Gluten Free Scones

To follow on from what I am now calling my "dietary requirement friendly cupcakes", I've worked out a gluten free scone recipe using gram flour. I like gram flour. It's not got that odd chalkiness of many GF flours, and as it's just one ingredient, doing the basic chemistry stuff behind the baking is easier.

That and it's way cheaper. You can just buy gram flour in the "world foods" section at any supermarket, often in a yellow and red pack, for reasons I have yet to fathom. Or from your nearest Indian or Middle Eastern market. I have also seen it sneaking into the free-from sections.

That's the set up, now for the recipe. I am working on making these as dietary requirement friendly as the above cupcakes, but for now they're just very good gluten free scones.

What The MiB Film Can Teach Us About Government Reactions to Terror Attacks

A customer at work yesterday complained that David Cameron was "giving terrorists ideas" by talking about possible things they could do. I've heard similar sentiments before. I tried explaiming that poisoning water supplies, breaking internet and phone lines etc was not IS's MO.

IS and their fellow bands of deeply unmerry men (and some women), like gun fire, explosions and other flashy modes of mayhem. Sure, cutting internet lines will cause disruption, but it's not showy and it's not scary to anyone but a few millenials.

Poisoning water supplies is fairly difficult work, and not at all showy. It also risks killing Muslims. IS doesn't want to accidentally kill random Muslims. It wants the West to do that, to drive Muslims to hate the West, to return to the Middle East if they left, to join IS.

Cameron knows this. Cameron knows IS et al are unlikely to listen to him and go "wow, what a good idea, let's try that instead of blowing ourselves up!"

So why did he say it? Why have Western leaders been saying these things for years?

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free Cupcakes... or With Egg, If You Like

It took me a while to get these just right, but I think I have finally cracked it. They're a little denser than a normal, white flour cupcake, maybe somewhere between a cupcake and a brownie, but unless you went out of your way to tell someone they were free from a bunch of stuff then no one would ever guess.

Seriously.