Nom, nom, nom.

  • Nov. 2nd, 2010 at 11:00 AM
pepper: Pepperpot (Pepperpot)
Note to self: go to Milan, buy chocolate panettone someday.

In somewhat related news, one of my colleagues brought some chocolate panettone in today, that their stepmother brought back from holiday. It is so good. I can't figure out how they got the gooey chocolate into it without it becoming simply part of the dough - gooey seems to be its natural state at room temperature. Maybe it was injected afterwards?

Speaking of things culinary, I ordered some ginger recently, when I did some online shopping. I thought I ordered one piece - I didn't really mind what size, I only needed a little bit - but I ended up with a big bag of the stuff. Perhaps I ordered it by weight, and ordered 1lb, not 1 piece. I dunno. Anyway, this resulted in me looking up how to preserve ginger. I tried this recipe, because... well, because I have a NaNo to write and I needed something to procrastinate with concentrate on while I thought about the story. It was actually pretty easy, it just took a long time, and I ended up with a couple of lovely by-products - namely a water, ginger and lemonade mix that was nice with a bit more lemonade added, and ginger syrup. Ginger syrup, omg.

I'm thinking up lots of things I could now do with the ginger syrup. Mixed into ice cream! Added to mulled wine! Taken when I have a cough! Spread on pancakes! Eaten straight from the jar with a spoon!

I also, this weekend and yesterday - I was off yesterday - made pepper and poppyseed bread*, potato cakes**, céleri rémoulade** (similar to coleslaw, except with celeriac), naan bread, dahl, and raita. We had a little homemade Indian meal yesterday. It's amazing how motivated I get when I'm supposed to be writing something. But I did hit my word target, so that's okay.

They're repeating Colditz, the 1970s TV series, at the moment (on Yesterday, for UK peeps). Gosh, David McCallum was adorable. Well, okay, he's still adorable - but, er, not quite as devastatingly attractive, IMO.

I have more intelligent - well, more lengthy - things to say about the series, but not right now.

p.s. Scrivener is awesome.




* While very drunk! And it was delicious! I get to a certain state where I want to prove I'm still capable, so I do things like vacuuming, making bread, cleaning the bathroom...

** While hungover. Not so much fun. I kept having to stop and sit down for a bit. Also, the bloody Madagascar Penguins had an entire cartoon about trying to make one of them throw up, which really didn't help.

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30 day photo meme - day 4: history

  • Oct. 18th, 2010 at 1:53 PM
pepper: NaNoWriMo participant (NaNo)
I'm all about the picspam, lately. The writing part of my brain is otherwise engaged (see icon - damn, damn, damn, damn, damn, why did I think this was a good idea?). So, these are some of the photos from my day at the Edgcote Mediaeval Tournament, back in September.

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Apologies to anyone who had the Uncut Picspam of Doom, before. I've got no idea why it was playing up. )

More photos and a slideshow thingy available at my album of the day.

For some reason I'm having html fail atm, so I'm not going to crosspost again until I can check it's okay. I have this dreadful image of it seeming okay on DW and not on LJ, and me being blithely unaware.

ETA: This might as well be part of the 30 day photo meme, too.

Meme rules and prompts.

Nov. 1st, 2007

  • 12:13 PM
pepper: Pepperpot (Usage9)
So, 738 words in on NaNo, not too bad for a lunchtime's work (I didn't start at midnight, despite the temptation – I need my sleep!). Lots of scene-setting. Generally, I don't bother with scene-setting, because in fanfic it's not so necessary – we already know who the people are, where they work, etc. It feels quite luxurious to be stretching out and occupying a page in this way.
 
More words this evening, so I'm pretty confident I'll hit my 1,700-words-per-day target – er, for the first day, anyhow. Really, that's not many words (she says, hopefully). I write more than that in a day, on a semi-regular basis. Not on one story, though. Time will tell if I can stay focused.
 
I'm hoping I'll actually have some semblance of a normal lj life, too, as I can't really write my story at work, but I can make and read posts – less concentration required. And I'm thinking of taking some time off in late November. I'm due some holiday, anyhow, and it's not like I have any other plans.
 
Yes, I am enthused right now – can you tell? I hear week 2 will be bad, though. *g*

Happy Hallowe'en, everyone

  • Oct. 31st, 2007 at 2:53 PM
pepper: Pirate flag (Pirate flag)

Entirely appropriately, we apparently had a bat flying around our garden yesterday evening, for about half an hour, squeaking joyfully - no doubt feasting on all the insects that tend to nest in our tree. I hope he comes back this weekend, as I won't be around at the right sort of time (sunset) to see him during the week.

My Hallowe'en plans consist of: 

- French Onion soup with cheesy garlic bread
- Sponge cake with fruit and cream, possibly with the sponge soaked in some sort of orange/Kirsch mix, I haven't decided yet
- One of the following films/TV shows from our collection: House, Evil Dead 3, Bubba Ho-Tep, From Dusk 'Til Dawn, Buffy (the episode with the teeny-tiny fear demon), Nightmare Before Christmas, Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear... or some other options that I've forgotten offhand.

*feels cosy*

ETA: Oh... crap.

Official NaNoWriMo 2007 Participant

I didn't mean to do that. It just sort of... happened. I'm known as pepper_field over there.

*feels less cosy*

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