I got a little money for Christmas, but I’m feeling quite guilty as I didn’t really have the time and money to reciprocate in advance. I also haven’t been able to figure out what to spend it on until now. Now, I have a solution for both problems.
I intend to spend it all on fermentation-related food ingredients and do some experimentation with sweet-tasting foods. Initially, in addition to flavors (spices and whatnot), I need to track down bulk quantities of:
- Erythritol, which is a virtually non-caloric sugar alcohol which unlike sorbitol and so forth is not normally prone to cause gastric distress, and unlike Xylitol is not hazardous for beloved household pets. Better still, it actually is very tasty unlike that nasty hippy “Stevia” crap (which isn’t produced by fermentation anyway, as far as I know).
- Food-grade Glycerol (“Glycerine”), which I hypothesize is close enough to the structure of Erythritol to mix well with it and help the erythritol dissolve (and hopefully prevent crystallization, much the same way the “corn syrup” does with sucrose).
- Xanthan Gum. MMmmmmm…edible bacteria-snot. (Okay, for all that this sounds disgusting, it’s really somewhat similar to pectin, which like xanthan gum is a polysaccharide. Pectin is just fruit-snot rather than bacteria snot. Dietarily, both count as “soluble fiber”.)
There are probably other ingredients I can come up with as well. For those of you out there who are owed gifts: Chewy candies, hard candies, baked goods, and/or beverages, what’s your preference for my initial experimentation? Assuming anyone’s interested, I will probably blog my results…
Meanwhile, I’ve also been thinking about geolocation, geotagging of audio and video media, and Asterisk again. I want to take the lessons learned from my playing with the “Where Was I?” prototype and turn it into a real geolocation system, integrating with Asterisk and Laconica (which turned out to be easier to set up than I’d feared – I’ve now got my own Laconica server at http://omniblab.dogphilosophy.net/laconica, though I need to sit down and activate the IM integration (Twitter may have abandoned IM, but it reportedly works fine in Laconica).
It also turns out that you can use Asterisk with cellphones(!), at least if they have bluetooth. That’s handy to know…
Argh – too much to do, not enough time!…
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Ahem. Excuse me.
I’m okay now.
Chewy Candy it is. (Actually, my Minister of Domestic Affairs voted offline for baked goods, but I think it’ll be easier to start with candy. Plus, I can then use the candy IN the baked goods. Sweet chewy sugarless ginger bits in ginger cookies? Sounds like 98% awesome, at the least…)
I’ve obtained a package of
Bacteria SnotXanthan Gum, which ought to be useful for chewy candy. I haven’t gotten bulk erythritol yet, but I do have enough from a “retail” bag to experiment with, and some glycerol to help it dissolve and hopefully prevent crystallization.
Updates to follow when I can manage to get home from work early enough to spend some time playing with my food…