Well, after a week of being in some weird low-energy slump, I tidied up this morning and feel a bit better and am off to do some reading. I finally replied to that meta post I made a while ago, asking for low-slash non-SF media fandoms, and thought about some things.
I keep thinking that I might do a meta post, and then I keep chickening out. (sistermagpie
, we may need to have dinner to boost me on this.) I think that part of my reluctance, certainly, has to do with all the wank that I've witnessed in my time online (not to mention this summer), and not wanting to start anything or get anything started in the comments. That said, it isn't that I wouldn't want disagreement; it's sort of boring, sometimes, to make a post about something and have all the comments really just say "right on!" when what you want is someone to help you refine some theory that's been noodling around in your head.
Meanwhile, I had a great holiday weekend so far. Thursday I went up to bhanesidhe
's to watch Ouran High School Host Club. The original plan was to eat Chinese but sadly they were closed (according to a story on NPR, the restaurants close on Thanksgiving so everyone can get married) so we settled for pizza and garlic knots instead.
Yesterday I got my turkey on at my friend S's and food-wise it was one of the best Thanksgivings I've had, ever. S and I were college roommates and she came up to my house for one Thanksgiving, so she was aware of my family's tradition of large bowls of boiled, mashed root vegetables that looked like "a burnt orange paint chip" in their spectrum from white potatoes and pale yellow turnip to deep yellow-orange squash and dark orange sweet potatoes. But yesterday, in addition to the flavorful turkey, silky gravy, fluffy mashed potatoes, savory bread/chestnut/cranberry/sausage stuffing and tart cranberry sauce, we had broiled brussels sprouts, beets, and carrots and parsnips, corn pudding, green beans sauteed with garlic and ginger, and sauteed mushrooms. It was nice to have so many vegetables to balance all those starches, and since I eat yams all the time and I'm not a big fan of squash I didn't miss them. Besides, those roasted veggies will make a great salad for dinner tonight. We nibbled on cheese crisps and bacon-wrapped almond-stuffed dates beforehand, and then stuffed ourselves with apple and pumpkin pie after.
The pumpkin pie I made was a huge hit. I'd wanted a recipe that didn't call for canned milk, and found it in Everyday Food. The custard is silkier, lighter and less sweet than the usual, but the recipe not a bit more complicated. The crust came from necessity; one year calloocallay
were coming over for a small Thanksgiving and they wanted a pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust, but my somewhat random local market had no graham crackers, so I substituted ginger snaps, and I think it works better than graham crackers or pastry. I made a few changes, so I give it to you here if you're curious.( Pumpkin Pie with Ginger-Snap Crust )