April 4th, 2004


Sunday Lunch

I wandered around Sainsbury's and found something on offer, nearing its sell-by date. It was a bottle of "tamari and sesame dressing", made with aged and fermented soy sauce, rice wine, plums, ginger, toasted sesame oil and red bell pepper.

So I got a couple of lamb leg chops, a heap of carrots and a really large onion together. I cut the carrots and onion into one-inch pieces and put them in a dish with the chops, and emptied the sauce over it all. It went in the oven at about this hot. Then I went to watch the telly for a bit.

I had some tiny button mushrooms, so they went into a saucepan with some butter and garlic, that was easy.

And then I dumped it all onto a plate. Presentation was never my long suit. But it was very good. Very good indeed.

Now, I have some chocolate cheesecake. Mmmm. With cream.
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    full Mmmm, yummmm ...

Convers[at]ions: a decision

I think I've decided that I'm not going to get "Convers[at]ions 4" out in time for Eastercon. There's a chance that I'll get it done for Plokta.con -- we'll have to see. I might be able to include an article about the current situation. You never know.

And it's not a lack of time, it's a lack of the proper state of mind. No fun at all, as I said the other day.
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    drained Oh dear ...

Visa Debit Cards and US merchants

I've written previously about the difficulties I've encountered in the USA in connection with the fact that I don't have a credit card.

Well, now I have a Visa card.

It's not, strictly speaking, a credit card -- it's a debit card. But it carries the Visa symbol, and the accompanying literature explains that "it's welcome wherever you see the Visa sign".

Can anyone who has attempted to use a Visa debit card in the USA confirm whether or not it's accepted by such organisations as car hire companies? I've already established that it can be used to purchase stuff on websites that don't accept my former ("Switch") card.

Palm Sunday

I haven't done any Liturgical Calendar posts since Epiphany. There should have been one on Ash Wednesday (possibly Tuesday too), one on Mothering Sunday, and one today. It's the start of Holy Week today, so there should be three or four leading up to Easter too.

Those posts won't happen. There's too much going on at the moment to do them justice.

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I always feel awful on Good Friday. If you have the poor fortune to encounter me on that day, be patient. I'll feel better on Sunday.
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    cynical thinking too much