(the grounds of) Versailles, France. June 2010.
Sadly, the fountains weren't in operation that day.
Happy 2011, my lovelies! ♥
Here's wishing everyone an absolutely spiffing year ahead!
( Alternatively, have a picture of a departing cat instead, if that'll better suit your fancy.Collapse )
Somehow, I ended up doing two kinds of souffles, both of which were successful. I'm still in shock, actually. Though I may have overcome my fear of souffles, which is yay-worthy. *g*
Left: Blackberry Souffle
Right: Cheese, Smoked Salmon & Dill Souffle
( souffle talk, hurrah.Collapse )
Blog-checking lines: Blog-checking lines: Dave and Linda from Monkeyshines in the Kitchen chose Soufflés as our November 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge! Dave and Linda provided two of their own delicious recipes plus a sinfully decadent chocolate soufflé recipe adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s recipe found at the BBC Good Food website.
There I was innocently remarking on Twitter how much this picture of Sam and Dean (taken from here) reminded me of a trashy m/m romance cover.
She had to wonder if the m/m equivalent of a 'bodice ripper' was a 'codpiece yanker'.
And so, here you have it:
The Hunter's Tale [947 words, PG13, crack, AU, Sam/Dean, one-sided and/or future Dean/Cas]
A medieval tale of Sam, Dean, and a voyeuristic angel. In which codpieces also feature, and the yanking thereof.
( There was once a Hunter yclept Dean, and oh, what a hunter was he.Collapse )
And now I must return to working on a moot submission.
( Here's the detailed report I promised some of you, complete with (a lot of) pictures.Collapse )
I'll just round up by saying that eating there was one of the most incredible experiences in my life. And totally worth my bank accounting hating me, and possibly my eating cheaply for the next month or so too. I've been grinning all day since the meal, and making entirely random noises of glee.
With many a thanks to J for being willing to join me in my madness!
I also particularly want to thank the fabulous ladies who were with me at Winster over the weekend. I ♥ you ladies, I really do. *hugs everyone very, very hard*
Here, have some chocolate chip, rum and raisin cookie/shortbread things:
Thank you! ♥
( And for the interested, my epic baking misadventure.Collapse )
Stuffed Leaves Served Two Ways
( food talk, pictures etc.Collapse )
Blog-checking lines: Our October 2010 hostess, Lori of Lori’s Lipsmacking Goodness, has challenged The Daring Cooks to stuff grape leaves. Lori chose a recipe from Aromas of Aleppo and a recipe from The New Book of Middle Eastern Food.
Anyway! This month's was pierogi. I'd never heard of pierogi before prior to this challenge, and was as such rather eager to try my hand at it.
( food talk, not-good pictures etcCollapse )
Blog-checking lines: The August 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by LizG of Bits n’ Bites and Anula of Anula’s Kitchen. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make pierogi from scratch and an optional challenge to provide one filling that best represents their locale.
For Celeste, who wanted the recipes. I'm so sorry I kept forgetting, hon. I'll try to get the cupcake pictures done over the next few days.
They're both recipes I developed, so the usual might-not-be-of-cookbook-certainty disclaimer applies. However, I think I've made them often enough that I can guarantee that they should in all likelihood work, and I have it on good authority from the people I've fed it too that they're good, so hopefully that'll be reassurance enough.
( #1. Baked Yam RingCollapse )
( #2. Abacus SeedsCollapse )
And, if you like, here's a third thing you can do with taro.
Poll #1596613 cameras!
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13
Which do you think is better for dSLRs?
To get a bigger camera if possible, or save for a smaller one?
And to those who answered the dSLR question - why?
The general impression I get is that Nikons have better amateur lenses (18-200mm VR, anyone?), and personally, I like their chunkier bodies, because I like my cameras chunky, even if it makes it a pain to cart around/hold up without shaking for pro-longed periods. However, Canon does have better image quality, and I believe most of my friends in Singapore use Canon dSLRs (but those I know in the UK use Nikon dSLRs - perhaps it's partly a geographical trend?), so hm!
And there's also whether I want to get a bigger and better camera, as I've always wanted, or to get a smaller (but still better) camera (Olympus PEN EP-1! So, so much love!), that I've often toyed with the idea of having too, because heavy cameras can be terribly inconvenient and painful on the neck/shoulders at times. Though it'd mean a lot more saving. Hm.