Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cooking with the boy: Greek Burger


1 lb        ground beef
1 pkg     dried onion soup mix
4            pita pockets

Mix the ground beef and onion soup mix. Divide in four and make into burger-shape. Dig a hole in each one and press a chunk of feta in the middle, closing the meat over it.

Fry them up.

Open the pita pockets and stick a couple of slices of tomato, maybe 4 slices of cucumber and a piece of lettuce in each one.

When the burgers are cooked, put one in each pita.

Put a dollop of tzatziki in on top.

Best burger ever! Bonus: cooks through pretty easily since the core is cheese not beef.

Monday, July 06, 2015

What I read, June 2015

“Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. My first encounter with this book was from my sister, who had a copy signed by the author, who she saw speak. We share some minor amount of 1st nations ancestry, so associate with this sort of thing perhaps. My sister gave me a section to read, which was brilliant. Then, some months later Terri Windling did a few pieces with quotes, and I remembered, and I can take a hint, so I got it out of the library. It made me a little regretful of what I said about Canada geese a couple of months ago.
This was an interesting thing to be reading while Canada was going through its report from the Truth and Reconciliation commission. It left me feeling there is a way forward. But it’s not easy. I wished she wrote more about plants and less about people. It seemed a little long.
“Dragon”by Steven Brust. Book 8! Vlad goes to war! He wasn’t impressed. Entertaining as usual. You can see SB messing with time transitions.
“HighDeryni” by Katherine Kurtz. Or, as my slightly deaf friend said when I told her what I was reading, "Catholic Curse?" Which is funny considering what seems Catholic and Jewish about the story. 
I’m actually starting to like these. Supposedly back in the 70’s Ursula K LeGuin dissed KK, and I remember reading that essay when I was in high school (!). IIRC she said the dialog didn’t sound like fantasy. I can see her point, but really the problem is the endless descriptions of what people are wearing. I like clothing more than most but wow. I did a big push through to the end, and fortunately noticed that there was a glossary of characters at the back, which once I knew it was there I needed constantly. The ending caught me by surprise.

Friday, July 03, 2015

In process, june 2015

First Draft
 “Wind/Water/Salt”. Wrote three missing scenes, adding characters, making tension.
“The Dead belong to Me.” Short story, started.

“Wind/Water/Salt”. Chapters 39 to end edited. Put in some missing scenes, and added a ton of missing characters. They need to be fleshed out at the beginning too now. How can I have written so much without defining so many characters? Seems like I knew all sorts of stuff that happened, but I didn’t write it down until now. This draft is so much better than the previous. I love editing.



“Ceremonial Armour” (Kaffe Fassett, knit from a photo). Did not finish tying in ends. Did not buy beads. Did not crochet edging. Maybe next month.
“St. Anthony’s Ribbon” (self-designed). Got the needle from Rust Damask Jacket so I could do the neck edging. Finished and blocked and put in a box. Not sure I’m happy with the neck, but wearing it might make it better, and I can’t do that right now because it’s summer.
Vinterlys (Norsk Strikkedesign). Did the last 26 rows of the “front” of the sleeve so Rust Damask Jacket could have the needle, then finished the “back” so I can figure out if I have enough on the fronts. Still can’t tell – need to steek and cut and seam first maybe, then pin it all out.
Rust Damask Jacket (Takle & Kolstadt). Started fair isle portion of body.
Honey for the Bee. Socks. Carry-around project. Finished, mostly in the car while driving back and forth from New Hampshire. 
Prow pullover (IK Summer 2014). Started, for an easy project; did about 2 inches.

Finished sewing a dress. Started a tunic, learned to make bias tape.