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14 February 2011 @ 04:31 pm
things I've done lately  
--craved polenta (I can't remember the last time I made any; I keep saying I'm going to, but then I don't have the time, or something. I watched someone make some on a cooking show the other day, though, and now I really want some all over again.)

--made black beans for black bean quesadillas (hey, any ideas what to do with the rest of this cilantro?)

--perplexed my mother with my audible squeaks when I heard the beginnings of Mumford & Sons' "The Cave" last night on the Grammys (I was on the phone with her, so I missed the artist announcement. "You know who those guys are?" she asked.)

--reread part of Wuthering Heights for class

--yelled "I hate everyone in this novel!" several times
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tempestsarekind: austen snark is the best snarktempestsarekind on February 15th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
They really do! And I always find myself thinking, "what did *I* do to deserve their company for the time it takes to read this novel?"
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on February 15th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
::snerk:: It is funny how much I love Wuthering Heights despite my intense dislike for every single character in it.
tempestsarekind: very few dates in this historytempestsarekind on February 15th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
I recognize that it's a great literary achievement; I just find myself deeply uncomfortable reading about that much deliberate cruelty. Ah well. :)
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on February 15th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can't blame you there. The people who annoy me are the ones who claim it's some sort of epic love story (coughSMeyercough). There is, as you say, far too much cruelty in it for that.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on February 15th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yes--WH is not a love story, or at least not one that anyone rational and functioning should want to be in. (Which...leaves Bella in the running, I suppose.)
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on February 15th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
It is true that she is neither rational not functioning. ;)
viomisehuntviomisehunt on February 15th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC)
Coming to your house for lunch. Will bring Cuervo, or there is a wonderful, gentle pear nectar from a local winery. How about Cilantro, red bell peppers, wild rice, red onions, white fish, tomatoes, and a couple of eggs and home made tortillas? Wok.

Oh yeah, Wuthering Heights. It's almost a parody of itself now, which is sad. It is definitely one of the works that you have to read and recall the challenges of family and the era Emily Bronte faced. But those characters are difficult to like, and from what we read of the Bronte Sisters, having to live with, even love difficult people was an everyday part of their lives.

Edited at 2011-02-15 07:06 am (UTC)
tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on February 15th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I hadn't thought about making fish and using the rest of the cilantro in that. Thanks!

(Pear nectar sounds really good. I don't usually drink alcohol, but I might make an exception for something like that.)

I get that Wuthering Heights is an exceptional achievement; it's just that reading it makes me feel bad. Which is going to make it hard to teach... I don't think I did the best job last time, so I want to be extra-prepared.
viomisehuntviomisehunt on February 15th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oh - cilantro and fresh ground ginger not together -- depends on how you're making the dish and the other ingredients -- take the wild edge off fish, unless you enjoy that flavor.

The Pear Nectar I was very surprised -- had some at very nice, but small Italian Resturant here. I love pears, but pear juice tends to be fiberous and sweet. And Nectar makes you think light syrup. Think more Mountain Rain Water -- just very cool, sweet but not overwhelming and refreshing.

Wuthering Heights is depressing. Don't envy you having to teach it.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on February 15th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
But it'll be over by the end of the week, so there's that to look forward to. :)
harder, harder, hardest; i am the artist: cooking - housedyke - made by meradiantbaby on February 16th, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
Mmm, polenta. *rubs belly*

As for the cilantro, I seem to remember last time I ended up with a bunch of it, I put it in a pesto. Maybe that would work for you?
tempestsarekind: captain jack harkness: MAKES THE TEA!tempestsarekind on February 16th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking my weekend plans will have to include polenta now.

Pesto might work--thanks!