Tuesday, April 05, 2016

factoid of the day

SKYR is Icelandic yogurt.

Skyr was brought from Norway to Iceland more than 1100 years ago, and though the tradition died out in most of Scandinavia, it lived on in Icelandic culture, and parts of Norway.
Traditionally, skyr is made with raw milk, however modern skyr is made with pasteurized skimmed milk. A small portion of skyr is added to the warm milk, to introduce the right bacteria, such as Streptococcus salivarius subsp. thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricusRennet is sometimes added as well, and the milk is left tocoagulate. The skyr is then strained through fabric to remove the whey(mysa in Icelandic) and the milk solids retained

I was taught by a friend in India to make yogurt this way, and she also taught me how to strain it to make a type of soft cheese.

The headsup for this is via Dave Barry, who linked to a protest in Iceland about their president's corruption.

The first punch has been thrown in today’s anti-government protest – in the form of tubs of Icelandic cultured yoghurt thrown against the parliament building.
Thousands of angry protestors are expected to gather from 5pm today to demand the resignation of the government and early general elections, following yesterday’s Panama Papers revelations.

 yes, the lowly Philippines isn't the only place with corruption: Someone hacked a lawfirm in Panama and found all sorts of politicians in all sorts of countries had their fingers in the pie stealing money. as the UK Guardian notes:

The documents show the myriad ways in which the rich can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes. Twelve national leaders are among 143 politicians, their families and close associates from around the world known to have been using offshore tax havens.

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