Pause Live TV

July 13, 2007

And no, its not an oxymoron, moron.

So I got a little, well big present yesterday.  A Philips DVD recorder with built in hardrive.  Nifty little bit of kit, I got it so I can record every single Chelsea match this season, starting on Saturday at 2am with our first preseason game in america.  I intend to build the ultimate Chelsea football library and maybe even try and tackle an end of season review compilation this year.

Still doing the Vegan thing, its going fine, though i was tempted by a slice of the girls takeaway pizza last night.  I resisted though!

Also got The God Delusion in paperback yesterday, I’m looking forward to starting that next along with A book on Muhammad Ali and the latest Stephen King.  We’ll see, I didnt read anything yesterday so I’m slacking in that respect.  I keep wanting to go fiddle with my new toy heh.

I suppose I should get some decent video editing software too, I recorded my first DVD from Chelsea TV, a ’94 game between The Blues and Man U.  Came out perfectly.  It should do too, it was expensive.

I had a vegan pasty from the health food shop, it was yummy, then had vegan burgers for dinner, all bought from the deli of that shop.  They were different but tastey, the burgers were like chilli burgers.

Thats about it.

‘A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.’
– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Romance

July 4, 2007

They say romance is dead, but did we really ever have it?  And if we did, when was that time?  Does anyone really believe that classic romance novels were true to life…  I had a convo with someone very close to me about it today and it went something like this:

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I’ve just been grabbing up the easy to read romance ones lately when I get the urge to read
I can skim and finish them in a night heh

are they romantic?

hm
some have their parts

i dont know what i find romantic, i dont think its the classical romance though

Depends on the person and the approach
Flowers can be hella cheesy or romantic, all depending

what i try to do to be romantic isnt what i find romantic
thats a good idea for a blog….

Do what you find romantic, otherwise it’s just not gonna come off as romantic at all heh

it does lol

k 😛

maybe i find the romance in doing things i think are romantic, and by getting the reaction, i find that romantic

Reactions are usually necessary yep heh

then thats probably it, maybe i find nothing romantic myself

I’m sure there’s things done to you or with you that you that you find romantic

maybe

I think the problem is people have this vision of candles and roses and soft music and it’s hard to break from that at times

what is romantic really? just something that makes you feel heightened love/affection?

To me romance is touching and considerate, that promotes love and affection sure but it’s more about the little things
You can act all heroic to gain love and affection but that’s not romance

i dont think i have heroic lol

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So I don’t think I’m any closer to figuring it out, would probably help thinking about it, which I havent done since I spent the afternoon napping.

Watched a film last night, Wild At Heart.  My dad always raved about it.  I didn’t like it at all.

It’s the first out of two things I have read/seen in the past 24hrs that I have found contrived and trying too hard to be something.  What is the need for that?  Isnt subtle good enough for most things these days?  Sure we need the burst of over the top from time to time, but is it entertaining for a whole two hours?  Or all the way through a story?  Variety is definately one of the spices of life.

One good thing did come out of it though, it’s punchline or tag or whatever the technical term for it is, it makes a good quote: ‘ This whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.’  I do like that.

Ok, time to bore you with the vegan thing, after an average lunch, its time for dinner, well shortly….. so what culinary delights do I have in store, well this one:

Pasta Twirls with Black Olives and Roasted Artichoke Hearts

This is a slight adaptation of a recipe from Lynn Weller’s Vegetarian Food For Friends. My changes decrease the fat and simplify preparation. Don’t use cheap canned tomatoes in this dish – the extra few pence for a good brand really makes a difference. I like Cirio brand. You can get away with cheaper olives, if you wish, though. If you can’t get fresh basil, just leave it out – dried basil will only detract from the fresh flavours of the barely-cooked tomatoes.

Serves 2

  • 200g (7oz) pasta twirls or quills (wholemeal pasta works well)
  • 1 x 400g (14oz) can of artichoke hearts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 400g (14oz) can of good chopped tomatoes
  • 12 black olives, stoned and roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp vegan pesto (available from health food shops)
  • freshly-ground black pepper
  • a few fresh basil sprigs, to garnish (optional)

Put the pasta on to cook in plenty of boiling water – read the directions on the packet to see how long it will need to go for.

Meanwhile, carefully rinse and drain the artichoke hearts, gently squeezing out any liquid trapped between the layers, but being careful not to squash them. Cut into quarters, put into a grill (broiler) pan or baking dish, drizzle with the olive oil, and mix gently with your hands, at all times being careful to keep the pieces from falling apart. Put under a grill (broiler), and roast, stirring once or twice, until golden. It doesn’t matter if they’re done before the pasta; just turn off the grill and leave them there to keep warm.

When the pasta is done, drain it well in a drainer or sieve, leaving the pasta in the drainer for now. Return the empty pasta pan to a medium-low heat and add the chopped tomatoes, olives and pesto. Mix well and heat through for 2 minutes. Return the pasta to the pan and mix well, then gently stir in the roasted artichoke hearts. Heat gently for a further 30 seconds or so, until heated through, then serve, garnished with fresh basil sprigs if you wish.

I picked it out, sounds nice to me.

Is there ever a good note to end on?  Probably not, unless I make you go away feeling good about yourself and I’m not in the mood for masturbating you.  So until next time.

‘A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.’

– Oliver Wendell Holmes…