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!

Watched Dragonheart last night, wherein Pete Postlethwaite is totally wasted, Dennis Quaid is stretched to the max and probably thought it was Shakespeare, and Sean Connery sounds like a scottish dragon with someone else's teeth, just like he always does.

There were many things I didn't enjoy about this film - e.g. David Thewlis doing 'mad' - his eyes were rolling like a nervy pony, I kept expecting him to whinny - but Quaid failing to recognise his arch enemy dragon by that accent alone was the point at which I threw in the suspendable disbelief towel.

And I've seen it before! So really, only have self to blame - why do I do it to myself?!

Better - just made gluten-free chocolate cake for DB's birthday (he is not g/f; I am - but I'm planning on making him share :-D)

Also - only a few more days left of my job! It's nice to earn a little cash and not worry about financial things so much, but it is nicer more sensible to finish that bloody degree I've been going on about for 5 years, so I can earn money in something that interests me - so go me, no more procrastinating!
I'm not a sandwich connoisseur like Andrew, but I like to think I am making a quiet contribution, particularly in the field of cheese. That beetroot, dijon and strong cheddar on black bread I just scoffed was delish.

Andrew is also the author of the brilliant piece Danger, Danger; Gay Marriage which I'm currently seeing linked all over the place. He points out that all sorts of countries manage to have equal rights for gay and straight people with respect to marriage, without their civilisations crumbling. I wish I could say I lived in one of them.

Of course, Britain has the civil partnership. As a bisexual woman, if I legally tie myself to a man, then I can get married. If I do the same with a woman, then I can get civil partnershipped. (Yes, people are using it as a verb!) Why the difference?? It would feel the same to me, the desire to commit to the person I loved. This segregation allows the State to give rights to one group and not to the other; maybe not now, but maybe in the future in less tolerant times. (Anyone who doesn't think retrograde steps get taken in civil rights, take a look at Maine and California). Making the distinction for those gays tacitly says to homophobes that it is okay to regard marriage as just for their kind, as if there is something wrong with queers wanting to get married. Just infuriating.

This is probably more outspoken/personal than I've been in my journal in about a million years, but this has been festering for a while, so better out than in. I want to say now that if I was engaged to a woman instead of a man, I totally would sign up for a civil partnership - better some legal rights than none. I'm not disregarding the effort that it took to get this far either, and more positively, I'm pleased to see people signing up for them, because it is making commonplace the notion of queer people loving and committing to each other, instead of being Others that aren't like Us. Even if most of the papers mention it in the kind of coy tones maiden aunts use when discussing swearwords. I guess I'm just saying that I don't think we're quite there yet.

ETA: Liberty's 2003 response to the government proposals for anyone who's interested in their queer history.
Kelly Rowland, When Love Takes Over. I just like it, in all its cheesy, high decibel, hi-energy glory.

Adam/Kris RPS. Hopefully they don't mind; they seem like nice boys. Actually, if they have any business savvy at all, I'm sure they realise that being slashed by [personal profile] astolat is a sign they've truly arrived.

Kraft cheese slices. This is a more serious issue. I could just stop buying them, but I can't.
Over at Very Good Taste, Andrew and Jill's food blog, they've made a list of 100 things they think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. Andrew says:

"The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results."

So here are my results - 41/100 - not bad considering I've been a veggie for more of my life than I was an omnivore - Read more )


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