If Escoffier had a microwave, he might also have made this snack when too tired to julienne a carrot:-

Place slices of cheese, tomato and onion on a plate.

Microwave until the cheese melts.

Slide onto a piece of toast.

Add Worcestershire sauce if you're feeling gourmet.


What's your lazy best snack? The lazier the better!
Two stories that play with what-if today. What if Tony didn't exist? Or what if Tony hadn't revealed Ironman's identity?

Shadow in the Stream (24746 words) by Azul_Bleu
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: The Avengers (2012), Marvel (Movies), The Avengers - All Fandoms
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Thor (Marvel), Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanov, Phil Coulson
Additional Tags: Community: avengerkink, quantum!, Tony hates magic

Caught in the grips of spectacular hangovers, the Avengers wish Tony wasn't around to enable them, and a power decides to grant them their wish: a world without Tony Stark. How do you change reality back to normal without your resident genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, anyway?

This story is heart-warming and angsty. It has a seriously awesome Thor, plus awesome everyone else. I found the plot device whereby the world exists without Tony to be a little high school. But do persist past this as it is an enjoyable, plotty tale.

The Most Amazing Things (Some Terrible Lie) (26511 words) by copperbadge
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: The Avengers - Ambiguous Fandom
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, Thor (Marvel), Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Identity Issues, Secret Identity, Identity Porn, Alternate Universe, Publicity, unmasking

Tony's decision not to reveal his identity as Iron Man to the world was shrewd and calculated. Too bad it's about to backfire on him like a Jericho missile.

Thanks to [personal profile] sally_maria for recing this one to me. I really liked the way Ironman being anonymous allowed Tony to be the kind of person he wanted to be.

What did you think? And do you have a favourite what-if to rec?
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( Apr. 5th, 2013 09:51 pm)
Is anyone watching Once Upon a Time? Should I be?

But more importantly, here are some Steve/Tony recs! I'd be astonished if any Steve/Tony reader hadn't come across these, but maybe I bookmarked different ones. If I did please share yours!

I'll get started with a couple of funny ones today.

Mr. July (10065 words) by jibrailis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark

Tony is the only one who can defend Steve's virtue. Tony hates his life.

So much fun :)

The Dilemma (11625 words) by Elvichar
Chapters: 21/21
Fandom: The Avengers (2012), Captain America (2011), Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Bruce Banner & Tony Stark
Characters: Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, Hulk, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Thor (Marvel)
Additional Tags: My First Work in This Fandom, Unresolved Sexual Tension, Unrequited Love, Bromance, Closeted Character, Misunderstanding
Series: Part 1 of You Get What You Need

Tony had a feeling he should really be ashamed of himself for the thoughts he was having, but he also knew that he might have to compromise, choose or give up. He didn't make a habit of giving up on a dream so the latter was not an option.

He might have to use all his charm and diplomacy to broker some sort of deal.

A complete giggle. It's not a Stark Spangled Banner story, despite early hints.

So... like them? Read them already?
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( Sep. 8th, 2012 10:32 pm)
Last night at London bridge, I saw a stream of women in wheelchairs, wearing the Team China uniform. Everyone stopped rushing about for a minute to watch them pass, and I admit I was a little giddy having the chance to see them. These women who have travelled so far to show the world that they excel at something they love.

A little boy nearby said, "Wow, ATHLETES!" When children see their achievements instead of their chairs, then you know the games have made a difference.
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( Jun. 8th, 2012 12:47 pm)
Okay, so once upon a time, I told a friend that The Avengers wasn't sparking any fannish desires. THEN I decided that, well, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are both hot, so collectively, they would be VERY HOT together, and started reading porn. Pretty half-heartedly though.

THEN, astolat posted a Loki/Thor story, and I read it, and BAM! I am smack in the middle of a massive fannish obsession. I LOVE the way that happens! I can't predict what will get me.

Rosie! I remember when I came to visit you last summer, you pointed me in the direction of lots of lovely Tumblr goodness about Hiddleston and Hemsworth. Where can I finds it again?! And anything else you deem important now that I have (finally) been assimilated?!

Lots of !!! because I am in the grip of The Joy ;)

(BTW, I'm reccing this Steve/Tony fic because it is hilarious. I love it. No pron tho ;) http://archiveofourown.org/works/406312/chapters/670521)
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( Apr. 28th, 2012 07:59 pm)
People who have seen the Avengers - come tell me all about it in the comments! Am dying to squee in great detail about it :D
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( Jan. 21st, 2012 10:54 pm)
Judging by the fannish outpourings, I *think* I'm the last person alive to see Thor, but just in case Oort cloud dwellers should chance across this journal, then Read more... )
I'm relaxed about RPF. It's all fiction. The savvier celebs openly say that the public only gets a persona anyway. I think if I was a sleb, I'd be cool knowing it existed, but would probably avoid looking in case I came across something sick, like the infamous Girls Aloud story.

However, if I was Tom Hardy and I read this story about myself - it would be such a life-changing experience that I would *surely* not rest until I'd convinced Joseph Gordon-Levitt that we were meant to be together?? I am very convinced of this fact.

In other Tom Hardy related news (there isn't much of any other kind around these parts at the moment), the burning flame of my crush has been fanned by seeing RocknRolla. He plays a character called "Handsome Bob" and was ever a character more aptly named - I think not.

The film itself is quite funny, not as tight as Lock, Stock... or Snatch, but entertaining enough. Boosted by having a couple of scenes which would make any slashing fangirl squeak :)
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( Nov. 3rd, 2011 10:13 am)
Just flying through to post this beautiful 2 minute video. Definitely better with the sound.


It made my morning a whole lot brighter :)
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( Oct. 31st, 2011 11:44 am)
A woman at the sausage's school asked me if I was Alma's mummy. I said, no, I'm [the sausage]'s mummy. Oh she said and on our way we went. I don't know her name. She doesn't know my name. WE ARE NOTHING BUT MUMMIES!

Went home and had an existential crisis at Stan. He 'helped' by singing "More than a Woman" at me, only swapping woman for 'mummy'.

Can't help thinking crisis is worsened by the fact that Tom Hardy doesn't know my name either and that I currently can't face trainers because babies scream when I stop to do laces!

Also, why can't I finish a story? I have 12k words of John/Rodney, which is stalled because I had a sudden change of heart about a massive feature of the story and now can't face the huge re-write necessary. I also have thousands of words of Arthur/Eames, which is stalled because the dialogue for a pivotal scene, which I'd kept mulling in my head for days, has now gone. I think I need a cheer-leader.
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( Oct. 25th, 2011 08:06 pm)
*Loving* this BBC Sherlock story - http://archiveofourown.org/series/9540 "At least there's the football". Sorry, too tired to make it look pretty. But it is wonderful.

Mycroft/Lestrade, and there is a pairing I never thought I'd be typing, but it totally works in the most real and romantic way. Grown-up blokes getting to know each other really slowly. Yum.

WIP, but in satisfying if not quite standalone chunks, and regularly updated.
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( Oct. 8th, 2011 07:03 pm)
I love my husband. It's the anniversary of our first date, and he has just given me a Triple Play copy of Inception and suggested I read a nice story before we go out for dinner :)
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( Aug. 16th, 2011 03:21 pm)
So I had my baby :) He looks disconcertingly exactly like the last one - and indeed, probably every newborn ever. Still, I fell in love with him in about 10 seconds.

Managing with a toddler and a new baby is... interesting. Challenging. A total mother fucker.

Thank goodness for fic. I've been reading a lot of Inception. I'm not in the fandom, in fact feel like a tourist passing through. Everything looks like it was exciting there about a year ago, but now there's a distinct air of tumbleweed.

Nevertheless, Eames has totally preoccupied me, awake and asleep. The fic has been awesome, but [personal profile] blamebrampton! That [personal profile] raitala fic you rec'd in your journal - best thing ever.

I have funny ideas re not finding out anything about actors, as it always destroys their mystique. But I can't help trawling for photos of his extreme gorgeousness.

Depending on the film he's currently working on, he can either look like a vulnerable morsel of yumminess, or a Stallone-esque beefcake. Look, here's some photos of him at his most delicious. One of them is probably NSFW. His cute smile! His great arse! )
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( Jul. 9th, 2011 11:04 pm)
Does anyone have a bullet-proof Arthur/Eames story they would like to rec? I just finished [personal profile] enjambament's stories and they are exactly what I'm looking for. Very happy sighs, but now I need more!
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( Jul. 3rd, 2011 07:42 pm)
I am not in the Sherlock fandom. I am not in the Sherlock fandom. But seem to be reading a lot of the fic. I came across Rough Edges by [personal profile] basingstoke, via her Cabin Pressure fic and then got sucked in, carrying on to read her Indecorous.

Rough Edges is by far and away my favourite, but totally not my usual cup of tea. No unicorns, no sparkles, and very, very nasty. It starts amusingly with a Black Books crossover, if with an edge, and proceeds to get nastier with every Holmes family member we meet. But what a family! [personal profile] basingstoke creates this positive raft of original characters, who are all utterly interesting - clever, funny, vile. In case it isn't come across clearly, what with the nasty and the vile, I'm reccing this story completely! (For anyone with a strongish constitution).

My name is Pionie and I am a Cumberbitch.
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( Jun. 27th, 2011 10:42 pm)
So very, very fucking hot here. But I have a new fandom! Cabin Pressure - radio 4 comedy drama for those of you who haven't come across it. Only tiny and I'll have read the fic before the weekend, but so funny. It strange, because in my mind's eye, Martin looks like Cumberbatch, but Douglas doesn't look like the actor who plays him. I see him looking more silver foxy. Although the actor does have a terrific, smooth voice.

4 weeks to go til birth day. I hope it cools down - this is torture.
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( Jun. 12th, 2011 08:21 pm)
I've just been browsing Missed the Saturday Dance by [personal profile] zoetrope once more, courtesy of [personal profile] shiny_starlight, and being in awe of its wonderousness all over again. It always makes me tear up a little at the end.

It's being kept by the open doors project over at the OTW. What a fantastic organisation; I love how inclusively they try to run everything, and what a wonderful resource the AO3 is. I seem to be spending a lot of time in there at the moment, reading old favourites and coming across new gems.

I might put the 2-3 stories of my own that I don't completely hate on there some time.
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( May. 13th, 2011 09:29 am)
I finished my dissertation! I feel an O.M.F.G. is justified here, after 6 years of torturous, never-ending study, every step feeling like wading in treacle while stabbing myself with a blunt pencil.

The finished thing certainly looks pretty, but I can only guess about its contents, as I stopped being able to bear reading it about a month ago!

And I'm STILL not qualified. I have to produce a folder of 'evidence' that I am worthy of that honour, first. THEN I will be qualified, and able to legally and with appropriate insurance, help people to get well through diet and lifestyle changes :)

Oh look, a woo! and a yay!
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( Mar. 18th, 2011 09:09 pm)
Right, I have seriously read every even half-way decent-looking Nick/Danny Hot Fuzz fic on the Sandford_police LJ comm, ff.net and AO3. Every one. Please fic writers, please be writing some more good ones.

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( Feb. 1st, 2011 07:13 pm)
Normally, I obviously don't have time to read Gen, what with all the John/Rodney and Rodney/Ronon slash out there (sadly too little of the latter). But sga_storyfinders found me this absolute gem, which I have to rec - http://sam-storyteller.dreamwidth.org/152547.html. What a great Ronon - with bonus Chuck.


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