Healthy eating: Wholegrain Rye Bread

first_img100% Rye Wholegrain LoafThis classic loaf manages to be both incredibly simple to make and very difficult to get perfect. The challenge lies in not over-cooking the grains; that way they absorb moisture during the final bake and then release it again during the few days the loaf is left to sit wrapped before selling. Use fine rye flour for the dough, available from Shipton Mills and other millers, as most of the sticky gluten in rye flour is contained in the husk rather than the endosperm, and rye flour that has been bolted to remove the bran will bake to a 100% rye loaf with a less sticky crumb.makes 5 pieces at appx 575 raw weight, to bake to 5 small 400g tin loaves1.370 kg cooked rye grains (see below) 0.450 kg rye sponge or leaven (see below)0.400 kg water 0.700 kg light rye flour 0.020 kg salt 0.090 kg honeyFor the cooked grains: cover the grains with water and simmer for 15 minutes then drain and cover with water, beer, cider or white wine and leave in a cool place overnight.For the leaven: either use a naturally fermented sour mixture of equal quantities fine rye flour and water, left to rise overnight, or use 250g fine rye flour mixed with 250g cold water and a pinch of yeast and leave this overnight in a cool place before use.Method: drain the grains well (discard the soaking liquid) and place all the ingredients together in a small upright mixer, or mix by hand until you have an evenly combined grey paste. As rye flour does not contain extensible gluten there is no need to work the dough, and all that is needed is the shortest mix to combine the dough. Line 5 very clean 1lb loaf tins (or similar) with non-stick baking parchment, as the acidity in the dough can take on greenish black marks from the tin, and evenly divide the dough between them. Pack the dough down evenly, banging the tins on the end of the table to remove any gas bubbles. Cover the tins, and leave to rise for 1 hour (if using a commercial yeast sponge) or 3-4 hours (if using a naturally fermented rye leaven) until risen by 30%-50%. As the dough will bake into a dense-grained loaf like pumpernickel, you don’t want too much lift, as this will cause the loaf to crack when sliced.Preheat the deck to 200°C (top and bottom, no steam), cover the tops of the tins with greased foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Then lower the temperature (175°C top and bottom) and bake for a further 30 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 140°C (top and bottom) and bake for a further 1-1½ hours, removing the foil for the last 30 minutes to colour the upper surface. Remove from the tins to cool, then wrap well individually in oiled brown paper or waxed paper tied snuggly with string. Leave at room temperature or cooler for 48 hours before slicing.last_img read more

Algeria starts COVID-19 vaccination drive with Russian shots

first_imgALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign in the city where the country’s first COVID-19 case was confirmed in March. The North African nation is using Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine, and a 65-year-old retiree received the first shot Saturday at a hospital in Blida. Health authorities were on hand for the event. Vaccines will get administered in all regions of the country starting Sunday with health care workers, elderly adults and other vulnerable populations. Algerians were frustrated this month by repeated delays after promises of an imminent vaccine rollout. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been convalescing from COVID-19 side effects for over a month at an undisclosed location in Germany.last_img

Enfield earned contract extension

first_imgLuke Holthouse is junior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs on every other Wednesday. It’s still hard to wash that taste out of my mouth. Almost two weeks later, the overwhelming feeling from the USC basketball season is what could have been and how the Trojans let one slip away against Providence in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It still hurts a little bit to see that replay of the final inbound play that sealed the Trojans’ fate or the stat line of USC’s free throw shooting down the stretch.But of course, it’s time for me and other Trojan fans to look at the bigger picture. The 2016 men’s basketball season was a big success. It certainly ended much sooner, or at least much differently, than fans would have hoped. The potential that we saw during the first half of the season didn’t quite carry its way throughout the entire campaign. But nonetheless, it was the biggest step forward for a program in recent memory. It was just what the program needed in terms of showing that it was finally headed in the right direction for the long-term.So while the timing of it does seem interesting, it makes sense for the University to have extended the contract of head coach Andy Enfield for an additional two seasons. It’s a largely symbolic move, given that he was already under contract until the 2019 season. But it’s a well-deserved vote of confidence for the man set on truly turning this program around, especially after there were some rumors developing that he could be moving elsewhere.Enfield’s career record at USC now sits at 44-53, which isn’t that impressive. But this season’s 21-12 performance has the looks of a legitimate conference competitor and NCAA tournament threat. The most significant improvement, though, came in conference play, where the Trojans finally escaped from the bottom of the Pac-12 standings. With only two wins his first season, then three wins his second season, the Trojans finished dead last in the 12-team conference each year. But with an even 9-9 record in the Pac-12 this year, the Trojans finished tied for sixth place in the conference. A win over UCLA in the first round of the conference tournament was the cherry on top to a clean three-game sweep of the season rivalry, and though the Trojans didn’t make it past the second round after a loss to Utah, they came into Selection Sunday knowing that they belonged in the Big Dance.It was the first time in five seasons that the Trojans made it into the NCAA tournament, a major milestone for Enfield to finally achieve. There was plenty of speculation that Enfield would be on the hot seat if things didn’t start looking up during his third year at the helm. But sure enough, he and the program finally began seeing the fruits of the rebuilding effort.Coming into the tournament as a No. 8 seed, the Trojans knew they would face a very competitive matchup in the first round against Providence, all for the chance to take on the No. 1 seed on that side of the bracket. It hasn’t been since 2007 that the Trojans have made the Sweet Sixteen, and it wasn’t the most favorable draw for the Trojans’ chances of getting there this year. Sure enough, the Trojans fell in a highly contested 1-point game against Providence. Though the Trojans certainly could have closed it out against the Friars, and anything could have happened during a second round tilt with North Carolina, falling just short in the first round still leaves plenty to be proud of for the team.The contract extension for Enfield comes just after rumors began circulating that he was on the short list to replace Jamie Dixon as the Pittsburgh head coach. In 13 seasons, Dixon led Pitt to Sweet Sixteen three times, and once to the Elite Eight, but left the school for his alma mater — TCU. As a former Big East and current ACC school, a move to Pitt could have been a promotion to some degree for Enfield. But ultimately, Enfield stuck with USC, and Kevin Stallings from Vanderbilt got the hire. It would be hard to imagine an on-the-rise football coach at USC ever leaving the school for something bigger — unless, of course, it was for an NFL gig. Hopefully, the Trojan basketball program will keep growing to a point where it is one of the most high-profile teams to coach.The Pac-12 conference didn’t have a great performance in the tournament, with only two of seven teams making it out of the first round. No. 1-seeded Oregon made it all the way to the Elite Eight, but couldn’t get past No. 2 Oklahoma and make it into the Final Four. Nonetheless, the conference is sure to be competitive again next year. With Oregon showing its athletic prowess could now extend beyond just the football field, usual conference forces like Arizona and UCLA sure to rebound after disappointing 2016 campaigns, there still should be a lot of parity at the top of the Pac-12 conference standings.But USC should take another big step forward in 2017 with all the current starters returning. It’s still too early to guess where exactly USC basketball will be in 2021, and the athletic department could look back on this extension as coming too soon if the Trojans plateau as just an average Pac-12 team. But the extension helps ensure that the right man for the job will be here to build on the current foundation and keep the momentum going.last_img read more

Blatter may seek re-election

first_imgSepp Blatter could extend his time as Fifa President beyond 2015 by standing for re-election.He had previously stated that his current term in office would be his last after being re-elected in 2011.However he now seems to have had a change of heart after claiming he has a “mission” to complete before ending his 17-year stint.”I’m now 38 years in Fifa and I have this mission and I want to fulfil my mission,” he told BBC. “I feel young enough to be in this office and to make this office a success.”It keeps you young also if you’ve got a mission – and I’ve got a mission.”Blatter is the eighth president of Fifa, having succeeded Joao Havelange in 1998.last_img