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Friday, April 23rd, 2010
9:54 am

Help arkannath and get your own badge!
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Saturday, September 27th, 2008
9:00 am
Fig and tamarind chutney
Not a true chutney, but more a thick sauce.

4 figs, diced (largish pieces). In pan with
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar.

Cook for a bit on a low heat. Meanwhile, soak a small blob of tamarind paste in about 5 fl oz hot water.

Strain the tamarind into the figs. Add a few spoonfuls of sugar.

Simmer until thick and rich.
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
11:55 am
More recipe!
This one's from last Friday, and was created by the simple expedient of ambling around the shop until I saw what I wanted to cook.

Slice open one breast of guineafowl per person. Stuff with thinly sliced mushrooms and chicken liver pate. Put in a roasting dish, season, and drizzle with a little olive oil. Roast for 25 minutes (ish) at gas 4 (180C).

Serve with tomato & feta salad and potato salad.
Monday, January 28th, 2008
7:58 pm
More recipe!
Nectarine icecream:

Take three nectarines; remove the stones and put most of the flesh in a pan with a splash of Amaretto. Cook gently.

Make some custard: bring 1/2 pint whipping cream almost to the boil, with the nectarine stones in it. Add this to 2 egg yolks and 1 tbsp golden caster sugar (actually, any sugar will do; but this helps the colour) in the top of a double boiler/mixing bowl over a pan of almost-boiling water. Stir frequently and gently until it's thickened (coat-the-back-of-a-spoon grade).

Blend the cooked nectarines with another splash of Amaretto: you only live once! Throw in the reserved fruit (about 1/2 a nectarine, give or take) right at the end.

Mix the fruit and the custard. Stir. Stir well.

Put in a tub and freeze, stirring every couple of hours.

Eat. Drink. Be merry.
Friday, December 21st, 2007
2:00 pm
In the absence of any actual updatey goodness, have a recipe:

Pork belly (serves 2)

Thickly slice 1 red onion. Lay it in a row along the centre of your roasting dish.
Put a bay leaf on top of the onion.

Unroll the pork belly, and score the fatty side (deeply enough to reach the meat). About a 1" grid works well.
Season with sea salt, black pepper and sage (liberally).

Put the pork belly on top of the bayleaf.

Slice an apple (quite thinly, but we're not talking tarte tatin territory here). Lay these slices alongside the onion/pork ridge.

Make the glaze: 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, caraway seeds, and some mustard. If you're using Dijon mustard, add more because it doesn't have much kick. Heat these together in a pan, and stir until the honey is melted together with the vinegar and the mustard is blended in. Add a splash of hot water - about 2 tbsp, but who's counting?

Pour the glaze over the apple slices.

Put the whole affair in the oven at gas 3-ish. That's 160-ish for those of you in C; those of you in Fahrenheit can do the maths-ish.

Cook for 2 hours-ish. Turn up the heat to gas 6-ish (200-ish) for 15 minutes at the end, to make Lovely Crackling.

Serve with mashed potatoes and some vegetables. Yum.
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
11:54 am
Is it just me, or is this one of the funniest things this year?
Thursday, October 5th, 2006
10:13 pm

- having made revision summary notes on 65 pages of DNA replication, and read 100 pages on cell signalling and apoptosis, can I be bothered to summarise a further 60 pages, this time on gene expression?

Polite Answer:

- almost certainly not.

Less Polite And More Accurate Answer:

- hell no!
Thursday, June 8th, 2006
4:25 pm
Go see Avenue Q! It's fantastic; very funny and good songs. We went on Tuesday night, and the show got a standing ovation. Definitely worthwhile.

In other news, we've got a new tango routine. Go us!
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
3:35 pm
various sources of rage
- stupid women who, having nearly run me over by turning right across my path (I was on a bicycle going the other way), proceed to tell me that "if you'd been paying attention, you'd have seen that I was indicating and would have slowed down". Not only that, but when I pointed out that I had right of way, she said "no you didn't, bicycles are just inferior". I let out an inarticulate noise of rage and left, fortunately without committing GBH.

- UKOnline who, having been fully appraised of the situation regarding my moving into my new house and the phoneline therefore being disconnected and reconnected, tell me that they can't connect my broadband for another 2 weeks (despite having promised an activation date of yesterday) because there was an "unexplained technical issue"). I have sunk into a state of general despair.

- washer-dryers that don't dry, forcing me to choose between dry clothing and clean clothing. Fortunately, my day has been brightened by clothespeg purchasing.

- Britannia who, having written me a letter dated March 28th saying "Your comments have been noted, however I am out of the office until week commencing 3rd April, whereby upon my return [sic] I will review...", still haven't got back to me.

- Payroll who, to my consternation, manage to achieve the curious position where the payslip containing my 'bonus' has a smaller amount deposited into my bank than my average monthly take-home.

- life in general, for conspiring to provide all these ghastly little petty things ALL AT THE SAME TIME WHEN I REALLY JUST WANT TO GET ON WITH MOVING INTO MY OWN HOUSE!

Current Mood: enraged
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
4:02 pm
House! House!

I have moved a lot of stuff (including just about all my clothes, the booze and most of the kitchen hardware), and have cleaned out the drawers in the main bedroom, and cleaned the fridge. I now have to resist the temptation to assemble the bed (it was delivered this afternoon!) and continue moving stuff, before I have to return the van.


Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
8:14 am
Completion is not until April 19th. Damn slow-moving sellers.

In addition, I'm feeling very grumpy this morning. Maybe the alarm went off at the wrong time in my sleep cycle. Blah.

Current Mood: grumpy
Thursday, March 30th, 2006
3:22 pm
Completion: April 7th 2006. That is all.
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
11:58 am
The negative moods are coming back. I'm finding myself sullen, resentful and argumentative, with flashes of violent temper. In fact, it's like being TEEN ANGST HENRY, and I don't like it much.

I've also never got the hang of livejournaling negative emotions - do you rant and outpour, or do you go for the "stiff upper lip" policy of saying "Oh, I'm fine, I've just got a headache/lack of sleep/broken limbs/whatever"? My tendency has always been towards the latter - I don't really believe that everyone out there wants to know - but I'm not convinced that's entirely healthy either.


Current Mood: blah
Monday, February 27th, 2006
1:05 pm
Rant? What rant?
I've just read about women being treated unfairly. While I accept that there is discrimination against women, in several areas of life, I think this report is not at all well-written and gives the impression of being incompletely researched.

Let us assume that, yes, the average salary of a woman in full-time employment is lower than the average salary of a man in full-time employment. I find this entirely likely.

The average salary in a population is not determined only by those on a low or middle income - up to, for example, £30,000 per annum. Those on higher salaries will have a hugely disproportionate impact for their number on this "average salary" figure. Now let us consider who is likely to be earning an extremely high salary. These are, I propose, in two groups - high-level "workers" such as executives and government ministers, and celebrities such as singers or footballers.

High-paid singers, I suspect, are about equally likely to be male or female. They probably don't skew the "gender gap" that the article bemoans.

Footballers are pretty much all male - at least, those getting paid large sums of money for it. Similarly other sportsmen - men's team sports receive far more coverage, media interest and cash than women's.

Executives, senior lawyers, high-level politicians and academics are all predominantly male. At this statement, many commentators cry "shame!", "discrimination!", "sexism!", and "chauvinism!". I have to say that I agree. However, the bias need not be current for this condition to exist. The majority of these high-paid individuals are over 45 years of age. They were therefore born in the 1950s or before, and educated in the '60s and '70s. Cultural stereotyping and gender discrimination at that time meant that far fewer women of this age group were educated to as high a level as men, and those that were did not find such high-paid or high-prospect jobs as their male contemporaries. A company looking for a highly-qualified, experienced person to take on a leadership role would be likely to have around 10% of adequately qualified applicants being female, I suspect - I have no accurate statistics for this, so any references would be gratefully received. With this record, is it surprising that money and power is concentrated in the hands of the males?

The other aspect that is going to contribute is the issue of child-rearing. Traditionally, women have been more likely to be the one to take a career break - be it only a couple of months or a decade or more - in order to bring up the offspring. If you have a woman of 35, who has taken 5 years to raise a child to school-age and is now looking for a job, that woman is going to have comparable experience and skills to a similarly educated and able person of 30 who has not taken that gap, and is likely to have forgotten some elements of what she has learnt. If a man had taken 5 years "out", he would not return to work in the position he would have been in had he carried on working. This applies, of course, most heavily to professional and managerial roles - and this is where the salaries are higher, so where the impact on average salary is most significant.

I don't doubt there is some lingering bias, but I think it's being exaggerated by poor use of statistics. Whether this is through misunderstanding or through the desire for a "better story", I'm not going to discuss at this time!

... and to the ladies reading this - please, prove me right. Go out there and earn! (and then buy me drinks. Please?)
Monday, February 20th, 2006
3:14 pm
An interesting link this time, and little more. Experiment

I've not had time for a full look through, but it seems worth a read.
Friday, February 17th, 2006
12:22 pm
Party suggestions
No, we're not actually engaged, but as a certain subset of people seem to have decided that we are, we might as well have a party to celebrate! Only question is what to call it -

"We're not engaged" party?

"Thank goodness, no commitment" party?

"Let's just have a" party?

"Ha ha, they got confused" party?

Answers on a postcard, please...
Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
1:39 pm
Things that make me happy -

Being cooked breakfast.

Finally getting the house purchase under way - offer accepted, mortgage application in, survey arranged, conveyancing arranged...

Castle burgers.

Offbeat tonight - woo!
Monday, February 13th, 2006
9:52 am
My new favourite quote
From the BBC News website, in an article about air guitar technology:

"...the important part of air guitar.

That is, leaping around and gurning in to your crotch as if suddenly seized with acute appendicitis, the pain of which can only be assuaged by pretending to hold on to a particularly lively invisible ferret."
8:45 am
Everyone else is, so why don't I...
Johari windows... Yet another personality type thing.
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
3:20 pm
Things that currently annoy me:

- building societies that try to take £lots off your account because "it was a duplicate transaction and doesn't count". NB: there were two deposits, a month apart, for the same value of £lots. I'm currently on my third letter to them.

- BUPA, who aren't trying to cheat me (yet) but are bureaucratic and slow.

- bosses who say "I'll be right over" at 11am then still haven't appeared at 3:30pm (though this gives me time to deal with the others).

- house vendors who umm and ahh over a perfectly decent offer. (The full saga will be posted if/when I purchase this/a house).

Things that currently make me smile:

- only 30 minutes until I go home. Yah.

- dancing tonight! Woo!

- illusive_shelle

- the satisfying feeling of metaphorical foot (mine) connecting with metaphorical buttock (other people's).
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