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hummus, houmous, hommos, humos, hoummos

January 24th, 2012 (10:07 am)

Katherine asked me how I make it. I don't measure anything, I've just done it often enough to be able to gauge from looking and tasting.

I soak some dried chickpeas overnight, then cook them for about an hour and a half, simmering in a pot of water. The I drain and rinse them, and blend them together with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, some tahini, salt and paprika. I add some water to get the right consistency. In the serving dish I usually drizzle on extra olive oil and sprinkle more paprika and some chopped parsley. Sometimes I have also added extra things, like chopped black olives or spring onions. Short, sweet and simple.

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Peanut butter biscuits

January 10th, 2012 (10:02 pm)

On NYE, Jason and Tracey and offspring were coming to visit at tea time, and then other friends were coming to dinner, and so I wanted to have something home made to go with a cup of tea. I made some peanut butter biscuits, adapted from a recipe my sister gave me years ago, and I rediscovered it last year on a scrap of paper amongst all the boxes of crap that were shipped after years of being in storage in NZ. They were even nicer than I remembered. I think Jason would like the recipe.

125g butter
⅓ of a cup of soft brown sugar
⅓ of a cup of caster sugar
⅓ of a cup of good peanut butter (I get that crunchy organic stuff for hippies)
½ a teaspoon of vanilla essence
1¼ cups plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarb
A pinch of salt
A bar of good 70% dark chocolate (I used 100g Lindt 70%)

1) Cream the butter, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla with a beater
2) Sift the flour, bicarb and salt and work them into the other ingredients with a wooden spoon
3) Chop the chocolate and mix it in
4) Make small balls of the thick dough, place them on greased trays or trays lined with baking paper and squash each ball with a fork - I think my mixture made about 28 small biscuits

Bake for about 15 minutes in a moderate oven.

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January 9th, 2012 (03:02 pm)

I've obviously not done a good job of revitalising my 'blog; haven't written anything since October. Mainly I know I need to do more to keep up with people not on Facebook -- I've not really taken to that google+ thing so far.

Anyway, the point of this post is Katherine wants to know how I make tabbouleh. I love tabbouleh, and I made some on Saturday night as I was going walking on Sunday and needed something to take for lunch, and it's probably my favourite thing to take for lunch on a walk - very sustaining.

Put some dry bulghur wheat in a bowl, add a little salt, pour on boiling water until it's just covered with a mm or two of water to spare. Cover the bowl and wait for half an hour. Stir it up and mix in some olive oil and lemon juice - I add them by taste. Then I add chopped spring onions, and loads of chopped tomato and parsley, and maybe some coriander leaves. You can also use cucumber, but actually I tend not to if I'm planning on keeping it more than a day. If I'm expecting it to be a whole meal in itself, I mixed in some feta cheese cut into tiny cubes. Then chill it.

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Too much London?

October 24th, 2011 (03:38 pm)

Two weekends in a row to London. I was up at 5:30 this morning getting ready to drive back to the office, and now I am looking forward to my bed very much. Last weekend was a bit traumatic; we had lunch at Maze Grill (one of Ramsey's) and I got very ill while I was there. I'm pretty sure it was the trout starter, but they assured me since that many people had the same dishes I had and no other problems were reported. I guess it could've been coincidental, but I'm very suspicious given it was sudden, violent and over fairly quickly, although my head and nose are still sore from bashing myself about when I was struggling to remain conscious.

The weekend just gone was less eventful, but we did go to see Glen Campbell at Southbank. He's doing his final tour, now suffering from dementia. He can still hold the stage though.

Next week is field trip week for our Faculty, and I have planned to take the week off. I was planning to spend much of it in London, but I feel like staying home. I can't park at Kris's during the week, so I'd have to use public transport, and trying to plan getting about on buses and trains and things just makes me feel like I want to stay home. Also, I feel like maybe I do just need some time at home. I'm tired.

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autumn Monday assortment

October 18th, 2010 (10:38 am)

current mood: okay

I've had a weekend of bright autumn sunshine, colourful leaves and baking for a tea party, in my city that looks like this:

(when you stand on the suspension bridge).

Also, strange dreams about high tech office furniture, people dismissing me, small rooms filled with books, and travelling.

This morning I didn't want to leave my car and come inside, because I was enjoying listening to Mary Warnock on the radio, talking about how the basis of morality for secular society is the emotion of sympathy and not reason, which brings into question the notion of faith-based versus rational approaches to morality.

Now I'm here I have students emailing me about modules I've never even heard of.

I watched a couple of episodes of Gavin & Stacey last week, and found it very amusing. I never bothered with it before - for some reason I expected it would be like Will & Grace (which I think is rubbish) because the title is two people's names. I don't suppose it was very logical to think so.

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Dreadful hats

October 17th, 2010 (08:03 pm)

current mood: okay
current song: Love Machine-Girls Aloud

I was trying to describe these hats - that people often seemed to wear in NZ, perhaps in the 70s and 80s. They were often beige or orange or blue. I never wore a hat like this and I hope I never do.

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Guess what this is.

October 15th, 2010 (07:29 pm)

current mood: okay
current song: Square In The Social Circle-Fosca-Supine On The Astroturf

a new england
B & D Council
daihatsu copen
eartha kitt
gado gado
ha ha said the clown
i can't believe it's not butter
jack cable
l plates p plates
m4 services map
Nancy Spain
o rly
rabbit furries
val mcdermid
x and y axis
Yesterday television

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stock and cat

September 27th, 2010 (04:59 pm)

current mood: okay

This is the best thing Katherine has sent me today so far.

Katherine and I disagreed about that pink cat. I think, assuming it's well cared for generally, it's not such a terrible thing to happen to a cat. Many worse things happen to creatures and people, eg it's not long until 'small children dressed as pumpkins' season.

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September 25th, 2010 (10:09 pm)

current mood: okay
current song: Pots and Pans-A. King/J. Matthews-Nuggets

I'm not in Oxford. Actually, I'm so tired at the moment that I think I really needed down time at home. It seems ages since I had a whole weekend home alone with nothing much planned. But I do feel like I've been submerged in my head and out of touch with people, and I don't really know how to get myself back into things again.

I did go out in the morning (clothes shopping) and it was lovely and bright out, but cold! I wore a winter coat and gloves and sun glasses. I'm cold right now, but still haven't turned on the heating -- it's still September!

I also got a load of washing done and line dried. Domestica. I tried the plum jam I'd made under difficult circumstances this afternoon, because I was scared that maybe it wasn't nice (and I'd been giving it to people) but it was nice. In the week I froze beans and added those to the raspberries and plums already in the freezer. I'll have to try to remember to use up all this stuff somehow.

I finally tracked down a hot water bottle in Superdrug at Fishponds. They said they don't normally have them, but brought them in from another shop because of demand. No covers though, so I've made my own out of an old jumper, as per a suggestion on the Guardian website (although I think the depicted example looks a bit tatty), and have been embroidering it this evening in front of the television.

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(no subject)

September 16th, 2010 (07:51 am)

current mood: okay
current song: Kiss that frog-Peter Gabriel-The Language of Flowers

Ugh. Suddenly I have no spacebar space, apostrophe or paste command. Id order a new keyboard if I was sure it was actually a keyboard problem.

(Laboriously pasting in spaces via screen menu not fun.)

(Ah...no hyphens either).

ETA: It probably is a keyboard problem, so I've ordered one. It's going to be lots of fun until then.

Another ETA: Looks like it was a keyboard problem. A nice IT person from work lent me a keyboard to try out, and I've plugged it in and it works fine.

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sad about a pudding

September 14th, 2010 (11:39 am)

current mood: okay

Have you noticed? I'm trying to start a LJ renaissance. Between meetings.

Today I'm slightly sad about a crumble. Saturday I picked blackberries on the way home, and then made a crumble that we were supposed to have for pudding on Saturday night. But due to all the Saturday night drama, the pudding wasn't eaten. It is still untouched in the fridge, and I know that it's going to go in the bin. I mind more because I picked the berries, and it was the only blackberrying I've done this summer. I left it until the last minute. Next year I will try to do better.

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Hello new term

September 9th, 2010 (11:37 am)

current mood: okay

Lastly night was my second night in a row of strangely disturbing dream activity. I notice I seem to get a surge of this sort of thing now and again. The night before last I dreamed I was looking at myself in a mirror and could see a network of very dark raised veins all across my chest. Since I find anything to do with imagery around the circulatory system very unsettling, unsurprisingly I woke up totally creeped out.

This morning I woke with intense pain in my head, neck and shoulders (the pain disappeared quite quickly once I was properly awake. I'd been dreaming about having to suddenly deliver a course about wild birds and plants. I was on some mad, hard to navigate campus, and had no idea where my class was. Some friends (who seemed more cheerful and confident) led me about, and finally halfway up a flight of stairs on a landing was a heavy curtain. One of the people I was with put her hand behind the curtain and found a door to a grassy area outside, and the class was assembling there. As I followed, I was frantically scanning a module guide to find out what the assessment criteria and activities for the course were. Everyone else was in a good mood and looking forward to the course. I was keeping up a professional veneer, but inwardly panicking.

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OK then...

August 4th, 2010 (02:41 pm)

current mood: okay

This summer seems frantically busy, and it's whipping past like a chaotic dream in some respects. Tomorrow my sister and I are off to The Big Chill - I've wanted to go and see what it's like for ages. Now it's happening, I think I'm more interested in the idea of just having some time away with my sister hanging out in a field somewhere, and it'll be nice there's some interesting stuff going on around us. To be honest, my last camping trip was not so great, so I need another one to drive away the ambivalence. Next week, weather permitting, I'm camping again just for the weekend. So obviously I'm not that discouraged. The weekend after that is Pride, and the weekend after that I am planning the second anniversary picnic for my local electronic social network - last year's was really lovely, and I played football (for the first time that I can recall)! And that'll be August over and time to anticipate the new intake of students. I'm in such a good mood currently that I'm not even scared of autumn/winter approaching. So there.

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Just returned from Caption 2010

August 1st, 2010 (05:22 pm)

current mood: okay
current song: Transrapid-Welle:Erdball-Die Wunderwelt Der Technik Limited Edition

Moto asked me this morning what's up -- I haven't been 'blogging much. The answer to why haven't I been 'blogging is basically Facebook. My main motivation for using here was general online social interaction, and it's so much easier to do that there. I feel like it reduces the drivel content here, which can't be a bad thing -- I used to do several 'blog posts a day sometimes, and it was all a load of crap.

That aside, I'm in a tremendously, sickeningly good mood lately for all kinds of reasons. This weekend was really lovely, for catching up with people I don't tend to see unless I go to these things. Also, spending some time with PB, who I've seen very little of this year because he's so very busy now, was really nice. Also, I've met someone new who I'm really keen on which is terrifying, but also very exciting.

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New technology and cows on the M4

July 30th, 2010 (10:34 pm)

current mood: okay
current song: Love Me Two Times-Doors

After sneering at them for as long as possible, I finally bought a TomTom last weekend. It got me to a friend's housewarming at an unfamiliar location, and last night it got me to West Kensington. New car plus new electronic navigator (I love the way she says 'roundabout' - it's the one with the Irish accent) FTW. The return trip from London would have been just as trouble free had not some cows managed to wander onto the M4 just before Chippenham, causing everyone to have a mid-drive rest break.

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Lackluster kitchen performance

July 26th, 2010 (09:21 pm)

current mood: okay
current song: Talking Heads - Psycho Killer-Talking Heads

My visitor returned from on Saturday after a week back in Spain. This evening she said to me that while she'd been away she had missed my cooking. In fact I think my cooking has been pretty unimpressive in the past few days. I was home alone last week, and my appetite's not what it usually is due to heat, humidity and a little over-excitement too, so I was having bits of old bread and marmite for dinner etc. So I need some sort of kitchen inspiration or something, because at the moment she's not getting the same standard she was getting a couple of weeks ago.

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I should know who this person is, probably.

July 16th, 2010 (11:01 pm)

current mood: okay
current song: Soulbath-The Clifford Gilberto Rhythm Combination-I was Young and I Needed the Money

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

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Camping in woods by the Wye

July 4th, 2010 (08:34 pm)

current mood: okay
current song: Tiptoe-Goldfrapp-Black Cherry-ADVANCE

The lovely river, time outdoors, little tents, walking, cooking, talking, sitting around the fire with friends. I hadn't planned to go, but decided to late in the day, and I'm glad I did.

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The cover of my May/June tenovertwelve contribution.

June 28th, 2010 (01:53 pm)

current mood: okay

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October 26th, 2009 (12:58 pm)

current mood: okay

Dear refectory,

Pickled onions in the ragout - an interesting idea. Did you pick that one up from Masterchef?

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