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by PAstrychef
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 15998

Re: Writing?

Heck kiddo, I'm 48. I wrote on and off all my literate life, mostly poetry up through college. I only started writing fiction 2.5 years ago. One thing I've noticed about the folks who get published very young is that they get a big burst of PR by virtue of their age and often don't keep writing once...
by PAstrychef
Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Poor single people eat weird things
Replies: 261
Views: 57822

Re: Poor single people eat weird things

Crikey-you can use rice as a base and eat well for years.
Rice will work well under just about any sauce.
Rice and beans are a great combo.
If you want specific recipes, just ask I have dozens.
by PAstrychef
Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cow pooling
Replies: 18
Views: 2317

Re: Cow pooling

I have several times gone in with friends and gotten a side of bison. A much cheaper way to purchase a hard-to-find product. Most places even finding any bison that isn't ground is a challenge. I repack any cuts that aren't vacuum sealed with my foodsaver and it doesn't get freezer burn. While fresh...
by PAstrychef
Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 16781

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

Carl Hiassen gets me every time. His thrillers set in Florida have such real-life bad guys and just-plain-crazies that when listening to them as audiobooks I have to pull over so I can control myself.
by PAstrychef
Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cyteen
Replies: 10
Views: 9772

Re: Cyteen

The thing to remember is that these are part of a much larger story-cycle that includes Downbelow Station and 40,000 in Ghenna among others. So lots of the background on the Union and it's cloning methods is in other places. But this is typical of Cherryh's style-you get to figure stuff out at the s...
by PAstrychef
Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Underrated/overrated poets
Replies: 14
Views: 4574

Re: Underrated/overrated poets

I like Marvin Bell and find his work is relatively unknown.
by PAstrychef
Sat May 30, 2009 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Frying Vegetables
Replies: 19
Views: 1983

Re: Frying Vegetables

Sounds like you have the heat too high, and your pieces of veg a bit big. I cut asparagus stalks into 2-3" pieces. Drying isn't a big deal, just roll the stems on a paper towel or two. A nice heavy pan, whether wok or saute pan, makes things easier. Go with less fat rather than more. I often us...
by PAstrychef
Fri May 29, 2009 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Kushiel
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

Re: Kushiel

It's interesting that there are so many books out which play on the whole "Jesus went to France and had a family" theme. These are quite good over all. As for amount of sex-if the sex was all "normal" it would be considered romantic or erotic. Because some of it isn't "norma...
by PAstrychef
Thu May 28, 2009 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833271

Re: Today I Made:

A sadly mediocre chocolate as snacks for the roommates. It was better with powdered sugar on top and I think I'll glaze the half not yet cut into. It might be nice as part of a frozen cake-and ice cream thing.
by PAstrychef
Wed May 27, 2009 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cheese
Replies: 156
Views: 15858

Re: Cheese

Last time I was in the UK I demanded than we go to Neil's Yard so I could buy cheese. I was in the country for another week, so I had plenty of time to enjoy my Lancashire Poacher, Caerphilly and the rest. About 40 dollars worth of wonderfulness! It's getting to be Market season in the Midwest, so f...
by PAstrychef
Mon May 25, 2009 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Gourmet Picnic Foods
Replies: 38
Views: 3721

Re: Gourmet Picnic Foods

In a thermos, some chilled cucumber soup. A selection of miniature quiches, baked and frozen. They will thaw on the hike and be safe when you get there Some fresh strawberries, to go in the bubbly-some proseco or cava instead of champagne. Both are lower in alcohol and lighter in body. A chocolate c...
by PAstrychef
Sun May 24, 2009 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Robert J. Sawyer
Replies: 3
Views: 856

Re: Robert J. Sawyer

No, he's not that obscure. I also find him intolerably smug about many of his ideas-and the whole "Humanity is eevil!" business is a shallow dodge for a considered plot. In the Neanderthal books he has his neanderthal society destroy aggressive individuals. Yet they love to hunt and kill t...
by PAstrychef
Sun May 24, 2009 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 15998

Re: Writing?

Tolkien did a huge disservice to fantasy writers everywhere with his interest in linguistics, etc. Many of the almost writers I know have become mired down in the world-building part and forgotten the story. Phillip Pullman on the other hand, has answered questions about the world Lyra lives in with...
by PAstrychef
Sun May 24, 2009 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 15998

Re: Writing?

You can't worry abut how silly your ideas seem, you still have to work with them. I mean, what else are you going to write about ? Someone else's ideas? Some part of the story grabbed your attention- a person, a situation, a visual image. Explore that. Who is this person, how did they get into this ...
by PAstrychef
Thu May 21, 2009 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cooking Alchemy and Basic Recipes
Replies: 14
Views: 2054

Re: Cooking Alchemy and Basic Recipes

As long as we're talking baked goods-when making any kind of quick bread or muffin, that is, not a yeast raised loaf-don't mix the batter very much. The gluten proteins are the ones that make yeast doughs rise with lots of little bubbles. They start to form when wet and get stretchy when worked, ie....
by PAstrychef
Thu May 21, 2009 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833271

Re: Today I Made:

A lovely chicken curry with cashews from the book 50 Great Curries of India . Also the peanut butter chocolate volcano cookies from Rosie's Bakery Chocolate-Packed Jam-Filled Butter-Rich No-Holds-Barred Cookie Book . And a plain roast chicken with potatoes cooked in the pan for my unadventurous room...
by PAstrychef
Wed May 20, 2009 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cooking Alchemy and Basic Recipes
Replies: 14
Views: 2054

Re: Cooking Alchemy and Basic Recipes

Interesting that I used tap water for 18 years as a professional baker and had no problems getting my doughs to behave, even sourdoughs and long fermented ones. I used most of the varieties of pre-ferments when necessary-biga, poolish,levain, etc. If your bread is too dense you haven't developed the...
by PAstrychef
Fri May 15, 2009 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833271

Re: Today I Made:

Beer-batter cheese bread, cornmeal-lemon cookies and some spicy beef stirfry with loads of bok choy.
by PAstrychef
Mon May 11, 2009 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The technicalities of reading on the toilet
Replies: 47
Views: 6785

Re: The technicalities of reading on the toilet

Also, some of us, despite quantities of fiber, have more sensitive systems and need a few minutes of calm for things to work. When I'm in a hurry I can get in and out pretty fast, but something to read is pretty much a necessity most of the time. I have heard that reading on the toilet will increase...
by PAstrychef
Mon May 11, 2009 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: help: Grammar book request.
Replies: 15
Views: 2644

Re: help: Grammar book request.

GO to the college library and ask the librarian. They will have something that has the rules your college uses. (Sometimes they're different) Or ask any of the people who teach English Composition. And your sentence looks fine to me-and I graded grammar papers for years to help out my mom (she taugh...
by PAstrychef
Mon May 11, 2009 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833271

Re: Today I Made:

Roast beef dinner for my mom:
Standing rib roast
potatoes and parsnips cooked in the pan
3 veg with hollandaise
caramel pots du creme with chocolate curls for garnish.
Very yummy and very few leftovers.
by PAstrychef
Mon May 11, 2009 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What is your favourite animal to eat?
Replies: 95
Views: 10908

Re: What is your favourite animal to eat?

moose, moose I love a moose, never knew anything quite like a moose!
Oh wait- this isn't the food pr0n thread. Sorry. :wink:
perhaps that's spelled mousse
by PAstrychef
Sat May 09, 2009 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pork Roll is delicious! (+Argument about Canadian Bacon)
Replies: 8
Views: 1092

Re: Pork Roll is delicious.

... Canadian bacon *in Canada* is cured pork loin. Canadian bacon in the US is any number of different things from ham, ham-product, or "regular" bacon wound into a disk. Where do you find these things? Every time I've purchased or ordered Canadian Bacon I've gotten smoked pork loin. In C...
by PAstrychef
Sat May 09, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What can I cook during renovations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1723

Re: What can I cook during renovations?

A slow cooker and a small electric burner would be great additions to your list of tools, and you can get an oven to use on a camp stove (like the ones made by Coleman).Otherwise, it's going to be a lot of skillet dinners. Cooks Illustrated just put out a book of these recipes, and there are recipe ...
by PAstrychef
Fri May 08, 2009 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pork Roll is delicious! (+Argument about Canadian Bacon)
Replies: 8
Views: 1092

Re: Pork Roll is delicious.

Canadian Bacon-in America-is a smoked pork loin. Pork roll is kind of a pork bologna, smoother than Spam. Fried up it is pretty tasty.
by PAstrychef
Mon May 04, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833271

Re: Today I Made:

Walnut gnocchi from a recipe in The Silver Spoon , Italy's most popular cookbook. It's kind of like the Joy of Cooking but not so detailed. The gnocchi were very tasty, but I still have trouble getting the dough the right consistency. I'm afraid of adding too much flour, so they end up soft and almo...
by PAstrychef
Sun May 03, 2009 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The technicalities of reading on the toilet
Replies: 47
Views: 6785

Re: The technicalities of reading on the toilet

I just hold the reading material in my hands. This may have more to do with being of the female persuasion than any thing else.
by PAstrychef
Sun May 03, 2009 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Things to do with pork loin?
Replies: 7
Views: 1177

Re: Things to do with pork loin?

Cut it into chops about 1.5" thick and freeze the ones you don't want to use right away. Make a glaze with your choice of flavor profiles: Chinese/Japanese (Soy, rice wine, a bit of vinegar, some brown sugar) Caribbean (Citrus juice, hot peppers, allspice, molasses) New American (Maple syrup, s...
by PAstrychef
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Lonely Reader
Replies: 23
Views: 3917

Re: The Lonely Reader

Been dealing with this all my life. I can get through a book a day when I'm commuting on the train. Even though my family reads a lot too, there are few folks around to discuss stuff with. I've gotten a few friends to expand their horizons by planting carefully selected books with them. Sometimes th...
by PAstrychef
Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833271

Re: Today I Made:

Chicken and dumplings-the fluffy biscuit type dumplings, not the flat noodley type. Lots of carrots onion celery and mushrooms, plenty of sherry and a bit of heavy cream.Very yummy. Used skinless thighs and it worked great.
by PAstrychef
Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Should I get into Orson Scott Card?
Replies: 110
Views: 14959

Re: Should I get into Orson Scott Card?

Well, I loved Songmaster r and Hart's Hope . And the early short stories are often fascinating. I just stopped reading the newer stuff, because it was just fill-in for a story arc that I already knew. And the "magical" thrillers bore me to tears. The Earthbound series started off ok-it was...
by PAstrychef
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Stupid Pizza Chain Operators
Replies: 2
Views: 933

Re: Stupid Pizza Chain Operators

Well, I've had those problems talking to waitstaff in person on occasion......
Sorry, I had wandered off topic there. Hope I didn't kill the huge interest otherwise generated by the question.....
by PAstrychef
Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833271

Re: Today I Made:

A kitchen from a mess of boxes and old newspapers. I have moved 5 times since I last returned from Antarctica, in 2007. Before I went I put 99% of my stuff in deep storage, so we could rent the house while I was gone. Yesterday I finally got to unpack such beauties as my tortilla basket fryer, my do...
by PAstrychef
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Maud Hart Lovelace
Replies: 6
Views: 815

Re: Maud Hart Lovelace

This is where your library is your friend. Interlibrary loans can find almost anything. And most will give a vacation check-out, which is way longer than the regular time span, so you don't rack up all kinds of fees.
Nice to hear they're coming back though.
by PAstrychef
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Stomach in rebellion... iron constitution melting, melting..
Replies: 20
Views: 5163

Re: Stomach in rebellion... iron constitution melting, melting..

It's probably too late for you this time-but plain rice will help. So will a comfy cushion and a good book in the bathroom. If the problem is one of looseness, then bananas are binding, as is cooked hard-shell squash-pumpkin, butternut, acorn, or the box from the freezer section with an orange brick...
by PAstrychef
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833271

Re: Today I Made:

Steak.
Grilled slab-o-cow and a baked potato. Yum. Saved half of the slab for tomorrow.
by PAstrychef
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 44866

Re: Books that made you cry

Almost anything by Barbra Kingsolver-especially Pigs in Heaven . But I can get caught up in a story and start crying just because, even if the book is nothing simple. Lindsey Davies' Course of Honor about the Emperor Vespasian and his life-long love. The end of The Dark Tower Series made me cry too,...
by PAstrychef
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Maud Hart Lovelace
Replies: 6
Views: 815

Re: Maud Hart Lovelace

The Betsy-Tacy books were among my favorite reading when I was a kid, and I still forced them on unsuspecting children when I worked in the library. I miss kids books that aren't all about the Problem of the Week TM . Some of the best ones I remember from those long gone days were even about-gasp!-a...
by PAstrychef
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Let's Talk About Theobromine - that means Chocolate.
Replies: 186
Views: 58336

Re: Let's Talk About Theobromine - that means Chocolate.

Well, since ganache is equal weights chocolate ans cream, you could be onto something there!
by PAstrychef
Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4529
Views: 833271

Re: Today I Made:

A chicken braised in milk with lemon, sage, garlic and cinnamon. Farking amazing.
Also pumpkin gnocchi, which sopped up the sauce perfectly.

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