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Omg, I nearly died laughing at these. This dude (dudette?) collects bizarre vinyl albums* and blogs about them. There are little snippets you can listen to, if you really want to. I must admit: the knitting album intrigues me, but not as much as the disco Xmas songs.

The Internet is full of wonder.

*presumably from garage sales or something.

Last day!

Mar. 28th, 2008 10:31 am
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It's my last day at the office today, I start at the vet's on Tuesday and have taken Monday off to do admin stuff. The boss is in Jhb, but assures me that he'll be back in time to say goodbye. Yay.

I will miss some of the people here, but I'm so glad to be leaving and I can't wait to start at the new job. Lunchtime kitten fondling! I hope it's not a "grass is always greener" scenario and the new job is just as crappy. Well, we'll see.

I need to post about My Coke Fest and the awesomeness that is Jared Leto and Chris Cornell, but that will have to wait till I have more time. For now, just know that it rocked. Grunge is alive and well and rocking in Kenilworth.

Also, Rome (the TV series) is very good, despite the incest-pr0n.
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Feeling a bit better today, although I wish it was time to start my new job already.

Sushi last night was good. I think the birthday boys enjoyed their party. It got a bit raucous at the end when I started sucking on the helium balloons and singing random songs. They all enjoyed my "Happy Birthday". Not sure about the "Quando Quando" or ABBA songs, though. Nikki's "Bobbejaan klim die berg" was priceless (and possibly caught on video by Mike, hello You Tube). I think only Alan and Phleep enjoyed my helium Black Sabbath. Sigh, so unappreciated. When the waiter was clearing the table he looked at the pile of balloon corpses and said "can I take your junkie balloons, madam?" He was cute :).

So, there's this total plan to rent a karaoke machine and a helium tank and have a karaoke evening. Every song can be improved by doing it in chipmunk voice. Who's in?
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All is well with the world when 5fm suddenly plays Bohemian Rhapsody. Made my day.


Jan. 21st, 2008 10:52 pm
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Herewith, some recipes from my new cookbook Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian. It is full of win. Recipes reproduced at the request of extemp and Jo (of JoStv).

Spicy Eggplant Stew with Potatoes, Mushrooms and Chickpeas (India)

(Serves 4 to 6)

1/4 cup peanut ir canola oil
1/8 teaspoon ground asafetida (couldn't find; didn't use)
1 1/2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
3 whole dried hot red chillies (I used 3-ish teaspoons crushed chillies)
2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed and peeled
3/4 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch chunks
3/4 pound eggplants, cut crosswise into 1- to 1 1/2-inch chunks
3/4 pound large white mushrooms, halved or quartered to match other vegetable pieces
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 cup tomato puree
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 well-packed cup very finely minced fresh cilantro/coriander/dhanya (I left this out)
2 1/4 cups drained cooked chickpeas (a 20-ounce can)

Put the oil in a large, wide pot and set over high heat. When hot, put in the asafetida and cumin. Let them sizzle for 10 seconds. Put in the red chillies. As soon as they swell and darken, a matter of seconds, put in the garlic and potatoes. Stir and fry for a minute. Put in the eggplant, stir and fry for 2 minutes. Put in the mushrooms, stir and fry for another 2 minutes. Now put in the turmeric and ground coriander. Stir once and put in the tomato puree, 4 cups of water, salt, cilantro and chickpeas. Bring to a boil. Cover, turn the heat down to low, and cook gently for 35 to 40 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

I served this stew with:

Yoghurt with Walnut and Raisins (India)

(Serves 4 to 6)

You can add a few tablespoons of diced green apple to this if you like. I didn't.

1 cup plain yoghurt
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint (I used more, I like mint)
1/4 chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon ghee or peanut oil (I used marg)
1/4 cup golden raisins (I used golden sultanas, couldn't find golden raisins)

Put the yoghurt in a bowl and beat lightly with a whisk or fork until it is smooth and creamy. Add the salt, sugar, pepper to taste, mint and walnuts and combine.
Put the ghee in a small frying pan and set over medium heat. When hot, put in the raisins. Stir them briefly just until they plump up. Quickly pour the ghee and raisins into the bowl with the yoghurt. Stir to mix.


Fresh Ginger and Green Chilli Relish

(Makes 1/2 cup)

1 (3-inch) piece of fresh ginger
7 to 10 fresh hot green chillies
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Peel the ginger and then cut it crosswise into the thinnest slices possible. Cut the green chillies crosswise into fine slices. In a small, clean glass jar, combine the ginger, chillies, salt and sugar.
Put the lemon juice into a small stainless steel or enameled pot and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and allow the juice to become lukewarm. Pour the juice over the ginger and cover the jar with a noncorrosive lid. Shake to mix. This relish may be eaten after an hour. Store in the fridge, will keep for 1 week.


In other news, I have joined the Cape Philharmonic Choir. First practice was tonight. In at the deep end with Handel's Messiah. It's hard. A's are not my friend when I'm so out of practice :(. There was a blind lady there and her guide dog whined a little when the sopranos squeaked on the high notes.

Also, reading Sunshine at the moment. I'm not sure if I like it, it's a bit angsty. It reads a bit like Ursula Vernon's blog at times, similar sense of humour. Also also, went to see The Merchant of Venice at Maynardville. I'm not sure I appreciated the new "take" (ie, raping). Obviously, the common-sense department was on holiday when the director said "I know! Nazis! Let's put Nazis in!". And, as we all know, as soon as someone introduces Nazis we all lose. And they didn't even salute the Bard's statue at the end! Shylocke's butler was fabulous, I wonder around saying "weeeeeeeeelll, my conscience, he says.." and "the deveeeel (hands up)". Sigh, good times.
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30 Seconds to Mars have confirmed for My Coke Fest 2008!!!! I am getting me a ticket* and a backstage pass so I can kidnap Jared Leto. I'm going to need more chloroform. And some rope. I'd better stock up on tofu as well, Mr Leto is the World's Sexiest Vegetarian. Mmmmm, Jared Leto. The most beautiful man in the world. Sigh (throws panties).

I'm not normally such a rabid fangirl, I've always thought the crowds of screaming girls for bands was stupid, but Jared is different. I luff him. And Orlando. And Johnny. But that's it, I swears. That's the limit of my rabidity.**

And now, I will eat my floppy salad and scheme my evil Jared-napping schemes..

* I want the R600 Golden Circle tickets, please. I want to be in sweat-droplet range.

** except for Nic Cage, John Malkovich and Christopher Walken. I will watch anything starring them. Anything.
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It has been brought to my attention that I sound a bit preachy on the topic of charity and the environment. I don't mean to, but if my posts offend you, go look here.

The sermon... )
* * * * * *

In other news, I went to watch a violin recital on Wednesday night. It was really awesome. It made me quite proud of us apes, to come up with something as beautiful as music. To take sounds and create a written language and then to take that language and create melodies and symphonies that inspire emotion in others. Just wow. I think music is the ultimate form of artistic expression, more so than graphic art or poetry and prose. It made me itch to pick up my recorders again. I need to listen to more classical music.


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