Meme time! Friday Five

Oct. 21st, 2017 12:40 pm
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I don't know that I've ever done a Friday Five before. But this one caught my eye.

1. What book frightened you as a young person?
There was one book, I think I was a teenager when I read it, but it stuck with me and I had trouble forgetting it. Nightmare Lake by Carl Laymon - it was part of that Twilight imprint, and about vampires and destiny and creeping things in the night. But probably not as epically as I'm remembering.

Amazon apparently has the book, but even nostalgia isn't enough for me to spend 20 dollars on a used book.

2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
Oh, I know this one. I already do it a bit. Freedom and Necessity by Emma Bull & Steven Brust.

One day, I will find my dream cast for that book. I already know Lydia Leonard is my Susan.

3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
This is utterly cliche, but, Doctor Who's Snakedance scared the shit of out me as a wee child of seven. My brother and I hid behind the sofa.

Nowadays, of course, the fake giant snake is laughable.

4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
Um. Quite a lot. Most of the horror genre. Also, romantic comedies, heartfelt emotional dramas, chick flicks, war dramas... I'm not a huge fan of a lot of things.

If I have to pick a specific movie, I don't think I'll ever be interested in seeing the new Blade Runner flick. (it looks so dull, you guys. Like, not even visually interesting. Just flat and dull and the same story that a billion novels and movies/shows have done. Even BSG did it better.)

5. Do you have any phobias?
I'm not a fan of the dark. And I have a very over-active imagination at times (and let's just say that if the Doctor Who episode Listen had aired when I was a child, I'd probably have that phobia...)
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Thousands of Bats Slaughtered Annually in Asia End up on Ebay and Etsy for Artsy Americans

Oh, of course they're not "ethically sourced," because why would they be when profit is involved?

(You see skeletal art at local craft shows too.)

(I really wasn't creeped out by dead thing art before.)

(Not that I don't understand "killing lots of shit for profit," but also PASSENGER PIGEONS, enough said there.)

(Damn it.)
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I usually ignore the salt measurements except when baking, and just salt to taste, but that's because I've been cooking since I've been old enough to drag a chair to the stove and push vegetables around on a skillet. This is potentially disastrous to people who don't know as much about cooking!

Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?

I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit gourmet magazine.

This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.

The Kosher Salt Question

Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.

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