November 5th, 2013

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the making of fudge

So as most people probably know, I like to bake and make candy. I’m also (no false modesty here) very good at it. At the holidays I usually make goodies to send to Ted’s work, and to hand out in tins to people, but I’m almost never there to see people enjoy it. I know they do, because Ted pretty regularly comes home to deliver marriage proposals after I’ve sent fudge or brownies to his work.

This weekend, though, I got to field my own marriage proposals. :) I was asked to bring fudge to WFC (and then the guy who asked for it didn’t get any!), so I was in the rare position of actually getting to watch people take the first bite.

It was really kind of awesome, in a terribly flattering way. Nearly everybody took a small bite and then got incredulous looks that were often followed by an equally incredulous, “You made this?” or “You make really good fudge,” and then two or three minutes of staring blissfully into space as they nibbled it away.

And I did in fact get a marriage proposal, and someone else offered to actually *buy* the last piece off me (I said no, as it was promised to someone), and people followed me around making meepful hopeful expressions asking for more. It was pretty great. :)

But I’ve now had challenges laid down! One is for a friend who can’t eat dairy and another is for what we believe is probably ginger-maple fudge (she was certain of the ginger, but thought there was probably another ingredient, so I went looking for ginger fudge recipes and sent several and she thought ginger-maple sounded right :)), so I shall rise to meet the challenges! The maple-ginger will probably be pretty easy to make at a quality I approve of (someone offered to beta-test the batches, but the truth is I’m the final arbiter of quality because nobody is nearly as harsh on my fudge as I am), but the non-dairy will be very interesting indeed to test and try until I’ve got something I think is suitable. :)baba

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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next year’s reading: a GGK project

So I’ve noticed that RIVER OF STARS, which I haven’t yet gotten around to reading, is Guy Gavriel Kay’s 12th book. I’m thinking of doing a GGK retrospective next year and read a GGK book a month, in order of publication, so I thought I’d mention it in case anybody else wants to read along too.

Of course, realistically this means I’ll read the Fionavar Tapestry all at once and the, uh, whicherfligger Mosaic all at once too, so it’s more like 9 months of books rather than 12, but still, close enough.

I think it’ll be kind of interesting. I’ve read the Fionavar Tapestry at least three times, but not for years-unto-decades, and I’ve read TIGANA more often than I can count, but I’m not sure I’ve re-read any of the others. Some of them I loved hugely, some I liked all right, some (okay, one) the last chapter pissed me off so much I’ve never re-read it despite it possibly being my favorite up to the last pages, and one or two I actually didn’t like and wonder now if it was me or the book. So: a retrospective shall happen. Or whatever one properly calls this kind of thing. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Picoreview: Thor: The Dark World

Picoreview: Thor: The Dark World (spoiler-free):

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Stay through ALL THE CREDITS, people. ALL THE CREDITS. One does not simply walk out of a Marvel movie before the credits are done rolling!

(not spoilery but not without an opinion behind the cut):

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(x-posted from The Essential Kit)