroom she will grow taller or shorter.  The Caterpillar didn’t say which side though, so that leaves Alice to decide.

How we accept change makes the difference in our life. Sometimes you are taller than everyone else, sometimes shorter.  Sometimes you  may feel as small as three inches because of these changes, do not fret. Others may be in the same situation and they are not bothered  about it. Others find this size still very acceptable because that’s how they appreciate their being.

And how you handle these changes all depends on which side of the mushroom you will bite from. That is for you to find out, and to decide upon. Take the side which makes you grow taller, then live with it. Or take the side which makes you shorter, then live with it. Keep your temper as you go along. A clear mind works better than a bad temper.

And remember… “In this garden we call Life, not  every caterpillar will tell you which side of the mushroom is better.”

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The Baker’s Percentage

I am a writer learning how to bake artisan breads, not as a career but to fill my tummy during breaks. – PhWriter11

Happy New Year to all Readers! A collection of my thoughts to share with you because I’m glad to have you back on my page.

Lately I have been into bread and pastry making. With success, I have revised recipes to come up with my version of the white bread, soda bread, ciabatta, beer bread, cake base, cinnamon rolls, swedish cookies, meringues and basic pie crust. Of course there are also disappointments, frustrations and disasters in my baking adventures. That makes baking more interesting for me.

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I like how  the dough rises , how the cake fluffs in a pan, how eggs and butter blend into a nice cream, how powder sugar melts with milk, how yeast bubbles with warm water, how the crust browns inside the oven, how the cinnamon sugar caramelizes, how the chocolate surrenders to my stirring and become ganache, and how the bread comes out golden brown when flipped to cool.

Same way I master the art of making bread, do I get familiar with shelf life of these baked goodies. I’ve had a couple of loaves that turned mildewy after days sitting on the table. I’ve had snickerdoodles still edible coming way past Christmas when all gifts have been opened.

And disasters are always expected when a novice tweaks a recipe. I’ve had burnt caramel in ramekins too when I tried doing it quicker in the microwave. I had a loaf that turned out to be a weapon and graded class 3 as self defense gadget. And a boule that expanded horrendously to become an alien’s brain.

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I found helpful tips and techniques from other bakers’ links too.  I need to keep these in mind every time I handle the dough and perfect making artisan breads. And while checking out alternatives for baking stone, I stumbled on the Baker’s Math. Initially, I thought it is a bit too much going through all those hassles understanding the formula. Then as I read on, I realized the mistakes I made with my disaster loaves. From the formulas I gathered, I was enlightened on the correlation of  flour and water in bread making. Trial and error will always be part of the fun, but at least now I can attempt to chase those bubbles in my freshly baked bread like a professional baker.

With the baker’s percentage put into good use, I will have more things to write about. Seeing all my baked creations makes me feel better. Indeed baking is one of those things you just have to try to learn how to do right with a few mistakes acceptable.

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And I wrap up my writings today with a Phwriter11 quote, “To burp or not to burp, that is for humans”.