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When you live like we do one of the challenges or problems is to adjust existing habits.
A few weeks back I decided to stop using milk. I had a theory it might help reduce the congestion problems I’ve been having.
So how did I go about it ?
What were the obstacles?
Well to start with I usually drink hot chocolate at work. It’s a habit physically. I don’t even look at the buttons anymore. When we got a new machine and they were slightly different it threw me.
Yes, I drink hot chocolate with my eyes closed.
So I needed to break the habit.
Black tea it would be. But the habit needed to be broken easily.
Ah, I had two weeks break from work and two weeks break from the coffee machine!
So that was great.
It has worked!
I’d already switched to soya milk in my porridge which was the other big milk input I had.
So then I needed to fix another ‘problem’. For three years I’d been making yogurt. The yoghurt was a great way to use the home made jam from the plot.
No milk; no yoghurt; three tonnes of jam needing to be eaten!
So I decided to make soya yoghurt instead….
More about that later…
Speaking of jam. There’s been a catastrophe!
It looks like this
That (for the uninitiated) is unset jam!
Remember that dead easy recipe I posted?
I picked a load of lilac flowers and steeped them the other day. Then on Sunday I added pectin sugar and cooked it up. After it cooked it was
Da da da….
On Sunday night I reboiled it. Still no joy!
Meanwhile back at the yoghurt, I decided to figure out the soya yoghurt without much research just by adapting the method I used for regular milk yogurt.
It’s simple. (What like the jam?)
500ml UHT milk heated for 1min and 40 sec in the microwave.
Add a couple spoons of live yoghurt.
Put it in a yoghurt maker.
Wait five hours.
So I did the same thing with soya milk and soya yoghurt instead.
Five hours later….
Well technically five hours plus an overnight cooling later. Nothing had happened.
Now I should’ve been a bit more scientific but I just cranked the timer round again for a further five hours!
Still no joy!
Five more hours……
Add jam and….
I’ll need to pay more attention next time so I’ve got a better indication of time!
Ah but the jam, what about the jam?
Well, it makes a good cordial instead!
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