Thursday, May 27, 2004
Some of this is clearly a little Cassandra-like in its outlook, but it does appear that the draft machinery is kicking back into gear.

Thursday, May 20, 2004
Seven ways to mark yourself out as an American in Oxford without ever opening your mouth:

1. Read P.G. Wodehouse novels in public. (Also made even worse when you don't know how to pronounce his last name...)
2. Wear white socks with anything except shorts.
3. Wear faded jeans.
4. Wear all-white athletic shoes (not trainer-style street shoes, but actual sneakers)
5. Spend lots of time at the Starbucks inside Borders. (I am *so* guilty of this one myself)
6. Wear flannel shirts.
7. Carry any of the following: an LSAT prep book, a GMAT prep book, a huge purse, a scrunchie, a Coke, or anything 'Von Dutch'.

This public service announcement brought to you by the young 'scholar' I saw today who was doing all of Numbers 1-6 and one Number 7, while telling the people at the table how 'British' he felt. Oy.

Friday, May 14, 2004
Once and for all, when two phenomena appear on the cultural radar-screen at approximately the same time, there is no way to prove that one thing causes another. Making a link between reality television and the abuse of prisoners in Iraq is about as sensible as making the same link between the West Nile virus and TiVo, which is why articles such as this one make me so angry.

Say it with me: 'No evidence. Just conjecture.'

If you want an excellent example of a culture that has even more degrading and squirm-producing television, look no further than Japan. Funny how people aren't drawing the conclusion that 'debasing' reality television there is *preventing* human rights abuses among Japanese military personnel... but it's just as valid a conclusion.

Sunday, May 09, 2004
Update to the last post: after much searching, I found that Quorn is only sold in one form that is compatible with my recipe, if you live in the US: the 'Naked Cutlet', which can be sliced or chopped into pieces that will do just fine.

[You CANNOT use the nuggets or the breaded cutlets for the recipe.]

I also see from a little investigation that 'Naked Cutlets' aren't sold very many places, so if you happen to be lucky enough to find them, grab them!

Saturday, May 08, 2004
Thanks to a mouth-watering piece on The Splendid Table, I've spent the past 4 days figuring out a good way to make a vegetarian 'chicken' salad that stands on its own merits. Finally, I've come up with a more than passable version that is worth trying, especially since it's really healthful and very low in fat. I realise that this will be easier to make in the UK, since Quorn products are so much easier to find here (as shown conclusively after Dan's and my visit to Florida a few weeks ago), but it's worth trying to find the chicken-style pieces.

My version has a little more crunch than the Splendid Table version and isn't as sweet-- it's more like a traditional chicken salad, but with a kick.

Punjabi Not-chicken Salad (Serves 3 or 4)

1 300 g package Quorn chicken-style pieces
1 passion fruit (ripe)
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped into very small cubes
15 red grapes, chopped coarsely
1/4 c. fresh cilantro (coriander)
1/8 c. fresh mint
1 1/2 c. low-fat mayonnaise
2-3 t. light soy sauce
1.5 t. Punjabi curry spices (or any mild Indian spice mix)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook the Quorn thoroughly (in microwave, if you prefer).
2. Mix together spice mix and soy sauce, mayonnaise, cilantro, and mint.
3. Add cooked Quorn, apples, grapes, and all the passion fruit seeds.
4. Mix thoroughly and serve on good crusty bread or crispbread.

PS- If you enter this recipe in a contest, I will hunt you down.

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