Who says early morning interneting isn’t productive? Saves you time later in the day!
Ha! If only were true. The internet is a constant source of stimuli. Well I have to be good and log off of tumblr now so I can arrive to work before 930!
I just love wax seals and like Tommen could happily stamp documents all day long. I have wax seals with HBO direwolf, ghostrelic's hound and bird sigil, the marching song sigil, and now personal sigils of bubug and myself for the hardback copy of Marching Song.
I wanted to use these to “sign” the book for fans, as well as the corporate publishing house logo on the spine (the way penguinbooks have the penguin mascot). Both sigils were drawn by bubug. Her sigil is taken from her illustration “How’s the Water" and mine was inspired by my wedding stationery which was illustrated by John Wary who also was the artist that painted the rabbit I use as my fandom avatar.
I get them custom made via etsy seller HappyJewelrySupplies. Just send her a jpg of your design (you can use any free clipart you find with your text) and about $20USD. While those wax candle sticks I have in the marching song stationery kit are very pretty, I admit I use a glue gun with wax cartridges as its so much easier to work with.
Images via Ten Speed Press
Afraid of vegetables? (YES. Yes, I am.) Don’t know what to do beyond sautee-with-garlic? (YES THAT’S ME.) Yotam Ottolenghi is here to help! Check out his interview on Weekend Edition Sunday — and then try this seriously amazing-looking recipe for peas with sorrel and mustard. And then tell me where the heck to buy sorrel.
Recipe: Peas With Sorrel And Mustard
(Serves four as a side dish.)
10 1/2 ounces/300 grams fresh or defrosted frozen green peas
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 teaspoon superfine sugar
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups/220 grams green onions, white and green parts, trimmed and sliced on the diagonal into 3/8-inch-/1-centimeter-thick slices
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds, toasted
6 tablespoons/75 grams Greek yogurt
3 1/2 ounces/100 grams sorrel leaves and stems, coarsely shredded
Bring a pan of water to a boil, add the peas, and blanch for just 30 seconds. Drain into a colander, refresh under cold water, and set aside.
Place both mustards in a small bowl with the sugar, 3 tablespoons water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix together to form a smooth paste and set aside.
Place a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add the oil. Once hot, add the green onions and garlic and fry for 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Turn down the heat to low and add the mustard sauce, peas, 2 teaspoons of the mustard seeds, and the yogurt. Stir for 1 minute until everything is well mixed and the yogurt is warmed through. Remove from the heat, stir in the sorrel, and serve at once, with the remaining 1 teaspoon mustard seeds sprinkled on top.
this looks great. I’ve been meaning to try Ottolenghi recipes. Especially his Za’atar Roast Chicken with Green Tahini Sauce.
The UK is 8 hours ahead and I’m jet lagged. I got up at 430 am for the past 3 days. So now I am a morning person. I’ve always wanted to be one, believing that such a habit would a corrective to my innate indolence. Prior to this I would wake up at 830am, get dressed, drive 30 mins, then slink into work at 930am feeling terribly sheepish.
I haven’t done anything productive so far other than run though tumblr, reddit, metafilter. But one morning, I’ll stop dicking around and do something worthwhile. Yeah…
Well I’m back from Scotland! I do have lots of pics, but they all kind of look like the above. Suffice to say Scotland leaves you gasping at its beauty until the concept of “scenic” loses something its meaning as every where the eye looks, there is that adjective.
My favorite parts:
the Bealach na Ba Road from Applecross to Lochcarron. This was such a beautiful drive, more so than Glencoe imho. The guidebooks and trip adviser reviews called it harrowing but I thought that was an exaggeration. If you can drive stick, then tracing the roads isn’t that hard.
The Isle of Skye - breathtaking. Mountains, sea, grass, lakes.
Edinburgh - what a pretty city and so easily walkable. Lots of rich history too.
Landmark Trust properties - Castles, forts, follies, towers and cottages. I’ve stayed at these places in Ireland and Scotland. They are a treat.
Scottish people - friendlier in my limited experience than the strangers I encountered in Ireland and England. Chatty too in an American way rather than the reserved stereotype.
Butter - so superior. 63words asked me to write a smuttish story about eating butter here. It’s one of my 2014 goals!
Cullen sink soup - I really liked this soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. Tastes like New England Clam Chowder.
My not so favorite parts:
Odd business hours - things would be open haphazardly, half the week, a few hours only. Though perhaps my viewpoint is spoiled by the culture of 24 hour convenience in America. Beware a lot of historical attractions close after Oct 15 for the winter.
Food - don’t get me wrong, I ate decent. Fish, lobster, squat lobster, langoustines, scallops (with their foot, which Americans consider offal), mussels - all excellent quality. But eating decent was a challenge outside of Edinburgh. There’s good food here, but the execution is either dead simple (Scottish - the secret ingredient was salt) or dreadful (any other cuisine, including American or Italian). I preferred just having a salad at home because dining out was an expensive mistake.
Culture - there weren’t as many cultural things to do compared to England and Ireland. There’s not a lot of people here so the towns (especially up in Caithness and Sutherland) are rather bereft. There’s a Spar grocery store, there’s a post office, there’s a chippy, that’s it!
"Who gives a shit about seals, they’re as common as pigeons" - a quote from my husband. After a while, the ubiquity of certain things made us go "meh"
Who needs a hairbrush when you’ve got momma.
img via ratia ranch
Did you see any of these on your travels kimberlite8??
The Highland coo! Yes I did! Though they aren’t as common in the Highlands as the regular old cow. I was close to one and thought of stepping out of the car and taking a picture, but the steer gave me the meanest look. The sheep were much more friendly looking so I bought Kian a sheep toy instead :)
Oh, they look lovely! I envy your co-workers, too. :3 How delightful that you bring back food from your vacation as gifts for your office mates. In Japan, these gifts are called “omiyage” - you seem to have mastered the art of omiyage already!
I brought them to work today, my first day back. But someone else brought cookies from their vacation. They were better! Drats! Out cookied!
I won’t lie I envy your co-workers! It sounds like they are in for a real treat!
:) I have enough shortbread from Scotland to last me a good six months, I’m spreading the wealth!
We do this at work too - you have some lucky coworkers!
I love eating souvenirs. Best thing to bring back from vacation imo because it doesn’t take up permanent space.
Mmmm shortbread. The problem with your fancy shortbreads is they ain’t in the shape of little doggies like walkers : (
Haha! I admit when you sent the walkers in the shape of yorkies, my heart melted a little. So cute to eat!
we have the same tradition at work, isn’t it the best?? As far as the shortbread, we usually get the Duchy brand - I think you can even get it stateside, but I am not sure.
The Duchy brand was my favorite because the texture and flavor were just right. Stateside you say? That would be awesome! I have to go and look for them.
The Duchy are some of my faves. They have a lavender shortbread that I like to serve when I have guests for tea. :)
What is your fav? Oh, darn it! I only went to Waitrose once at the start of my trip. I really regret not buying more. I would love to try lavender flavor, so fancy!
I met this twerking, albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of four known albino Ravens in the whole world.
Pearl lives in this woman’s house. The handler has a permit, and the bird is property of the government (like hawks and falcons). She is affiliated with the California Wildlife Center. Every time the handler stopped petting Pearl she started cawing. She really likes affection.
I keep thinking, a white raven! Autumn has come!
Shireen gave a brave little nod. “Mother said the white raven means it’s not summer anymore.”
“That is so, my lady. The white ravens fly only from the Citadel.” Cressen’s fingers went to the chain about his neck, each link forged from a different metal, each symbolizing his mastery of another branch of learning; the maester ’s collar, mark of his order. In the pride of his youth, he had worn it easily, but now it seemed heavy to him, the metal cold against his skin. “They are larger than other ravens, and more clever, bred to carry only the most important messages. This one came to tell us that the Conclave has met, considered the reports and measurements made by maesters all over the realm, and declared this great summer done at last. Ten years, two turns, and sixteen days it lasted, the longest summer in living memory.”
Hello! Sorry to bother you again, but I've started translating the first chapter of Running Hunting (I'm about halfway through) (I have so many things to say about your writing style by the way, it's magnificent, but it would not fit in an ask, so maybe another time) and I was wondering if you could give your interpretation of the title? I want to be able to translate it correctly, while taking into account the idiomatic sense. Thanks!
No bother at all! I’m really excited about your translation, please let me know if I can be of any help.
As for the title “Running with the Hare and Hunting with the Hound” has two connotations:
(1) the idiomatic phrase “running with the hare and hunting with the hounds” refers to supporting both sides of two opposing positions. This is an allusion to the duality of Sandor Clegane who becomes two people in this story - the Hound an amoral, cynical killer and Sandor the part of him that cries out for something gentle.
(2) sexual pursuit. Sansa is symbolically “the hare” and in the story I refer to how she’s a “bagged rabbit” - unhappily ensnared by Littlefinger in her waking life and pursued by the Hound in her coming of age girly wet dreams (which are canonical). Also the word “hunting” refers to sexual pursuit - the medieval term venery refers to both hunting animals and the search for sexual pleasure. Sandor alludes to this meaning when he says he’s never hunted (I stole that bit of dialogue from the show).
I tried to wrap these meanings all together when I conceived of the cover for Running with the Hare and Hunting with the Hound (illustrated by JDarnell).
There’s a hare skeleton on the left hand side, the Hound helm on the right hand side. Sansa’s fingertips are red, representing her maiden’s blood and in her hair are naked, sexually ecstatic versions of herself. The cicadas and the weirwood branch refers to the penultimate chapter of the story, where the narrative agent is revealed.
at my office people always bring back food gifts when they return from vacation. most of my coworkers are foodies and we’re a bitchy bunch tbh. a coworker brought back chocolates from his trip to vienna and they were terrible and he hasnt managed to live down the shame of bringing back the “russell stover’s” of viennanese chocolate. with that pillorying in mind i knew i could only bring back the best of scottish shortbread. i bought my shortbread from house of bruar, that shopping honeypot off the A9 which made my heart skip a beat with its glorious foodmarket (everything else not food was kinda geriatric in its tastes). i bought three brands (1) shortbread house of edinburgh - purveyor of shortbread to fortnum and masons and fancy department stores (2) reids of caithness - this brand is hard to find, esp outside the north. i bought it because the guardian did a shortbread taste test and it was the runaway favorite (3) duchy - prince charles’s brand. yes, he has a food company and you can buy the stuff at waitrose which is like the uk whole foods.
i didnt buy any walkers because its so ubiquitous but it was my baseline for what shortbread should taste like. i thought all three were better than walkers but only by about 25% better - so really walkers is pretty good. they all had their merits, i loved the range of flavors of (1) especially chocolate and orange and i bought a whole bunch of lemon for sansan friends (2) had the best butter flavor and (3) was my personal preference as it was a little sweeter (though not as sweet as an american cookie), i liked the thinness and the way the light sprinkling of sugar gave it a slight crunch.