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|Friday, May 29th, 2015|
|Wednesday, May 20th, 2015|
|Tuesday, May 5th, 2015|
|Sunday, April 26th, 2015|
|Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015|
|Monday, April 20th, 2015|
|Wednesday, April 15th, 2015|
|I really wish Labour was running videos like this
(If they are and I haven't noticed, please let me know.)
Disclosure of interest: the Scottish National Party candidate for Aberdeen North, Kirsty Blackman, is a friend of a dear friend. Who sent me this because he knew it'd kick me in my soft underbelly.
(Warning: if you're sensitive on the topic of the deaths of disabled people brought about by the UK's austerity politics -- that's what this discusses.)
The SNP are not running candidates in England, despite significant popular demand from those of us who at this point kind of want the Scots to become independent and take us with them
But if you're on the UK electoral register, you can donate to their crowdfunder here (should you wish, etc.):http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aberdeen-snp-general-election-campaignThis post was originally posted at http://rydra-wong.dreamwidth.org/424018.html: comments
|Saturday, March 21st, 2015|
|Friday, March 13th, 2015|
|Friday, March 6th, 2015|
|Saturday, February 21st, 2015|
|Sunday, February 15th, 2015|
|Small culinary update
Add two tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder to the cricket fudge recipe, and you get something with an impressive and delicious resemblance to chocolate cake.
I mean, I could probably make better chocolate cake if I was trying
to make chocolate cake, but I would not turn up my nose at this at all, and it tastes more like chocolate cake than anything that's basically a protein ball has any right to.
Also, idea of pure genius generated in this thread here
: you could use cricket flour to make brilliant pill pockets for cats whose tastes run that way.
Perhaps even buy some whole dried crickets so you could garnish the outside with crunchy legs and wings ...This post was originally posted at http://rydra-wong.dreamwidth.org/422592.html: comments
|Sunday, February 8th, 2015|
|Culinary experimentation upcoming
I have acquired a bag of cricket flour
Ground-up dried crickets, basically.
*rubs hands gleefully*
As a confirmed meat-eater who needs a lot of protein to function well, I feel that supporting the development of diverse lower-carbon-footprint high-quality protein sources is a good thing.
And this seems like good stuff. On its own, it tastes a bit like toasted nuts (with a hint of prawn shell).
My quickie first play with it went well:
20g cricket flour
20g dried coconut
26g medjool dates (I was aiming for 20-25ish; that's just what two small pitted dates ended up weighing on this occasion)
Chop the dates roughly, throw in a blender with the coconut, add the cricket flour and keep blending, squidge the resultant mixture into a ball or whatever shape you wish. It is moist and delicious.
I am calling this "cricket fudge".
(It's a not inaccurate description of the look and consistency, though it's less tooth-achingly sweet than real fudge -- you could just add more dates if you want it sweeter.)
(ETA, having made a second batch: it has a semi-savoury thing going along with the sweetness, which I like, but YMMV.)( Cut for nutritional discussionCollapse )
ETA allergy warning: apparently people who are allergic to shellfish often react to crickets too.
Also, there is some theological complexity
about whether crickets are kosher.
More recipes will, inexorably, follow.This post was originally posted at http://rydra-wong.dreamwidth.org/422302.html: comments
|Friday, February 6th, 2015|
|Wednesday, January 28th, 2015|
|Sunday, January 18th, 2015|
|Sunday, January 11th, 2015|
|Friday, January 9th, 2015|
|You can all be jealous of me now
As my end-of-year present to myself, I got a bottle of vintage Diorella
EDT off eBay (for less than I'd pay for a new bottle, and I lucked up greatly and got what looks like it may even be a pre-1991 bottle
This is after breaking my heart over a tiny 1/4 ml vial of the vintage parfum.
The vintage EDT is not quite
as rich and complex as the parfum (of which there will be more sample vials in my future), but it is more than rich and complex enough, in a way tragically lacking in the modern re-formulation.
I avoided Diorella
for years, partly because I'd confused it with Diorissimo
(which is an iconic lily-of-the-valley perfume, and I hate lily-of-the-valley).
In the end, I got to Diorella
via its cousin, Le Parfum de Therese
(made by the same perfumer, the legendary Edmond Roudnitska
, as a private gift for his wife Therese, and only released onto the market after his death, with her permission, so the world could share this one of his masterworks). It has the same strange over-ripe, almost-rotting melon note (without a hint of the dreaded "aquatic" Calone, otherwise known as the aromachemical that ate the '90s), dressed up in Therese
with plum and leather.
It is gorgeous, a deep, mature work of art, and it is very specific
, the perfume of a particular person, and that person is not quite me. Someone on a message board, having the same reaction, described it as like wearing someone else's clothes.
But vintage Diorella
-- in some moods and modes, at least, that could be me.
(Or it's just so beautiful I don't care. One or the other.)
Have some reviews:The Perfumed Dandy: Our Lady of the KnivesSashimis, ceviches and carpaccios so fresh they deceive as clean flesh and not fish and fruit they are.
All served with lemon herb dressings on long oblong green glass platters, amongst plain vases filled with honeysuckle stems.Yesterday's Perfume: Diorella by Dior (1972)This paradoxical combination of lightness and darkness, freshness and bodily funkiness, makes me think of the song Suzanne, by Leonard Cohen: "She shows you where to look/amid the garbage and the flowers." Because, at its heart, it smells like garbage on the verge of going bad that someone has thrown a pile of flowers onto, Diorella shows you how to find beauty in the intersection of garbage and flowers.This post was originally posted at http://rydra-wong.dreamwidth.org/421119.html: comments
|Monday, January 5th, 2015|