nausicaa83: (<flash> superfriends)
So here's the update about how I've been doing! I still need to learn that my body is a lot weaker than I'm used to, and everytime I'm caught in a cold draft I end up with a stiff neck for a week, coughing and the like. So there's that. But at least I don't panic anymore, and that counts as a win. I've been to therapy twice, tried to arrange for the plumber to come over, I finally got the receipt for my taxes back from the accountant, and arranged a meeting with my lawyer.

Other than that boring - but awesome because it makes me feel like a normal competent adult again - stuff, I've been doing lots of wonderful things that make me feel like a normal adult with hobbies. In no particular order, I've been taking lots of cute pictures of my cat:

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Baking cookies for the first time in almost two years:

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And they came out delicious, if I do say so myself. I've been playing World of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy XV and enjoying them both a lot, even though I'll have to wait to continue playing FFXV until January because I don't have a PS4 back in Piedmont. The new Rivers of London book finally came out, and it was brilliant. They finally went back to London and the main plot was back again, although I wish they'd spent more time in the Folly. It felt like we were barely there. It was still great to see Nightingale again, though.

I've been binge-watching Supergirl, and it's adorable although the plot is kinda weak, especially considering how it's the strongest aspect of The Flash. I love how the cast is mostly female, and how they are not even in the vicinity of fucking around when talking about sexism. Plus the way the coming out story was handled was perfect and had me in tears at how great it was, and if only they eased up on the love triangles for Kara and gave us a stronger main plot it would be absolutely perfect. I feel a bit envious of today's little girls who have shows like this one, to be honest.

I'm also re-watching season 2 of The Flash because I love it, and I get to watch the blurays on my awesome tv instead of mkv files on my laptop. HD quality, oh yeah. *_____* Today the super crossover finally started (I don't think the Supergirl episode really counts), and it was everything I wanted and more. I watched it twice in a row squealing and cheering. It feels so good to be so invested in a tv show again! \o/
nausicaa83: (<the hour> cooking hour)
I'm quite proud of myself this week. Even with no therapy (no sessions last week), I feel like I'm making a lot of progress: I did some baking for the first time in months, and yesterday I went to the cinema all on my lonesome for the first time since last summer. I did a couple of errands, and arrived at the cinema just in time for the 5pm screening of Kingsman The Secret Service. And I loved that movie to pieces. Which isn't actually a surprise, because Matthew Vaughn is one of my favourite directors ever, and everyone on tumblr was posting reviews about how much they loved the movie, but still. There was a lot of squeeing on my part, it was even better than I hoped!

It's basically to old Bond movies what Kick-Ass was to superhero movies. It's thrilling, funny, fascinating, and the soundtrack is awesome. The fight scenes are edited in a way I'd never seen before, and that's saying a lot. I didn't think it was possible to do something original there, but they managed to create a editing style that's so quick the gory stuff flashes by and your brain keeps catching on half a second later. Also bonus points for Gazelle, a disabled fighter who uses her disability as a unique way of fighting and is never sexualized. Didn't think it would be possible (especially after seeing the poster), but turns out I was wrong. She's basically the Toph of the movie. Great job there, guys!

(God, Free Bird is never going to be the same)

If I have to find one flaw, it's the final shot. I get the joke, but I think it falls flat. It could have worked better if there had been a few more scenes after, dealing with the aftermath of the movie, but as a final scene it doesn't work. Other than that, no complaints at all. Except that it loses a lot in translation. The Italian voice actors are great, as always, but there's no equivalent for the cockney/posh talking, as everyone is speaking in the same perfect, polished Italian, and some jokes make no sense at all. Hope we'll get a decent version on the net soon, I don't want to wait months for the dvd before I can watch it as it's meant to be.

And now it's time for some baking! I'm making cookies, so this afternoon I'll have one batch ready for my therapist, and one for Tati. *_____*
nausicaa83: (<kingdom hearts> piano)
As promised, the next entry in the Reading Bingo is already here:



For the "Second Book In A Series" square, I just finished reading the second Miss Peregrine book, Hollow City. Published in January, it's the direct sequel of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. It's set in 1940, during the three days it takes our heroes to reach London from Wales, in search of somebody who can help their headmistress. Again, I loved it to pieces. Its setting, the british countryside and the city of London during the bombings, is realistic and convincing, and the character development is amazing. I loved everyone in this book, the plot twists took me completely by surprise, all while being smart and well-thought, and while reading the last chapter I could hardly breathe I was so invested in the story. I can't wait to read the next one!

About real life, this morning I've done half the stuff I'd been planning to do the next couple of days. The only bad thing about going on holiday is all the engagements piling up on one's return. I'd like to keep my weekend free so I can do some cleaning up, hence all the rush. I ended up having lunch at 3 pm, I was starving but very pleased with my time-management skills. I'll see what I can squeeze in tomorrow, and then next week I'll go to the offices in downtown Venice, hoping for some bad weather that'll keep the tourists off the streets. ^^

I've decided to start a tradition of Cream Tea Afternoons at my house. Yesterday I had the first one, with Tati and her sister, and it was a success! I insisted on placing my beautiful teapot, the British one, on the table, even if it was useless as we each had a different kind of tea, but the table looked a lot better with it. Next, I'll have to try my hand at baking some scones. After I burned two whole batches last summer, I've been loathe to try again. In the meanwhile, today I bought the ingredients for Sea Salt Ice Cream, to make on saturday. I had to throw away the last four servings I had made a month ago, because as it's handmade it doesn't last long, and now I'm obviously craving it. :D
nausicaa83: (<disney> cooking hour)
Aaaaand this is what happens when I walk into the kitchen looking for a snack, and notice there's a bag of flour left in a drawer, from when we last made frittelle.



I tweaked the recipe, and improved it a lot. It originally asked for mint candies, the hard ones, while I decided to use chocolate drops. I like my teeth where they are, thank you very much. Instead of almond I used orange flavouring, and now the whole room smells like Sicily in spring. ♥



It took me more than two hours, so I watched both Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea and The Emperor's New Groove on my laptop while cutting little stars out of batter.



I filled the two tin boxes I use for homemade biscuits, and then I digged out a plastic one because I still had an entire baking-pan of biscuits and no where to put them.

I'm going to eat orange-flavoured biscuits for weeks! :D
nausicaa83: (<final fantasy> serah)
Great real life news, my aunt is coming on monday! She bought the ticket yesterday, and then she sent me grocery shopping so that when she arrives we can make frittelle di carnevale. I love my aunt. ♥

My mouth feels a lot better, I'm eating proper warm food again, it's great. Today the weather took a turn for the worst, and my cellphone started beeping frantically with texts about the acqua alta (I'm registered to a site that sends texts and emails about the tide every day), but me, I was happy and warm in my armchair playing Lightning Returns. Speaking of which, just before lunch I defeated the final boss (in 11 minutes, go me!), and then proceeded to cry my eyes out during the finale. What a beautiful, perfect ending to a great story, one that I've been following for four years. I love all these characters, and it was so sad to say goodbye to them, but it was such a wonderful ending I can't help but feel happy.

And now I have this urge to start all over again with the first one. ^^
nausicaa83: (<disney> cooking hour)
I just realized I haven't done a proper tv show entry in a while, and I'm baking twelve muffins, so I'm stuck in the vicinity of the oven for the next twenty minutes, so on with the random entry!

First, Marvel's Agents Of Shield. I think it has finally found the right pace. The story is more complicated, less childish, and we've come to a point where we finally care for these characters (although we still know too little about their past). The latest episode was really good, in terms of structure and storyline, although the Italian setting was so badly done it had me laughing for hours. They're supposed to travel by train from Verona to Zagreb, and they say it's mostly countryside (it's not). They can see the Tre Cime of Lavaredo, absolutely impossible from where they're standing (what we see from the window is a badly photoshopped picture of the Tre Cime in the middle of the country). There are no trains like that in Italy, 'Rotaia Italia' means nothing, and the only character who talked in a slightly comprehensible italian was Ward. They jumped from Northern Italy to Puglia, then to a villa in Tuscany. Nothing made any sense, and it was hilarious. It was obviously written by someone whose idea of Italy comes from romance movies from the 50s and Eat Pray Love. XD

The Walking Dead is back, and they got Hardison from Leverage too! Although it was only one scene, who cares, I was so happy to see him. Plus Michonne is a goddess, but that's hardly news.

I also recently found out that they've been airing Almost Human in the wrong order. All the episodes are scrambled, and that's why the character development makes no sense: one week they're friends, one week they don't even talk to each other. It's not a masterpiece of a series, but it's interesting enough to deserve to be seen in the proper order. They're supposed to stop doing it after the next episode, crossing fingers here. Otherwise it'll be a disaster, it makes little sense as it is.

I really loved the latest plot twist in Teen Wolf. Well written, and a great chance for some brilliant acting. I'm glad we're expanding the mythology, and I can't wait to see where they're going with this.

Totally random, have a picture of Sakura in a paper bag:



And a picture of the chocolate chip muffins, fresh out of the oven:



They smell delicious. Now I only have to wait an hour and they'll be perfect to eat. *________*
nausicaa83: (<disney> sisters)
Happy New Year! We had a little celebration here, just Tati and I, in our pjs watching cartoons and acting like little old ladies. It was awesome. *_____*


We finally had my first cup of tea in two caffeine-free months. It was glorious. We made apple and cinnamon muffins, and drank the Thorin & Company tea I bought from AdagioTeas last year, and we watched My Neighbour Totoro on tv. Those are the tea cups from my mom's dowry, I'm pretty certain I'm the first one to ever use them.

Close-up of the muffins. )


We tried a new recipe, Tagliatelle Ai Porri E Salsiccia (that's egg-based pasta with leek and sausage) and it was delicious. Tati did most of the cooking, and I set the table and ran around taking pictures. :D

Close-up of the deliciousness. )

In the morning we watched the New Year's Concert from the La Fenice Theater in Venice, did a lot of gossip (Tati knows a lot of the musicians and singers because she used to perform with them), and ate grapes. Such a lovely way to start the new year. ♥

And now I have a bunch of text messages left to send, I must run. ^^
nausicaa83: (<kingdom hearts> connected hearts)
My aunt is here! She arrived a few hours back, and we haven't stopped talking since, not even during my aerosol session. She brought a lot of food with her, including a truffle. For those of you who've never been in the presence of a truffle, it has a very, very pungent odour. And she put it in a small vase in her bag, with all her clothes. The little vase wasn't as safe as she thought, and now all her clothes, including her pjs, smell of truffle. Her bag smells of truffle. The inside of my fridge, and the rest of the food residing therein, smell of truffle. It's hilarious, although I have a feeling it won't be so hilarious two days from now. :D

Anyway, I hope you guys are having fun, and for me, it's dinner time with my aunt! \o/
nausicaa83: (<kingdom hearts> I'd rather be with you)
Real life entry, and it's going great! On monday I went back to the gym (had to skip September because of my foot), and this time Tati enrolled with me. So now we have lessons together twice a week, and we stand next to each other and it's amazing! Today the teacher chose a Best of 80s cd, and it was so hard not to burst into song every five minutes. I should get a medal for my self-restraint, managing to stay silent everytime they said "who you gonna call?". The Final Countdown was excruciating as well.

Today we finally made Sea-Salt Ice Cream together! And since the proper stamps and sticks had arrived yesterday, it looked like this:



I gotta say it, I feel super proud. I think Roxas and Axel would be proud of us too. :D



The only problem is, they're less salty than they should be, but the custard was better. I took lots of notes, the next batch is probably going to make the universe implode by its sheer perfection, you have been warned. ;) And the best bit is, I have loads of ice cream to eat before I make another batch. For science.

Such happy days! And now off to bed I go! \o/
nausicaa83: (<kingdom hearts> soulmates)
Lo and behold, what follows is a lenghty, image-heavy entry about a project I've been working on all week. It combines two of my passions, plus some healthy advice from my therapist, and a good trip down memory lane. And a sprinkle of fairy dust. :D Do not forget to listen to this while reading this entry, it was my soundtrack all day. ;)

Two weeks to buy the tools, read tens of versions of the same recipe, buy the ingredients twice (one never knows), consult with my therapist (who sent me multiple texts to know how the cooking was going), and now I can finally present you:



Sea-Salt Ice Cream



And now, a little intro. Tati goes on holiday next week, and I've been spending the better part of this month trying to come up with something really cool to celebrate her return. And then Kingdom Hearts 1.5 came out and I spent every free minute playing it (I might have skipped a couple of lunches too, oops), and halfway through the 358/2 Days movie, while sobbing in Sakura's fur, I had this great epiphany: I should make her Sea-Salt Ice Cream!



For those who haven't played the game, sea-salt ice cream is a flavour of ice cream created by Scrooge McDuck in Radiant Garden, ten years before the first game. It is then eaten by various characters in very poignant scenes of the games, and it's one of those things that instantly bring Kingdom Hearts to mind to a fan. What we know about it is that it's blue, it's sweet and it's salty (like tears - yes, that's canon). And that Nobodies can eat nothing but it for a whole year.



It symbolizes the friendship between many of the characters, especially Axel and Roxas, and later Xion. And since it was invented for a videogame, many people tried to come up with a suitable recipe. The one I chose (there are so many out there, it's great) is for simple ice cream, custard and vanilla-flavoured, with a touch of sea salt. It's fantastic. Sweet and salty, and it tastes amazing.

Contrary to what I usually do, this time I took a picture of every step of the recipe. That's because today was more of a test: the ice cream sticks were delayed, so I had to go with purple stamps, but I wanted to try my new ice cream maker this weekend, in case something would go wrong and I had to send it back. Plus it was my first time using food colouring. I took a lot of notes, and this entry serves both as a recipe for those who'd like to try it themselves, and as a helpful guide for me. ^^

What we're going to need is:


2 eggs, 2 cups of milk, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1/2 tablespoon of sea salt, blue food colouring. For European fans (and sane people, because measuring stuff in cups makes no sense) it's 1/2 liter of milk, 80g of sugar, 200g of cream. Cups. What the hell.

Under the cut for lots of pictures! )

Since I only had six stamps (thanks to the courier, who delayed my proper stamps and sticks until next week), I had a whole bowl of the stuff left. It took me longer than I care admitting to realize there was only one way to solve the problem:


That's my Stitch bowl, by the way. Since Stitch was in Kingdom Hearts too, I thought it appropriate. :D

And at 9 pm, here are the proper, Radiant Garden, Axel-approved Sea-Salt Ice Cream sticks:



I started working on it this morning at 9.30. At 10.30 the mixture was in the fridge. At 15.30 I did the last steps, and by 16.30 the stamps were in the freezer. I chose to do it on a Saturday to be safe, but it doesn't take much time, and it's both a great treat for a fan, and a lovely way to eat ice cream that's completely natural and safe. Not to mention it's a great recipe for simple ice cream as well. Just skip the salt and blue steps. But trust me, it tastes fantastic as it is. *__________*

Next week I'll have the proper sticks, and I'll post pictures of the final result as well. Stay tuned! ♥
nausicaa83: (<night vale> on air)
And the infamous heat wave is finally here. The air is heavy, sticky and warm, Sakura sleeps under the air conditioning unit all morning, then moves to my bed in the afternoon, and I'm drinking a lot of juice and mint water and eating apricots while marathoning Welcome to Night Vale. It has eaten my brain, all while the fandom has exploded over on tumblr, and there are lots of new fanarts and fanmixes and photosets popping up everyday, it's great. Though if I were to do a Night Vale fanmix myself it would be all Magnetic Fields songs, I'm afraid. The titles alone: "I don't believe in the sun", "absolutely cuckoo", "the cactus where your heart should be", "the night you can't remember" and "strange eyes", just to mention a few, they're perfect.

I spend too much time making fanmixes in my head. :D

In other news, a month ago the adorable [livejournal.com profile] space_oddity_75 gave me a The Hobbit moleskine as a gift, and the days passed and yet I couldn't decide what to use it for. As a daily planner it would become obsolete after a few months, and an address book felt too sterile a concept. Yesterday I had a long-awaited epiphany, and decided to turn it into a Recipe Book. I called it "Nausicaa's Hobbit Recipe Book" and wrote down my favourite recipes. Six down, thousands to go, it's so exciting! *_________*
nausicaa83: (<the hour> cooking hour)
Today is an historical day in my healing process. Or we should call it Huge Step Ahead Day. Today is the day I finally made my mom's signature dish, her favourite recipe, my sister's and mine favourite dish when we were kids. Mom last made it a month before my sister's death, and we never mentioned it again after. I talked about it a few times with Tati and my therapist, but I never thought I'd feel strong enough to prepare it again, to reclaim the memory for myself. As it turns out, two years of therapy did the trick. Yesterday I bought the ingredients, and this morning, after getting an haircut, because that always makes me feel stronger, the magic happened.



The recipe was given thirty years ago to my mom by a Spanish friend of hers, who called it "Zuppa Spagnola" (italian for Spanish Soup). She was talking of the Gazpacho, but translated it for us, and we thought it was such a cute thought that we kept using the name. There are several recipes of the Gazpacho, some with bread, some without, some with alcohol in it. This is my mom's recipe, so I don't really consider it Gazpacho, it's more like something similar, but unique. You get the idea.



It's very easy to prepare, just takes a blender, really. I only had red bell peppers, but when possible my mom used a red one and a green one, so to give it a greenish hue.



Final result gets in the fridge for a day. I opened the fridge a few minutes ago and it smelled heavenly, of childhood and summer. First attempt: complete success, A+ for me.

I know I go on and on about little things like they're immense, but they're huge to me. I've lived with small and big traumas half my life, and had no idea that therapy could actually work. Small steps feel exactly like huge steps ahead do, they're all equally awesome and unexpected. ♥

(And my hair is now a lovely Night Vale purple, yay!)
nausicaa83: (<the hour> cooking hour)
We're having quite the peculiar spring. Today it's cold and rainy, and it feels a lot like November. My neck hurts (I really shouldn't have done some of those exercises the other day at the gym), but the painkillers are slowly starting to work. So what time does that make it? Baking time! Because there's nothing bad a warm batch of cookies can't fix. ;)


The recipe book calls them "Party Biscuits", they're soft, brown sugar and maple syrup cookies with button-shaped chocolate candies (I used plain ol' m&ms) in them.


The hardest part is always choosing the appropriate Cabin Pressure episode to listen to while baking. This time I went for Helsinki, because of the sort-of-a-cake Arthur bakes. :D


Next time I'll use two pans, they grow a lot in the oven. Although I love the fact that some of them came out square-shaped. :D


I just ate one, and they're fantastic. Sweet, but not too much, and so soft it feels like biting on a cloud. *_____*
nausicaa83: (<avengers> steve's smile)
Highlights from the last few days! I went back to the gym after the flu-induced break, and I managed to do all the exercises without taking any breaks. Go lungs. My muscles are all sore today, especially the back, but I have another session this evening, that'll help.

Yesterday I made chocolate muffins with dark chocolate filling for Tati who's just started her new job. I was in a rush, so I didn't take any pictures, but they came out great. I also bought a new muffin pan, because the one I had could hold only 6 muffins, and all the recipes were for 8.

I took a memorable bus ride today coming home, with at least 40 hyperactive teenagers. How do they manage to be so caffeinated after a whole day at school? The bus driver was new, and at one point he got lost and one of the girls sat beside him and acted as a navigator. It was crazy. They also called me "lady" and "madam" a lot, just like they did the other two adults on board, two sixty-year-old women. Oh well, at least I know what demographic I belong to now. :D

I started watching Vicious, with Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, and I adore it. It's rare for a sit-com to make me laugh out loud that much. And it has cute adorable Ash, who I just saw less than three hours ago as crazy psycho torturer on Game of Thrones. Weird. :D

About real life, it's been hectic, sort of like juggling angry badgers, but so far I'm managing everything better than I hoped. It's going to be a busy month indeed!
nausicaa83: (<the hour> cooking hour)
After an obvious hiatus, because fever and flu and all around disgusting things happening, the Cooking Hour is back! I went for something simple, delicious, that reminded me of my beautiful trip to Scotland five years ago: Petticoat Tails!


The best part is I had to use my hands, no tools, not even a fork, so it felt a lot like being a kid playing with play-doh. Edible play-doh, my precious.


I must say, I'm very proud of myself, as they came out perfect. I bit one and I was instantly back in Edinburgh. *________*

Also, fair warning, I have jumped on the Imagine Dragons bandwagon too. I blame On Top Of The World, it is such a great song to dance to, especially while air-drying one's hair, using the brush as a mic. :D
nausicaa83: (<disney> hungry)
Remember how I said that, come monday, it would have been time for baking more muffins?



This time I decided to do something harder, and I went for Walnut Muffins with Lemon Icing. Oh yeah. The picture was taken while the muffins were in the oven and I was almost done with the icing. The whole thing took one hour, during which the mailman rang twice, and I had to answer the door with flour all over my sweatpants, and lemon icing in my hair. Both the mail(wo)man and the courier had a good laugh. I swear, these muffins are great fun to do but so messy.



I had a bag of walnuts my aunt left here before christmas (my uncle inherited lots of trees from his dad). I love walnuts so much, both as a fruit and in cakes. Yum.



About the icing. Oh man, the icing. It was my first time ever doing something like that, it was a simple cream made of butter, sugar, lemon juice and tangerine powder, but it had to be done just right, soft but not runny. It came out perfect, which is a relief, but it also ended up everywhere. In my hair, on my glasses, everywhere. And it's really hard to apply too, I've discovered. So, not very smooth, but holy hell they taste AMAZING. The muffins are sweet, the walnut aftertaste isn't too strong, and the lemon in the icing is the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness of the sugar.

And I made twelve this time, hoping they'll last a bit longer! :D
nausicaa83: (<the hour> cooking hour)
What a lovely day! First day of spring, completely unexpected, and I had to take off my coat and sweater and walk around in just my shirt. Loved it. I had my first therapy session in two weeks, so to celebrate I wore my Avengers skirt. Towards the end a nurse came in to ask my therapist something, but as soon as he saw me he stopped on his tracks and yelled "oh my god, that is the most beautiful skirt ever, I adore it, where did you buy it???", and thirty seconds later we were enthusiastically discussing the next Iron Man movie while my therapist looked pretty lost. She calls it my "Spiderman" skirt because it's the only one she recognizes. :D

Back home I decided it was time for some baking (oh yeah), and since just before easter I had bought a new recipe book, all about muffins, I decided to try my hand at making some good ol' fashioned chocolate chip muffins.


The recipe was for 8 muffins, and the pan holds six, I tried to do the fractions for each ingredient in my head, got annoyed, gave up and used six paper ramekins (three each) for the two remaining muffins.


They smell great, and they taste AMAZING. So far my signature recipe was the chocolate brownies, but these cuties take the first place easily. I devoured one in two bites, yum, and now my fingers smell of bakery. Double yum. My plan was to save a couple for next tuesday, for my therapist, but I fear they won't survive tomorrow. I'll have to bake more on Monday. :D
nausicaa83: (<the hour> cooking hour)
New chapter in my adventures in pâtisserie, this time with Tati's help! This morning we decided to make mini applepies, using one of her recipes that we call "Dean's Pie". Tati had already baked a regular-sized pie the other week, and I thought we could use the baking-pans from the mince pies I made a while back and make mini pies! As it turns out, they were absolutely delicious. *_____*


The hardest part was getting the lemon powder from the peels, it takes more time than one would think, and I always come very close to peeling some skin off my thumb as well.


While Tati did most of the work, I did the cuts on the pies, and it surprisingly feels a lot like performing surgery on the dessert. My mind goes to weird places sometimes. :D


Smelled like cinnamon, apple and a faint trace of tangerine. ;)


Perfect! ♥

Today I finally watched The Hunger Games movie. I had never wanted to, because the concept horrified me, but I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence, and was intrigued by what I had read about her character, so I sat down with one of my mini-pies and watched it. Two hours later, my thoughts about it are quite simple. I still think the concept is horrifying, and while I agree on the importance of criticizing reality tv and the desensitization of violence, it makes absolutely no sense that parents would willingly let their kids be taken away to slaughter without saying a thing. That kind of situation only works when people are dehumanized by society first: slaves, for example. But simple kids? No way. Anyway, besides that, Katniss is truly an amazing character, and Jennifer Lawrence is stunning, such a great actress. I found some scenes to be very harsh and quite frankly I was astonished this is supposed to be a movie aimed at teens. Most scenes are about a bunch of adults physically and psychologically torturing a bunch of kids, and having fun watching them being slaughtered. What the hell?!

I'm probably going to watch the next movies, mostly for Jennifer Lawrence, but I don't think I'll bother with the books. I can stand that kind of horror for two hours, definitely not for the time it would take me to read two whole books of it.
nausicaa83: (<hobbit> fili & kili)
I kinda forgot I still had one day left on this meme. Sorry.

day one • a song
day two • a picture
day three • a book/ebook/fanfic
day four • a website
day five • a youtube clip

Anyway, I just finished watching Seven Psychopaths, and I loved it. It's actually easy to spoil a movie like this one, so I won't say anything about the plot, except that if you love talking about action movies it's the movie for you. ;) And it has Christopher Walken being amazing and Tom Waits carrying around a fluffy white rabbit. Plus, it introduced me to this stunning cover of one of my favourite songs from my childhood, from one of the first cds my dad ever bought (it was a Best Of Cat Stevens, in the early 90s). So here's P.P. Arnold, in her rendition of The First Cut Is The Deepest:



Then, because I'm on a roll and I had some brown sugar left from the mince pies, I made muffins! I tweaked the recipe a bit, and added Tardis tea to the dough. It gave them a wonderful aroma, while the brown sugar gave them this amazing colour.





They're very tasty, not too sweet, and they smell great. I ate one with tea, and then had one after dinner with a bit of ham and cheese, and it was superb. I love the contrast between salt and sweet (cheese and pears anyone?). *_________*

And my aunt called me while I was baking, and after I got them out of the oven, and she asked me for details and then to send her the recipe by email. I feel so grown up. :D
nausicaa83: (<disney> hungry)
First, real life news. I have to do an antibiotic therapy for the next two months. According to my oncologist (who I still consult over normal medical problems, obviously) they're strong stuff, but I'm "young and healthy" so I don't have to worry. That obviously means I haven't done anything but worrying since I talked to him this morning. Way to be a mature person. I even got a bit of a scolding from my therapist on the phone. Anyway by late afternoon I was fed up of wallowing in self-pity, so I got my recipe book out, and tried my hand at making mince pies. Because I needed something sweet and warm and made with my own two hands.




I got the measurements wrong, and the tops were too little. The result is still delicious, it just looks weird. :D



So now I have a stomach full of christmas-y delicious little pies, and I feel a lot better. Even though I'm starting this therapy on sunday, because tomorrow I have a few things to do and an appointment, and I don't want to get there all croggy. I'm feeling positive, not stupid. ^^

And I've been listening to the Guns 'n' Roses a lot these days, because someone pointed out on tumblr that Welcome to the Jungle is the perfect Purgatory song. It definitely is, and I missed listening to them. November Rain was mom's favourite song. ♥

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