August 21, 2007
By Avi Green
Boy, of all the recipes I could provide here, one for how to bake
bagels is surely the best of all. And that's what I'm delighted to
present now. So, here we go with another great recipe.
8 cups of wheat flour.
1 tablespoon of sea salt.
2 cakes of compressed yeast.
2 cups of lukewarm potato water,
which is made by boiling peeled dice potatoes in excess water
until they're tender. Drain and then use the liquid.
1/3 cup oil honey.
1/4 cup of oil.
4 eggs, lightly beaten.
2 tablespoons of raw sugar.
2 quarts of boiling water.
Then, here's what to do next:
Sift flour and salt in a bowl. Soften yeast in one-third of the
potato water and stir into flour.
Add honey and oil to remaining potato water and stir into flour
mixture. Add in the eggs and beat to form dough.
Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead for 10 minutes. The
dough should be plenty firm. If needed, add some more flour too.
Return dough to clean buttered bowl, cover and let it rise at room
temperature until doubled at bulk, about one and 1/2 to two hours.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Knead dough again until you get it smooth and elastic.
Pull off some pieces of dough and roll into ropes six inches long
and 3 quarters of an inch wide.
Bring the ends of the dough together and pinch to form a doughnut
Drop raw sugar into kettle of boiling water. Drop bagels into the
water one at a time and when they come to the surface turn them over
so that other side gets some baking too. Boil one minute longer.
Put the bagels on an oiled cookie sheet and bake 10 to 15 minutes or
until golden brown and crisp. This should result in about 30
And with that, you'll have plenty of great rings of dough to enjoy!
I like to make sandwiches with bagels many times, and that's what
recipes like this can come in handy for.
Discontinuing a feature here
In the past couple months, I've been contemplating the feature I
have in the fun fantastic features section about "Obituaries that
fit the bill". The question I've been asking myself is if the
feature is neccasary anymore, or if it's even appropriate?
Certainly there is what to learn history-wise about some of these
character deaths. Like, for example, how both father and daughter
George and Gwen Stacy bit the big one during the Bronze Age of
comics. Likewise, so does the death of Barry Allen in Crisis on
Infinite Earths. But more recently, with all the pointless, forced
deaths DC Comics has been relentlessly piling on, not to mention
villifications of longtime characters, in the time since Identity
Crisis, War Games, Infinite Crisis and even 52, that's why I'd been
starting to wonder if it's really a good idea anymore. It's not the
ones that didn't need fixing, like that of Bucky Barnes, who was
recently returned from the dead as well, that have made me wonder if
it's really needed any more. Rather, it's the character deaths that
were forced that led me to consider this.
Well, I don't know, but until then, that's why I've decided that,
not only will the feature no longer be updated, I've decided to
scrap it altogether. Most importantly of all, because I fear that
the whole notion of keeping it around is almost like upholding the
whole notion that there simply have
to be deaths being done in comics and that they need to stick.
Let's be clear. They don't. Not if they're forced, and not if
they're fictional either. And I guess that's why I've decided to
stop managing a feature like obituaries of old comic book characters
from DC and Marvel on my website for as long as I'll be continuing
to update it. Because I fear that it's leaning towards political
The last entry I did when the section was still around was for
Jarella. Now, that too has been taken out, as decidedly, it just
wasn't a good idea to begin with. And why? Because, I felt that the
way the whole thing was set up, it was becoming more like "obituary
worship" than a real history lesson. All the characters previously
featured did have their values in history studies of comic book
storytelling, but to write it all up as an estimation of whether
they would remain dead or not was the wrong approach. And realizing
this, that's why I simply didn't want to keep on with it anymore.
So, consider the Obituaries that Fit the Bill section done and over.
As of now, that section, such as it was, has come to a close, and
decidedly a good thing too.
After all, it's really not a good idea to succumb to political
correctness and most definitely not to the idea of celebrating death
in comic books, right?
Copyright 2007 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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