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Oct. 31st, 2011

09:23 am - Generic Mums don't skate for fun mmk?

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Once again the sheep were wet, in fact the word from Horokiwi was "I can wring actual water out of them" so I had another weekend off. Yesterday was stunningly sunny so I went for a skate.

A SKATE! ;-D

I haven't skated since before I started Uni, so that's four years. Gosh. So instead of diving in all "Yeah yeah stairs rails halfpipenyah" I very staidly walked down to the waterfront carrying my skates and feeling like a dick in bare feet and my kneepads*, and put my skates on down there on the flat. Then I skated out to Ngauranga Gorge in the bike lane, then back and out to the end of Oriental Parade, then home. It took about an hour and by the end of it I had my feet back.


Before I left I oiled up my skates since they've been sitting for four years, but I didn't think to tighten the wheel bolts. I've never had to do that so it just didn't occur to me. Anyway, on the way back along OP something went a bit weird at about 25km/hr and I nearly wiped out. Turns out the back wheel on my right skate had fallen off! I did manage to find all the bits and put it back on but the skate home was somewhat more sedate. Word to the wise - tighten all your bolts before you go on a long skate.

Next time I'll probably do a bit less distance and a bit more foot-fiddling, the aim being to skate wherever the hell I want and not be worried about steps, kerbs, road crossings, etc etc blah blah. I dunno if I'll do halfpipe any more - I guess we'll see how things go. And where the fan zone thing was is the perfect place for practicing. Meanwhile, I skated home through the Cuba crowds and across the roads with a bit of skipping as well so yay! SKATING AGAIN! *beam*

Also, after being on skates, walking seems very inefficient and really hard work. ;-/

I also went to the Occupy Wellington Free University for most of the day Saturday and a little while yesterday. I listened to talks on ports of convenience, the lack of regulation on shipping and the Rena disaster; oil, economics and climate change by Mike Smith, an articulate and informed speaker who managed to connect with his audience and convey his message really well in my opinion; the Robin Hood Tax; the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement; the media and the global financial crisis; food justice; and the development of, and alternative forms of, currency.

At its peak there were about 60 people there listening to these talks. They had it set up so that the voices of the speakers were amplified into the area on City to Sea bridge where people walking past could hear it and come down for a better look/listen.

It was a very successful weekend and a demonstration of the way the occupiers are occupying themselves by creating things to give to the Wellington community. Those who think they are sitting on their arses collecting free shit should think again. And those who believe the DomPost's article saying that the Occupiers are being evicted today should probably also take it with a grain of salt, given that they are in constant contact with the council and the council has made no indication that eviction's on the cards.

One thing they will need this week though, is support. People are tired. Some of the original people have had to go to other towns, countries etc, and those that have been there all along have been working very hard to make things like this weekend happen. They could use some physical or moral support - even if it's just dropping by and telling someone how much you appreciate them, or that you back what they are doing. And if you can't be arsed going down there, send them a tweet or a FB like or a comment in their defence in the media. Or take them a bag of apples, some pens and paper, offer to give a talk - it's like nerd nite without a data projector!


Then I went home and despaired because my offspring seems about to start growing again, and this is preceded as usual by the Empty The Fridge phase. This week by the time I did the groceries on Saturday, the fridge had a squeezy bottle of tomato sauce and some mustard in it. No bread, no milk, no fruit, no vegies, not even noodles. All gone. Yikes!

So I thought I'd try baking. *cue gasps of shock* I have no baking recipes but figured the internet would know. The internet did not, however, know what ingredients I don't have. I had some dried fruit that I will never eat, but no vanilla essence or baking powder or any bakey type things. I ended up bastardising a recipe for fruit slice by taking out half the sugar and replacing it with Weetbix, and it made 12 biscuity things that the Youth of Today pronounced to be tasty and promptly ate half of them.

I have come to the conclusion that cooking is about the art of flavour and texture with things swapping in and out reasonably well, rather than an exact science requiring precise measurements of perfectly matched ingredients. I may think that because I haven't tried anything really hard yet.

But yeah, so far so good. Feeding giant teenagers on the cheap - tips please?

*Do not ever skate without kneepads. Sooner or later something you don't expect will happen and you will regret it in that "Fuck now I need a knee operation" kind of way.

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From:vernacularity
Date:October 30th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
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kinda the same with urban biking, but shins. i mean the "ride up a vertical wall" kind of thing. sooner or later one foot will come off a pedal while the other one is near the top of a stroke, and that one remaining foot will have all your weight pressing down on the pedal, rotating them backwards, so the other one comes up and gets you in the shin. with spikes.

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From:tatjna
Date:October 30th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I note that all the freestyle bikers in the Xgames wear shin pads that most RPG gamers would be proud to have on their characters.

+10 Tibia Reinforcement, +2 Calf Muscle Radius, +5 Protection From Toothed Adversaries.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 30th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
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I wore basically these long-shin ones, but an older model, except when I was just doing things I knew damn well I could do.


and one of these also for offroad



INVINCIBLE!!!
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 31st, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
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weee! I have some red ones of that style on my downhill bike. love 'em. we call them "bear-trap" pedals.

most street bikes though have platform pedals with nice sharp hollow allen-pins sticking up like


but the Brooklyn Machine Works "ShinBurgers" are something else again...
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
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That does indeed look remarkably like the tool my Mum used to use to bash cheap steak into tender submission.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 31st, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
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one of the reasons I prefer not to wear shorts.....

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From:pombagira
Date:October 30th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
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so cheep things to bake.. muffins always good i quite like banana and bran, so healthy and good. also you can get frozen berrie and add them to. you will however need to get some flour, bakeing powder and baking soda, if baking with fruit, as much recipies want both.

also if you have a cake recipie and muffin tins, you can cook your 'cake' in said muffin tin it just take a little less time, being that muffins are smaller and all that..

and finally when the recipie calls for seflraising flour and you only have plane, just add 1tspn of baking powder per 1 cup of flour or there abouts..

and then http://www.nzfavouriterecipe.co.nz/recipes/desserts/339-basic-muffins-recipe

so when searching for recipes on teh interwebs i found by hitting search NZ pages i did't have to worry much aobut converting measurements from pounds to kilos, however offten Australia has some good baking/cooking websties.. here is one http://www.taste.com.au/ i got my cupcake recipes from there.. they are most excellent http://www.taste.com.au/search-recipes/?q=classic+cupcakes&publication=

err.. opps..that got a bit long.. O.O

do be do
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From:tatjna
Date:October 30th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Hey look, it's the Baking Lady! ;-)

I have flour but none of this fancy baking powder bizzo. Yesterday's recipe said it should have some but it didn't do it any harm to not because it's a slice/biscuity thing.

My scales are in pounds/oz cos they were Mum's from the olden days, so I have to convert anyway. I shall get good at maths!
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From:pombagira
Date:October 30th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
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tehehe.. i likes teh baking, *beams*

well if you have pounds and oz then you can venture onto some of teh amerian sites.. all good. there are also good sites for converting, kgs to pounds..

also most of the cupcake/muffin recipies on the link i provided give measurements in cups which i think you have a set.. yay..

cakey like stuff is better with baking powder casue then it rises and becomes less like a small windowless building.. *grins*.. boy have i baked some of those. also the youth of today is a pretty dab hand at the baking.. just so you know.. *nods* and i believe he screatley likes it to.. in his emails should be the recipe for those cookies i used to make, and that he made a HUGE amount of for his birthday this year *beams*

do be do..
*smiles*
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From:bekitty
Date:October 31st, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)

Baking is chemistry for hungry people.

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You should check out the recipes in "Ladies, A Plate" by Alexa Johnston. They have measurements in both metric and imperial. It helps to remember that a pound is just over 450g, and one ounce is just under 30g. There are 16oz to a pound. Also, a cup is 8 fluid ounces.

I dislike the taste of raising agents like baking powder and baking soda, so I hardly ever use them. I'll see if I can dig out my recipe for scratch cookies for you!


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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)

Re: Baking is chemistry for hungry people.

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28g in an oz, 16 oz in a lb, 14 lb in a stone.

I might be old with parents from England, and have no trouble converting imperial/metric weights. Also, 1kg is ~2.25lbs. Also, the scale in the woolshed I used to teach in operated in cwt and then we'd have to convert to kilos to weight the bales. Fun times!

Interesting about the risey stuff. How do cakes and things turn out without it?
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From:bekitty
Date:October 31st, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)

Re: Baking is chemistry for hungry people.

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I'd forgotten you already knew that stuff. :) I only learned it when I moved to the US.

Although some measurements between the US and UK are different. My favourite story illustrating that was a conversation with an English scientist who was over in Tennessee for a conference, and was asked the difference between US pints and UK ones. He said, "Well, to start with, the US one is about four-fifths of a pint..." :)

He also said that he was rather disappointed when he went into a pub in the US and ordered a pint. He had this odd feeling that they'd short-changed him in the beer department, for some reason.

I don't generally tend to make cakes. The ones I do make usually have chocolate substituted for... well, most of the other ingredients. This makes them delicious when warm, and once they've cooled down, they can only be cut with a hammer and chisel. I'm much better with biscuits.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)

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I thought a cake without baking powder was a slice. ;-)

Yes, indeed I am old enough to remember being taught metric/imperial conversion in primary school. Just. But the scales I have now are ones Mum brought with her from England and they were the only ones we ever had..

I actually think there's some sense in American imperial measurements - they are at least less complicated - although the British ton is closer to a tonne than the American one is.

Does this mean our bulls are bigger?
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From:bekitty
Date:October 31st, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)

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Our bulls are tastier. *nods*
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From:tyellas
Date:October 31st, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)

Re: Baking is chemistry for hungry people.

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Chemical rising agents are such an integral part of what we think of as "cake" today that vegan cakes don't taste very different from animal-product cakes, because the rising agents? Being vegan, they're the same.

A lot of "cakes" in history would be very like slices, gingerbread, or fruitcake today, with no to minimal rising. Or they'd be yeast based, like babka or brioche.

Sponge cake rising was based on beaten egg white folded into the cake batter. That was why people walked around on tiptoes when a cake was in the oven. This takes extra time and effort, so it's been mostly superseded by rising agents.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)

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When we learned how to make sponges in Home Ec, we had to beat the egg whites AND add baking powder.

And my sponges were never that spongy anyway, at least not that I could tell the difference from my Mum's awesome butter cake.
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From:clashfan
Date:October 31st, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
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Feeding teenagers for cheap? My brother and I were 17 and 14 at the same time, both athletes in high school. We had friends over all. The. Time.

Mum learned really well. Crock pot cooking is your friend. Throw a turkey leg, a cut up onion, and some potatoes in with a little water or broth. A bay leaf and some spices to taste. If you like your veg mushy, throw 'em in. Turn it on High when you get home, or have YoT turn it on Low when he gets home. Side salad and you're good to go.

Or cook up a raft of rice and then stir fry some veg, with diced meat of choice if desired. Splash in some soy sauce, and you're set.

I like breakfast for dinner. Carmelize half an onion, scramble some egg, throw in a little cheese, top with salsa or fresh tomato. Serve with toast.

Meskin is cheap and easy. Carmelize onion, garlic, and capsicum. Throw in a can of refried beans and some shredded cheddar, until cheese is melted and beans are warmed through, stirring as you go. Smear onto tortillas, add desired from: chopped lettuce, sour cream, salsa, black olives, cilantro, diced raw onion.

Let me know if you like chili. I make a pretty good one.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

I'm not a big fan of chili really but I think you're onto something with the rice and throw in some vegies thing.

Dairy and produce are not cheap foods here sadly - apparently the supermarkets are price gouging on the produce by up to 800% - and at $3 a litre we pay more than Australia, the UK and the USA for milk by quite a bit. Yet another sign that things are going down the toilet here, given that we are the world's largest dairy exporter eh?

For some reason, grains are still relatively cheap and they seem to fill up the YoT for a reasonable amount of time, so I see a lot of them in his future.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 31st, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
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also, porridge.
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From:bekitty
Date:October 31st, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)

Graaaaiiinnnns....

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Quinoa is tasty and nutritious apparently. Depending on what you put with it.
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From:wildilocks
Date:October 31st, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
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Yay skating~ I haven't skated in wee while, either. Maybe only 2 years though.... I miss it! Think skates are in a box in Welly but not 100% sure.... perils of living between several cities...

If Wellington is still being Occupied when we are back we will totally be down there :)) Perth has been only minimally Occupied, so have only spent a little time there, but hope to drop in again this weekend before heading to Thailand :)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 31st, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
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Sweet! Also, congratulations to you both. ;-)
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From:wildilocks
Date:December 4th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
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thankyou! (digging through the depths of the inbox attempting to clear it... ;)
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