[food] Clafoutis/flaugnarde

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:40 am
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On Sunday I conned Adam into going blackberry picking with me (it's a bit more complicated than that, but the short version is he hadn't realised how much more tedious and unpleasant it is to pick wild blackberries than it is to pick pick-your-own strawberries), so we've got a large tub of blackberries that I'm gradually turning into beverages/desserts/etc. We also had the end of a pound-a-bowl bag of blueberries from the market, and I have been meaning to try clafoutis for years, so! Lightly adapted from River Cottage.

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Yatta/To Do for 13-20 August

Aug. 14th, 2017 10:42 pm
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Yatta!

* Got up at 6 and did PT exercises right away!
* Did other morning stuff and poked around at various things online!
* Put pork chops and vegetable medley into the crock!
* Attended church with the children!
* Passed off the children to GB right after church, so that they could go to a water park!
* Ended up walking home (1/2 mile) because I had a lot of food stuff in my cart from the church!
* Did not go to Farmer's Market because it was later than I expected when I got home, and I had knee pain and getting a bus there in time was no sure thing and would have meant more walking in any case!
* Put GB's washed load of laundry into the dryer!
* Put a load of towels into the washer!
* Put away the produce from church!
* Put milk on for yogurt!
* Finished watching the Giants first game of a double header! (They won)
* Various net things!
* Took GB's load from the dryer and hung up his work shirts!
* Dried the load of towels!
* Washed a mixed load of GB's and kids' clothes!
* Made batter for and baked two loaves of banana bread!
* Watched the second Giants game! (They lost in extra innings)
* Watched the second Thor movie on TV
* Folded and put away the load of towels!
* Did daily Duolingo!
* Unfucked my Monday morning partially!
* Got through the morning routine, with all timing in place for a regular school morning, so we could do dry-runs on transit to the school!
* Got out of the house early due to bus funkiness and missed it anyway!
* Implemented Transit Plan B, and got to the school with 7 minutes to spare!
* Took a different transit route back home! (about a mile walking for the round trip)
* Hatched a plan to go to the zoo, and invited one of the girls' godmothers!
* Hastily packed lunch!
* Took transit to the zoo!
* Spent about 5 hours at the zoo, a lot of them at the playground; saw lots of the animals, including the new black bear cubs!
* Managed to get Duolingo done while kids were on the playground!
* Goodness, allowance does burn holes in the children's pocketses! (although F finally decided to save hers for something that costs 2 allowances)
* Took transit /walked home! (Walk total between 2-3 miles for the trip)
* Made hot chocolate for everyone!
* Puzzle Pirates!
* Phone date!
* Leftovers for dinner!
* Random TV!
* Folded and put away some kid clothes!
* Caught up on posting!
* Unfucked my Tuesday morning!
* Got through the morning routine!
* Made the bus (barely) we meant to get Monday, but it means getting out of the house earlier. Got to school at 8:02.
* Girls said they wanted an adventure on the first bus to the other end of the line, but changed their minds!
* I had off-handedly mentioned that i used to live near the school, and they decided that they wanted to see the house. We got to the house, and the owner was outside behind the fence, but heard us talking and came out. He's owned the house since my family moved out in the early 70s. We talked a little while and he said to come by anytime!
* Then we started to walk back down to the main street, where there is a credit union branch branch, because I needed to get money, and we passed by the local playground. Guess what? The girls wanted to play! Imagine!
* Stayed at the playground for more than an hour!
* Contacted several parents about possible playdates!
* Did the daily Duolingo!
* Finally headed out of the playground to go to the credit union!
* One parent replies affirmative for Wednesday, so our day suddenly gets rearranged so I can do the bi-weekly major grocery shopping a day early!
* Shopped at Costco and Safeway!
* Put away the perishables!
* Prodded the girls to tidy their room, with mixed results and time outs on everyone's part needed!
* Had date night with Chinese food, Defiance and Uncharted!
* Unfucked my Wednesday morning!

To Do:

= Contact people for playdates for the rest of the week!
= Dry run to school M-F
= Make granola bars
= Make banana muffins

Monday Yardening

Aug. 14th, 2017 05:03 pm
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Today is mild and humid with cloud cover.  We cut several piles of weeds from around the lilac bushes, then hauled them to the grass wall or the firepit.

I had to quit early because the mosquitoes were eating me alive.  That was ten minutes ago and I still have pink imprints of my hand on my thighs.  I can actually count the fingers on one.  The other slap marks have mostly faded.

EDIT 8/14/17: I went back out and picked up a bucket of sticks from the house back toward the eastern edge, then dumped that in the firepit.

Magpie Monday

Aug. 14th, 2017 02:56 pm
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday with a theme of "Finish It."  Go ask for things you want to see wrapped up!

Monday Update 8-14-17

Aug. 14th, 2017 01:33 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Oui Yogurt
Unsold Poems from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Poetry Fishbowl Report for August 1, 2017
Saturday Yardening
Nudibranchs on YouTube
Moment of Silence: Glen Campbell
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Find Yourself in the Garden"
Poem: "A Series of Transitions"
Poem: "Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
Wednesday Yardening
Moment of Silence: Haruo Nakajima
Poem: "Look at Me with Fresh Eyes"
Good News

There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, August 15 with a theme of "anything goes." Check your notes for whatever you wanted to prompt that hasn't matched a theme. Check your worthy causes and special interests for stuff I haven't covered yet that you would like to request. If you don't have ideas waiting, you can review your favorites and just name a character, setting, or storyline that you'd like to see more of -- I can supply more details from elsewhere. And I hope to see you tomorrow!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack. "The Order of Their Stars" is now complete.  Astin and V visit a sex shop.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips gets worried about Jules and drops by for a visit.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going after the gaybashers, and feels uneasy over his own reactions.

Weather has been variously cool or mild.  We've gotten a lot of yardwork done!  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, rose campion, some yellow thing in the wildflower garden, butterfly milkweed, thistle.  Yellow coneflowers and naked ladies are almost done. 

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Aug. 14th, 2017 06:27 pm
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1. HOUSE HOUSE HOUSE HOUSE HOUSE. CONTRACT SIGNED. START DATE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER. \o/

2. [tumblr.com profile] kaberett continues explicitly Things That Make Me Happy, all the time, no politics. [tumblr.com profile] kaberabbits continues... all the rabbits, all the time. In case this is relevant to your interests. (Anything political would go on [tumblr.com profile] kaberants, but I just... Haven't Been.)

Read "Two Foxes"

Aug. 14th, 2017 12:19 am
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[personal profile] bairnsidhe has opened "Two Foxes" for microfunding. Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going out to deal with the gaybashers, and is uneasy with his own response.

New Epic

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:13 pm
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I've got a donor wanting to open a new epic for microfunding, and we're currently discussing which it will be.  *laugh*  That slot sure opened and closed quickly!  :D  So watch the feed, there should be more poetry appearing later today. 
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Thanks to a donation by [personal profile] zianuray you can now read "The Order of Their Stars" in full.  Astin and V talk on the way out of the sex shop.
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Thanks to an audience poll, there are 44 new verses in "The Order of Their Stars."  Watch V flibber around the sex shop and find some fun stuff!  Does anyone have $10 to finish this?  If so, send it along and we'll be down to two open epics, thus freeing up a slot for Tuesday's "anything goes" fishbowl.

EDIT 8/13/17: Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] zianuray this poem is now complete!  \o/

EDIT 8/13/17: [personal profile] bairnsidhe sent a donation and we're discussing which poem to open for microfunding.  :D

Sunday Yardening

Aug. 13th, 2017 05:26 pm
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Today is mild and partly cloudy.  I cut brush in the savanna. 

EDIT 8/14/17: I went back out and hauled the trimmings to the brush pile.

Oui Yogurt

Aug. 13th, 2017 05:18 pm
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Yoplait has a yogurt version that just appeared in stores near me.  Oui is a French-style yogurt in a glass jar, considerably more expensive than any of my usual selections, but sooooo good.  It is fully set with a thick, silky texture. The fruit is on the bottom, but the top layer also tastes like fruit even before stirring -- a distinct improvement over the Dannon fruit-on-the-bottom which was never any good until stirred, and nowadays the texture is gloppy and awful then, so I gave up on that version.  Also when you peel the foil off the cap, there's a happy little message on the bottom side.  Today's said "Dance in the mirror."  (Yes, I've done that.)  I love seeing little prosocial things like that.  Local-America doesn't seem to be reusing the jars, but T-America would.  First I tried the black cherry, today strawberry, both excellent.  I've seen blueberry and I think a few other flavors.  So my new rule is that I can buy one of these as a treat, along with the cheap stuff.  Yoplait Original is decent, and I love Annie's. The latter actually makes a vanilla that has flavor,  not just equivalent to plain, which I discovered by accident.  Anyway, if you like solid yogurt, try the Oui.  Tres bon!

That's My Jam

Aug. 13th, 2017 03:44 pm
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So I have the enviable problem of needing to use up last year's frozen fruits and veggies in order to make space for this year's frozen fruits and veggies.
Oh, darn.

Which means I'm finally (finally) getting around to making preserves out of 2 bags of wild-harvested choke cherries + a pint of farmers' market "please just take it away, so we don't have to bring it home" black currants that were definitely past their best, but not by much.

What this amounts to is:

1L jar of chokecherry purree with onions and whole cranberries and some left-over plum jelly. I need to add [1/2 C vinegar, 1/2 C granulated sugar, a diced apple, some dried fruit - like a couple of well-chopped prunes or something (more likely dried cherries, since that's what I have) - and maybe another diced onion] to this in order to turn it into 4-5 cups of choke cherry relish.
+
750mL mix of black currant purree (about 1C) and chokecherry purree (the rest of the jar) to be mixed with 6 eggs, 3C sugar, and... a quantity of butter that I should really double-check before I start this business... in order to get about 3C of vividly purple fruit curd (this stuff is delicious with both choke cherries AND black currants, as well as with cranberries, so... It'll be good!)
+
1L jar of choke-cherry purree, black currant PULP, raw frozen berries (grocery-store cranberries given me by a friend, a grocery-store mix of blueberries, blackberries & raspberries + neighbourhood seriveberries and neighbourhood (alley, not back-yard - not this year, anyway) raspberries)

That last one is currently on the stove with the addition of: a glug of (fake) vanilla, a somewhat larger glug of vodka, a dusting of ground cloves, a pinch of salt, 4C granulated sugar, and a splish of pomegranate-flavoured balsamic vinegar--> Making it this year's version of Goblin Fruit Jam.


I'm... I've got a couple of hours of work I need to do for a friend. If said friend is coming over to catch up tonight, I will be holding off on the fruit curd and the relish-type-thing for later this week BUT I need to get to it sooner, rather than later, because I don't want it to go bad now that it's thawed out. :-\


In other preserving news:
Diced, blanched, and froze a bunch of zucchini (About 3.5 whole zukes - enough to make 6C frozen diced veggies, at any rate). I've got five left in the fridge, and being able to put up another 3.5 of them this week would not be a terrible thing.
If the Herb and Spice still has butternut squash on super-reduced-to-sell discount, I may pick up a couple of those and do the same to them. We shall see.

Also: I keep the diced stems of chard, kale, mustard greens, and similar in a bag in the freezer and chuck them into stews and braises as needed. And I decided to ferment the entire bag today and see what kind of a Weird Veggie Pickle I could make in the fermentation crock my friend gave me.
Ingredients (more or less) are:
Diced leafy-greens stems
1 red onion, finely sliced into ribbons
A bunch of fresh sage, sliced into ribbons
Whole coriander (cilantro) seeds (some dry, some still green - all from the garden)
Whole mustard seeds
LOTS of pickling salt
Dusting of ground nutmeg
3 bay leaves (for tanins - may shuffle off and see if I can't add a wodge of grape leaves - also in ribbons - to this mixture for the same reason plus the handy addition of Moar Greens)
2 whole cloves of garlic, pierced a few times with a sharp knife
5 frozen bird chilies

I'm hoping it will be delicious and also slightly less watery than the spring Wild Greens ferment I did a few months back. We Shall See.

That's My Jam

Aug. 13th, 2017 03:44 pm
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So I have the enviable problem of needing to use up last year's frozen fruits and veggies in order to make space for this year's frozen fruits and veggies.
Oh, darn.

Which means I'm finally (finally) getting around to making preserves out of 2 bags of wild-harvested choke cherries + a pint of farmers' market "please just take it away, so we don't have to bring it home" black currants that were definitely past their best, but not by much.

What this amounts to is:

1L jar of chokecherry purree with onions and whole cranberries and some left-over plum jelly. I need to add [1/2 C vinegar, 1/2 C granulated sugar, a diced apple, some dried fruit - like a couple of well-chopped prunes or something (more likely dried cherries, since that's what I have) - and maybe another diced onion] to this in order to turn it into 4-5 cups of choke cherry relish.
+
750mL mix of black currant purree (about 1C) and chokecherry purree (the rest of the jar) to be mixed with 6 eggs, 3C sugar, and... a quantity of butter that I should really double-check before I start this business... in order to get about 3C of vividly purple fruit curd (this stuff is delicious with both choke cherries AND black currants, as well as with cranberries, so... It'll be good!)
+
1L jar of choke-cherry purree, black currant PULP, raw frozen berries (grocery-store cranberries given me by a friend, a grocery-store mix of blueberries, blackberries & raspberries + neighbourhood seriveberries and neighbourhood (alley, not back-yard - not this year, anyway) raspberries)

That last one is currently on the stove with the addition of: a glug of (fake) vanilla, a somewhat larger glug of vodka, a dusting of ground cloves, a pinch of salt, 4C granulated sugar, and a splish of pomegranate-flavoured balsamic vinegar--> Making it this year's version of Goblin Fruit Jam.


I'm... I've got a couple of hours of work I need to do for a friend. If said friend is coming over to catch up tonight, I will be holding off on the fruit curd and the relish-type-thing for later this week BUT I need to get to it sooner, rather than later, because I don't want it to go bad now that it's thawed out. :-\


In other preserving news:
Diced, blanched, and froze a bunch of zucchini (About 3.5 whole zukes - enough to make 6C frozen diced veggies, at any rate). I've got five left in the fridge, and being able to put up another 3.5 of them this week would not be a terrible thing.
If the Herb and Spice still has butternut squash on super-reduced-to-sell discount, I may pick up a couple of those and do the same to them. We shall see.

Also: I keep the diced stems of chard, kale, mustard greens, and similar in a bag in the freezer and chuck them into stews and braises as needed. And I decided to ferment the entire bag today and see what kind of a Weird Veggie Pickle I could make in the fermentation crock my friend gave me.
Ingredients (more or less) are:
Diced leafy-greens stems
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The outline for my remarks on The Expanse and politics at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Warnings
    • Spoilers through 2nd Season of the TV Series (Caliban’s War)
    • Will talk about both books and TV series
  • Who am I
    • Emma Humphries
    • She/Her
    • Programmer and Project Manager, 20+ years experience
    • 29 years in fandom (28 WisCons)
  • Format: I’ll talk for 25 minutes or so, and then we’ll have a discussion for the remainder of the time we have
  • What is The Expanse?
    • ASK: how many of you have read or watched?
    • Series of Novels and TV Programs
    • James S. A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck)
    • Future history of the Inner and Outer Solar System
  • Why talk about politics?
    • Because SF has been the acceptable place to talk about politics
  • Subjects
    • Queer/Non-binary/Trans representation
    • Populism
    • Universal Income
  • What I’m Not Going to Talk About
    • Race
    • I’m going to suggest you start with the Black Girl Nerds podcast who have been recapping and discussing the TV Series
  • Why The Expanse
    • I love space opera
    • I adore the women in this show
      • Naomi Nagata: Ship’s Officer and Engineer
      • Bobbie Draper: Gunnery Sgt in the Martian Marines, who trains under one Earth Gravity
      • Chrisjen Avasarala: UN Undersecretary who knows where the bodies are buried
      • All represented as women of color in the TV show
      • All flawed, but real characters, I empathize with
    • I stan for Chrisjen
    • I love to hate on Holden
      • But, honestly, can anyone stand Holden?
      • Miller’s stuck with him because of alien machinations
      • What does Naomi see in him?
  • Queer/Non-binary/Trans representation
    • The good, there are gay and lesbian characters
    • The bad
      • Heteronormative relationships
        • The Martian ambassador and his husband
        • Annushka "Anna" Volovodov
        • A settler couple on Illus
      • Two hundred years in the future, and the nuclear family is still the norm
        • Holden’s family back on Earth, a poly-cule, are considered weird/aberations
      • No non-binary or trans characters
      • The non-normative relationships and characters are the thieves, rebels and sex workers
  • Populism
    • Definition time!
      • A type of political discourse which posits an “authentic people” in opposition to “a privileged elite.”
      • In left populism that’s often the workers vs the wealthy
        • debates on distribution of wealth
      • in right populism it’s white people vs everyone else
        • debates on who is and isn’t part of the “nation”
    • The OPA is a populist movement with both right and left characteristics
    • Anderson Station, and Illus are left populist actions
      • Workers, abused by Inner Planets wealth and corporations standing up to power and paying with their lives, and/or using violence as a means
    • But the OPA has a right-leaning side which is terrifying
      • We see it at the end of Season 2 where the economic populism gives way to an nastier ethnic populism
      • In the 2nd Season a Belter Ship, carrying evacuees from Ganymede to Tyco Station, puts all the people from the Inner Planets out the airlock
      • It will only get worse in later books
  • Universal Basic Income
    • Also known as Social Income, or under the UN in the world of the Expanse, “Basic”
    • There’s a body of economic research that finds evidence for giving people direct cash assistance as the best way to support people
    • Basic income, in and of itself is not sufficient
      • You need universal access to healthcare
      • In “Churn,” for example, we see the UN handing out substandard/palliative-only care
    • A well-implemented Social Income system, with healthcare (including reproductive healthcare), transport, and housing can provide a stable base for people to build on
    • In the world of the Expanse, the social income system is geared to subsistence and governability
  • Scorecard
    • LGTBQ+
      • Needs more work
      • Tell me why all your queer relationships are heteronormative
      • As a queer dyke, I want to see relationships like the ones I see in my community in the here and now, or at least understand why they aren’t there
    • Populism
      • Yes, this is a honest portrayal
      • How populism, unchecked, can go from a liberation struggle to genocidal violence
    • Social Income
      • A pessimistic view
      • Is this in the service of story, people struggling to escape a dismal earth? Or a libertarian view of the role of the state?
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This time our theme was "rites / rights of passage." I wrote from 11:45 AM to 3:45 AM, so about 14 hours allowing for breaks. I wrote 14 poems on Tuesday and another 2 later in the week.

Participation was good, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and 58 on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"All a Man Can Do"
"Approaching the Faerie Ring"
"Emergent Journeys"
"The Fool at the Threshold"
"The Four Gates"
"Humanwatching"
"Look at Me with Fresh Eyes"
"Passage Rites and Rights of Passage"
"Shopping for Privileges"

"Rewriting the Narrative" (May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Big Brother and the Cyberbully" (Polychrome Heroics, June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"A Series of Transitions" (Polychrome Heroics: Calliope, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Find Yourself in the Garden" (Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan, July 4, 2017)
"Taking Care of Things" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"The Speakers" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"Rooted in Place" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"The Higher a Monkey Climbs" (Polychrome Heroics, commission)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for August 1, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems have been posted. This time donors include: [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] janetmiles, Rook from Antisocialites, [personal profile] technoshaman, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Big Brother and the Cyberbully" is the free epic. It also make the $250 goal, so that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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