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Tue, 25 Jan 2022

The Lamp Post

Suppose that a great commotion arises in the street about something, let us say a lamp-post, which many influential persons desire to pull down. A grey-clad monk, who is the spirit of the Middle Ages, is approached upon the matter, and begins to say, in the arid manner of the Schoolmen, “Let us first of all consider, my brethren, the value of Light. If Light be in itself good…”

At this point he is somewhat excusably knocked down. All the people make a rush for the lamp-post, the lamp-post is down in ten minutes, and they go about congratulating each other on their un-mediaeval practicality. But as things go on they do not work out so easily.

Some people have pulled the lamp-post down because they wanted the electric light; some because they wanted old iron; some because they wanted darkness, because their deeds were evil. Some thought it not enough of a lamp-post, some too much; some acted because they wanted to smash municipal machinery; some because they wanted to smash something. And there is war in the night, no man knowing whom he strikes.

So, gradually and inevitably, to-day, to-morrow, or the next day, there comes back the conviction that the monk was right after all, and that all depends on what is the philosophy of Light. Only what we might have discussed under the gas-lamp, we now must discuss in the dark.


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Wed, 19 Jan 2022

Birote Salado de Zona Guadalajara

These don’t take a lot of effort, but do take a lot of time.

First Stage Dough

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix well until you have a soft, elastic dough.

Cover dough with a damp towel and let rise for ~6 hours at room temperature.

(alternately: let rise in refrigerator overnight for up to 3 days)

Second Stage Dough

Mix Second Stage Dough completely into first stage dough.

Separate into ~6 elongated rolls.

Cover with a moist towel and let rise in a slightly warm, humid place until approximately doubled in size.

Bake in a steamy oven (eg: with a tray of water underneath) on a floured surface for 15 minutes at 250C (~450 F).

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