Archive for September, 2004

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tastier

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2004

a much better way to write up your recipes.

[found via rebecca's pocket]

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saucy

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2004

i like to make things from scratch. (just call me a control freak.) not being able to reproduce things i can buy in the shops annoys me [*]. every now and again i try to make up the kind of chinese sauces you get in little sachets in the supermarket and i fail every time. until this week! success! and if i leave the recipes on post it notes on the kitchen worktop i’ll lose them, so here goes. (file under: weblog as unlosable post-it note.)

i found this sauce as part of a fish recipe on the net and i can’t remember where. it’s kind of generic deep brown gloopy chinese sauce, for want of a better description:

  • 3 tablespoons of dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of cornflour
  • splash of tabasco sauce

chuck it all in a small saucepan and heat slowly while stirring until it’s bubbly, gloopy and smooth.

inspired by one success i went looking for the salient parts of a sweet and sour sauce and came up with:

  • 4 tablespoons of pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons of sherry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree (or just pretend you’re measuring it on a tablespoon and squeeze in enough until the pile of puree looks the right size!)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of cornflour

cooking instructions are the same as above. it turns out deeper red than shop bought fluorescent orange sweet and sour sauce but it tasted right to us.

next stop, szechuan….

[*]
actually it occurs to me that it all comes down to laziness. on the face of it opening a sachet of sauce is lazier than making up a sauce. in my twisted world view however buying sachets of sauces involves going to the supermarket and when they are all gone there is nothing you can do about it apart from go out and buy more. a cupboard full of ingredients in bottles and cans and packets however can usually be made to stretch to a few more meals before you need to hit the supermarket. for me the laziness is on the level of not wanting to go shopping, i’d rather spend five minutes mixing things in a pan.

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The American Boy by Andrew Taylor

In books read on September 30, 2004

Fabulous trip back to 1819 in the company of Thomas Shield. He's one of Edgar Allen Poe's schoolmasters and gets involved in the affairs of the Frant family - Charles Frant is the young Edgar Allen's best friend in the book. Murder and intruige of course but it's an unconventional detective story. At times I got a bit wound up with the slow pace the narrator was happy to go along at but on the whole the detail in the story made it well worth reading.

Purchased on 17th July 2004.

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capture

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2004

oooh, i refound icapture and found out this design works just fine in safari on a mac.

they’ve also launched iecapture to see how your site looks on various pc browsers. overloaded at the mo so i can’t look. never mind, i do have a thousand other things to do. why do i never get overwhelming desires to redesign, refinish and reorganise when i’m stuck for things to do?

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zingy

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2004

redesign in progress. as you’ve probably noticed. (if not force a refresh to change the stylesheet). the background is courtesy of squidfingers, recoloured in by me.

it’s been through my usual non-rigourous testing process (a) get it to look like i want in mozilla on linux b) check it doesn’t look too awful in ie on windows) so if it looks violently different to this screenshot to you then please let me know (big blank spaces, overlapping text, unreadable etc i’m not bothered about pixel perfection!)

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chart happy

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2004

cool tool of the day: php/swf charts. this makes it a cinch to create flash graphs from php data. it’s going straight into my web toolkit.

[found via a whole lotta nothing]

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relocation

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2004

just before i make the same mistake i’ve made about every three days for the last heaven knows how long again…. (file under: weblog as aide memoire.)

when you use the header function in php it doesn’t make the script stop what it’s doing and send the header. it just adds the header to a list of headers to be sent when the page is completely processed. and when the page is completely processed it seems to send the headers in reverse order. so if you’ve got something like:

<?php
if ($whatsit)
{
   header ("Location: $whatsitplace");
}
header ("Location: $nowhatsitplace");
?>

what you actually end up with if $whatsit is true is to end up at $nowhatsitplace. if you do this enough times you end up pulling all your hair out.

the thing to do is:

<?php
if ($whatsit)
{
   header ("Location: $whatsitplace");
   die();
}
header ("Location: $nowhatsitplace");
?>

that is, after you’ve figured out someplace you want to go, give up and go there.

now i just have to remember this!

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The Samurai’s Daughter by Sujata Massey

In books read on September 16, 2004

It's really pleasing to see this series moving on to a new level as Massey isn't afraid to make some major changes in her characters lives. I'm very much looking forward to finding out what happens next and I also think that the writing and the plots have both stepped up a gear in the last couple of books in the series.

Purchased on 24th August 2004.

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finished streamer and started something else…..

In knitting on September 13, 2004

completed streamer

even if you’re one of the three remaining citizens of the universe that my dad and darren’s mum haven’t yet told our news to you’ll probably still find it pretty easy to guess why i’ve started knitting baby jumpers! :-)

baby things are very quick to knit, if i’m not careful i’m going to end up knitting more tiny things than the baby will get to wear before he or she grows out of them. great fun knitting on this scale though.

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finished tucker

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2004

completed tucker

i also finished this year’s free gift from rowan. not entirely sure what to do with the finished item though!


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