I made the mistake of having something caffeinated with my lunch. Oh god. I don't normally drink caffeine. I'm practically vibrating with things to tell you.
asked and I agreed that, given a significant portion of the pacific just got mashed by a tsunami, people should consider Red Cross donations if they have a bit to spare or donate regularly to charity. She helpfully linked me to a very informative post here
. Even if you don't intend to give, you might check it out.
Two, I HAVE A QUESTION. Two, actually. First, can I re-stew canned beans? Most baked beans recipes start with "open a can of pork and beans" which is ridiculous, but I haven't got the time or patience to stew my own beans from dried stock. So the last time I made baked beans I bought a can of cooked pinto beans and used them, and that worked great, but they were a little on the firm side for my tastes. Can I just pop them in some boiling water for a few minutes, or will that toughen them further?
Second, I am incompetent at making buttermilk biscuits. How do these places make them where they're greasy and powdery on the outside and soft and cakelike on the inside? I desire to make biscuits like this.
Three, have a look at The Most Depressing Books In The English Language
. I've read all but The Road, which I'd never heard of before. I admit to skimming Atlas Shrugged
I'd take issue with Grapes of Wrath
being one of the ten most depressing of all time, though, or even the most depressing of Steinbeck's work. It's filled with hope and beauty; most people miss the beauty because they're bored with the chapters where Nothing Happens, but how can anyone read about Tom's resolution to fight for the worker, and know the history of unionisation in this country, and not be uplifted? Tom won
, you guys. Or at least, Tom is winning, and I believe he will win.
I don't like Grapes of Wrath
as much as I like East of Eden
, which is easily in my top ten favourite books ever, but East of Eden
is far more depressing, even I will admit that. Sadomasochism, prostitution, murder, failure, madness, despair, spanning three generations, four if you count the narrator; it's a book about being driven from paradise
But I don't think anyone reads East of Eden because it's a jillion pages long and, oh yeah, INCREDIBLY DEPRESSING.
And yet I love it like really good buttermilk biscuits. 3a. Does anyone have any digital copies of the Torchwood comic books? Especially the one the Barrowmans wrote?