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The most difficult thing about making chestnut stuffing is preparing the chestnuts, which isn't particularly difficult.
I started with a pound/450 grams of chestnuts:
Cut the nuts in half. This was a bit of a workout if you are a woman of a certain age with less than stellar upper body strength:
Set a pot of water to boil, and at full boil, add the chestnut halves. Set the timer for 7-8 min, depending on the size of the nuts. Mine were a bit small, so I boiled for 7 min.
Drain the nuts into a colander. Many of the nuts will have slipped out of the shell. There is also a papery inner sleeve called the pellicle. This pellicle has to be removed; it's very bitter.
-- Image from the blog Vegan for the holidays.
All of my nuts slipped right out of the shell, well there were a few that I had to coax out with a fork, and most of them slipped out free of the pellicle. But there were a few where I had to scrape off the pellicle. There was just one half-nut where the pellicle just wouldn't come off, and I pitched it. You have to peel the chestnuts when they're hot, and work quickly. If they cool too much, they'll be hard to peel.
After peeling, I put them in fresh water and boiled them for another 15 min.
Then I drained and mashed them. After mashing, they're the consistency of ... hmm, they're not creamy. Kinda pasty.
The one pound of nuts yielded about 3 cups of mashed chestnut.
I mixed together about 5 cups of breadcrumbs (I used a 12 oz package of bread cubes, Pepperidge Farm), 1 1/2 cups mashed chestnuts, about a cup of diced onion, a cup of diced celery, 1/4 cup butter, 4 cloves of garlic, 2 tsp dried sage, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon pepper, 2 tsp of salt and about 2 cups of broth.
I sauteed the onion, celery, garlic, spices and salt in the butter, put the breadcrumbs in a big bowl and added the mashed chestnuts. When the onion and celery were starting to get soft, I scraped them into the bowl, added the broth and mixed it up. This all went into a 9X13 cake pan that had been greased with a bit more butter. I covered it with foil and tomorrow I'll bake it covered in a 350°F. for 30 minutes.
I like old-school "lost and injured in wildernesses," "held hostage," "poisoned," "race to get to medical care," "post-action breakdown" "adjusting to being a civilian with bonus PTSD," that sort of thing - I like when the hurt is serious or life-threatening, there's some action, and plenty of comfort at the end. Sholio and Dira Sudis write the sort of thing I like, and of course my Werewolf Marines books are the exact sort of thing I like.
I like canon recs too but already know Sharpe, Dick Francis, Lymond, Hornblower, Modesty Blaise, Eagle of the Ninth, Leverage, Star Trek (any iteration) Star Wars (ditto), Percy Jackson, Pern, Kushiel's Dart, Benjamin January, Attack on Titan, X-Men (especially anything but First Class, but I do also like First Class. I just prefer the comics and first two movies). Would love any fic recs in those canons or probably any book or anime fandom. Like, anything that's ever appeared in Yuletide probably has sufficient context.
For fic, if the story's really great I'll try anything. But I'm picky about MCU (don't like infantilized Bucky, have irrational hatred for Coulson), don't like SGA, Sherlock, or Teen Wolf, and don't know Hamilton, Homestuck, or Steven Universe. Finally, I'm neutral on rape recovery - it's not a plus but it's not a back button either.
I like touch starvation, people feeding each other or helping each other to walk or carrying each other, huddling for warmth, washing each other or washing their hair. And a minimum of vomit.
2. Tomorrow is my early day and I'm not looking forward to that, but I am looking forward to coming home early, so hopefully I won't have to stay late! (Plus it is nice to get in there and get stuff done before there's a bunch of people bothering me.)
3. We had the most hilarious kitten moment tonight. I really wish we had been filming! Chloe was up on the shelves by the mantle and she can jump from there to the love seat now, so she made the jump just fine, and landed next to Carla's foot and then was just super startled by the foot! She just paused in shock for a moment, with this horrified look on her face, and then jumped up onto the back of the love seat. Describing it just really can't do it justice. If we'd been filming, we would have had a hit cat video on our hands for sure.
4. Apparently some people are trying to bring back Glitch? It's called Children of Ur now and if you sign up with the same username you can even have your old avatar! It's really slow and buggy right now and not especially fun to play, but omg I am so excited about the idea of this game coming back!
Boiling this argument down, the articles all have the same core: the mistaken belief that every Muslim -- regardless of personal experience, motive, interpretation of religion, or temperament -- feels that they have an absolute duty to impose Shariah law (or rather, the article writer's limited understanding of such) anywhere they go. Because of this, conclude the article writers, we are facing a cultural assimilation that parallels Isreal and its fight against Helenization and conquest.
The problem with advancing this argument is that it relies on a misunderstanding of... well... civics and religion, two topics highly relevant to this debate. On the civics side, Western countries... most especially the United States... have systems of checks and balances that would prevent any system of religious law from being imposed as a civil legal structure. Is it possible that over time, a polity could infiltrate the shockingly high number of sympathizers required into the branches of government to get them to weaken these rules and thus allow in a religious-based code of law? I suppose it's theoretically possible... but only theoretically. The time and effort and energy required to do this would tax the greatest nations' espionage and war machines to the utmost. Remember that even the best funded intelligence organizations have had very limited success in manipulating other country's politics via spycraft.
On the religious side, the authors of these articles betray a poor understanding of what Shariah actually is. Shariah is a path to be followe which is divided up into three spheres: belief, character and actions. It is not just a legal work; instead it has a great deal to say about one's personal code of conduct. Very few actual verses drawn from the Quran concern themselves with law or legal injunctions. Some actions can be criminalized by the state but most of them are between God and the individual believer.
Where the big misunderstanding comes in is that some countries have criminalized (some of) the violations of Shariah that are between a worshipper and his God. The assumption is drawn from there to the belief that Shariah calls for this criminalization in and of itself.
Thus, Muslims entering or being in North America aren't some sort of 'trojan horse' for Shariah Law. Shariah Law as it is understood (sic) by neoconservatives simply doesn't exist as some global imperative that all Muslims must impose wherever they're standing. It would be very much like assuming all Christians had to forcibly convert their neighbours either by the Book or the Sword... these beliefs gravely misunderstand the religion that they're trying to impune and create boogeymen where they don't actually exist.
Or to put it another way: no, there really isn't a moral way to justify ignoring our fellow humans in need.
Except then Those Who Speak didn't have a whole lot to say today, and I finished work at 6 PM (after a mere five hours of work), which is too early for us to get taxi chits. And my bus route is notoriously unpredictable; it's rare for it to be extremely late or early, but it's usually one or the other, which makes it a pain in bad weather or weather one isn't properly dressed for.
It wasn't so bad, really? Only ten or fifteen minutes of waiting, and then the bus was warm. But somehow I got chilled right through, and I'm still feeling it a bit in my hands even though I came home, put on fleece, had a hot supper, and snuggled under a blanket with Jinksy. I'm a bit boggled over still being cold, TBH.
Tomorrow will be a much longer workday (Wednesdays have the most predictable schedule). And I'll dress more warmly. Yes.
Backtracking a bit, originally Ginny and I planned to go (mainly clothes) shopping yesterday, but we chickened out due to weather. (Maybe we'll go next week.) Yesterday was much warmer than today, but it was rainy and sticky-humid, and getting soggy while relying on transit would be one thing, but that's not a condition in which I want to be trying on clothes.
So instead, yesterday I went to a GP appointment (the one thing about the day's plan that was set in stone), and did some rewriting, and watched the last three episodes of Jessica Jones, which I loved dearly. JESSICA. *starry eyes* TRISH. LUKE. *flails* So wonderful! I'm so glad I managed to get the whole season watched before going back to work today!
On a very different sort of geeky note, this is the first time in a few years that I haven't been excited for a Seanan-book release date--which is because I read Chimera in ARC, so while I'm looking forward to having the finished book on my shelf, it's not a BOOK RELEASE DAY in my head.
Dell personal computers using the preinstalled certificate authority (CA) root certificate (eDellRoot) contain a critical vulnerability. Exploitation of the vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to read encrypted web browser traffic (HTTPS), impersonate (spoof) any website, or perform other attacks on the affected system.
The eDellRoot certificate originated from an update to the Dell Foundation Services (DFS) application on August 18, 2015. As of November 23, that update is no longer being provided. The certificate was also preinstalled on some systems between November 20–23, 2015. Dell is pushing a DFS software update to remove the vulnerable certificate from affected systems.
"Okay. Black tea, chamomile, lavender, vanilla, or other?
Also, is there a beige argyle sweatervest over there somewhere? I have lost my beige argyle sweatervest and it's interfering with my ability to be a huge asshole effectively."
ERB, HAML, and SLIM are not acceptable for my purposes - basically every page needs to be safely and relatively-unchallengingly end-user-customizable.