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fiddleheads and southwestern saladTonight's dinner. The salad was technically part of lunch as well.

I almost never make anything super-fancy just for myself these days—seriously, half my meals come out of a can—but fiddlehead season comes but once a year, and my mom brought me some, so I got to make some of these tasty-but-dangerous delights.

Here is a recipe for how to make fiddleheads.

It came out excellently, holy shit.

The Southwestern salad is my own recipe, more or less. Sauteéd jalapenos, avocados, grape tomatoes, cilantro, and walnuts. The dressing is olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, black pepper, and lime juice. 

Other delicious things I have made or participated in making this weekend: Homemade falafel balls, pear-walnut pie, and more of that avocado pasta that I am obsessed with at the moment.

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In other, related news, my apple tree is blossoming!

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And Cocoa is looking extra-cute:

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 Cocoa turned 13 yesterday! My baby is officially a teenager! It's also, by default, Sabot's birthday. They got to celebrate with a meat cake made from four different animals, catnip, and new toys.

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I think they had a good party. They're currently sprawled out, blissfully content, on my bed.

sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (death is coming)
You guys you guys I did it!

I made the chocolate caramel shortbreads vegan. I usually make chocolate caramel shortbread as one of my Christmas cookies but that was Before. Now I had to re-learn how to do them.

This was a massive triumph of baking engineering given that my first attempt to find a recipe was a total clusterfuck that ended in literal tears. This is some advanced shit and it took two recipes + substitutions to create something that worked. But it worked! And it tastes like joy.

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How'd that last picture get in there? Cocoa, you are not a foods even if you are the same colour and named after a foods.

Anyway I am really proud of myself so here's what I did under the cut.

om nom nom )

Orlando

Jun. 13th, 2016 05:53 pm
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (silver mt zion)
I keep being reminded throughout the day. I mean, it's pretty hard to avoid the subject. Especially when the Board sends you that general form-letter about how to talk to children about mass shootings. Seriously, that's a thing that they have to do, because the NRA is out of control.

I don't really have anything to add that hasn't been said by wiser people. This one hits a lot closer to home than most senseless mass shootings, though. I just feel sick and sad and furious and queasy, somehow.

As—once again, wiser—people have pointed out, there is no point in asking America to get its shit together. If a school full of six-year-olds wasn't a wake-up call, a club full of queer Latinx who most of their leaders seem to want dead anyway is hardly going to stir them into action. Fucking fuck. That's it, that's my contribution. Fuck all of this shit.

There was some kind of incident at UofT today. Turned out to be nothing, but multiple buildings locked down and so on. I don't usually feel unsafe, but days like these feel pretty unsafe, y'know?

Anyway here are my cats being gay and cheering me up:
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sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (champagne anarchist)
My latest review is up!

In other news, I did birthday festivities this weekend. It involved Ethiopian food and fancy drinks at Shore Leave. Here is a punch bowl that is on fire:

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Okay, it's not a lot of fire. But it was still on fire.

The despair about aging lifted a bit in the presence of good friends, a number of whom I hadn't seen in ages. So that was lovely. Also I got incredibly drunk.

Did a bunch of gardening. I now have almost all of my vegetables in. I'm keeping it simple this year: lots of tomatoes, basil, scotch bonnet peppers, and one experimental ghost pepper. Planted marigolds to help the tomatoes along. Going to pick up some pickling cucumbers tomorrow. The kitten frolicking through the periwinkles is Merlin, one of the tinykittens. Both the two remaining tinykittens and their tinycat mom have claimed my backyard as their territory.

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Bonus pictures of my cats, taken with my portrait lens.

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And I got boots! They are like this but more black than red, so essentially the same finish as the boots they are replacing, except that a) they are Docs, not Fluevogs, and b) they do not have massive holes in them. So that's good, too.

The best thing of all is that it's a long weekend and I can actually catch up on my sleep and such!
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (crazy cat lady)
It's the Forces of Darkness's birthday today! (Well, it's Cocoa's birthay—12, to be exact—but Sabot gets to celebrate her birthday on April 1st too because I don't know when it is.)

So I made them a meat cake.

Pictures )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (manic pixie nightmare girl)
I went wandering with [livejournal.com profile] metalana and took a bunch of pictures, and then she sent me filters and I made artsy photos. You might like them.

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More photos. Not quite so weird. )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (crazy cat lady)
It's taken them almost two years, but my cats (both adopted as adults, for anyone just tuning in) are finally at the stage where they are either BFFs or high femme lesbians, I can't tell. Anyway, they are almost inseperable. They're usually in the same room about a foot apart from each other, but lately they've been cuddling and grooming each other.

I caught them at it yesterday and just about died. Sorry for the less-than-amazing quality of these pictures; it was at night with my cellphone and the lighting in my bedroom isn't awesome.

It's sometimes very hard to leave the house with these guys being so cute.

just cats and more cats )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (kittensquee)
I hope everyone had a good night last night, however they personally define it. I partied, like I do, at [livejournal.com profile] the_axel, [livejournal.com profile] the_siobhan, and D.'s place. I was v. sensible and hardly drank compared to previous debauched NYEs, although I ended up staying up until almost 4 am and being hungover anyway. It was one of those parties where my friends from school met my friends from camp and got along, plus I managed to distribute nearly all of my remaining baking-spree cookies, so I consider it a win.

It seemed a very quiet night out last night. Free TTC, but not at all packed. The occasional roaming pack of revellers drunkenly saluting the roaming pack of revellers I brought with me from the east end. Toronto has figured out that going out on NYE is pointless and one should instead stay in with friends and not pay through the ass for drinks somewhere loud. Definitely one of the more low-key nights, except that the party was packed.

I am grateful for the awesome people in my life. Seriously. I know such cool people and they know such cool people.


The only sad thing was not being able to spend the night with the Forces of Darkness. But I gave them meat when I got home and so they've forgiven me for abandoning them.

Actually, they weren't too interested in me when I got home. They were interested in meat. Meeeeat.

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Now it's snowing, and I gotta decide whether I'm masochistic enough to watch the next bad movie for Cheatsheet of Freedom or do something more productive.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (crazy cat lady)
I'm trying to do something vaguely creative during my vacation, but I haven't done any art since the summer so I'm feeling a bit rusty.

So I drew my cats as people. )

Drop your suggestions for more silly things for me to draw, paint, or write in the comments.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (crazy cat lady)
Cocoa is 11 years old today, so I made her a tuna cake.

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Also she got a catnip toy from the wonderful lady who owns the pet store, but she wasn't that interested. Sabot snatched it right up and is currently tripping balls.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (crazy cat lady)
I know you are all just dying to hear updates about how my cats are doing and to see cute pictures of them, etc.

So they are co-existing quite well! Given that it's only been a week. The hissing has almost entirely ceased, and Sabot is coming a bit out of her shell, although Cocoa is obviously still the reigning queen of the household. See below:

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Cats are not to scale. Sabot is about half the size of Cocoa. She is a tiny cat of tiny, though she has filled out a teensy bit due to eating.

I finally managed to take a good picture of Sabot where you can see her properly:

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She is on a red thing, of course, because she knows that she is an anarkitty and barely dodged being named Pussy Riot.

I have, admittedly, as of late, been that person who, at parties, pulls out her cellphone to show pictures of her cats. But they are really great! I mean, look at how cute my cats are.

I mean, I've been up to other things too, but those other things are not cute and fluffy.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (too sexy for this icon)
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These are apparently the safest and most comfortable collars. Marinetti's is really dangly, though, and barely visible due to a combination of scrawny and fluffy. Should I trim the end?
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (yay)
It's a day early for Caturday, but we're still celebrating the first day of being able to open the windows in my house. Yay!

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sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (fridge)
In my effort to be less of a terrible person and spread a little joy in the world, I went on a month-and-a-half long baking spree to make Christmas cookies for my whole department, my EA, and three of my neighbours. As of today, I'm finally done.

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W00T!

photos and recipes )

I also made ninjabread cookies, but I'm having a hard time decorating them because, while little kids can decorate gingerbread cookies and while I have not insignificant levels of artistic ability, I fail at cookie and cake decorating forever. Besides, they weren't going to fit in the tins. So those went back in the freezer for my next party or whenever I figure out gingerbread icing.

And here are the cats chilling on my sofa:
Cats! )

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