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Random Statement 1: Am I seriously the last person to know that both David Archuleta and Brooke White are both Mormon? (See, I don't care about AI. Because Carly is gone. I pretty much watched her and Hot Aussie dude. They're both gone = I'm gone. Also, I can't stand bland pop songs.) And it's no wonder that they're both who I consider the most boring performers on the show. Connection? YES.
Random Statement 2: For anyone that didn't see my post yesterday, I'm moving (slowly but surely) all of my Mormon posts (and new ones) to 0hmyheck. If you're interested in following along, click here to read on your flist. (You can't join, you can only watch.) And thank you to those of you supporting me over there. It's greatly appreciated!
Random Statement 3: I would like some good recipes that use lemon grass and Ponzu sauce. If you have one you particularly love, please to be sharing! :) (Um, recipes you've MADE and loved)
Random Statement 4: I am back to walking 5 miles a day (still not supposed to hit any hills, though, not for another week) and it feels GOOD to be able to move. Yay knee surgery! When can I do the other one, doc? *G*
Random Statement 5: I have lots to say about some of the new stuff coming out about the YFZ Ranch and this article (unrelated) but I'm putting it over in the other place when I get it all tidied up. In case someone wondered if I knew about that girl giving birth, etc. Yep.

Now for food! (And if you have yummy Thai/Malaysian recipes, GIMMIE!!)

Strawberries With Balsamic Syrup And Biscuits

1/3 C balsamic vinegar
1/3 C water
1 C sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
8 oz. fresh strawberries, washed, trimmed, sliced

In sauce pan, combine all ingredients except strawberries and heat over medium-low until boiling, stirring often. Reduce hear and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. [type that without an ass - there is no ass in occasion] Add strawberries and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir, remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and COLD
1/2 C milk

Preheat oven to 400, line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Into large bowl, sift flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda together. Add cold pieces of butter. Use hands to squeeze mixture together into small balls. It will not look even or well blended.

Add milk and work with hands. It should look like a barely held together mess, not a smooth ball. Cover bowl and set in refrigerator for 15 minutes. [note: make syrup at this point - I like it slightly warm]

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 3 inch biscuits, dipping the cutter into flour between each. Place 2 inches apart on sheet, bake 8-10 minutes or until golden. Remove to rack and cool. Split in half on plate and toss some of the strawberries and syrup [and a dollop of creme fraiche or whipped cream. YUM.]

Banana Flaxseed Bread

1 C all purpose flour
1/2 C milled flaxseed
1/2 C whole-wheat flour
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C fat-free skim milk [did you read the latest study that says calcium keeps your body from absorbing most bad fats? Awesome. Carry on.]
1/4 C canola oil
2 egg whites [give Sally the yolks - pretty doggy coat!]
1 whole egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 C mashed very ripe bananas [I go overboard and use 4, not the rec. 3]
1/3 C chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans <-- yes, please
4 tsp flaxseeds

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine first 8 ingredients (to salt) in a large bowl. In small bowl, whisk milk, oil, whites, whole egg and vanilla. Pour this into dry ingredients and stir until blended. [Use Alton Brown's muffin method!] Stir in bananas, walnuts, and 3 tsp. of flaxseeds, blending until just moistened. ["Then just... walk away. Just do it." This is when you grease up a loaf pan.]

Spoon into greased loaf pan (9x5) Sprinkle the top with the remaining flax seeds. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until browned and clean toothpick test. Allow to stand in the pan for 10 minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely.

[High in fat, but it's the good kind. Plus, loads of protein and fiber, so... Win/win.]

heavens help me, but I've outlined a fic about two mormon missionaries getting it on based on the Mormon Missionary calender. Just... so... porny!! Well, I've always claimed to be broken inside. Er... "Brandon" and "Austin" in case you were wondering. Um, Brandon is the guy on the main page. There's so much wrong here.


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Apr. 30th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Random Statement 1: No! I had no clue! And I'm still watching the show!

Re: Your Itty Bitty Text at the End: Hehe, I hovered over the link and I cracked up because I thought it said "Mormon sex posed" and not "Mormons exposed". XD
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHA. Um, it's pretty much Mormons Sex Posed. Click the link! It's safe for work, if a bit salacious. (Shirtless men posing.)
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
I will read that fic and it will make me happy.

Brandon. *bites fist*
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
I MEAN COME ON. Look at that. (Oooh, one of them is so self sure and cocky and there could be sex while praying. I AM GOING TO THE HELL I DON'T BELIEVE IN, ZOMG.)

"Statistics show that 60 percent of the time, it works EVERY time."

Oooh, email me links to those fics we talked about this weekend! (If/when you get the chance.)
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
OOh, and maybe one could spank the other *with* the BoM. That would sting (but in a totally good way)

I will keep you company in hell. I mean, I'm not eligible for the Penthouse suite of heaven anyway, so why bother? :D
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
And they can claim they were told to, because they can't masturbate. THEMSELVES. See where I'm going here? It's just one guy helping another guy out.

Hahahaha. <3
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
1. I thought I told you when I found out! How did we not talk about this??? I suspected Brooke was when she told the judges during auditions that she had never seen an R-rated film, because her parents told her she didn't need to see one (mind, at this point she's *married*).
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
1. I don't know!! I am forgetful, so put all the blame on me!!

Oh, she still wouldn't see an R movie, if she's devout. NEVER. They will never see them, because The Prophet Told Them Not To. (It lets satan in.) That's why there's that cottage industry of taking mainstream films and "cleaning them up" so Mormons can watch them!!
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Heeee, that's *fascinating*. Funny to think there are still groups asking for expurgated versions of this or that.

Have you noticed how every.song. that D. Archie has sung in the past few weeks has been faith-god-belief-faith-god-god? He's not too subtle, though of course the show isn't playing up the Mormon thing much at all.

And OH! When D.A. sang "Imagine" he skipped the verse that said "and no religion too" which, you know, I WONDER WHY? :D

I've been wondering for weeks whether David Archuleta's father met his mom while on mission. I think you've said in the past that such a situation would be unusual, because they're so monitored while on mission, but...I'm so curious! Because the dad is the type that wears a trucker hat to every performance, and I just wonder if he would be traveling to Honduras on his own.
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, I have this whole chapter dedicated to the blandness of the Church and its members, how it's encouraged. Yeah - his song choices all make SO MUCH SENSE to me now. (If he sings "In His Hands" by Sister Kapp Perry - a Mormon song writer - I'll completely lose my mind.)

HEEEEEEE! Well, I've wondered about his MOM because I saw her wearing a tank top (I'm pretty positive.) That is Not Allowed. (Or means she's not temple worthy, which is Terrible To Mormons.) Hmmm. I'm totes gonna do some digging on them. They're all over the Mormon Newspaper, the Deseret.
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh HO! That is pretty racy for Mormons, right?

I do know his dad is supposed to be a total stage-dad, that it's the dad rather than the mom supposedly pushing him to perform. There was something Naomi Judd said about the Junior STar Search competition that David won as a kid, about the dad, uh, withholding drinks of water from D.A. to get him to perform better? Of course the dad denies all this.

You might want to poke around for that, if you have any interest in it. And sure, take with a grain of salt that Naomi Judd knows from coercive stage parenting...
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Here's a sampling of the claims against David A.'s dad:

from New York Magazine

from Entertainment Tonight

Apr. 30th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
AWESOME. I am on this like white on rice! Unless it's wild rice (which is technically a grain, not rice.) Hi, off track! :D

Also, can I say how much I love "oh HO?" Because I do. I have to say it (gleefully) out loud every time I come across it. *beams*
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yay to being able to walk again! I've been walking for five years now (I time myself rather than measure distance), and it makes me antsy when I can't. Your muscles must be delighted with you.

My Thai dishes pretty much consist of Pad Thai, Tom Kah Gai, and chili paste/coconut milk concoctions. Only the soup has lemon grass and I got the recipe from The Frugal Gourmet On Our Immigrant Ancestors.

Thanks for the banana nut bread recipe.

I would totally read that fic! Unfortunately, the visuals will probably be supplanted by the graphic on 0hmyheck! My brain just works that way.
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Heeeeeee to your first paragraph. Hilarious. And yeah - my muscles are very happy, as am I.

Tom Kah Gai is one of my faves. And I made a green-curry coconut stir fry last night that going to be my lunch today. But I'm all hand-grabby with wanting more more more! I'll check out that recipe site you mentioned.

Oh, ick! I'll make sure plenty of HOT visuals will cure you of that. Then, we'll all go down (to hell) together. :D
Apr. 30th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
It's not a site, it's a cookbook.
Apr. 30th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Bargh, I was racing out the door when I replied, but yes. I meant I would google it and get my hands on recipes. Funny thing about me thinking stuff and it not automatically appearing the way I intended... How about it, Science? :D
Apr. 30th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh GEEZ. I totally forgot about your knee surgery and made hike all over downtown Denton. I'M SORRY!!!
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Trust me, if I couldn't do it, I wouldn't have. Walking is just fine for me! (And when I refer to walking, I mean for exercise. I walk a 10 minute mile, so I'm all speedy and stuff. *G*)
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about throwing the walking in and just getting a mobility scooter?

I love lemon grass.

That is all.
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
My favourite Thai. Not the traditional style of Green Chicken but one that I had in a restaurant in Chang Mai in northern Thailand and reconstructed when I got home. Massive content of Basil which sounds odd but is yummy!

Green Chicken Curry
(northern Thai version)

1 small tin Coconut Cream

1 large tin Coconut Milk

1-2 tspns minced garlic (to taste)

4-5 leaves from a citrus tree

2-3 bay leaves

3 small bunches of coriander

1-2 tblspns Thai Green Curry Paste (3 tblspns will be very hot)

500g skinless chicken breast

1 small can bamboo shoots (sliced)

1/2 tblspn fish sauce

2 limes

2 tblspns brown sugar

a red capsicum ("pepper" for Yanks), sliced thinly

2 cups snow peas

4-5 cups whole basil leaves

2 tspn minced basil

1 lge bunch of broccoli or other greens

1. Very finely chop the coriander roots and stems (not the leaves). Peel 4 strips of lime rind. Put the coconut cream, garlic, citrus leaves, bay leaves, coriander and lime rind into a wok. Fry on a medium to high heat until the coconut cream begins to separate (may not if low quality). Roughly chop the coriander leaves meanwhile and set aside for a garnish.

2. Add Thai Green Curry Paste and stir fry for about a minute.

3. Add the chicken, sliced into bite size pieces and strips, to the mixture and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.

4. Add bamboo shoots, fish sauce, juice of the limes and sugar along with the Coconut Milk. Lower to medium heat. Continue to cook, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes.

5. Add whole basil leaves (leaves only), capsicum and snow peas. Add 2 cups of water and the minced basil.

6. Bring to a low simmer and reduce heat. Simmer for approximately 30 minutes, adding water if needed. The curry should be soup-like in consistency, not paste-like as is more traditional.

7. As the rice goes on the boil to cook, place the broccoli as a layer on top of the curry without stirring it in and cover to steam it. By the time the rice is cooked the broccoli should be just al dente. Stir into the curry. Serve with the coriander leaves as a garnish.

Apr. 30th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
What's crazy is that I made almost that very dish last night for dinner. (Tofu instead of chicken + coarsely chopped onion.) Oh, and you HAVE to have loads of basil! Anyone who eats it otherwise is a FOOL. Mmmmmm, basil.

See, we're totally on the same page for What Is Delicious!
May. 1st, 2008 09:24 am (UTC)
Ok, I assume from this that you're a vegetarian? (Because as a meat eater I can't imagine anyone eating Tofu by choice! ;-P) You may be interested in this one...

Broccoli Pasta Sauce
Serves 2 people

1 large crown of Broccoli
1 tblspn Extra virgin Olive Oil
1 tspn minced Garlic
2 tblspns Pine Nuts (toasted in a dry pan on medium heat)
1½ tblspns Raisins (chopped finely)
¼ cup Vegetable stock
1 tspn Saffron strands (or equivalent powder)
½ - 1 tspn minced Chilli
½ tblspn extra Oil
cracked Black Pepper to taste
grated Parmesan Cheese to taste
sufficient Pasta for 2 people.

1. Chop off the florets of the Broccoli and discard the remainder. Boil or steam until fully soft but not fading in colour. Immediately plunge into a bowl of iced water. This preserves the colour.
2. In a saucepan, briefly fry the garlic in the oil till soft. Add the Broccoli and mash it to a paste on a low heat. Meanwhile add the stock to the Saffron.
3. Remove from heat. Add the toasted Pine Nuts and Raisins and toss through. Add the saffron, stock and the Chilli to the sauce and stir in. Set this sauce aside to be re-heated just before serving.
4. Cook the Pasta. While it is cooking, fry the Bread Crumbs in the extra Oil.
5. Serve the Pasta with the sauce. Top it with the bread crumbs, cracked Pepper and grated Parmesan Cheese.
May. 1st, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Thai/Malaysian recipes:

Rasa Malaysia written by a Malaysian expat who regularly goes back, so it's also a travel blog.

evil jungle prince This has recipes for a lot of Asian cuisines including Laotian!

May. 1st, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
See, this is why I love you most of all, Scarecrow.

May. 1st, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
EJP also has garden pics of the Asian produce he's growing. How about a giant orange colored cuke?
May. 1st, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
I did miss yesterday's post because of the vomiting and all. But good idea, moving all your Mormon-related posts to 0hmyheck! It'll be a great way to promote your book and garner a readership. *high fives you*
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I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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