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Baskets and biscuits

This evening, I felt so lucky to get to ride home and not get rained on. It has been an interesting winter for California in that department.

When I arrived home, I discovered that the next incarnation of the Jolly Roger basket has arrived.

Basket 3.0

It will be good to be picnic-ready again. The basket-maker added a couple of custom touches for me this time - the hinges are on the front, and the buckle to open and close the basket is on the left side near the handlebars. So now I can open the basket while I'm riding, and if I forget to latch it closed, the hood won't blow open. In addition to making myself some rain gaiters, I think I'm going to make a basket cover to help prolong the life of Basket 3.0. The Texas sun and rain aged Basket 2.0 quickly.


Regarding biscuits - at some point while living in Texas, I got interested in digestive biscuits, and tried baking my own. I wanted a snack that wasn't too sweet. That led A, a British friend of mine, to introduce me to McVities Digestive Biscuits, especially the dark chocolate variety. I quickly became addicted because they have such a nice flavor and aren't too sweet, unlike most American cookies.

But there is a problem: they're made with palm oil. Given what I know about palm oil production, I just CANNOT support the current industry, especially given the merely superficial efforts to end the ongoing deforestation to plant palm plantations. I wish I could give palm oil a thumbs-up, because there are some signs that oil palms are a really productive fat source, especially compared to many other crops grown for oil. But I cannot, at this time.

Regardless - after a whole lot of looking, I've discovered that the McVities Rich Tea Biscuits contain only sunflower oil. Also, they are very tasty when topped with homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread (the name brand variety is far too sweet and also full of palm oil).

I'm not sure whether this is really a good discovery or not.


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Feb. 9th, 2017 04:33 am (UTC)
Any discovery that permits the consumption of digestive biscuits is a good discovery ;-)

Feb. 13th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
Following Jeff Minter, part of his daily ritual (and his days are usually highly ritualistic) is inserting digestive biscuits in to sheep. Association between your biscuiting and his is unavoidable.

Readings from recent marine obsession tell me that your basket would benefit from routine re-applications of polyurethane. The outdoor formulation has sunscreen for the UVs. Very nice to see a new basket and the promise of goodies that it holds.
Feb. 13th, 2017 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oops, didn't log in properly. So, yeah, that was me.
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