Not all tears are an evil

Oct. 13th, 2017 11:16 pm
morganmuffle: (wistful)
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I have fallen into a mini-spiral of A-Ha Unplugged videos which isn't a thing I ever expected to say but this version of Take On Me is almost unbearably beautiful.



(It was the funeral today and then I went back to work for the afternoon and consequently I'm in a slightly odd mood)

Yesterday I went to Kew and braved the Treetop Walkway, explored their Artful Autumn installations and Sculpture at Kew as well as taking approximately 8 million pictures of leaves and trees and bark...


Leap into Life by Tim Hollins

A few favourite photographs )

Lemon and saffron chicken

Oct. 10th, 2017 06:32 pm
angelofthenorth: (Cockleshell)
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2 packs of chicken thigh fillets
1 lemon, juices and zest
Several tablespoons of lemon juice
A couple of tablespoons of white wine vinegar
3 shredded fresh bay leaves
Olive oil fry light.
Strands of saffron
0.5 tsp of classic chipotle sauce, pro heat. Or a chilli, chopped, would do it.

One pink onion, fine chopped

Mix all the ingredients bar the onion, fry light and saffron.
Spritz with the fry light and then sprinkle saffron over the chicken
Leave to marinade for an hour and a bit, longer if you have the time.
Spritz a pan with fry light, fry the onion, and use it as the base in your oven pan.
fry batches of the chicken for 2-4 minutes each side, and then place on the onion.
Now you have a choice:

1. You can fry the chicken till cooked
2. You can place the oven dish in a 180°C oven, and pour over the marinade and cook. It says in the recipe I adapted that it should take an hour, but that's for large breast portions.

Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 8th, 2017 10:48 pm
morganmuffle: (yuletide alot)
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Well I wasn't going to but then that felt too weird so this is a placeholder for my letter...

Dear Yuletide Author,

To start with- please don't worry, I am really very easily pleased and several of my requests are properly tiny fandoms where I'd be hapy to receive ANY story even if you can't stay within my visions for the characters.

I'm not a big fan of overly marshmallow-y fluff type stories. Happy stories and in love stories or happy ending stories are all fine but I'd like there to be some kind of conflict or edge to show off the happiness. That said if it's set anywhere near Christmas my liking for fluff goes up hugely *g* When it comes to angst I'm particularly fond of the yearning wistful kind (with our without the resolution)

My requests this year are (as always) quite mixed, in the end I'm mostly interested in relationships between people and although I am a slash fan het, slash or gen are all good with me.

Oh and I always love a good Christmas/Yule/Hogmany theme though it isn't at all mandatory (or necessary)

My fandom specific requests/details )

Books, elephants & not enough time

Oct. 8th, 2017 08:05 pm
morganmuffle: (tea)
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Another month it took me a while to get going in. Time is moving altogether too fast and life is altogether too busy and complicated to allow for any self reflection at the moment even if it's just about reading habits!

Too busy for reading too if the number of books I read is anything to go by... though actually it's more that the first book took forever and I was stubborn and insisted on finishing it rather than moving on when I realised I wasn't entirely enjoying it.
  • London Overground: A Day's Walk Around the Ginger Line - Iain Sinclair
  • Ironhand - Charlie Fletcher
  • The Paper Menagerie and other stories - Ken Liu
  • Prejudice & Pride: Celebrating LGBTQ History - Alison Oram & Matt Cook

September Reviews )

Last week I worked 7 days in a row but I didn't actually notice until the 7th day because I've been chopping my mental calendar up into weeks and not really looking between them much which is a mistake when you do things like accidentally work 7 days in a row OR, like next weekend, agree to cover something at 8am on a Sunday morning when you're going to a late night concert in London on the Saturday (oops?)

Anyway anytime I feel sorry for myself or too tired I just remind myself that my sister is currently walking to Jerusalem AND HAS SHINGLES /o\ I really don't know how she's doing it. Their latest blog entry is great fun though and involves an old school SimCity reference <3

Anyway tomorrow is relatively quiet other than having to cut up 20 milk bottles to make elephants and I can do that whilst watching TV so that'll be nice :-P

Szechuan Beef

Oct. 7th, 2017 07:02 pm
angelofthenorth: (Adipose)
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3-4 tbsp dark soy sauce
3-4 tsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 level tsp cornflour
3 cm piece of root ginger, chopped
454g lean beef steak, chopped
frylight

2 garlic cloves - fine chopped
1 red chilli - sliced
1 tsp of pre-prepared red chilli from a jar
1 tsp of Szechuan peppercorns, crushed in a pestle and mortar
1 tsp Chinese five spice

1/2 bag of frozen carrots/sugarsnaps/babycorn

Mix the soy sauce, vinegar, salt, cornflour, ginger in a bowl with 1 tbsp of water, and mix together. Marinade the steak in this mixture for at least 30 minutes (mine was left for 3 hours).

Spritz a pan with frylight, and add the garlic, chilli, szechuan peppercorns and five spice and cook for a minute or so. Add the marinated beef (and reserve the marinade) and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. reserve the meat.

Add the veggies to the pan with barely enough water to cover them, and cook for 4 minutes. Drain, spritz the pan, then add the steak, the reserved marinade and veggies and stir-fy for a few minutes.

Season to taste and serve with rice (we had Jasmine rice)

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