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Apartment Therapy's cooking blog, TheKitchn, posted a recipe about 2-3 days before Mother's day (as a brunch suggestion for said day) which looked absolutely delicious, and which I made on Sunday. link

I used challah bread, as that's a lot easier to find around here than brioche, and it was one of several eggy breads recommended to make it. I didn't make the minted raspberry part of the dish, I think raspberries are still about $8 per berry at this point in time in the store, so I don't think so.

The end result was very tasty, and I enjoyed it. However, I don't actually think I'd make this again. The Lemon Soufflé pudding I make kind of comes close in texture to this, as that bakes into a cake-y sponge pudding on top and has sauce underneath, versus bread soaked in a custard, and it has a bit more lemon bang for its buck. They take about the same amount of time to prepare and cook too, so I'll go with my first love, even though I wouldn't ever consider making it for breakfast (I have eaten leftovers of it for breakfast though, mmm!)

You could probably adapt the recipe to be a cinnamon based version too, rather than lemon. Replace the zest that tops the bread layers with cinnamon, and the lemon juice only gets used as a glaze in conjunction with confectioner's sugar, so there you could replace it with water and maybe add more cinnamon or something else in there, or nothing at all. But at that point, I suppose I'd just make regular French toast, which would be faster.

So, overall, it was good and everyone did enjoy it, but it's so close to something else that I make and love more, that I personally will be unlikely to make it again. But, it was another new thing I tried.


Apr. 9th, 2011 10:16 am
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With El-Jay being so awful lately, I've undeleted my journal here. Once LJ stops having heart attacks, I'll end up importing my posts here, just in case.

Most posts will be friends-only.

Comment to be added.
annuin: (P&P Made Of Awesome)
So, I highly recommend the Irish Car Bomb cupcakes I mentioned in my last post. They are fantastically delicious, and so moist!
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As I was browsing The Kitchn's site the other day, I came across this recipe, and the pictures were so appealing that I decided to try these this weekend. So, tonight I baked Cheddar and Leek Muffins.

I liked the idea of savory muffins versus sweet. So many baked goods are sweet, so having a savory option was nice. These will be nice for meal accompaniment or lunches, or if you don't want a sweet start to your morning.

Also, for breakfast this morning I made Blarney scones, from one of those Katie Reilly packages. I made it per the directions, but next time will portion the wet stuff, rather than tipping it all in at once, as it was so ridiculously wet and sticky that I ended up adding in probably about a cup of all purpose flour to be able to get it off my hands and to anything resembling kneading consistency, as required. I'm also used to Devonshire scones, which I make from scratch, and which aren't sweet, as these are.

So, the former, highly recommended. The latter, not so much.
annuin: (Ally Sheedy You Got It!)
A recipe from Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn blog.

Originally I'd had grandiose plans of making this on Christmas Day, but it ended up being either New Year's Day or the day after that. It's pretty time-consuming, due mostly to the various periods in which the dough needs to rise. It IS however spectacularly delicious.

It keeps well, and when the recipe says that it can be made a day or two in advance, that's definitely the way to go if you have any plans on serving it in the morning without getting up at Oh-God-Thirty-Ayem to have it freshly done by the time people trot in for food.

I didn't use brandy to soak the cranberries in, but Grand Marnier, which was the only thing at hand at the time. It was delicious. Next time it'll likely be Cointreau, as I still have some of that left that has otherwise been employed to make things like Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Cloud Cake.
annuin: (Eddie Izzard Stupid Fucker Period)
I'm on the Freecycle mailing list for this county. This list provides some hilarity to me at times, watching what people will ask for. Some people seem to forget that this is a list where items are offered for free, this also would generally mean that you shouldn't be too picky about what comes your way, because, you know, it's FREE and not costing you anything.

Earlier in the week, someone posted a Wanted for a horse. Yes, one of those 4 legged furry breathing ones that you can ride on. And it had to be tame/friendly too. Let me just get that for you, one sec, I have a spare in the closet... *eyeroll*.

Another that got me was someone asking for Le Creuset ware. Le Creuset is enameled cast iron cookware, it lasts a long time... my mother has a dutch oven and a saucepan of theirs, and has had them for at least 25 years now. You easily pay $100+ for the pans. So this someone was asking for them, and on top of that, was stipulating that the enamel had to be chip free. It doesn't bother me that they're asking for expensive stuff, hell, what do you have to lose if someone is actually looking to get rid of some... but to be that picky about the state it's in is just rather obnoxious when it's a freebie. Especially considering this county (being the most expensive to live in the country) isn't lacking in well-to-do people.

For now, I'll keep giggling at people asking for high-end items that are unlikely to really appear on a Freecycle list though...


Aug. 21st, 2009 11:09 pm
annuin: (Firefly/Serenity Strange Beauty)
And the bats were out too: ragged patches of silent blackness against the deep night-purple star-bespattered sky.

And that's why Neil Gaiman is a writer. And an amazing one. I just wish I could explain something so simple in such a beautiful way. ♥

From his journal entry here
annuin: (Help STFU)
- DO actually show up on time when you make an appointment with your tenant. Showing up on Wednesday instead of Tuesday is unacceptable. Especially when you couldn't even call to say you couldn't make it on Tuesday. It's a good thing I don't have to take time off work for that kind of nonsense, but it's rude, thoughtless and inconsiderate, and people do have shit to do instead of just wait around for someone to show up, who eventually doesn't.

Showing up at 2pm instead of 11am on a separate visit days later, also not acceptable.

- DO NOT show up when there really isn't anything you have to contribute. Showing up a second time to look at the broken washer (which broke a week ago today!) to then tell me that the repair guy hasn't gotten back to you yet, and you'll call him on Monday, isn't helpful. In fact, it only makes me laugh on the inside when you hurt your hand badly with the washer snapping something onto it as you pointlessly look inside it for a second time.

- DO NOT talk to me about how tough things are in this economy. I know how much you charge for this tiny no-storage-space place, and I know you put in the cheapest fixtures and things. We also know you rent the place out behind ours too. And, we know you work as a bank manager, not exactly a minimum wage job. If things are so fucking tough for you, sell one of your rental properties, or maybe that gas-guzzling Chevy Suburban. Or put your wife on a smaller budget, she could do with feeding your fat ass less.

Expect no sympathy from your tenants in regards of the cost of things. At least you own your house. Fucker.

- DO NOT take forever to finally get around to repairing things and doing maintenance. I mean, I laugh because it will cost you more in the long run, but seriously, we shouldn't need to wait 6+ months to get a tap and light socket fixed. Or for you to come power wash the exterior. Or paint the flaking and rotting fences. You may see the light of day when you have to replace those fences though and it really costs you...

- DO NOT give me all kinds of excuses as to why you couldn't get around to [insert whatever needs doing, and was supposed to have gotten done months ago]. I don't care that your mother wanted you to fix her stuff, or weed her yard. We pay you rent, we do so on time, you should do things for your paying tenants in a timely manner.

- DO NOT use the fact that you renovated the kitchen with cheap-ass stuff 8(!) years ago as some kind of selling feature. After 8 years, it's not exactly newly-renovated. It's really just kinda old now. You might be able to mention it if it was a particularly stellar job involving nice materials. It wasn't. Get over it. Move on.

IN CLOSING. If you can't be a proper landlord who gets stuff done on time, without doing the "woe is me, it's so expensive" whining, either stop being a landlord, or get a management company to do your shit for you.
annuin: (Dash Yoda)
Happy Birthday Dashiell!

I can't believe you are 4 already. It seems like no time at all since you were born, and now you're definitely not so little anymore.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I love you :)
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Mmm... new layout, and rather light for me. Heh.
annuin: (Eddie Izzard Stupid Fucker Period)
Nothing like being on the verge of opening up the brand new containers bearing the fortnight's contacts, and realising that the idiot shop assistant at the store gave you DOUBLE your prescription strength. I guess maybe wearing -4.00 instead of -2.00 and getting drunk might be an interesting trip, but for daily wear, kind of obnoxious and not very practical.

Of course I had just thrown out the previous pair too, moments before grabbing the new ones and realising the error.

Luckily for me, when I got my prescription renewed the other week, they were 3 boxes short which I picked up earlier this week from the actual optometrist herself, not the shop assistant. And, thankfully, the optometrist can read and gave me my proper prescription.

To top it off, when I went to the store earlier to go exchange them, Lenscrafters was actually closed too *headdesk*.

At any rate, I'm thinking the shop assistant might need reading glasses...


May. 10th, 2009 12:39 am
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On Tuesday I'll be leaving for South Africa with Matilda, to go stay with my dad and stepmum for a month (I'll be back on Thursday the 11th of June).

The boys are staying here, one has work, and the other has school and of course all the therapies he receives there. I didn't want him to miss any of that. A month is a long time in therapy terms really, especially as he's already had really patchy Physical Therapy this school year, between the late start of the first PT Alexis, and then the 2+ months where she wouldn't treat Dashiell until we got the medical all-clear from a neurologist to prove he didn't have epilepsy or seizures, and then Alexis left to work somewhere else and it took a while for the school to attract a new PT.

My youngest brother will be staying with my dad and stepmum too, he just graduated with his degree (Earth and Planetary Observation Science), and it will be really cool to get to spend some time with him, and for him to get to know Matilda, as he hasn't seen her yet. He was always really awesome with Dashiell, so I think he's going to really dig spending time with his niece too this time around.

Part of me considered taking my St. Petersburg cross-stitch piece with me, but I think that might be a little involved, so I figure I might get some reading done. Of course, most of the books I want to read seem to be hardback or trade paperback size, which sucks, as I don't really want to stuff too many of those into my suitcase, and risk the ire of airline staff and their luggage weight limits *sigh*. Time to go find other books to take with me instead I guess...

Oh, and while away, I'll only have very sporadic internet access, once or twice a week is usually the frequency with which the 'rents go to the internet cafe (they have no internet at the house at the moment), so odds are I won't be in touch much. My gmail would probably be the easier email address to contact me at (malediction @ ...) rather than my one, as it receives less mailing list and spam stuff, so easier to separate the wheat from the chaff and all that.
annuin: (Squee)
Congratulations Nic on the arrival of Christian Xavier and Zara Kayla!

Born Tuesday April 28th


May. 1st, 2009 11:56 pm
annuin: (Matilda)
Matilda seems to like helping, or trying to at least. She's in that whole stage of bringing things to you to give. As I type, she just wandered in to hand me a spoon.

Of course, not all of her help is quite as helpful as I'd like. The other night when I was folding laundry, if I took socks out of the basket to pair up, she kept throwing the loose ones back into the basket. The basket that contained folded clothes, she decided needed to be emptied one item at a time. It was funny, but it does get kind of aggravating to put the same laundry in the basket about 5 times.

Earlier I gave her her toothbrush, because she likes to brush her teeth herself for a while, and after we were done brushing her teeth and she was just wandering around the bedroom with it, she came over to me as I was sitting on the floor watching her, and poked the brush at my mouth. When I obliged and opened up, she actually tried brushing my teeth. It was rather cute.

IRC Funnies

May. 1st, 2009 08:12 am
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<Grey_Loki> I got 69% after 70 tries - my main problems were recognising perfect 4ths and minor 6ths
<khenes> I can't get any
<khenes> shouldn't be surprised...I'm a punk bassist :P
<Grey_Loki> 'Durrrr.....harmony? Consonance?'
<Grey_Loki> :D
<khenes> haha
<khenes> I'll just play these three notes kinda fast, okay guys?
Grey_Loki laughs
<khenes> meanwhile the vocalist is trying to figure out which end of the mic to sing in and the guitarist is currently ODing in the alley behind the venue
annuin: (P&P I *AM* Smiling)
I swear part 5 on this chart is probably bigger than parts 3 and 4 put together, if not larger. I've already stitched so much, and there's still a lot left... more regular stitches, and then a crapload of back-stitching too, and a load of Rhodes stitches. The 2 parts after this don't seem to be as big, so I'm considering this the hump in this particular project so far.

I'm also completely sick of stitching these yellow houses, urgh. Pretty much the same thing x 8 gets a bit tedious.

And time to take a break anyway. Between yesterday's stitching and some I did earlier today, my neck is killing me, and given that we pole-vaulted from cold weather into summer and it's well over 80-something F in the house, sitting around with 3 square feet of linen covering my lap over clothes is a bit more toasty than I want to be at present.

I'd like to think that I'll be done with this part soon, and can subsequently take pictures, but I'm guessing that even stitching solidly it'll easily take the rest of the week, especially given all the back-stitching on the windows and doors. But, the end result is worth it. And the next part of the chart is way more interesting too, and I'd like to move on to that soon.
annuin: (Squee)
I have a new watch!

annuin: (Eddie Izzard Stupid Fucker Period)
I think the "Close Door" buttons on elevators are there just to taunt us. I don't think I've ever had the doors respond after pushing one of those buttons, not immediately in the sense that the closing was a result of the button being mashed.

I think the elevator manufacturers can save themselves the trouble, really, of producing the buttons if they don't let them work anyway. Unless of course they watch us on a hidden camera, as we engage in acts of random futility, trying to make the doors close faster...


Apr. 20th, 2009 10:07 pm
annuin: (Away Watching Firefly)
One of the things I really miss from back home is decent thunder storms. I was reminded of this fact just now, as I was putting the pumpkin cookies in the oven and saw a flash of lightning outside.

Storms here in the Hudson Valley just sweep through at break neck speed, and if you hear thunder more than 3 times, it's a lot.

Back home, my parents' house is located right next to a church, with a lightning rod on it, in a tiny town situated on a river, in a country with very changeable weather. It's a storm magnet. Storms would just hover overhead for an hour or more, especially in the summer when the warmer and cooler air would clash regularly and storms were frequent. My brothers' and my bedrooms were on the top floor of the house, under the roof, and we had these large Velux windows, and so you could leave the luxaflex blinds in them open, and watch the lightning tearing across the sky, followed by the thunder, and, depending on the storm (though more so in the autumn and winter), rain pummeling down on the roof tiles. Sometimes when the lighting would actually strike the rod on the church, you could feel the tremor through the ground and the house.

It was awesome, and I miss that a lot. Especially when what I get in return is these puny 5-10 minute storms that barely make their presence known.
annuin: (Lola Which Way)
Okay, I'm kind of indecisive at the moment about new shoes. A news breaking subject it is not, but hey ;)

All three are by the same company, and same basic design. But, the devil's in the details. One's more casual, the other more formal and one in between. Mostly I'm just looking for cute flats that aren't sneakers, I'm fed up with wearing sneakers... it's way more casual than I want to be. Plus, my sneakers should at some point go back into my gym bag, and I should be wearing them there again, not out and about :P

So, help a girl out... cast your vote:

[Poll #1384778]


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