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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
7:50 pm
Om Nom Nom: Beetney
I'm going to be bringing a vegetarian main course to my pan pal Lee's Thanksgiving dinner, and she specifically requested that I bring poached pears.

So! I cored six pears, poached them with ginger tea and chai, apple cider, and rum, with bonus cloves and star anise. I wanted to reduce the sauce, but after boiling it in one of my thin cheap-ass saucepans it didn't reduce, so I said, screw it and poured most of the sauce into a Tupperware container over the pears, which I will refrigerate once they cool down a little.

Then I put the rest of the sauce into a small Le Creuset dutch oven. Which immediately reduced like a boss, the opposite of what I thought--I figured that the heavy pan would take *forever* to reduce the sauce.

Next up, beet/cranberry/tangerine chutney! I hauled out my mouli-julienne (a plastic and metal gadget that's sort of a manual food processor), drained a can of sliced beets, and saved the beet juice for my next batch of seitan--it gives it a strenuously meaty look. Then I ground the beets into large julienne, ground half a package of cranberries (straight out of the freezer), and a tangerine plus the peel of the *other* tangerine I ate for dessert with lunch. Then I jammed the mixture with the leftover pear sauce, some balsamic vinegar, a sprinkle of brown sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice. It makes exactly a pint, although it is so delicious that I suspect the appropriate measure would have been the 55-gallon drum.

Later tonight, I'll make the "beef" Wellington filling and the cashew tarragon bechamel, then all I'll have to do tomorrow is assemble the Wellington and pack everything and get on the train.
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
11:07 am
RT(some of)YI: Tennant Podcast

The Wall Street Journal interviews David Tennant about playing The Purple Man in "Jessica Jones."
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
8:46 pm
Drive-By: Truer Words Were Never Spoken
Seen yesterday on fail_fandom_anon: someone saw a network TV version of "Snakes on a Plane" in which the most famous line had been expurgated to "I'm so tired of these monkey-fighting snakes on my Monday-to-Friday plane!"
Friday, October 23rd, 2015
4:30 pm
Not that I'm actually writing a WWII-era Great British Bake-Off AU, but if I were, then Paul could team up with Lady Peter Wimsey while LPW is doing Secret Work in Europe. And then they'd be Hollywood and Vane.

And Mary and Sue could go see Der Rosenkavalier, and Sue could say that Octavian's is a costume more honored in the breeches than in the observance.
Friday, October 16th, 2015
5:07 pm
Drive-By: Some People Say Let's All Be Gay, We're Going Hollywood
A fail_fandom_anon discussion about Paul Hollywood, hotness of was a big NOOOO! for me. Because there's just nothing behind those eyes. And I don't like his shaving-brush beard. And if he was on Orphan Black he would go to the bad-guy lab with a machine gun and shoot everybody: "I asked for 24 clones who are IDENTICAL in shape, size, and hair texture and THIS is what you give me?"

The FFA thread about the "Homeland" graffiti got frozen, so all I can say is, "Water(melon)gate: It's About Ethics in Graffiti!"
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
5:49 pm

A little story wot I wrote when I was working out at the gym. Dial C for Cynical...
Sunday, October 4th, 2015
9:30 pm
Aralias' B/A zine, "Pride and Prejudice" is now in print! And she asked the authors to post their stories in the A03 collection for the zine. But I still think you should buy a copy! Anyway, here's mine:


It's what I call a "Non-GP"--i.e., for various reasons, the Gauda Prime Event didn't happen.What struck me when I was writing this is how *angry* Blake is. And, fair dos, I think he's entitled, although of course he doesn't know what WE know.
Thursday, September 24th, 2015
5:22 pm
Drive-By: Great Brutish Spin-Off
Now that a certain fandom favorite show has ended its run, it could be acquired by another network. (Cut for tasteless jokes.)

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Saturday, September 19th, 2015
1:16 pm
The Great Feddish Blake-Off
I have now drunk the Kool-Aid eaten the Victoria sponge and am marathoning The Great British Bake-Off, although fairly randomly: I've seen the two episodes that are on PBS.org, plus whatever I can find on You-Tube that hasn't been taken down.

I was surprised to see that this is a popular discussion topics on fail_fandom_anon until I found out that it's the most popular TV show in Britain. Based on the surprising resemblance between Joan Collins as a celebrity judge and Servalan, someone suggested The Great British Blake-Off as a competition between Servalan and Joan Collins in wearing white mink and hunting down subversives. (Cut for length)

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
7:43 pm
BtVS/Mad Men Fic: Dial V for Vampire

Written as a treat for Crossovering 2015. BtVS the Previous Generation!
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
12:44 pm
EyeBuyDirect BOGO until Sept. 27
Someone on my flist introduced me to Eyebuydirect.com years ago. I've been buying my glasses there ever since. The frames are super-cheap lots of styles, lenses are reasonable (although there's a million options you can get upsold to). And, wait, there's more! They frequently have buy-one-get-one-free deals, with the current one running until September 27. So you can have a spare pair, or sunglasses, or a serious pair and a fun pair. You do need to know your prescription, and to have the person who writes your prescription put the PD (pupillary distance) on the Rx form.
Monday, August 31st, 2015
10:21 pm
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
4:00 pm
More Me(me)
Ganked from likeadeuce:
I have 159 fics on A03. Treating #1 as the most recent, #159 as the first one posted, give me a number and I'll tell you three things I like about that fic.

It's...like a one-person fictional love meme!
Friday, July 24th, 2015
5:10 pm
Sunday, July 19th, 2015
12:42 pm
NYC alert Extra Ticket Man and Superman tomorrow July 20 Symphony Space
I have an extra ticket for tomorrow night's staged reading of Man and Superman by the Gingold Group. It's at Symphony Space (Broadway & 95th) at 7. It's long--it includes Don Juan in Hell. The reason I have an extra ticket is that the person I was supposed to go with has a family commitment. If you're interested, send me a PM or e-mail me at dshilling@verizon.net including your phone number so we can work out details. Price is negotiable 'cause otherwise I'd be stuck with it.
Friday, June 26th, 2015
5:47 pm
Drive-By: Westerosi Pop
"Maester-ing away in Wargeritaville."

With all of our flagons and all of our dragons, if we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane!
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
7:56 pm
Drive-By: Realmless
There is a historyfics fest going on! There are two prompts about what would have happened if Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots had actually met. I am tempted to write a fic with a scene in a carriage, just so Mary can call Elizabeth "a virgin who can't drive."

ETA: "And your mother died in a tragic accident during a routine divorce," Mary said.
"Way harsh, Mags!"
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
9:21 pm

Written for the kink meme prompt: "The Liberator acquires a cat. Blake fucking ADORES that cat. Avon does not approve."
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
10:05 pm
The Pandemayne and Small Ale Club (G)
Another Beyond the Roundels fill, for the prompt Hamlet/Horatio/Ophelia, High School AU:
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
2:33 pm
B7 Ficlet: Eight Billion, Nine Hundred Ninety Million (G)

For the Obscure and British comment ficathon, from lost_spook's prompt "end of the universe." I'm sure someone has used this punchline already, so apologies to whomever.
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