Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

Day 8, Observing a café and death to adverbs (not quite)

She stepped inside, uncertain. That café has caught her eye in the past week, but it was too rushed, too quick. Now, she’s alone, with no appointments to fulfil. There … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 6 Comments

Day 3, Commitment and Music

I still feel the cold, dry air that freezes my lungs. The bright, white snow that blinds my eyes. The bare trees… A sense of wonder. This is my memory … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 10 Comments

Snow in Berlin

(I worked on this post some time ago. It went to my blog folder and I wasn’t able to work on it since then. Now, it’s St. Patricks’s Day, the … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dancing in a Dream

Finding the Clärchens Ballhaus is one of the most unbelievable experiences in Berlin. I never would have been able to if I didn’t join the walk in the city with … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Walking the Wall, Looking Back and Forward

My first day in Berlin, I wanted to find the East Side Gallery, a kilometer or so of what is left of the former Berlin Wall. It was March 17, … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dreams, adventures, and my first snow

I haven’t blogged in a really long time. I would like to say that I’ve been busy with real life, but that is not necessarily the case. It is more … Continue reading

June 1, 2013 · Leave a comment
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Day 3. I fed my starter last night, after 30 hours. I discarded half of it and fed it as I found in the online recipe, 1/2 cup flour and a little bit above 1/4 cup water. Then it just, exapanded! It is now 4x the starting volume! Now, I don't know what to do. Original recipe said it should be ready in 5 days after it doubles in volume after daily feedings. But, it doubled in volume yesterday. And now, it is like this. I knew it would probably rise faster because it is warm in the Philippines, but... Oh wow. **I don't keep it by the window, I keep it on top of the cabinet. I just placed it there so I can get a better light for the photo. #baking
I wanted to make a simple white bread, but I realized that even though I have all-purpose flour, I only have muscovado sugar, so the bread would still be brown. Lol. Then I added some dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, just because. I adjusted the milk, hoping it would be more cake-y. We'll see. I hope our little one eats it, she was not a fan of the apple corn bread, she does not like rough textures the past few days. She ate a bit of the commercial white bread from the main house though, so we'll see how this one will turn out. #baking
Goodness, look at that yeast culture. Is that the yeast? Is it alive? The noontime heat made it double in size! I know I'm just supposed to leave it alone, but I am fascinated! #baking
Yeast culture day 2. Are those bubbles slowly showing up? According to instructions, I should feed it tomorrow. Let me know what you think! This is the first time I am doing this. #baking
Hoy Portia, akala ko ba absolute emergency food yung instant noodles? Bakit kakalahati na yung 10-pack? Hoy konsensya, napagod ako maglaba! Gusto ko ng noodles! Eh asan yung iba pa? Lulusot ka pa! Lol. Kaya ayaw ko mag-stock ng ganito eh.
A new weekly ritual... Kudos to TFMs who does this weekly from the beginning. It is exhausting. Don't look too closely as there are food stains that I am leaving for the sun to take care of. Lol.