Archive for May, 2013

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Time Waster of the Day

In rambling on on May 15, 2013

Can you beat me at geoguessr?

I expect you can, I hadn’t realised you could move around a bit – looking for road signs is helpful. Though actually I’ve only done worse since I discovered that you could move so maybe there is some truth in the idea that you are better going with your first impression. I was quite pleased to have guessed most of them to the right continent.

[found via kottke]

Murder In The Afternoon (Kate Shackleton, #3)

Murder In The Afternoon (Kate Shackleton, #3) by Frances Brody

In books read on May 8, 2013

Another interesting case for Kate. I think the 1920s setting works well and I enjoy seeing how women's roles are changing in the aftermath of the first world war as well as the mysteries themselves.

This was a kindle eBook.

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April Baking

In cooking on May 8, 2013

This is the round up of my baking endeavours for April. The aim is to reach 52 during 2013.

  1. Quorn Bacon & Leek QuicheQuorn Bacon & Leek Quiche
    Another quiche. Not terribly exciting but I am getting quite good at making these without the aid of a recipe! Nearly forgot to take a photo.
  2. Ginger NutsGinger Nuts
    These were slightly overdone but good. I overdid the syrup in these and had to add more flour, but preferred them to the ones I have made since so I will do that again.
  3. Malt LoafMalt Loaf
    My first attempt at making a malt loaf. Soreen must put some kind of colouring in theirs as mine looks very anaemic next to the shop bought version. It was slightly underdone but it kind of didn’t matter as it had the right malt loaf chewiness. I will be making more of this.
  4. Mushroom & Asparagus QuicheMushroom & Asparagus Quiche
    Just when I thought I was getting the hang of quiches I try to make a double recipe and my pastry wasn’t nearly as good as usual.
  5. Mini Asparagus Quiche
    Mini Asparagus Quiche
    Made at the same time as the mushroom & asparagus one for Miranda who doesn’t like mushrooms, with two extras to make some lunches out of.
  6. Pear & Meringue Trifle
    Pear & Meringue Trifle
    I realised that the rest of the month’s baking was pretty workaday and wanted to jazz it up with something a bit posher. But when my sponge came out of the oven it was too flat and paving slab like for the posh confectionary fingers it was supposed to turn into. So I invented this with some ingredients out of the cupboard instead.

That makes 22/52. Not the most exciting of baking months – I will try and get something more fancy into May…

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Pear & Meringue TrifleOrienteerOrienteeringGinger Nuts IIBroken BiscuitsMini Asparagus QuicheMushroom & Asparagus QuicheLots of SkyYou Looking At Me?Malt Loaf

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on May 4, 2013 by kirsty

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Heretics: Adventures With The Enemies Of Science

Heretics: Adventures With The Enemies Of Science by Will Storr

In books read on May 1, 2013

This is basically a look at how we decide what to believe in, and what not to believe in, by way of a wander around with a cast of characters who believe in all kinds of different things: it features homeopaths and the skeptics who oppose them, holocaust deniers and people who think they suffered satanic abuse as children among others. It's a very personal look at things by the author, who bravely pulls up his own 'story' of his life as an example in places - I'm not sure I'd be willing to do the same though I do agree that one of the traits that makes us human is that we try to make coherent stories of everything - and it's a better book for the personalisation aspect. In places I thought it got bogged down in the details but overall it was well worth the read.

This was a kindle eBook.


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