eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-11-14 09:02 pm

some things make a post

1. Sometimes I cook all fancy! I'm home visiting my folks, and my dad wanted to grill because he's been watching this grilling cooking show. But I basically don't eat meat except for fish, so we settled on tuna, because it doesn't stick to the grill. So this was yesterday's dinner:

grilled marinated tuna and mango salsa taco-ish things for the noms )

2. Speaking of California, I often find staying with my parents somewhat frustrating (and helping my mom out with her work can be exceptionally frustrating).

But! Here are some of the things that California has in addition to fruit: It's-Its. Blue Bottle Coffee (<3<3<3). Tacos. Breakfast pastries at the Ferry Building. Boogaloo's amazing grilled plantain cakes. Persimmons from the tree in the backyard. Some friends I haven't seen in a while. Fan peoples. Thrift stores. An ocean.

3. There is going to be another Avatar: The Last Airbender (and Avatar: Legend of Korra) fanwork exchange over at [community profile] white_lotus! I plan to ask for Korra/Chief Bei Fong, among other things, so it is basically guaranteed to include great things.

Anyway, if you are interested, there's a draft signup post to poke at (to make sure all your favorite characters are on the list!) and tomorrow there will be a draft rules post that take people's suggests from last year into account. And signups will start later this week!

As part of making it work this year, we've also made an AO3 collection for the challenge, so that people who want to play in an anon-slow-reveal challenge but also want to be able to edit their fanworks can play that way. People will still be able to just send us their fanworks and have them posted straight to the comm, but the AO3 thing should make it easier for people who are already using the AO3. (Plus we belatedly made a collection for last year, so if you want to you can submit your fanworks to the collection.)

4. Remember that top one hundred specfic works thing? I haven't forgotten it, I promise, I just got cranky when I organized everything for Condorcet voting on a website that said it would do it ... and then couldn't deal with 250 things in a list, Grr. And then I tried a bunch of other places, and they all would only do ten items or allow 50 voters or blahblah. I might end up just doing it in comments and uploading the data flat to a Condorcet calculator. (The short version of condorcet: it's sometimes called ranked-choice or instant-runnoff voting [though a lot of different methods end up being called these things, since the terms are used confusingly in news stories], and it's usually done for single-winner issues. It can be done for a multiple-winner issue, though, and I thought it would be fun because it would let people rank as many things as they wanted. It's a kind of neat alternative since it lets you rank things you hate low, and not have to do careful vote manipulation to make your vote "count." But APPARENTLY the javascript version of the Condorcet page crashes liek whoah.)

5. some stuff about the OTW )
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-09-23 10:57 pm

om and also nom

We had a bunch of peaches left over from an eight-quart container that we bought a couple of weeks ago when it was suddenly the last week for peaches. (Me: No, I'm fine, we've got other fruit now. Farmer: This is probably our last week for yellow peaches. Me: What! No! It can't be! Okay, fine, I'll take eight quarts.) They've since gone into several pies (peach and peach-blackberry) plus some extras for eating out of hand or in yogurt or whatever. But they were clearly getting a bit old, and some of the apples were wrinkly, so: peach-apple crisp. The peach-apple part is very tasty, but the crisp part is great, so I wanted to write it down so I'd have it again next time.

peach-apple crisp recipe )

Let it cool at least twenty minutes so the liquid isn't boiling anymore, and then eat topped with vanilla ice cream while watching a charming gay detective film.

Which is to say, we just watched the fourth Donald Stratchey movie ("Ice Blue") and it was charming and the characters were adorable and I loved Tim and Donald together and there were a lot of hugs. (But also some fairly standard tv-styles violence and discussion of child pornography, fyi.)
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-09-08 01:49 am

drinks for rainy days

It's been raining all week here - it's cold and damp and there are flood warnings all over, and we've got two inches of water in the basement (landlord: um, we'll deal with it ... later), and basically it is just the kind of wet blech day that reminds me of my mom making hot toddies on the stove when we worked out in the rain. So I had a spiked hot chocolate and some popcorn and watched MST3K doing a Commando Cody serial.

And that made me think about hot alcoholic drinks that are good when it's pouring rain or snowing or freezing outside. My mom used to make hot toddies for my dad (and later for me) when we were sick or when we had to be out in the rain, usually to a rum recipe but sometimes to a brandy one if we didn't have rum. We had a lemon tree in the backyard, so the hot toddies were always seriously lemony, and the lemon and the alcohol tang would sit above the liquid in the hot cup. Later in life I had things like Irish coffee and wassail (especially nom when it has baked apples in it) and several variations on "put alcohol in hot chocolate," but the hot toddy is the symbol of comforting hot drinks for me.

So I wondered what y'all drank (if anything) and especially if y'all had any good recipes! And I like polls.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 20


Hot alcoholic drinks I/my family drink include:

View Answers

hot toddy (whisky/whiskey)
4 (20.0%)

hot toddy (rum)
4 (20.0%)

hot toddy (brandy)
3 (15.0%)

buttered rum
3 (15.0%)

wassail
5 (25.0%)

mulled wine
8 (40.0%)

spiked hot chocolate
10 (50.0%)

Irish coffee
6 (30.0%)

other spiked coffee
1 (5.0%)

something else! I've got a great recipe I'll share in the comments!
3 (15.0%)



hot chocolate spiked with rum recipe )

And while I'm here let me just drop in a link for a hot buttered spiked cider recipe (a sort of hot buttered rum and mulled cider mashup),
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-09-04 12:15 am

some lists

things I accomplished today
1) walked the dog this morning (because t'wings was at work)

2) made two (2) pies - well, I made the fillings, and t'wings made the pastry:
a) Peach Blackberry! Made because we had bruised peaches and had just gone berry-picking yesterday. Largely handwavey on the measurements:

peach blackberry pie recipe )

b) Apple! The first apples of fall, for us; there've been a couple at the farmers' market for a few weeks, but they've mostly been early varieties I don't like. These are some that we got yesterday at a local orchard (the same one with the berry picking).

apple pie recipe )

I haven't tried the apple pie yet, but it looks and smells pretty tasty.

T'wings made a single recipe of her grandma's pastry dough which made both pie shells and lattice for the top. And she took pictures.

3) Wine tasting with [profile] livre_libre and [personal profile] thingswithwings! This is one of those great living in a wine region benefits, where you can just go "hey, want to check out what they have at the in town tasting place tomorrow?" We tried many wines; t'wings had some good rieslings, and [profile] livre_libre tried a great sparkling wine, but I mostly tried things that were supposed to be refreshing and summery but instead were one-note (that note was mostly citrus).

4) Big Grocery Store Errands. Blah blah pharmacy blah.

5) Short walk out to the coffee shop with the puppy, who needed an afternoon snuffle. And I needed a coffee.

6) Watched Doctor Who.

7) Ate extremely tasty tomato salad that t'wings made. (Also while she was picking the tomatoes I watered the plants.)

8) Watched K-20: Legend of the Mask, which made us all laugh and laugh. Hijinks! Acrobatics! Mistaken identities! Disguises! Sudden undercover heist! Kaneshiro Takeshi! Helicopter rescue! Alternate history! Yoko is seriously awesome! Other exclamation marks! I recommend it to anyone who likes heists and stealing from the rich and acrobatics and AUs and ladies being awesome.

9) Seven chapters of [project]. Yay for doing things on that project that I'd been ignoring!

Things I did not accomplish today:
1) Any dishes. Well, that's a lie, I washed the worst of the baking bowls. But it's basically true. (Too much baking! Too hot in the kitchen! Preheat to what in summery humid weather? But still, too many dishes.)

2) The other ten chapters of [project].

3) The fanwork stuff I meant to do today.

Things I plan to not do tomorrow if at all possible:
1) Walk and/or stand. My knees were already kind of cranky after going to the orchard and picking fruit yesterday, and now they have rebelled. Unfortunately, tomorrow is the farmers' market, which I want to go to. And also the dishes are sitting there taunting me. And if I don't do them the fruit flies will attack.
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-04-06 12:51 am

noms, knitting

1. Soup!

We made some excellent soup based on this ribollita recipe, and it turned out really nom! And also successful at its main purpose, which was getting rid of the ridiculous pounds of vegetables in the fridge - [personal profile] thingswithwings has renamed it "I live in the Northeast and I have a winter CSA soup." We didn't make the exact recipe - I doubled the beans-and-stock ingredients, and then T'wings chopped up, like, eight pounds of potatoes, and she put in the whole cabbage because seriously the point of this exercise was getting rid of vegetables, like we were going to put in a quarter of a cabbage and call it done. And we didn't reboil it all at once with the bread in it, because we expect it to last all week and then be frozen, so we're doing that bowl by bowl.

In the end, we had enough soup to fill our eleven-quart pot to about a quarter inch from the top. It is a lot of soup, like, I can't lift the pot and a lot of it will likely end up in the freezer. It's good that it turned out to be a great soup.

2. Pie!

T'wings made me strawberry-rhubarb pie for my birthday! Back when I lived in Northern California, my birthday was sometimes, in warm years, right at the beginning of spring produce - the tiniest of rhubarb spears and strawberries - and so I often used to have rhubarb pie for my birthday. And even though we were supposed to have five inches of snow a couple days after my birthday, I had strawberry-rhubarb pie, because last spring I chopped up a bunch of rhubarb and froze it. How awesome is that? It's like a burst of summer in the middle of winter.

Anyway the pie recipe we've been using is this lattice-topped strawberry-rhubarb pie; we double the dry ingredients in the filling and put in about 1.5 times as much fruit, depending on how the quantities of rhubarb work out. But we don't use that crust recipe - T'wings always makes the pastry dough, using her grandma's recipe, which I think she's posted somewhere but I can't find right now.

Anyway, the point is, it was super tasty. But now we're out of rhubarb! I have to wait for rhubarb to actually, like, be in season to have another slice of this pie. SADNESS.

3. Knitting, which today does not get an exclamation mark.

So I looked for a beret pattern to knit for my mom, and decided on the Lupo Beret, and I read the pattern and did a gauge swatch and etc, and everything looked good, and I have been knitting away in seed stitch.

Only I just got to the decreases, and ... wait ... it suddenly stops being seed stitch. The directions keep acting like it's seed stitch, but listen, you can't do a two-stitch decrease and a one-stitch increase without fucking up your seed stitch. And this pattern has a two-stitch decrease alternating with a one-stitch decrease every other row - so the seed stitch will stack every other row. Now I'm staring at pictures of the pattern and trying to decide if this is on purpose, or if I should be modifying the pattern a lot.

This is what I get for reading over the pattern without thinking about it.
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-03-08 10:55 am

recipe: carrot cake

Well, it's technically carrot cake, but T'wings and I call it carrot lembas - because, like lembas, it's immensely sustaining and will keep you full for a ridiculously long time. It's modified from this recipe to include more protein and complex carbs, and it already had a diverse set of sugars and fats, so a slice of it really is like a meal. It's not really a good dessert in the after-dinner sense, because it's got too much protein, but it's a great snack or breakfast.

I make it in quantities sufficient to use up most of my CSA carrots and to last a good long time - the recipe below will make two 9x13 cakes (or a tall 9x13 cake and 8x8 cake). If you just want to try it out, you may want to halve the recipe.

carrot cake tools and/or spoons required )

carrot cake recipe )
eruthros: Toph, Aang, and Momo from Avatar: TLA hugging Sokka (Avatar - group hug!)
2011-02-03 04:10 pm

vids, links, tech, food, miscellany

1. More Festivids recs!

Attention Please, Paprika. PRETTY. I don't know what's going on at all, but I think that's part of the point. And the editing is really great, and uses the music really beautifully, and the whole vid has this cool hallucinatory quality.

Illumination, Joseon X-Files. Wow, this is completely gorgeous and atmospheric and ...oddly creepy, maybe? I love the way the vidder used movement of light and shadow, and the music is a great choice. I have never seen this show but clearly I must!

Space Oddity, Community. This is a really sweet Abed/Troy vid about their shared geekery, awwww. Their love of spaceships brings them closer together!

They Want More, Jurassic Park. I can't believe I forgot to rec this the other day, because it made me laugh and laugh. Dinosaur pov ftw.

Truth Is in the Dirt, V (2009). Oh, Erika Evans, ILU! This vid draws some interesting parallels between Erika and Anna, and uses the song and the atmospheric footage to great effect.


2. In knitting-related news, if you're going to drop a stitch, should you do it a) while doing some nice 2x2 ribbing, b) while setting up your short rows, or c) immediately after knitting your two stacked short row stitches? Yeah, I picked option c, who the hell even knows where these loops go. *rips back like twenty rows*


3. I was really sick of accidentally clicking on links that people had written to include hxxp (which some people do to anonymize links) so I installed a greasemonkey script to change hxxp to http. Then I realized that I was not respecting people's desire for anonymity and not incidentally was breaking the rules of some communities and forums, so I edited the script to change the hxxps to working anonym.to links instead. If you'd like to do the same thing, instructions for making an anonym.to redirect )

And now I am clicking on those links with ease. *is so lazy*


4. I am excited to see the permanent style=mine and style=site options (described in the latest news post), but reading people's comments about both options always reminds me that neither option is perfect for me. I often turn custom comment pages on not because I like the style or worked hard on it or anything, but because I want the sidebar or header (tags and links and etc) to be available on entry pages; I usually prefer to read in the site style. And especially in communities, if the entry page is in the site style, there's no obvious place to click for the rules or tags, which often leads to a lot of questions that are a pain in the ass ("where can I find ..." "but do you ..." "if I want to sign up ..."), or posts that don't follow the posting templates or rules or whatever. So I am still torn about site style versus custom comment pages.


5. Aren't these pantone-chip cookies pretty much the coolest thing ever? I love that she just mixed up colored icing and then matched it to a pantone color after it cooled.


6. And speaking of food, [personal profile] glass_icarus recently posted Potluck #1, a blog carnival dedicated to multicultural/intersectional posts about food.


7. And only loosely related to food, Happy New Year to everyone who celebrates! At the moment I am all eeee [community profile] white_lotus Lunar New Year Exchange eeee. The fanworks are SO GREAT GUYS, I am so glad to be posting them now where other people can see them. I have been so caught up in the excitement that I have even tried to make some treats, but I keep being interrupted by spreadsheets.
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-01-10 11:33 pm

Pudding!

This post is brought to you by the fact that it is too late to make pudding tonight, thus giving me lots of time to ponder ideal recipes for tomorrow. And there are too many! I like the milk-custard style tapioca/rice pudding, but I also like the coconut milk style, and basically there are too many options. Well, except pandan leaves. You can't get pandan here anywhere, and it makes me sad, because it's so great in black rice pudding.

Poll #5593 Pudding is serious business
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


The perfect rice pudding includes:

View Answers

white rice
10 (71.4%)

brown rice
2 (14.3%)

black/purple rice
6 (42.9%)

milk
7 (50.0%)

soy/almond/hemp milk
4 (28.6%)

coconut milk
3 (21.4%)

coconut cream, geez
4 (28.6%)

eggs
6 (42.9%)

pandan leaves
4 (28.6%)

white sugar
5 (35.7%)

palm sugar
4 (28.6%)

brown sugar
7 (50.0%)

other sugary thing
1 (7.1%)

mango
8 (57.1%)

fruit other than mango
4 (28.6%)

cinnamon
3 (21.4%)

vanilla
9 (64.3%)

nutmeg
6 (42.9%)

something else I can't believe you forgot!
1 (7.1%)

The perfect tapioca pudding includes:

View Answers

flake tapioca
1 (10.0%)

small pearl tapioca
9 (90.0%)

large pearl tapioca
4 (40.0%)

milk
6 (60.0%)

soy/almond/hemp milk
4 (40.0%)

coconut milk
3 (30.0%)

coconut cream, geez
1 (10.0%)

white sugar
5 (50.0%)

palm sugar
3 (30.0%)

brown sugar
3 (30.0%)

other sugary thing
1 (10.0%)

mango
3 (30.0%)

fruit other than mango
3 (30.0%)

cinnamon
4 (40.0%)

vanilla
7 (70.0%)

nutmeg
3 (30.0%)

something else I can't believe you forgot
0 (0.0%)



... no, seriously, now I'm thinking about black rice pudding. Maybe with mango and coconut cream. Just for fun, here is a recipe that I cannot make unless I replace the pandan with vanilla: black rice pudding recipe )
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
2010-10-07 05:35 pm

some things I have done recently

1. Watched Mythbusters! New episodes just started airing last night. All I have to say about it is spoiler cut )

2. Made cheesecake brownies! Just sort of spontaneously. [personal profile] happydork linked to this recipe for cheesecake brownies, and I looked at it and went, wait, I can do all of those steps! So I went out and bought cream cheese and then made a recipe.

3. Installed some non-VLC media players, because VLC started being so slow and buggy and building-font-library-y. I've tried KMPlayer and SMPlayer; of the two, I like the KMPlayer better, although I hate its icons. I'm still shopping around, though, if you have other suggestions.

4. Rewashed all of my fall and winter clothes. No, really, all of them. allergies are no fun )

5. Gotten excited about knitting again! I used to mostly knit projects on small needles -- fingering or lace weight socks and lace scarves and things -- and now holding those needles hurts too much and it made me cranky that I had all this stash yarn for socks that I wouldn't be using (or, at least, not for socks). So I haven't knit in a year or so, but when [personal profile] anatsuno was here we were talking about knitting, and I remembered I had a worsted-weight sweater to knit, so now I'm in the middle of that. (I <3 alpaca.) And I'm doing a worsted lace scarf, too. And I realized I had some super bulky local yarn that I bought when one of the sheeps-milk people decided to stop making yarn and sold it all off super cheap, and my old slippers are falling apart, so perhaps I will felt up some slippers. I'm all: knitting in front of the tv! This is a thing I used to do! Right! Only now I have to get new needles for basically every project, because I have a ton of 0-3s, but like one pair of size 9 needles.

6. Speaking of TV, I also watched the first few Criminal Minds episodes from this season. spoiler cut )
eruthros: Martha Jones smiling! (DW - Martha Jones is awesome)
2010-04-26 01:21 pm

Some memes! Some posts other places!

1. I posted that high-protein cookie recipe that I mentioned a while ago over at [community profile] omnomnom! Also, I might've had some of those cookies for breakfast.

2. An interview meme from [personal profile] chagrined! Questions and answers are under this cut )

3. I actually kind of feel like I'm posting all the time right now, because I'm writing up [community profile] kink_bingo related stuff: resources, posting template, accessability, kink wiki stuff about kinks X and Y and Z. But then I don't post it! Because it has to wait until round two is closed! So I keep being a little confused about what I've posted and where. *facepalm*

4. I'm sort of doing three weeks for dreamwidth all the time, since I'm not crossposting, but I thought this related meme was interesting: What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about _________ I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for? (from [personal profile] telesilla)
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
2009-12-14 09:56 pm

Misc stuff I have been meaning to post

If I don't post things, then they just build up and build up in semagic until it seems insurmountable. Today I have decided to say "fuck that" to that problem, so here are ... a bunch of misc and unrelated things, some of which have been in semagic for months.

1. We made lots of awesome food for American Thanksgiving which was like three weeks ago now, but this text has been sitting here for most of those weeks so I'm posting it anyway. I might forget how to make these tasty brussels sprouts by next fall! More details about the recipes under the cut to spare you guys )

2. I'm currently going to PT threeish days a week for hand and wrist and knee and ankle and etc joint pain, and I still have partly immobilized hands. It makes me cranky and anxious, especially because nobody seems to know what's wrong, and why this problem is worse than the previous ones. Blather about doctors )

3. Some things I forgot about when I was doing yuletide nominations, so now I'm putting them here for next year )

3a. It is a sad state of affairs when your yuletide story notes are long enough to be posted to the archive. *pokes at file* Now, if only I had a story...

4. Some random things I have learned from kink_bingo )

4a. This isn't a random thing that I learned from [community profile] kink_bingo, it's a true story from planning last year that I've always meant to post so I won't someday forget it )

5. I want a firefox extension, and I can't find it! Here's what bugs me )

THERE. Now I have a completely blank update field. And I'll add some stuff from today to make sure it stays that way:

6. This Penny Arcade strip pretty much explains the way I feel when people say things like "you're just watching it to hate it."

7. Oh my god, lj, seriously? You're seriously going to make gender a mandatory field and make male and female the only options within that field? Seriously? I just. Fuck that shit. I can't put words to my RAGE.
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2009-03-02 11:31 pm

Awesome waffle recipe

For my own reference, or yours if you have a waffle maker, a great waffle recipe that is nutritious AND tasty:

mmm waffle )

I had them with yogurt and raspberry sauce, made with frozen raspberries. Which I have leftovers of, clearly requiring me to purchase vanilla ice cream.

raspberry sauce )
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-11-28 09:05 pm

MMMMM

Operation Cranberry Sauce* On Cheese Taste Test Commences:

Option A: Cranberry sauce on mediocre brie. (Co-op, please to be buying better brie.)
Option B: Cranberry sauce on amazing local raw sharp cheddar.

Bite from A. Result: Mmmmmm
Bite from B. Result: MMMMMM
Bite from A. Result: MMMMMMMMMMMM

Conclusion: cranberry sauce makes everything tastier, even mediocre brie. Best cheese-toast EVER.

***

* I make cranberry sauce with only fruit sugar. Basically, eight ounces of fresh cranberries, 3/4 of a small container of concentrated orange juice, simmer, eat. It is very tart and very tasty.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-02-03 01:04 pm

A perfect lunch-snack:

1. Whole wheat bread, toasted.
2. Brie, ripe. 1
3. Heaping spoonfuls of Frog Hollow Farm's amazing nectarine conserve, which really is like eating nectarines out of a jar. 2

Layer brie and conserve on bread.
Eat.
Smile.

**

This has been an excellent food weekend, actually, because yesterday I made an omlette that flipped just right, and the new coffee roast I picked out at my co-op because they were out of my usual turned out to be quite good for stovetop espresso. Also, Friday night, I made a ridiculous quantity of potato-leek soup and also some tofu-with-kale, both local and seasonal even out of the nearly-frozen ground here. So now I have dinner for a week! \o/

**

1) Or, if you live in the Bay Area or have more disposable income than I do (the shipping is priiiicey), one of Cowgirl Creamery's aged soft cheeses. Mmm.
2) My sister bought me a Frog Hollow gift pack for Christmas. I have only eaten some of the nectarine conserve with a spoon. I'm declaring that a win. Anyway, I cannot use the word "amazing" enough for this conserve, which is lovely on vanilla ice cream and on bread and, clearly, on brie. YUM.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2007-08-19 04:38 pm

Dear Flist,

I ask google for an answer to this question all the time, but google is untrustworthy, so.

What is your favorite brownie recipe? My ideal brownie is fudgey, not cakey, and very chocolatey. It can have nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, whatever, I'm good as long as it's basically a fudgey, chocolately brownie. But my success rate in finding a recipe for same is pathetic; many of them come out dry, or cakey, or dry AND cakey, or aren't chocolatey enough. Thus, I ask you! Because you are awesome.

kthxbye,
[personal profile] eruthros
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2007-02-16 09:49 pm

Food, glorious food

I shall coin a new saying: my eyes are bigger than my biceps.

Then I shall chant it to myself when I'm shopping on foot.

There's the trick where you only take a basket, but that doesn't really work; then you undershoot, because you can carry more on your back than dangling from one hand by two wire handles. And I was taking the bus, so I only had to walk two blocks at time on either end, so I could carry a lot more than if I was walking.

And yet! And yet. I nearly collapsed when I picked up my canvas bags after checkout.

It wasn't all my fault! I was shopping for heavy things to start with, like soy milk and chicken broth, and then the shop only had huge sizes of many things. Like, I only wanted a few carrots, but it was five pounds or nothing. Pah.

***

Today, on Grossest Food Stuff Ever: this menu item from Google's cafeteria.

An awesome recipe for next fall: pumpkin pickles. From the excellent Syllabub: Words on Food blog.

Also, Chockylit's moved her cupcake blog and did a cupcake round up of about sixty cupcake recipes from readers. [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and I made some of her cupcakes with lemon curd once and got nothing but compliments; I doubt that all of the submitted recipes are quite that good, but down along the left-hand side of the page are links to her cupcakes by category. She's got a pomegranate grapefruit cupcake, and a thai iced tea cupcake, and a chocolate bread pudding cupcake with toasted walnuts, toffee, and cream: I'm gonna have to make some of those for a potluck soon. Mmmm.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
2006-11-27 12:56 am

Things I did this weekend:

1. Cooked! A lot. I made apple-pear crostada and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie and mashed yam with oranges and rum and pecans and salad and other things as well that I've forgotten. [livejournal.com profile] m_shell made kick-ass apple-cranberry-turkey sausage stuffing, and was responsible for cooking the turkey. (Turkey is scary.) It was all quite good, even if we did have a minor pie crisis (for unknown reasons, it took an hour to cook instead of thirty minutes -- baffling). Also, we then ate leftovers for days.

2. As a corollary to #1, I did a lot of dishes. Because I have only three mixing bowls, I washed them about every thirty seconds all day Thursday.

3. Taught [livejournal.com profile] m_shell to knit. Go me! She picked out some yarn and everything, and is knitting a hugemongous scarf, which she had time to practice because...

4. ... I watched the entirety of the 2005 series of Doctor Who since Friday. We'd both sit here with our knitting, and then I'd pause it to explain Daleks to [livejournal.com profile] m_shell, and then we'd agree that Daleks were creepy, and then we would watch more Doctor Who. Um. Yeah. It ... didn't feel like thirteen episodes?

5. Knit. A lot. (See #4.) I finished a scarf and am halfway through a purse made of sari silk.

6. Discovered that I live in a town where you can buy pony carts on craigslist and the police need to remind people to lock their doors when they leave for a month. A month. I cannot deal. It was a front-page story in the local paper: attention! lock your doors! Where is reality from here?
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2006-10-31 04:08 pm

Hibiscus cooler recipe

This is a sparking hibiscus cooler "recipe" that I like to make to use up refrigerated remnants of hibiscus tea, though of course you can make the tea with the end goal of hibiscus cooler instead. The basic flavor is like unto the old Saturn Cafe hibiscus cooler (before they stopped doing agave sweetening, the bums).

1/2 cup dried hibiscus
4 cups water (approx. 1 L)
1 L sparking water
2 TB raw agave nectar (I get mine at my co-op; you can make it with honey if you can't find agave)
1-2 lemons (optional)

1. Bring the water to a boil. Put the dried hibiscus in an open container that will let the water move (like a pitcher or a teapot). Pour boiling water over the hibiscus and steep at least five minutes.

1a (optional). Strain and drink some tea hot, with honey; it's excellent for sore throats.

2. Strain remaining hibiscus tea. Chill.

3. Prepare hibiscus cooler: 1 part tea to 1 part sparkling water. If you didn't drink any, that's about 1 L of sparkling water to the 4 cups of tea. Add raw agave, a half tablespoon at a time, stirring continuously and tasting for sweetness. If you like your hibiscus cooler even tarter than that, squeeze in the juice of a lemon and decorate with lemon slices.

You may like your drinks sweeter than I do; if so, keep adding agave until you're happy with the balance.

Other things you can try: use sliced limes or oranges in addition to or instead of lemons, serve over crushed ice or blended with ice to make a hibiscus granitaish thing, or put sliced or pureed ginger in with the dry hibiscus when you're making the tea (it'll strain out with the hibiscus).

Hibiscus is tart, bright bright red, high in vitamin c, and excellent hot or cold for sore throats.
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2006-10-19 03:39 pm

Almond Joy Cookies

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes; it's easy, fast, and the cookies come out moist and thick. The original idea was from allrecipes.com, but [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and I make them way more... well, way more everything. These are moist, thick, studded with chocolate chips and almonds, and mildly coconuty.

I'm making them right now for a potluck we may or may not have tomorrow.

Behind the cut )
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2006-09-17 10:36 pm

Random, random, random.

I went to the Farmer's Market today with three friends, and discovered a no-spray farmer selling half-bushels of tomatoes for $12. To recap: standard weight-per-bushel of tomatoes in the US is about fifty-four pounds. A half-bushel of tomatoes is about twenty-seven pounds. That means that I paid about forty-five cents per pound of tomatoes. Of course, now I have to roast them all for tomato sauce, but whatever. It'll be worth it.

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Is there anyone who can see a recipe on this page? I can't see it at all, due to some sort of bug, and I know it was excellent, and I want to cook it tomorrow: woe! If anyone can see a recipe, please copy it and email it to me or something? Or, hey, maybe it's in one of her cookbooks, too. But I don't have Moosewood or Enchanted Broccoli Forest here.

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Also, I was ridiculously and dorkily excited today, when I could answer a flister's question about an lj problem. Involving IE, which I haven't opened in months. Apparently I do remember the things I read on [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases. I was all "ooh! me! I know that!" Yes, I am a dork.