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I used to have many separate blogs, but rather than repeat that exercise for Google to destroy again, I have added the blogs as separate pages here on the Top Bar. I will add past posts as I recover them from other sources, but will also add new posts as the occasion arises; so always check, there's bound to be something new.

Fizzy Stuff

I have been slow at adding a page for my old blog
Things that Fizz & Stuff
but here it is finally.

Things that Fizz & Stuff is a bout everything we eat and drink, from cocoa to cocktails and abalone to zucchini... There is 'yummy stuff' and 'yucky' stuff,' but for someone somewhere it is nom noms.

:: Lager-brewing yeast identified in Argentina

Scientists have identified a yeast that led to the discovery of lager.

The researchers isolated the new species in the frozen forests of Patagonia in South America.

Their discovery suggests that this yeast crossed the Atlantic hundreds of years ago and combined with one traditionally used in Europe to make ale.

The discovery is described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A lucky find
The workhorse of brewing, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is used worldwide to ferment fruit and grains to make wine, cider and ale.

Lager-brewing, which is fermented more slowly and at lower temperatures than ale, is presumed to be a later invention, and was likely stumbled upon when Bavarian monks moved their beer barrels into caves to store it.

In those caves, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which prefers to grow just above room temperature, is presumed to have been outcompeted in the fermenting beer by a species that thrived at cooler climes.

The modern-day lager-brewing yeast, Saccharomyces pastorianus, which is a fully domesticated species, is probably a hybrid of this cool-loving strain and the ale-brewing species, and survives because brewers keep back a little of the lager each time to seed the next batch with the same yeast.

Source: BBC News Read more

:: Is a salad... always green:

Summer is coming (southern hemisphere) let's have a look at salads. When one thinks of a salad, the mind flashes to an image of lettuce.

"The salad bowl is just the place for a pageant of greenery." This is a quote from an epicurious post: Greens of the Wilderness Salad.

But a salad doesn't have to be lettuce, and it doesn't have to be green.

I love colour themed salads.

Coleslaw, using cabbage and grated carrot is another salad, potato salad is a great standby and easy to make.

Most vegetables can be used to make salads. Cauliflower and broccoli for example. You can make white salads, orange and yellow salads. Then of course why stick to vegetables, you can make salads with pasta.

The world of salads is only limited by you imagination. The number of combinations is truly endless.

So this summer let your imagination run wild. It's a great way to get the kids to eat veges.


Life is a Labyrinth

Life is a Labyrinth