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by PAstrychef
Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The best realised universe
Replies: 64
Views: 9056

Re: The best realised universe

Interesting question-you sure do gets lots of detail in The Wheel of Time , but who wants to read all of it? It ruins any pace the story has. Which is glacial to begin with. A book/movie that drops me into a coherent place and time, where I'm not think but what about?.....is what I'm after-love LeGu...
by PAstrychef
Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How do you read?
Replies: 136
Views: 20915

Re: How do you read?

I really really love language for it's own sake-I love the sound and mouthfeel of words as unique properties separate from their meanings. But I tend to have a very conscious narration going on in my head most of the time anyway. There are actually separate brain systems that deal with aural and vis...
by PAstrychef
Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: My new HFCS-free life
Replies: 28
Views: 2913

Re: My new HFCS-free life

One way to start liking more veggies is to vary how you cook them. Start by steaming them in a small amount of water in the microwave, then try sauteing in olive oil. Roasting with a bit of oil and salt is also great, Try to see if the problem is flavor or texture-do you want more crunch or more mus...
by PAstrychef
Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Frying Pan Maintenance
Replies: 23
Views: 2444

Re: Frying Pan Maintenance

Letting grease congeal in your pan, then scraping it into the garbage is much better for your plumbing. And if it's bacon grease you save it in the fridge to use later, when frying spuds or ham, or to coat a cornbread pan before adding the batter or to add some oomph to any dish that gets a bit of f...
by PAstrychef
Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Yogurt: Still Healthy?
Replies: 20
Views: 2565

Re: Yogurt: Still Healthy?

A nice greek style plain yogurt is a very tasty food, and pretty good for you. You can drain the yogurt and get a thick spreadable cheese-add some chopped herbs and have it on crackers or toast. (Put the yogurt in a coffee filter lined strainer and leave over a bowl for several hours or overnight. D...
by PAstrychef
Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Let's Talk About Theobromine - that means Chocolate.
Replies: 186
Views: 57379

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

For this to work really well you need to candy the ginger first. Put 8 oz (weight) water in a small pan Add 8 oz sugar. bring to a boil, stirring a bit, and add 2 oz peeled, sliced ginger. Let it simmer for a few minutes, then turn off heat and let it cool. It can rest over night. Strain the ginger ...
by PAstrychef
Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 172
Views: 71499

Re: Who likes BREAD?

Laugenbrotten (pretzel bread) can be found! It can even be made at home. the trick to the great texture is dipping it in a lye bath before baking, so that the crust sets and the crumb can't expand everywhere. It has small amounts of milk and butter in it to give it that slightly rich taste. It's wor...
by PAstrychef
Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 15645

Re: Writing a book

one more hint-the first readers of your work should only be people who have never seen you naked. That means no girlfriends or family. They will only tell you how wonderful you are, and what you need are people who can tell you what you did wrong.
by PAstrychef
Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 15645

Re: Writing a book

One good way to get started is to give yourself a daily goal-500 words, or 1,000 words aren't too hard to manage. Do it EVERY SINGLE DAY. There are lots of good books out there about writing, go read some of them. But get in your word count, and soon you will have a story or a novel. It may be crap,...
by PAstrychef
Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend
Replies: 73
Views: 8010

Re: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend

How about a book I would actively discourage a friend from reading? The DaVinci Code. Trite, an unoriginal mash-up of anti catholic stories (and I'm not big on the Church!), bad pacing, horrible dialog, etc. etc. The very fact that so many people loved it is enough to make me worry about it. Nothing...
by PAstrychef
Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Let's Talk About Theobromine - that means Chocolate.
Replies: 186
Views: 57379

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

The best hot chocolate EVAR is to be found in Madrid-at the chocolateria San Genes, near the Puerto Del Sol. It's just about a hot chocolate pudding, eaten with fresh churros. You can get the chocolate needed to make this from Valor-LaTienda.com and Belgian Chocolate online both carry the bars. Trad...
by PAstrychef
Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: crockpot love
Replies: 43
Views: 19108

Re: crockpot love

One of my favorite dishes in the crock pot: Slice up one big peeled sweet potato. Cube up some cheap pork shoulder or "country style" ribs. You want a fair amount of fat and collagen. I use 2-3 pounds. Brown the meat with some onion, put it into the crock. Add a diced jalapeno or tow, or w...
by PAstrychef
Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: personal agendas disguised as fiction
Replies: 100
Views: 12962

Re: personal agendas disguised as fiction

Well, in Pournelle and Niven's Fallen Angles the science agenda is as obvious as any of the religious agenda in Left Behind . :wink: In reality there is NO WAY for an author not to have her personal worldview shape her writing. Some authors do paint a bigger target to be shot down than others, and s...
by PAstrychef
Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 472
Views: 224048

Re: Recommend a book

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. One of the all time great reads about letters, numbers and the ideas behind them. This story, about a boy named Milo, "Who didn't know what to do with himself, not just sometimes, but always." He finds a package in his room one day, which proves to ...
by PAstrychef
Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 169658

Re: Iain M. Banks

Banks's books are now being properly released in the US! Wonderful writer, his non-SF stuff is also quite good, especially The Crow Road. If you like a long and winding tale, these are a good choice.
by PAstrychef
Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 685
Views: 247093

Tasty snacks

I got tired of finding only sweet protein bars so I worked up this recipe. You can wrap and freeze them, they thaw pretty fast. Thai-style meal bars You need three bowls, a whisk, a rubber spatula, a 9x13 pan and measuring cups and spoons. A food processor is nice but not necessary. Bowl 1 5 T UNFLA...
by PAstrychef
Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Bison/Buffalo.
Replies: 4
Views: 942

Re: Bison/Buffalo.

Bison is good stuff. To find it you can go here and find a bison rancher in your state. You can get all the same cuts that you can from a steer, so there are roasts, etc. as well as steaks and burgers. It's usually the most frequent red meat on my table. It makes a great stew or chili. If there's a ...
by PAstrychef
Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Let's Talk About Theobromine - that means Chocolate.
Replies: 186
Views: 57379

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

Actually I am an expert! The world of chocolates has expanded so much in the 18 years I've been a pastry chef that every one is kind of spinning around trying all the fun new stuff. The South American products have become fantastic, from being mediocre just a few years ago. Personally I love Valhron...

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