chomiji: Yuya and Mahiro hugging each other and laughing - from Samurai Deeper Kyo (Yuya & Mahiro - friendship)

So, yeah, I'm kind of forgetting how to LJ/DW. Like, that I should post things that might be of interest to my circle/friendlist.

[livejournal.com profile] lady_ganesh and her daughter came to visit me and The Mr. as part of a trip to tour the DC/Baltimore area. Mostly we showed off our town, [the People's Republic of] Takoma Park.

I had intended eating dinner in town as part of the total Tacky Park experience, but The Mr. wooed our visitors away from the hyper-local joints in favor of A & J, a favorite of his (and mine, too) up in Rockville, the county seat: about a 25-minute drive. This is a place that serves authentic northern Chines dim sum: lots of noodle dishes (including ones with wonderful housemade noodles) and none of the bready buns that most people associate with dim sum. They also (obviously) serve dim sum in the evening, unlike most places in the area.

It was a lovely visit.

chomiji: Hakkai and Gojyo form Saiyuki, with autumn leaves drifting down and the caption Falling (Gojyo and Hakkai - falling)

It was mostly low-key. We went to my sister's house for the actual holiday.

Cut for food pr0n )

Everyone else have a nice weekend?

chomiji: Chibi of Muramasa from Samurai Deeper Kyo, holding a steamer full of food, with the caption Let's Eat! (Muramasa-Let's eat!)

After blowing off our accustomed gourmet New Year's Eve experience (for very good reason, I might add), the Mr. felt well enough to go to Kat & Andrew's New Year's Day brunch, another two-decades+ fixture in our lives.

I wanted to make something to bring, and the main thing we had in the house besides pantry staples was apples. Several different kinds of apples. I found this recipe on Epicurious, which recommends using at least 4 different types of apples, so I made it. But it was intended for an 8-inch springform pan, and we have only a 10-inch one.

In a moment of rare mathematical thought, I realized that this is a volume problem, and that the shape involved is a (short, squat) cylinder. I found a handy calculator via Google and discovered that the volume ratios were 1 to 1.5. Well! The original recipe calls for 2 eggs, so this was easy-peasy. I did find some additional adjustments needed (our eggs were likely extra large rather than just large, so I needed to add more flour, and I had to extend the baking time, which I did in 10-minute increments, checking the cake for done-ness each cycle), and I also added a bit of cinnamon, because I like cinnamon.

The apples I used were a mixture of Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Gold Rush, and Gala.

Cut for recipe, with my notes where I made changes )

The cake had competition at the brunch: this was a big year for homemade cakes. Those I could identify include a chocolate swiss cake roll as a buche de Noel, my late mother's sour cream coffee cake (made by my sister, in this case), what appeared to be a pumpkin bread with currants, and our hosts' daughter's blueberry tea cake. We left about 1/3 of our cake when we departed the party, but there was still a group of 10 college- and grad-school-age party-goers playing Cards Against Humanity in the front parlor, so we may never see the remaining cake again!

chomiji: Mibu no Shinrei (from Samurai Deeper Kyo by Akimine Kamijyo) as a child, grinning, with the caption Thank You (Shinrei-chan-thanks)

T - 2:15 hours and counting ...

chomiji: An image of a classic spiral galaxy (galaxy)

Ann Leckie took Best Novel for Ancillary Justice! Go Ann go!

Also, Julie Dillon won for best pro artist, and Kameron Hurley not only for her wonderful essay We Have Always Fought but also as best fan writer.

Complete list available on the official Hugo site.

chomiji: Saiyuki's Hakkai with a pile of clean laundry and sparkles (Hakkai - fresh & clean)

My friend [personal profile] lawless523 has a question about Los Angeles. Maybe you have the answer?

chomiji: Miyazaki's Totoro, joyfully gathering falling acorns (Totoro - acorns)

We had our usual New Year's Eve date, a luxurious gourmet dinner at my friend Michael's. He loves to cook, and his wife Sharon makes the sweets. We had:

  • Ceviche of grouper and scallops
  • Salad of beets and goat cheese mousse with coffee (powdered, sprinkled on the mousse) and microgreens
  • Squash mezzaluna (filled pasta crescents) with hazelnut butter
  • "Duck, Duck, Goose" - roast duck breast, duck sous vide with the skin crisped, and goose liver pate, with Hoisin sauce and "Asian slaw" of vegetables, apples, and pears
  • Cheeses with salty biscuits and gingersnaps: petit Basque ewe's milk, red Leicestershire, Le Fromager des Clarines, Long Clawson Limited Edition Stilton (only 100 of these were made)
  • Black Forest Boule de Neige (dense chocolate cake with kirsch and cherries, covered with whipped cream); lemon bars with Chambourg cream; chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites and pecan turtles

Each course had wines, most of which I did not touch (not so good with the meds).

Today we had our usual New Year's Day date, a brunch at my friend Kat's that starts with a core of bagels and lox and then spins out to encompass whatever people bring. The Young Lady made pumpkin streusal muffins, [livejournal.com profile] smillaraaq made soft rolls, and I brought a bag of clementines (hey, the kitchen was all busy and I was doing paperwork!).

And I lost a crown on one of my back molars. That will teach me not to eat fleur-de-sel caramels.

:-(

Fortuitously, the host had some over-the-counter dental adhesive, so it's stuck back in for now. I'm trying not to chew on that side.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

Got this one from [livejournal.com profile] lawless523 and [livejournal.com profile] indelicateink.

Respond to this post (with something specific, like "Meme!" or "Pick me!") and I shall:

1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Associate you with a character/pairing.
6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7. Tell you my favorite userpic of yours.
8. Ask you to post this in your own journal.

Have at it!

chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

So you all may recall my post from just about a year ago, regarding [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija's and [livejournal.com profile] sartorias's unpublished YA novel. It had several gay characters, and the publishers to whom the authors spoke kept wanting to de-gay the book in a very cowardly and bottom-line-watching fashion: "If it only weren't the first book in the series ... if they were only minor characters ... if it were for an older audience ... " (and so on and so forth).

They have sold the book.

To a very real publisher, Viking (Penguin Group), and the editor will be someone they both like and admire immensely, who has no intention of removing the young gay characters.

Sometimes the good guys win!!!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Muramasa - food)

Have just returned from back-to-back outdoor social events featuring mass quantities of food. Am covered with sweat, sunscreen, and (on my ankles) bug bites, and am much too well fed.

Party A featured mainly cold foods, including slices of sandwich wraps, salads, cold meats, and fruit, followed by ice cream and very nice lemon poundcake. Party B featured flame-grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, spicy pork ribs, veggie crudites, and potato and cucumber salads, followed by strawberry and peach shortcakes and [livejournal.com profile] smillaraaq's very evil chocolate brownies.

I am in a food-induced stupor.

chomiji: Yuya and Mahiro hugging each other and laughing - from Samurai Deeper Kyo (Yuya & Mahiro - friendship)

Wishing you a day filled with the people you love best and your favorite treats to eat and drink!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Gojyo  - King of Hearts)

Happy More Joy Day ... I hope this makes you all smile.

chomiji: An image of a classic spiral galaxy (galaxy)

Back several months ago, I won a Dreamwidth column by oyceter on the con-or-bust auction. She has just posted it, and it is fascinating and beautifully written.

Points of difference: 1988-2010

chomiji: Yuya and Mahiro hugging each other and laughing - from Samurai Deeper Kyo (Yuya & Mahiro - friendship)

Um, I haven't been my best the past couple of days ... hope you had a great birthday!

chomiji: A chocolate cupcake with a birthday candle and the title Birthday Love! Make a wish ... (birthday love)

As long as I'm staying up too late. I figured I'd wish you happy birthday, nice & early! I hope your day unfolds beautifully and brings you at least one heart's desire by the end.

chomiji: A chocolate cupcake with a birthday candle and the title Birthday Love! Make a wish ... (birthday love)

I hope your day brings you plenty to celebrate!

chomiji: A chocolate cupcake with a birthday candle and the title Birthday Love! Make a wish ... (birthday love)

May your day be filled with the treats and delights that you love best!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Dokugakuji - lost)

Did you have a good weekend?

chomiji: A chocolate cupcake with a birthday candle and the title Birthday Love! Make a wish ... (birthday love)

I hope your day is going along pleasantly, and that your weekend plans are coming together!

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