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I have baked a couple of nice things with peaches. Last weekend I made this peach and almond upside-down cake. I made a few modifications, as I tend to do: I increased the almond meal to 100 grams and cut the flour down to 155 grams, reduced the sugar in the cake batter to about 180 grams, omitted the almond extract since I didn't have any, and added about half a teaspoon of cardamom to the batter. It turned out very well despite the changes; the cake is a bit crumbly due to the extra almond meal but I don't mind that, and it's definitely sweet enough for my taste despite the reduced sugar.
Today I finally made a recipe I've wanted to try literally for years: Peach Slump with Ricotta Dumplings, from The Joy of Cooking.
( more info and recipe under the cut )
Something I have concrete plans to cook in the near future: I don't have any concrete plans, except to keep eating tomatoes and peaches while they last.
Something I vaguely intend to cook someday: tomatoes and peaches aside, I am looking forward to autumn cooking. I want to bake my favorite apple cake again, and maybe a pumpkin roll or pumpkin muffins, and cook chicken with olives and preserved lemon, and make soups and bake bread. And maybe I'll try that Ottolenghi recipe for roasted vegetable tart, although I should probably do that soon while the veggies are still in season.
People here via their network or whatever should feel free to answer too--it doesn't matter if I know you or not.
Do you feel sad on Sunday night (or whatever night is the end of your weekend) because you have to go to work the next day?
Yes, always or almost always
Never or almost never
If you get the Sunday night blues, when do they generally start?
If you get the Sunday Night Blues, do you think you'd feel differently if you liked your job more?
Has this poll made you even more depressed about going to work tomorrow?
Whose fault is it?
Other, which I might choose to explain in comments
So this is another post for prompts. Please don't hesitate. Leave more than one if you'd like! And it doesn't matter if I've already written something inspired by one of your prompts.
Prompts can be anything you'd like, but I find it most helpful if you give me a fandom, a character or two and/or a pairing, and a little something for me to work with, such as a word, a brief situation, a bit of poetry or song lyrics or other quotation. If you're not sure if I know a particular fandom, you can PM me if you like or you can just leave the prompt anyway. Basically: don't be shy, I'd love any and all prompts you can think of.
At the moment I'm writing drabbles, but hopefully as I start to feel more confident I'll expand into ficlets.
I probably won't be able to write something for every prompt, but I can guarantee I'll be grateful for every prompt.
Elegy (100 words) by kindkit
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Mervyn Bunter & Peter Wimsey
Additional Tags: Drabble
Summary: Bunter, Peter, and the choices they made.
Two Meetings (196 words) by kindkit
Fandom: Hellblazer, Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Constantine, Thomas Nightingale
Additional Tags: Double Drabble
Summary: Magicians who pass in the night.
By the way, I'd love to have a big list of prompts to work with, so please don't hesitate to post as many as you like here. I almost certainly won't manage to write something for every prompt, but I'm grateful for them all and hey, I did write something!
I think the second part is going to be happier, but that's set in the present, and as such it doesn't speak to me as much.
Should've been more cautious, because I'm not really in a good emotional state for stories of heartbreak.
tl;dr still waiting for the Second World War era love story between two men that has a happy ending.
*I didn't have many spare moments, because all the people with good jobs and money to spend did have the day off and were shopping.
2) I recently watched The Hippopotamus, in which Roger Allam plays a boozy washed-up poet who is hired to investigate a purported miracle at the country house of a friend. It's based on a novel by Stephen Fry, which . . . well, it wasn't as cruelly cynical as I thought it would be, though I should note that the movie's lone gay character was depicted in a way I must describe as homophobic. (I feel like Stephen Fry has form for this, but I'm not completely sure.) It's not a terrible movie, and worth it if you like Roger Allam (Fiona Shaw is also in it, but rather wasted in a small role; then there's a bizarrely miscast Matthew Modine as the lord of the manor, his American accent unconvincingly handwaved as the result of having an American father). I did like Tim McInnerny as the abovementioned gay man, and I think it might have been a better movie from his point of view.
3) I appear to be rewatching as much of Good News Week as I can readily find. Paul McDermott makes me happy.
4) Speaking of which, DAAS were at the Edinburgh festival and appeared briefly on BBC Radio's The Now Show a week or two ago. They sang "The Sailor's Arms," and to my delight, rephrased the transphobic last line to be better. It's still a song that can deservedly be termed problematic, but I kind of love it anyway and I was glad to see it improved. If you want to hear it, I think this episode of the Now Show is still on the BBC i-Player for a couple of weeks.
5) There's an interesting review of DAAS's Shepherds Bush performance here. I don't agree with everything about it (I think even DAAS's cruder jokes are cleverer than Regan realizes), but I liked reading about the show's emotional impact, since I'm never going to be able to see it myself unless they release a DVD. The reason I'm posting about it here, though, is that the reviewer writes that Tim Ferguson "is going to die very soon." This completely freaked me out, especially since the review was linked to both from the official DAAS Facebook and from Tim's own Facebook, and in neither case did Tim say, "Um, actually not dying soon that I know of." So now I'm worried that he is dying and it's something they've acknowledged in the show. Certainly Tim's MS has gotten worse, and he said in an interview that it's moved into the steadily progressing stage and he doesn't expect any more remissions. I even googled "Is Tim Ferguson dying," and found lots about Tim's MS but nothing to say he is in fact dying, so I'm hoping that the reviewer just got the wrong end of the stick. Still, it is worrisome. I know it's ridiculous to feel so concerned about celebrities (plural because, honestly, it makes me worry as much for Paul as for Tim), and normally I wouldn't, but somehow, in this case, I do.
6) To try to end on something positive: I watched the first episode of the new Bake Off and it didn't suck. There hasn't been any attempt to manufacture tension or feuds or whatever between the bakers, which is what I was afraid of. I do very much feel the lack of Mel and Sue, and especially of Mary Berry, but I am one of those weird people who actually likes Paul Hollywood, so I'm willing to watch just for him while I warm up to the new bakers and hopefully the new presenters.
If you feel so inclined, please leave a comment with one or more prompts (a fandom, a character or pairing, and something I can take inspiration from such as a word or phrase, a song or a bit of poetry, a picture, etc. etc.). It doesn't have to be a fandom I've written in before. If you're not sure I know the fandom, you can PM me or just list it anyway. Also, everybody is welcome to leave prompts regardless of how long I've known you or how well. Lurkers/people seeing this on their network can play too!
I don't guarantee that I'll write something for every prompt. I'm trying to make this as easy for myself as possible, so I'm going to cherry-pick the ideas that work best for me for whatever reasons. But I'll be grateful for any and all prompts.
( Several more TV shows under the cut )
When not staring at the extremely small screen, I've read Charles Stross's latest Laundry Files books, The Delirium Brief. The books have been getting grimmer for some time now, and this one most of all. A good book, but not recommended if you're already in despair about the state of the world.
I also read the new Rivers of London novella The Furthest Station, which is enjoyable as a side story to the main narrative. As usual, there is not enough Thomas Nightingale. I suspect that all those fans who interpret Nightingale as gay (I'm one of them, and I know Aaronovitch is aware of them because reasons) have freaked Aaronovitch out and we're never going to get another tender emotional moment between Thomas and Peter. Indeed, we seem to get less Nightingale with each successive book. *is sad*
Coming up, I want to watch a bunch of the Gay Britannia programming from the BBC. There are two shows about men falling in love during World War II! Oh, BBC, it's like you read my letter to Santa. I don't know yet if either show is any good, but I'm hoping.
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I'd prefer stories with a strong element of character exploration, although I will take mostly-plotty if it's a very good plot. I'd love character-focused stories for any of the main characters or the recurrings, and I would especially love stories about Sterling, because I adore Mark Sheppard. I'm not looking for PWPs, but ship fic is welcome for any of the following: Hardison/Eliot, Hardison/Parker/Eliot, Hardison/Parker, Nate/Eliot, Nate/Sterling (please!), Nate/Damien Moreau. I'm not especially fond of Nate/Sophie but if there's a really outstanding story, I'll read it.
I also had a question about the last series ( under the cut )
I don't like many of these last prompts, so I'm just going to change them as I see fit.
One great thing about Billy Bragg's early work is that he got his political message across by telling stories. Later, his political songs got more abstract and preachy, and I don't like the later ones as much. (The same thing happened to Paul Weller, sadly.) This isn't one of Bragg's best known songs, but it's always meant a lot to me. The myth that if you work hard at your education you'll get a good job has been proven wrong in my own life over and over again.
Billy Bragg, "To Have and to Have Not"
( All the prompts )
( A few thoughts under the cut )
After POI I was in the mood for something a bit lighter, so I've been watching Leverage and enjoying it quite a lot. Sometimes the caper plots wear a bit thin (and I love capers and heists), but I adore the characters and the team dynamics. I even, to my surprise, really like the Hardison/Parker relationship, which seems to be growing organically rather than being forced on us, and which anyway isn't at all like a typical male/female screen romance. In contrast I deeply don't like Sophie/Nate, which is much more conventional and which does feel forced.
I must, however, note with disapproval that I'm now halfway through S4 and there hasn't been a single queer character. Really, show? Really, show that is mostly quite progressive about everything else? Really?
I intended not to repeat an artist on this meme, but the answer to this question has to be Bowie, doesn't it?
A song from Ziggy Stardust, because when I was about 14 I wanted to be Ziggy Stardust (this was the early 80s, the era of "Let's Dance," but it was the earlier album that really moved me). I wore weird makeup and weird jewelry and got ferociously bullied for it; the fact that it was primarily Ziggy Stardust* and not wanting to a "a pretty girl" that inspired me to try makeup should perhaps have been a clue. Anyway, this song and this album were a big part of my covertly queer youth.
*Full disclosure: and Duran Duran, who were also boys in makeup. I loved my poster of them more than I ever loved their music, I think.
David Bowie, "Lady Stardust"
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I can't really imagine the Smiths still together in 2017--few bands can last that long without becoming a sad parody of themselves, and the Smiths' last album was already showing all the signs of a group past its best. Then again, it's nice to fantasize about them lasting just a little longer, releasing one or two more good albums, putting off the moment when Morrissey, away from Johnny Marr's counterbalancing force, disappeared up his own ego and re-emerged as an Islamophobic Brexiter.
I'm giving two links again on this post, the first because it's a song I really love, and the second not only because of the songs, but because of the video(s), directed by groundbreaking queer film-maker Derek Jarman.
The Smiths, "This Charming Man"
The Smiths, "The Queen Is Dead/There Is a Light That Never Goes Out/Panic," dir. Derek Jarman
( All the prompts )