Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Boil me a Bagel!

Bread, as we all know, is baked. Boiling bread would just be weird! Except, maybe dumplings, which are bread-like and boiled. Although they're more like a pudding, right?

Anyway, bagels are boiled before they're baked. This probably answers all the boiled bread-related questions that came up in the pub. I don't really have anything more to say on this, so here's some stuff grabbed off the internet:

The BBC Brunch Bagel recipe if you feel like making your own. I have not tried it.

Here's a video of a bloke boiling, then draining bagels.

A longer video that shows all stages and is essentially an advert for the Seattle Bagel Bakery is here.

I have to say I am unconvinced by bagels. Not the texture or flavour, but the shape. If you try to fill it with something you either have to make an annular filling or it drops out the hole. I don't know, am I missing something?

Stan brought up pretzels (the big bready ones) and it seems in Germany these are dipped in lye (sodium hydroxide) solution, sometimes boiling, before baking. This sounds much more dangerous (and this bloke, who has a good grasp of the scientific method agrees) so I will stick to bagels for the moment.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Conversation of the Day

Dad: Hey!
Me: Yes?
Dad: First you were over here, now you're over there.
Me: Yes! I changed my location over time using a process I call "movement".

If you want to model "movement" you could do worse than considering the following equation:

ds/dt = v

s = position
v = velocity
t = time
and ds/dt is the first order vector differential of position with respect to time.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Another Crime Fighting Duo

Clara decorates cakes. Jack is a part-time coroner. Together they fight crime! Not a true story.

The Adventure of the Mysterious Murder

Clara: There's been a murder!
Jack: I'll be the judge of that.

[Several weeks pass]

Jack: Misadventure.
Clara: Damn it.

Retitled: The Case of the Straightforward Verdict.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Conversation of the Day

Me: It's... bendy?
Dad: If it's bendy then hatred is... onion?
Me: Hatred is onion? No, onion is hatred! They've got it the wrong way round.

If you're interested, bendy was actually bumpy making hatred odium.