viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Ruining the Family Portrait)
Taken on my doorstep this afternoon. There is so much going on in this picture, I adore it so.

Today I put on my kitty ears and mulched the garden-- there will never be a time when I'm not mulching the garden-- and listened to The Mighty Boosh. Then I went inside and made knish and samosas and waited for the trick or treaters to arrive. Not as many as last year, probably because of the Obama rally in the park down the street that Vali and I are watching Youtube clips of. Sounds like pretty boilerplate stuff but I hope it motivates people to volunteer or to early vote.

On the whole I should take Halloween off more often, it was really swell.

And in 7 1/2 hours I need to be in the gov't center to pick up the voting machines. Bleargh.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (lol internets)

I'm sure you've seen it before, but I had to share. Basically Hillary can win by becoming a Time Lord, there's a phone booth and everything.

And then there's this.

I finished making the checkboard cake. It's easily the pinkest thing I've ever made. After I finished frosting it I realized this was my monolith to be approached carefully and fearfully. I promise to take pictures, if it doesn't find us and kill us in our sleep. It's pretty damn impressive and very, very pink.
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First day of vacation! I made

tempeh wingz and "bacon"

two loaves of chikin-flavored seitan, much to [ profile] annlarimer's horror

a checkerboard cake with Strawberry frostin'. A neopolitan cake, if you will. it will either be delicious or something i'll regift to the co-workers. I inhaled a lot of cake batter. I only regret it a little.

Now i'm in the living room with a blanket on my lap, a purring Casey stretched out on my legs, Googlechatting and exploring Comcast on Demand. Oo, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, you say?

Possible spoilery talk about Planet of the Ood )
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Sober Up)
After reading Vegan Yum Yum's recipe for Hasperat yesterday I had a tiny little nerd freakout and decided I had to make it the next day with some black bean soup. I made a few modifications, so here you are...

Mary's Hasperat recipe, modified from Vegan Yum Yum, who is a girl genius.


-1 cup roasted red pepper hummus (recipe follows).

-1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced thin.

-1 carrot, peeled and coarsely shredded.

-1/2 block of White Wave Organic Extra Firm tofu, cut in half lengthwise and pressed, then cut into strips.

-1 cup of white vinegar

-1 bunch of fresh spinach leaves, rinsed thoroughly please god. You've read the horror stories, yes?

-fresh ground pepper to taste

Put the chopped cucumber, carrots, and tofu in a bowl with the white vinegar. Let that soak while you're preparing the rest of the sandwich.

Grill the tortillas on a griddle if you're making them by hand. I made my own with a cup of Masa Harina flour and water to get the right consistency, or you can pull them out of the package and warm them up if you're a heathen.

Spread a thick layer of hummus on the tortilla, then put down a layer of spinach leaves.

Strain the cucumber, carrots, and tofu from the white vinegar, place on top of the spinach leaves, then sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and sriracha hot sauce to taste.


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

-1 red pepper

-1 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

-3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-1 tablespoon lemon juice

-1 teaspoon chili oil

-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Preheat the oven to 425F. Take the red pepper, cut off the stem and remove seeds and cut into strips. Coat strips in olive oil and stick it in the oven in a glass baking dish. Leave in for about 40 minutes, or until the ends of the red pepper strips go black.

Stick roasted pepper strips in with all other ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

(I'm going to toot my own horn and say this is the best damn hummus I have ever made. I've spoiled myself rotten for anything else.)


I know it sounds like I must've spent all night in the kitchen, but this and the black bean soup together took me about an hour, and it was ever so tasty. However. A spicy hummus and tofu sammich, with black bean soup? Probably not something you want to make for a first date. Although why are you inviting a stranger to your house for a homecooked meal on a first date? You FREAK.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (strangle!)
Vali had the day off because of the nasty winter weather (all of her co-workers live in unincorporated hellholes that don't have money for commie pinko socialist programs like snow removal). I, otoh, had to go.


I was really grumpy about it, especially when I accidentally removed the driver's side windshield wiper and spent 15 minutes in the snow trying to put the fucking thing back on. Eventually I pleaded with a neighbor help my poor frustrated self. Yes, I'm 36 and don't know how to put on my own windshield wipers. Now is your moment to feel superior.

Vali's all relaxed and stuff, updating her Recs Page and generally just having a swell time. I look at her and think, it must be nice not to be perpetually grouchy. I should try it sometime.

So I subscribe to a mailing list called Meatout Mondays, and this week they had a recipe for jalapeno poppers made with vegan cream cheese. They were FRANTASTIC. ::thud:: Vali and I have become popper eatin' fools. The irony is that I almost deleted the recipe because it had the subject line "poppers" and thought it was more spam.

(I realize the mailing list is just so much vegan product placement, but in this case Tofutti's Better Than Cream Cheese totally deserves it. Nom Nom Nom.)

the recipe, for those folks who are interested )

Along with the jalapeno poppers, I made tempeh wingz, tempeh bacon, and banana nut muffins. With butter. When they find a nonhydrogenated margarine that doesn't taste like ass, I will be more than happy to make the switch. Until then.

Cinematic Titanic's newest project, The Oozing Skull, is really excellent. We were too nervous, worried that it might suck, to fully appreciate how good it was the first time we watched it, but now we're really in the swing of things. It's really hard to make fun of a movie without descending into open contempt for the finished project. I guess I missed the Joel years more than I realize. The point is, you should buy it and stuff. (My favorite riff is the title of this entry.)

Took co-worker friend to see her Garfield cat again today. She really likes him, but hasn't committed yet. I'm not telling her because it's not right to be pushy, but if she wants him she'd better act quick. He's a completely adorkable squeeze toy attention hound. I came in today to find him all propped up on the lap of luxury on some nice lady's lap. But it's cool, I just want to see him get adopted into a nice home, I really don't care where ultimately.

Went trolling through Doctor Who Icons last night. I found some really excellent ones, and yet I still feel grumpy and dissatisfied.

Three rhetorical questions for you Doctor Who fans all out there )

And Billie Piper, isn't there a union rule that says you HAVE to let other actresses take a few roles? The UK acting community has collapsed because she is currently in every 3rd role on television. Please stop her before she inevitably gets tagged to play Mary Russell. The sad thing is, she would be *perfect* to play Mary Russell; she sort of has the lock on "I'm an irritating blonde twat who grinds the action to the halt and has the entire universe revolve around her" roles.


Mmm. Peckish. Poppers are a-callin'. Then I have to finish The Game. Only 120 pages left to go. (::cries::)
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Want Monkey! K FINE.)
...a ginormous brunch sometime around 2PM, followed by a solid afternoon of Do Whatever The Hell You Want. Ahhhh.

Yesterday Vali made chili sin carne al mole from Vegan with a Vengeance. She let the sofrito simmer longer than when she made this last time, and it produced the loveliest slow burn sensation in the mouth, yum. That and some garlicky kale with tahini dressing and brussels sprouts, and the memory of tinned dog food haggis is far, far away.

Vali's reading experiences have been more satisfying to her than mine have been of late. I'm reading The Game by Laurie King. It's not awful, it's just that I don't buy the central premise of the tale: that Sherlock Holmes would not just marry a woman, but marry a woman several million years younger than himself. But have no fear! She's tough! Smart! Beautiful but not too Beautiful! Resourceful! She's Mary Russell!: the wonder somethin'-or-other. (eyeroll)

I'd've ditched it ages ago, but I have to read it because it's for the book group I run and I don't remember things quite as well if I listen to them on tape. So mentally I've been searching and replacing Mary Russell with Watson. So far it's working, even when Watson has to wear a sari to the fancy dress ball on the slow boat to India.

There is one May-December couple that I totally buy, and that's Eight/Lucie Miller. Am listening to Blood of the Daleks and they are just yowsa, and it's made all the better by the fact that Lucie really doesn't care for Eight all that much. HOWEVER, i will be extremely grateful when we can get past this cultural moment of The Big All-Encompassing War That Will Change Everything garbage. It's not like I can blame Americans for this one either, as it's an English production. Here it's more of a case of "Lord of the Ring/later book Harry Potter"itis. Also, Daleks are lame and they suck and they will never be interesting no matter how much stirring music you put behind their screaming. I like the little moments better, of which there are many.

Am keeping happy by reading Vali's Life on Mars fanfic recs. I love how Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt bring out every retro impulse and every slash cliche ever, and do it in such a completely hot way. Moar, said the fangirl!
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (d for domesticity)
For my birthday I got a baking stone and The Bread Bible.

Tonight I made Portugese Sweet Bread with Honey and Seven-Grain Honey Bread.

Warm with butter.


Next week I'm making bagels for some staff whatsis and just because I can.

I got lots. Who's hungry?
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (whose day was more pleasant?)
OMGYAY real honest-to-goodness Castleton t-shirts for sale! ::backflip:: We've been on a Time Chasers kick lately, sort of like auxiliary Doctor Who with acid-washed action. Your butt looks good in the future!

It has come to my attention (looks over at her loving wyfe) that I've been a titch prickly in my LJ entries over the past few days. After a lot of huffy what-EVERs, I grudgingly accepted that she was right. *shakes fist at heavens* I've just not been in a mood to suffer people gladly. Usually when I feel this way I sit on that feeling till it passes, but didn't feel like doing so this time.

I regret nothing, only that it makes me sound angrier than I actually am. I'm feeling pretty good, really, just a little sleepy. Still, I want to do something a little bit sweeter today. Why not have a delicious grilled cheese and hot cocoa with the cutest cuddly monkey in the whole wide world? (Note to [ profile] annlarimer: not THAT cuddly monkey. o.O)

While you enjoy your snack you can enjoy pictures like this...

We got cardboard in the mail (yay, just what i always wanted) and Casey's been having a blast with it-- she'll lay down longways against it, or sit like she is in the picture, like she's manager of the General Store. It's like there's a barrier; she never steps over it, choosing instead to walk out the opening. She's too nutty.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Default)
Last night, Vali and I figured out why Last of the Time Lords was so bad.

Warning: contains clumsy funneh )

Freshly ground horseradish is delicious, but it makes you dream you're wearing nothing but a half apron, granny panties and running shoes while standing at a very busy and cold downtown intersection and shaking the can for the Humane Society. HAVING SAID THAT, I still recommend Isa Chandra's Horseradish and Coriander Crusted Tofu (or Delicious Fake Fish Sticks as I like to call them) very highly, just not around polite company. Beans and all.

Oh that reminds me! The Chicago Tribune yesterday ran an article on pasta e fagioli, with the accompanying picture of "Pasta and Beens." I swear to god the Trib must've borrowed our local paper's spellchecker-- they're worse than The Sandford Citizen. As my dear [ profile] violetisblue says, Cat Macros? They've finally arrived.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Default)
Ever wanted to give and receive books for free? Thought was so much pointless busy work? (Just let that &*%$ing 50-cent copy of Watership Down go already!) Welp, here's As Annie sings, I think I'm gonna like it here. Between this and Freecycle, I'm well on my way to the barter system if the economy collapses.

Isa Chandra helpfully linked together all the vegan blogs she watches. Awesome. Full disclosure: I'm an omnivore, but I really love the inventiveness of vegan cooking, unlike vegetarian cooking which usually is regular cooking minus the meat. Whizzed silken tofu can replace eggs in baking? Oh wow, they sure do. Golly! So you know, yay more recipe fodder. :)

Yesterday I had a patron who had to write a paper about nyctophobia. Not about what phobias are or how to overcome them, but what nyctophobia is. In my head I wrote the paper for her: "Throughout the years people have been afraid of the dark. The end." Some instructors set their students up for failure, eh?

Although now that I think of it maybe the paper was about the origins of the phobia and reasons why people are afraid of the dark...this is why I are srs librarian, I are srsly gooder at big thinking on my feets.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Default)
Stuff I've done or am contemplating thinking about doing:

--Last Saturday I was so happy not to be sick that I accidentally cooked almost an entire Thanksgiving dinner, postmodern style: artichoke and white bean dip, rutabaga, spaghetti squash and sweet potato soup (the clear omg winner), stir fry, and tempeh bacon. Oops, forgot to make dessert. I have brought shame upon the family!

--Our first bilingual open house at the library went over very, very well. I am relieved. I was so nervous about my part in it that I could hardly eat beforehand and after two library tours, a couple of raffles, and a Parade of Nations (think "It's a Small World" for Latin America), my blood sugar went through the basement: shaking, headaches, queasiness, the whole nine yards. All the food I'd cooked was at home, oh irony. I am better now, thanks.

Btw, the Parade of Nations was utterly adorable. First there was dancing, so little kids in really fancy dresses stomping and swirling their little hearts out. One group of little kids couldn't stop dancing when it was over and me and the rest of the staff was treated to three-year-olds unselfconsciously giving their all. If this is why people have children, to dress them up in silly attire and make them parade around? Then I am all in favor of it. Although I suggest getting a cat or a doll or a teddy bear, something that won't outgrow the kawaii costume you made for it.

After the dancing came the actual Parade. All the countries get very colorful gear. When it was the United States' turn, it was a man and a little boy in green fatigues. Which I thought was appropriate. I mean, the traditional clothing used to be a cowboy or an Elvis impersonator but that was ruled too macho and besides, this is how the rest of the world sees us anyway.

--To all of your friends currently in love with Ron Paul, may this post be the splash of cold water that wakes them the fuck up. Although I doubt it. Because, like, he's against the war, don't you know? Argh! It drives me completely crazy.

--I have been slightly obsessed with the idea of a tabula rasa lately, particularly of finishing projects. It's bordering on the compulsive and I'm not sure how to rachet it back. I'm trying to tell myself I'm not a bad person for not completing something yet, and have an even harder time of starting something because my brain is so frazzled that I'm having difficulty paying attention to every single thing my brain says I should give equal time to that I'm afraid I'm going a titch bonkers. Four days off will help-- hell, I'll take two days. Can I have two for the lady?

--I bought most of the yarn to make Hogwarts slippers this weekend. When I told the middle-aged (well, older than me at any rate) ladies at the counter my plan to make rainbow Dumbledore slippers for Media*West, it was met with universal squee. To all those scared of Teh OMG Represhun of the Suburbs? Come on in, the water's fine. One lady recommended I take a look at Charmed Knits, which sounds like it might be fun. Otoh, I just dropped a rather large chunk of change on yarn and I've got my work cut out for me.

--Only one more Sunday to work before Thanksgiving, woot.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Hurray for socks)
I had the day off on Friday, so I pulled up the last of the tomatoes and mulched. (Did I say I was finished mulching last week? I lied. I do that.) Then I planted eighty trillion garlic bulbs while listening to radio dramas and the Hot Fuzz soundtrack. (The Hot Fuzz soundtrack is great to listen to when you've got things to do like gardening, biking, working, or breathing.) I transferred the plants from the sun room, where Casey layed about the place and got the last of the year's lovely rays. Bye-bye go the basil plants, in comes the hummingbird feeder, wind chimes, rubber and aloe plants.

Then I went into the kitchen and made pizza topped with roasted fennel, thinly sliced potatoes zapped in the microwave, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and tempeh crumbles. And homemade marinara and crust. Yes I'm bragging, but omg it was so good! Vali made a tasty green salad and brussels sprouts and afterwards we just lay about the house and hummed and patted our bellies. I am thoroughly sick of cheese at the moment-- I am still eating the last little bit of cheese from the union dinner-- so eating this cheeseless pizza was perfect. The veggies crisp up nicely and the crust doesn't get too soggy. Also it helps if you put the crust in the oven for about ten minutes to get it even crisper.

Then for some reason I sort of collapsed and got a sore throat and haven't been able to do fuck all for about two days. Well, except to go to work on Saturday and Sunday. Nnngggh. I am really out of it. The good thing is that I found my cell phone after 3 days of wondering why I hadn't received any text messages from [ profile] annlarimer. My car swallows stuff and regurgitates it weeks later, so it's a good thing I don't like to eat at White Castle or Hardees.

Love to all ya'll, take care of Vali and our cranky cat whilst I pass out.


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