Scones by Pos Laju

We should have a new site up and running shortly to sell our scones around the country. Customers will be able to pay by PayPal or credit card. The price will include Pos Laju to all parts of Malaysia. The scones will be packed in a re-usable plastic carton and then placed into a carton. Thats our next job, to find a suitable carton that will accept the size of the tub.

The tub can be placed in the fridge or freezer to keep the scones fresh. Just bring them back to room temperature and enjoy. You may if you wish warm them in an oven or toaster.

 

Eventually the site will have articles about scones. Enjoy!

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New Coffee Machine

I have been a bit quiet recently. A lot going on. The most exciting for me is the new coffee machine coming from “The Fine Coffee Company”. It is a Bezzerra Strega Lever machine from the company that first invented the espresso machine in 1901. It will have its place in my new coffee corner which was recently decorated by my youngest daughter who was down here on leave from Burma, where she works with an NGO called IMC.

I have been in touch with Blue Oasis and obtained some of their new line of Organic Coffee beans. As a fan of the coffee corner at Jasons I also have the Bristot beans which they use. Currently I am also sampling Lavazza beans with my old home Gaggia Machine.

Apart from the coffee machine, as I mentioned, my daughter came down from Burma with Ben and of course we had to show them around a bit in return for the work they did for us decorating.

They stayed nearby at a lovely Home-Stay owned by a friend of ours. A small traditional style Malay house set it in its own grounds by a small pond.

Our friends from Berkat Madinah came by a few weeks ago for Pizza and asked us to bake some pastries for their store in Ampang. We currently supply our scones, whole wheat bassbousa and date biscuits. Its an interesting shop if you are looking for Halal goods from the Middle East. They also have a small Bakery making fresh meat pies and other treats.

 

 

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Wahhabi

Wahhabi. This is a term that we hear mentioned a great deal since 9/11. Unfortunately most people, including many Muslims use the word in an incorrect and negative manner. This article, I think, lays out quite clearly that is it wrong to use this term. Wahhabi

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Gluten-Free?

Ths article speaks for itself and throws some light on the problesm of gluten intolerance.

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Toner Cartridges

We all know that Toner Cartridges are expensive so it helps if we can save some money and get great service.  Contact TonerSave (http://www.tonersave.com.my/). they have a wide range, but best of all they offer perhaps the greatest customer service I have had in Malaysia. They do not just send an email and tell you its with the courier, they actually check that the courier delivered it. Highly recommended.

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A salute to Bob

I wonder how many of us on our daily travels have spared a few moments to thank Bob for his patience and understanding. Each day he stands by the side of the road in all the fumes as vehicles rush by on their way to their owners destination. I pass Bob several times a week on my way to Bangsar. He stands patiently waving a red flag to the traffic to ensure you avoid being disrupted by the MRT construction project. He wears a smart yellow uniform and depending on the weather, he sometimes sports shades. I guess he feels pretty cool wearing his wrap around sunglasses. I know his name his Bob because that is the name written on his jacket. Actually he appears to have a twin with the same name as I saw both of them last week on the same journey but at different locations. As you pass him give him a wave and a thank him for the excellent job he is doing.

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The Perils of the Iphone

I was just chatting with my daughter in the UK. She was telling me that a few days ago, she went to her bank on the way from work to draw out some cash, only to find her account empty. In shock she called up the bank to see what had happened, they informed her that her account had been cleared out by dozens of small charges to Amazon.com.

Upon returning home she called up Amazon and was able to speak to someone, even though it was Christmas Eve. She explained the problem and they told her they would examine the transactions. The operator came back quite soon and said he had found the transactions and that someone was still making purchases, which were being rejected due to lack of funds. He asked her if she had any young children.

She went to find her youngest son and there he was pushing the buttons of some game on the iphone. My daughter went back to the phone and reported that she had found the culprit. Fortunately they agreed to refund the payments as a seasonal gesture.

So just be aware that today kids are smart and so is the software that runs on these hand-phones. Your bank details entered in one place can appear in another and the innocence of children can empty that account in no time.

As we inevitably move to more on-line banking be vigilant. It can happen to you.

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Friday

I shall – from the begining of next week – be taking off on Fridays. Any baking designated for Friday will be transferred to Saturday. I am doing this because I need to set aside one day in which I can be assured of having some free time to do what I want. It is also the day of Friday Prayers, which given my present schedule usually means that I have to leave for the prayers at the last possible minute. Insha Allah I can now proceed with ease to the Mosque.

We wish everyone a happy New Year and ask – did you keep last year’s resolutions?

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The Advantages of Home Milling and Baking

The Advantages of Home -Milling and Baking

Overview

We can prepare grains in their whole state by steaming, baking or pressure-cooking them. However, for centuries children and adults all over the world have enjoyed the texture, flavour and aroma of products baked with flour milled from grains.

For many individuals, life without bread, cookies, cakes, pies, muffins and rolls would seem a dreary prospect. For nearly everyone, it is good news indeed that we can build health by eating our favourite foods! With the right information we can prepare baked goods in ways which satisfy the requirements for fiber and nutrients in human nutrition.

The Differences Between Commercially Milled Flour and Freshly Milled Flour

Flour which is freshly milled at home contains an entire complement of B vitamins and is rich in vitamin E. It also contains the fiber which is essential in human nutrition. The milling process breaks the protective layer of bran surrounding the kernel of wheat and exposes the vitamins and minerals to oxygen. Oxygen breaks down the chemicals which make up vitamins and converts them into useless compounds – a process which begins immediately upon milling. For this reason, freshly ground flour should be used just after it is milled. If you must store fresh flour, keep it in the freezer. This does not prevent vitamin oxidation, but it does keep the wheat germ oil from becoming rancid.

Commercial millers remove thirty percent of the wheat kernel (including the most nutritious part of the grain) in order to make white flour. They remove the bran and wheat germ and attempt to re-enrich the flour by adding a few nutrients. By understanding the chemical changes which occur in flour after it is commercially milled, we are better able to make wise choices concerning the foods we eat.

The Commercial Milling Process

The commercial milling process begins with the wheat kernel. These wheat kernels, referred to as wheat berries, contain all of the vital nutrients, locked up in the protective jacket of the bran. As long as this outer layer, or bran, remains unbroken wheat can be safely stored for years. In commercial milling, the bran, so very necessary for good health, is the first part of the berry to be removed.

The next layer removed by commercial milling is the middling. The middling is rich in nutrients, and after it is removed it is sold to farmers for livestock feed. Lastly, the most nutritious part of the wheat berry, the wheat germ, is removed. The wheat germ and the wheat germ oil are the life of the berry. The wheat germ oil is high in vitamin E and important B vitamins.

To understand why the wheat germ is so important, consider that, of the nutrients in the whole kernel, the germ contains about:

64% of the thiamine

26% of the riboflavin

21% of the pyridoxine

7% of the pantothenic acid

2% of the niacin

8% of the protein.

Ninety percent of the nutritional value of the wheat berry is contained in the wheat germ. And yet all of the wheat germ must, of necessity, be removed from commercial flours, including so-called ‘whole wheat’ flour. Wheat germ oil has almost no shelf life and becomes rancid very quickly. Rancid oil is a carcinogen, and government health regulations require the removal of the wheat germ oil from all commercial flours.

Fresh Milling

The easy, economical and delicious alternative to devitalized commercial flours is to mill your own fresh flour – at home. If you have ever enjoyed baked goods made from just-milled flour, you know how smooth and delightful the flavor is. It is entirely different from using store-bought whole wheat flour which has sat on the shelf for months, and has a sharp and unpleasant tang.

Historically, milling has been accomplished by crushing and grinding the grains between large heavy stones. Today’s home mills operate by one of three means: abrasive grit wheels, cone-and-burr mechanism or Micro-MillingTM heads.

“Stone” mills actually employ a pair of abrasive grit wheels, similar to what is used in a machine shop for grinding or sharpening metal objects. They are effective, although they are slow, tend to leave grit in the flour, and sometimes glaze over and require cleaning.

Cone-and-burr mills use a nested cone-shaped mechanism, usually made of stainless steel. The inner cone has a sharply ribbed texture and rotates, grinding the wheat against the smooth fixed outer cone. The process is slow, and the flour produced is somewhat coarser than what is produced by other methods.

In contrast, Micro-Milling heads operate by a unique high-speed impact principle,rather than by grinding. When a grain or bean enters the milling chamber, surgical stainless steel teeth, rotating a: up to 28,000 rpm collide with it, exploding it and then instantly refining the particles into a beautifully fine flour. The process is extremely fast, and leaves no foreign particles in the flour. Because there is very little friction, a very high rate of flour production can be achieved, without significantly elevating the temperature of the flour. This is the technology used in the Magic Mill III Plus home flour mill, which will be described more fully later.

Fiber

In Parts I and VI we discuss the necessity of fiber in human nutrition. We cite the work of Dr. Denis Burkitt and many others concerning the essential role of fiber in preventing and reversing degenerative disease.

Those studies bear careful consideration; understanding the role of fiber will motivate us to make whatever dietary changes are necessary in order to achieve optimal health. By baking with freshly milled grains we also come to experience the high-fiber way to weight loss. For cleansing, healing and restoring our bodies, fiber is essential.

Fiber helps to remove fat from the walls of the colon and clear our bodies of unwanted metals and toxins. Without the help of fiber our bodies cannot excrete the overload of toxins and our systems must reabsorb them. Both soluble and insoluble fibers absorb many times their weight in water in the gastrointestinal tract. The increase in bulk puts pressure against the intestinal walls and facilitates the expulsion of fecal matter. Insoluble fiber remains unchanged during the digestive process.

Soluble fiber actually breaks down to form a gel in the small intestines which retards the absorption of glucose. This makes soluble fiber useful in the management of diabetes, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia since people with these conditions are adversely affected by a quick breakdown of carbohydrates. With the help of insoluble fiber, the body converts these carbohydrates into glucose very slowly.

Beans are an excellent source of insoluble fiber. By milling bean flour, as well as grain flour, we can produce delicious baked goods containing the finest sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Grain flours, which produce such delicious baked goods, are filled with insoluble fiber which is effective in satisfying the appetite. So many of the problems associated with degenerative disease have one simple solution, and that solution is Real Bread, the staff of life.

Baked Goods Made with Freshly-Milled Grains and Beans are Delicious and Satisfying

The variety in taste, texture, aroma and beauty found in these wholesome baked goods can coax even finicky children to devour their meals. Adults and youth who have agonized over a weight problem can finally satisfy their desire for delicious food by eating their way to optimal health. People who experience fatigue find a resurgence of energy by eating their favorite baked goods. Mom’s apple pie, jelly and bread, pizza and countless other family favorites build optimal health when we bake with freshly milled flour and use only natural sweeteners and whole foods.

Conclusion

With the right products, information and appliances we can change our homes and make them happier, healthier places to be. In the early 1900s Americans were dying of diphtheria, small pox, typhoid and polio. Inoculations and antibiotics have eliminated those diseases. Now we have an epidemic of degenerative diseases and six out of ten of the leading causes of death are related to diet: heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver and circulatory disease. The truth is we are consuming products which are killing us. Many of the foods which are not filled with dangerous fats are completely devoid of the fiber and the nutrients which are essential for our health. And yet, vital life-giving whole foods are available.

For the original article go to http://www.nutritionlifestyles.com/pages/home-milling

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A Time for Visitors

The next few weeks will be busy for us as I have a Granddaughter visiting from the UK to introduce her husband and then just after the holiday my youngest daughter will be coming down from Burma where she is working with an NGO. In between the visits I expect there will be lots of Baking.

Our Apple Crumbles and Apple Strudels are doing well. They contain organic apples and they taste great, with just a hint of cloves in the Crumble. The aroma reminds me of my Grandmother’s house on baking days.

I have a Biga Acida on the go. What’s that, you might ask. It is a sourdough starter that is made with orange juice and several flours. Ultimately it will be used to make a fantastic Italian Bread I last tasted in a small Italian Bakery in Brixton, London. Which reminds me, you must visit Franco Manca next time you are in London if you want a really first class Pizza. Just along the way is Rosie’s Deli Cafe “Rosie’s deli café is a delicatessen and café with an eclectic, stylish, organic twist”. They also have a food counter selling Olive Oils, Olives …… . I must start to plan my next trip.

I will be baking my last batch of Mince Pies tomorrow as a fellow expat has placed an order for them. One of our neighbours has started popping in to order our Pizza. They are all vegetarian, we do not do meat.

Seasons Greetings to all and Insha Allah you will have a good 2014.

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