• The one change that didn't work: I gave up coffee - and got hooked on energy drinks

    12 days ago - By The Guardian

    When my dentist mentioned my stained teeth, I decided to quit coffee and tea. But the sugar-free drinks I started downing left me with nasty jitters Vanity made me do it. I had been to the dentist and, in between poking horrible things into my mouth, she asked if I drank a lot of coffee. “Unhhyeahhhh!” I said, as best I could. (Why do dentists always talk to you when it's obvious you're in no position to answer?) “I can tell!” she said. “There's a lot of staining. Try drinking less coffee.” I gurgled something in agreement, while indignantly thinking that the dentist should try brushing up...
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  • The one change that didn't work: I started baking sourdough - and discovered my obsessive side

    12 days ago - By The Guardian

    I was getting up at 6am to meet the demands of a yeast culture I could never bend to my will. It was a relief to finally give up trying The very first sourdough starter I brought to life was a tremendous success, except when it came to making bread with it. The resulting loaf was heavy and flat, like a paving stone. It sort of tasted like a paving stone. “We don't do these things because they're easy,” I told my family. “We do them because they're hard. Hard like this bread.”
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