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  1. 5 points
    I haven't really thought about my goals very thoroughly, but here's what I got. Chinese-related goals: - Read more popular Dutch books. If I want more Dutch people to read Chinese books, I need to get a clearer idea of what kind of books they (we) like. It will also be helpful when pitching books to publishers. - Read more Chinese literature, both novels and short stories. - Publish something Chinese literature in translation. I don't care what it is and who pays for it (the Chinese government, likely), but something. A book with a serious Dutch publisher would be best, but anything is good. And in general: - Take good care of myself and feel good & happy. Includes being outside every day, eating vegetables every day, regular exercise (rowing yay), finding fun things to do and doing them with people I like, getting into and out of bed in time. I'm sure there are a few goals from last year I can recycle, but setting few, achievable goals generally works best for me.
  2. 3 points
    I would echo what ZhangKaiRong said above. I have undergraduate degrees from both Fudan University and one of the top universities in the UK. There are a few things to consider. One is the quality of education. In China, the syllabuses are essentially the same across universities, which are dictated by the few standard text books available. Most lectures will essentially just consist of a lecturer going through exactly what's in the textbook. Exams essentially rely on you memorizing the material by rote - there is little scope for creative or your own analytical input. I'd say this contrasts with the UK, at least, where the emphasis is on your understanding and application of the material, rather than just your ability to regurgitate it. Also, I can't speak for all institutions, but cheating in exams in my UK university was almost unheard of. Yet in Fudan, cheating (mainly through talking to each other and reading each other's answers) happened to a greater or lesser extent in every exam, and the invigilators did little to curtail this. This puts you in a difficult position - either you stay honest and suffer against everyone else's inflated marks, or you join in with the cheating. The other thing is, no matter how good your Chinese is, covering the vast quantities of material will be difficult, especially when you are competing against some of the most diligent students in China at those top universities. Also worth considering is that learning resources are very limited - apart from the standard textbooks, there is little other material available, either in Chinese or English. Resources on the web in Chinese pale in comparison to those available in English (Wikipaedia for example), and most of the outside web is blocked from China. You can use VPNs to circumvent this, but they are slow and unreliable, and who knows whether these will be working at all by the time you get to that stage. Doing a degree in China is an experience. I would not want to dissuade anyone from doing this if it is the experience they are after. But from a purely academic point of view and in terms of future job competence and prospects, I would really recommend you do a degree in your own or another Western European or similar country.
  3. 2 points
    Well, 活著 is officially in the books. My first "big boy" Chinese novel. Very scared that the 2nd won't go as smoothly, so taking awhile to think about what I want to read next. Maybe 巴金。
  4. 2 points
    1、There are some problems with the Chinese sentence. 我一直在努力提高我的中文打字技巧,大部分时间都在努力做这件事。 我当前正在使用Win10官方输入法(IME),将我输入的拼音转换成中文简体字。 然后,我觉得我的打字速度应该还可以提升很多,而且当我从英文切换成简体切换成传统输入法时,使用IME很麻烦。 这里有人知道有什么可以提高中文打字技巧的方法吗?适应于Linux,IOS,Android等系统平台的方法也欢迎告诉。 2、I'm a Chinese software engineer.The most popular Chinese IME in China is SouGou Input Method, https://pinyin.sogou.com/.It's support Mac,Linux,Mobile.You can simple switch from English ->Simplified, you just need to press the shift key. 3、My email is [email protected],you can send email to me if you have any other questions.Welcome to China.
  5. 2 points
    Reading 活著 now, about 70% through on Kindle. It is my first full novel aside from a few children's novels. I find it very easy with only a few sentences here and there that don't seem to click for me. Damn it's depressing though.
  6. 2 points
    For those of you considering whether you should respond: While some of the surveys posted here were poorly developed such that I didn't respond, this one is good. It didn't take much time. I liked that it offered the chance to type some free text. For Daidai: In terms of improving the survey: it asks whether the user's goal is to write Chinese characters. I assumed this meant "hand write characters." I now spend zero time trying to hand write characters (我不会写), but I want to improve my ability to type Chinese (打字). While some who post to this website also are learning to hand write characters, there are also likely many like me whose goal is to be able to communicate verbally & electronically.
  7. 2 points
    I meant a component part of the first character! As written, it does say "bed" as Lu pointed out, with an extra 木 component it would be a different character, 麻, which makes a recognised word in combination with the other character which looks like 利. Is it written on a piece of fabric like a cover slip then? Can't think of any part of a bed that's known as a 床利, but there is the homophone 床笠 which means a mattress cover. Is that a possibility? The latter character of the second word is a bit rarer and the person may have written it wrong.
  8. 2 points
    Good question, @mungouk -- Thanks for asking. It has a fresh, bland flavor which is similar to young Brussels sprouts or Napa cabbage. Not bitter. It does best when combined with a meat which has lots of flavor. In Chinese cooking, it it usually stir-fried with a flavorful meat. Examples are sausage 香肠, smoked bacon 腊肉, and pork belly 五花肉。Here in Yunnan, it is often stir-fried with our famous slow-cured ham 云南火腿。My approach in the recipe above was to steam it in the rice cooker while making rice with sausage slices on top. Did it that way in the interest of efficiency and reducing the need for dishwashing/cleanup. Texture is tender after it's cooked. Could easily slice through a piece with the side of a fork. Around here, seeds for them are planted in September, seedlings are set out in October. Harvest is late December through mid February. It's a traditional food of winter; often associated with Spring Festival banquets in these parts. It's sometimes pickled, sometimes served room temperature as a 凉拌 (Chinese salad.) It's actually quite different, in that it is mainly a tough, woody stalk 梗 about as big around as my arm. The most frequently eaten part is the "knees" or "knobs" that extend from that heavy main stalk. One of the stories about how the vegetable got its name is that these knobs are "sons" of the big mother -- 儿子。 It's hard to explain clearly, but these pictures might help. These first two show the big vegetable entire ("the mother.") I've split it down the middle to expose the tough woody interior. (I only use this part for soup.) The tender parts which are most commonly eaten are the knobs growing from the sides of the main stalk. These are the "sons" -- the 儿子。You break them off with your fingers and slice them or quarter them before cooking. I marked them with arrows. Upscale markets, such as @DavyJonesLocker is talking about in his reply, often sell the knobs alone, pre-trimmed and packaged. This makes for less labor and less waste. Below left is a picture of those. I've sometimes bought them like that, gladly paying more because I was in a hurry. Below right is a picture of the tough stalk, cut up and getting ready to become part of a slow-cooked pork bone 猪骨 winter soup.
  9. 2 points
    If it happens around my neighborhood, I let it slide. Other times, I will generally say something. For these discussions, I always like telling the story of my 6' 5" Canadian friend that had a man cut in front of him at a supermarket in Beijing. Friend gently placed his hands on each side of the man, picked him up, and set him down to the side of the line. Guy was so stunned, he didn't know what to do, and that was that.
  10. 2 points
    I moved the posts on the etymology of this character to a dedicated new thread here.
  11. 2 points
    My post in the 2019 thread is here (mostly for my own reference). Basically, flashcards are a routine for me for quite a few years now. This year I nuked my cards from the old HSK and began studying words from novels analyzed with CTA. Right now my deck is at 8k cards, consisting of the New HSK and cards from a few novels. The change of focus was a great move, it is tempting to check off these word lists, but it isn't a good learning strategy. Learn the words from your text books and then from your reading/watching materials instead. Don't be like me kids! But of course I knew this too when I started grinding through the HSK6 list, and then ALL of the old HSK lists... Now flashcards do not take up much of my time, which leaves room for... …reading. I finished 圈子圈套 , read 许三观卖血记 and then finished of the year by completing 圈子圈套 2. I have used Pleco Reader and I have cheated myself by checking to many words, but I still feel I have made some progress. I definitely know more characters, my reading speed has improved and I’m much less fatigued after a session. I haven’t really read much else at all, so I spent some time with an article from 南方周末 this morning, and even without the Pleco training wheels I was able to read it. Note, not 100% comprehension or recognizing every last character but I could easily summarize it and think I got some of the finer points. And not only that, but I can now drop fun facts about Shanghai’s garbage recycling at cocktail parties (article here , for my own reference). I set a goal in last year’s thread to read a page every day. I haven’t read every day, but I’ve read reasonably consistently over any given week, so I’ll call it a success anyway. The plan is to start 家 on paper, to quit the pop-up habit cold turkey. If I don’t have access to the book, I’ll read some article on my phone instead (in Safari, no addins). I’ll maintain my goal of one page a day; I’ll do less when I’m busy, more when I have free time. Since reading is reasonably under control, I’ll also work on my listening skills. I have a hard time keeping my interest up when it comes to podcasts directed at learners, so I’ll have to find some native material (perhaps a TV show) and do my best with it, even if it means pausing a lot. I watched a few clips before posting this to gauge my level, and it’s bad. Vocabulary is less of a problem now, but making out the words, and then fast enough is a challenge. I’ll have to drill quite a bit to get somewhere. I’ll be realistic and aim for two hours/week to start with. So another year of horribly unbalanced, slow and spotty progress. At least I enjoy it
  12. 2 points
    my goals for the next year: whole year: take HSK5 and pass with a good score read a few easy Chinese novels each month: write at least one essay longer than one page each week: take 2 classes with 50/50 focus textbook/free talk read a few news articles watch at least one episode of a TV show / consume some other video content each day: vocabulary study (~10 new words)
  13. 2 points
    get a Chinese driver's license do a full immersion summer volunteer retreat
  14. 1 point
    Sixthtone also decent http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1005112/wuhan-coronavirus-latest-updates
  15. 1 point
    Delay unnecessary travel until the situation becomes clearer
  16. 1 point
    Actually, the card that's pictured seems to be the 工商银行商友卡. https://baike.baidu.com/item/工行商友卡
  17. 1 point
    I never took classes with only one other student, so I can't really say for sure about that. I did take some classes with 3 other students and another series with 4 other students. These were in Beijing, at a very early stage in my Chinese study. What I remember from then (a long time ago) is that I tended to mentally half-way rest when the other students were being quizzed or answering the teacher. It was difficult for me to stay fully engaged. When I do a one-to-one class with a good teacher it is very intense. I emerge at the end exhausted, but in a good way. Sweaty and gasping for breath like after running a 10 K foot race. (Exaggerating slightly here.) There is no "coasting" at any point during the lesson. I am constantly using 100% of my resources. I've known people who disliked that situation, who found it painful., who wanted a "gentler" learning situation. Personally, I find it exhilarating and thrive on the challenge.
  18. 1 point
    Guideinchina reports that WeChat pay is trialling a collaboration with Visa, Mastercard and AmEx, which would allow foreigners without a Chinese UnionPay card to finally pay for stuff without having a local bank account. Meanwhile The Beijinger also reports that the international version of the Alipay APP is now able to use the "Tour Pass" mini-program to pay for stuff via a "prepaid card service provided by the Bank of Shanghai" that can be topped up in RMB using an international credit or debit card.
  19. 1 point
    Your work permit (it looks like an ID card) is not the same as your residency permit (which is stuck in your passport like a visa). Your employer has to cancel your work permit. PSB cancels your residency permit. I'm not sure if anyone will be able to answer your main question though... the previous experience of other people is no guarantee of how you will be treated. Have you tried contacting an embassy or consulate of your country in China to ask them for advice?
  20. 1 point
    @Zabeth http://campuschina.org/universities/categories.html here you can search by language, provinces, and programs
  21. 1 point
    And this video to see how easy peasy and delicious it is to make egg fried rice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPVqyWBtE6M Sorry if you can't get YT.
  22. 1 point
    China was the country to invent paper money and will be the first to eliminate it. I've never had cash turned down. But I definitely have had them unable to make change. Usually they want to take your 100 and give you change on Wechat. I also tried to pay for a 20 yuan coffee at Luckin, and they flat-out refused. Download the app of GTFO. I think they're not even a coffee shop. They're going to build the app until you can buy overseas vacations and custom artwork and investment properties on it. And it'll have ads from here to next Sunday. The whole point of the coffee is to get people to install the app, and then they go from there.
  23. 1 point
    Are you just talking about fairy tale "once upon a time" or are you including today? Are you writing a term paper in school?
  24. 1 point
    These episodes are on youtube if anyone's interested: S01E01 S01E02 S01E03 See also some reactions in China reported in English via Xinhua and CGTN.
  25. 1 point
    This blog post Top 258 Most Commonly Confused Chinese Characters also has some interesting resources, including dictation practice split across 3 levels of difficulty, and transcriptions which give common ways of describing the characters, e.g. 刀、力 刀刃的刀 — dāorèn de dāo 力量的力 — lìliang de lì
  26. 1 point
    hey @jannesan, i tried another file on your website and it comes up with "bad requests" Its just a plain Unicode text file , it opens fine in MS notepad Actually , I'll pm you the file
  27. 1 point
    Personally I prefer pushing the rice to the side, crack an egg in the wok within that space you’ve made, wait about 10-30 seconds, then put the rice Directly on top of the egg. From there stir vigorously. This way you get some Of the egg coating the rice and some in pieces.
  28. 1 point
    Depends. Some friends shave their friend's eyebrows off when they are drunk. Encouring the friend to get a 拒绝毒品 tattoo would be consistent with this modus operandi. As it stands, I'm quite hoping his friend will post a picture of the tattoo when it's done.
  29. 1 point
    Can't beat a brassica! Thanks for another great recipe write-up, love these and always learn something.
  30. 1 point
    @dtcamero yeah i was the same at the start. This is what I mean in my earlier post. You need to learn how to handle this situations , deal with it gently and pick you battles otherwise you will go insane calling everyone one (subways etc). I just say 你好,别差对吧 I think you need say it quickly rather than mull over it as resentment starts to build. I do notice that in more and more places in Beijing anyway, the counter personal are not letting people cut in line.
  31. 1 point
    当初 back when this started 还不就是 is it not (precisely) the case 为了 it was because 看中 [they (implicit)] had set their sights on 他们那个医院 that hospital of theirs - so the 他们 I take to be this Dr Zhang and his associates etc. - did he own it or run it or was a partner etc.?
  32. 1 point
    I'm surprised you'd never seen this one before. One of my 华侨 university classmates had this surname, so it'd never struck me as rare. It's also the surname of Mei Lanfang.
  33. 1 point
    Well, I was suggesting scoping out what's being offered first, rather than applying, but whatever works for the OP really.
  34. 1 point
    Oh, and btw, I lived in Prague for a year back in 1999, that's Europe isn't it? Same sort of thing append there
  35. 1 point
    You're taking this personally? Yeah, it happens to everyone. Other cultures are different from your home? Who would have guessed?
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    They quit smoking. No small feat — congratulations!
  38. 1 point
    鑾 luán, the imperial carriage. Used as a euphemism for the emperor/imperial things, particularly when out of the palace. Turns up pretty regularly in 回鑾 'return to the palace', then I saw it recently in '金鑾' (as in 金鑾殿, the throne room in the imperial palace) in a piece of calligraphy by 文徵明 (元旦朝賀詩)
  39. 1 point
    This is what I've been trying to tell people for years Use flashcards for short term drilling, and regular reading for 'review' of that vocab. Glad to hear it! It's sounds to me like you've got a good routine going - regular reading, learning a small amount of relevant vocab each day, moving on rather than focusing on understanding every single thing, reviewing previous chapters, and reading a broad range of different things (Yu Hua vs school romance novels). The most important thing is to keep doing a little bit every day, and over time you'll make good progress.
  40. 1 point
    Thanks a lot, that sounds just what I'm looking for. I hope they include plenty of international news too, as some of the domestic stuff leaves me a bit lost (I think it's as much to do with my lack of knowledge of the political system as a language issue).
  41. 1 point
    In addition, while it is ubiquitous in English, the vaguely equivalent 它 is not in Chinese. Not to say using it is technically wrong, but there's a strong preference to avoid it in natural speech. Often the object can be dispensed with altogether: 那是我的气球! 给我!
  42. 1 point
    Here it's "activity" or similar - "to conduct an additional instance of a certain activity"
  43. 1 point
    Tā bǎ tā gěile yuēhàn
  44. 1 point
    My Chinese minor was the same, required a total for 4 Chinese classes (Basic I, Basic II, Intermediate I, Intermediate II), and two culture courses (one was film, one was literature which we read in translation). Because I'm a go-getter I also did a independent research project with the professor translating poems. I didn't start until my Junior year of college, though, so it felt like a good amount of commitment to make to something that wasn't even my major course of study. Had I gone in earlier, I would have been disappointed if there were not Chinese classes at least for all 8 years, but I doubt the markets really supported that at the time (in my program, there were about 20 people in Basic I, 12 people in Basic II, and even less in in Intermediate I and II). In the early stages, though, not sure I really could have handled more than 1 language class per semester. The class itself is already 3 hours per week, and then you consider that you'd require at least double that amount of time studying, and likely have at least 3 or 4 other classes... I think if you just want to learn Chinese and be totally immersed in it studying it and speaking it all day, every day, there are far cheaper options than doing it as part of a college degree (the pursuit of which would probably be ill-advised anyway).
  45. 1 point
    - Major Update (MOST FOREIGNER FRIENDLY EVER!) - If you've been hesitant when it comes to trying out this app; that's fair. After all, the complete vocabulary of the test is a humbling total of 17,789 words. Which, let's be fair, can be quite disheartening, especially if your own vocabulary isn't even half of that. That's why I too have been writing up “word lists" for every lesson to at least have some substance to plow through when practicing my pronunciation. This, luckily, is no longer necessary. The app has just been updated with a new function; 【 纠音训练模式 / 纠音强化训练 】, which plainly translates to “Intensive Intonation Drill". A function to correct the intonation of words and characters, you might be unfamiliar with. And to further point out which sounds you have the most difficulties. The best thing is YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW THE WORDS/CHARACTERS for this function to be of major help. As, guess what? The pronunciation of ever word is provided prominently. It's not a test, rather it's a journey. And let me guide you through it. (While these terms might get technical, I'm merely explaining them so that everyone can try this out regardless of their Chinese) So, when you first use this function you'll be greeted with a blank data sheet. Going from top to bottom; 错及收藏字词 X 个: Here you'll see the collection of the issues you have divided up in 5(+) categories, 平翘舌音(flat to become warped lingual), which consist of Z, C, S / ZH, CH, SH, R 前后鼻音(front to back nasal sound), which are the middle and final part of Chinese syllables; an, ian, uan, ün, en, in, uen, iang, uang, eng, ing, ong, ueng, iong. N L / H F > This one is more straightforward, it basically targets the confusions between these pairs, which are common in Southern Chinese dialects. J Q X / 尖音(tip of tongue) 其他(others), which is a collection of syllables; A, O, E, I, U, etc. Then in the middle you'll encounter the total amount of words/characters with faulty pronunciation. It goes without saying that this number will rise till you've gone through all the content, to then slowly degrade as you start fixing your mistakes. Or if you don't like having a growing total of mistakes you can always fix halt your progress till you've fixed all your mistakes by clicking the yellow 强化训练 button in the lower left, which will help you hammer down the mistakes you've made so far. After that you'll have the 训练记录 just below that which is the accumulation of the scores from the standard test, which you can access by pushing the green 开始常规训练 button in the lower right. Finally, at the bottom of the page you'll have the total amount of word/characters you've gone through. Mistakes you've corrected. And, time you've spend in this test. Onto the actual test. They'll provide you with a collection of single characters and words for you to read out loud. Like I said; you don't need to know the meaning behind the characters, or their pronunciation as the pinyin is portrayed alongside the characters. Not only that they'll pronounce it for you beforehand, which you can skip. Once you've finished reading these out loud they'll mark them for you. Orange means that they're not up to snuff; that the program is able to distinguish it from your pronunciation, but that you have an accent. Red means that the program isn't able to pick it up, either because of faulty pronunciation or improper enunciation. Together with a mark for that section. In total they'll test 300 words, divided over 15 sections. When that is all said and done you'll be greeted with your score and given an overview of all the mistakes you've made. You can listen to your own pronunciation and they'll give you pointers as to which parts are wrong. It's really neat. You can take all the time you want. Let's move on to the big button at the bottom, which just like the yellow 强化训练 button in the lower left at the very start takes you to the function that aids you in hammering out (all) the mistakes you've made so far. The length of which you can choose for yourself. Whether you want to spend 3 minutes or 30 minutes, the program will adjust the exercises accordingly. Now, I'm going to assume that you've downloaded the app and have done some exercises. Because once you've done that you can access the collection of your mistakes and work on them individually as portrayed in the library above. PS: If you don't have a Chinese phone number you could always search google for "burner phone numbers", as Taiwanese/Hong Kongnese phone numbers work as well when registering an account.
  46. 1 point
    Before moving to Kunming, I mainly thought of celery as something to turn into a salad. But here in China it is more often used as a hearty, medicinal vegetable. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) maintains that it dispels excess internal heat and lowers blood pressure. In addition to that, it boosts the immune system and fights constipation. As if that were not enough, it is also prescribed as a tonic to calm the nerves and fortify one against stress. By now it should not surprise you to learn that China has several kinds of celery, in fact 5 or 6 distinct types. The two main ones that you can find in every fresh market are the thick-stalk western kind 西芹菜that I used in today’s dish and a thin-stalked indigenous kind 本地芹菜that is typically used together with meat as a stuffing for dumplings and steamed buns. My photo, below left, shows the western kind, and the Baidu picture, below right, shows the indigenous kind. (Please click the pictures to enlarge them.) For stir fry dishes, such as today’s, celery works best when cut on a bias. The feathered ends cook quickly and soak up flavor well. After cleaning and cutting the celery, I blanched it in a pot of boiling unsalted water. When the water returned to a boil, I fished it out and dropped it into a large basin of cold water for a few seconds. This cold shock after blanching helps the celery remain crisp and retain its attractive green color. Rinse, pat dry and slice the small sections of dry tofu 豆腐干。This tofu product is immensely popular all over China possibly because it has tons of character and flavor. It is light years from boring and bland. The tofu is brined and marinated in interesting spices before being pressed and finally smoked. Works very well as a meat substitute. I'm not vegetarian, but I still enjoy it sometimes in place of meat. Ingredients all laid out, time to fire up the wok. As you see, I’ve also thinly sliced a red bell pepper 红甜椒 and minced a small amount of ginger 生姜 and garlic 独蒜。Used a couple tablespoons of corn oil 玉米油, added to a hot wok. Today we will exclusively work over medium-high heat, just shy of smoking. Quickly fry the ginger and garlic, being careful not to burn them. Add the red bell peppers. After only seconds on high flame, add the celery to the center. All new ingredients start out in the center since it’s the hottest part of the wok. Make room for each addition by pushing partially-cooked ingredients up the sides, where it is cooler. After you have added the tofu strips and mixed everything a couple of times, salt it well by sprinkling in a teaspoon or so of coarse salt from 8 or 10 inches up in the air. If you just dump in a teaspoon of salt, it might never get thoroughly mixed. Do the same with a pinch of sugar and MSG 味精 if you use it. (I use a little bit, a pinch -- between 1/8 and ¼ of a teaspoon.) A tablespoon or two of light soy sauce 生抽 goes in next. Pour liquid seasonings onto the back of your spatula and let it splash into the whole dish. Ditto for a tablespoon or two of oyster sauce 蚝油。Last of all, add the chopped scallions. They provide fragrance and touch of contrasting bite. If your left arm is strong, emulate the professional chefs by using it to shake the wok back and forth as you stir with right. Stir and flip like your life depended on it: this needs to be a fast process; time is not on your side. If you dawdle, the dish will overcook: the tofu will turn to mush and the vegetables will lose their crunch. You will forfeit your hard-earned Michelin star. Serve it up 装盘。Eat it with a bowl of steamed rice 米饭。Tasty, inexpensive and pretty darned healthy. Raw material cost, enough to serve two people, about one US Dollar. Took under 30 minutes, start to finish. Clean-up not daunting. Hope you will feel moved to give it a try. Very Chinese, very straight-ahead simple. Phoning for take-out has its place every now and then. But so does do-it-yourself.
  47. 1 point
    Hi everyone I'm currently going through module 9 of the FSI Standard Chinese course. As you may know, there isn't an accompanying workbook as with the rest of the modules, so I thought I'd transcribe the reference lists You can find it here http://fsiunit9.weebly.com/ I'm up to unit 6 now; should have the next few units up by next week
  48. 1 point
    this is not a home brewed text book, it is a book written by qianmu.钱穆, check his wiki page: https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh/錢穆. I am a history fan, we can share views no chines history and world history as well. To be honest, the book is too difficult for a non-Chinese, even for Chinese, without a good teacher, 50%-70% of content is hard to understand. You should know the background and culture behind to understand the stories...
  49. 1 point
    I forgot to mention that we place the straining cloth over a mesh bowl (like that below) for straining the yogurt. I also bought the mesh bowl at the local Carrefour. The cloth can be washed and re-used. Be sure to sanitize the cloth in boiling water before each use. http://www.amazon.com/06804X-Stainless-Grilling-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0043M5RKE/ref=sr_1_23?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1412993866&sr=1-23&keywords=steel+mesh+bowl Stainless Steel Mesh Grilling Bowl The bread machine is light and portable. You can put it away in a cupboard or somewhere else when you are not using it. For the bread, I've been using a 50/50 mix of whole-wheat and white flour. I also add in some chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and Quaker oat meal It's so much better than any bread that's sold in shops and restaurants. We are using the bread machine to make marmalade. Just peel the oranges, blend in a blender, add some orange peels and corn starch, and you are set. It only takes about 90 minutes to make marmalade in the machine. Some pictures of the bread and yogurt made.
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    It would be awesome if he comes out spouting Marxist rhetoric and decides to dedicate his life to the revolution. Get him to log on here ASAP.
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