Sunday, 5 April 2020

Sour dough bread: my lessons during the Coronavirus "holiday"



Growing up in rural Kenya under very grinding poverty, my widowed mother made busaa, the proceeds feed us and paid fees for our education.

Busaa biochemistry is complex.

No yeast is added at stage one. Thence, only maize flour (mostly) is mixed with water and the "dough" is stored away to ferment naturally. After about 7 days, the ferment is scalded to kill the fermentative microbes and develop delicate flavour. Today we know that as mailers reaction.

My mother and the generations before her looked for the delicate brown colour. That was all!

If course the fermentation at stage two is aided by millet which is aimed to be richer in (natural) yeast.

Busaa, like Mursik (the traditional fermented milk you call Kefir elsewhere), is driven by natural fermentation.

Sour Dough baking is a busaa type process.

For bread.

During this COVID-19 #StayAtHome I wanted to learn something new.

All my academic life, I've never attended a baking class.

So I took to YouTube, the best learning medium of our time.

To make Sauerteig (German for sour Dough), you follow the busaa process.

1. Develop and feed the starter (up to 7 days)
2. Then bread process
3.Bake 

Today, after failure on day 1 because of very cold temperatures which suppressed starter activity, I've made bread!

I'll make a video later. Here are the photos, meanwhile. The bread is 50:50 Rye: whole grain wheat flour. Very healthy.

My next move? Baguettes!

Note: After proofing, I kept the two parts in the fridge overnight because I didn't have the time to wait for the 3 hrs. After 2 hrs upon removing from the fridge, I "signed" and baked at 240°C for 25 min (preheated oven and poured water on a hot ready to create stream to make the bread crunchy!), followed by 5min at 180°C.

Now we can enjoy some fresh bread!

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Further studies in Germany: How to search and apply for MSc/PhD

I receive inquiries from interested students or parents asking for opportuities for further studies for their children or family.

1. German Education is mostly Tuition-fee FREE.
2. Most information about study programmes and their requirements are freely avaibale and you don't need a paid consultant to guide you.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2020

A guide on study in Germany

Studying in Germany quick guide

I get asked the same question everyday. I'm sure anybody who studies or works in Germany gets it too.

"Please help me look for a scholarship in Germany".

Well that's the question.

It may come in different ways. But the bottomline is the same: "I wish to study in Germany but I don't know how to go about it".

I don't know but in the age of the internet people should spend more time searching than reading useless posts on social media. I left active university a year ago.

Aisuru.

I've shared this simple guide. It's helped a number of you get progress on your quest to pursue further education in Germany.

But we've a unique problem with Kenyans. We're not a reading society. Perhaps we're a listening society.

Because even though I share this simple guide, I still get people who come back asking me where to begin. Yet it says it clearly!

Please note. Going abroad, especially to Germany, for further education, is NOT an event.

It's a PROCESS. One that takes time, patience and costs money.

So don't wake up now and expect to get an admission letter in January.

You need at least three, six even twelve months of preparation. Plan early and stop behaving like a baby. Nobody will babysit you out here.

Here's is my guide.

You have asked me for help with scolarships. Germans are keen on REQUIREMENTS, be careful to read instructions and provide ALL documents, if they require them certified make sure they are. Mind deadlines too. Actually DAAD Regional Office for Africa in Nairobi has done a superb job in providing Info and you can stay up to date by liking their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/DAADNairobi). Also consider liking the very useful page Mkenya Ujerumani.

Ideally note the following.
1. Education in Germany is free. As in you don't have to pay any tuition.

2. The cost of living is high, that is what you would need help with. Plus you may need to pay other fees, probably up to 1000€ per semester.

3. To begin with, look for a course of interest. Use this link https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/international-programs/en/.

SIMPLE GUIDE. Choose a course which is RELATED to your previous degree, Germans don't understand why Kenyans switch from one field to another and that determines your chances of gaining admission!

4. Create your CV online usinf this link (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose) and then download and send it to me to check. Do some cleaning by removing the Europas logo in the header. Save the file with Surname_CV. Mind first impressions. Keep it lean. You don't need to fill it with unnecessary Info. Only that which is useful for your application.

5. Once you have found your course of interest, go to the course/university website and READ the requirements, note DATELINES and applications datelines. Pay attention to requirements.

6. Get back to me with firm decisions on WHAT you want to study and WHERE you wish to study it.

7. Perhaps I'll guide you from there. Or you'll get help from those who have gone through a similar process.

You'll need a motivation letter. I'll expand later on what you need in one such.

Kindly do me a favour. READ the contents. I am pressed for time.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Using LinkedIn for job search and CV creation tools

Whether you are interested in a internship or a new challenge, you need to search for suitable openings in the job market. LinkedIn offers a useful functionality to search for and apply for openings that are posted on the jobs section. To leverage LinkedIn, you may reach out to your connections in the hiring company.

But you need self-introduction. 

Create a CV for job applications or self-introduction.    

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Sunday, 9 February 2020

LinkedIn profile updates: Mind your image!

Social Media is more than Facebook and Twitter. LinkedIn, Xing and ResearchGate are some of the more serious professional networking social media channels.

LinkedIn is a living CV. It needs to speak to people who visit without you talking to them.

I give tips on how to ensure your profile speaks for you and helps you attract recruiters and networks. 

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Friday, 7 February 2020

My close encounter with President Moi

I met President Mi for dinner three times and those memories are indelible, our differences notwithstanding. Watch on


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world... If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm. Dr. Stephen R. Covey

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

  1. Habit 1: Be Proactive®

    Achieve extraordinary results by consistently executing their R & I (resourcefulness and initiative) to break through barriers.
  2. Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind®

    Develop an outcome-oriented mindset in every activity they engage in—projects, meetings, presentations, contributions, etc.
  3. Habit 3: Put First Things First®

    Eliminate energy and time-wasting tendencies by focusing and executing on the team’s wildly important goals with a weekly planning cadence.
  4. Habit 4: Think Win-Win®

    Lead teams that are motivated to perform superbly through a shared expectation and accountability process.
  5. Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood®

    Create an atmosphere of helpful give-and-take by taking the time to fully understand issues, and give candid and accurate feedback.
  6. Habit 6: Synergize®

    Demonstrate innovative problem-solving skills by seeking out differences and new and better alternatives.
  7. Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®

    Tap into the highest and best contribution of everyone on a team by unlocking the total strength, passion, capability, and spirit of each individual. 

    I like this video explaining the Habits.
     

Sour dough bread: my lessons during the Coronavirus "holiday"

Growing up in rural Kenya under very grinding poverty, my widowed mother made busaa, the proceeds feed us and paid fees for ...