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December 26th, 2006
01:27 pm

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2006-12-17 Clique Christmas dinner.

Finally got around to writing up the veg dishes I made for this year's Clique Christmas dinner! Unfortunately I didn't get to eat any of them, since we actually had it at lunchtime this year, and not at my house, and I did all the prep the night before and was then too tired the next day to go back and partake.

  • Spiced roast parsnips
  • Mashed sweet potato with spring onion and coriander
  • Leeks in stilton
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Beetroot and ricotta puree
  • Braised savoy cabbage with bacon and apples
  • Mushroom gravy

a_rob_z did the roast potatoes so I didn't have to. I believe the meat options were ham boiled in Coke, and was there a chicken too?

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November 28th, 2006
09:06 pm

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2006-11-25 Dinner party.

I wrote a lot more than this, but my laptop crashed, and livejournal's “restore from saved draft” feature didn't work. So here is the short version. If you have the capability to track comments on a post then you might want to do it to this one, since I'll comment with the things that the first version of this post had to say about the dishes/organisation when I get the energy. People who were there: please make comments in support! e.g. things I may have told you about the dishes, or what you thought of them. Wah.

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October 8th, 2006
05:17 pm

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2006-10-07 Dinner party.

Hello! I had another dinner party. Those present were arkady, claudacity, ewtikins, marnameow, mzdt, puffinry, redcountess, reddragdiva, rjw1, and uon.

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July 23rd, 2006
05:49 pm

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2006-07-22 Dinner party - around the Mediterranean.

Yes, I actually had a theme for this one. I started off thinking “Moroccan”, and then I sort of expanded it around the Mediterranean a bit. Attendees were baratron, CL WINOLJ, julietk, rjw1, uon, and vampwillow.

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  • Baba ganoush
  • Broad bean dip
  • Stuffed vine leaves (bought)
  • Smoked sundried tomatoes (bought)
  • Merguez sausages on sticks
  • Breadsticks (bought)
  • Crudites: yellow peppers, cucumber, carrots, celery

Interlude

  • Chilled mint and cucumber shooter

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June 5th, 2006
02:38 pm

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2006-05-27 Savoury Thai ice cream.

This was my first entry to vegan_cookoff in ages. It did pretty badly in the voting, but then the winner was really very good, and something I could have seen myself coming up with. The full set of entries is here. Most people I've fed this to don't like it as much as I do. It's sort of a bit like a deconstructed Thai stirfry; you have peanuts, lime, chilli, tofu, and so on, but not put together in the way you would normally expect.

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June 4th, 2006
09:35 pm

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2006-06-03 Dinner party.

I'm posting about this one right now because otherwise I'll forget the details. Attendees were aca (a last-minute replacement for an overtired billyabbott), alan1957, indigoelectron (my sister Liz, who a number of you have met, and who was forced to create a livejournal account last night), lusercop, mirrorshard, rjw1, taimatsu, and uon. Cookery minions for the evening were mirrorshard and uon.

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  • Soy-sauced sunflower seeds
  • Parmesan crisps
  • Spinach and feta parcels
  • Chickpea, chilli, and coriander cakes
  • Creme fraiche and stilton dip
  • Tzatziki
  • Coriander dip
  • Breadsticks (bought ones) and crudites: yellow pepper, green pepper, cucumber, and celery

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  • Sweet and sour plaice
  • Red pepper and Puy lentil stew
  • Mushroom and tofu stew
  • Coconut rice
  • Braised cabbage with cider, honey, and wholegrain mustard
  • Roasted curried cauliflower
  • Stirfried carrots with cumin and lime
  • Green beans with olive oil, garlic, and tomatoes
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Edit: Photos by rjw1.

I have no tickyboxes at the moment, so please comment and let me know what you think you might like from that lot!

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May 7th, 2006
09:58 pm

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2006-04-28 Dinner party - Total lack of a theme.

Many apologies for taking so long to post about this one; it was over a week ago. rjw1 just prodded me. I didn't have a theme for this one, which explains why there was a bit of repetition in ingredients and preparation methods. I don't think anyone else noticed this.

Participants were friend_of_tofu, hazyjayne, my sister Liz WINOLJ(Y), Martin WINOLJ, rjw1, trishpiglet, and uon.


Photo by rjw1 - lentil bites and fresh coriander chutney.

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The parsnip chips were fantastic. I made them again a couple of days ago, and they weren't as good because I had too much spice mix and it overpowered the vegetable flavour. I think I was just lucky with the dinner party version; I don't think this is a recipe that it's easy to get right until you've made it a few times.

I added some squeezy garlic to the almond pate; never tried this before, and it was really really good. It added flavour but also contributed to the light texture. Really good.

The salmon coulibiac nearly fell apart entirely, but I did not panic, and I rescued it. The chickpea and peanut stew was referred to as "the chickpea and courgette curry" by everyone, because I put more courgette in it than I'd intended. It was more popular than I'd expected.

The mushroom rice was based on my baked rice recipe. I added some sliced mushrooms to that, and they floated to the top and browned very nicely.

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February 17th, 2006
07:08 am

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Snake Soup.

snake_soup exists. (See here if you missed what this is all about.) Please sign up! Because of the idea behind it as a friends-of-friends community, I've got it set up so membership is moderated. All this means (I think) is that I get emailed when someone joins and I have to go and tick a little box or something to say yes. I will happily tick the little box for any account which is either a friend of this journal or an alternate account of an account which is a friend of this journal (if that was too confusing then what I mean is that if you have more than one livejournal account then feel free to join up with all of them if you like).

PS - joining doesn't seem to automatically add the community to your default view; I don't know why. You have to do it yourself.

I'm away this weekend (from a few hours after posting this until Sunday, probably evening) so don't be alarmed if I seem to be ignoring your membership request - I'll sort them out when I get back. The community is also set so nobody can post at the moment - when I get back on Sunday I'll switch it so members can post, and make a post there inviting people to post an introduction and a few (or a lot of) words about whether they'll be using the community to help them pursue some kind of cooking-related goal or not, and if so, what it is. Then when it gets to be March we can start posting the actual Stuff.

Things I could do with some input on:

  • I'm not sure what to set the name, journal title, or journal subtitle to.
  • I don't have any userpics for it; anyone feeling creative?
  • I don't know if it's worth buying it some paid time - if I do, and make all the members into maintainers, then we can all post polls in it. Actually, yes, I think I've just talked myself into this one. Will sort it out on Sunday. Having us all as maintainers has other benefits too.
  • Do I need to condense the guidelines from the original shall-we-do-this post into something to stick into the userinfo, or is the link I've put there enough?

Don't think I've forgotten anything important; if I have then please shout.

Hurrah! How exciting!

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February 7th, 2006
05:10 pm

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More on nou-and-some-other-people cook.

We seem to have decided to go ahead with the community experiment. Hurrah! The only thing that still needs to be decided is the name. I still like "snake_soup", and I also like elvum's suggestion of eclectic_marrow, so the choice is between these. Please vote. Feel free to: argue the case for your favourite name in comments, vote twice or once or not at all, vote tactically, vote however you like - I'm just going to pick the one with the most votes. (Please refrain from arguing about voting systems...) If there's a tie then I'll decide between them.

Voting closes whenever I get up and to a computer on Tuesday 14th February.

I want to vote for...

snake_soup
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February 5th, 2006
07:47 pm

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nou-and-some-other-people cook?

alan1957 suggested in a discussion on my post about chicken that a livejournal food community based roughly around my friends list might be fun.

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