What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
|I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.||
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I have been using ground turkey as a substitute for ground beef a lot recently. I have never made meatballs of any kind. It seems you can pack them too hard if you aren’t careful and they can fall apart if you don’t pack them tightly enough. I usually end up making meat sauces.
We waited 1 hour and 20 minutes to be called back for my father’s appointment. Then, we waited in the treatment room. We left the office 2 hours and 15 minutes after his appointment time. I don’t know if I have ever been taken at the appointed time.
I will be trying to find a substitute position tomorrow and Friday. So, that means I’ll be up at 5 AM pecking away on the computer looking for a position. Except for having to get up at 5 AM going to work is less work than staying home.
Was watching a 1954 epidsode of “Your Hit Parade” on archive.org and one of the songs played was
“This Old House” It is one of my favorites from one of my favorite tv shows when growing up. It lasted on
tv till 1959. By the way the original Snooky was on this show. Snooky Lanson.
This is a great little piece I found on the archive site. I think the across the ponders will enjoy it.
Late lurk. :)
I have been doing heavy duty laundry. The bed sheets, towels, and all the laundry is done.The DS was so happy. He had taken over most of the household chores while I was sick but I now that feel almost 100%…. I took a lot of pleasure in doing housework, laundry and cleaning. I feel very accomplished. It has been weeks that I been doing minimal housework. Mostly only the cooking or baking. :/
It’s very late. I’m need to go to bed. I just wanted to say hello. :)
Good night Leaky.
Ironsos You were quite right, that was a fascinating piece. I didn’t go to the Festival of Britain but my older sister did, and bought me an excellent jigsaw puzzle made of wooden pieces, not stiff card like we have today. The outside world seemed so remote to me in those days, we didn’t own a television and trips to the cinema were rare, so my only contact was the radio and newspapers. I didn’t even travel to school, it was just a five minute walk from my house. I enjoyed the commentary written from the point of view of an eminent architect. Bomb sites in my city were still to be seen in ’60’s and a lot of rebuilding was done after I left home in l966. Looking back, the 60’s has a bad name in architectural terms because of the building of high-rise flats which proved to be unpopular thirty years later and were demolished, and many historical buildings were lost in Shrewsbury which was regretted in later years.
Roger Lloyd Pack who played Barty Crouch Senior in Goblet of Fire, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 69.
More rain. And I am not good company tonight. I am tired and feeling low, and a little bit resentful. It would be nice if someone looked after me for a change. I cannot be strong all the time.
Sad news about Roger Lloyd Pack. He is primarily remembered here as Trigger in the incomparable Only Fools and Horses, and also as Owen in The Vicar of Dibley. Daughter had to be reminded of the part he played in HP!! I wasn’t aware he was poorly.
MM, I am so pleased that you are feeling well enough to take full control again! I know your DS does a lot around the house, as does mine, but I understand your pleasure in taking care of the house and of him. xx
Lady Hawke and Graymayne, I have never used minced turkey, or made my own meatballs. I would worry about the turkey being very dry. How do you counteract that? Just with the sauce?
I cooked an economy meal tonight……sausage casserole, with onions, baked beans, kidney beans and a tin of tomatoes, served with a jacket potato. There is enough left for the same again tomorrow. One week ’til payday!!
ASTI, you have my empathy and my sympathy.
I had a vary tiring day. I substituted for a theatre teacher at a high school. I left home hopeful of a pleasant day doing something fun. As it turns out this particular school does not allow substitutes into the theatre building. So, I had no classroom and no theatre in which to spend my day. Instead, I had a push cart on which were loaded the theatre text books and I shunted from one unused space to another throughout the day. I was in a biology lab for one period but spent most of my day in the school cafeteria perched on a small round mushroom like stool which was connected to the lunchroom table by a steel bar. So, there was no ability to adjust it at all. These tables and stools are built for comfort. They are built for the utility of enormous numbers of students passing through each day, none of them staying more than 22 minutes. I was sitting on one most of my day. My back and legs are screaming.
To add insult to injury the teacher had left a pile of worksheets for the students to complete. There were no theatre exercises, no running of scenes, nothing active, nothing fun. I had to do what I do most of the time, force resistant students to do piles of written work they know full well is busy work at which the teacher will never look.
I am so glad to be home. I will try to remember never to substitute for the theatre teacher at this school ever again. It was quite disappointing. When I have substituted for theatre teachers at other schools we went to the theatre and played at theatre activities.
I’ve never had a problem with dry ground turkey. I do tend to use ground turkey in recipes with sauces.
R.I.P. Roger Lloyd Pack. I thought he was an excellent choice for a Ministry man in Goblet of Fire. I haven’t watched Fools and Horses but he was always popping up playing character parts on TV.
Asti and Lady Hawke The turkey mince was thigh meat, a very different texture from breast meat, and it wasn’t dry. I added crumbed three- day-old bread, finely chopped half an onion, dried basil and oregano (half a teasp each approx), salt and ground black pepper and one beaten egg to bind. I didn’t mix it with my hands, too squeamish, just a wooden spatula. I used a stainless steel coffee measure spoon to size and shape the meal balls and cooked them in a greased heavy glass roasting dish, until browned both sides. The spaghetti and the sauce were both cooked separately then everything was assembled on the plates. The most difficult part was cooking the balls because the online recipe stated 175C and a cooking time of 15 mins, but they had started off with a warmed dish, put in while the oven was coming up to temperature. This was a step we overlooked so we added an extra five minutes, but were very dubious about these instructions. Sure enough, the balls were not ready to turn over after twenty minutes so we increased the temperature to 190C, turned them over after 10 minutes, then cooked the second side for 20 minutes, I think. We had to call on common sense and past experience to end up with properly cooked food. My mistake was in making too little sauce, but I was working from memory, not a good idea. However, the balls were tasty, and held together well, tasted great cold the next day, I tried one, and tonight we reheated them in a pyrex basin, covered, for twenty minutes, and ate them with rice and a tomato and mushroom sauce courtesy of Lloyd Grossman from the supermarket.
This afternoon I finally went to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It was mind bogglingly brilliant on all fronts, and the dragon was just the best I have ever seen.
Here is something I stumbled across this morning. The skill involved astonished me.
Graymayne I was wondering how good the Hobbit was. I am wondering if it will be safe to go to the theater. We are having an alarming amount of violence in the theaters right now.
It is snowing again. I let the dogs out around 4:30 AM and it was not snowing. I let them out again later and it was really coming down. We are not suppose to get a lot of accumulation but added to what we got yesterday, it will add up. The worse is the temp is going to drop. It is suppose to snow again tomorrow. I wonder since it is suppose to be in the teens.
I am cheating a bit on dinner tonight. I purchased a ready made curry sauce in a jar, a Vindaloo sauce, and added chicken, mushrooms and onions. I’m making rice and a salad to go with it. There is part of me that feels I ought to make my own sauce all the time but I’m tired.
I arrived at school this morning at 6:45 and I had student for the first three of the four blocks in the day. When lunch finally came it was the last lunch before the teacher’s 4th block planning period. So, once I reached lunch I had put my day in and I was allowed to leave at 12:45 PM. I had been there six hours without a break.
So, I came home and started working on dinner. Now, at 2:40 PM the Chicken Vindaloo is made. The salad had been prepared and the rice is cooking and will be finished in ten minutes. I realized the Chicken Vindaloo would only improve by sitting in the refrigerator for a few hours. Now my afternoon is free.
The man who owns the house across the street called and told me he would bring the offer back on Sunday once his ex-wife signs it. He thought he would have her sign it today and it turns out she is out of town until Sunday. So, it appears this purchase may be moving along. He didn’t mention making any changes or counter offers.
hi Leaky!!!! I have a quick question for those who have seen The Hobbit 2 … is it essential to see it in 3D? Did it add a lot? Thank you!!
HUFF – I will never waste my money on 3D ever again. I just don’t think it’s worth it. There are very few 3D moments and I get a headache. I guess I’m getting too old. :(
I find the regular version much more enjoyable. :)
It’s just my 3D opinion … I have not seen The Hobbit yet. So someone who has seen it may give you a better review.
I’m making pozole again. I love it on a cold night. It’s a nice stew. :)
I have Monday off for Martin Luther King Day. It will be a nice three day weekend. :)
Get this … I went to a Distrct meeting and I was able to hear the principal and secretary have a talk about our good old friend “Senior Clerk”. I was not eavesdropping, they were discussing her with me. They wanted advice. HA!! :(
She is up to her old tricks being rude and uncaring. She was written up and doesn’t seem to get it that she needs to treat people with respect. I remembered my agony of two years ago and I am so relieved that I do not have her in my office anymore. (Has it really been two years??) I am really hoping she doesn’t land back in my office for a few more years. :(. Please pray with me.
It’s my biggest fear.
On another subject … tomorrow is the annual park district banquet. The DS and I really enjoy this. We get to see so many old friends. :)
Huff I only saw the 2D version but it was brilliant with plenty to keep the audience’s attention. I have read about fans who loved seeing the iMAX version.
Lady Hawke I hope the house sale business goes without a hitch.
Thanks MM and Graymayne! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to see it this weekend since I have a ton of stuff to do, but I think it will be still around in 2D next weekend, though it probably won’t be around in 3D past this weekend.
I haven’t seen a 3D movie in a while. the last might have even been Avatar…!!
I hope everyone is doing well! I’ll be lurking… :)
Huff I would not say 3D is essential! There were a few 3D moments, but I thought most of it looked more HD than 3D. I don’t think you would miss much if you watched the 2D instead.
I’ve just finished my re-read of A Discovery of Witches and I was not disappointed: it is still high on my list of favourite books. I enjoy the knowledge of history and science, the feeling of being surrounded by books and the author’s ability to place the reader in the settings and landscapes involved in the story.
Tomorrow I will have to catch up on some deglected housework:(
Today I invested in a bottle of red wine, and used it to cook some special offer braising steak, with onions and grated carrots and a tin of tomatoes, to make a ragu that fed us tonight, and has given me leftovers to freeze down for another two meals. Since Huff ate all the chocolate, I needed some comfort food!!
Graymayne, I am glad you’ve enjoyed your re read. I too will read them both again before getting the third.
MM, keep the “Senior Clerk” stories coming! Her antics are always jaw dropping, and as long as she is not in your office, and effecting you personally, I enjoy reading about what she’s been up to!! Still can’t believe she can’t be sacked! She’s just astonishingly awful.