Posts from 16th February 2004

Feb 04

A few months back we needed to make a chocolate catalogue for a business relative

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A few months back we needed to make a chocolate catalogue for a business relative. Because we needed to photograph the pralines, we received samples which we could eat after the picture had been taken. Since then we’ve become chocoholics testing various brands. Most important of all, I re-discovered white chocolate. I know, I know, it’s not really chocolate – where the hell is the cocoa, I hear you screaming – but I can’t help it: WHITE CHOCOLATE ROOLZ. Especially white chocolate with rice crispies. While jumping from one site to the next, I discovered a recipe for white chocolate coffee!

JANE MORGAN – ‘The Day The Rains Came’

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#79, 23rd January 1959

And because the pop charts aren’t a nice smooth story what happened next was this! A stern and hearty pop ballad which starts off on a nature tip – ‘The day that the rains came down / Mother Earth smiled again’. This is a good thing not for feed-the-world reasons but because it allows Jane to connect plants growing with her love. Which is also growing. Jane and beau then walk Adam-and-Evely through a new (and probably damp) Eden of lilies, willows and meadows. The serpent in paradise? A hip-twitching trumpet line that seems to have wandered in from a Connie Francis record.

(POP FACT! Why did this song get to No.1? Well, who knows, but apparently January 1959 was the sunniest since records began, and February that year one of the driest on record. That’s ‘sunny’ and ‘dry’ by English standards, of course.)

Booze cruises to France are a dangerous thing

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Booze cruises to France are a dangerous thing
Once again we came back from France overladen with Food and booze, here is a rough list of what came back with us, through this week I’ll try and list out what we’ve done with it all:
Big lump of Horse (this has already been eaten, simply roasted with a gravy from the browning pan de-glazed with fortified Shiraz)
2 duck legs confit
a slab of salted belly pork
a couple of spicy sausages
boudin noir (with onions)
boudin blanc (with ceps)
4 slabs of assorted chocolate (one of the flavors has chilli in it)
some veal escalope (to be had tonight with a mushroom and creme fraiche sauce)
a big bunch of swiss chard (braised in garlic to accompanythe horse last night – and very very nice)
a horse sausage.
a big slice of pate de campagne.
a box of almond clams

That’s about it, apart from numerous bottles of beer and wine (but no weightwatchers wine – WEIGHTWATCHERS WINE!?!?!?!??!)

Stay tuned for updates, but I sense a Cassoulet coming on.

Rob wants a bling bling on his microphone

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Rob wants a bling bling on his microphone? Try THIS!! This, being a diamond star of 10 billion trillion trillion carats some fifty light years away!! And as if that wasn’t bling bling enough, it’s real name is BPM 37093!!! Just imagine THAT booming out through your custom-made bumpers eh? The white dwarf is not only radiant but also rings like a gigantic gong, undergoing constant pulsations!! FEEL THAT VOIB!

Well, I would, apart from that some gaysexual scientists have only named it AFTER A BEATLES SONG. Just because the STAR is dead there’s no reason why we have to name it after a half-dead band from when dinosaurs walked the earth, blaaaaaaagh.

GREAT IDEA for P2P Users!

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GREAT IDEA for P2P Users! – Triggerist and good bloke Mike Daddino has a folder on soulseek called “Recommended Listening”. Cool, so do I. But what he’s done is replaced the track name with a little 50-character description eg “beloved r&b angel goes grimette and it sounds like freestyle.mp3” or “probably the prettiest post-punk song ever.mp3” or “i like this better than ‘no good advice’.mp3”. This adds to the anticipation of listening no end – it’s a terrific idea and I exhort you all to rip it off.

Vain attempt

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Vain attempt to demonstrate the pop supremacy of “Touchy!” by A-Ha (don’t forget the “!”, philistines!). A quick look at Amazon and other reviewish sites confirms my loneliness on this point – the reviews made miserable reading, it never ceases to depress me how keen pop fans are to see their heroes validated as ‘proper bands’. OK A-Ha were quite good at being a proper band (and still are – as the returned Fred would probably tell you) but fie on them if it means a rejection of froth and bounce in the process.

What meat-eater hasn’t had a revelation

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What meat-eater hasn’t had a revelation along the lines of: “If all vegetarian food were this good, I’d give up meat today”? I’ve had a few over the years, the most recent being a vegetable stock I discovered when looking for a good mushroom soup recipe.

In a large roasting pan, put three onions (unpeeled, quartered), a few carrots (washed put not peeled, split lengthwise), a handful of celery ribs (broken in half) and their leaves, and two unpeeled heads of garlic, sliced sidewise to expose all the cloves. Toss all these goodies to coat with three tablespoons of vegetable oil and 1/4 cup of Tamari soy sauce, and roast for one hour at 350F. The smell of roasting onions and garlic will drive you mad with desire, ditto anyone you live with. Turn the veggies into stock: 2-3 quarts of water, 1/4 cup whole peppercorns, a couple of bay leaves, salt to taste. Don’t forget to deglaze the roasting pan with some of the water and get all the stuck bits. Bring to a boil, back down to a simmer for 30 minutes, cool, strain, voila. The soup itself was anticlimactic after the amazing stock.

Good question, Riley.

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Good question, Riley. The answer is: 10 inch, solid aluminium costing $5000 each. Bling! etc

Popular ’58

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Every track on popular gets a mark out of 10. Here’s your opportunity to give ticks to any track from 1958 you would have given more than 6 to.

Number Ones Of 1958: Which would you have given 6 or more to?

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