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Food experiment number one, and other weekend tales. - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 17th, 2011

09:40 am - Food experiment number one, and other weekend tales.

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On Thursday I got a reply to this letter from Peter Dunne. Perhaps not surprisingly, he says he stands by his faith in our legislative process and that since Parliament has now risen for the election and there are no trade-deal related bills on the list right now, I should essentially not worry about it.

Clearly Peter Dunne does not represent my interests and I am glad I no longer live in his safe-seat electorate. Especially in light of this article from this morning, in which we discover that it's intended to keep the TPPA negotiating papers secret for four years after it comes into effect, and that the government has already blocked a petition for a select committee hearing on the implications of this agreement for New Zealand.

Yes that's right folks, the government doesn't want a select committee to discuss this (and I assume take submissions) before we're signed into it - and has in fact vetoed that possibility - but we're supposed to have faith that our legislative process will allow us to have our say before it becomes law.

Dunno about you, but I'm terrified of this. Meanwhile, Grant Robertson, the Labour MP for Wellington Central that many folks have advised me to strategically vote for, has not yet replied to the letter I sent him with the same questions. After some agitating on Twitter on Friday, I got him to undertake to reply to me. I'll keep you posted on whether he actually does and what he says. My vote will hinge on his response.


On Saturday I was all virtuous and went and did my grocery shopping at Moore Wilson's. As part of the Urban Hunter-Gatherer Tutorial, I took a pad and pen and wrote down the prices of my purchases, then added them up as I went. At the checkout I discovered that the shelf price at Moore Wilson's doesn't include GST, which changed the prices quite considerably overall. In fact, when I then went to Chaffers New World to get the things I couldn't get at Moore Wilson's, it turned out that the only thing that was considerably cheaper at Moore Wilson's was the grated parmesan cheese. I think I won't bother with Moore Wilson's in future unless I'm buying things in bulk.

Then I wrote my essay intro but got hung up on the theoretical framework so took a break and wandered down to the OccupyWellington site and hung out for a while. There were about 250 people there at the time and the atmosphere was festivalesque, partly because a lot of the people were people I've been at festivals with. The FuckThePolice brigade were nowhere in sight, and everyone seemed pretty cheerful and friendly. And while I was there my theory dropped into my head and so I ran off home and did more writing.

Sunday I dragged my offspring out of bed at 9am and we went to the vegie market and got more vegies than you can shake a stick at. Seriously, my fridge is so full of vegies it's scary and there are things in there that I don't even know what they are..

And then - POWER TOOLS!



My tall furniture is now earthquake-bracketed which means the books are on the bookshelf and I can use the hutch dresser to put stuff in, and unpacking is going better now. I also hung three towel rails in the bathroom. I am really confused by what kind of bathroom doesn't have towel rails, but mine didn't. Now it does. Ha!

And then - OCCUPY! Yesterday there were more tents and less people, it was still friendly, and people were stopping by and asking what was up, offering support and handing around food and the like. There'd been a general assembly in the morning in which groups had formed to take care of various practicalities and things looked to be going smoothly. I had a good conversation with this guy and his lady friend:



We were not exactly legion yesterday, but there were at least 10 obviously-identifiable anons there on Saturday (hey ho, masks as collective identity lalala). Anyway, meeting him made my day. ;-)

Then I went home and wrote about the portrayal of collective identity, the emotions of protest, master framing and frame alignment in the intro video to WhatIsThePlan. Interestingly, while the "We are legion. Expect us" thing is now a known Anonymous identity marker, only 21 of the 435 respondents whose stories I'm analysing actually use these slogans in their intros. I'm wondering if they are more of an identifier to 'others' than one to each other, or if markers of collective identity are just not that important to anons. I got hung up on this so stopped.

And then - RISOTTO!



It went really well, tasted really nice, will probably end up being called rotto (it's a family thing, Mum named it when we were kids and made rotto at least once a week), and there's loads left over. Note to self - next time halve the recipe.


So, um, what are some fun things to do with a large quantity of leftover risotto then?

Also, you'll note that in that food pic I am wearing a singlet, at 7pm at night. The door is also open. Have I mentioned how much I like my warm house? I thought my last house was warm but that was only by comparison to my previous two houses. Now I actually live in a warm house and it's AWESOME.

Tonight - visiting the occupiers, more unpacking, doing things with leftover rotto, and writing about moral shocks as motivation to protest.

Shearing season starts on Saturday. *meep*

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From:clashfan
Date:October 16th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Leftover risotto--would it cook up well with an egg scramble? If it were cooler out, I'd suggest turning it into soup.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 16th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I am hoping the Youth of Today and his friend who stayed last night will eat some for lunch. The recipe said it serves 6-8 and it wasn't joking!

Some say 'serves 6-8' but actually mean '6-8 tiny pixies or maybe birds'. But this one really meant 6-8 actual people, thus I have about a kilo of it left over. ;-)
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From:rivet
Date:October 16th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Risotto reheats well in the microwave for lunch or dinner. It also pan fries well into risotto cakes, like so http://culinaryarts.about.com/b/2008/10/13/let-them-eat-risotto-cakes.htm
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From:tatjna
Date:October 16th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Risotto cakes! I like this plan..
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From:pombagira
Date:October 16th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
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the nice man and the nice lady were very cool i hung out with for a bit after you left.. *beams*

will try and get back down there today but as i am trying very hard to upack i have a feeling it will be tomorrow, with a little bit for today.. *nods*

do be do

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From:tatjna
Date:October 16th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I was going to swing by on my way home from work but like you, I still have much unpacking to do and an essay to write.

I unpacked three boxes this morning! Feeling quite proud of that. ;-)
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From:pythia
Date:October 16th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Our politics and government is starting to scare me more and more. :(

We always called it 'rotto, as well. Yummy! One of my favourites is Mexican rotto, with veggies and chilli beans, served with crumbled corn chips on top and a blob of sour cream. It's like rotto nachos!
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From:downwardlashes
Date:October 17th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
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I read that you can make patties of leftover risotto and fry them. That sounds tasty. But maybe fried food is not what you are going for.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 17th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
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Moore Wilsons USED to be cheaper for people waaaay back when it was a trade supply place, and you could get yourself a membership card by somehow showing (or pretending?) that you were buying on behalf of a trust or a shop or something, and then you could get things at approx wholesale. But then it evolved into a place where oh I say they just let in anyone these days, and you are surrounded by those slightly chubby guys from Mt Vic about my age or maybe a bit more in litle round glasses and baseball caps and khaki shorts, or the manicured ladies of Khandallah, doing their Saturday worship at the altar of Falsely Gastronomique.

I think the fact that they stock all sorts of exotic sort of things still stands in their favour, but the place is also a shining example of that peculiarly Wellington thing (amirite?) where so many people have this obsession with insisting on knowing the "best place to get..." such and such, which combines with a deludedly herd-impulse refusal to be objective about whether the coffee at L'affaire really actually is as good as it is cracked up to be, or the noisy atmosphere at the surf club cafe really is worth putting up with and queueing up for, just for the sake of brunching. Moore Wilson's is a shop. People obsess over it because they are told to.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 17th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
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I was really disappointed at their coffee. They only had about four brands and the only ones with a price within $2/200g of what I'm accustomed to paying were not fair trade.

I'm sure they have things that are good, but for everyday shopping like I do (seriously, when am I ever going to need 2kg of dried french parsley?), it's got a smaller selection and the prices are no better (in fact more expensive based on my weekend shop) than anywhere else.

They get one thumb down and one unsure from me.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 17th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
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I think it does have novelty value, though, and I know where I would go if I ever wanted to get 3 liters of piccalilli. If only they were made in, like, you know, just, really HUGE versions of the ones you get on supermarket shelves. It'd be pop art. The tins of pineapple and sutff are, but how about a two-foot high squeezy-bear honey bottle? I'd shop there then. Assuming I bought squeezy-bear honey.

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From:tatjna
Date:October 17th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
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I remember my flatmate coming home from there once with a 5 litre jar of capers. We were still eating from that jar 3 years later.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:October 17th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
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I imagine that would have the advantage that you could get the spoon into the jar, unlike the tall thin ones I usually find at New World.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 17th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
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Yep, you could scoop them out by the cupful.

I wouldn't advise this as a regular cooking habit though.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 17th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
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one soon has had enough of that caper!!
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From:richdrich
Date:October 17th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
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I tend to the view that one should only vote tactically in electorates if doing so would make a real difference. Otherwise, an advantage of MMP is that you can vote for your preferred candidate and preferred party and it doesn't affect the overall outcome.

I guess a reason to vote for Grant Robertson is that he's one of the *better* Labour MPs, and that a revived Labour party might be good for the country - as a support party for a future Green-led government or whatever.

He's #14 on the Labour list, so he should get in unless their vote drops into the low twenties.


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From:tatjna
Date:October 17th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
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My understanding is that Wellington Central is a close-run race and voting for Robertson is considered tactical to give Not-National this seat. It doesn't hurt that people whose opinions I respect say he's a decent MP - but if he ignores my requests for his opinion it doesn't stand him in good stead as far as being any better than Peter Dunne at representing me personally, in which case I will vote for the candidate that represents the party I actually want in government.
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From:richdrich
Date:October 17th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
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Agree.

Last time, incidentally, National won way more electorate seats in relation to their vote than Labour (1.1% of the vote per seat for National, 1.6% per seat for Labour) - but the list compensated so Labour got more list seats.

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From:poor_toms_acold
Date:October 17th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't argue that Moore Wilsons is cheaper than other supermarkets, but I always eat far more interesting food when I shop there.
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From:poor_toms_acold
Date:October 17th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
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Exactly! I spend the same amount, but I'm WAY more excited about what I buy because it includes things like dolmades, herring, and amazing cheese.

It's been too long since I went to Moore Wilsons :-(
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