June 12th, 2006


House of Cards...

It was a good time and those of you missed it will be regretting it and not just because you missed some fabulous company. Some of the most devious RP people up here got to see it. I foresee some interesting machinations in HTTF: Masquerade in the future.

Oh, and the best out-of-context quote from the afternoon came from sylvan, "Do chickens even have a G-spot?"

Also, once again, I am struck with the want for House of Cards icons. In particular, "tasty villain" and "You might think that... but I couldn't possibly comment."
Button - Dangerous Smile

Looking for Spotted Dick recipes... as in the pudding, you pervert!

So, my friends discovered this weekend that not only can I cook, I can cook well. I just don't do it very often. However, since nikitalynn has offered to cook a traditional English dinner next weekend, I volunteered to not only bring but make dessert - Spotted Dick.

"Spotted dick is a fine old traditional English dish: a sweet suet pudding, typically cylindrical, and studded with currants or raisins. Its name has made it the target of double entendres as leaden as the pudding itself often is. The first reference to it comes from the Modern Housewife (1849), a cookery book for the middle classes by the French chef Alexis Soyer, who settled in Britain: he gives a recipe, beginning: Plum Bolster, or Spotted Dick--Roll out two pounds of paste...have some Smyrna raisins well washed...' And in 1892 the Pall Mall Gazette reports that the Kilburn Sisters...daily satisfy hundreds of dockers with soup and Spotted Dick'. The origin of dick is not clear, but there are records of its more general use, meaning pudding', in the nineteenth century: an 1883 glossary of Hudderfield terms, for instance, gives Dick, plain pudding. If with treacle sauce, treacle dick. An alternative name, spotted dog, had appeared by the middle of the nineteenth century: For supper came smoking sheep's heads...and "spotted dog," a very marly species of plum-pudding' (C.M. Smith, Working-men's Way in the World, 1854)."
---An A-Z of Food and Drink, John Ayto [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 2002 (p. 321)

Granted I chose this desert specifically for the name because I wanted to see the look on everyone's faces. It was worth it. But now, I need to go the next step, find a good recipe and make it.

Alright people, I'm counting on you - britgeekgrrl and felder especially. I need a recipe and any advice you can give me. Call your great-aunt Tessie if you must, because I really need help here!

Note to self: This recipe from the H2G2 looks pretty good.


I swear to goodness, ever since I decided to go ahead and take my Writing Year Sabbactical, my immediate family has done nothing but surprise the heck out of me. Not only are they supporting me, they are encouraging me. Even with the European trip! I figured it would be the sticking point with my father (financially at the very least) and, instead, he thinks it is a smashing idea.

"The travel plan is also recommended. For ideas, people and places; it's like living research. Nothing beats experiencing the sights and smells that may eventually end up being written about."

They agree with my scheduling, my planning and my over all thoughts. Mom is cautioning me on money. My sister is cautioning me on time management. My father is cautioning me to stay focused on the writing because that is the point of this. But, all of them are waving the pom-poms as wildly as they can otherwise.

I am seeing a side to my family I never knew existed.