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Dinner last night was very satisfying.  I took a red kuri squash, quartered it, and cleaned the seeds.  The seeds (with some oil, salt, pepper, and a bit of spice blend) toasted while the oven was warming up (until they started popping).   While that was going on I rubbed two quarters of squash with olive oil, and sprinkled them with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and some fresh sage.  The other two quarters were buttered and sprinkled with cinnamon, brown sugar, a little salt, and some walnuts. 

I baked the sqush quarters at 400 for about 45-50 minutes, until the squash was relaxed and happy.  We snacked on toasted squash seeds while we waited.  A few minutes before I took the squash out of the oven I put some shredded mozarella and cheddar cheese on top of the savory squash quarters. 

Appetizer, dinner and dessert: all from one squash!  Nom, nom, and again nom.  (Although I liked the dessert better once I'd drizzled a little maple syrup on it.  Rick's squash, however, did not last long enough for the maple syrup treatment.)
tamarinne: (Default)
Dinner last night was very satisfying.  I took a red kuri squash, quartered it, and cleaned the seeds.  The seeds (with some oil, salt, pepper, and a bit of spice blend) toasted while the oven was warming up (until they started popping).   While that was going on I rubbed two quarters of squash with olive oil, and sprinkled them with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and some fresh sage.  The other two quarters were buttered and sprinkled with cinnamon, brown sugar, a little salt, and some walnuts. 

I baked the sqush quarters at 400 for about 45-50 minutes, until the squash was relaxed and happy.  We snacked on toasted squash seeds while we waited.  A few minutes before I took the squash out of the oven I put some shredded mozarella and cheddar cheese on top of the savory squash quarters. 

Appetizer, dinner and dessert: all from one squash!  Nom, nom, and again nom.  (Although I liked the dessert better once I'd drizzled a little maple syrup on it.  Rick's squash, however, did not last long enough for the maple syrup treatment.)
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So a couple of conversations at Pennsic led me to idly wonder about the history of the game of Cribbage (which gets played extensively in our camp).  A couple googles later, it seems that Cribbage is just slightly out of period for the SCA, but it is based on a Tudor game called "Noddy" which is apparantly exactly the same except for not having a crib.  Perhaps next year we'll try playing it that way and see what it's like!

I was also interested to see that in Noddy, if the Jack is turned up it's called the "Knave Noddy"  ("noddy" meaning "fool").    I presume this is the origin of calling the Jack "nobs" in Cribbage, something which has always puzzled me.

http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/Cribbage.htm
tamarinne: (Default)
So a couple of conversations at Pennsic led me to idly wonder about the history of the game of Cribbage (which gets played extensively in our camp).  A couple googles later, it seems that Cribbage is just slightly out of period for the SCA, but it is based on a Tudor game called "Noddy" which is apparantly exactly the same except for not having a crib.  Perhaps next year we'll try playing it that way and see what it's like!

I was also interested to see that in Noddy, if the Jack is turned up it's called the "Knave Noddy"  ("noddy" meaning "fool").    I presume this is the origin of calling the Jack "nobs" in Cribbage, something which has always puzzled me.

http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/Cribbage.htm
tamarinne: (science!)
OK Cupid studied a huge subset of their members and came to some really interesting conclusions about Republicans, Democrats, and how Republicans cohere but Democrats don't (also some cool stuff on social/economic views by age, and some really cool graphs, and... oh, just go look at it:)

http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/2010/03/30/the-democrats-are-doomed-or-how-a-big-tent-can-be-too-big/

Thanks for the link, [livejournal.com profile] melebeth !
tamarinne: (science!)
OK Cupid studied a huge subset of their members and came to some really interesting conclusions about Republicans, Democrats, and how Republicans cohere but Democrats don't (also some cool stuff on social/economic views by age, and some really cool graphs, and... oh, just go look at it:)

http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/2010/03/30/the-democrats-are-doomed-or-how-a-big-tent-can-be-too-big/

Thanks for the link, [livejournal.com profile] melebeth !
tamarinne: (science!)
Don't you think that there should be parties all over the world on March 14, 2015, all of which feature pie as a major portion of the refreshments?

EDIT: As is usual with my absurd ideas, the internet is way ahead of me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day
tamarinne: (science!)
Don't you think that there should be parties all over the world on March 14, 2015, all of which feature pie as a major portion of the refreshments?

EDIT: As is usual with my absurd ideas, the internet is way ahead of me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

Bread

Feb. 25th, 2010 02:01 pm
tamarinne: (science!)
Have I really not posted about this before???

Over the holidays, we tried out some bread at Tom & Meredith's from the cookbook "Artisan Bread In 5 Minutes A Day". We liked it so much we told Rick's mom about it, and she surprised us with a copy of the book a few days later.

This book has seriously changed my relationship with home-made bread. We now pretty much only eat warm, fresh-made bread, even after long days at work. We're contemplating getting rid of the bread machine, because it does not hold a candle to the bread we can make from this cookbook, plus the machine takes longer. The bread is crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside, and the dough keeps in the refrigerator for weeks.  You can make as much or as little as you want at one time (one naan, or two rolls, or an entire loaf).

An article describing the basic recipe and the process is here, and if you're interested in buying the cookbook, it's here.

Highly recommended.

Bread

Feb. 25th, 2010 02:01 pm
tamarinne: (science!)
Have I really not posted about this before???

Over the holidays, we tried out some bread at Tom & Meredith's from the cookbook "Artisan Bread In 5 Minutes A Day". We liked it so much we told Rick's mom about it, and she surprised us with a copy of the book a few days later.

This book has seriously changed my relationship with home-made bread. We now pretty much only eat warm, fresh-made bread, even after long days at work. We're contemplating getting rid of the bread machine, because it does not hold a candle to the bread we can make from this cookbook, plus the machine takes longer. The bread is crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside, and the dough keeps in the refrigerator for weeks.  You can make as much or as little as you want at one time (one naan, or two rolls, or an entire loaf).

An article describing the basic recipe and the process is here, and if you're interested in buying the cookbook, it's here.

Highly recommended.
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The ruins of Pompeii are now viewable on Google Street View. !!!

Just go to Google Maps, type in "pompeii italy ruins", drop the little dude on a street, and start exploring. :)
tamarinne: (Default)
The ruins of Pompeii are now viewable on Google Street View. !!!

Just go to Google Maps, type in "pompeii italy ruins", drop the little dude on a street, and start exploring. :)
tamarinne: (Default)
I am looking for a really attractive hammer/mallet and chisel.  Preferably stainless steel or brass (or wrought iron!) or something like that.  Preferably not one of those horrid pink or flowery or otherwise girlified tool sets.  Any ideas where I could find such a thing?
tamarinne: (Default)
I am looking for a really attractive hammer/mallet and chisel.  Preferably stainless steel or brass (or wrought iron!) or something like that.  Preferably not one of those horrid pink or flowery or otherwise girlified tool sets.  Any ideas where I could find such a thing?

Haiti

Jan. 13th, 2010 02:02 pm
tamarinne: (Default)
Some ways to help, if you can.

edit: Also, Pat Robertson has clearly never read the Bible.

edit2: Here is an excellent list of organizations that are working in Haiti now.

Haiti

Jan. 13th, 2010 02:02 pm
tamarinne: (Default)
Some ways to help, if you can.

edit: Also, Pat Robertson has clearly never read the Bible.

edit2: Here is an excellent list of organizations that are working in Haiti now.
tamarinne: (happy snow)
A week in the Carribbean was just the thing.  We snorkeled over reefs and shipwrecks, lounged under sunny skies, and got new hats.  Arriving back in Chicago made me feel like an astronaut landing on a frozen and inhospitable planet.

[livejournal.com profile] rantmo , I don't know if you even read LJ anymore, but this was the phone call you would have received at 11:01 Chicago time on New Year's Eve if we could have gotten cell phone signal on the boat:
"Greetings from THE FUTURE!  We are calling you from the year TWO THOUSAND AND TEN!  You must warn everyone - global warming is real!  We are standing outside on January 1st and it is NINETY FIVE DEGREES outside!  All the people around us have left their homes on land and now roam the earth sailing on a giant ship!  Tell everyone Al Gore was right!  End Transmission."

Happy new year, everyone. 

tamarinne: (happy snow)
A week in the Carribbean was just the thing.  We snorkeled over reefs and shipwrecks, lounged under sunny skies, and got new hats.  Arriving back in Chicago made me feel like an astronaut landing on a frozen and inhospitable planet.

[livejournal.com profile] rantmo , I don't know if you even read LJ anymore, but this was the phone call you would have received at 11:01 Chicago time on New Year's Eve if we could have gotten cell phone signal on the boat:
"Greetings from THE FUTURE!  We are calling you from the year TWO THOUSAND AND TEN!  You must warn everyone - global warming is real!  We are standing outside on January 1st and it is NINETY FIVE DEGREES outside!  All the people around us have left their homes on land and now roam the earth sailing on a giant ship!  Tell everyone Al Gore was right!  End Transmission."

Happy new year, everyone. 

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