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Mar. 24th, 2010

Meme, Day 21

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Day 21 | A recipe

From Wikipedia and : Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert. In more modern times it is usually made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey, and fresh raspberries topped with toasted oatmeal. It is sometimes called Atholl Brose (which is more properly a drink using similar ingredients). Earlier recipes used crowdie cheese rather than (or as well as) cream, and were sometimes called cream-crowdie. Other earlier recipes are more austere, omitting the whisky and treating the fruit as an optional extra.

A traditional way to serve Cranachan is to bring dishes of each ingredient to the table, so that each person can assemble their dessert to taste. Tall dessert glasses are also of typical presentation.

It was originally a summer dish and often consumed around harvest time, but is now more likely to be served all year round at weddings and on special occasions. A variant dish was ale-crowdie, consisting of ale, treacle and whisky with the oatmeal - served at a wedding with a ring in the mixture: whoever got the ring would be the next to marry.

From: Cranachan Recipe Page on Undiscovered Scotland

Ingredients:

(Serves two)

» Approx 300g/10½oz raspberries (strawberries can also be used).
» 280ml/10 floz/one cup double (heavy) cream.
» 2 tablespoons good quality honey.
» 2 tablespoons single malt whisky.
» 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal.

Method:

1. Place the oatmeal in a cool, dry pan and turn on the heat to simmer. Stirring occasionally, toast the oatmeal until it is golden brown. This process could take between 10-20 minutes.

2. Once the oatmeal is brown, turn off the heat and let it cool in the pan.

3. Place the cream in a bowl and whisk up until soft and relatively thick.

4. Add the honey and single malt whisky and fold it in with a whisk, until it is soft and creamy.
5. Pick out some of the best raspberries for decoration and add three or four to the bottom of each serving glass, leaving a few for final decoration.

6. Add the rest of the raspberries to the cream mixture and fold in carefully, breaking up a few of the raspberries to obtain a slight colouring to the cream.

7. Spoon the mixture into the serving glasses, then add cream to the top to make an even base for the oatmeal.

8. By now the oatmeal will be cooler. Using a teaspoon, evenly sprinkle the oatmeal over the dessert. Add a raspberry for the finishing touch and chill for about three hours, or overnight.
Serving:

Cranachan can be served on its own, or with double cream and more raspberries. For an extra treat, make up the cream and add the raspberries as in 3, 4 and 6 above. Then freeze in a container for a yogurty fresh ice cream.

Meme, Day 20

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Day 20 | A hobby of yours

I was doing pretty good on this meme for a while. I spent a few weekends away from my desk, but I did something like 19 posts in 30 days. This, however, was the entry that killed the meme for me. This is the one that I've put off forever.

I have no hobbies.

I haven't followed an anime series closely since Code GayAss R2.
I haven't actively played a serious* video game since Final Fantasy XII first came out on October 31, 2006.
I haven't roleplayed since high school. A few D&D sessions is about it.
I haven't written a complete piece of writing since, according to Livejournal, July of 2009.
I haven't seriously played Magic since Lucky Frog closed and I moved off campus.

If this isn't evidence of an embarrassing ennui, I don't know what is. I don't know what I am. I don't know any whats or whys, actually.

But, most importantly, I don't know of a cure.

*Not counting sports and music games.

Mar. 3rd, 2010

Meme, Day 19

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Day 19 | A talent of yours

I write, but not well. I make coffee drinks, but not quickly. I listen to a lot of music, but is that worthy of bragging?

I can be an ass, and the skill with which I cut people down is impressive. I once made a girl cry in only four words.

Unfortunately, I can only use this skill on people I like. I'm quite passive and stoic to the people that tend to deserve this treatment.

Feb. 28th, 2010

Meme, Day 18

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Day 18 | Whatever tickles your fancy

Since this has been on my mind for a few days, here is a brief sketch of my prospective miniature D&D/Pathfinder campaign.

It took several days to finally get all of this typed out and minimally coherent, and so, I'm too tired to be bothered to proofread it.

If I know you in real life, and you are interested in playing, this probably constitutes a spoiler. PS: If I know you in real life... wanna play some D&D in the near future? *wink* PPS: This is a really long cut text.Collapse )

Clearly, I have a lot of fleshing out left to do for this campaign.

Feb. 23rd, 2010

Meme, Day 17

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Day 17 | An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)



I would absolutely follow him into battle.

Meme, Day 16

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Day 16 | A song that makes you cry (or nearly)

Gackt - Sekirei


It isn't just the song, but the emotions and time period it invokes. I really got into Gackt in 11th and 12th grades, and fell for this song particularly towards the end of 11th grade. Katie and I were at probably the lowest point ever, I was in the midst of a failed romance with Karmela, my grades had (already) bottomed-out (in 10th grade, and were rebounding), my relationship with my parents had (already) bottomed-out (in 10th grade, and were rebounding) as well, and... this was the song I listened to.

So, I guess, the emotions invoked about my state of mind at the times are more sad than the song itself, but the song is still pretty sad.

The Smashing Pumpkins - By Starlight


More of an actual sad song, worthy of tearing up. But it too reminds me of my past; a specific incident in my last year of college. Late in the spring, in the middle of the night, I ended up making a playlist consisting of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Isola, and wandering campus for a few hours. It was fun. Special, even. I somehow found parts of campus I never knew existed. It ended up being a fairly emotional night, and this song really just put it over the top.

Feb. 22nd, 2010

Meme, Day 15

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A quick double-up.

Day 15 | A fanfic

Star Wars I, II, and III.

Hahahaha see what I did there?

Meme, Day 14

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Day 14 | A non-fictional book

Totally already did this on accident to tickle my fantasy because I failed to see this on the list.

Jon Meacham's American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

On January 30th, 1835, Andrew Jackson was the victim of the country's first assassination attempt. A crazy guy ran up to President Jackson, then about 68 (and not a young 68), and fired a pistol. It misfired. So he pulled out a second pistol. It also misfired. At this point, President Jackson, legend holds, charged the would-be assassin, and relentlessly beat him with a cane. He had to be restrained by his posse, which included Davy Crockett.

Andrew Jackson almost beat his own would be assassin to death with a cane until Davy Crockett was able to hold him back. Seriously now.

Feb. 18th, 2010

Meme, Day 13

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Day 13 | A fictional book

I face the problem of already having Dune. And, tomorrow, I'll face the problem of having already done Conscience of a Liberal (I scanned the list for nonfiction books, and clearly failed). So, I'll go with...

Haruki Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

In my last year of high school, and early career at college, I was... read-out. I was reading so much for class, hundreds of pages a day, I didn't do any pleasure reading. Hard-boiled changed that, though.

It was autumn in my sophomore year when I finally started reading it. I was a huge fan of Haibane Renmei, and I was feeling really, positively introverted. It was a wonderful feeling; the weather was turning cold, the leaves were changing color, and I'd be out in the hall at 4am with a green throw blanket up against the radiator for heat. Which was fitting, because the End of the World half of the story was sit in the dead of a frigid winter in an abandoned town. It mirrored campus. And I spent hours each night, cuddled on the couch reading it.

It changed my taste in fiction, I think. It was surreal, it was lyrical, it was surreal, it had a clever wit about it, and it was so surreal. It alternated perfectly between a bizarre adventure with goofy characters and random pop culture references and a tale of blase acceptance of loneliness and abandonment. It was wonderful. And I cannot recommend it enough.

Seriously. Go to a book store and read the first page. You'll be addicted.

Meme, Day 12

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Yes, I missed a few days. I went home for a few days and didn't have internet access, and since I came back, have had an overflowing inbox, an overloaded RSS reader, a backlog of LJ posts, and a windfall of Facebook notifications. So, here we go again.

Day 12 | Whatever tickles your fancy

James Thomas Heflin is my great great uncle on my mother's mother's side.

Some cool facts about Cotton Tom Heflin:

1. Was a Congressman from Alabama.
2. Once, some black guy in a street car in DC went all Rosa Parks on him. He shot him.
3. Campaigned on shooting a black guy in DC while in Alabama.
4. Was a Senator from Alabama.
5. Often wore a pimp-o-licious solid white three-peice suit with a bitchin' pimp cane.
6. Would likely have been FDR's Vice President, and thus, perhaps President.
7. But was not because he refused to support Catholic Al Smith for President.
8. Why? Because this mother fucker was in the KKK. He ain't supportin' no Catholics.
9. Fell out of favor with the Democratic machine, and was eventually defeated.
10. Said no.
11. Seriously. He said no, and used his position in the Senate to launch an investigation into voter fraud.
12. Gave an epic, multi-hour, red-faced defense of his allegations, laced with expletives and questionable hand gestures. The crowd approved.
13. Yep.

That is my family for you.

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