|Jan. 31st, 2011 09:40 am Profile Changes|
I am clearing house a bit. If I drop you off and you didn't want to be dropped off, let me know in the comments in this post.4 comments - Leave a comment
|Jan. 28th, 2011 09:29 pm Lamb Pasta/Stew Thing|
This is based on a recreated medieval Catalan recipe for a Lamb stew "In the Arab style." We didn't have enough lamb for the stew meat. The original also has Grains of Paradise, which I don't have yet. It's a work in progress and could use a dash of something bright to cut through the richness, or some chilies for heat. Maybe more parsley next time.3 comments - Leave a comment
1 lb ground lamb
1/2 onion, chopped fine
2 tbs. olive oil
1/4 tsp cloves (ground or whole cloves bashed)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
about 1/4 tsp crumbled saffron threads
(Spice measures approximate)
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
Pinch of chili flakes
2 swigs of balsamic vinegar
1 lb. pasta
1-2 tbs finely chopped fresh marjoram.
Start a saucepan of boiling water. When boiling, add salt and keep ready.
Heat oil in pan on medium high; brown lamb. remove with a slotted spoon, and pour off all but about two tbs. of fat. Cook onion, with a few dashes of salt, in fat on medium a few minutes until it softens and starts to turn translucent. Add spices and cook, stirring frequently until spices "toast" and become fragrant.
Add tomatoes, stirring to get the browned bits on bottom of the pan. Return lamb to pan. Add a few grinds of black pepper and chili flakes.
Add pasta to pot. Cook sauce on medium as long as it takes the pasta to cook, adding a few swigs of balsamic vinegar about halfway. Drain pasta and toss with sauce and chopped marjoram.
If making without pasta, add a can of drained, rinsed chickpeas when you add the lamb back to the pot. Cook it covered, and maybe add a cup of water for a more stewlike consistency. You can cook a whole onion, and used whole canned tomatoes instead, breaking them up with a wooden spoon. Serve over rice or quinoa or something.
This may also work with chopped cilantro/coriander instead of marjoram, as it goes well with lamb, but may not marry with the tomatoes. Parsley should also work.
|Jan. 21st, 2011 02:12 pm Fight Club HOlmes|
In "A Scandal In Bohemia":
...All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise, but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen; but, as a lover, he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer.
This is the reverse of the Narrator and Tyler Durden. However, in the Holmes Canon, Watson's the one who gets married. So, in the "alternate" version, the Holmes personality deduces rather than seduces, or is Watson's desire not to get hung up with love and marriage, but devote himself solely to the task.1 comment - Leave a comment
|Jan. 20th, 2011 09:48 am I want you to deduce as hard as you can...|
Sometime over the weekend, I woke up with bits of Fight Club running 'round in my skull. Leave a comment
This has some "spoilers" for Fight Club, and I am breaking the first rule.
Sometime last week BoingBoing shared a link to this video:
Someone in the commentariat noted a critique that darthlefty had sent me awhile ago, stating that the characters in Fight Club are actually the cast of Calvin & Hobbes, all grown up. For some reason, I fixed on another use of the "surprise" trope from the film--the narrator and Tyler Durden are actually multiple personalities in the same body-- and stuck it elsewhere: Sherlock Holmes.
Consider: 1. In both the Canon and Fight Club, we have a first-person narrator who moves in with an eccentric roommate. Watson's friend actually introduces him to Holmes, while the narrator of Fight Club meets himself on a plane and later calls himself to arrange living together.
2. The recent Holmes film uses quite a bit of the sweaty fighting iconography that Fight Club seared into celluloid. This wouldn't matter so much to the original, but shows the canon has enough flexibility to consider this narrative conceit-- and may also account for why it popped into my head.
3. In later stories, Holmes asks Watson about his write-ups of their exploits, so the canon has a metafictional layer already.
4. In earlier film portrayals, Watson is far less capable than he is in the books, making Holmes the rock star and Watson the bumbler, much as Tyler Durden is to the narrator.
So now whenever I read and reread the Holmes stories, I'll always be asking myself if Holmes and Watson are not the same character, and trying to find moments where Watson "blacks out" to let Holmes "take over," as well as finding moments where plot points from Fight Club gel with the canon.
|Jul. 14th, 2010 10:02 am Potato Pizza|
I made this last weekend, based on some pizza dough I had and a focaccia recipe. I dressed the potatoes in olive oil and herbs (thyme, oregano, parsley, garlic) and then put them on the pizza in a spiral. The crust came out crunchy and a little oily, so I wonder if the focaccia has better resources to absorb/shield it from soaking through? Thicker crust? We have a ton of potatoes, anyway, so I'm doing what I can with them. I may make hash browns tonight. Leave a comment
|Jun. 24th, 2010 03:29 pm Broad Nib: Ink Guzzler|
I've been slowly rotating through my pen collection. When my black, medium-nibbed Lamy Safari got stolen, I broke out my Lamy Vista, which is the same pen, but in clear plastic. I think sometimes if I got sent back in time I'd try to find one of these pens. Lamy has made them for years. They have fancier models with aluminum bodies-- the Al-Star-- but the pens are shaped and laid out the same, with a particular ergonomic gripping section:Leave a comment
These pens share the same nib and feed with the Lamy Studio, a metal-bodied pen that doesn't have the ergonomic section. I have one, but it has a part that keeps coming loose, so I use it less. However, it has a broad nib instead of a medium. I have heard the nibs are easy to swap out, so I tried it yesterday. The pen has to be wet, but with a little tape to hold onto the nib, they slide right off, so I've been using the Vista with a broad nib.
Wow! I have used up nearly a converter of ink between yesterday and today. Luckily, this is for a journal I've found to be a little troublesome, so the broad lines will eat pages faster. The paper isn't the best, and it's also thick enough to be cumbersome. I usually start a thick journal after a thin one, but I think once I'll stick to thinner ones after this because they are more comfortable to handle. On thicker ones, I need a hand rest to write comfortably at the very bottom of the page.
|Jun. 24th, 2010 01:48 pm Chiles|
I realized I had the pictures on Flickr, but hadn't posted them:Leave a comment
I also found a few bags of something resembling them in my old pantry. I believe that these came from seeds strictly labeled "Facing Heaven Pepper" or 朝天椒, but I can't be certain. The ones I have have the character for "pepper" but no other characters. We're going to try cultivating all of them and see what happens.
|May. 6th, 2010 04:06 pm|
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I wish I had the recording of Townes Van Zandt talking about having bury Blaze, then dig him up because Blaze left a guitar to Townes, and the pawn ticket was in his coat pocket.
|Mar. 22nd, 2010 11:22 am Kitchen Table/Cat|
Our kitchen table is finally clean. I have both leaves of it dropped down, which makes it a long, think table with drawers on either side. It's easier to move, so we can prime and paint the dining room ceiling. Leave a comment
Beatrix the Cat still gets on it, and in the collapsed state, it feels odd to shoo her off, since it looks less like a table and more like some kind of cat altar.
Beatrix has also been determined to be outside lately. I tried putting her in a harness sometime last week and feel lucky to still have my hands. Yesterday, Aidan was holding her away from him, faced outwards, and she reached back and nearly got his face. My Mom witnessed the event, and says we should smack her with a rolled up newspaper, but I don't think that will work.
When Beatrix knows she's touching skin, she sheathes her claws, but when she's swiping at stuff angrily, or to be let go of, she doesn't. She likes me best of all, but is slowly tolerating other people. Her interactions with other animals would be something like All Creatures Great And Small via Hunter S. Thompson.
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