Meet you back here in half an hour. What are you going to do? What I always do - stay out of trouble... Badly.
Sunday, August 30
It's Sunday, So It Must Be Time For -
Pixy's Failed Adventures In Baking!
Status: Not failed yet. Failed. You could drive nails with that one.
Found a second source for cheap gluten-free bread mix. I'd ignored this one since it cost 50% more than the other, then I looked closer, and realised that it was 50% more for twice as much.
It's a slightly different mix (soy flour in place of chick pea flour) and is a grain bread (linseeds, sunflower seeds, corn kibbles) but it's made by the same company. I used a little less water than specified, and this time it looks more like dough than cake batter so that's promising.
And I bought enough for six loaves, so I should be able to zero in on a good recipe before I run out.
Update: Hmm. This one also uses baking soda rather than yeast. It hasn't risen at all yet, so I hope it does so as it bakes.
This show shouldn't work as well as it does. It's a stupid little one-joke gag manga. I'll have to see if I can find the manga itself (yep), because the anime does something rather clever with that: The joke isn't the joke, and they never actually tell the real joke, they just let you catch glimpses of it. And it never stops being funny.
The camera angles.
And all the while, they're busy trotting out tired old cliche comedy characters and turning them into real people so deftly you hardly notice at first.
I gave the first episode a 3 out of 5, when I expected it to be a 2 at best. By episode 5 it was a solid 4. This latest episode was a 4.5.
Update: I just read the two of the chapters that made up episode 8. All the material is there in the manga, but I like the anime a lot better. And there's enough material in the manga for a second season (they're currently on chapter 41 out of 119), so I'm hoping it does well enough for that to happen.
And then Pixy said, measuring cup, measuring cup... Aha!
And then Pixy said, are you sure these proportions are right, bread mix packet? That looks more like cake batter than bread dough.
And then Pixy said, what the hell, the worst that can happen is I end up with no bread, which is where I've been since 2010.
Found some inexpensive packaged gluten-free bread mix* at the supermarket, so I dug out my old bread maker thingy and it's whirring away right now. I lost the instruction book long ago and I'm expecting this first run to be inedible, but it's worth a shot.
Update: Yep, inedible. Definitely too many waters. Will try again with fewer waters.
* In case you're wondering, tapioca starch, potato flour, chick pea flour, and rice flour. There's no real substitute for wheat, unfortunately.
With episode 7, Ushio and Tora has diverged from the 90s OVA and is covering new ground from the manga.
I was wrong that it was keeping the pace of the original, too. I just checked if this episode was something I'd forgotten from the original, and found that the sea monster from last episode took two episodes in the OVA. I was worried that with 39 episodes instead of 10 they might draw it out and spoil the pacing, but they have 33 volumes of manga to get through and it looks like they're not going to slow down for anything.
What they really must do, though, when they come to the end, is remake the songs from the original CD Theater bonus.
Unfortunately that's a VHS transfer (I have that tape) and it skips, but there's a DVD version available if you know where to look.