Posts Tagged ‘ food ’

I Guess It Doesn’t Bend That Way

Burn-out, I haz it.

I am so freaking burnt out it’s unreal, seriously. Spent all weekend without my computer save for a quick and dirty 25-man naxx run where I somehow found myself as mangle-bitch. As such my DPS suffered and even though I topped the chart on at least two fights, my average was about 4-500 lower than normal.

Stupid Mangle. WTB bear tanks, and Arms Warriors.

To add to that is the distinct possibility of doing 10-mans again this week. Things are still in flux so we’re not completely sure, but the majority of the officers are definitely in favor of doing two 10-man teams in order to gain experience on the fights.

Theoretically this is a good idea, but that doesn’t keep it from feeling like a failure for us as a guild, and for myself as a raid leader.

Or maybe it’s just me.

PS – I’m probably bipolar.

Either way, I’m looking forward to tonight with no WoW in sight. We’ll be having chicken enchiladas, compliments of Chef John. We’ll also be curling up on the couch as I dive into the second CD of season…. 6(?) of DBZ. I don’t know, I can’t remember which season we’re on, Gohan just grew up into a teenager and I find the ‘childish bumpkin-in-the-city’ antics of both Gohan and his father (a’ la regular Dragonball) thoroughly entertaining.

Plus I’ll get to work more on the afghan I’ve been making since… 2002.

Eventually I’ll get back into the swing of things and be able to regail you all with fantastic tales of derring-do from the World of Warcraft.

In the meantime (as I’m still getting comments on it)

Things that think for you are still bad.

Stay away from me you robot overlords!

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And Now For Something Completely Useless

Seafood sensation from Subway.

Flatbread – which must be toasted. Have them toast the bread before they put your crab on it. You want warm bread and cold crab and fixings.

Add provalone cheese and send it down the line.

When they ask for toppings ask for vinegar, but make them put the vinegar between the cheese and the crab, if they just put it on the cheese it’ll run all over the place and be nasty.

Then add olives, onions, and spinach.

Thus completes Tiger’s Top Guide to a medium-nice lunch.

Nice would’ve been tunafish salad made MY way with freshly-baked and toasted home-made sourdough bread.

Want To Play A Fun Game?

With your guild’s recruitment officer?

Step 1) Open applications for Death Knights.

Step 2) Sit back and watch the chaos ensue.

Step 3) /gigglefit.

I’m starting to wonder if the job of sifting through the deluge of DK applicants is more or less difficult/frustrating/nerve-wracking than raid leading.

Death Nuggets –

Their icy flesh is perfectly counter-balanced by a fiery mage sauce and best served over a salad of slightly wilted resto druid greens.

Also – Tomorrow? Presidential aggro, waaagh!

Loud government choppers are loud.

Unemployed: Top Chef

I’m sure Brajana will post about this on her blog, but I wanted to make a post dedicated to my entry with all the bells and whistles (images and links) that I wanted. I’m very clumbsy around code and as I can save drafts here and feel more comfortable using the WordPress editor than the editor for our forums well, I’m posting the full ‘fancy’ thing here.

Basically, We’re running a cooking contest right now with some really awesome prizes. So, without further ado, here is my entry.

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Dwarven Mild

Ingredients

The cat is optional

The cat is optional

inv_drink_milk_011 Stack of Ice Cold Milk (1 Gallon Whole Milk)

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inv_drink_24_sealwhey1 Pungent Seal Whey (1/2 Pint Cultured Buttermilk)

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inv_misc_food_105_snowplum1Juice from 3 unripe Savory Snowplums (Juice from 3 lemons)

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inv_misc_dust_022 Salt (2 teaspoons of salt)

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inv_fabric_linen_011 Linen Cloth (Simple CLEAN dish towel. NOT terrycloth, it should be smooth and without fuzz. Paper towels will do in a pinch. Mine had a picture of a chicken on it.)

Directions

In a Large, thick-bottomed Cooking Pot heat your Ice Cold Milk over a very small Basic Campfire (Medium-Low heat) until the milk is warm (not boiling, not even scalding, just lukewarm is perfect). This can take anywhere between 30-60 minutes. Stir often, you don’t want to scorch it.

Once the Ice Cold Milk is warm, remove the Cooking Pot from the Basic Campfire. Stir in the Pungent Seal Whey (cultured buttermilk). Cover the Cooking Pot and let sit in a warm place for one hour. If you are a tailor you can even wrap the Cooking Pot in a Bolt of Linen Cloth (A Bath Towel is fine) to keep it warm.

After one hour put the Cooking Pot back on a medium-sized Basic Campfire (Medium heat) and slowly warm until tiny bubbles form at the sides of the pot. Stir often. Don’t boil. You want it on the hot side of warm. Yes, you can test with your finger. (make sure it’s clean!)

While you’re waiting, squeeze out the juice from the 3 unripe Savory Snowplums (Lemons).

When the milk is scalded (little bubbles on the sides) Remove it from the heat again and pour in the Savory Snowplum juice.

Curds and whey. Yes, it will look nasty. Dont worry, its natural.

Curds and whey. Yes, it will look nasty. Don't worry, it's natural.

Stir continuously for 1-2 minutes. As you stir the milk will begin to separate into curds and whey. Cover, and let sit for 15 minutes then pour the liquid through your piece of Linen Cloth.

Lots more Whey than curd, make sure your Linen Cloth is big enough!

Lots more Whey than curd, make sure your Linen Cloth is big enough!

Hang the cloth for a couple of hours, overnight in a cold place is even better,  so that more of the whey drips out. (make sure there’s a bowl underneath to catch the whey, you don’t want a mess)

After the whey has dripped out, transfer your new Dwarven Mild into a container and add about 2 salt (2 teaspoons).

Delicious, creamy, tangy, mild... PERFECT!

Delicious, creamy, tangy, mild... PERFECT!

Serve as a spread on Freshly Baked Bread, Bladespire Bagels, or even use it in your favorite recipe of Bowels ‘n’ Brains (Sausage Lasagna)

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A non-WoW note on whey.

The liquid left from when you poured your cheese through the cloth is called whey. You could just pour it down the drain, but it is amazing if you use it for soup stock, home-made bread or even pancakes. Even if you don’t like to cook much, water your houseplants with it and they will love you forever.

If you had to use paper towels to strain your cheese through then I recommend giving the whey to the plants as it will taste like… well… paper towels. (yes, I know from experience. Don’t worry, the taste won’t be transferred to the cheese.)

The cheese itself will be soft and creamy with a faint lemony flavor. Add a little honey for a sweet, creamy topping.

Oh Wait, I’m Supposed to CHECK my E-mail, Aren’t I?

So, I was planning on posting an update on Operation Get Shit Done, when I realised that I haven’t checked my SAC-Flavored e-mail in… well… for-EVAR.

So I checked it and found this:

Didja see didja see? I’m in there in the middle! *hums her little diddy* The creativity of children never ceaces to amaze me, she’s got a cute little something to say about every kitten in those pictures! Quite entertaining, thank you Mr. Jones 😀

and me… tell each other fairy tales and we stare at the beautiful women, she’s lookin’ at you

oh no no she’s lookin’ at m—

*ahem* Take me to karaoke and you bet your britches I’ll be singin’ that.

ANY-hoo, I don’t have any WoW-related updates, apart from it’s Tuesday and you probably can’t log on.

Operation Get Shit Done is going pretty well, actually. It’s continued presence in my life after more than a week is nothing short of a miracle, so I’m not going to beat myself up about the root beer bottles on my computer desk or the laundry still in the dryer, or the fact that my kombucha seems to have developed a mold 😦

Instead I’ll be all excited about dishes getting done and the grand re-launching of my online comic!

YAAAAAAAAAAY! /throw confetti

Now, here’s where my e-mail comes into play. I’ve re-launched my comic very aaaah, candidly. It’s completely Non-WoW-related, a story that has been evolving since 2004-ish. (half-dragon elf pirates has turned into post-apocalyptic tribal aliens with magic)

Anyway, I’ve only got the cover, but if you really want to be able to keep an eye on it you’ll have to e-mail me asking for the link. (e-mail can be found in my ‘about’ page)

On another note, does anyone know how to set up e-mail forwarding with g-mail, so something like this doesn’t happen again? I run 3 different e-mail addresses and sometimes forget to check the one for this site. Figured it out, yay. You may now all rest assured that I will get (and respond to) your e-mails in a timely manner 🙂

Thanks!

This has been a Secret Agent Cat Public Service Announcement, you may now resume ripping faces. 😉

In Soviet Azeroth, Dragon Loots YOU!

So yeah, after an outstanding week in Naxx and a relatively solid execution of Malygos (my inattention non-withstanding), we wrapped up the week with something a little more challenging.

Sartharion with 3 drakes up. Or, Sarth 3D

*adjusts snazzy red/blue 3D glasses* Now in TIGER-VISION! oOOOoooooOO!

We didn’t get 3D… we didn’t get 2D either, but I know we’ve got the gear for it.

One of our new shamans (nick-named Wang) has some VERY good ideas about how to handle training people to be able to do all the things necessary to win this fight. Don’t stand in void zones, dodge the fire walls, if you aggro an ember drag it to the tank, etc.

Mmmmm, I’m afraid I don’t have much to report though, I was tanking embers, and it sucked, but each time I got better at it so I feel it’s a job I can do. It’s nice to know that there’s 2 other tanks running around back there. One is tanking the dragons, and the other is assigned to tank the whelps, and then the acolytes, so I know they won’t be working on embers either but it’s nice to have them there 🙂

In other news, I finally did get that Moroccan Lamb recipe I’ve been yowling about. I’ll leave it with you all before taking my leave for love-related weekend fun 🙂

Moroccan Lamb.

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 lamb shanks, medium sized
2 medium onions, chopped
2 teaspoons finely grated or chopped fresh ginger
2 – 3 cloves garlic, crushed (1 teaspoon)
2 small chillies, chopped, seeds removed
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons cinnamon
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned are fine)
3 large tomatoes, chopped
3 large carrots, chopped finely
1 cup dried apricots
2 tablespoons Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar

To serve
1 cup blanched almonds, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Heat oil in a large casserole dish and brown the lamb shanks all over. Remove and set aside. Add the onions and cook until softened. Return the lamb to the casserole. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli plus the spices, salt and freshly ground black pepper and chickpeas. Cover with about 3 1/2 cups water. Cover the dish and bake for 2 hours. Add the tomatoes, carrot, apricots and dark cane sugar. Cook covered for a further 45 minutes until the lamb is golden brown and tender.

Scatter the almonds and coriander over and serve with mash or couscous.

Operation Get Shit Done!

Progress Report:

Lunch -> bought Black Tea & Mason Jars for Kombucha

After Work -> picked up a pizza & soda (boooooo)

Got Home -> did not do a load of laundry (boo) promptly mis-placed comic sketch & outline. Logged into WoW, stomped the crap out of Naxx (woot!) (everything’s dead up to and including Gluth, 3 hours)

Went to Bed

Woke up late -> did not exercize (boo)

Got to Work -> Still Motivated! (woot!) Found awesome-sauce tutorial (woot!)

I can do this! (WOOT!)

Today -> Will finalize co-op food order

This weekend -> WILL dedicate Saturday morning to Art! (woot!)

Still Motivated!

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Here’s how awesome last night raiding was:

We engaged Gluth right? Bell started dragging him to the end of the room and we asked “Um, who’s tanking with Bell?”

*crickets*

TIGER! You do it!

WHAT!?! I’m in my KITTY-suit!

Well, oh, ok…. ok, got him Bell. tick tick tick Ok I’m at 3 stacks *tau-*

EVERYTHING FREEZEZ!

OMGOMOGMOMGOMG!!!!

Meanwhile in vent –

Bell: Oh sh*t I just DC’d!

Me: I think I did too!

Mel: Well you’re still holding aggro…. oh, there it goes

DECIMATE! ZOMBIES EVERYWHERE!

*Meanwhile I’m staring at the loading screen*

When I finally get back in-game, our second DK (not Mel) is dead, and Gluth is at 20% or so.

Bell and I then continued to tank the crap out of him and we all collectively wiped up the floor with his face.

It was a GREAT night.