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From personal journaling and books to food: dramatic changes to this blog

This wordpress blog is now about 4 1/2 years old.  It started as a book blog and as a place to preserve my favourite articles written for Yahoo Voices (2012 to 2014) before Yahoo dismantled the service.  It also became a place for me to journal in public, as many blogs do.

Hypatia of Alexandria webTimes have changed.  Since starting this blog I have written eight Legendary Women of World History biographies, completed the Peers of Beinan science fiction series, and experienced dramatic social changes in my personal life.  No human in my life when I started this blog is still in my life.  My mother has died and I do not maintain contact (nor ever wish contact) with my surviving blood relatives.

I’ve also grown as a spiritual being, including grown much more private about my life and my experiences. This is in part due to success.  A largely anonymous and unnoticed author can speak in public without being heard.  That, happily, is no longer the case.

The result:  much of the older content on this blog is now deleted.  By my count, about 35-40% of what was here is now gone.  The world doesn’t need to hear the specifics of my past lives nor the slings and arrows of what is today a relatively recent past.  I have close friends now who are finally, at long last, proven trustworthy.

Nine through Thirteen (Image above: in 2005 Doctor Who returned for a whole new generation. From left: Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor [7 October 2018 — present], Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor [2014 — 2017], Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor [2010-2013], David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor [2005 — 2010], Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor [2005] and John Hurt as the Doctor of War [2013])

 

My interests have naturally evolved as well.  Four years ago “Doctor Who” was a vague impression left by browsing for new ornaments at a Hallmark store in November: an odd blue box and an odder thing called a ‘”dalek.”  Today my brand new website created in the winter of 2018 features music from series 8 – 10 of Doctor Who as played by Peter Capaldi.

12 leaves TARDIS

 

(Image left: Peter’s Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor emerges from his TARDIS – Time and Relative Dimension in Space).

 

It’s a welcome change.  I am very proud of the new website.  But the website also means that this blog simply no longer functions as it once did and no longer needs do.

Going forward, expect this blog to focus much more on food and recipes which I like to collect and refer back to here rather than other places.  Though my culinary skills have much to be desired, copying favourite recipes and reposting them here allows me to find what I like best quickly and easily — even if I never acquire the skills needed to actually successfully make any of them.

I hope you like these changes and will enjoy what I find interesting and fun about food.

 

Bon appetit!

 

Recipe: “Fish” Fingers and Custard

Reposted from http://www.sugarednerd.com/recipes-and-how-tos/2015/7/8/fish-fingers-and-custard-1.

Amelia and 11

Amelia Pond gives the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) fish fingers and custard in “The Eleventh Hour.”

Fans of Doctor Who know all about the eleventh doctor’s favourite “fish fingers and custard” which IMHO sounds absolutely horrible.  Then I found this recipe where the “fish fingers” are not actual fish sticks/fingers (as in compressed pollack or similar fish coated in bread crumbs), but cake made to look like fish fingers.

Here is Sugared Nerd’s Recipe:

fish fingers custard recipe

ENGLISH CUSTARD

1 vanilla bean pod

1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream

4 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1/3 cup honey or light brown sugar

Split and scrape the vanilla beans out of the pod and put them, along with the pod, into a small saucepan with the cream.  Heat until simmering.

Whisk the egg yolks with the cornstarch and sugar until combined.  Remove vanilla bean pod from the cream.

As you continue to slowly whisk the egg mixture, add a ladle of the hot cream to the eggs.  This is called tempering.  Add 2 more ladles of the cream and incorporate, before adding the whole egg mixture back into the saucepan.  Continue to heat until the mixture thickens to about the consistency of a pudding.  Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool.

Note:  My custard got a bit “ice-y” after storing in the fridge, so if that happens to yours, just set it out on the counter 15-30 minutes before you want to serve to defrost a bit for a nice, smooth custard.

“FISH FINGERS”

1 pound cake, cut into 1 inch slices to resemble fish sticks

2 egg whites

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

5 graham crackers, processed into fine crumbs

Butter cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350º F.  Mix together the egg whites, cream and cinnamon in a bowl.  Put graham cracker crumbs in another bowl.  Dip each piece of pound cake in the egg mixture, coat in the graham cracker crumbs, and put on a parchment or silicone mat lined cookie sheet.  When the sheet is full, spray with the butter spray, and put in the oven for 10 minutes, flipping once half way through.

A meal fit for a Doctor.