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John Napier 698 wrote:
My goodness! It's like we have a cook's mini-convention here. :)

I love talking about different ways to cook things, as I get a lot of new ideas. I love improvising and creating new recipes so any idea is very welcome.

Edit: Good night, John!!! *hugs*


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I made some antipasto salad for the first time this weekend. I was asked to bring it to an Italian potluck dinner Saturday evening. It came out pretty good, but I neglected to check how many servings it made >.<

Although I think 50 servings is a bit optimistic, I will be eating antipasto for the rest of the week, LOL.


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Oooh! That's cooking the Galician way xD

We are famous for inviting 30 people to a meal, cook for 60 just in case 40 people come and we end being 20.

And when everybody is done eating we bring all the food in the house to the table (cheese, ham, etc.) just in case someone is still hungry.

Then the deserts are served.

Then the coffee.

Then some spirits.

When we are done eating it's dinner time. But nobody wants to have dinner anyway.

I've been to meals and parties in other places in Spain and I always felt like there wasn't enough food. I mean... we didn't leave hungry but... there weren't enough leftovers! And there wasn't enough of each dish to replenish the plate for 3 times!!!

Also, when my friends from other places come they are amazed on how abundant our party meals are.

I always thought it to be excessive and laughed when my family did it. But even if I am very measured with food rations when cooking everyday, I've realized that I do exactly the same when cooking for guests.


yeah it's hard to cook small when you aren't sure of the party size. And everyone had a good time and brought nice Italian dishes.


Italian food is one of my soft points. I love it. Even when I am cooking things that are not typically Italian sometimes I give them an Italian touch with some spices or Italian cheese.


In sadder news my kombucha mother perished :/

Kombucha explanatory link

I enjoyed the flavor, and the purported health benefits were an added bonus, although the science is still out on them. Still, gut bacteria are important. Sadly, my mother contracted a mold spot. Thus she had to go. I'm actually pretty sad about it. I'd had her for almost two years.


Owwww... Felt the same when my sourdough died. I forgot to feed her. In Spanish we call it mother dough so you reminded me of her.
I didn't bake so often when she died so now I'm no longer keeping a sourdough and just create it the previous day.


Yeah I had a sourdough mother as well. But I had to give up fresh bread. I just don't have that much use for it, I eat very little bread these days. I can't finish it before it goes stale, so I've gone towards a more stable food diet. Cooked vegetables and the like.


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Explain this mother thing to me.


Kileanna wrote:

I seemingly live in a parallel world xD

I guess the meatball thing is because Spaniards have our own traditional meatballs and your meatballs are probably of Italian origin.

Anyway, meatballs are still meatballs and that makes them great no matter how you prepare them ;-D

Hmmm, gives me an idea for tonight's dinner.

Meatballs (made from ground pork, with salt, pepper, garlic, onion, cumin) boiled in water.
Sieve the water to use as base for a curry sauce.
chop some peppers, garlic, chili and fresh coriander to add to the sauce.
After the sauce becomes "saucey" add the meatballs back into the sauce and let it simmer at low heat.
served with rice and maybe some kind of shredded carrot salad-thing?

sounds like an idea?


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Nope. Sounds like a GOOD idea.


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Good afternoon, Kileanna.


Good morning ;-D


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Just remembered what Dal's fondness of Goodberries reminded me of. Lembas bread from Lord of the Rings. And let's not forget Healberries from the Wild Arms console games.


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Kileanna, most of the college students and researchers that park in my garage are from the University of Pittsburgh. The two buildings across the street are heavily involved in the Biological Sciences. I think that you'd like seeing them.


lynora wrote:
I've never actually cared for meatballs, although John's method of using Italian sausage sounds promising. I may try that the next time I make spaghetti. The kidlet will like it at any rate. :)

Let me know how that worked out.


I've studied Biology for a few years but I never finished my career because of a mix of economic and personal reasons. I'd love to see them.
For now I am glad as a Lab Tech but I'd love to study Medicine some day.


A lot of the research is probably done by lab techs, or at least assisted by them.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Explain this mother thing to me.

When you deal in fermentation or yeast products a lot of times you keep a reservoir of the yeast/fermenting bacteria in a reservoir of some sort. You keep it fed, like a pet, and it in turn changes your foodstuffs for you. The reservoir/biome is known as the 'mother'

In kombucha it is a round bacterial disc put in the tea and sugar mix to ferment it.

In sourdough it is a ball of reserved dough with the sourdough yeast living in it, usually kept refrigerated until needed to start a new batch of sourdough.


If you keep it at ambient temperature and feed it everyday with flour and water the results are great too. Bonus if you use it rye flour instead of wheat flour even if you are going to bake wheat bread.
Making the surdough the day before gives also good results but not as good.


I could never keep up with the daily feedings. The refrigerator slows the lifespan so you can feed it once every two weeks or so.


I couldn't either. That's why she died.


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Kjeldorn wrote:
Kileanna wrote:

I seemingly live in a parallel world xD

I guess the meatball thing is because Spaniards have our own traditional meatballs and your meatballs are probably of Italian origin.

Anyway, meatballs are still meatballs and that makes them great no matter how you prepare them ;-D

Hmmm, gives me an idea for tonight's dinner.

Meatballs (made from ground pork, with salt, pepper, garlic, onion, cumin) boiled in water.
Sieve the water to use as base for a curry sauce.
chop some peppers, garlic, chili and fresh coriander to add to the sauce.
After the sauce becomes "saucey" add the meatballs back into the sauce and let it simmer at low heat.
served with rice and maybe some kind of shredded carrot salad-thing?

sounds like an idea?

Shredded carrots with finely chopped apples, raisins, chopped Walnuts, and enough dressing to keep the salad together.


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Kileanna, Kjeldorn, Limey, Sissyl, It will be evening where you are by the time I get to work. Have a Good Night. :)


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And to you.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:

Your from the Bernstain universe instead of the Bernstein universe aren't you?

(google thinks the correct spelling is Bernstein just so you all know.)

Google goes off of most popular searches.

This weekend I watched a review of Starcrash, where the reviewer mentioned that Caroline Munro had also been in a Sinbad movie. Curious, I went to Google, and put in "Caroline Munro S". The top suggestions were "Simbad" and "Sindbad". Basically Google can't spell any better than it's most prolific users.


Caroline Munro was my teenage crush. It's a shame she couldn't act. I'd love to have seen her in more serious movies, though I LOVED the Sinbad films. So much gaming inspiration.


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Ready to leave for work. Going to be off-line there for a while. Going to install the off-line help for one of my programming languages. A process that I would like not to be preempted for a second day in a row. If I get finished before my shift ends, I'll be on-line then. See everybody later. :)


John Napier 698 wrote:
Ready to leave for work. Going to be off-line there for a while. Going to install the off-line help for one of my programming languages. A process that I would like not to be preempted for a second day in a row. If I get finished before my shift ends, I'll be on-line then. See everybody later. :)

Have a good workday.


Nope, I googled it just to know what that Bernstein/Bernstain thing was. That cartoon probably didn't make it to Spain or wasn't very popular.


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And, after about an hour, it's done.


Kileanna wrote:
Nope, I googled it just to know what that Bernstein/Bernstain thing was. That cartoon probably didn't make it to Spain or wasn't very popular.

They started as books for children. There was also a theme park that did a tie-in with them (Cedar Point).


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Good to know. Some of the references I see in the messageboards are worldspread and I understand them, but I have also to google a lot of them.
It's like watching Family Guy for me. I pick 90% of the references and laugh at the other 10% because they seem funny but without knowing what are they about xD

Today I'm doing zucchini and mushroom risotto. Dalindra's father gave us a lot of mushrooms so I have to do something with them, as well as with a lot of zucchini that is risking spoiling if I don't use it soon. And rice is always a good option!

Today I'm feeling a bit better, I'm starting to recover from the flu, and I was able to make an update on my campaign journal. I have been a slow writer these days as I felt tired and sick.


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Kileanna wrote:


Today I'm feeling a bit better, I'm starting to recover from the flu, and I was able to make an update on my campaign journal. I have been a slow writer these days as I felt tired and sick.

*Puts hand on Kileanna's forehead*

No, no, no! this will not do!

*walks out of the room - shortly thereafter a lot of rummaging noises comes from the next room*

*Returns to Kilanna's room, carrying a tray, with a steaming blow of thai chicken soup, a large glass of water, a small glass of rum with a splash of chamomile tea in it, and a termometer*

Before we get some of this food into you, we need to take your temperatur.

*Holds up the termometer, opens his mouth, but stops, as a thought clearly just enters his mind and his cheeks starts to redden*

Err...hmmm...you better do this yourself.

*Hands kileanna the termometer, and stands looking at her for, just a bit to long, before hurrying into the next room, now clearly blushing.


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You're earning points to replace Dalindra, just saying xD


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Good afternoon, my European friends. :)


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Hello John.

well I'll be going for bit, cause' I have to prepare for gaming tonight, so see you guys later.


Good morn' John!

Have fun in your game, Sir Kjeldorn!
What game are you on right now?


Kileanna, what sauce did you end up using for yesterday's Ravioli?


Ah, yes! I fried some garlic to get some garlic oil and added some parsley to it. O decided to keep it simple because I was feeling kinda sick.

Today I complicated it a bit more with a bacon, mushroom and zucchini risotto. I added some black pepper, garlic, onion and sheep cured manchego cheese (didn't have parm) and the result was pretty good.


Sounds great. It seems that I'm allergic to Earl Grey tea. Made a pot for work last night, and my allergies flared. Oh well, back to the regular and Green Teas for me. :( Bummer.


There are a lot of different teas you can try. How do you feel about different infusions that aren't tea? I love berry infusions and anything with hibiscus. Rooibos has also a great taste. There are many options. The only two I dislike are chamomile and lime blossom tea.


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Kileanna wrote:

Good morn' John!

Have fun in your game, Sir Kjeldorn!
What game are you on right now?

The groups that is coming by tonight, is a our mixed games group (4 people besides me). Until around Christmas times, we had run the first two books of the Jade Regent adventure path, when we decided to put that on hold and try something else (the players of this group tend to get a bit unfocused with very long adventures). So we decided to shift game and we are now running, an introductory adventure (of my own making) to the Shadow of the Demonlord system*.

*for those who haven't played the system, I would describe it as a mixture of Warhammer fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons, just a bit more rule-lite and narratively (especially from the Gm's perspective) driven.

Got to go, my players arrive in 25 min.


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Kjeldorn wrote:
Kileanna wrote:

Good morn' John!

Have fun in your game, Sir Kjeldorn!
What game are you on right now?

The groups that is coming by tonight, is a our mixed games group (4 people besides me). Until around Christmas times, we had run the first two books of the Jade Regent adventure path, when we decided to put that on hold and try something else (the players of this group tend to get a bit unfocused with very long adventures). So we decided to shift game and we are now running, an introductory adventure (of my own making) to the Shadow of the Demonlord system*.

*for those who haven't played the system, I would describe it as a mixture of Warhammer fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons, just a bit more rule-lite and narratively (especially from the Gm's perspective) driven.

Got to go, my players arrive in 25 min.

It is kinda neat that I loaded up this page at exactly 25 minutes from when you posted this.


Kjeldorn wrote:
Kileanna wrote:

Good morn' John!

Have fun in your game, Sir Kjeldorn!
What game are you on right now?

The groups that is coming by tonight, is a our mixed games group (4 people besides me). Until around Christmas times, we had run the first two books of the Jade Regent adventure path, when we decided to put that on hold and try something else (the players of this group tend to get a bit unfocused with very long adventures). So we decided to shift game and we are now running, an introductory adventure (of my own making) to the Shadow of the Demonlord system*.

*for those who haven't played the system, I would describe it as a mixture of Warhammer fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons, just a bit more rule-lite and narratively (especially from the Gm's perspective) driven.

Got to go, my players arrive in 25 min.

I haven't tried Shadow of the Demonlord but it sounds interesting. If it is more narrative it's OK to me as I am a kinda narrative GM, having started my RPG career with old WoD.

Now I have stopped GMing WotW on group and I'm starting short stories. At this time I am GMing Hangman's Noose, as my new player loves terror and creepy stories, and they are enjoying a lot. I love playing all the quirky NPCs xD


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I tried playing Vampire, once.

It ended with the other people on PcP chasing me through the woods and people's yards because they wanted to eat me.

I stopped hanging out with them shortly thereafter.

Otherwise I played a lot of Robotech and TMNT RPG and a wee bit of Rifts.


One of the things I dislike about Vampire is that it encourages backstabbing. It can be fun but in the end it causes resentment among players. I like my players to act as a team so I don't like that kind of game. I don't enjoy either betraying my own friends, even if it's just a game. That's why I ended liking Mage and Werewolf much better. And I usually played Sabbat instead of Camarilla when playing Vampire, as the rituals kept the party united.

Sovereign Court

I've always wanted to do Robotech but never had a group or opportunity. Guess I'll settle for MechWarrior.


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Kileanna wrote:
One of the things I dislike about Vampire is that it encourages backstabbing. It can be fun but in the end it causes resentment among players. I like my players to act as a team so I don't like that kind of game. I don't enjoy either betraying my own friends, even if it's just a game. That's why I ended liking Mage and Werewolf much better. And I usually played Sabbat instead of Camarilla when playing Vampire, as the rituals kept the party united.

I meant literally. :-)

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