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So the bit behind cut is basically my own food wank... Because I can, and I haven't done it in quite some time.

Some funny looking food stuff here, beware )

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A's raspberry 'Pi' pie.
Actually only 20% raspberry, the rest is apple and raspberry jam. I helped make the filling. Link to story here. Photos are also A's, reproducing with kind permission...

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A's excuse for only having had three hours of sleep the previous night: "I was baking brownies of several different levels of density, then playing harmonica for three hours practising a song for my niece's birthday." He was going to give me a demonstration too, but I told him to go to bed. I woke up the following morning to a tray of brownies cut into squares and arranged into a giant Space Invader shape.

This is the man who walks into his office dressed in a Stitch kigu suit just because he feels like it (he works in a software development company). Honestly, these days I'm beginning to forget what normal means... Hahaha...  
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Here is the cake I've helped make for [livejournal.com profile] didlix and [livejournal.com profile] razornet's birthday party earlier this month. It took 7 hours in total. The banana and apple base - including an entire banana buried in the middle - was baked by someone who is a bit of an expert in interesting cake creations (not me, obviously!!). All the coloured icing, including the 3D skull and banana bones, was sculpted by yours truly, with the letters cut out with a scalpel from a flattened icing pancake. This was a fucking nightmare of a job because as I quickly discovered the icing gets quite fragile and sticky when cut so finely. I had no idea what I was doing most of the time, but I had a lot of direction.clicky )
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armyofsnails: (food snail)
The intestines wrapped in gut string are called kokoretsi, a traditional Easter food. They took two hours of preparation and five further hours of spit roasting. Entrails from three lambs were used, the rest went into a soup called magiritsa which we had after the midnight service.

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Preparation for the Easter feast in Greece.

Caution: not safe for militant vegetarians... )

York

Mar. 4th, 2011 02:47 pm
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York was luurvely. Despite all the screaming half term kiddos with painted faces (Viking festival was on that weekend). [livejournal.com profile] captain_g and I were the youngest guests at the York Hilton. The clientele consisted almost entirely of middle aged couples or families with multiple children.

Best hidden treasure was a little caf off a bridge overhanging the river Ouze, we sat there for a few hours getting caffeinated and looking at the beautiful reflections from the water. And obviously a visit was paid to Betty's Tearooms, too. Love that crooked doorway, it makes the building look like it's about to collapse like a deck of cards!

On Saturday morning That Freak made me do strength circuits in the hotel room. We ended up doing chin-ups on the wardrobe (which was bolted to the wall, presumably for that reason!!), had to remove all the coat hangers first so they didn't get in the way. I entertained the idea of leaving them lying around and puzzling the hotel staff... I've worked as a hotel maid a long time ago and I remember just how DULL that job is - anything out of the ordinary can make your day. Although nothing would beat the state we left the hotel room at Inya Lake in Yangon click here for fluffy bunnies. )

Turducken

Feb. 24th, 2011 01:46 pm
armyofsnails: (food snail)
Fuck bacon, this is the reason I'm never going to make a good vegetarian...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turducken

"A turducken is a dish consisting of a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed into a de-boned turkey. The word turducken is a portmanteau of turkey, duck, and chicken or hen."

Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] razornet
armyofsnails: (food snail)
This is the lady I'm going to marry.

And I will fill her up with this stuff.

My local supermarket used to sell the chocolate flake tea but stopped for some reason. I have withdrawal symptoms. I used to keep a box of it on my office desk (TLC treatment for emergencies... worked really well when I was qitting smoking). It was spotted by a colleague of mine who also happens to live in Crouch End, who instantly knew where I was getting it from because he had a box of the same tea on his own desk.

Speaking of chocolate, amongst the new must-do weird London places is the restaurant called Archipelago which serves zebra, crocodile and insects amongst other things. A friend told me about it but I forgot the name, so I googled "chocolate covered scorpion restaurant london" and the correct website came up.
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Every evening after work I cycle along Parkland Walk and stop to collect some wild blackberries that grow in vast numbers on either side of the path. More often than not the sour little things go straight into my pie hole, but when I'm patient enough I bring them home. And then they end up in this place... )
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Scrap being a florist. I've found something else for me to do if I get enough of my current profession...

Architectural jellymaking. A couple of ex-Etonians fill a room with gin mist, build a replica of the Gherkin, organise a 2000-person architectural jelly fight, and create a banquet with entirely black food.

Sensuous

May. 28th, 2010 02:01 pm
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Dream oysters )
armyofsnails: (food snail)
Justbento.com is my new favourite cooking site. Everything on it looks like my wet dream... I've just used up the only two eggs remaining in my barren fridge to make a tamagoyaki. It took barely two minutes and the taste was disproportionate to the effort put in. Just... obscenely easy.

On a totally unrelated note, the macho boys at the gym were particularly vocal today... AAAH!! OOOOOOOoooo! UUUUUGHHHHH!! TAKE IT EASY, TAKE IT EASY! AAAAUUGH!! OOOOoooo etc. Christ. It was like listening to gay porn.
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The Crouch End Budgens sells the big orange ones for £1 a pop. I went there yesterday and bought four. Nearly broke my back carrying them home. Then, last night in Muswell Hill, having just watched The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at the local Odeon, I walked past a greengrocers and saw a display of every colour, shape and size known to man. Instantly everything clicked into place and I understood what true beauty was. I bought four more.

And they're not just good to look at... )

Primal

Oct. 20th, 2009 10:37 pm
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Generally speaking I'm a gatherer not a hunter. Although I did a bit of both last Saturday - shot at people with an airsoft gun (rather badly), wallowed around in the earth and dead leaves of a beautiful Hertfordshire woodland, and collected a big bag of chestnuts.

The chestnuts made their way to my oven where they were successfully roasted and half of them eaten while still burning hot. The other half ended up in a pumpkin risotto together with cream sherry, marjoram, thyme and parmesan shavings.

Ultimate autumnal fun.
armyofsnails: (food snail)
These days I'm spending a fortune on food. I devour a bowl of fruit every morning as a snack when I get to work, that on top of my normal breakfast. I don't eat much unless it's fruit, but the quality of the stuff I buy is high and I source out fancy items, so more often than not I leave the supermarket having spent upward of thirty quid on what is basically my day-to day sustenance. Yesterday I made a hijiki salad with smoked tofu, bean sprouts and avocado, just as a midweek treat. Had the remnants of it for lunch today. It tasted superb and looked bloody good too - shame I didn't take a photo.

I also drink considerably less than before. A glass of wine here and there and maybe one moderate visit to a pub during the week. At weekends all bets are off, but even then it's nowhere near as much as I used to go through (although it largely depends on who I'm hanging out with).

Overall however my food and drink expenditure has gone up several fold. Throw at least two restaurant meals a week on top of that - I socialise a lot with people who are into food so it's almost an inevitability. Cooking at home sometimes replaces this but it's often equally expensive because of all the special ingredients I end up buying.

One thing I've noticed is that I hardly get colds or flu any more. I used to fall ill at least once every two months. This hasn't happened for almost a year. I'm pretty sure this is connected to my changing eating habits.

This reminds me, [livejournal.com profile] wknoxwalker, we need to arrange a date for my own dinner party... :)

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