Monday, August 13, 2018

Misconceptions, Elephant Day,

Funny how one has misconceptions about things. I have never used any form of cannabis before and from what I read (one hour to take effect and then lasting 5 or 6 hours) I assumed that an hour after taking my cannabis I would start feeling my pain less. That isn't how it goes. Apparently it has to build up in the system and could take a week or so to do. Oh dear. They supplied me with a small bottle of oil and I am supposed to measure out .25 ml morning and evening. Syringe supplied. But, to me, the syringe is difficult to manage despite instructions. On Saturday, much to my annoyance, I spilt some. Bearing in mind how expensive it is I was very annoyed. However, Sunday morning it all worked perfectly, so lets hope that will continue.

Did you know that today, Sunday August 12, is World Elephant Day. Like most wild animals these days, they need all the help they can get. It is a disgrace to the human race that so many animals are facing extinction because of our actions. I mentioned that a number of iconic Australian animals are facing extinction, but many animals closer to home the same thing is happening. Elephants and rhinos are being killed in large numbers simply for their tusks or horns, tigers are being shot for their skins and other parts are used by ignorant people for medical purposes. Of  course many English people will recognise the date as being "The Glorious Twelfth" or the first day of the grouse shooting season. Never eaten grouse, I guess now I never will.

I enjoy donuts but am very careful to only eat one on the very few occasions I get near them. Often people in the bowling league bring a pile of them on their birthdays for everyone to guzzle. However, these, because they are not fried in deep fat, are not nearly as unhealthy. Only one problem, yeast comes in packets of two or three and I always end up wasting some.

Air Fryer Donuts

If you’re craving doughnuts without the guilt, these yeast-risen rings deliver the same sweet, tender, and crackly sugar glazed goodness thanks to your air fryer.

1/4 cup warm water, warmed (100F to 110F)
1 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup plus 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar, divided
2 cups (about 8 1/2 oz.) all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup (about 4 oz.) powdered sugar
4 tsp tap water

1. Stir together water, yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon of the granulated sugar in a small bowl; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Combine flour, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Add yeast mixture, milk, butter, and egg; stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough comes together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 8 doughnuts using a 3-inch round cutter and a 1-inch round cutter to remove center. Place doughnuts and doughnuts holes on a lightly floured surface. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.

3. Place 2 doughnuts and 2 doughnuts holes in single layer in air fryer basket, and cook at 350°F until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and holes.

4. Whisk together powdered sugar and tap water in a medium bowl until smooth. Dip doughnuts and doughnut holes in glaze; place on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to allow excess glaze to drip off. Let stand until glaze hardens, about 10 minutes.

Servings: 8

After the doughnuts have risen, use the parchment paper to help gently transfer them into the air fryer. Use two forks to lower them into the glaze for maximum coverage.

Source: Cooking Light

Have a great day


  1. We're doing the Keto Plan. We are not religious zealots but do follow it on an 80/20 plan or more. Donuts are off limits but in a couple months we should be primed to indulge again.

    1. Don't know much about the Keto Plan Stephen. I lost weight in 2013 by just writing down everything I ate and sticking to a calorie level. I lost 50 lbs and I have not put it back. I ate what I wanted but limited the quantities.

  2. Air fryer donuts? We'll have to try those.
    Hopefully by next weekend you feel a difference from taking it.

    1. Thought you might Alex. Must make sure Ivy sees the recipe too.

      Hopefully you are right.

  3. Hi Jo - glad the cannabis thing is settling in ... I guess it takes time to get into the system ... but good luck - cheers Hilary

    1. Yes, I need a bit of luck here Hilary, thinks.

  4. I goofed on my order and check-marked a spot where it is to be billed to my insurer. My insurer, from work, doesn't cover this at all, so i spent almost an hour, mainly on hold, this morning, to set things right and get my order. It won't take the pain away but it will lessen it. I find that it helps for sure because I remember what I was like last year. I could hardly walk around much and my hubby had to drive me to work more often. Now with the oil, tylenol 3's and the lydacain infusion, I am able to do much more. I hope it works for you but it is trial and error. You might need more than the low dose. When I spoke to the person who was setting me up, he had to take more THC because the CBV didn't work well enough for his pain. My hubby found the same thing but it also helps calm his brain since he has severe ADHD. The main thing is...don't get discouraged! Do you watch The Great British bake-Off? They had to make filled donoughts and it was funny to watch this

    1. Thanks for the info Birgit. Sorry you had to wait for your order. I hope we will be able to charge to insurance later in the year. My schedule is to increase up to 3 ml a day.

  5. Glad you got it to work. Don’t they just have the regular weed that you can bake into foods? So much easier that way. Unless you’re not a baker, then not easier.

    Makes me sick how the animals are treated.

    Have you tried to jars of yeast? Less money (in my town), than those packets. And, I can take 8 grams out and not waste.

    Air fryer for the win. I do so many bakes in there these days. I did a dough thing that wasn’t quite a doughnut but we did stuff it with jam. I might be able to adjust this formula to remove allergens. Not sure. Will try and let you know how it goes, once I get more white spelt. I ran out making air fry pretzels.

    Thanks for the post, Jo! Here’s to being pain-free, SOOOOOON!

    1. No I am not a baker Ivy. Eventually when I get more used to an increased dose I hope to be able to take capsules.

      Not for a long time, I don't do enough baking anyway Ivy. Just once in a while.

      Will be interested to see what you achieve.


    2. I figure when it gets cold again and I'm not out house hunting and playing with powertools, I'll be back to regular bakes.

      Today, I baked jalapenos in the air fryer. Have you tried regular peppers yet? Bakes them excellent.

    3. I did try them Ivy but wasn't very successful.

    4. Then I have failed you, and will work on better, Air-fry videos when I come back to regular publishing. Because lemme tellya', this weekend I baked more air-fry cookies, corn, toast and mock meatballs. I will do better to share my food.

      May I know what temp and time You did the peppers? Or what you saw go wrong?

  6. I would get an air fryer just to make those donuts. They look great! Yum!

    1. They do, don't they JoJo? Try Walmart, that's where I bought mine