Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Hi, it's actually me this time. I've recently started a tumblelog. Don't worry, it will never replace this blog (which isn't a real blog anyway). I'm using it to keep track of things that are either interesting or boring but useful to me somehow. A lot of the things I post will be to do with my dissertation, probably - scraps of text, links to sites, etc., so don't expect much. If anyone's interested, it's here.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Thoughts on Winter in Glasgow

Here we are, continuing to plod along through the winter.
It's currently snowing. Lovely, yes. But it's still not really snow. It's more that teasing kind of snow, that whispers in your ear, "you can look at me, but I won't stay. I'll disappear almost as soon as I hit the ground. And you'll be left merely with a wet face/coat/sock/trouser leg."

I think I still prefer it to come down and visit Glasgow.

Life, work, studies continue, in the unmagnificent way it tends to happen during winter. We have been having lovely saturdays. It tends to be a day to get caught up in the kitchen, in ways. I bake a loaf of bread for us to eat through the week. I bake other things. Last week it was flapjack. So magnificent, I must share that with you at some point. Energy bars. More mayonnaise. Ketchup. Muffins. Etc.

I'm looking forward to soup this week.

Enough with the food, I suppose.

Did I tell you, in January I decided the start of a new year was a wonderful opportunity to start a new skill. I've started knitting. I tried my hand at it a few years ago, but this time I am really going to learn it. I've got the basics down, and must show you the hat I knitted Joel. It's 50% wool, 50% alpaca, and it's soft and brown and warm. Before that project, I accidentally knitted a hat for a deformed baby head, so if anyone knows a baby that has a weird lump on the sideish-top of his head, let me know.

When we came to Glasgow, I thought, "Wow, I'll spend the winters learning how to play my banjo, and developing my Spanish!" Neither of those things have come through, but I have learned to cook some, and now am knitting. I also got into aromatherapy a bit, which enhances our life and cleaning in ways. Knitting is my current absorption, but please don't expect anything grand for quite some time. I knit in my spare time. So not as much as I would like. I knitted last night while watching a french film, which is quite admirable considering I can't understand french and had to read subtitles while knitting a new (and weird) pattern. It went pretty well. I have the start of a knitting project, and new knowledge of french knife-throwing circus acts who have suicidal tendencies.

In other news, I cannot seem to get my mind off of this:

I made it last summer. It's a rhubarb crisp with honey and vanilla, and it is divine. Joel doesn't like rhubarb, so I get to eat the entire thing myself. Waiting for rhubarb to come into season...

How is your winter going?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Broccolate: A New Culinary Delight

Heather seems to have dropped the proverbial ball lately in updating all of you wonderful fans with new recipes and adventures in food, so I thought I'd pull my equally proverbial weight. This easy, affordable meal is the Windex of the food world: it's perfect for a main dish, a side, or a dessert, and it goes well with any style! Here's the recipe:

  1. Steam some broccoli. I used our Pampered Chef microwave steamer, with lightly salted water. I like it with a little butter.

  2. Add lots of chocolate syrup.

  3. Enjoy!

Heather points out that, if trying this on your own, you shouldn't use Hershey's syrup, which contains mercury.