One of my new year's resolutions this incredible year-to-be is to incorporate another environment-saving habit into my current lifestyle
Hanging up clothes to dry, walking and biking as much as possible (not living in a suburb or rural nowhere), recycling, composting, reducing meat consumption, increasing local food consumption and growing a garden, using as few commercial and synthetic hygiene products as possible, being more discerning with purchases in general, what more can I do? What else can I add?
God, can you be more liberal?
No, because I doubt liberals care much about the environment, unless it's cloaked in "global warming"
While I don't think making injera is really gonna help all that much, if I were to actually succeed at making this very-difficult-to-produce-bread, I would save on water because I could now eat like real Ethiopians and not use many dishes or any silverware!
The arduous journey to actually make this bread brings me to another resolution , this one related to improving my mind and eternal knowledge of the world, but I will come to that later
It is difficult to find a consistent, authentic (they all claim to be authentic on the Internet) recipe for this bread
Ultimately, it's just made with two ingredients: water and teff flour, a gluten-free flour available in Ethiopia and Eritrea and other part of Easter Africa. The basic gist of the recipe is to add water to the flour and then let the mixture ferment (the amount of time here is a bit iffy as well) until it's sour and it bubbles
so this is the second time I have attempted to make this bread, and the SECOND time I let it ferment too long - three days
And although this is a recommended amount of time for the fermentation, and when it finally seems to be fermenting, it just ends up smelling terrible
It smelled so bad it stunk up my entire kitchen, but I decided to try and cook it on the pan anyway, and it just turned into a dark, rancid mess
It was supposed to be perfect!
It's the perfect bread!
Simple ingredients and simple cooking and it tastes so delicious when I eat it at the Ethiopian restaurant!
But it's such a mystery...
Just like the entire continent of Africa is a mystery to me...(just like the country of Yugoslavia was a mystery to so many others for so many years, blacklisted by the mainstream media)
I really think that when you're not presented with much information about a certain part of the world, it's cause you're not meant to know about it
So another of my new year's resolutions is to learn more about Africa
I HAVE A GOAL:
To learn about a new African country every month starting this month, the first month of the year, the month of January
Okay, there are over fifty countries to learn about, so 55 divided by 12, is about 4.58 , so round up, FIVE
five countries a month???
i must learn about five countries a month.
origin of the name, which european country(ies) lorded over it (still lord over it), what are its most prominent natural resources, what languages do they speak, what are their capitals, and what history of dictatorship does it have?
and make a type of food from ONE of the countries
can I do it? can i accomplish this?
and if this online magazine makes it to the end of this year (this glorious year, please make it happen) i will write an article describing my journey, learning about the countries of africa, and enlightening the recesses of my brain with the absence of this information
it will become ornamented with the smells of brand new nations to my mind and a whole new perspective of the world
i will keep a journal, and record everything i learn, and which recipe i've prepared from that particular region
and i will report on it at the end of the year! my adventures learning about africa!!!
on assignment! in my mind! about africa!
other new year's resolutions:
be more positive ( this is a yearly resolution)
exercise every day ( even if i don't lose any weight or get any muscle definition, it makes me feel better and i think better)
finish my goddamned novel and have someone read it and then publish it myself
grow this online magazine
it's important to set intentions and send them into the universe, because if you want something badly and wisely enough, the universe delivers
Jenny Facious just got married and changed her last name to Brightpass, so she's now Jenny Brightpass