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Mar. 1st, 2012

10:04 am - Domestic bliss, and other terrifyingly grownup topics

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Last night there was a lentil nightmare in our kitchen as I made my first ever attempt to cook with lentils. After watching a lot of The Young Ones in my formative years, I had this idea that lentils were essentially tasteless mush. But in the interests of continuing to push my food-creation-and-consumption boundaries along with Leaning Towards The Vegetarian*, I finally dived in and gave them a go. And people ate it, and nobody died! In fact I'd go so far as to say that as long as you weren't expecting it to be meat-flavoured, it was pretty damn good. Next time I'll cook the lentils for a bit longer and add another egg and maybe some breadcrumbs - it was a bit crumbly and could have been juicier. But yes, I would say the lentil experiment was relatively successful.


One of the things on the list for last weekend was "Make a decision on the first big home project to tackle." You see, we've been keeping an Evernote with ideas for the house and there are quite a lot of them, covering most of the rooms, but it's a bit gant-charty in that x relies on y being done first and y may need z to be done because of the light switch having to be moved but before we can move the light switch we need to decide on the size of x. Etc. And that's a recipe for going around in circles and doing nothing.

But yesterday's course result means I get to submit for reimbursement of last year's course fees, which puts my Do Stuff To The House account in a place where we can actually Do Some Stuff. But what stuff?

And this is where I remembered the First Law Of Renovation - sort out your energy efficiency first. Now, our house is pretty warm but we've had a couple of cold nights lately and on those horrible southerly winter days in Wellington I'd like to be taking advantage of that warmth by keeping it in the house and not letting it go out this bank of upstairs windows which is currently sans coverings:



So I suggested that how about we do that then and Dr Wheel, being the obliging chap he is (and probably also being as tangled up about where else to start as I was) said "OK then."

Which is where the scary part starts. Looking at brochures oh shit. Luckily for us, tieke and Happy have just been through this process and acted very much as our sacrificial guinea pigs in terms of checking and discarding various options for *cough* Window Fashions *cough*. Yes, seriously, Window Fashions. Yikes. Anyway, they did all the work and we got the recommendation of honeycomb blinds which can be inserted within window frames and have a reasonably high R-value. All good. But the recommendation came with a brochure with this picture on the front:



tieke finds this woman terrifying. Dr Wheel reckons she probably doesn't own that house. I wonder if anyone ever really sits around in their house wearing that much makeup and jewellery while trying to look casual. Folks, let this be a lesson to you. If you start referring to your curtains as Window Fashions, this is what you could turn into. *shudder*

So anyway, this morning I emailed the people to book an appointment for them to come and look at our windows and give advice on an approach to our *cough* winter styling. I would like to be able to remove the blinds fairly easily for when we get to the bit where we install the jungle gym in the lounge, since that'll probably involve taking out the suspended ceiling and that could be damaging, eh? But meanwhile, we will have taken Step 1 of The Great Transformation.

I feel like a grown up. I am also wondering how the Colour Discussion will go. Because I'm told this can be.. interesting...


Also, if I turn into one of those people who is unable to decide between three different shades of Boring Beige Desert Sands that you can't actually see a difference between, please shoot me.

* I still love me some meat and with the rate the Youth of Today is changing dimensions I think it's sensible to continue to have it occasionally, but I'm aiming for 3 times a week or less, and two of those occasions to be fish or chicken. Yes, that climate change course did have an impact on me, why do you ask? Also: nom, steak.

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From:anna_en_route
Date:February 29th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on the lentil success.


Eeek window fashions!

I'm just on the boarders of starting to look for a house to buy and the thought of actually having to pay attention to windows and their fashions is a little scary.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 29th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Yeah tell me about it. Although, my experience of house buying started off disheartening and got better as I got more sure of what I wanted. And luckily, window fashions can be refashioned to taste with minimum cost/effort.

The thing that sold me on my house was when the builder's report found NO dampness. *fistpump*
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 29th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
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The other thing to remember is that you should choose your Window Fashions to match your skin tone. APPARENTLY
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From:tatjna
Date:February 29th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Hmm.. I wonder if they make Window Fashions in So Not An English Rose Blotchy?

Also, I was just looking at curtain rods and apparently they are Window Fashions too.
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From:missprune
Date:February 29th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I cook lentils pretty often - the brown kind (have yet to experiment with red lentils). I often use chicken broth as part of the liquid. And a half cup of white wine towards the end of the cooking. And some nicely almost-caramelized onion. It can develop a pretty rich flavor with these additions. And a generous chunk of butter.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 29th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
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At this point I will shamefacedly admit that I wouldn't know the difference between a brown lentil and a red one - I just bought some out of the bulk bins in our local supermarket. O.o

I can see how adding those things would enrich the flavour though - and I was surprised to find that I quite like the taste of just the plain ones (ie they actually have some).
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From:tieke
Date:February 29th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Our electricians were great, if you want a recommendation
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From:rantydave
Date:March 1st, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
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A Lasagna dish.

As soon as you go shopping specifically to get a lasagna dish it's all over rover and you need to eat yourself, left foot first.

Up until then all domestication is actually OK.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 1st, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
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I have two different sizes of pie dishes (bought especially for our household piefest). Do they count?

Also, lasagna is on my list of things to learn how to make. Should I start eating myself now to save some time?
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From:friggasmuse
Date:March 1st, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
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Window fashions! Yay! Hahaha
I have now bookmarked the lentil recipe, with your modifications in mind :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 1st, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
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I think you should get all the colours of lentils and colour-coordinate them in your fantastic pantry, then put photos on the internet. ;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:March 1st, 2012 07:37 am (UTC)
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free free be free the mung beans man...


*grins*

actually at camp we made really nice lentle and that super seed err something wai, patties, it also had bread crumbs, umm tomato past, garlic, onion, herb salt, and maybe an egg.. it was pretty good fried on the bbq.. *ponders this* and moist.. noms!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 1st, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
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Yep, I reckon the breadcrumbs are the thing. This stuff had all those things in it too and was very tasty but wouldn't hold together for the barbie and was kind of dry. So I reckon another egg, some breadcrumbs and maybe a bit more cheese.
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From:wildilocks
Date:March 2nd, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Weeeeeeee soooooow ...... the seeeeeeed!
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