Iterations of this classic pasta dish are plagued with problems like soggy vegetables, grainy ricotta, and dull tomato sauces. We fixed the vegetables first, precooking them to reduce their juices and concentrate flavor. We layered them with no-cook sauces and no-boil noodles for an unbeatable lasagna.
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts
For a chicken breast recipe that boasts flavorful, moist, tender meat, we turned to a Chinese technique called velveting, where we dip partially cooked chicken in a protective coating of oil and cornstarch. Not only does this keep the meat from drying out, but it also gives the chicken a crisp, even crust.
Garlicky Swiss Chard
For this fresh, simple side dish, we begin by cooking the Swiss chard in a covered pot just until it wilts. Then we uncover the pot and continue to cook the greens until the liquid evaporates. With our method, watery, overcooked greens are a thing of the past.
Our Favorite Crushed Tomatoes
In past years we've often avoided using canned crushed tomatoes in recipes because the differences among leading brands are so dramatic, with textures varying from watery and thin to so thick you could stand a spoon in it. Our aversion to the product changed, however, when we tasted what would become our favorite brand.
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One of my favourite dead Scots, James Boswell, would have probably have voted pro-Union, unless of course the vote took place on a day where he had a bad experience in the theatre of the crowd booing fellow Scotsmen. I was delighted to hear that there will be a a film about his defense of Mary Bryant, because a fictionalised version of that episode in his life has been an old Yuletide request of mine. I never had the chance to watch the play the film will be based upon, Boswell for the Defense, and the tv two parter about Mary Bryant, while great, only mentions Boswell in dialogue and doesn't let him show up in person. However, I'm not sure about the actor they cast as Boswell. I mean: does my icon look like Steve Coogan to you? (It's Boswell as sketched by Sir Joshua Reynolds.) (Then again: lots of actors played people they didn't resemble physically and were so good no one cared, the primary example being Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote.) So not only do I have the film to look foward to in 2015, but a better chance for fanfiction in the following Yuletide because let's face it, watching the movie will be easier for people than reading biographies.
Tomorrow, I'll be off to Southern Tyrolia for a week with the APs. I'll have an internet connection, but only the chance to watch those tv episodes they put up at iTunes the day after (the trusty Ipad can't be tricked even by TunnelBear), which is bad timing because next week a whole lot tv shows start their new season, not to mention the ongoing Doctor Who and Manhattan. Well, we'll see what I can get. Mostly I hope for good weather, because after this rainy summer we need it, and Southern Tyrolia is gorgeous to hike through.
Title: Tanto Monta - Cutting as Untying (It Amounts to the Same)
Original Art: by chibifukurou
Character(s)/Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Sherlock Holmes/Jim
Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes/John Clay, Sherlock Holmes/Original Male
Character(s), John Watson/Original Female Characters, John
Watson/Original Male Characters
Supporting characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mummy Holmes,
Father Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Various ACD Characters,
Word Count: 62166
Warnings: Violence. Murder. Non-consensual and consensual drug use.
References to self harm and suicide ideation. Tentacle/ish with cilia
porn (Female alpha). No mpreg, although use of day after type drugs.
Stream of consciousness Mind Palace!
( blah, blah about writing )
(I suppose I could have posted yestreen, but the jacuzzi in the bathroom of my hotel room was calling.)
What I read
Kameron Hurley, Mirror Empire (2014), an engrossing if sometimes confusing read (sometimes I felt I needed diagrams and flowcharts to keep all the various characters and cultures clear in my mind). Very ambitious. Just possibly a sense that she's trying to do too many things all at once? I don't think I liked it quite as much as the Beldame Apocrypha, but shall be looking out for the next episode.
Simon R Green, Voices from Beyond (2014) - had vague idea this was due out, found by random chance in Chapters in Toronto. Reliable.
Her Private Passion: More Tales of Pleasure and Domination, an ecollection of 5 short stories for a good cause: All profits from this collection will be donated to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (iglhrc.org), which works to protect the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people around the world. Also, two of the authors are in my dwcircle. I am not sure I am entirely the target audience, but v good of what it is doing.
Mike, Linda and Louise Carey, City of Silk and Steel (2012), which someone, somewhere, was recommending. It's v different from the Mike Carey Felix Castor novels (when is the next one?) being an Arabian Nights-style fantasy but one which I thought was doing some interesting things, and also, continued the story beyond where it might have stopped. Perhaps a little slow getting going with the main narrative, but possibly because it was using that Arabian Nights feature, 'pause for embedded narrative'.
Also knocked off some Sekkrit Projekt reading.
On the go
Megan Abbott, The Fever (2014) - when I originally read the nature of the plot, I thought, hello, isn't this Maggie Helwig's Girls Fall Down, but it does seem to be going in v different directions.
Lee Killough, Ancient Enemy (2013). I have in the past enjoyed a lot of Killough's work, but feel myself bogging down a bit in this one.
For the trennels read-through, Antonia Forest, End of Term (1959), though with one thing and another (only turning up my copy well into to the reading) seem to be rather behindhand on this.
No idea, really. The great thing about the Kobo is that there is a plethora of choice.
“Why on earth should I care?” his grandfather replied. He’d been in a bad mood ever since Belle had discovered his latest lie, which somehow resulted in Rumpelstilskin moving in with Henry’s other grandparents. The dubious reasoning for this that he wanted David constantly available for relationship advice.
“Well, aren’t you…I mean, your accent is Scottish! I can tell! I heard it on tv when they showed Doctor Who. “
Rumpelstilskin did not look impressed. However, his glare had yet to affect Henry.
“I mean, I know you’re not from this Scotland, but surely you’re from fairy tale Scotland! The one with Mel Gibson?”
“Do not mention this name to me”, Rumpelstilskin replied. His 28 years as Mr. Gold had included having to track down people unwilling to fulfill their debts even when they were hiding in Storybrooke’s lone cinema when it showed the man in question attempting what sounded like a parody of Gold’s own voice.
But Henry was unstoppable. “I bet all the Scottish fairy tales are real, too. So does Nessie get a vote? There’s a Nessie, right?”
Rumpelstilskin decided to be generous. After all, this was his grandson, and he used to have a soft spot for the child before the boy turned out to be the bane of his existence as well.
“There used to be, but she emigrated to the east after too many visits by knights eager to make their name. I was able to arrange a deal.”
Henry’s eyes were big as balloons. “What kind of a deal?”
“Let’s just say when Regina cast the curse, it enabled the lady from Loch Ness to start a new life and a film career in this world’s Japan.”
Being his grandson, the boy was quick. “Nessie is Godzilla! No way!” He frowned. “But Godzilla movies are way older than the 80s. Mr. Gold, are you having me on?”
Joking as the accusation was, it reminded Rumpelstilskin of the dire situation with Belle right now, and his brief attempt at grandfatherly teasing collapsed.
“Yes,” he said shortly and wished the boy would leave him to his brooding.
“Well, it’s a cool idea anyway,” Henry conceded. “So – since I’m your grandson, am I fairy tale Scottish, too? Can you teach me the accent?”
“Even my power has limits,” Rumpelstilskin said, and vanished into purple smoke.
2.) Squeezing your anus is a way to defeat a polygraph test.
3.) Americans are better at cigarettes, Russians are better at vodka.
4.) Unless Ronald Reagan is personally scaling the walls of the Rezidentura in his cowboy hat, it is unwise to disturb the Resident in his radio room.
5.) Ronald Reagan doesn't care.
6.) Marriage is hard.
7.) Computer games are a way to lose weight.
8.) Any gorgeous woman picking you up in a bar/hotel lobby/record shop is definitely a spy.
9.) Any friendly guy ready to listen to your woes and/or revealing his inner sex animal is also a spy.
10.) Do not watch The French Lieutenant's Woman with your mistress.
11.) Do read Anna Karenina, especially if you're dealing with Russians on a regular basis.
12.) Love advice from the KGB sucks; it involves either awkward dog metaphors or the idea not to say "I love you" at all.
13.) American generals announcing they're in control on tv do not, in fact, intend to declare a coup.
14.) "Easier" doesn't equal "better".
15.) Communism works better in Israel than it does in Russia.
16.) Captured Mossad agents will not shut up (and while not getting free, they will get personal information this way).
17.) America isn't Israel's friend, it's Israel's dad who won't let them take out the car for a ride whenever they want.
18.) It's good to have a shared enemy. (Unless you have historical foresight and know how that one will turn out.)
19.) Both KGB and Christian churches are into recruiting idealistic teenagers.
20.) TVs make for great bottle openers.
Chapter Nineteen of Shattered Remains by xspike4evax.
Meta on Lies My Parents Told Me by gillo.
Thinky thoughts on Angel/Angelus by shipperx.
AtSverse Cordelia icons by sweet_lyri.
rahirah talks about JM's Spike tale .
ThisPopCultureBlog talks "Angel, Edward and Abuse Metaphors". Thanks to sueworld2003 for the link. "even with his soul Angel would be a rather pathetic and useless figure without his love for Buffy, consumed as he was by guilt before being made aware of her presence. It should also be noted that Angel’s condition is not due to his own volition but due to a curse; he did not intend or wish to better himself, but was reduced to a guilt-ridden and conflicted mess who tried and failed to fit into vampiric society after the curse.
Angel is, despite of all this, apparently constructed as a sort of noble monster".
BtVS Lego ! Thanks to gillo for the link.
Now then, let us speak of the Lady Macbeth in her gown of red or black or white.
Perhaps I could call her Lady Edmund/Lady Kaede (a la Kurosawa's Ran), but there's always a Lord MacBeth around there somewhere. Her partner. Her co conspirator. They love each other. Praise each other. Two minds of a single purpose.
So, I must call her Lady MacBeth.
What brings this on is I've been catching up on Defiance, and there she was smiling softly.
Although, there ( spoilers )
The waft of her showed up on Revolution. Sure Lord MacBeth was a psychopath, but Lady MacBeth had her eyes on prizes. The Chronicles of Riddick. She was there, as was he. I like him too, but tonight we speak of Lady MacBeth.
Sadly it means I can almost never remember the character's name. I just call them Lady and Lord MacBeth. Whilst chortling from the couch as I watch them ripple the plot.
Hmmm... always early play Lady MacBeth. Before she starts washing her hands. When she's still stylish. Soft spoken. Smiling this cobra sort of smile. Before spots. While she's Lady and not Queen MacBeth.
Perhaps it'll be Red Queen's next.
...Also, I've been thinking how long it's been since I've wafted a trope. A meme. An idea from a movie or a story. Guttering candles. Smoke.
That was fun.