100,000+ people have been murdered by the UK Governments deliberate mismanagement of COVID in the past year.
Just to put that into context, this 👇 is what 72,000 people looks like (pic from Live Aid at Wembley in 1985)
Japan has double the UK population but has just 7000 deaths!
The death rate will surely get a lot worse, what with the UK Government delaying the 2nd vaccine injection until 12 weeks instead of within 4 weeks which is recommended by the manufacturer.
By doing this, the Government are providing an environment to allow and encourage mutations to develop in the virus. Goodness knows what we will do if a vaccine immune strain appears because of them prolonging things in this way.
Boris Johnson and his cohorts should go to prison for a very long time.
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When the first lockdown kicked in last year, it was very difficult to get hold of decent fresh bread; I quickly realised that it was one of the things that I missed most!
A baguette! A crusty roll! My kingdom for a poppy seeded bloomer!
My love affair with bread started quite early on in life. On occasion, I used to go with my Godparents and pick up warm bread from a local bakery in Carshalton Beeches in Surrey.
I can still remember standing in line at the bakers very early on a Saturday morning, knowing that I would soon hold the warm bread in my hands; the smell in the bakery was bloody AMAZING and the loaf radiated its own mouthwatering scent in the car on the way home! Torture it was!
The vacuum packed baguettes that you can chuck in the oven or the bog standard pre-sliced loaves that you find in Supermarkets simply do not cut it. I vowed that I would learn how to make my own bread to an acceptable level, to satisfy my craving!
Now that the UK has returned to a second lockdown, I felt it was time to start making my own bread.
I was determined to do so with my own fair hands and without the convenience or dependency of the expensive bread making machines; said machines are currently sold out anyway, largely due to covid-19 panic buying and the logistics nightmare that has currently paralysed importing (shitty Brexit).
Thanks to a Jamie Oliver video on YouTube, I have already made a couple of loaves in 2021 and I am very pleased with the results! https://youtu.be/aUtxKeupYFg
For the recipe within the video, you only need strong flour, a sachet of yeast in water, a pinch of sugar and a pinch of salt. Couple of periods where you leave the dough to prove before you bake it in the oven for 35 mins on 180oC. Very simple.
My next goal is to add in a little wholemeal flower and top the loaf with black poppy seeds or seseme seeds 🙂 watch this space!
Give it a go! It is fun! Especially the kneeding of the dough, a good stress relief.
Popped to Oslo on Valentine’s day to see a client for a review meeting and caught the last of the snow (hopefully!).
I always love visiting Norway, it is especially beautiful and full of kind people. Coming in to land at Oslo, you’ll see beautiful woodlands, lakes and then quaint housing before you finally touch down amongst the trees.
Glad I travel there with work; a drink, packet of crisps and a choc bar can set you back about a tenner which is painful!
For some strange reason, vegetarian food is very, very expensive here but that’s to be expecting given how Norwegians love their meat!
Didn’t see any wildlife this time as I was in central Oslo for a meeting! Maybe next time!