batyatoon: (cool stuff weird things)
With accompanying links to posts about it on tumblr!

  • Anyone here watching Steven Universe? I may have tripped and fallen into it sometime in the past several months. It's the kind of show that draws you in with how sweet and adorable and silly it is and then slams you to the floor with ALL THE FEELS, which as you all know is basically where I live. It's about adventure and family and relationships and bizarre gemstone-based aliens. (steven universe WARNING: SPOILERS. also fanart, gifsets, meta, silliness, fanvids, and at least one song.)

  • ... and for a polar opposite, anyone here seen and liked Mad Max: Fury Road? Because holy crapballs was that amazing. (mad max fury road WARNING: SPOILERS. also fanart, gifsets, meta, and at least one bit of instafic.)

  • here are some adorable pictures of a kitten and an owl

  • Filker types: did you know about this blog? He's taking suggestions and submissions.

  • I think I have finally perfected my sugar-free whole-wheat challah! Photos of a successful bake and recipe here.

    This is an experimental thing; I may do more of this as time goes on, as I've been neglecting this journal shamefully this year. Thoughts?
  • batyatoon: (the world is quiet here)
    Ugh, you guys, I have gotten so bad at posting to LJ/DW. And even at staying caught up on flist. I blame tumblr. In part at least. (Though I'm also currently failing at NaNoWriMo, so I dunno.)

    Posts I should be making:

    • A poll: should I link tumblr posts here the way some people do tweets? Is this a thing that might interest people?
    • Belated OVFF con report
    • Chessiecon anticipation (I've got one co-moderated song circle with Tom Smith, one concert with [personal profile] ladymondegreen as The Funny Things, and one solo concert)
    • Recent recipes successes: sugar-free plum jam with rosemary, chicken with peaches and balsamic vinegar, gluten-free bread made with flaxseed meal and oat flour, tomato-and-red-lentil crock-pot soup
    • Why I'm failing at NaNo

    Maybe I should try this December Talking Meme thing. Or a variation on it.
    batyatoon: (Default)
    The year in review, as seen through public posts in this journal. Leaving out last year's end-of-year memes. (Bolded phrases are subject lines; unbolded are first lines of the post, used where no subject line exists.)

    January: a random act of kindness
    February: [purimgifts] Dear Author
    March: Safely and exhaustedly arrived back in NY. Consonance was amazing.
    April: Pesach recipe round-up
    May: a postcard from the magical land of sick
    June: Conterpoint ahoy!
    July: So we saw Pacific Rim today.
    August: a mazel tov
    November: (It is completely ridiculous that I haven't posted a thing since August.)
    December: words, words; they're all we have to go on
    batyatoon: (foodie)
    So this year I adapted/invented two new recipes for Pesach, and was asked to share them by two of our guests. Since I've already written them up, I figured I might as well share them here too!

    Celery-Leek Soup

    I decided I wanted to make a soup using ingredients that are used as ritual items in the Seder. Both fresh parsley and raw celery are frequently used for karpas, and leeks are (rather less commonly) used for maror. I found a recipe here, and adapted it as follows... )

    Honey-'Mustard' Chicken with Onions and Chestnuts

    If you aren't sure why 'mustard' is in scarequotes there, take a look here. I would say more about this, but then we'd be talking about that all day instead of getting to the recipe... )

    batyatoon: (star of stone)
    Tonight is the first night of Pesach. Zman cherutenu; the time of our liberation.

    This year Alex and I will be hosting a Seder at our own house for the first time ever. Wish us luck. :) Right now I'm in the homestretch on cookery -- everything is either finished or in progress except for the main dish, with about three hours left to go. (The menu, in case anyone is curious: celery-leek soup, chicken with onion sauce, baked sweet potatoes, potato kugel, steamed broccoli, and fruit pies for dessert. WHEE.)

    I will be offline between now and Wednesday night, and again next week between Sunday evening and Tuesday night.

    Chag sameach to all those celebrating the holiday with us. Everybody else, have yourselves an excellent mid-week.

    Be well, everybody. You know I love you.
    batyatoon: (the world is quiet here)
    The year in review, as seen through public posts in this journal. Leaving out last year's end-of-year memes. (Bolded phrases are subject lines; unbolded are first lines of the post, used where no subject line exists.)

    January: "Hello, folks! So yeah, while I will not be leaving LJ behind completely, I am slowly starting to make my way over to DW."
    March: "omnomentaschen"
    April: "Tonight is the first night of Pesach. Zman cherutenu; the time of our liberation."
    May: "traveling plans"
    June: "home again, home again"
    July: "home again / Home again, in more ways than one."
    August: "There's been so much going on this past month that I keep wanting to post about..."
    September: "Closing the year"
    October: "My pants: so bankrupt."
    November: "Signal boost: NYC-area apartment needed, short-term rental"
    December: "mumblesomething years ago"
    batyatoon: (foodie)
    I don't post here nearly often enough, lately. So you know what I'm going to do?

    I'm going to share some of the AWESOME DELICIOUSNESS that we enjoyed this Thanksgiving weekend. :D

    Appetizer: Baby spinach salad with za'atar vinaigrette (olive oil, toasted sesame oil, ume plum vinegar, za'atar)

    Main course:
    Herb-roasted chicken )

    Mashed turnips-and-taters )

    Cornmeal pudding )

    Sourdough bread stuffing )

    Steamed string beans

    Cranberry-raspberry relish, brought by my mother-in-law

    Dessert: Apple pie made with this almond-flour pie crust, served with whipped coconut cream

    batyatoon: (cookie mobster)
    Tomorrow or the day after, I am hoping to make these and/or these for Purim.

    To that end, tonight I have attempted to make sugar-free raspberry jam. The last two times I made it, it crystallized when it cooled. I'm hoping to prevent that this time by means of using xanthan gum. I have no idea at all if this will work, but right now my kitchen smells like cooking fruit, and that is in itself rather happy-making. Wish me luck.

    Meanwhile: a meme from a while back! [personal profile] ladysingsthe asked me seven questions. Answers behind the cut. )

    Anyone feel like doing the Seven Questions meme? Comment here with "PICK ME" or some recognizable variant thereof, and I will ask you some! Probably.
    batyatoon: (the world is quiet here)
    Man, have I really not posted in here since September? *brushes dust off of random flat surfaces*

    Things I could post about but haven't been:

    • Recipes! I have recently made, among other things: low-carb kishka, sugar-free and dairy-free chocolate ganache frosting, and whole-wheat sourdough bread stuffing.
    • Books! For some reason, this year I've been reading a lot more new things than I have in previous years. Including finally picking up the Hunger Games series, which oh my god, you guys.
    • Music! I have been living on the acapella offerings that my wonderful friendslist supplied me with back in the summer, further fortified by the various albums available on Spotify. (College acapella has changed some since I was in college. Everybody has vocal percussion now, apparently.)
    • TV! Doctor Who is on hiatus, Supernatural has not been making me as happy this year as it has in years past, and ... truth to tell, most of what I've been watching lately has been older stuff. Some of it much older, including original-series Who.
    • Writing! Seriously, did I never even post links to my purimgifts fics from last year? WTF, past me?
    • Work! ALWAYS FUN.
    • Homestuck! I got sucked into this webcomic about a year ago and have been mildly obsessed with it ever since. It is bizarre and amazing and there needs to be filk about it. Speaking of which:
    • How much I miss conventions and housefilks. But that's a sad topic. :(
    • Another sad topic: how much I miss my mother.

    It's been getting better.

    I was talking to somebody recently about why I haven't posted a lot, and it seems to be at least in part that I have lacked the energy to polish anything I write -- and the inclination to post anything I haven't polished. As my dear [ profile] sdelmonte says: the perfect is the enemy of the good.

    This post isn't perfect, but it's going up anyway.

    Hi, gang. You know I love you.
    batyatoon: (cooking is...)
    I am smug like a smug thing and posting about it very belatedly.

    Why am I smug?

    I am smug because, using this recipe, substituting light agave nectar for corn syrup and granulated xylitol for granulated sugar (ETA: and powdered xylitol for confectioner's sugar), and using Kolatin brand gelatin ...

    ... I have successfully made kosher sugar-free marshmallows.

    They taste like marshmallows. They have the right texture. You can toast them.

    I am pretty sure this means I win. :D :D :D
    batyatoon: (cooking is...)
    I made improvised soup yesterday while we were snowed in! I am going to have to make it again, because it came out really tasty. (Maybe next time I will experiment with adding milk to make it a cream soup.)

    Recipe! )

    Other recipes I should post here soon: lemon-herb chicken with carrots, almond-flour cinnamon rolls.
    batyatoon: (cooking is...)
    You know what's fun to do when you're snowed in? Bake stuff.

    I promised a couple of people these recipes, so here they are. Both come from the Grain-Free Gourmet cookbook. (Find out more about it here!) I got this cookbook as a gift from a friend when I started the South Beach Diet, as a lot of the grain-free stuff in here is also low in carbohydrates.

    Basic Bread )

    Sesame-Dijon Crackers )


    Edited to add: I tried the Basic Biscuits today also, using margarine instead of butter, and they are delish.
    batyatoon: (foodie)
    By request!

    (For those of you going "recipes for whatnow?": Cholent.)

    These are not so much recipes as vague descriptions. It's about as specific as I ever get.

    My standard cholent: )

    This past weekend's Improv Cholent: )
    batyatoon: (Default)
    I finally perfected this recipe, and when I brought some to Lunacon this weekend it received critical acclaim. Many thanks to condotierre for her helpful suggestions.

    Mushroom Salad

    Peel and chop mushrooms (w/ stems) into large chunks. Sautee in olive oil, add minced garlic. When the mushrooms start to emit lots of juices, carefully pour them from the frying pan into colander placed in a large bowl. Keep the mushrooms in the colander; pour the juices that run through back into the frying pan. (You will need to pour off the juices several times, as the mushrooms will continue emitting juice.)

    Put the frying pan with the mushroom juice back on high heat. Add to taste: tamari or soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, red or white wine, and honey. Season with: onion powder, garlic powder, a little basil, onion soup mix. Thicken with: powdered dried mushrooms.

    [There's a spice store in my neighborhood where one can buy dried plain white mushrooms. I love my spice store. I also love my mortar and pestle; once you master the right grinding motion, dried mushrooms powder beayootifully.]

    Keep on heat until the sauce is thick and almost syrupy. From time to time, check for additional juices coming from the mushrooms, and add to the sauce. (Note: keep in mind that the sauce will thin somewhat when it's poured over the mushrooms, so make it thicker than you want the finished product.)

    Remove the mushrooms from the colander and put them into the bowl. Pour the sauce over the mushrooms and mix well. Refrigerate.

    Can be served warm or room temperature, by itself or over green salad or rice.



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