Non-Cornish pasties

Aug. 19th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Belovedest has mentioned a few times that it's hard to get your hands on a nice meat pasty around these parts. I contemplated the matter and asked a few questions.

At length, it seemed like it was a good day to try.

My reliable source for understanding the principles behind what I'm cooking is Serious Eats. So I read through the pie crust stuff again. (Incidentally, the site is a clickbait hole for DELICIOUSNESS.)


Clickbait: http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/03/science-of-pie-7-myths-that-need-to-go-away.html

Science: http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2011/07/the-food-lab-the-science-of-pie-how-to-make-pie-crust-easy-recipe.html

Recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/07/easy-pie-dough-recipe.html
2 1/2 cups (12.5 ounces; 350 grams) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons (25 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon (5 grams) kosher salt
2 1/2 sticks (10 ounces; 280 grams) unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pats
6 tablespoons (3 ounces; 85 milliliters) cold water

I looked at the amounts involved.

There was no way that I was going to be able to fit all that flour and butter into my food processor, which is an attachment to my stick blender. I looked closely at the amounts.

It so happens that the ratio of cups of flour to sticks of butter is 1:1. So I decided that I could make a test batch, one cup and one stick. The salt and sugar is less important, and in fact the sugar is kind of not what I wanted for a pasty dough.

I put 2/3 of the flour together with the butter and a bit of salt, then added a little water and more of the flour. (Probably not how I should have done it.) Then I mixed it in a larger bowl with a little more water. My hands are rather hot, so I tried to cool them down with ice.

I wrapped it up in cling wrap and let it cool off in the refrigerator. I pulled it out a few hours later, and quartered the dough. I saw that it had distinct stacked layers, like a good steel blade. I was thrilled.

I rolled it out in the best tradition of my mother, between two sheets of parchment paper. (There is no rolling pin in this kitchen. I used a glass.) I stuck it back in the refrigerator, still between the sheets, to wait while I prepared the filling. (Parchment paper and waxed paper are easier to handle than cling wrap, for this.)

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/01/cornish-pasty-british-meat-hand-pie-recipe.html

This was not a Cornish pasty. [personal profile] wohali said something about a chicken curry pasty, and I went "Oooo!" and she advised that you can use pretty much any chicken curry recipe, just dryer than usual.

I went for it.

My basic chicken curry is chicken plus a brick of golden curry sauce plus assorted vegetables, and oil as needed. This time I decided to cook the chicken thigh meat so it would be easy to separate from the bones in my multifunction fancy rice cooker, along with some spiced oil left over from a previous recipe, and some dry onions. I cooked the vegetables and the curry brick separately, only combining them all (and some potato flakes to sop up water and oil) at the end. My partner is much better at handling chicken meat in all its phases than I am, and stripped the meat from the bones before I mixed them together.

I did roll it too thin, and I let it get too hot when filling it.

Despite the holes, I stuck the crust together with egg wash, and egg washed the outside. (I used the leftover egg wash to make a little bit of curry scrambled egg, which my partner ate on top of their salad.)

I'd wisely said that if the food was not going to be ready by 10pm, we should eat something else. The pies came out of the oven just as we were finishing chicken nuggets, but we still had enough room to test half a pie each.


Mmmmmmmmm.

I will be making these again. And the dough process is relatively simple with the tools at hand, so my partner (who can follow a recipe, but isn't yet the cocky ass in the kitchen that I am) may wind up learning the process too.


I put together a bit of sweet pie dough just now, and it's chilling in a ball in the refrigerator. I'm thinking that some fruit pies might be in order...

Mème à tropes

Aug. 19th, 2017 02:28 pm
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Pris à [livejournal.com profile] jyanadavega.

3 types d'histoires dont je ne me lasserais probablement jamais

* Tension romantique et sexuelle entre ennemis ! Dans un cadre où l'opposition est suffisamment forte pour que maintenir une romance soit difficile (pas de la rivalité sportive, quoi ^^) Souvent ce sont des ex, mais pas forcément.

* Fusion contes de fées. Que ce soit un univers alternatifs complet, ou juste des personnages qui se retrouvent à vivre des événements proches d'un conte de fées.

* Contrôle mental érotique (consensuel ou pas). C'est juste le kink qui marche le mieux sur moi

Read more... )

I'm all shopped out

Aug. 19th, 2017 04:00 am
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Friday didn't go as I'd hoped. Vintage Market Days turned out to be a glorified craft show--a lot of things distressed or made to look old--the percentage of actual old stuff...well, let's just say it was a small percentage. There was almost no furniture, and the one piece that I sort of liked...I didn't like that much. Way over budget!

I made one purchase, NOT out of my savings. I popped $12 on a horse picture I fell in love with, a lovely sorrel (red-gold coat with a blond mane and tail) wearing some snazzy tack with tooled leather and conchos. That acquisition inspired me to get busy in the office this evening and hang it, along with five other horse pics I have--and then, I dug into the box that held my childhood horse figurines...I thinned the herd, so to speak, before my move--I could name some of the absent beasties--but the survivors are massed on a bookcase at right angles to the pics. I also have a big PBN landscape of horses that needs to go up, but I'm pleased with tonight's progress, and happy to see my old friends.

The one thing I didn't get (that I REALLY wanted) was an old bouncy horse--the kind that comes on springs in a big metal frame, except this one had been liberated. I've been wanting to get one for a few years, with plans to convert it into a gaily painted carousel-type pony. "Where are you going to PUT it?" inquired killjoy GK. "On the porch with a light inside it," I told her loftily. It would certainly make a dramatic accent piece, wouldn't it? I just couldn't make myself cough up $35 for it. Not because I don't think it's a reasonable price, but because my past, in the form of some old student loans, has caught up to me--they're garnishing part of my benefits; my so-called discretionary income has disappeared, so as much as I'd love to have fun creating a painted pony, it's not a priority. Durable goods like a table or a credenza, yes. Major expenditures for artsy fun projects, not so much.

After browsing the market for a couple hours, we left, and GK wanted to go to a nearby antiques mall she'd discovered on line--she's suddenly developed an attraction to late mid-century, since the place she's now renting, in her words, looks like the 70's threw up in there. (She says that like it's a bad thing.)

The antiques mall was excruciating, in the sense of, "Why do I have to have so much taste and so little money?", as well as, "If I'd held on to this, that and the other--and got rid of half what's left!--I'd be rich...or at least have more of a cushion.". There was indeed some delicious mid-century stuff, and I managed not to do more than whimper aloud, even at the plethora of Pyrex. (When I say Pyrex, I'm talking about the pretty colored stuff made prior to the 80's, when they started making clear exclusively.) I have a modest collection--at least compared to some of the collectors who post on Pinterest--with pieces of various patterns; I don't have a matched set of anything, but none of it cost more than a few bucks, either.

The clear Pyrex that just got donated went with other surplus kitchenware and the cast-off clothes from my last closet winnowing. I kept one really nice clear serving dish with a lid, but that's pretty much it. The clothes that left...I looked at the spring-summer weight stuff and asked myself if I was going to wear it in the next eight weeks (by mid-October, summer is going to be drawing to a close, if not over outright), and if not, get rid of it, because by next spring, it'll be too big, since I've mentally scheduled the surgery for late January. I have ample winter clothes, and by spring, I'll be ready for all new everything. At least, new thrifted.

Came home utterly worn out, since I'd only had a couple hours sleep beforehand. My natural preference runs along the lines of a second-shift schedule, where I go to bed around daybreak and sleep until noon. Curse the world that insists on scheduling life with mornings.... Slept until about 8 p.m., and got up and have been wide-awake ever since.

Love to all.

...

Hello + The Magnus Bane Show

Aug. 18th, 2017 10:30 pm
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Hiiiii, I'm gonna start posting here again. It'll still be mainly for vid recs, but also other random fannish things.

I recently started marathoning the show Shadowhunters. This is 100% due to seeing images of Harry Shum Jr as Magnus Bane and Magnus/Alec floating around fannish spaces. It is very ridiculous but lots of fun. Like...most of it is pretty cheesy and some of it is pretty bad, not gonna lie, but it's in the best way where I giggle & clap my hands in squee. (And have endless fun mocking all the characters and their poor life choices--with love!)
 
If you watch this show, come live-tweet with me as I experience the beautiful ridiculousness, often not sober:

season 1 thread  /  2x02-05 thread  /  2x06-07 thread  /  2x08-09 thread  /  2x10 thread  /  2x11-12 thread 

2x13 - ? thread now

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Lo these many years ago, American History was one of my special interests.  My undergrad degree was in it (well, not technically, but like 90% of my classes--including Historical Methods and stuff like that--focused on US history).  I still love it, but I'm not focused enough on it to call it a special interest any more.

But you guys, there is SO MUCH interesting stuff about early American history that, if it were taught properly, would REALLY change peoples' perspectives on the "brave, gallant, noble" men of the Confederacy.  And I'm not talking just the racism stuff, like 90% of them were whiny pissbabies and THAT is why the Civil War even existed in the first place.  I shit you not.  The modern Conservative Christian persecution complex has NOTHING on the antebellum Southern elite.  Sure, a lot of those guys were personally brave in battle.  But on a political or moral level, they were ... most five-year-olds are more mature.  (I'm simplifying things a lot here and painting with a really broad brush, but it's not inaccurate.)

This meta is going to take as read that slavery=EVIL and that there is no such thing as a "good" slaveowner and that racism is horribly, horribly evil and nothing good can ever come of it and white supremacy twists and mutilates everything good it comes in contact with.  You all know that, or you should, and you can find lots of places talking about that with a quick google search.  Also, Blacks and poor Whites had vibrant cultures during this time period that I'm going to largely ignore because while all that is awesome, I want you to truly understand ALL the reasons why it's stupid and pathetic to glamorize the Southern elite, which means focusing on them.  The South was (and is!) REALLY AWFUL AND SCREWED UP and racism is part of that but not the only part.  But we will start a bit by talking about racism, because it's the root of so much other evil.

I'm sure you've heard that "race is a social construct!"  Let's look at how that construct got constructed, shall we?

How Black And White People Came To Be )

Economic Differences And Political Boondoggles, or, How The South Learns That Temper Tantrums Are A Viable Political tool. )

The South's Persecution Complex vs. the North's Manifest Destiny )

Taking Their Marbles And Going Home, Then They'll Be Sorry: Civil War Edition )

More Delusions Of Grandeur: The Whole Lost Cause Romantic Bullshit )

And I look at this and shake my head at the triumph of propaganda over reality, and also at the fact that ANYBODY, even a racist, could POSSIBLY think that those idiotic inbred delusional cretinous whiny pissbabies were cool or worthy of adoration.
white woman side eying someone.

Spectre Requisitions

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:05 pm
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There's an exchange called Spectre Requisitions, which is for rarer 'ships in the Mass Effect fandom. It's a lot of fun, and I've participated in it the last two years.

Anyway, I seriously lucked out on my gifts this year, so I need to flail about them a little. I know that I have some Mass Effect fans over here on DW, so maybe some of you will of interest.

First, for a treat, I received a lovely piece of artwork. ♥ I absolutely adore F!Shepard/Garrus/Tali (to the point that 15% of the works on the AO3 about that relationship are fics by me), so I was absolutely thrilled to get the notification for that.

But my actual gift really wins everything. Because someone wrote me 22k words of Ashley/F!Shepard/Kaidan, based on a prompt that I've included in various exchanges for something like three or four years now. It's amazing, and you should totally go read it if you're even remotely intrigued by the idea of that relationship.

Literally as I was about to post

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:12 pm
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to ask whether any kindly person was running www.hasstevebannonbeenfiredyet.com:

The Independent: Steve Bannon: Trump 'decides to remove chief strategist' from White House role
CBS live updates (warning: autoplays stuff)

"A person close to Bannon" said it was TOTALLY HIS IDEA Y'ALL, IT'S ALL PART OF HIS MASTER PLAN DON'T YOU SEE.

ETA: Recommended: http://plaidadder.tumblr.com/post/164338863264/goodbye-steve-bannon-you-were-fired-too-late
http://plaidadder.tumblr.com/post/164340936634/how-is-this-playing-in-breitbartville-not-well

uncorked

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:07 pm
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This fic WILL NOT STOP. I have passed 10,000 words and it just keeps spawning new complications every time I think I've got something nailed down. It was only meant to be about 2-3000 words and the whole second half was going to be sorted out in about three paragraphs. I'm blaming MacDonnell on the Heights for some of it because it is just such a Barrayaran military song and every time it comes up on my playlist I come up with a new problem for Vorhalas to wrangle with. You know that on Barrayar they love songs about the loyal lieutenant who takes up the standard when the great general falls, and gets killed just before he can win the battle and ends up buried beside his general. But it feels like I've got about three years' worth of words coming uncorked all of a sudden; I'm fairly sure I've written more this month than I did in all of 2015. The finish line is in sight now, maybe, but there's still a lot to sort out.

The current tricky bit is, what are the practical and legal consequences if a serving officer's District Count orders him to disobey his military superiors? I ask because I had Vorhalas do this in the current draft, and then when I was writing a bit of dialogue slightly later Vorhalas outright said he would never do that, so now I have to go back and fix it, because of course he wouldn't. But I'm inviting speculation here - what would happen on Barrayar if some hypothetical count and some hypothetical officer did this, to both the officer and the count?
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Thanks to folks at [community profile] thisfinecrew for links, and links that led to other links among the following:

Solidarity Cville: Donate -- suggestions and links for local groups to support

Indivisble: Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville - Find an Event

The Nation: Here’s What You Can Do After Charlottesville

Indivisible: Are Your Members of Congress Doing Enough to Respond to the Charlottesville Terrorist Attack? -- though this is several days old and therefore lacks a script for HOLY FUCK THE PRESIDENT IS DEFENDING NEO-NAZIS (EVEN MORE) WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

SPLC releases new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide after Charlottesville attack

Politico: GOP chairmen resist hearings on white supremacy

They don't want it. Demand it.

[tumblr.com profile] plaidadder: Three Democratic members of the House have introduced a censure resolution.

You can read the text here.

Censure is a formal reprimand. It is not legally binding, but it is rare, and Sends a Message. MoveOn.org originally organized around a campaign to get Congress to censure Clinton instead of impeaching him.

This may be an attempt to accomplish something less difficult than impeachment; or it may be a trial run to see how many Republicans are ready to jump from the Trump Train.


ETA: Politico: Pelosi endorses censure of Trump over Charlottesville response -- apparently at least 79 Democrats have signed.

Not directly Charlottesville-related, but interesting and could be worth asking your reps to support:

H.R.1987 - Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act

To steal Wikipedia's explanation: "This bill would replace the Cabinet as the body that, together with the Vice President, determines whether Section 4 should be invoked. Under the bill, an eleven-member commission would conduct an examination of the President when directed to do so by a concurrent resolution of the Congress."

(Which, basically, shifts the power to forcibly 25th-Amendment the President back towards Congress to a greater degree, as opposed to depending entirely on the Cabinet which that President apppointed.)

Helping Charlottesville kids

Aug. 18th, 2017 07:17 am
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A good friend of mine lives and works (as a teacher) in Charlottesville, and her school librarian has put together a list of books to help kids in the city process what's been happening. If you have a little money, please buy one of the books at the link below and help Charlottesville's kids directly!

[here!]

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