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He kidnaps people and subjects them to his cruel bizarre cooking experiments.

A while ago, I kidnapped [livejournal.com profile] gominokouhai and [livejournal.com profile] stormsearch and forced them to endure my attempt at making pork stroganoff. By way of compensation, I promised to reveal to them the recipe. So here it is as prepared that fateful night:

Ingredients

  • 450g pork tenderloin, diced
  • 15g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 6 tbsp of sherry
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms
  • 250g creme freche
  • half a medium sized onion finely chopped
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika


First of all, warm the sherry in a milkpan, then soak the porcini mushrooms in it and leave to one side.

Fry the onions and shallots until soft and starting to brown, then add the pork and fry until browned. Add the soaked mushrooms (and sherry), the chestnut mushrooms and paprika. Fry for a bit longer to let the flavours blend. Lastly, add the creme freche and the thyme.

Serve on a bed of rice or whatever else you think will go well.




Last night, I subjected Ho-Il to my evil chicken and fennel stir-fry. This is something I have practiced on myself a few times to get it just right (gotta love Liddl and their 35p fennel). Also gives me an excuse to abuse my super happy fun wok. It goes a little something like this:

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1 bulb fennel, sliced thinly
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 spring onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp sugar (I used light brown)
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice (might want to use a little less than that)
  • A good dash of light soy sauce


Put the chicken into a bowl and pour in the rice wine. Mix it with the spring onions, and leave to marinate for at least 20 minutes.

Stir fry the onions and fennel until the fennel has softened up a little. Add the chicken, and stir fry some more. Now, add the sugar and soy sauce, and you guessed it, stir fry some more. Finally, add the five spice and give it all another stir for a good measure.

Serve on a bed of rice. (Sad fact: I have a 10 kg bag of rice in my kitchen).

I'd show you a picture, but it's usually eaten so fast that I don't have time to snap one.




I found Excel Saga volume 1 in CEX today for six squids. I hear it's quite messed up.
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My plan to watch some Nodame Cantabile was scuppered by the fact that my Mac Mini is too lame to play 720p Matroskas. Oh well. I may actually have to pay for it, or something.

Minicon

Feb. 27th, 2007 11:37 pm
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Minicon was all about the catgirls playing DDR. Tho I really enjoyed Nodame Cantabile. I shall definitely have to see more of it. I had a nice dinner at Bonsai with Stephen, Kunshu and Andrew too. I bet that's the one day of the year they really regret giving a 10% discount to AASoc members.
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I went to the Societies Fair today, and joined AASoc, Compsoc, GEAS and EDG&R. Actually, I think that's more societies than I normally joined whilst at University. Someday, I will have to move on, but that day hasn't come yet.

~



Cannae wait.
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The world didn't end. Damn. I've been kept busy so far this week by social commitments, that, and I've been bloody knackered. I spent tonight assembling Palestinian flags for the May Day Rally on Saturday. Seventy-five so far.

Neon


I didn't have very high hopes for Neon this week. I kind of figured that everyone would be away on account of the exams. As it turns out, most of the people I know at the night were in attendance. Seeing [livejournal.com profile] spacelem there the night before his exam had to be the biggest shock. Once again, the DJs played a lot of metal, although it pleased me that they put on some goth stuff that hasn't been overplayed. Getting to dance to Spellbound and Bigmouth Strikes Again was fun. It also came as a nice surprise to hear Come to Daddy by Aphex Twin.

Another nice surprise came about when I actually got chatted up, albeit briefly, by a pair of cute goth girls, whom I guessed to be about nineteen. I say briefly, because they soon left when they found out how boring I am. I also discovered the value, on a couple of occasions, of remembering peoples' names. Addressing people by their names is something I seem to have a problem with, and I am working on. It's not so much the remembering part, as just having the confidence to say their name out loud.

PSC Meeting


The "Introduction to Palestine" talk proved to be informative as expected, with some eye-opening moments. I don't mean to lecture, as I'm sure everyone reading this knows far more about it than me. I just want to record what I learned and how it affected me.

Cut for politics... )

AASoc


As with Neon, AASoc turned out rather quiet. Highlights of this weeks series night came in the form of Macross Zero and Guu Final.

Macross Final sports a very contemporary aesthetic, featuring gaunt chara designs and making heavy use of CG in the flight sequences. For someone who's watched and enjoyed a good deal of the original Macross and its derivations, Zero proved to be a satisfying experience.

Roy Focker from the first TV series features heavily, and has so far become a much more fleshed out character. The mecha sequences are pure porn for anyone who grew up dreaming of valkyries. The detail and motion here is stunning, filling in all the gaps present in past iterations of Macross. And of course, there's singing, although it took a full two episodes to put in an appearance, and so far it hasn't been of the poppy variety.

Guu Final is something of an anomaly. It's as clever as ever, and it's funny, but the laughs just aren't there in the same volume any more. I used to come away from Guu with my jaw hurting from laughing so much. Final gets the chuckles, but it has yet to incapacitate me. Still, it's Guu, with all the morally ambiguous silliness that that entails. In amongst all that, the genuinely sweet tale of friendship told in the as few Illusions unfolded into something very moving. Maybe that's the problem. Guu was never moving. It was too busy being silly for that kind of nonsense.

Somethings never change. I arrived ten minutes late, on account of falling asleep on the bus, and wouldn't you know it, the door was locked. Merciful President Andrew let Bjorn and I in though. Being so exhausted, I took a hint and didn't go to the pub that night.

AASoc

Apr. 18th, 2006 11:35 pm
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Just a quick note to say what a joy it's been to see all you nice people from AASoc again. Even the borderline scary ones. I look forward to another fun term.

The anime proved to be a carnival of the fscking bizarre, with plenty of seeming attempts to disorientate and confuse. "Sexy Commando" mainly illicited howls of "WTF?!?" The obscenely cute Peta Ten induced varying reactions from quivering convulsions through bouncy excitement to cynical derision. I loved it. Kino No Tabe also got a reprise in the form of a half hour OAV which expanded on the backstory a little and continued its tradition of judicious characterization.

The change of venues caused much consternation, as the committee hadn't realized that the doors got locked at six. I imagine that the factor was having to let people in all evening. On the bright side, we had a table waiting for us in the Southsider. With big comfy sofas. [livejournal.com profile] spacelem, you rule.

I think I scared [livejournal.com profile] dizziebeth a bit by telling her I'd seen her in a film, when she has yet to be given the opportunity to watch it. Oops. ^^;

Parakiss

Mar. 22nd, 2006 09:45 pm
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Another day spent at home. I think this will be the last. So I watched a fair bit of anime and played lots of PSP games.

That's Paradise Kiss finished now, and I'm pleased to say that it reached a meaningful and satisfying conclusion. There's lots I like about this show, and I can appreciate it on a few levels. There's the obvious "ooh" factor of George and Caroline's relationship, which is in equal measures magical "sweep you off your feet" kinda stuff and a believable depiction of a long term relationship.

I also find a lot to look up to and identify with in both characters. George (Jouji) is such a gentleman; he knows how to act and behave around a lady, he always shows impeccable taste in everything, not least in his dress sense, and he seems like someone so in control of his world. At the same time, his failings are those that I can relate to--not being entirely sure how to relate to people, a feeling that there are time he wishes he could be closer to Yukari than he knows how.

Caroline's ambition to break free from the world she knows and discover a place where she will fit in is something I think everyone should take to heart. It's certainly something I wish I had thought about a lot earlier in life. Whether that position is influenced by parents, peers or just through laziness, I think that not to have control over ones place in life is such a sad state of affairs. Not everyone needs to live a special life, but to have lived ones life and to now be wishing that things had happened differently is something that everyone should try to avoid as early as is realistic.

The other aspect of Parakiss that I enjoy so much is the fetishistic attention to detail that is lavished on the costume and set design. Most of the fashion references are lost on me, but I can imagine none the less how much work must have gone into the research of materials and designers. Details of the design process and of the finished product are all lavishly represented, not only in the creations of the Parakiss team, but in the everyday clothes that they wear throughout the series. Real world objects are used continuously, note for example the detailing of the spirit and liqueur bottles behind the bar in the atelier. Similar embellishment is afforded to aspects such as cars and sewing machines.

I've also just about packed for Firbush now. I doubt I'll be leaving the house tomorrow evening, so any final packing can be done then.

QR Code



Hmmm... I saw something on the Parakiss web site. Looked kinda like this:



"QR Code eh?" A 2D barcode? I'm a little behind the times here. I'd seen something similar on the parcel I got from UPS yesterday. Could it be that the barcode web pages of Stand Alone Complex were becoming reality? Wikipedia came to the rescue:

More recently, the inclusion of QR Code reading software on camera phones in Japan has led to a wide variety of new, consumer-oriented applications, aimed at relieving the user of the tedious task of entering data into their mobile phone. QR Codes storing addresses and URLs are becoming increasingly common in magazines and advertisements in Japan. The addition of QR Codes on business cards is also becoming common, greatly simplifying the task of entering the personal details of a new acquaintance into the address book of one's mobile phone.


Cool! :) Sounds a bit like Cuecat, but in a form that's actually useful. I especially like the part about QR Codes on business cards. Doubly cool in that it's a practical mass market use for camera phones (other than the obvious).

Sucks to me for not keeping up with ketai culture.

In Hiding

Mar. 21st, 2006 07:33 pm
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The cold got worse. When I woke up this morning, it was actually painful to breathe. Which meant that I took the day off of work. Sadly, it also meant that I had to miss the final AASoc series night of the term. I'm going to be stuck wondering what became of Sousuke and Kaname. Oh well, I hope it won't be too long until I can see all you nice AASoc people again.

To make up for the missing series night, I watched some episodes of Paradise Kiss and Ghost In The Shell SAC 2nd Gig. Parakiss is showing quite well that what you think about someone to begin with seldom proves to be true in the long run. Caroline and George's relationship is getting to be rather fascinating stuff.

I also managed to finish a book for a change. Earthlight by Arthur C Clarke. Okay, it's only 160 pages, but it seems depressingly rare these days that I see a book through to the end. It's a novel that I haven't seen in current publication, and I'm rather puzzled why. There's nothing like a good bit of political intrigue combined with a revision lesson in high school physics. I suppose it retreads a little too much familiar territory, but I don't think I've read any other Clarke books about outright war.

Having a cold is always a good excuse for an Indian carry-out, and the Royal India in Corstorphine kindly posted us a menu this morning. I am pleased to report that their cooking is far richer in flavour than that of my local Indian, so no more will I be stuck in times of desperation without a decent curry.

Kino

Mar. 15th, 2006 05:52 pm
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An episode of Kino No Tabe almost made me cry last night. The one about the mechanical dolls. I'd always admired the series for its cleverness, but I never suspected that it had in it the ability to affect me emotionally like that.

The other nice thing that happened at AASoc was that I bought a full set of Evangelion (including the two films) from a nice bloke who was flogging part of his anime collection. [livejournal.com profile] spacelem negotiated a weekly reservation of a table at the Southsider, which also includes a 15% discount for members. (W00t, more cheap whisky!)

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