I'm Danielle, and I'm partners with lilacsigil. We've been together since 1997, and we're hoping to get legally married one of these decades. We live together in rural Australia with two cats and a veggie garden.
This is a good place to say hi, if you're the introducing kind, but you absolutely don't have to. Just seems handy to have a place for it. I'm always up for being added without an intro if you're shy. I usually add back, and I usually give access, though I have no expectation that you will do the same. I love that about Dreamwidth.
Things to know about me: I'm queer, I'm fat and body-positive, I'm Australian, I'm left-leaning in a big way. I was born in 1971 so I'm basically old as balls. I'm cis-female, white, the daughter of an Italian immigrant.
Fannishly, I'm multifannish, I multiship. I love gen, slash, femslash and het. You can track my preferences through my Dear Author tag, here.
About me and where I live.
My fic: st_aurafina
Other places I can be found:
I'm st_aurafina every November at Nanowrimo.
I'm co-mod of comicstore_news, which is mirrored at comicstore_news_feed and comicstorenews.
Speaking of which, is there a place I could post my Black Tapes genfic? A general fandom genfic comm? I couldn't find a specific Black Tapes comm, but in searching, I did find that there's an option for DW to add that topic to your interests. (Which is awesome.) And then through that, I found addme_fandom, which is like addme, but fannish.
Meme with me? (as seen everywhere, probably because it's a good meme!)
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed
Also, from yohijideranged, a music meme!
1. A song you like with a colour in the title.
I have three, because how do you choose these things?
( Under this cut: Birdy, Lorde, David Bowie )
Youtube, why do you do that massive gap thing with your embeds? Why?
( The rest of the topics )
Fandom: The Black Tapes podcast
Characters/Pairings: Richard Strand, Alex Reagan, Nic Silver
Notes: Written for Yuletide 2016. Thank you to lilacsigil for the beta
Summary: "Almost certainly," said Alex. "Is most definitely not certain."
Also at the Archive
( The apocalypse didn't start right away. )
( Breaking up (with prednisolone) is hard to do )
denise said, in a dw_maintenance post, here: "Seriously, though, we're thrilled to have all y'all who are moving in this week, whether as a "I'm just gonna use my DW account to back up the contents of my LJ account in the event of future disaster" all the way along the spectrum to to I AM THELMA AND LOUISE'ING MY LIVEJOURNAL STRAIGHT OFF THE CLIFF, SEE YOU ON DW ONCE THE DEBRIS CLEARS."
I like that there's a spectrum for this. I can see myself sliding closer to the Thelma/Louise end, but I'm not there yet.
Speaking of which, the origin of the name Dreamwidth.
- Via sandrine, Tutorial: Using Flexible Squares at Dreamwidth (Smooth Sailing, Mixit, Nebula) (How to carry your LJ layout across to Dreamwidth, basically.)
- Via forests_of_fire, how to convert your open ID comments to your DW ID (at facebook, but links to Dreamwidth support.)
- via everywhere, but it's an excellent link by promethia_tenk, How to Move to Dreamwidth and Like It
(very sensible step-wise method of easing yourself into DW from LJ. Takeaway message: don't go cold turkey!!)
- by blackmare, How to Get Images into your DW Posts
Dreamwidth has image hosting, I didn't realise! I'm going to try it out. RIGHT NOW!
( She took a photo of a ridiculously photogenic cat - you won't believe what happened next! )
- from rahirah, A work-around for spoiler cuts on Dreamwidth
- from bisharp, a Dreamwidth Starter Kit (A list of tutorials to help with all kinds of DW stuff.)
- from rosefox at 2017revival, Helpful tips for voyagers from LJ-land
- from lots of people, but I saw it first at jo, Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk Of Spying (a brief rundown of what this all means, at Gizmodo)
A Palate Cleanser of Fun Links
- via anandrine, Sherlock Holmes Is Now A Housewife In Latest Korean Export, Mystery Queen
(It sounds awesome!)
- via spikedluv, Riverdale First Look: Molly Ringwald Debuts as Archie's Mom Mary
For all your eighties flashback feels. (How great is the casting of this weird show? With the parents, it's like, a mega former teen show super-crossover, and I unexpectedly love it to bits.)
- via my facebook addiction to Dance Academy links, The Cast Of "Dance Academy" Then Vs Now
(Because I'm never going to stop talking about Dance Academy. Also, I can't believe it's been seven years between the end of the series and the movie. HOW?)
- I think I found a tiny Yuletide fandom for 2017, Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide.
(I don't know where I saw this, but it was definitely on my flist, so thank you, person!)
- the best live action Beauty and the Beast
Let me give you a hint - it's from the eighties.
( I'm into this image hosting thing now )
OMG GUYS IT'S TIME TO GO HOME! WINE, I AM COMING!!! /waves viking hat
One more photo of Baggins, because he is a hero cat who survived a snake bite.
( Doctors hate him! You won't believe why! )
Fandom: Agents of SHIELD/MCU
Characters/Pairings: Melinda May/Natasha Romanoff, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson
Warnings/Content: Some sex, some show-level violence, some blood.
Notes: Written in 2016 for femslashex
Summary: May found it grossly offensive that the KGB would spend all that time training up an elite agent – an obviously talented agent – to throw her life away on a shitty Baintronics thumb drive.
Also at the Archive
( May ran through the darkness, elbows tucked in and knees pumping despite the unsteady ground )
- Basil-Walnut Pesto
Because the basil needed a big trim. This is sitting in the fridge in a jar waiting for pasta tomorrow, yay. I am always looking for condiment recipes that I can tailor to my needs (which means making them without garlic or onion) and this worked really well with leek and spring onion tops. It's definitely worth toasting the walnuts. And you need a lot of salt. A lot more than you think. It smells amazing, though.
- Gnocchi, again, this time without egg and with a bit more understanding of the dough. lilacsigil rolled them on the butter pat so they had nice ridges for holding sauce. I actually think I like it better with the egg in it? It fluffed up better with the egg, I thought. But nonetheless it was delicious and plentiful, and there are two bags in the freezer for another time. I do like gnocchi day - the industry of it, standing in a production line making tiny bites of delicious. (This is the recipe I use, though I didn't put an egg in this time: How to Make the Perfect Gnocchi.)
- The Browniest Cookies
The first tray of these turned into completely flat cookie-pancakes. They were tasty, but very flat. So I mixed some rolled oats into the batter, and then they stayed round, though they weren't as moist and gooey as they should have been. I used milk chocolate, so maybe that's a contributing factor?
- Spanakopita Rolls
YUM. These were much less messy, made good use of the rectangle shape of the filo pastry, and were really substantial for a meat-free meal. I subbed leek for onion, and left out the garlic to keep it FODMAP friendly for me. Would make again! Would make and freeze.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
I love King Arthur recipes, because they have a button that converts US cups to grams. Very handy! (US cups are slightly smaller than Australian ones.) It was a lovely cake, very brownie-like in texture. Is it weird that I'm starting to prefer the taste of chocolate cake with zucchini in it? I don't think I've made a chocolate cake out of zucchini season, actually. I made this in a bundt tin, and it worked well to stop it getting soggy in the middle, considering how much shredded zucchini I sneaked into it.
- Meatballs with Tomato and Zucchini
Here is my brilliant discovery: rolled oats are awesome in meatballs. I put in breadcrumbs, and the mixture wasn't holding the shape I wanted, so, based on the success with the chocolate cookies, I threw in enough rolled oats to get the right consistency. (And subbed leek for onion, left out the garlic, put in bunches and bunches of parsley since it needed a trim.) They tasted great, in terms of flavour and texture. Next time, I think I would like to give the mixture a little time to let the oats swell up and bind. And up the seasoning, since oats soak up salt a lot. But these meatballs were tasty; we ate them on pasta with a veggie tomato sauce.
Wow, I've cooked a lot since the last Recipe Friday. Good. It's a sign I'm feeling better.
Something I have concrete plans to cook soon:
Easter is coming! I have plans for Easter! Roast lamb, because it's lamb season here, yay.
- Orange Rice Cake, which is the closest recipe I've found to my nonna's rice cake. (Without oranges, because she never made hers with orange.) lilacsigil wants me to make a half-sized cake, because the last one spoiled before we ate it all, and I know that makes sense, but I feel like Nonna wouldn't be pleased with that.
Courgette and cheddar soda bread
To use up the last mini-glut of zucchinis from the garden. I love soda bread recipes - they're really quick to make, and the zucchini should stop it going stale quite so quickly.
Something I'm idly planning to cook in the future:
Takeout-style Sesame Noodles with Cucumber
There's a wave of baby cucumbers about to become a glut of cucumbers, and I should be ready to make them into stuff. (Except pickles - I don't really like pickles?) Otherwise, it will be the usual 'make dinner and garnish it with a whole cucumber' situation all over again.
I guess that's why I bookmarked this six months ago when the northern hemisphere was in full cucumber production:
17 Recipes to Make When You're Simply Drowning in Cucumbers
That green gazpacho looks good.
Oh, man, what a crappy season for tomatoes. Facebook kept bringing up memories from last year, of trays and trays of tomatoes going into the oven for roasting and freezing, while this year, the fruit was still green. We've had a few - more than a few - but not the overflowing numbers that mean eating them warm from the vine, giving them to your friends, and stowing away a freezer full for winter stews. At least it wasn't just us - everyone in the region had a bad crop this year.
Two zucchini plants were definitely adequate for two people plus a few for friends. It was nice not to have armfuls of marrow the size of babies, and we definitely had enough for regular meals plus some exciting 'how to cleverly use your zucchini' type recipes. I'd like to grow an heirloom type next year, though the Blackjack are really nice.
I wasn't sure if any of my cucumber plants grown from seed would even produce fruit, so I foolishly planted them all, and thus came the 12-cucumber days of late summer. I have exhausted many peoples' politeness in accepting cucumbery gifts. We grew two types from seed, Lebanese (smaller, wrinklier than English cucumbers) and crystal apple (pear shaped and milky white), and when they were not flourishing, we put in two Burpless seedlings from the garden shop. They all fruited, though very late: we didn't get any until March and then it was cucumbers all the way down. Still worth it, because fresh picked cucumber is a whole other thing compared to the kind you get at the grocery store. They're sweet and crisp and a bit peppery, they have texture and flavour and you can just eat them as it, like a giant green banana.
The same deal went with the button squash seedlings - but they didn't fruit as prolifically as the cucumbers, which is good, because there were six of them, and it could have been a zucchini-style apocalypse. They were lovely, though - for dinner, I'd chop them up very fine and stir them into the rice cooker to steam a little.
I've re-seeded the lettuce patch, as it's starting to thin out. There's still enough to supply two or three big salads per week at the moment, but every time I go out, the patch is a little smaller. We're onto our third punnet of snow peas for the year. The basil is bolting, as usual, but I keep lopping the flowers off. The leeks have been thinned (we ate the thinned ones, om nom baby leeks) and the spring onion patch has about a dozen going at the moment. lilacsigil made the amazing discovery that leek ends will regrow just like spring onion ends, so the leeks that we grew from seed are going back in the ground as we pick them, to rejuvenate. It's amazing.
What else? We tried a punnet of pak choi, and it immediately became slug city, so lilacsigil pulled them out. (It was seriously gross.) Research suggests that we need to remove the mulch layer (because the slugs hide out under it during the day) and use a barrier of diatomaceous earth. We couldn't get any DE, but lilacsigil found a special snail gel that delivers a mild electric shock. IDK, it sounds very Star Trek to me, but if it works, I will be very happy.
Look! Two entries in two days. I really think I'm feeling better.
Things I will immediately do:
- upgrade the rating on my LJ, because mentioning anything queer is considered unsuitable for viewing by children.
- do a friends cut, if I have you friended both here and on LJ, to reduce the amount of traffic on my LJ flist.
- re-import my LJ to my DW, so that I've backed up comments left over there.
- make an archive DW for comicstore_news, and my few fic journals.
Things I might do:
- shut down commenting at my LJ. (I don't want to - I have friends over there who don't use DW, and I like to hear from them.)
- stop cross-posting altogether. (I like having a back-up of my posts, even if I don't use LJ that often these days.)
I have relevant links, because of course I have links:
Facts and analysis
- The original user agreement, in Cyrillic
- From archangelbeth, And the translation of the New User Agreement for Livejournal.
- From medcat, Once again, a free public service announcement.
Some translation, some analysis, some extrapolation
- From suricattus, I believe I have found the giant “fuck you” clause.
so, what you’re agreeing to isn’t the translation given, but the original user document. Which is in Russian. And might be exactly the same context as the translation… and might not.
Um. Children, this is the point at which I say “get in the damn car and drive in the direction of Away Very Fast.”
- From mdlbear, PSA: LJBF: Goodbye's too good a word...
More analysis of salient points and plans of action.
- From telophase, Well, they finally did it
OK, so that's pretty much "We're not responsible for data breaches," but it also means that if someone hacks my LJ and posts anti-Russia stuff, they can hold me responsible.
Things you can do
- From rosefox: Even in the Future, Nothing Works
A way to post comments without agreeing to the TOS. You'll still need to click the agreement to do stuff like import or delete your LJ, but it's a way to get to the comment box at least.
ETA: Apparently today there was some kind of code tweak and this isn't working for everyone.
- From rahirah, How to redirect comments on a crosspost.
- 2017revival seems to be shaping into a landing platform for new arrivals from LJ. Lots of intro posts if you're looking for new friends.
- from nanila at 2017revival, Want to find an old LJ friend? Linking DW and LJ identities
- lj_refugees is also poised to receive new Dreamwidth arrivals.
- From me, a friending meme I held a little while ago which still ticks along slowly: Let's Stick Together: A Friending Meme for 2017
Most of you know about this, but just in case this drifts past someone's friendsfriends on LJ for someone who is looking for new DW friends.
On the whole, as always, I love the way community has rallied to provide information, analysis and support. I hope I don't have to delete. I respect people who have, and I empathise with people who have decided to stay. I just don't know what I want to do yet.
ETA 2: I should have read my flist before I posted, because I would have seen this excellent links post by umadoshi:
Mostly linkspam of the "what the fuck NOW, Livejournal???" variety.
Also, this, which pretty much sums up why this is stressful and depressing: But I'm angry, and I'm exhausted with being angry at LJ over and over again, angry in ways that hurt because of how formative the site was for me and how much I loved it once. Yeah, I know how melodramatic it is to say "that was my home, and I don't live there anymore, but it's been slowly and inexorably vandalized and trashed", but hey, that's how I feel.
I've signed up for wipbigbang and Camp NaNo, so hopefully I can get some fic posted. I wasn't game to sign up for an actual exchange, so I sadly had to miss out on ssrconfidential. I'm starting to be more chatty on Dreamwidth, which is nice, and I did manage to do a big push on answering AO3 comments, which feels like an achievement. My only other achievement was to crochet a sock monkey hat with a big red pompom. I'm quite pleased with it, even if my sister says the button eyes are demonic. That's part of the charm, I think.
( Button eyes will eat your soul, my sister says )
I've been hoarding linkspam, too, which I shall try to group in themes:
- From Indiewire, The Expanse: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)
About casting a S2 character, who is apparently female, Polynesian and tall/muscular. This is what made me want to start watching The Expanse, and I'm so glad I did. (I've just finished S1, so no spoilers, please. Apart from what's in this article, I guess.)
Podcasts (mostly The Strange Case of Starship Iris)
- From buzzfeed, 27 Podcasts You Should Listen To In 2017
Which reminds me, I've been listening to The Strange Case of Starship Iris and it's really lots of fun. The first episode drags a bit, but once there's more than a cast of two (from episode two), the dialogue bounces along, and the world building opens up. The story is building f/f UST between Violet and Arkady, it has a trans character and a gender fluid character, and I really like the crew of the Rumor. Would recommend.
You can listen here: The Strange Case of Starship Iris
For non-listeners, there's a transcript of Episode One, which isn't the best episode but it sets up the dynamic between the two characters well:
The Strange Case of the Starship Iris, Episode One: Violet Liu, written by Jessica Best
There's an official tumblr, where (I presume) the author discusses world building, nuances of the alien language, and other cool stuff: iriscasefiles
- via netgirl_y2k, who also has an excellent post about Iron Fist, Here's The Important Stuff That Happens In Iron Fist So You Don't Have To Watch It
There were so many weird things about Iron Fist, (apart from the obvious weird thing of why they cast Finn Jones as Danny.)
( brief spoilers )
- From Pointe Magazine, #TBT: Watch Baryshnikov Do 11 Pirouettes in White Nights
Because Mikhail Baryshnikov is so pretty.
And through that video, I found a slo-mo analysis of the move, which was really interesting. It's mind blowing to count those turns in slow motion.
( embedded under the cut )
Speaking of ballet, the Dance Academy movie comes out next week!
( Trailer under the cut! )
More Dance Academy links:
- I wish I’d grown up with ‘Dance Academy’, ABC’s beloved teen drama
- The career of Joanna Werner, and how Dance Academy remains en pointe
Other random links
- From HuffPo, Dolphins Might Be Chewing On Blowfish To Get High
Dolphins are bastards and kind of sketch.
- From Buzzfeed, 23 Accidental Google Image Searches That’ll Make You Pee A Little
Very silly. Somehow very satisfying.
- via Nalini Singh's facebook, The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake
The word moist has ceased to have any meaning that is not disgusting, but I do like a mug cake.
- via the medical tag on Ravelry, Dressed for Success
Crocheted stethoscope sweater. CN: anthropomophising of a stethoscope. Also not addressed is how this could contribute to spreading infection? IDK. The idea is cute though.
- via dine, Artist Paints Realistically Detailed Animals on Smooth Stones
- From The Age, Police hunt for unicorn after attempted servo smash and grab
CN: armed robbery, only extra.
12 Yarn Ball Types and How to Knit with Them
I still need to post fic here that I've had up at AO3. And get planning on what I'm going to write for Camp NaNo which inexplicably starts tomorrow omg. Tomorrow is April Fools, too. *reminds self to watch out* I always fall for stupid shit, me.
We are not currently on fire. Fingers crossed that we remain so - the hot weather has abated, for Victoria, anyway.
Things I have watched, most of which are Netflix while I crocheted approximate 1,000 hats:
Well, that was certainly something. It was beautiful. It was weird. It flipped genres right at the end. I generally like mental landscapes and time jumps and playing around with perception, and I liked the way the show handled it, so I think I'd watch another episode at least. I hope that Aubrey Plaza continues to be in it (I just checked - she's down for at least four episodes.) I'd like to know more about all the characters we met at the end of the ep.
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (almost all of it, I'm saving the finale for later):
This grew on me! I wasn't going to like it as much as I did - the pilot started with a lot of really violent stuff happening to women, especially a woman of colour - but then I fell pretty hard for Bart (the holistic assassin, she's played by Brad Dourif's daughter who is, I have learned, awesome), Farah (the bodyguard) and Amanda (Elijah Wood's character's sister), and by then, the weird twisty plot had me hooked as well. It's fun, and the soundtrack is super. And I hardcore ship Amanda/Farah. Amanda has such a crush on her!! Me too, actually!!
( Not really spoilery, but long. Turns out I have ~thoughts. )
( This is spoilery )
halfamoon has an Awesome Ladies Rec post: Go rec me some fics?
State of the me
( boring stuff about my meds and my brain and my knees )
State of the Garden
One capsicum! It's yellow-green and I believe it needs to be yellow-yellow before we pick it, but it's there. The other capsicum, a dwarf variety, is remaining very dwarf-like. It's leafy and covered in flowers but so tiny. It's palm-sized. I'm not sure if that's how it's supposed to be or not.
I tied up the tomatoes again, and there's lots of fruit on everything except the Black Russian, which has flowers. But! There has been some kind of baby massacre - something has bitten into the tiny baby green Romas, and spat them out again on the mulch surface. So wasteful! Further investigation revealed some nibbling on the ends of the zucchinis, also. I suspect parrots, or maybe possums. lilacsigil enacted chemical warfare in the form of sriracha and dishsoap in a spray bottle.
I harvested the last of the beets this week. And spinach is over, waaaah. I miss you, spinach! I'm trying to track down seeds for warrigal greens, which are supposed to grow well at this time of year (spinach, for us, is a seed you plant in cooler weather) but no luck yet. I have some spinach seeds which I'll try, if I can't find something more seasonally appropriate.
Zucchinis are go! We've only got two plants this year, which are producing at exactly the pace we need for zucchini in our meals, with nothing left over for bread/muffins/other recipes I use in desperation. I'm a bit sad about that? But also, it's nice not to be picking armfuls and armfuls of giant marrows that are hollow in the middle and full of seeds.
The plants we grew from seed have finally taken off. Leeks are shooting up and starting to look like leeks, a bit. There's button squash starting to turn yellow, and I think the pumpkin has fruit too - either that, or we planted two varieties of button squash? Time will tell. Cucumbers are showing up - still in the tiny, cute-cumber stage, but they're there. And one capsicum that we grew from seed but stayed in the two leaf stage since December has suddenly started growing and growing, so who knows what will happen with that. I threw a seed packet of mixed salad down one end of a bed and it grew and now there's a lettuce patch, yay! I can go out in the morning, pick a bowlful of salad, and have it for lunch. It's very civilised.
A while ago, we planted the ends of our spring onions, and have been snipping them off when we need them. This is much, much better than buying them from the supermarket! If you have the means - a flower pot on a windowsill would do - I would suggest doing it. They grow really well and don't need much care. And it saves money. And they taste better.
Heads up that there's going to be a bit of spamming from me as I catch up fic I've posted everywhere but this journal. Stuff for fandom_stocking, and 100words and yuletide. (And I'm catching up on AO3 comments, too.)
I don't have a Recipe Friday post because I haven't cooked much that was new to me since the last one, but I do have linkspams:
- thisfinecrew's weekly check-in from the 29th has reports from protests, as well as a long list of resources to donate to:
- Pretty icon shinies for your activist posts:
goss posted activism icons (points to shiny new flag icon): Activism Icons
oraclegreen has a whole gorgeous bunch of Icons for Unity, Hope, Love
- Unofficial, unaffiliated resistance Twitters for scientific organisations like @Stuff EPA Would Say, @AltNASA, @Angry National Park, (to oppose misinformation and the general sledging that science funding and education is likely to get in the next few years):
- It's been linked everywhere because it's a really good resouce, but just in case you missed it:
How to Stay Outraged Without Losing Your Mind
(I especially like how it emphasises that what Trumputin's administration does should not become normal, and that you should be engaging in self-care to not become inured to it.)
- via yuuago, Bandcamp is donating profits to the ACLU on Friday the 3rd, so it's a good time to go find some new music:
#NoBanNoWall: Over 200 Labels & Artists Join Us in Donating Friday’s Profits to the ACLU
(I would also take recs, if you've got them! I need new music.)
- To that end, check out these amazing ears:
Fennec Fox Baby Emerges at Taronga Zoo
- Whatever I am, it's the opposite of a super recogniser, but I found the test interesting:
This online test can tell if you're a 'super recogniser' of faces
- This could be awesome? Alan Cumming is so classy, in everything ever.
CBS Orders James Patterson Pilot Adaptation Starring Alan Cumming
The network has given a pilot order to Killer Instinct, starring The Good Wife alum and three-time Emmy nominee Alan Cumming. The plot centers on a retired CIA operative who’s left the agency for a quiet life as a writer and professor, but gets dragged back into service when the NYPD needs help catching a serial killer
- Because I'm sure you all want to know how to make churros in a mug:
Microwave Mug Meals Worldwide
(I find microwave mug meals conceptually fascinating, but I never seem to actually make them. So, take this link with a pinch of salt. Ha ha, pinch of salt. *sighs*)
- halfamoon is on! It's a fourteen-day fest celebrating female characters, from February 1st-14th, and there's a bunch of stuff happening, including daily prompts, requests, and I think there's a friending meme planned for later, also.
- This is adorable! And actually looks pretty easy to make. I think I even have the colours for it in my stash right now.
Princess Leia Crochet Coffee Cosy
- Tentatively excited about this (though, as lilacsigil said, I wish they had cast a believably plus-sized Gert):
Marvel Runaways finds cast
For onedeadplotbunny which has restarted for 2017, a list of my WIPs:
( Cut because this is mostly for my own purposes )
I'm still furiously crocheting hats, for no reason that I can decipher. I've got quite a pile now that I'm going to donate to Lifeline, even though it's summer here. Winter will roll around and someone will want a woolly beanie, I'm sure. I think I need to invest in a hat form or something, because hats photograph very badly flat, and some of them could do with blocking, tbh, but there's no point in blocking them flat, I'd need to block them on a form. I just don't know if I want one of those polystyrene heads looking at me all the time. Those things are creepy af.
Anyway, these are (some of) the hats, the ones that are ready to to donate:
( It's like that story of the monkey with all the hats )
I think I'm getting past hats now, though - I've got some kitchen cotton that I want to try making scrubbies with, if I can handle the texture. Cotton is sometimes okay for me and sometimes not. But I want something loofah-ish that I can rewash and so on, and I'm thinking I'll try cotton for that.
Also, the more yarn I use, the more yarn I can buy. I'm on a one-for-one deal here in the house - lilacsigil has declared my stash to be maximum size, so for one skein to enter, one skein must leave. It's like Thunderdome, only crueler.
ETA: Also I made this icon! GIP! Crochet GIP!
I can't get to a march, but I've got my pussyhat made and ready to wear: Pussyhat Project.
( Okay, it looks a bit lavender, but it's pale pink on the top, I swear )
For More Joy Day, I have linkspam:
- 100words - a drabble com, yay!
- Giving a friend's etsy a boost: gilascave
James, aka zortified or gilafied, is a long-time fan who, in addition to writing fanfic, makes things with fabric! Tote bags, quilts, and more. The shop is Gilascave on Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/shop/GilasCave , and right now there is a 10% off coupon available through the end of January!
- Fandom Snowflake Challenge – Day 12
Day Twelve at snowflake_challenge was to nominate fannish communities:
In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
I wasn't doing the challenge this year, but I thought I'd link to Day Twelve for others who weren't following it or who are new to Dreamwidth, because there are a lot of good comms linked there.
- [DW, LJ, Patreon] Welcome Back to Social Journaling
Another link about adjusting to Dreamwidth when you're more used to using apps like Facebook and so on, via umadoshi. I want you to feel at home here, all you new peeps! I like my flist being full and long.
- via misbegotten, ‘Constantine’ Returning as Animated CW Seed Series With Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is going to voice John Constantine in an animated series, omg yay!
A cuddle fic meme! Cuddle for Comfort!!
- from nenya_kanadka: 13 LGBTQ Comics to Look Forward to in 2017. America Chavez!!
- from spikedluv via snowflake_challenge: Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Day 11
A bunch of Captive Prince vids. I DID NOT REALISE THIS WAS A THING. I DID NOT. OMG. (Also vids for The Raven Boys, which I haven't read, but how much do I love that fandom just goes and makes vids for things with no visual canon? THIS MUCH.)
- Rogue swan’s reign of terror leaves lake’s model boaters in a fowl mood.
This motherfucking swan is smashing up motherfucking boats. I think we found Voltswan's nemesis! (Voltswan is the name we have given to a local GI-FUCKING-NORMOUS swan that may also be made up of five swans.)
- Early breaking meme for 2017: I LIK THE BREAD, from Health Inspectors of Reddit, what's the worst violation you've ever seen?:
My stepdad used to be a baker in an authentic recreation of an 18th century New French fortress. Because they sell bread to the public, the health inspector came by, and she was ripping into my stepdad for violations like the stonework walls, the doorless entranceways, or the lack of a mosquito zapper. He pointed out that they were following the highest standards except for things that would destroy the authenticity of this 18th-century bakery. The health inspector relented and agreed to give him a pass after verifying the food storage area was secure. They went to the shed, which was a doorless building attached to the bakery. As the health inspector went in, there happened to be an escaped cow licking all of the loaves. My stepdad could only say, "Honestly, this never happens." They passed the health inspection.
tl;dr: Health inspector witnesses escaped farm animal licking all the bread in a bakery, passes health inspection anyway
Which spawned this genius from Sam Garland:
my name is Cow,
and wen its nite,
or wen the moon
is shiyning brite,
and all the men
haf gon to bed -
i stay up late.
i lik the bred.
fail_fandom had a good summary yesterday, including a spin-off into Imperial Radch fandom, and some excellently phrased wank.
My favourite, via Ann Leckie:
my name is catte
and i hav found
that wen the moon
is big n round
the humans sleep
all nite in bed
and do not kis me
on my hed
so i can plot
my onle wish
to sumhow, sumday
eat the fish
At least it rained all day. Everything is nice and fresh again. And while we were out of power and I couldn't dispense (apart from emergency handwritten labels on bottles, so old school!) I got to do a little bit of crochet, which was very nice and soothing.
alexcat made a suggestion for posting topics here, which I think is a great idea. Reading Wednesday is definitely a thing, and I usually do Recipe Friday, but that does leave a few more days in the week that could be filled. And having a schedule would definitely help me be a bit more organised about posting more often.
Crafting or Creative Tuesday could definitely work for me.
Anyway. On with Recipe Friday. Which is a thing I do sometimes.
Something I cooked recently:
Gnocchi day finally happened, yay!! I used this: How to make the perfect gnocchi, but next time I'm just going to to leave the egg out and go with potato and flour because I had no problems with them being tough or chewy. And the store-bought passata was fine once I'd simmered it with some herbs. (Yay for the first of the basil from the garden!) I very, very quickly bored of rolling them on a fork once my hands were all floury and potato-y so they don't have grooves, but I think I'll get one of those butter pat board thingoes and make lilacsigil roll them with her tiny, neat fingers.
( Two in-process photos under the cut )
THEY WERE SO GOOD OMG. A+++ WOULD GORGE AGAIN.
I misread the instructions and blended the sun dried tomatoes into the paste, rather than adding them chopped afterwards, and I think the second way would have been nicer, but otherwise, this was good! For a first try at pesto, anyway, I was pleased. I'll have a better idea of how to tinker with the oil quantities for texture and so on the next time I try it.
Beetroot brownies (cw: has 'healthy eating' type talk)
I know, I swore I wasn't going to do anymore of those dodgy 'secret ingredient' recipes, but actually these came out pretty great. I only had crappy cooking chocolate to put in them, and I think they'd really benefit from a good 70% dark chocolate (and maybe more cocoa?), but all things considered, they're rich and tender and very tasty. Also, 250g of sugar made them tooth-naggingly sweet for me, so I'd cut that back, especially with the bitterness of a better chocolate in them. Ooh, and maybe some espresso powder.
( My ~insta layout process photo under the cut )
Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies
I made them too small. I hate small cookies, they're so ungenerous and miserable! I think, if they'd been bigger, they'd have been perfect; the roasted hazelnut flavour was delicious. Also, see above recipe re not having good chocolate on hand: chocolate chips didn't really work in the thumbprints. They looked like little rabbit droppings. So I put nutella in the second round, but again, I need to keep good meltable chocolate on hand. Without eating it. (That's the trick, really.)
Cheese and Spinach Scones
Which were basically my regular Lemonade scones with sauteed spinach and a cup of grated tasty cheese thrown in. I left out the sugar and threw some black pepper and sea-salt. The sweetener in the diet Sprite I used wasn't a problem in terms of taste, which is why I use it. (For US people, lemonade over here is fizzy stuff like Sprite etc. Not... um, the cloudy yellow stuff with actual lemons in it.) They were pretty great, actually.
( They came out pretty! )
Something I have concrete plans to cook soon:
From applewoman: Apple-Cardamom Brown-Butter Dutch Baby
I mean, who doesn't want to cook a Dutch Baby. *snorts*
Grandma Dorie's Italian Ricotta Cookies
I have a tub of ricotta that needs using up and these look promising.
Something I'm idly planning to cook in the future:
Edamame Ginger Dip
In my eternal search for sandwich glue/condiments that are fodmap-friendly.
Some kind of energy ball from the endless energy ball recipes I've bookmarked. I've just got to the end of the trail-mix balls I made back in November. They kept really well in the fridge!
Anyone cook anything interesting? Anyone have any culinary adventures/disasters?
There's a volunteer post, if you have the time and energy to help out with stocking stuffing: Volunteer post.
State of me:
( Cutting for medical details that are mostly not interesting to anyone except me. Some talk of injections. Sweet taste. Some monsterism. )
I wrote and posted 18 fics last year, wow.
For last year's fandom_stocking:
Eat Your Vegetables (Harry Potter, Remus/Sirius, 900 words, G)
Sorry, I Don't Pray That Way (Constantine/Angel, John Constantine/Lorne, 1000 words, PG)
Brown Paper Packages (MCU, Clint/Laura/Natasha, 500 words, G)
Gimme That Can't Sleep Love (MCU, Steve/Bucky/Sam, 800 words, Teen)
Pack Up Your Troubles (Agent Carter, Howard Stark and Peggy Carter, 800 words, G)
All Is Full of Love (Stigmata, Andrew Kiernan/Frankie Paige, 1200 words, G)
You're the Heat that I Know (POI, Root/Shaw, 1800 words, Mature)
Not Your Fairy-Tale Princess (Agent Carter, Peggy/Dottie, 3000 words, Teen)
For 100words over on Imzy:
Sleepless (POI, Root/Shaw, 100 words, G)
Battlelines (Captive Prince, Auguste and Damen, 800 words, Teen)
Housewarming (Dance Academy, Tara and Abigail, 1200 words, G)
For the multifandom drabblefest over on Imzy:
Five Captive Prince drabbles (500 words, mixed ratings)
For femslashex (reminder to self - you haven't posted this in your journal)
Coming Up on your Radar (Agents of SHIELD/MCU, Melinda May/Natasha Romanov, 5K, Teen)
For yuletide (another one you need to post to your journal, woman)
A Child's Path to Clarity (The Black Tapes, Alex and Richard, 5K, Teen)
A wip I finally got posted:
Children's Moon (Harry Potter/Doctor Who, Sirius Black/Jack Harkness, 16K words, Teen)
And for no reason other than I wanted to write them:
Someone to Watch Over Me (The Black Tapes, Alex and Richard, 1400 words, G)
Over-Indulgence (Captive Prince, Auguste and Laurent, 500 words, G)
No Fear of Falling: Lights Will Guide You Home
(Supergirl/Agents of SHIELD, Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, 2000 words, Teen)
( I cut out the questions that don't work for me )
Whew. That was intense.
( No spiders were harmed in the making of this lj-cut )
State of the Dwircle
Hello people from the friending meme! Hello people not from the friending meme! HELLO EVERYONE.
I have an intro post about me and where I live: right here.
I realised my sticky post doesn't have a lot of personal information, so I updated it with this:
Things to know about me: I'm queer, I'm fat and body-positive, I'm Australian, I'm left-leaning in a big way. I was born in 1971 so I'm basically old as balls. I'm cis-female, white, the daughter of an Italian immigrant.Fannishly, I'm multifannish, I multiship. I love gen, slash, femslash and het. You can track my preferences through my Dear Author tag, here.
So. That was a thing I needed to do, and now it's done.
ETA: I meant to also say that though I pretty much give access to everyone, it's done with no expectation of reciprocity.
State of the garden
Lots of spinach, which is great, because I crave that mineral. I think it's low-key bolting? But I keep chopping bits off and eating it voraciously, so it's working out. Some of the pea vines died, but we're still getting plenty of snow peas. lilacsigil cut the coriander back murderously hard, but it's springing back fast.
Tomatoes are running so, so late; we've only just got flowers in the last week. The button squash are titchy but flowering, and we've got baby zucchini that's looking promising. It was a really cool run up through November, and things are sloooow. But I fed everything again yesterday, and we've got hot days coming so I'm hopeful. The basil is doing great! And we put in a tarragon plant, because there was a space on the fenceline and tarragon will be handy. None of the capsicum seedlings made it, so that's a thing we can put where the celery was. And soon we'll have a space when the beets are finished, because I don't think we'll replant them - I did it originally for the greens, so we'd have a pick-and-eat green between autumn's bok choy and summer's lettuce, but they got tough fast. Though, apparently you can steam/saute the leaves? That would possibly be nice and tasty, but now I have spinach and spinach is the superior green for me. (I've had so many weird cravings since I was sick in November - spinach and salmon and squid, oh my. Alliterative cravings, that's me.)
I wish we were warm enough for a curry tree. No, actually, I will forgo curry leaves for cooler weather.
State of Writing
- fandom_stocking got extended, yay! I think the Christmas weekend really messed up people's schedules because I wasn't the only gobsmacked by the date creeping up on me. We've got till the eleventh, now, apparently. This is good, because I am disorganised but I want to stuff stockings.
Next up for me is going to be editing and posting some of the NaNo fics I wrote. (And wtf-ing at them, too, because I was writing with a fever and I know it's going to be weird in there.)
State of the Big Scary World
For the new people, since the US election, I try to pass on various activism links, even though I'm not from the US because I feel like that's a positive thing I can do. A lot of them come from thisfinecrew, which is an excellent resource, if you haven't heard of it.
- From thisfinecrew: Action and community Challenge: Call your reps about the ACA, which is encouraging and has a step by step action plan. I can't call, but I can appreciate an excellent action plan and share it around.
- from snickfic who said "Re:act is a weekly email newsletter full of info and suggestions for actions to take in response:" re:act.
State of yarning
While I have prednisolone-brain, I'm crocheting and crocheting and crocheting. It's very soothing. I have gathered up a collection of cozy murder TV on Netflix, and I put on a show and I crochet into the night.
My cozy murder schedule:
Shetland (aka Scottish murder) (Actually, this is my favourite of the cozy murder TV lineup and I've started being sparing with it because there's not much of it. Yet.)
Hinterland (aka Welsh murder)
Granchester (aka English country garden murder)
The Tunnel (aka on the dotted line French/English murder) (Clémence Poésy is in it playing a delightfully prickly, possibly non-neurotypical French detective and I love her.)
I've tried and not clicked with:
River (aka I see dead people murder, nothing wrong with that, but it didn't work for me)
Wallander (aka you're too smart to be this stupid about your diabetes murder)
Marcella (aka can we stop mental illness as a plot device ffs murder)
Paranoia (aka I wish I would watch a female detective in her late thirties do her job and not be all about her biological clock murder) (I'm particularly mad about this one because Indira Varma, omg, she's so beautiful, I want to watch her solve crimes.)
I do most of my yarn networking on FB (and ravelry: dansnark), and the current fad is these hats with a hole at the top for your hair - messy bun hats or pony tail hats. Hat aren't my usual thing to make - I make blankets and stuff for peoples' babies - but I tried one, and they're a really fun, short project. So I've made a bunch in the last week. It's hilarious to me because (a) it's summer here, and (b) I have close cropped hair anyway so they're useless to me. I'm showing them to people here, though, and they seem to think they're a good idea. Maybe I'll set a trend? Anyway, here are some good patterns that worked for me:
- Mango Tree Crafts messy bun hat - top down, worked around an hair-elastic. It's a yarn-eater, but it works up fast.
- Simplicity Bun Hat - top down. It doesn't work around a hair elastic, but you could easily do that - I think they work better with that stretch, honestly. The ribbing on the brim looks really good, especially if you're working in one colour.
- Bonfire Babe messy bun hat - this one works from the brim up, and either my foundation HDC is too wonky or they work very loose, because it came out huuuuuuge. So I frogged it, but I'm going to try it again with a smaller hook because it's super pretty.
And I think that's about it for me. *waves hello again to all the new folks*
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BAGGINS IS A FREE ELF! He's off sub-q fluids, he's got, as far as vets could tell while he was fully perfused, good renal function and low CK, and seems fit to make a full recovery from the snake bite. We are very lucky. So very lucky. Now we need to build him up and get him well, but he's doing a lot of that work himself, as cats do (MOSTLY BY JUMPING ON THE KITCHEN BENCH TO LOOK FOR HUMAN FOOD GRRR.) We think we found the site of the original bite - back right leg - because the skin got pink and raw there, but it's healing up. And as the vets said he would, he's doing his own physio, working on those damaged muscles in his wheel and playing with his brother. He's the best of cats. Champion of cats. Most cat of cats. <3
State of me:
Prednisolone is a beast, and it's slowly frying my brain, so I'm currently resorting to pink wine in the early afternoon. I'm not at work or anything, so I feel like that's a valid decision.
My concentration window has been appalling so I've barely read any Yuletide, beyond my wonderful gift fics, which has been sad-making because I love the process of reading and reccing and commenting. I'm hopeful that as the pred dose drops, my ability to get my eyes to stick to the screen will improve. I've got a doctor's appointment upcoming where we can review the rate of decrease and make some kind of long term plan. In the meantime, I'm average four-five hours of sleep a night, getting up at 5:30 with a weird unfocused mania that has me running around the house ~doing things and ~making plans. And crochet. Crochet is a life-saver at the moment. I still have knees, though right knee is making a whispered reappearance on the pain scale, possibly because I'm doing as much movement while I still can.
State of the Yuletide:
I wrote this for The Black Tape podcast - when my brain is up to it, I'll post it here properly. And answer comments, oh, gosh.
A Child's Path to Clarity (4672 words) by st_aurafina
Fandom: The Black Tapes Podcast
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Richard Strand, Alex Reagan, Nic Silver
Additional Tags: Bookstores, Conversations
"Almost certainly," said Alex. "Is most definitely not certain."
State of Livejournal:
I'm lucky/sheltered/Australian enough not to feel too threatened by the move of servers to Russia, so I'm not going to delete or stop cross-posting at the moment. I've got a permanent account over there, so I won't be giving them more money in the future, and basically Dreamwidth has been my homebase for a long time now, so I'm going to sit tight and see what changes. If you guys want to defriend over there, though, go for it. I totally understand, and I want people to feel safe.
More information about LJ and Russia:
From mamculuna: CONFIRMED: LJ Servers moving to Russia, now with all kinds of links and shit
From umadoshi: Sooooo...about Russia and LJ (unrelated links, related links, and personal notes)
This is the source material, for anyone who wants to check it out: Demi Lovato - Confident.
Actually, I got three fics, because of issues with fandom tagging - someone kindly wrote me a pre-Yuletide drabble last week, which I totally meant to link but everything fell aside in the mess of MY CAT GOT BITTEN BY A SNAKE drama:
This is a whip-smart weaving of mythologies into a needling little story that kicks the video into gear and sets up some good consequences for the actions of the male character involved. And fistbump for someone else who believes that a drabble is one hundred words, also.
They punish whosoever has sworn a false oath (100 words) by keerawa
Fandom: Confident - Demi Lovato (Music Video)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Woman (Demi Lovato), Woman (Michelle Rodriguez)
Additional Tags: Unwrangled Fandom Drabble Challenge, Drabble, Alternate Universe - Supernatural Elements, Alternate Universe - Greek Mythology, Pre-Yuletide
We had a deal.
Short and bitter and bone-dry, this one is filled with clever, cyber-punkish world building, and bitterness for the things that they've lost to the system that caught them. This has a kind of Wolverine-esque vibe to it, with lost memories and military undercurrents that fits really well. (I've always liked Michelle Rodriguez for a female Wolverine, myself, so it chimes extra right for me on that point.)
A Perfect Disguise Above (1181 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Confident - Demi Lovato (Music Video)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Woman (Demi Lovato), Woman (Michelle Rodriguez)
Additional Tags: Amnesia, Road Trips
If names were so important, she'd have remembered hers.
OMFG SOMEONE WROTE WEREWOLF FIC FOR THIS VIDEO. IF YOU LIKE LADIES AND YOU LIKE WEREWOLVES READ THIS FIC NOW. NOW.
Just shut and go read this incredibly hot, incredibly intense femslash werewolf fic about two amazing women who got fucked over by the system, where one looks after the other and there is snuggling and wolves and loyalty and they're going to make it all right.
Just go read it.
Oh, That Curse I Cannot Lift (5168 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Confident - Demi Lovato (Music Video)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Woman (Demi Lovato)/Woman (Michelle Rodriguez)
Characters: Woman (Michelle Rodriguez), Woman (Demi Lovato)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Werewolf, First Time Shifting, Pack Building, Outdoor Sex, Oral Sex, Yuletide Treat
There’s silver bullets in Demi’s belt, a silver core to the metal band around her throat. Michelle wonders if she knows, if she can smell the similarities between them.
And for myself, I've had a lovely comment from my recipient, so I'm very happy and relieved that it has all gone well. Happy Yuletide all around. Now to dive into the archive!
Anyway, the other day, we drove past and instead of one giant swan, there were five swans on the nest, standing in this weird pentagonal arrangement facing each other. Theory: giant swan? Five swans put together into one mighty swan. Possibly for great justice, but I don't know enough about Voltron to justify this part of my theory.
State of me
I had to slow my prednisolone wean - the shakiness and early morning mania and other weirdness was getting too much, so I slowed to 5mg per week, per what the doctors said if I was feeling the 10mg weekly drop too much. I'm not sure if I'm starting to get the moon face or if it's just that I had my hair all cropped off and I have a round face anyway. But wow, I'm bruising up a treat. Also wow, it's nice to have knees. I haven't taken any NSAIDs in December at all. I put them back in the cupboard.
I got my Yuletide fic to the place where I want it, which is a big relief. I didn't get time to write any treats, for which I feel bad, but it has been the worst of Novembers and Decembers. I'm planning to dive into fandom_stocking as soon as I'm through the retail Christmas panic times. Which aren't too bad today - I'm actually writing this at work. (ETA: Finishing at home, though! It got busier.)
State of the cat
He's doing great! His CK levels are still high, so we're doing sub-q fluids twice a day until next Wednesday, and he's getting to a stage of wellness where he's pretty much done with our stupid medical stuff and puts up a decent fight. We are up to this, though! And he forgives very fast. Hopefully the blood test on Wednesday will show a reduction in CK which means the snake venom is no longer breaking down muscle tissue and then we can get onto finding out what his renal situation is, and if there was damage. Hopefully not. He's lost so much weight, poor darling, both from not eating and from the muscle waste, but he's working hard on rectifying it. He is a cat who lunches! He demands it! And his fur is growing back in all the places where he got clipped to have cannulae, so he's got all these cute fuzzy patches on him. I took a video of him walking meditatively in his wheel to show the vets, because they've only seen him sick and miserable and immobile. I wish I could figure out how to post the video here! But image hosting is so complicated now. I miss photobucket. Here's a photo, anyway:
( Here is his slightly haggard self, getting some fresh air )
A thing I think is pretty awesome and also gorgeous:
World’s first Maori emoji app launches with unique Polynesian expressions
From umadoshi, something I found useful for myself, and for helping lilacsigil when I'm having a meltdown:
When Your Partner Has Anxiety: A Meltdown Guide
From the Guardian, not that I agree with all/most of their choices, but I'm always cruising for something new to listen to, and you might be too:
The 50 best podcasts of 2016
A thing I learned recently and I feel I should share:
Why do wombats do cube-shaped poo?
Oh, oh, house of sharpest_asp, ilyena_sylph and killing_rose!! I got your AMAZING card - thank you so much for the well wishes, and for the big smile it gave both of us.
( Generally good news! Some vet medical stuff )
We found experts! They came up from Geelong on the day that I called them, it was awesome. They were massive nerds like us, loved our nerdy bookshelves and the nerdy names we gave our cats and considering they had to go right through everything in the house, it actually felt much safer and familiar than you would think. Social anxiety and snake anxiety aside, it was about as good as that experience could be. If anyone of my Aussie flist needs a rec for a local snake team, drop me a PM because I'd rec them.
( more snake specific than some people might want to read )
Quick Recipe Friday
You'd think I'd had no time to bake, wouldn't you? Ha! Every time I picked up a spatula, drama did happen. It was eerie. (Or I pick up a spatula very frequently.)
Something I cooked recently:
Ottolenghi’s Lemon-Semolina Cake
I made it in muffin form, I made the olive oil variant, and they're really good. But my oven cooked the tops really, really quickly, so next time I'm putting the temp down and the time longer. I will never learn, with my terrible, terrible oven, but I can't stand the idea of having tradies in the house right now to put in a new one, so I have to suck it up. Under the over-brown top though, they're nice and moist, are keeping for longer than muffins would, and the lemon taste is really good. Definitely a good GF option for a small, snacky/tea time cake or muffin thing
ETA: After lilacsigil said that the muffins were a little grittier in texture than she expected, I have discovered that semolina is not polenta. I like the slightly gritty texture, but perhaps next time I'll try actual semolina flour rather than polenta. But I thought they were the same!!
Trail Mix Energy Bites
I made these on Sunday, and Baggins started getting sick right in the middle of it, so I forgot to put the rolled oats in. They actually came out okay - but more of a confection than a snack food, if you know what I mean. They're nice! They're not technically a FODMAP friendly food, because of the honey and the fruit. And the pretzels, of which I had none so I smushed up some Ritz instead, but when we needed something sweet for our shocky little selves after the vet visits, they were awesome. Salty-sweet and satisfying. I will be trying them again with the oats in this time.
Something I have concrete plans to cook soon:
It is gnocchi weekend! It's nice and cool today, so I'm going to be roasting potatoes and making... Omg, I didn't bookmark my gnocchi recipe. *freaking out* It was a roast potato one, it worked really great, omg, I shouldn't even need a recipe! But I am a bad granddaughter and do not know it by heart, ohnoes.
I will use this one from the Guardian: How to make the perfect gnocchi though it be filled with terrible copy.
And I'm going to scoop out some of that potato mash and making this potato focaccia I linked last Friday.
I've got a bottle of passata that I'm going to oomph up with some fresh herbs, and bake the gnocchi in that - eat some, freeze some for Christmas meal time, and hopefully all will be good.
Something I'm idly planning to cook in the future:
Shredded chicken, cucumber and noodle salad
I'm still craving weird things, and single-ingredient foods, like, apparently cucumber. Also this looks nice and summery.
I have a bulk bag of walnuts, and I'm still looking for a good sandwich condiment that I can keep the garlic out of.
Yay getting back on track with posting, yay for a better cat, yay for a (probably probably) snake free house.