Finally made the doenjangguk that I was planning to make this weekend. I did substitute the acorn squash I grew in my garden for zucchini, which was a substitution suggested by Maangchi. It was good, and definitely an option to repeat when squashes are cheap and plentiful in autumn and early winter.

Fresh littleneck clams aren't exactly cheap, though, and I'm trying to come up with a substitute that has a similar taste and texture profile.
Brought in my cotton, banana, bay, oregano, and Jamaican thyme plants. There's a frost advisory for overnight, and those wouldn't survive. The peppers, eggplants, and tomatillos will probably die tonight, but as they're in the ground, I can't save them anyway.

I may pull everything up tomorrow and scatter autumnal and early spring seeds. Maybe some garlic, radish, and collards?
I went to see A Narrow Margin today with [personal profile] greenygal -- it's one of the Noir City DC offerings this year.

The twist in the middle was actually really nifty, and Marie Astor is becoming one of the noir actresses I really enjoy watching.
Magness pears, asian pear, honeycrisp and arkansas apples, quince, persimmons, kkakdugi kimchi (I've been eating it for breakfast!), black pepper chevre, dill quark, a quart of cream, a half-pint of chocolate milk, asian eggplants, oyster mushrooms, figs, a potato, olive bread, melomakarona, pumpkin spice chocolate olive oil cake, and bougasta.

I'm going to try making doenjangguk -- fermented soybean paste soup -- tomorrow. The version in my cookbook uses clams as the protein, but I think I'll be fine with tofu and extra mushrooms.
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
( Oct. 8th, 2016 04:18 pm)
Thank you so much for writing a story for me! I appreciate your work!

I'm neotoma on AO3 and I've participated in Yuletide for several years, so I'm glad you're participating too!

General likes and dislikes:

Dislikes -- hatesex, extreme power differentials in relationships, mentor-student relationships, dub-con and non-con unless the characters actually deal with how fucked up the relationship is, deathfic without hope
Likes -- nifty worldbuilding, exploring the edge cases (what if the main character doesn't fit into their society's boxes -- how do they cope?), friendship as a priority, casefic and gen fic, puns, happy endings, bittersweet endings that have hope at the end.

Onto the fandoms -- SGU, Darkwing Duck, Doctor Faustus )
White kimchi, regular kimchi, 2 dozen eggs, ham & cheese croissant, pain du chocolate, magness pears, spy, black twig, and honeycrisp apples, garlic, baby ginger, mushrooms, and a tomato (caprese sandwich!).

I've been eating kkakdugi for breakfast every few days, and wonder if it would be worth the money and effort to try making my own. The recipe I have starts with 5 lbs of daikon radishes, which seems like a lot more than I need at any one time. I did ask the salesguy at No. 1 Sons and he suggested the next time, I could try leaving out the sugar and using a savory broth when I make kabocha porridge, or any of the Korean porridges, since I found it way too sweet. I think I will, at least once.

Also, I asked and the booth that sells the magness pears (which are SUPER tasty, much better than Bartletts or Bosc) will be having their Juliette pears in a few weeks -- I definitely want to buy a bunch of those and can them, because they are amazing!
Made japchae today -- sweet potato noodles with stir-fry vegetables and slivers of beef chuck.

It was pretty easy and very tasty. Next time I think I'll use frozen spinach though, so that I don't have to fiddle with blanching it.
I've been finding it harder and harder to go for the morning walk. Maybe I should take [profile] hollimichele's advice about getting a smartphone and downloading Pokemon Go. It would give me a daily incentive to go outside every day.

On the other hand, maybe if it would just stop being overcast and rainy I'd have more interest in talking a walk.
I made kimchi stew following the recipe from Robin Ha's Cook Korean! and had it for lunch. The only variation I made to it was I used kimchi from No 1 Sons instead of making it myself, I had to use some of the kimchi juice from the kkakdugi kimchi I also bought because I didn't have enough juice from the regular kimchi, and I used extra-firm tofu instead of firm tofu. Next time I might try it with white kimchi, and add onions or scallions.

It's really good, but it will clear your sinuses.
Bougasta, kkakdugi kimchi, sons kimchi (both from No. 1 Sons), pork belly, beef chuck, 6.5 lbs of magness pears (for jam and conserve! also eating), figs, pawpaws, honeycrisp and crimson crisp apples.

I'm going to try to make kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew with pork belly) from Robin Ha's Cook Korean! I really don't have the jars to make kimchi at home (yet) so I figured I'd just buy it from the professional. Also, japchae eventually, so I'm going to cut the chuck and the pork belly into 8 oz sections -- you don't need much for the Korean recipes.

Also, I got buttonholed by a journalism student at Baklava Couture and wound up on camera answering a few questions about why I was buying a Greek pastry; I hope I pronounced everything I mentioned right, but I generally flip syllables on the long names if I'm not actually looking at the name of the pastry.
Today I made hobakjuk (sweet pumpkin/kabocha porridge) using the recipe from Robin Ha's Cook Korean! It was really simple and easy. I might mix it up a little next time and substitute honey for the sugar, as I actually have pumpkin honey from the Bee Folks.

She has an occasional webcomic -- Banchan in 2 pages -- if you'd like to try one of her recipes without buying the book. I picked up one of her Banchan in 2 pages minicomics at SPX this past weekend.

My rice balls (ongsimi) dissolved a bit more than I think they were supposed to, but all in all, it was a decent lunch. I'd cut the sugar by a third next time I make it, though.
Today is the The Festival of the Revolution and the last day of Year 224, Jacobin Calendar! This is the sixth complementary day, and the one that only occurs in leap years!

See you tomorrow for Year 225!
Today is the Festival of Honors! It's the fifth of the Sans-culottides complementary days.

I went to the local Korean grocery and picked up a few ingredients that I couldn't get at the local grocery -- I'm going to make so much food!
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( Sep. 19th, 2016 01:26 pm)
Today is the Festival of Opinion, the 4th of the complementary days.

Currently, it's rainy and overcast here -- a day where you don't get much done because it never seems to get past early morning. I may take a nap and wait for tomorrow.
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( Sep. 18th, 2016 07:18 pm)
Today is the third complementary day, the Festival of Labor!
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Default)
( Sep. 17th, 2016 06:39 pm)
Today is the Festival of Genius, the second of the Sans-culottides complimentary days.

I spent most of the days at Small Press Expo, which is definitely full of genius -- but I came home mostly with business cards, not books (maybe one or two for Xmas gifts, and a dinosaur artwork for me).
And we're into the Sans-Culottides complementary days -- when your calendar is made up of 30-days months, you'll have a few leftover. Today is the Festival of Virtue!
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
( Sep. 13th, 2016 01:43 pm)
I finally put in my Yuletide noms:

Stargate Universe:
Lt. Vanessa James
Airman Darren Becker
Dr. Lisa Park
Adam Brody

-- I'm planning to ask for a 'lower decks' story for SGU -- other people who want other characters should go nominate SGU!

Doctor Faustus (Marlowe):
Good Angel
Evil Angel

-- probably going to ask for Mephistopheles in an Office AU parody where he just can't stand his client, Dr. Faust, and complains to his co-workers and supervisor; anything that lets me imagine Arthur Darvill in Tudor dress looking subtly disgusted with people is a treasure.

Darkwing Duck:
Drake Mallard/Darkwing Duck
Launchpad McQuack
Gosalyn Mallard
Honker Muddlefoot

-- I have no idea what I'd ask for, possibly an examination of the AU where Drake becomes Quiverwing Quack after Gosalyn gets killed in BOOM! studio's Crisis on Infinite Darkwings story (because that's apparently what I want from a Disney Afternoon show -- parental grief and coping mechanisms on par with Batman's.)
I went to see The Greeks at the National Geographic Museum yesterday with [personal profile] ellen_fremedon, [personal profile] greenygal, and the Vegan Knitter.

It's only through Oct 10, so I suggest you go if you can.

It's amazing! It starts with Cycladic figurines and goes all the way to Alexander the Great. There are a lot of piece that have never before left Greece -- some of them very famous!

My favorite section was the 'Age of Agemmenon' -- artifacts from Mycenaean shaft graves, including gold death masks, boar-tusk helmets, and early swords. There were also a few female burials of high status women, with lots of bronze ornaments and occasional gold rings.

There was also a charming animation demonstrating how jury selection worked in classical Athens -- they had a machine they used to make the lottery random. There was also a small display of ostracons, some of them very historic indeed.

The museum suggest two hours to go through the exhibit, but if you're the kind to read all the placards, watch all the videos, and then try to identify the gods and heroes on all the pottery, it's more like four.
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( Sep. 12th, 2016 04:45 pm)
I got my replacement driveband for my wheel today (the first of the two I ordered)! So I'm back to spinning!



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