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when the wolf comes home

I woke up early this morning, having had a nightmare that Brexit had won, and decided to get up to see the news, since when I went to bed last night it looked like Remain would win. So much for that: it looks like the nightmare is real. (I am devastated and worried; I've also made an appointment to apply for UK citizenship, since I doubt that this vote will make life any easier for non-EU immigrants either.)

I didn't want to go in to work today, so I have stayed hom to make challah; I started to do this earlier this spring when my usual supplier didn't have them, and find it kind of restful to take out my frustrations on some innocent bread dough. I've been using this recipe, which I find very reliable -- and the blog is full of great recipes. But I've made a few tweaks, so I'm writing the recipe out below:

3/4 c warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast
2 tbsp honey.

Mix and let stand to bubble a bit. Mix in:

2 eggs
1/4 c oil

Add 3-4 cups of flour (start with 3, add more as necessary) and 1 tsp salt.

Knead together until smooth, and let rise in oiled bowl covered with clingfilm until doubled, about 2 hours. Punch down and braid, and then leave to prove for 30-45 minutes. Brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with poppyseeds.

Bake for 15 minutes at 180, then lower oven to 150 for another 15-20 minutes. Let cool on rack.

And writing this out I have realized that I left the salt out. Grr. I will have to try to knead it in during the punching-down stage, but that doesn't work very well.

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I don't know. The future is not looking very bright right now.

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I'm truly shocked by the result and worried about the economic and geopolitical repercussions and I'm so very sorry about your worries as a non-British resident in the country. :(
Thank you. I am pretty sure that we (my family) will be OK, although obviously Oxford has been receiving a lot of European research money, and European students and scholars, and that may stop now. But it's just the shock of waking up in a country that isn't what I thought it was.
It's a mess. The really sad part is, I suspect a good number of those exit votes were just people voting against Cameron with no clear idea about the actual issues of leaving the EU.
That does seem to be the case -- or they never thought they would win. But my sympathy is pretty limited, because now they have won, and we're all going to pay for it.
I am afraid that is happening here. Protest votes to "send a message" never work out well.
when the wolf comes home

June 2016

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