Thursday, April 17, 2003

A recipe: cheap, easy, quick, deliciosi:
Chilli, rocket and parmesan pasta

serves 4

400g spaghetti
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 large red chillies, seeded and sliced
2 tsps finely grated lemon rind
quarter cup of lemon juice
150g rocket, roughly chopped

half cup finely grated parmesan cheese
sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Cook the spaghetti in a pan of salted and boiling water until al dente. Drain. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add the garlic, chillies, lemon rind. Cook for 1-2 minutes until light golden. Toss with lemon juice, rocket, pasta, half of the parmesan, salt and pepper. Top with remaining parmesan.

There are some good articles in the Observer Monthly this month:
Euan Fergusan
The price of a pork chop
Recipes by Claudia Roden

Not in The Observer, but courtsey of The Guardian, easy recipes from the River Cafe.

Work is marvelous, absolutely marvelous. Senior prac: gone; FFC: busted foot gone for who knows how long; group manager:sick; 3 different assistant directors (of 4): hopped it for easter; director: whhhhoooo?
We are rudderless, almost, there are selfless souls about who are only too willing to jump into the breach and start assuming airs for themselves, whether they are part of our team or not. As I said, work is a marvel and a pleasure and I am only sorry that I now have 9 days off.

I haven't blogged much this week mainly because I have been too bloody knackered, plus as the nights are now light the kids are staying up and running around like lunatics rather than falling asleep in front of the box. Of course, pleasurable as it is to see them all pink faced and out of breath, glowing with health, it does disrupt ones concentration somewhat, especially as they get overtired and start bickering or hurting themselves and generally squealing about the place.
I also got a new printer so have been buggering about with that. My first purchase from e bay and I was mightily impressed, about 40 quid cheaper than pc world and delivered in 2 days, I just hope I can trust the bugger with my card details. While I was at it I got a scanner and have also been buggering about with that.
Mostly though, I have been nosing about on soulseek, which everyone apart from me already knew about probably. This is by far the best file sharing thingy I have come across and browsing the files of others is mesmerising. Needless to say I have been downloading like a bastard. The beauty of it is it seems to have loads of stuff that is very hard to find elsewhere, unless one is prepared to pay for it of course.
My young cyberpal Flavio alerted me to it and I thank him. He also alerted me to a free downloadable cd by Matthew Herbert,: The Mechanics of Destruction . It's worth a listen, what has anyone to lose, he also seems like a cool dude.

The deadline to send out the mefiswap cd was yesterday and mine has gone.....into the bin. The one I did was crap and I couldn't bring myself to send it out. All the songs were good songs in themselves, but the mix was crap. It's a lot harder than it looks. Will try again and take my time, my fellow swappers will have to be patient.

I don't know if it is just my pc but I have noticed on this and other blogs that the haloscan comment box appears to be knackered much of the time, unless you right click and choose open.

Earlier on someone arrived at this blog by typing "curb your enthusiasm cunt" into google. One could take it personally, you know.

The new, as yet unreleased album by Radiohead is widely available on the net. Now I have to confess the charms of this band have largely passed me by. It's not that I like or dislike them, it's more that I have remained blissfully ignorant of their ouvre whilst being aware they are a band of some importance.
Well, this new thing, to be honest it sounds ok, and I am a bit pissed listening to it, but......well, it seems a bit self loving. Good though, I am pleasantly surprised and it knocks Loose Fur which I went on about at the turn of the year into a cocked hat. There is aimless doodling and there is aimless doodling. Let's get doodled!
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