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I'm going to an all-day meeting tomorrow, re: the choir I sing with and help to run, and I made two quiches (this bacon gruyere one, and this shallot mushroom one) to take with me.

And then, because every quiche recipe I've ever used makes far far more filling than can go in a pie crust, I made a third quiche, combining all the leftover bits and pieces.

Sweet jesus, is the frankenquiche delicious. SWEET EGGY JESUS.

Of course, this means I'll never be able to replicate it, not least because I don't spend $12 on cheese when I'm the only person eating dinner. But it's dang good.
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I have a pot of hamburger barley soup and three loaves of homemade bread. Yay, provisioned!

recipes, in case you'd like to make these things too )
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This morning, I made this cake from Smitten Kitchen, and oh flist, it is excellent.

Roommate J: (moaning) Oh man, this CAKE.
Me: I know, right?
Roommate J: How is it so good?
Me: I think it's the spices, plus using mostly applesauce instead of but-
Roommate J: It's so good that I think you should hide it.
Me: ... From who?
Roommate J: From us.

In conclusion, maybe you would like Smitten Kitchen's Applesauce Spice Cake too.
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I looked in the fridge tonight, weighed my options, considered if I could order pizza, and ended up chopping up two beets and half a sweet potato, steaming them, frying an onion and a couple cloves garlic, adding the beets & potato, stirring in a beaten egg, then topping the whole thing off with half a cup of salsa.

Yeah, I don't know what I was trying to make either.

It is a little delicious, but mostly weird.

ETA: Just remembered I have Haagen-Dazs! Yay, my meal isn't going to consist mostly of wine! (It turns out I don't want to eat the beet-sweet potato-onion-garlic-salsa mess. Surprise.)
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The thing that makes me happy today? The chunk of well-aged Gouda and bottle of Argentian Malbec I am enjoying right now, while wrapped in a blanket my Grandma made me, and watching Joshua Jackson be all X-Files on TV.

I guess that's four things. :-)
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Cheap Healthy Good had a fabulous post last week about stretching one roast chicken into a hella lot of meals: 1 Chicken, 17 Healthy Meals, 26 Bucks, No Mayo

I'm not planning to do all their recipes, but tonight I made the first one, Marcella Hazan's Roast Chicken With Lemons, and Oh MY GOD, you guys. SO MUCH NOM.

In fact, I did not know there was this much nom in the world.
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The round-up is pitiful this time, guys, so I'm not even going to do an lj-cut. I spent all week studying, which is why you get FOUR THINGS:

1. Merlin fic: Who's Counting Anyway? by [livejournal.com profile] phantomjam
Summary: Their seduction, like everything else between them, is a contest of wills. May I say, NNNGGGH? (NC-17, pining, first-time, hot-liek-whoa) ([livejournal.com profile] mklutz, I declare myself converted! This fandom rocks!)

2. SGA/Firefly crossover: The Legend of the Browncoats & The Shining City by [livejournal.com profile] anna_bird and [livejournal.com profile] sasha_feather
An alien thingy transports Serenity to the Pegasus galaxy. (What more reason do you need to read this? Okay -- here's one thing to think about -- Ronon meets Jayne!)

3. A LOT OF MUSIC: The Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash recording sessions, which someone has made (legally!) free to download.

4. FOODS: Some enterprising soul did a round-up of the best delis in Toronto. I want to try all of these! SMOKED MEAT. NOM NOM NOM.
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I have 3-hour night classes three times a week.

To get through these classes, I have to drink coffee.

Drinking coffee makes me stay up until 2... but I still have to get up at 7 the next day.

AARGH.

Anyone have any non-coffee stay-awake solutions?
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First, very important news! The Furries & the Klingons decided that the best way to settle their feud was a bowling match.

I don't know who won, but can anyone really lose in such a competition? (Except me, since I wasn't there, and therefore, have obviously lost.)
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Second, I do not understand this bandslash thing that seems to have eaten my del.icio.us network. Who's MCR? Who's FOB? This Wentz guy, why should I care about him? Pls to be sending pictures and soundclips as supporting evidence. Rumour has it there's boykissing involved. My interest is piqued.
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Third, I spend a week househunting, totally ignoring the internets, and [livejournal.com profile] mcsmooch happens! Ye gods! What else have I missed? Does OTW have a paypal account yet for the receiving of monies?
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Fourth, Harlequin may yet (again) be in my future. As in the publisher, not the AU fic. As in, a job made of total awesome!

I promise to figure out how to use their image library for fandom purposes, should I get the job. Srsly. Expect John Sheppard a la Grey Owl and a fainting Rodney slung over a dappled pony. *rubs hands in glee*

Is there a SGA Harlequin comm somewhere, btw?
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Fifth, o flist, learn from my mistake: chocolate gelato is a pale, pale substitute for chocolate ice cream. Don't be fooled. It will disappoint you.
merrily: Mac (smug!rodney)

Your Score: Guinness



(66% dark & bitter, 100% working class, 66% genuine)








Okay, we all know Guinness is the best possible score on any "What Kind Of Beer Are You" test, so you can just go on and pat yourself on the back now. Like the world's most famous brew, you're genuine, you've got good taste, and you're sophisticated. What else can I say, except congratulations?


If your friends didn't score the same way, get ready for them to say: Guinness is too heavy; it's an acquired taste; it's too serious--and they probably think those things about you at times. But just brush 'em off. Everybody knows Guinness is the best. Cheers.










Link: The If You Were A Beer Test written by gwendolynbooks on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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What Flavour Are You? I taste like Bread.I taste like Bread.


I am a staple in almost everyone's diet. Friends like me are a complement to any other friends I get on with almost everyone, remaining mostly in the background, but providing substance when it would otherwise be lacking. What Flavour Are You?


Well.

It is way past time for me to take up cliff-diving, obviously.
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I spent my first two years living alone with a pitiful kitchen kit: one knife, one wooden spoon, one charred pot, a cutting board, and a single place setting. Therefore, I sometimes forget that I have a Paderno designed for making delicate sauces... until I'm in the middle of trying to stir roux in my cast-iron, which is probably laced with lead. And then I remember that I don't have to be straining my wrist tipping the thing sideways to get enough depth to use my wisk, nor do I have to be poisoning myself with lead.

Dinner tonight was delicious, although possible replete with heavy metals and carcinogens. It had cremini mushrooms and asiago cheese, though, so I'm counting it as a plus.

(I'm now going to go gorge on the last two discs of Veronica Mars, season two.)
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I've been munching on potstickers and chocolate all evening, which is a beyond weird combination but has left me feeling happy and more tolerant of Christmukah than I usually am.

(And those two things go together because without Christmukah parties I would have neither potstickers nor mounds and mounds of chocolate. There are truffles and two different flavours of Nanaimo bars in the fridge, and my desk has a box of Snoballs, most of a chocolate 'R' and a six-pack of Guiness-flavoured bars from County Cork. I am going to be So. Fat.)

I've been mostly coasting the chocolate buzz and catching up on the flist (because I cannot check lj when at home with my parents and five nosy siblings), but I feel the need to make Fandom Contributions. I'm without story, but I do have lists.

My revised bulletproof!kink/I-will-totally-read-that list, as discovered over the last year in fandom-related activities )

Um. That's it for my discoveries of fandom!kink/would-totally-read-that for this year. I think. Barring a totally inventive story cropping up in the next three days (which is entirely possible).
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I have Been Away, flist, and am now back, and oh, I missed you all.

I have to sort out my current internet access problem. Dial-up is stupid. Buying dial-up in tokens of 20 hours in embarrassingly dumb. And working at a job where the boss has made you sign an agreement that you will be fired if you check your email at work is also dumb.

Anyway, the confluence of dumbness has kept me offline for two weeks. It is now Saturday evening and I finally gave in and bought more tokens and am now sitting with a bottle of wine reading back the hundreds of posts on my flist that I missed.

And am going to go make brownies in a minute. Mmm. Brownies. In short, this is a fairly perfect day. Also? There's a knitting store a five minute walk from my house which I did not know about. Five minutes.

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Things I have done these past two weeks instead of read fanfic, since I was cut-off from fandom goodness:

1. Ziplisted a lot of David Thewlis and David Hewlett movies. (I was also looking for Two Girls and a Guy, out of curiousity, but it seems that zip.ca does na' have it. I have a feeling that I am probably better off. And I'm still waffling about whether to watch Slither.)

Mike Leigh's Naked was difficult. I gave up, actually, 3/4 of the way through. Criterion pick and critical praise notwithstanding, I made a decision a while ago that I was going to stop watching films where women got sexually assaulted or killed in order to further the storyline of a male protagonist. Thewlis was very convincing, and certainly earned the Cannes accolades that the film received, but I still don't want to see it again.

(I did, however, find the werewolf comments early in the film pretty hilarious.)

By contrast, Treed Murray, which I watched yesterday, was fantastic. It's unsettling but eventually redemptive and the storytelling is awesome and I absolutely adore ensemble pieces where no-one is good or bad or eclipsed. And the pacing was great and the cuts were great and Hewlett was great and that Ashmore kid was surprisingly awesome. Also, it ended at precisely the right time. Y'all should go rent it. It's a very satisfying film.

2. Re-read Anthony Robbins' "Awaken The Giant Within". It's been remaindered at my store, which I find sad, but it meant that I could buy a copy for $3.19. I find Tony inspiring. Also, the last time I tried to read a "design your best life!" book, I found myself covering my eyes and reading between my fingers, totally involuntarily, so the fact that I managed this one--in a normal, sane, fashion--is promising.

3. Obtained seemingly hundreds of root vegetables, which I have no idea what to do with.

4. Neglected to honour my mother's self-imposed state of denial about the fact that my sister and her boyfriend are living together and yes, sleeping in the same bed. I feel kind of bad about this one. Jess and I have agreed to let her be happy and deluded, but then I had to go and say "no no, I don't need that extra bedframe you've got, but Jess and Matt would probably like to get the mattress they're sleeping on off of the floor."

5. Have bizarre "terrorists are buying books at our store!" problems. $2500 email orders for bio-chemistry textbooks and rocket engineering tomes to be delivered to tenements in Montreal, to be paid for by obviously stolen credit cards. Totally uninterested RCMP officers. When a plague descends on Quebec, I won't be surprised. I tried to stop the apocalypse, flist, I really did.
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Okay. Brownies now.

yesh.

Sep. 16th, 2006 08:00 pm
merrily: Mac (Dilbert)
Things that are awesome:
1. President's Choice Organic Brownies. Only $1.99! With cane sugar! They taste like they're good for you! But they're not!
2. Cashmere hoodies
3. Cashmere hoodies scooped from the lost and found at work
4. Flattering cashmere hoodies scooped from the lost and found at work (okay, it's just one thing! but it has three parts awesome!)
5. Having a bike

Things that are not so:
1. The Billy Graham peeps taking over one of my 7 available channels, and preaching that teaching kids to love Jesus will keep them from being harmed by online sexual predators. WTF, man!
2. Never-ending TIFF coverage, Fashion Television, football, static (x 2) and a documentary about cancer treatment taking up all of the others
3. dial-up
4. Having 26 books in my to-read pile, none of which look fun
5. Six bloody days 'till payday

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