I use Ubuntu (18.10) for work. For RDP I use a Virtual Machine running Windows 10. While LibreOffice is great for many things, its Microsoft Office comparability is limited. Especially PowerPoint presentations do not look great. Google Slides does a great job here. As long as I have an internet connection it is my preferred choice for office, also due to its collaboration features. Sometimes I still need to use original Microsoft Office applications. Running them in a VM is one option, but the integration into the filesystem, especially with my Nextcloud sucks though.
Years ago I was running an older version of office with WINE. I was not in the mood to play around with the config so I bought Crossover Office 2018 and give Microsoft Office 2016 (32 bit) a try. The good thing is the money will find its way towards the WINE project.
Out of the box Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and Publisher seem to work. PowerPoint did not. It took me a while to figure it out and Google did not help much. But after disabling ‘Performance Enhanced Graphics’ for the bottle it launches.
I have frequently been baking Pretzels for about 3 years now. The recipes I use have evolved over the years. Now I am pretty happy with the variants that are hitting our breakfast table every couple of days. My daughter loves them! So I am sharing the first out of three with you today.
Shake the flour through a strainer, add all the ingredients and knead a dough. Knead for five minutes on the lowest setting, rest five minutes and then knead another five minutes on a higher setting. Let the dough rise in a resting basket for at least 30 minutes.
Hand-knead the dough into a long shape and cut it into 100g (3.5 oz) portions. Then roll it into Pretzels twists, bread rolls, buns or pigtail shape.
Let the Pretzels rest for one to two hours. Then put them into the Sodium-Hydroxide solution for 5 to 10 seconds, shake the excess solution off and sit them onto a baking sheet. Skimmers and strainers make that process easier.
Sprinkle the Pretzels with salt.
Preheat the oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit and bake them for 15 minutes. Then turn the oven off and let the pretzel sit in the oven for another 5 minutes.
My daily-use sourdough for making Laugenbrez’n (Pretzels), Brötchen (Buns) and Langsemmeln (Long bread rolls) as well as all kind of lighter breads consists of three kinds of flours: Spelt, Wheat and Rye flour.
It is simple to make and lasts forever if it is fed every morning. The feeding process became part of my morning routine.
In a high container (preferably a sourdough a pickling crock, but a plastic container will do just fine) combine all three flours, add water and a knife tip of active dry yeast and stir. You can start with any amount, simply multiply. The proportion of Rye:Spelt:Wheat regarding weight is 1:2:2 for the flour and total flour:water 1:1.4. The amounts I start with are listed at the bottom. Fresh yeast (1g) would be preferred over active dry yeast, but I had a hard time finding it in the US and over time I got better at the converting required amounts of fresh yeast to active dry yeast.
Put the lid on top, but leaving a small gap so that it is not completely sealed. You could also just cover it with a wet cotton kitchen towel. I store mine in a kitchen cabinet. After 24 hours feed the dough with flour in the same proportion and add fresh water. Water:Flour weight proportion is now 1:1. Repeat every 24 hours. The amount you add to feed the dough depends on how much you are going to use it. If you feed the dough always the same amount you started with you will be baking frequently!
After the first day you should observe small bubbles on top of the dough should start observing bubbles on the top of the sourdough and a light sour smell.
Starting from day four you are ready to use the dough. It should have a nice sour smell and a creamy consistency.