Month: July 2010

Hilarious spam!

This was in my spam today – it isn’t quite the complete version, it had to be edited because it was offering enlargement of male body parts which I deemed inappropriate. I did, however admire the creativity.

“HELP! I’m currently being held prisoner by the Russian mafia and being forced to post spam comments on blogs and forum! If you don’t approve this they will kill me.  They’re coming back now. Please send help! “

Now that I have stopped giggling I will send help for you immediately, to the pharmaceutical company which supplies the products you seem to be selling.

Lemon Curd – golden goodness

Lemon Curd is one of the most delicious and useful things you can make, not only that but the sense of satisfaction you get when you make this yummy stuff is huge.

Use it in a pavlova, in the centre of muffins, in cupcakes, on toast and on pancakes, actually just slather it on anything you find or stick a teaspoon in the jar and suck the curd off (repeat often).

I made Annabel Langbein’s recipe from her book Assemble.  It is a great book, she has a system, she gives you a basic recipe and then she gives you variations on the theme.  It works really well.  I bought this book for Lesley for Christmas but it is currently having a small holiday at my place.  I promise to return it, but I keep finding new things I want to make in it, so it might be a while yet.  It is a brilliant book, I really recommend it.  Here is her recipe:

1.5 cups caster sugar, 220g butter, 300 ml lemon juice (about 6 juicy lemons – it took more for me) strained, zest from one of the lemons, 6 eggs, lightly beaten with a whisk.

Place sugar, butter, lemon juice and zest in a pot (use a double boiler if you don’t have a thermometer).  Heat over medium – low heat until butter has melted.  Take off heat and strain eggs into the mixture.  Reurn to heat with a thermometer attached and cook, stirring constantly, until temp reaches 75 degrees C.  Or cook in a double boiler until mixture thickens to coat the back of a spoon.  REMOVE from heat immediately and stir a little to prevent mixture overheating on base.  Bottle while hot in hot, steralized jars and seal with pop-top seals or store in a sealed container in the fridge.  Makes just over 1 litre.  (In my case enough for two decent sized jars.)  Storage:  Lemon curd will keep several weeks in the fridge.

She also suggests you make a Lemon Parfait.  2 cups chilled cream, 1 tsp vanilla, 3/4 cup lemon curd, chilled, 4 meringues, roughly crushed and garnished with 1/4 cup coconut threads.  Whip the cream with the vanilla, fold in lemon curd and meringues so mixture retains some swirls of the lemon curd.  Spoon into serving bowls and chill until ready to serve, garnish with the coconut.

Old Spice Ads @ the library

The tears are streaming down my face with laughter!  I have to share this.  So, you have to have seen the Old Spice Ads they look like this – there are many and a Facebook page  (I’ve linked to the one where he answers the questions of the fans, more chortling with laughter here)  but below is one of the early ones.  Watch, then head on down the page.

So, then the parodys start!  This is one with a  library theme – cos that is how I roll!  I do understand if it isn’t as amusing to others as it was to me – actually that is a lie, this is so funny and you’d better be laughing along I tell ya! Link via CMIS Fiction Focus blog

Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

During the holidays I had a bit of a thing with some graphic novels.  I’ve always liked them but I find them really slow to read.  I have to concentrate really hard to make good headway in them and, I guess it is just what I am used to, but they take me so much longer than a normal text book to read.  However then I met Skim!

It is the story of a 16 year old girl called Skim, her actual name is Kim, but nobody calls her that.  She and her best friend are Wicca and tending towards Goth but nothing hard core.  They sneak out of school and smoke down in the bushes, they are isolated and the outsiders of their class at a Catholic Secondary school.  When the boyfriend of one of the ‘cool’ girls kills himself it sparks off a series of events  leading to further isolation, and eventually leading to troubles in the friendship of the two girls.  Kim falls for her English teacher and becomes totally obsessed in the way that schoolgirls do. Lots of people around the blogs think this is a lesbian graphic novel.  I didn’t think so, there are lots of girls who get a ‘thing’ for a teacher and who aren’t lesbian.

I loved the depiction of the girls, the art is fabulous and the story engrossing.  I would have loved it when I was a teenager if it had been around then.  Excellent read.

Queenstown – cold but lovely

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I’m just back from a lovely weekend away with my partner in Queenstown and surrounds.  What a treat.  We did not much, but what we did do was very relaxing and we had a good time.  Queenstown has much to recommend it.  The scenery is totally gorgeous, high rocky towering mountains, big tree covered hills right in the middle of town.  Yes, there are heaps of tourists and I know that turns off lots of people but for me they add to the feeling that you are in a gorgeous place, they wouldn’t come in their droves if it wasn’t good would they?

If you don’t have much money there are some fanblimmintastic things you can do in Queenstown and here are some:

1.  Go to the Salvation Army Shop on Lower Shotover Street.  They have second hand designer clothes at fantastic prices.  It truly is a great place.  The staff are friendly, it is warm and you will come out with something lovely.  For me a great black jumper and for Lesley Doosh pants and a Country Road shirt.  Nice shopping for $30.00.

2. Take yourself on a lovely walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on the Kelvin Heights side.  The sun shines on that side of the lake hours after it has finished on the Queenstown side, all those magnificent hills have a big drawback when it comes to sunshine hours!  The walk is lovely, there are fantastic crabapple trees and the views of the amazing houses on the lakefront are pretty stellar, well you are actually walking in their front gardens.  It’s nice, the people are friendly, the sun warm if a little watery and you can hear bellbirds and fantails in the trees.  Nice.

3.  Go driving and look at the houses – I mean seriously, these are some houses.  It is interesting to drive around and look at the total luxury of these places.  Some of them aren’t even lived in for large chunks of the year.  They are architects dreams and it is staggering to think that so much money has been poured into somewhere that you want to have for a few weeks a year.

4.  Go to Arrowtown and browse the shops.  More on that in another post.

5.  Sit around in your luxurious unit, use someones electricity to heat it up cosy and warm, watch movies on Sky TV that you wouldn’t have paid to go to, have a spa bath while your partner watches the rugby and read three books.  Well that’s what we did.  Bit of browsing in the shops, lovely sale at D.T.Carter for Lesley (only the scarves they sell fit me!) a lovely shop with truly lustworthy knitwear and stylings.

6.  Wander around town, check out the rich people.  Spot the celebrities, look at the enormous number of junk food outlets and pubs and sporting goods shops.  Wander up, wander down.  Notice the people on the hire Segways (that is pretty cool).

7.  Lounge around and read lots of books in an exotic location.  Good times.