Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mutterings - Oct 19

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Freak :: Out
  2. Thrown out :: Pub
  3. Wedding :: Ceremony
  4. 99 percent :: Whole
  5. Terminal :: Cancer
  6. Culprit :: Thief
  7. Bows :: Struck (I'm with the violins)
  8. Stock :: Beef
  9. Hospital :: Ward
  10. Dodge :: City
Missed a week - we've been away!


Sunday, October 05, 2014

Ginger shortbread

I cooked ginger shortbread yesterday for the during(!) morning service this morning and used a recipe from an old Scargill cookbook:

Ingredients

  • 150g self raising flour
  • 110g margarine
  • 55g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ginger

  • For icing:
  • 55g margarine
  • 4 tblsp icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 dessertspoon syrup

Method

Melt margarine and sugar.

Work in flour and ginger.

Bake in swiss roll tin in mod. oven 20-30 min (yesterday I found it was around 20).

Melt ingredients of icing and pour on shortbread while it is hot.

Cut when cold.

The cookies that were also cooked - I'd provide a recipe but my notes have the following as the instructions:
Rub in marg
and the ingredients say 'milk' with no quantity - so we're lucky they turned out well!

Mutterings - Oct 5

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Candle light :: Carols
  2. Kevin :: Bacon
  3. Fireplace :: Stone
  4. Pots :: Pans
  5. Scarf :: Dr Who
  6. Colossal :: Rhodes
  7. Golf :: Ryder (Cup)
  8. Construction :: First (First Construction in Metal is a work by John Cage)
  9. Reason :: Sense
  10. Washington :: State

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Sept 30



Teaser Tuesday

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
The salami and olives seemed to have disappeared: inroads had been made into the ciabatta. Mentally he substituted grapes for the sliced oranges with cointreau he had planned. His attention was claimed in a quite other direction.
Taking another sentence to the end of the paragraph - another teaser from our book group book for the month. As with the last teaser - choices!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mutterings - Sept 28

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. 20 :: 20
  2. Spark :: (fly) upwards (from the Old Testament book of Job)
  3. Hangnail :: and I
  4. Distant :: Relation
  5. Muffin :: Mule I didn't realise (or had forgotten the BBC had recently revived this)
  6. Compute :: Does not
  7. Bangs :: Explosions
  8. Mattress :: Springs
  9. Tense :: Future
  10. Sarah :: Rachel

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Sept 23



Teaser Tuesday

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
After this spectacular and, it seemed, defining reproach he felt he had only two options. One was to cultivate the life of the mind.
Anita Brookner's Strangers - I'm afraid option 2 doesn't appear for quite a few sentences so you'll have to remain teased both to the reproach and his other option! This is our book group of the month which I am, at last, getting down to! Here's Hilary Mantel's review of the book in the Guardian:
Sustained only by grilled sole, the pale repast of the dead, he haunts galleries and museums. Then, in the hopeless cause of cheering himself up, he locks up his gloomy flat and takes off to Venice. .... Each book [of Brookner] is a prayer bead on a string, and each prayer is a secular, circumspect prayer, a prayer and a protest and a charm against encroaching night.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mutterings - Sept 21

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Equality :: Justice
  2. Strappy :: Underground (probably via the straps for holding onto)
  3. Kitten :: Sex
  4. Program :: begin (showing my pascal roots!)
  5. Inventory :: List
  6. Choice :: Road less travelled (Frost - though the word choice never appears in that poem and neither do my associations!)
  7. Scuba :: Diving
  8. Purchase :: Order
  9. Promotion :: Value
  10. Organization :: Corporate

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Sept 16



Teaser Tuesday

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
Soap left streaks on the black tiles. The first, wet rub was important for loosening the dirt, but it was the second bit that really counted, passing the wrung cloth over the floor in one supple, unbroken movement ... There!
More 1920's detail from Sarah Waters The Paying Guests and oozing with sensuality. Here's a review:
Frances Wray doesn’t know the first thing about being a landlady. The first thing about being a landlady is that under no circumstances should you sleep with your young married female lodger, especially if it’s 1922. But given that Frances is the protagonist of a novel by Sarah Waters, a torrid lesbian affair is perhaps only to be expected. The question in Waters’ new book, The Paying Guests, is just how spectacularly Frances’ decision will lead to disaster—and whether or not she will find a path through the wreckage to the other side.