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Tofu-making; or, what you will.

I might make tofu tonight.  It depends on how much energy I have after dinner and whether the beans will have soaked enough.

I made cheddar-herb scones.  Or, if you prefer, cheddar drop biscuits.  (That's what the recipe calls them; "biscuits" is ambiguous in the online company I keep, so I used "scones").

I also need to poach some chicken before it goes off.  I could freeze it up, of course, but I dislike freezing and re-thawing.  Eventually you lose track of how many days it spent in a thawed state.  Also, I need some more protein tonight.  I ate four scones, after all.

(I am conducting two experiments: giving myself all the sleep I can stand (about 8-9 hours) and eating some protein every time I begin to think I might get hungry.  So far my energy levels have been even, even if, today, they're kind of low.)

Yesterday my sister and I spent about six hours together, pursued organizing my tool bin and junk drawers, and managed not to have a single squabble.  We'd got up early and had our squabble over the phone at 9 am.  But my tool bin is impeccably organized.

We went for a walk in the evening in an older, affluent neighborhood down a few streets from me.  There were walled gardens with ivy.  I couldn't see the gardens but I enjoyed the effect of the ivy.

Oh, and yesterday I had my hair cut and colored.  I have now reverted to a sort of deep golden brown with blonde streaks.  I'm not completely sure it flatters me, but it's definitely more "intentional", as my sister put it.  It no longer looks like a halo of straw-colored candyfloss, and the broken bits were all cut off.


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Aug. 25th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Not a bad way to spend some time. Today, I drove my children 2 counties away to a swimming lake that was closed to swimming due to algae, although there were two other kids their age at the "beach" and they had a good time. We also hiked through the park and I let them play in a natural stream for a while, so they could at least say they got wet.
Aug. 27th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Those were some lovely pictures you took!
Aug. 27th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
Thanks! I had to work to make it look good, lol. It was so surreal there. There were exactly 9 people on a "beach" that's normally jam-packed. 4 adults, 4 kids, and a baby, including me and mine. It was almost creepy! And so quiet, the highway we took to get there was very audible. Never, in the many years I've gone there as a child, has it been quiet enough to even know you were remotely near an interstate.
Aug. 26th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to try making my own tofu! What kind of coagulant are you using, and where did you get it?
Aug. 26th, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
I use a solution of Epsom salts. In Japan they use nigari, which is magnesium chloride, but I don't know where I'd find that around here. Amazon, I suppose.

Both of those give tofu a faint bitter taste. I'm thinking of trying lemon juice this time, for something different. It also works, although I've read that the yield is lower and the tofu a little grainier. Or possibly the citric acid that is used in cheesemaking could be used.

Speaking of making cheese, sometime I'd like to make a thick soymilk and then use it in a cream cheese recipe with vegetable rennet, and see what I end up with.
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