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tuxette the offer still stands (4 comments)

If you ever want to talk or whatever, send me a mail (tuxette at gmail dot com) and I can send mail, my AIM name, facebook URL, whatever...

more than 6 years ago



tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tuxette writes "This is a recipe from the cookbook Cape Town Food by Phillippa Cheifitz, ISBN 1 86872 716 5. It's very flavorful and hearty. Good stuff for a chilly autumn evening!

Verbatim from the cookbook (I didn't follow it 100% - used less oil and more garlic and spices):

What you need:
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 fat clove garlic, crushed
1 kg peeled and diced pumpkin
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 - 1 cup buttermilk or coconut milk
1 400 g can copped tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Gently cook the onion in the oil with some salt (if desired) until softened but not browned. Stir in the curry powder and garlic, then add the diced pumpkin, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Pour in the stock, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.

Purée with an electric hand blender until smooth. If serving cold, add enough buttermilk to make a suitable consistency. Stir in the tomatoes but do not purée. Check the seasonings and refrigerate.

If serving hot, reheat gently with coconut milk, and add the tomatoes. Check seasoning.

Garnish with a sprinkle of garam masala and chopped coriander leaves. Serve with poppadums.

Serves 8"

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tuxette writes "It's damn annoying when we do defense against chokes maneuvers and your attacker doesn't even choke you properly. When you choke someone, you put your hands around their neck, not on their shoulders. Sheeesh.

Training was otherwise pretty good, though a bit tougher than last time. We did a lot of kick drills in the end, and I still feel like I'm wearing shoes made of cement blocks. Doing that session of SIT this morning probably didn't help much ;-)"



for those of you not on multiply...

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 6 years ago boyfriend of tuxette and I graded successfully to P5 in Krav Maga on Thursday. Next up is G1 and we won't be allowed to grade to that for at least another year :-)


update for those of you who aren't on Multiply

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Let's see...

- The new job (started 3rd of March) is going OK though there are still quite a lot of adjustment pains. At the very least I have close to a carte blanche when it comes to going to external courses and conferences, which is quite cool.

- It's finally warm enough to start running outside. Yay!

- Still doing Krav Maga. Some of you know I missed out last semester due to an injury, but now everything seems to be OK. I'm not sure if I'll go up to P5 this semester though.

- I met an ex-slashdotter/Multiply refugee in real life, making the total to three.

- I've been taking lots of bird photos lately, but I really need to learn how to use my camera properly. It's good to know I'm not short on subjects :-)

- I have mod points :-D

How are you all doing?


the stick of pain

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 6 years ago

You know you're in for a training from hell when the instructor says that he's going to whack you with the stick of pain if your tempo (when doing drills) is too slow...

It was a good training though :-)


lens lens baby

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 7 years ago I got a lensbaby! :-D

The 2.0 to be more precise. I can't wait to start playing around with it...

If you don't know what a lensbaby is or what it can do, click on the product link, or perhaps check out the lensbaby flickr group...

I also got penguin jewelry - the silver one. Apparently, it was the (plush) penguin and owl families that insisted I get this ;-)

Boyfriend of tuxette got one of these, so that he can find himself :-P


moose news

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 7 years ago More crashes in the full moon

Statistics show that a full moon really can "bring out the beast," at least in Norway, where the most collisions between cars and moose occur when the moon is full and the weather is cold.

Norway's state statistics bureau SSB reports that 1,321 moose were killed in traffic accidents during the past year. Most of them occurred in the winter: Statistics reveal three times as many collisions between moose and vehicles in January than in the summer.

Torstein Storaas of Hedmark College, one of Norway's foremost experts on moose, told newspaper Aftenposten that it's not just because it's easier for the moose to move alongside open roads when snow is lying deep in the forest.

It's also, Storaas said, because the moose prefer to eat the twigs and branches of pine and low shrubbery during the winter. "Therefore they need to emerge from the deep fir- and spruce forest," he said. "Unfortunately many claim they also are attracted by the salt spread on highways by road crews."

The moose is also most active during a full moon, although it's not entirely clear why. Moose tend to wander more than usual during a full moon, and not just because the moonlight guides their way. Studies show they're just as active when cloud cover blocks out the moon.

Motorists are thus advised to use extra caution during full moon periods in the wintertime. Subfreezing temperatures, snow in the forest and dry air draw the moose towards roadways, and that's when driving is dangerous.

Many drivers involved in collisions with moose claim the animal suddenly darted across the road, and they didn't have a chance to brake in time. Storaas said that's because the moose are easily stressed by the noise of traffic and headlights, making them unpredictable. They also have trouble moving on hard, icy roads and want to get across as quickly as possible.

Collisions between cars and moose are generally more serious than collisions with other animals, because the moose are so large. They're generally hit in the legs, and then land with full force in the car's passenger compartment.


mod points?

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 7 years ago I didn't finish using the last set I got. And I've only been here a very few times since I wrote my last JE. What gives? ;-)



tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 7 years ago


ENG 6 15 RSA

Whoa... very close match. Scoring only by kicks. Both sides came soooo close to the line but never made it... wow... !!

What was up with the trophy falling apart during the awards ceremony? Hmmm...


Pot Belly

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I posted this on multiply; forgot to post it here. Freshly Ground is a South African group...

watch and listen - it's one of the most beautiful music videos I have ever seen...


I survived Jo'burg...

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

...but not the long flight home. Urgh :-/

See Multiply and all... photos etc. to come later...


the harbinger of things to come...

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Way back when I got my first passport ever, a friend of mine looked at the empty pages and said "this is going to get full of stamps..."

Well, I'm on my second passport now. I just got back from the US Embassy because I had to get new pages put into this passport, as I'm running out of un-stamped pages. Just like I had to do with my first passport...


Norway has a new national bird...

tuxette tuxette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The royal cuckoo.

I already knew she was quite a whackjob, but this time she's really flipped. The worst part is that a lot of people out there actually take her seriously... :-/

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