We got the sonifier (AKA ultrasonic cleaner).
Filled with hope, we started part two of the experiment to make barista oatmilk.
It started well, we tried with a batch of milk we had made the other day, we put it in the sonifier.
There were two criteria we were testing for:
1. Does it froth?
2. Does it seperate in coffee?
It didn't froth. Devestating.
We have a rule, that we wait ten minutes until we decide whether something has seperated or not. It was looking promosing. Arran was very excited. I kept saying, "wait Arran, we don't know yet."
Then as 10 minutes started to creep upon us, the milk had still not seperated.
"Have we cracked it! Have we? Is this it? Is this the moment we have been waiting for? Is this the start of our careers as sonifying oat milk makers?" we were excited.
It's good to mention here that between each batch we had to wait for 20 minutes. (We did a lot of waiting, luckily i had made pizza, so we had a distraction for a while.)
Batch no. 2 and 3 didn't go well. They both seperated and neither frothed.
Three hours later, after waiting and waiting and waiting, frustration and almost tears, we decided there was only one thing to do...
We never thought it was going to be this hard.
We feel defeated, hopeless, and worst of all, sad.
All hope was not lost, we managed to create a new recipe.
Take a batch of your oat milk,
mix it with shit loads of chocolate, date syrup and coconut sugar.
Written by Arran Brough and Lauren Goodey
It was a Friday morning, and my 12 year old friend Arran came over for lunch. I was just about to start the experimental process of trying to make barista oat milk in my lab (aka kitchen).
It was his first time trying Barista oat milk and he was converted instantly.
He got really excited and wanted to help develop a home made Barista milk.
It's best to mention here we were lucky to have a resident chemist around (my mum) and a plumber (Arrans dad), proffesional problem solvers!
I’d already soaked the oats and blended them with water, I’d added some rapeseed oil, so what next?
Well Arran wanted to try it and compare to the Oatly: great idea!
How did it taste? “Well not discusting, but very lumpy and watery.”
Then we strained it through some muslin cloth, and as it strained, it started to go quite creamy! Looking good!
(It doesn’t look creamy in the picture - but thats because we were leaving the samples to settle to see if they would separate: which it did)
How did it taste? Much better than the unstrained milk, quite creamy and almost delicious, but it definitely didn’t have the same sweetness as the barista.
Why not? We thought it could have been the oats. Maybe Swedish oats are sweeter?
Then Arran had a great idea! Lets heat it and see what happens….
So we heated a sample, It got a lot thicker, perhaps too thick, and you can see from the picture that it didn’t separate.
So we decided to deal with the sweetness issue, add sugar, coconut sugar.
How did it taste? “It tasted yummy! Almost perfect!”
At this point, our resident chemist and plumber were drinking coffee: “Wait!” We said, “we will try to froth some of our milk for your coffee!”
It didn’t work. WHY? Why didn’t it work?
We did some research and we found out that fats make it frothy.
So we added more rapeseed oil, but it still didn’t froth.
I'd had a conversation with my friend Chloe and we thought maybe adding flour (corn flour) might help. It didn’t. It turned it into a custard.
How did that taste? “It tasted alright, it would have been nice with sugar because it would have been a dairy free custard.”
Then we got thinking about Homogenisation. Perhaps The big company Oatly, had the ability to homogenise their milk. So we did some more research. It cost $3000 for a sonifier, which would do the job. We asked the resident chemist and plumber if they would get us one, they weren’t interested.
So what was our favourite experimental sample?
Oat milk, strained, boiled, watered down, with coconut sugar.
(It needs a good shake before using, and does separate a bit in hot drinks)
Here is the recipe (more or less, it was an experiment!!):
A handful of oats
3 cups of water
3 table spoons of rapeseed oil
A pinch of salt
A teaspoon of coconut sugar
1. Soak the oats (preferably over night)
2. Use a blender of some sort to blend it up, until smooth
3. Get some muslin cloth and strain it, squeeze out as much liquid as possible
4. Add rapeseed oil to the liquid, add salt and coconut sugar, blend again, for as long as you can: this helps the oil to mix in well
5. Heat the milk until it starts to thicken
6. Add some more water: so it’s the thickness you like.
7. Leave to cool in the fridge
8. Shake it up
9. Drink! (yum)
Then the resident musician showed up, she was reading our blog post (and laughing) and when she got to the end she said, "Oh a sonifier, i've got one of them, it cost me £45 quid."
We asked her if we could borrow it... she said yes.
TO be continued.....
Written by Arran Brough and Lauren Goodey
This is my friend KiKu.
I found her on the pavement, I picked her up in my hands, she wiggled around and cheeped. She was trying to fly, turning in circles, her neck twisted, grasping the skin of my hands with her claws. She flapped her wings and fell into a lavender bush, caught in the restful tangle of the bright purple flowers and the wiry stems. I lifted her out and she twisted her body into my palms, tired and close and trusting. I walked down the road with her held against my chest, to the vets, grey and clean and smelling like bleach, I said I would come back in an hour.
I never got to say goodbye to little KiKu, they gave her to me in a small cardboard box, a black floral pattern around the edge. She was wrapped in a piece of blue tissue - the type you get in hospitals. She smelt like chemicals. I walked up the road, tears all over my face. I passed her family and friends, they sang her name from the eaves of the houses. "Ki" "Ku" "Ki" "Ku"
I picked blackberries from the bush where she would have eaten from, leaves from the copper beach she would have landed in on her way to the top of the hill. Blueberries and Marigolds from my garden where she would have come to drink water on her way to the overgrown hazel bushes where her house sparrow community live. I lay her down and left her for 3 days.
I have never been so affected by the death of a little sparrow, I cried for days, I was totally grief stricken, and totally in awe of this interaction with her, her precious life and soulless death. I am in an intense relationship with the birds that live all around me. For days and days after she died, sparrows would come to my garden in their dozens. Landing, singing, flying around, eating, drinking, celebrating summer.
Wow, what an adventure!! We have just spent two months in Sweden on an epic walking learning community building adventure. I want to write some more about all of the organisation and everything that we put into it - but perhaps another time. For now here's some pics of how it looked, and here you can find blog posts on the LiC website, with reflections from the journey.
First 2 weeks:
A Freely given retreat facilitated by Ecodharma and Project Ulex.
"This workshop offers a range of tools, collective and personal, which can make our activism more effective and sustainable. These methods can help us avoid burnout and stay in it for the long haul, adding continuity to our movement building. They can be used to ensure the collective and organisational dimensions of our activism exemplify the values we’re struggling for. A ‘regenerative’ approach goes beyond sustainability to explore how we can organise in ways that actually renew or revitalize our own resources and those of our groups – this can help us stay inspired, nourished, & more creative in our tactical approach."
So we had the idea ages ago to bring an 8 shields/art of mentoring workshop to Frome - and especially to Elderventure (a group in Frome exploring what it means to be an elder in these times). I thought it would be really helpful for those running Elderventure to see how something could be held in a very collaborative way and also deepen the connections we had with one another. The idea of Elderventure is to become completely collaborative, although this is often hard to put into practice for various reasons, especially since we don't have many examples of collaboratively run projects, normally more of a top down leadership model.
I remember when i first experienced the art of mentoring, there were 8 people leading the group, not one more in charge than the other, all with different focuses. I never knew who to look to as to what was happening next, it was really hard to pin down my expectations of a leader onto anyone in particular. For me this was an inspiring and liberating experience.
The 8 Shields (from which art of mentoring has emerged in the UK) has the elder as an equal part of it's wheel to all other ages and is seen as an incredibly important part of the cycle of life.
So a lot of planning and quite a lot of stressful organising later, I had set day up! It was great. A really beautiful, simple, easeful and connecting day, so nice to get to know some people in Frome that I hadn't known so well before. There were 5 of us running the day.
I have had a lot of great feedback since, from individual conversions with people.
I was asked by Beth Prince, the Community Engagement Officer from Somerset Waste Partnership, to do a 15 minute presentation on the community fridge in Frome. Unfortunately I couldn't make it down to Dorset for the presentation, so it took place over skype. Below are my notes.
Classroom alive is an open source learning model that creates and enables others to create projects in which a group of people get together to walk and learn. The first project they ran took them from Sweden to Greece in 6 months, along the way they studied subjects of their own choice and shared group learning, involving studies on the current economic system and basic income.
Me and Joana were lucky enough to take part in their week long boot camp, learning how to set up our own classroom alive journey
NOW AM IN THE FUTURE