marinade to make meat easier

Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:18 pm
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a lot of marinade recipes will warn you not to marinate meat more than hour or so, and definitely not overnight, if the marinade has ginger in it, or acidic ingredients. the reason is that the meat will get broken down and become mushy.

if you want/need to eat meat and have jaw pain, trouble swallowing, or whatever other mouth/throat/tooth stuff, i recommend going against their advice! i marinated stir-fry beef overnight in a marinade of tamari, honey, and grated* ginger and indeed it broke the meat down to an "improper" mushy texture. it was very easy to chew and swallow.

*i tried this same marinade with the ginger in large chunks and it didn't work. it only worked when i grated the ginger.

(i did the ratio of my three marinade ingredients by taste, so i can't report, but remember, you can improvise a marinade and keep tasting and adjusting it as long as you don't add the meat till it's finished.)

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 04:25 pm
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Yesterday I went to Walsingham for the wedding of Fr Daniel and his lovely bride Elise. It was a beautiful service, presided over by the Revd Canon Stephen Gallagher, Elise's father, and with a sermon from +Philip North which was both moving and highly entertaining. The music was exquisite - the ordinary was William Walton's Missa Brevis, which I'd not heard before, and sounded beautiful but also very hard! It was marvellous to spend some time in Walsingham, and I somehow managed to come away from the shrine shop without buying any tat, and only one book.

As Fr Daniel had other places to be this morning, we had a visiting celebrant today, and since she had enough on her plate getting to grips with an unfamiliar ceremonial, I was asked to step in as cantor for the Alleluia. I'd had enough warning about this that I was able to ask CN to turn half my piano lesson the previous week into a singing refresher, and that helped me feel a lot more confident. Despite being frightfully anxious, I think I did a pretty decent job, and I might ask about possibly doing it more regularly, so I can work on getting over my nerves.

We continue to settle in to the new house. We still lack a functioning dishwasher, and have slightly more furniture in the spare room than we actually need, but apart from that we've done all the urgent jobs, and are starting to move on to the longer term nice-to-haves. Today I put together a new standing desk, which I'm hoping will have the twofold effect of being good for my back and shoulder tension, and discouraging me from wasting too much time hitting refresh on social media.
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This is really a mash-up of two recipes, with the ultimate aim of providing Sufficient Nutrients in a single meal. The first is Jack Monroe’s Spinach & lentil daal, from their second book; the second recipe is the Epicurious Indian spiced eggplant recipe. Both have been customised by me, for me.

Long recipe is long, so I direct you to the dreamwidth write-up.

Earth Day by Jane Yolen

Apr. 22nd, 2017 04:28 pm
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 I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud, 
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle, 
Skin and bone.
 
And just as I 
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
Naturally.
 
That’s why we 
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me. 

Short update

Apr. 22nd, 2017 02:30 pm
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  • So I watched an Oilers game with a couple of friends, and I actually enjoyed it and had some idea of what was going on. Canada, please give permanent residency now?
  • My DM gave me dice for my birthday. Pretty ones, but I'm not sure you can trust dice given to you by a DM? (I asked her, and she smiled. All very unsettling.)
  • It's snowing.

What have you been reading?

Apr. 22nd, 2017 07:37 pm
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Lots of new people around, which is great to see. I know I've been a bit slack over the last couple of months with my commenting on posts here but figured I'd see if anyone wanted to chat and tell us all about their recent reading.

Unicorn Crossing

Apr. 22nd, 2017 01:23 pm
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Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson

The continuing adventures of a girl and her unicorn. . . .

Plans for Halloween; Dakota and her goblin friend Blaarthelomew; envy of snow; Marigold's going away with her sister for some days, and Phoebe's coping; Dakota's snide comments; interacting with her friend Max, and more.
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Other breaking news - we are all addicted to technology and have an attention span slightly less than that of a goldfish.

Tag as "oh no, not again".

Also, sorry, but I really don't believe that workers check their email on average 36 times an hour. I've been trying to work out what extreme distribution of workers + email checking you would have to make that happen. Maybe a lot of people in the sample had automatic email notifications set to go every two minutes? Does that count? There's a big difference between "I check my email every two minutes" and "my email is downloaded from server every two minutes". Suspect that someone is grinding a rather large axe.

However I'm interested to see that the goldfish attention span is nine seconds. I'm sure it used to be two seconds. Perhaps the goldfish, having gone on a technology-fast, has found that its attention span has increased dramatically and is now writing a book about this. I would read that book. But not the one reviewed above.
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Q. How can you stop your cat drinking out of your water glass?

A. You give them a water bowl which is away away from their food dish.

This works. It really works. Cat's food dish is in the kitchen, as God & nature intended. I have now moved his water dish into the bathroom (flat has odd layout, bathroom & kitchen are right next to each other). Suddenly cat is drinking a lot more water, and is no longer trying to jam his head into every single unattended water glass, much to the relief of all parties.

This is a cat thing. Cats do not like drinking water right next to their food.

Thank-you people on the internet who have told me about this. I am a little unconvinced by some of the theories as to why cats do this, but you are all excellent observers of cat behaviour.

[tiny linkspam]

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:56 am
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Rain Forest Photos from Costa Rica

Apr. 21st, 2017 10:21 pm
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Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Costa Rica:

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One of the things I find most difficult about not drinking is missing out on celebratory Champagne, so over the last few weeks I have been sampling every non-alcoholic fizz I can lay my hands on, in the hope of finding a suitable substitute. I tried twelve that could generously be called wine, as well as a couple that were definitely-not-wine which came in a wine bottle. The latter two were Lloberetta, a perfectly pleasant fizzy passion fruit drink, and Cloudem Blue, a truly absurd concoction which is bright cyan with iridescent swirls, and tastes of pure e-numbers. There’s definitely a place for it as a ridiculous party drink, but it’s not the Champagne substitute I was looking for.

The majority of the wine-like options fell into two categories. Most of them were about as sweet as your average rosé, which is far too sugary for my tastes. I found it less off-putting in the one that actually was a rosé, because it wasn’t so out of place, but it still wouldn’t be something I’d like to drink regularly. A couple of the others were actually dry enough, doing a passable impression of an inferior Cava, but neither of them was terribly pleasant - they had the distinct carbonic sharpness of a wine made with the soda method and lacking any complexity to distract from it.

Of the remaining three wines, one was a red, which, well, wasn’t the worst sparkling red I’ve tried, but there is a reason that nobody makes them, and that is that they are universally terrible. On Easter Sunday I opened a bottle of Differente Aromatic Cuvée, which was dramatically better than any of the other ones I’d tried. It was also more expensive than the actual vintage Champagne that everyone else was drinking. And whilst it was good, it wasn’t that good, and certainly not worth shelling out thirty quid a bottle for on a regular basis.

There was one wine left to try though, which had been out of stock the first time I ordered, appropriately named Win Sparkling, because ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. It’s still very slightly sweeter than would be perfect, but well within acceptable parameters - on a par with a typical Prosecco, but with more of the biscuity notes that I’d associate with a Champagne. If money were no object I’d still prefer the Differente, which I'll probably treat myself to on special occasions, but the Win comes in at less than a quarter the price, and is very nearly as good.

Spinach Daal with Spiced Eggplant

Apr. 21st, 2017 08:01 pm
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This is really a mash-up of two recipes, with the ultimate aim of providing Sufficient Nutrients in a single meal. The first is Jack Monroe's Spinach & lentil daal, from their second book; the second recipe is the Epicurious Indian spiced eggplant recipe. Both have been customised by me, for me. (This means they are white girl versions of indian food. Caveat lector)

Access and dietary notes )

What you need and what you do with it )

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Apr. 21st, 2017 12:07 pm
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You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


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