Monday, November 27, 2017

Scrap dealer visits and some homemade peanut butter

I am an editor. And publishing is my bread and butter. So, I really should love books - reading them, buying them, making them, and whatever else. And I do too. But lately I have been feeling pretty terrible about my tendency to buy and hoard books, just because, well, they are books. 

Today, we called the scrap dealer aka the kabadiwala who took away piles and piles of old newspapers, other trashy stuff, and more than 30 kilograms of old story books. Yep. It was a massive bag filled with a LOT of books that we would never read again, and some which were probably never read at all. We did try getting in touch with libraries and NGOs without much luck. But after hoarding for months rolling into years, I decided to give them up. Perhaps they would go to the right place and get recycled...

If this is the fate of books, then is it really a good idea to buy more and more? What a colossal waste of paper. And so, very reluctantly I take the pledge. Kindle it is, as much as I can help it. But before I go on ebook buying spree, let me first finish the many unfinished still resting on my bookshelves. On that note, I am going to pick up a book that I bought in 2015 but never managed to read beyond the back cover. Italo Calvino's The Complete Cosmicomics. Let's see how that goes.

For the food byte of the day, there is some good ol' homemade peanut butter sweetened with Maple syrup. Quick and easy, and so much healthier than the store bought jars filled with preservatives.

Step 1. Dry roast peanuts.

Step 2. De-skin the peanuts by rubbing them gently between your fingers.

Step 3. Transfer them into the grinding jar of your food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds.

Step 4. Open jar. They should resemble wet sand at this stage. Scrape the sides of the jar and pulse again. 

Step 5. Continue to pulse 30 seconds at a time till a smooth paste is formed.*

Step. Add salt and sweetener (honey is ideal). And pulse one last time.

*For a thinner butter, you may need to add extra peanut oil. I wanted no additional fats so omitted this step.


To make a chocolate-flavoured butter, add 4-5 tablespoons of grated chocolate of choice. Alternately, add chocolate chips and mix gently. And, tell you what, try this with a slice of crisp, red apple. Dip. Spread. Enjoy! 

Dip dip dip

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