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Oh my. Texel is still there! I went there, with my then girlfriend, as part of my first run-through of Europe, traveling there from Amsterdam by way of Edam. That was about 1972.
It was part, oddly enough, of one of the few disparaging words to come from the mouth of a Dutchman: "Texel? You mean the German colony?". When we arrived, what he meant became all too clear.
The beach, well, infested with overweight Germans in Speedo's - each with a camper on a beach where the ground (sand?) could barely be found. Also, even though it was late July, it was rather nippy.
Not to worry - we had an nice place to stay in Amsterdam "H88[^]" it was called. On Herengracht & Herrenstrass (spelled someway or another). Right on the canals. All those people sweeping their steps clean. The streets out through and including the canals were rather 'filthy', but from their steps on back (into the hostel) it was amazingly well cleaned.
We also toured the Heineken factory. The funny part: I discovered there that I like beer. It was beer in (steel) cans I didn't like. And they just kept serving it. I was seriously blitzed. So, when it was time to get on the tram and go back to H88 - well I was the one who knew the way. At least before all the beer. We almost used up our two-hour tram time until I figured it out.
Another memorable event was "The Beanery[^]" in the Stedelijk Museum
You are right, I avoided Texel until now because it is the most touristic of the Wadden islands, but as we got a voucher for our cancelled vacation in Belgium we did not have much of a choice.
As long as you avoid the summer season, Texel is fine btw. and we did enjoy our stay.
Seriously, I want your recipes that make you fat. Got quite a lot of recipes here; seems software-writers enjoy their foods. My favourite until now is one that includes coffee-milk. Doesn't contain as much calories as I guessed, but tastes well and makes you eat more. So, counts as a high-calorie meal. *)
There's quite some people looking to gain weight. @57kg, I got nothing better to do; I want to gather a lot of recipes that make one fat. The more butter, the better.
If it results in a cookbook I will credit your arse. Send me your recipes. Not the ones based on lettuce without calories, but your sinfull ones. Gimme the ones you can't resist. I want your grandma's christmas recipes.
My approach isn't agile in this one; it is SDM, waterfall. Might just work. And yes, thinking about collecting them in a cooking book, for those seeking to gain weight.
I promise I will post pictures of my reproductions.
*) @Mycroft; your wife's recipe, it was great. I humbly ask for the complete recipe. If you near I'll pay back and take you to the best brewery there is.
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If you can't read my code, try converting it here[^]
"If you just follow the bacon Eddy, wherever it leads you, then you won't have to think about politics." -- Some Bell.
If you want to gain weight you need to make sure your blood sugar swings a lot.
High blood sugar makes the liver create fat from the sugar for later use (Very simplified).
Low blood sugar makes the body think it's starving, so it creates more enzymes to use the food better, for when you later eat.
So eat seldom and a lot.
Make sure you eat a lot from fat, protein as well as starch, and best of all sugar, at the same time. to make sure you use up all those enzymes.
What's the difference with normal chocolate cake? I don't see any at a quick glance.
It's a failed cake, on purpose. It has a crusty caramelized outside, and an inside that reminds of chocolate sauce.
It's great served warm with vanilla or lemon ice cream.
But you can kiss your arteries good buy.
The reason you should eat a mix of protein, fat, starch and sugar is that the body only produces a certain amount of enzymes for each kind of nutrient, so if you want to gain weight you need to supply enough of them all to use up all your enzymes.
Except for sugar, sugar is always absorbed.
When it comes to alcohol it's not at all as efficient as one might believe, because it's mostly not absorbed by the body.
Highly simplified: Ethanol is converted in the liver to Acetaldehyde, which is a main hangover creator, which in its turn is converted to acetate, which leaves the body with the urine.
A side note, Methanol isn't that highly poisonous in itself, but it's converted in the liver to formaldehyde.
And the treatment is to saturate the liver with intravenous ethanol. Imagine that hangover.
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
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"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
As you get older you usually get fatter..
And the mechanism is simple, both your metabolism (resting energy usage) decrease and you appetite slightly increase...
"Problem" you have now, is your appetite is calibrated to your current weight and so it's going to be painful overeating...
However we have multiple appetites (there even was an interesting recent entry in new scientist about it) and modern snacks tends to confuse the brain into over eating, due to starving some appetite..
So my advice, eat a lot of unhealthy snack!