How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home The New Gerber Explore Collection Offers Up Great Holiday (or Anytime) Gift Ideas 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts We don’t know about you, but we love cheese. We love eating it in sandwiches, salads, on pizza, and with crackers. Also, we don’t care how stinky it is. With the holidays just around the corner, what better way to show up to a holiday potluck than with some homemade cheese? Homemade cheese, you ask? Yes, you don’t have to be like the founders of San Francisco’s famed Cowgirl Creamery and hone your craft for many years. All you have to do is purchase a Roaring Brook Dairy Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit.Once you get the kit, it’s pretty easy. Just pick up a gallon of milk from the grocery store — we prefer the organic variety — and if you want flavored cheese, get any herbs you want to use to add a little extra spunk. Now once you get home, pull out your kit and get out the directions. Now prepare the rennet water solution and the citric acid solution as directed. Next, get a huge pot and pour the milk — not the ultra-pasteurized variety — into it. Boil it to 85 degrees and stir in the citric acid mixture. When it rises to 100, stir in the rennet mixture and then use and up and down motion to mix everything up well. You’ll start to see that curds and whey that would make Little Miss Muffet envious. Check on the curds, and when they bounce back drain the whey out with a strainer. Next, use a colander to get rid of more whey. Next you go through a microwaving process of heating and draining out more whey. Keep on repeating until the curds have hardly any whey left, then add salt and if you want, herbs like dill or basil.Microwave again, and then knead knead knead until it gets to a nice consistency, mix it into one ball or several and knot — the kit yields four pounds. Either mix it up with some tomatoes and olive oil for a nice salad, or heck, bring it to your next holiday function. We promise your friends will be quite impressed when you show up with your very own artisanal ball of cheese.Roaring Brook Dairy Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit, $17.99 at amazon.com. Editors’ Recommendations Say Cheese: Your Guide to the Most Popular Cheeses in America How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke
zoom Malaysia-based offshore services provider Bumi Armada Berhad has decided to take legal action against the Australian oil and gas company Woodside following a notice to terminate the charter contract for the company’s Armada Claire floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.In a recent statement, Bumi Armada said that the notice of termination “is not valid, and in fact tantamount to a cancellation for convenience or alternatively, is a repudiation of the contract by Woodside, pursuant to which the company is entitled to compensation from Woodside.”Bumi Armada added that it intends to fully enforce its rights under the contract, which include initiating legal proceedings against Woodside for its “unlawful” purported termination of the contract.The company said that this FPSO charter contract termination is expected to have an impact on its full year 2016 financial results, however it is not known to which extent as it will depend on the outcome of the legal action against Woodside.The 1993-built FPSO has been operating in the Balnaves Field off north-western Australia since delivering first oil in August 2014.
by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 6:40 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Australian economy contracts 0.5 per cent in September CANBERRA, Australia – Australia’s economy contracted in the September quarter for the first time since early 2011, the government said Wednesday, as the economy adjusts to weaker Chinese demand for its biggest exports, iron ore and coal.The economy contracted by 0.5 per cent over the three months. Annual growth was 1.8 per cent, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.Growth in the year through June had been 3.1 per cent.A decline in new business investment was the dominant cause for the contraction in September, Treasurer Scott Morrison said.He would not speculate on whether the December quarter would also contract, technically creating Australia’s first recession in 25 years.“I think the consensus forecasts and the other commentary demonstrates going forward there are a lot of things to be positive about. I am not one to speculate on those matters. We will wait and see the data,” Morrison told reporters.He called on a hostile Senate to respond by passing the government’s economic agenda.“The contraction in real GDP recorded in the September quarter is not just a reminder, not just a wake-up call or a warning about being complacent when it comes to economic growth,” Morrison said.“It is a demand to support economic policies that drive the investment needed to support job security, the hours and wages that hard-working Australians need to deal with rising costs of living, especially on electricity costs and that businesses need to survive in a tough and competitive environment,” he said.The economy last shrunk in March 2011 after record flooding effected farm and coal exports, and before then in September 2008 after the global financial crisis.Opposition treasury spokesman Chris Bowen said that September was one of only four negative quarters that Australia had recorded in the past 25 years, and the only one that did not have an obvious explanation.He said that recent quarters had been kept in positive territory only by spikes in government investment or net exports.“That can’t go on forever, and today was the day it stopped,” Bowen said.Record commodity prices driven by Chinese demand helped Australia avoid recession after the global economic downturn. The demand caused a surge in investment in Australia mine construction which is continuing to decline.Mining contributed no growth in the latest quarter, while agriculture increased 7.5 per cent over the three months.