June 12, 2017

Millionaire's shortbread

I tried a new recipe from the cookbook Baked. I've had some success with recipes from these authors, and I wanted to try something other than cookies or a cake so I went for millionaire's shortbread. It's described as like a Twix. There's a layer of shortbread on the bottom, then a layer of caramel, then a layer of chocolate.


It was very good and very rich, but I won't be making it again. I had a bit of trouble with the caramel...You make it with two cans of sweetened condensed milk. The faster way is to cook it in the microwave at low power in short bursts, stirring in between. That still takes about a half hour, but I was going to try it. The first time I opened it to stir, it had exploded! There was a dome of sweetened condensed milk over the bowl, and it had spilled out all over the microwave. OH NOOOOOOO!


I switched to the stovetop method, which unfortunately takes two hours of sitting by the stove, occasionally stirring and making sure the boiling water under the bowl with the caramel doesn't evaporate completely. It's a shame that part takes so long because this is really very easy and it's very good. Final verdict: success taste-wise but takes too long to make again.

June 6, 2017

Doctor Who: The Mind Robber

Before I started the Whoathon, I occasionally blogged about random episodes of Doctor Who. The Mind Robber is one of my favorites of the 2nd Doctor, and you can read my post about it here.



I'm not going to repeat myself here, other than to say again that I very much enjoy this episode and that I'm an avid reader so the idea of fictional characters coming to life out of books is intriguing to me. Check this one out if you haven't seen it!


THE RUNDOWN

Doctor: Second
Companions: Jamie, Zoe
Episode: #45, "The Mind Robber," five parts
Adversary: the Master of the Land of Fiction (no, not THAT Master)
Classic Lines: while trying to get into the Master's citadel, Zoe: "Well, we can't just ring the bell and ask to go in!"; the Doctor, in reply: "Well, why not? It's the usual way."
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: In one episode, the Doctor has to choose Jamie's eyes, nose, and mouth from a selection of them to put Jamie's face back together. He chooses the wrong ones, and another actor plays Jamie for most of that episode until the Doctor gets another chance to choose.
Next Up: "The Invasion"

May 31, 2017

Tagliatelle with wild mushroom sauce

Here's another Lidia Bastianich recipe from Lidia's Favorite Recipes. I used different pasta and mushrooms than called for because that's what they had at the store.


Okay, so this doesn't look appealing, but it was good! Dave liked it better than aglio e olio, but that's just crazy talk.

May 28, 2017

Aglio e olio

Many Italian Americans will be familiar with this one. It's a simple dish, full of flavor.


I realize this just looks like a bunch of plain pasta, but it's not! The recipe is spaghettini aglio e olio, or spaghettini with oil and garlic, from Lidia's Favorite Recipes, by Lidia Bastianich. I substituted linguine for the pasta shape. In the photo, see if you can find the little slices of garlic and the flecks of red pepper flakes and parsley. The garlic flavor was outstanding but not overpowering. It doesn't look like much, but it was quick and tasty.

May 26, 2017

Doctor Who: The Dominators

The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe arrive on Dulkis. The Doctor tells them that this planet is peaceful and they can get a good rest there.


Unfortunately, the Dominators have landed on a remote island with their robot enforcers, the Quarks. They're aggressive and soon start using Dulcians as laborers in their secret plan, but the pacifist Dulcian leaders won't do anything about it.

Quarks with a Dominator

Good thing the Doctor is there to save the day! This story is okay. The Dominators aren't compelling villains and the Dulcians are frustrating in their general unwillingness to do anything to help themselves.


THE RUNDOWN

Doctor: Second
Companions: Jamie, Zoe
Episode: #44, "The Dominators," five parts
Adversary: the Dominators
Classic Lines: a Dulcian, about Zoe: "This girl's got an inquiring mind. She can't possible come from Dulkis."
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: The Doctor uses the sonic screwdriver for the second time- this time to get through a wall.
Next Up: "The Mind Robber"

May 20, 2017

Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space

The Wheel in Space is Zoe Heriot's first story. She and Jamie are my favorite companions! Unfortunately, this story is missing four of its six parts. The Doctor and Jamie arrive on an abandoned rocketship, and the Doctor is hurt. Then they get picked up by the Wheel. Zoe is tasked with showing Jamie around.

Jamie and Zoe on the bridge
Zoe is exceptionally smart. Jamie wanders off and sabotages the laser they were going to use to destroy the abandoned ship that happens to be the current location of the TARDIS. But they have bigger problems on the way...

Cybermen!

Cybermen are here! And they brought their cybermats, too.

I wouldn't touch that...
So now the Doctor is feeling better and they're coming around to the fact that he and Jamie aren't horrible saboteurs who want to stop the space program.

Jamie, Zoe, and the Doctor
Zoe is showing off her smarts, and she and Jamie are already getting along nicely. But then the Doctor and Jamie figure out that the Cybermen are on the abandoned rocket. Oh no!


Then the Cybermen are on the Wheel, and they want to invade Earth. Good thing the Doctor is there to stop them!


After the Cybermen are defeated, Zoe asks to go with the Doctor and Jamie. The Doctor wants her to be certain, so he shows her the Daleks on the TARDIS screen as the episode ends.


THE RUNDOWN

Doctor: Second
Companions: Jamie, Zoe
Episode: #43, "The Wheel in Space," six parts
Adversary: the Cybermen
Classic Lines: the Doctor: "Logic, my dear Zoe, mearly enables one to be wrong with authority."
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: Jamie gives the Doctor the alias John Smith when asked for the Doctor's full name. He saw it on a piece of nearby equipment. The Doctor goes on to repeatedly use this alias in the future.
Next Up: "The Dominators"
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