This isn’t so much a recipe as a Thing I Did This Weekend. There comes a time in autumn when the basil leaves start to spot and fall off the plant, and if you want to get the last of them, you need to turn them into pesto.
What you need:
- A blender or food processor. You don’t want a stick-mixer unless it comes with a small container attatchment. Likewise, a milkshake blender will be too tall.
- About a cup of basil leaves
- 2-4 cloves garlic
- About 1/3 cup of almond meal (pesto is traditionally made on pine nuts, but they’re very expensive around here, and I had almond meal to hand), or half a cup of slivered almonds
- About 1/3 of a cup of olive oil (maybe more? I do this by eye)
- 1/3 to half a cup of shaved parmesan or parmagiano cheese
What you do with it:
- Whack the basil, garlic, and almonds into the blender and pulse until forming a clumpy paste. Add olive oil and pulse some more.
- Add the cheese in, pulse until smooth. Check the consistency: if it’s too dry or clumpy, add more olive oil; if it’s not thick enough, add more cheese or almonds (or even basil, if you have more to hand)
- Scoop out and store in a jar or tub.
The result freezes well - I would suggest freeing it in lots of about 3 tbsp, because once defrosted (or if not frozen) it does go mouldy or otherwise manky faster than store-bought pesto. (Possibly adding salt would help there, but I am a low-salt cook by habit.)
It’s possible to get exactly perfect proportions in pesto, but then you have to have exactly the same amounts of stuff to hand every time. I make it up as I go along and accept a somewhat variable outcome in return.
I call this a laundry basket. Keiki and Humuhumu claim they are in a boat.
They are sitting in a
That oblong of white plastic contains multitudes. Do not constraint its identity as above.
God, I hope everyone looks bonkers. I can't wait to see what Sarah Jessica Parker wears, say what you will about her choices but they are on-theme as fuck. This is going to be GREAT.
I have been freecycling things from my attic.
Getting rid of random stuff which I do not want, but which other people do (and which they will go to some effort to acquire), is giving me this strange sense of smug satisfaction.
So far I have gotten rid of:
- Ikea bookcase
- Boxing gloves
- Extension lead
- Another extension lead
- Clothes rail
- Tin of (extremely) yellow paint
- Strange device for cleaning windows (instructions in Japanese)
There's a lot more to go.
In my life so much happens
that I would like to write about,
but then something else happens
& things are always happening.
You, my friend, are underground
& will always be there. I did not
help you, but you always helped me.
When I was an atheist, I believed
in people. Now as a nihilist, my grief
has no hope. And I could say
there is no reason to keep going,
but then I think of, I think of you.
1a. I got a really nice response from the BC prof, so I will apply to that school even though I sort of...really don't want to go to Boston at all (Massachusetts has SEASONS, one of which is WINTER, and after six years I have become a delicate southern blossom even if I started as a hardy PNW evergreen), but I love her research so...we'll see if I get in.
1b. Which would be easier if Dr. F would reply to my e-mail and tell me he'll write me a letter of rec, which he has done on multiple occasions before in previous years so getting no response from him is freaking me out.
2. Today my touchpad stopped working, which prompted panic while I tried to figure out why why why, and couldn't, so I shut the lid of my computer and went to the store and when I came back the touchpad was working again. Problem Child, why are you like this?
3. My ballot arrived in the mail today, so I'm really glad that sorting out my voting registration worked. Like, you know an election's messy when I actually get my shit together. (I was registered to vote, but since I haven't done so for a few years my county just stopped sending me ballots -- we're mail-in only, no polls.)
4. My phone briefly popped up "sign-in failed" for my e-mail, sending me into a tailspin of panic, but manually signing in seems to have worked since the pop-up hasn't come back? It's done this once before, and it's always SUCH panic.
5. I still haven't transferred my music to my new/current computer, aside from the Amazon stuff I can just download again. Normally I just pull it all off my iPod, since there's not like...any good way to get it from my old computer to the new one. I just haven't done so yet because effort. And my ongoing fear that this time it won't work and I will end up erasing it all, so instead I just...don't.
- apple turnovers, using rough-puff pastry (half for my stepdad)
- sausage apple pie in a cheddar crust
- birthday dinner at Omai, as recommended by newredshoes
- cider street fair with L. and zopyrus
- make more bread dough for loaf-pan experiment
- pesto chicken turnovers
- aloo gobi with chickpeas
Roommate E. bought herself a Keurig, and I am trying not to judge her for it. It takes up so much room, it is so wasteful, it is none of my business.
- My three 10 km eggs hatched into: a relatively low CP Jynx (grumble), a high CP Pinsir (sigh) aaaaaand….A SCYTHER. The last was new to me and also very powerful. So I’m happy. I’m saving the fourth 10 km egg for when I level up.
- Nearly finished with Level 24. So...close...want....Lucky...Egg...argh.
- I cracked and did some boring Pidgey evolutions because I was so tired of hauling around loads of them.
- My Pokédex claims I have attempted and failed to catch a Nidoqueen and an Exeggcutor. I find this irritating because I cannot recall seeing either.
- I walked my Jigglypuff for sufficient candies so that they’re ready to evolve along with the Omanyte and the Seel. Now walking my Clefairy because even though I’ve only caught a few, it’s only 1 km per candy.
- I reached Silver level on the Breeder medal for hatching 100+ eggs, and Silver on the Fisherman medal for catching 50 big Magikarp. I also have sufficient candies to evolve a third Gyarados. Typically I earn enough candies to be able to fully power up my highest CP Magikarp before I do the evolution as well. It’s a bit ridiculous.
- I think I’m seeing a greater variety of Pokémon spawns near my house. Don’t get me wrong, the majority are still comprised of Magikarp, Goldeen, Poliwag, Psyduck, Slowpoke and Staryu and occasionally the evolved forms of these (apart from Gyarados - I’ve never seen a wild Gyarados). But I see Eevee, Oddish, Zubat and even Drowsee now, where I would only have ever seen Pidgey and Rattata previously. The change seems to have happened around the time the nests were rearranged. Has anyone else observed this?
Abyssrium, which I’d almost stopped playing entirely, has a Halloween event going on. Sir Tap Tap’s guide has been updated so that you can optimise your candy usage to collect all the ghost and bone fish. I’m enjoying the theme, as you can see from my reef below, with its pumpkins, candles, tombstones, ghost fish and bone turtle.
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Lovely Yuletide author, are you into any movement practices? Anything to do with how different people move differently through space - all those little nuances of pace and rhythm and posture - is totally my jam right now. Akata Witch has some of this foregrounded with Sunny, who shifts into classic dance movement when she summons her spirit face, and goodness, Mars, whole different baseline for gravity right there. (If people getting off ships have sea legs, would people getting off spaceships have cramped-from-too-little-space legs? Heh.) Bren Cameron in the Foreigner series tends to notice subtler movements, particularly Guild and staff - there's a great description from his POV of Algini unusually resplendent and quietly satisfied pacing into the room at one point, which never actually references cats but brings that kind of lithe 'little /emperor without a realm, /conquistador without a country, /smallest tiger in the salon' entrance instantly to mind. Pumzi's weird interesting communication stuff with very little direct speech voiced (I'd have to check to be sure, but it may even be that all the speech is computer-generated/computer-filtered?) tends to magnify the unspoken speech of body language; I could see Asha or Binti's POV being very attuned to body movement, and tending toward kind of extra explicit body movement you see actors do in old silent films where people are trying to speak with as much nuance and clarity as they can without any words.
The Cap is my “mermaid.” On a face level, we’re ferociously compatible and mates for life and frequently go off to make brainbabies, but below the waist, we’re just different species and not equipped to handle each others’ affectionsI think I need a term like that; I'm more inclined to make it gender neutral by saying merfriend, but yes, there are people that I not only love very much, but am committed to and prioritize in way people expect for partners while we are not even slightly romantically involved.
( thoughts about relationships )
16.10.16 I’m pretty fond of Caroline Lamb. Great find on the work take-a-book shelf. #books #reading. #usedbooks #secondhandbooks http://ift.tt/2dV9JXc
What are you Reading Wednesday
Currently Reading:Glenarvon, Lady Caroline Lamb. Dinshaw’s Getting Medieval. Other bits and pieces as they come.
Plus a couple more e-book romances I haven’t done proper reviews of yet.
Up Next: I’m not sure. This set, aside from the Ensler, were clearly reading for the tired brain. Much of my hard-copy to-read pile is not for tired brains. I might pick up a Pratchett, or some of the classics I’ve got stashed as calibre e-books.