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Posted on 27 Apr 2011 22:47:47 BDT
Haven't read Martin, myself. I *might* attempt it but I've heard it is quite dark and I'm a humor/light/cozy reader myself. Oh, I read the occasional dark fantasy if it isn't too morose. Robin Hobb? Too depressing. Joshua Palmatier? I can handle. But I like silly things like Janet Evanovich, Karent Cantwell, Elizabeth Peters (not all that silly, good mysteries). I read fantasy that isn't silly, but I will read silly fantasy as well. And I do love a good urban fantasy, oh yes, I do.

I had heard he had a bit of writer's block too. Must be hard when you've got a series out that is so well thought of. And now you need to continue to amaze and dazzle. You've fans waiting. Sending letters, even. And there you sit staring at the screen with not an idea in your head.

Best to go make those sausages and parsnips. I do not think we have parsnips here. I've heard of them, but not certain I've eaten them. I just grew beets for the first time ever this winter. Yum! Quite good, although I did not figure out to peel them the first time we ate them. Despite being VERY well-scrubbed, they were a tad on the earthy side. Much better peeled. I think I'll grow them next winter although husband was not overly impressed.

Picked the first roma tomato of the season this morning. Very happy about that.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 22:50:32 BDT
Florence43 says:
If you find Robin Hobb too depressing then Martin is definitely not for you Maria.

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 22:53:07 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
I haven't read any of the books but I'm loving the TV show so far. Is it just me, or does Peter Dinklage sound like Victor Meldrew at times?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2011 02:06:32 BDT
Thanks, Florence. I was pretty sure about the depressing part. :>)

Posted on 28 Apr 2011 08:01:37 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
What marks out of 10 would you give the book you are reading at the moment, I am reading Michael Crightons 'next' I would give it 4/10.

Change of topic why do bloody frozen pizza never cook even in the oven, last night, perfect in the middle burnt on edges.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2011 08:06:39 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Maria, I have seen on the news that the southern states have had some serous weather, I do not know if it as touched Texas at all but keep safe.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2011 19:39:11 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
I got the kids to buy me one of those stone bases to cook pizzas on. you do have to make the dough for the pizza first though. It was great. But sadly only used twice since Christmas. And that was the Christmas before last...

Posted on 29 Apr 2011 19:41:35 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Its like when you buy bread makers, you never use them you may as well go out and by a loaf.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2011 20:58:01 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
Funny you shd mention that... I had a breadmaker for a presie about 4 years ago... think I do still have it somewhere. It was good, but you do still need to be around for quite a few hours while it is processing. Not really much of an improvement on making bread by hand

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2011 21:23:09 BDT
Thanks G.D. We were safe here near Austin. There was a tornado in Texas and Lordy, a lot of the southern states got smacked very hard. Apparently the thing was huge and took out several subdivisions. Left behind a horrible mess. We have had high winds through most of the winter; I hope the crazy weather ends soon.

Thanks for the thoughts my way. Always appreciated!!!

Posted on 30 Apr 2011 19:55:41 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Thank god the royal weddiing is over, I can't believe they have had it as the main story today on the news. All the death and destruction around the world' I just do not get it.
what would have been good entertaintment is if they could have been on that sky tv show, were they are up against other couples to be able to get married.
One good thing posh spice was there so that would save on some of the grub spent on this bash.

Posted on 30 Apr 2011 21:59:56 BDT
Must confess that while I didn't watch any of the wedding, I did see a few pix on the web and it was nice to see something happy as opposed to the windblown destruction of the south (or name your crisis.) They do appear a very jolly couple; wish them well of course. I read one summation of the ceremony and was DEEPLY disappointed that no one bothered to say if the cake was any good. Perhaps it is just me, but in American weddings, its oft talked about. You go to all the trouble to go to a wedding and the bride/groom has spent a small fortune on a FABULOUS looking cake that is VERY often dry or overcooked or mostly icing and no cake. Many of the best looking are frozen ahead of time and then get a soggy exterior and can be quite stale. So when a wedding cake is actually good, it is quite the news .

Then too, I am a big fan of cake. So there was a picture of the cake and yes, yes it looked almost unreal it was so beautiful, but not a word on whether or not it lived up that look. Was it just average? Did anyone even bother to eat it? Were those decorations all edible and were they merely sugar or buttercream?

I tell you journalism today is so sloppy. All this blathering on about the car they borrowed for a spin or the carriage or some such and not a word about the food, especially the cake!!!

Posted on 30 Apr 2011 22:09:54 BDT
Florence43 says:
It was chocolate cake I beleive so at least that was a start!

I agree, it was nice to not be bombarded with unending doom on the news for once. We alsways harp on about loss of community spirit and then when the chance for some appears we get people moaning about the cost. I don't think people should have had to pay for street closures for parties then everyone could have had a bring a plate of food party for very little cost. Who cares if you don't agree with the catalyst for the party you should party anyway.

Posted on 30 Apr 2011 23:51:26 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Maria and Florence: the cake was 17 individual fruit cakes in 8 tiers. It featured 900 flowers and 17 varieties of leaf in cream and icing. William had also asked for a chocolate fridge cake made with McVities Rich Tea bikkies.
The other food included wild mushroom and celeriac chausson (whatever that is), pork belly and shoulder of lamb with bubble and squeak and smoked haddock fishcake with pea guacamole i.e. mushy peas!
I'm now starving and will have to find something suitable to eat before bed.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2011 23:57:02 BDT
Nell Gavin says:
Maria, this has been bothering me for quite some time. Do you have a son, Joaquim?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2011 00:06:10 BDT
Florence43 says:
Chausson is something to do with puff pastry.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2011 01:03:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 May 2011 01:31:32 BDT
Hi Nell, no, sorry, I do not have a son! Why do you ask?

Lez, FRUIT CAKES??? Well, at least William had the sense to ask for chocolate!!! Shows some good upbringing and moral fiber there, if you ask me!!! I don't know what a McvVties Rich Tea Bikkies is; I pray it has nothing to do, or nothing in common with, Twinkies. The 17 varieties of leaf in cream sounds decent enough.

Pork belly? All that money and the thing you come up with is PORK BELLY??? Egads. No, HORRORS.

Pea guacamole? I'm sure it tasted better than it sounds. Around here we call that "baby food."

Shoulder of lamb sounds most excellent. No idea if the lamb shoulder bubbles or squeaks.

Well, it's a nice calizoni for me. Most foods are improved with either cheese--or chocolate!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2011 02:29:06 BDT
Nell Gavin says:
I knew a woman named Maria Schneider (I think that was her last name) who was from Austin. I thought it was unlikely, but I had to ask.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2011 10:08:49 BDT
Florence43 says:
Pork belly has been very popular here in the uk Maria over the past few years. They seem to have perfected a way to get it really soft and scrummy with good crackling on the top. As for the guacamole - we call it mushy peas!

Posted on 1 May 2011 10:59:08 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
I love wedding cake. My aunty made ours. Traditionally you keep the top tier for the christening cake - assuming it is a fruit cake of course. We had a few years till we needed ours but it was still perfect. Just needed re-icing

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2011 13:14:10 BDT
Nothing against bacon, although it just doesn't seem wedding fare. Having a bit of trouble picturing it. I was thinking fresh greens, something somehow healthful sounding...maybe strogonoff or a fancy pasta...the fish sounded about right. :>)

Nope, nope, cannot get behind a fruit cake. Unless I suppose it is apple harvest or carrot cake. But really chocolate is best. :>)

Nell, no problem. Sorry to disappoint. I'm not from Austin originally; was raised in New Mexico. You'll hear me speak of NM fondly.

Karen, a homemade wedding cake is the BEST.


Posted on 1 May 2011 20:54:02 BDT
I Readalot says:
I must admit I did flip channels in time to see the dress, very elegant but I am afraid it didn't make me go 'WoW'. Personally I thin that the Dress Uniforms worn by William and Harry were more impressive and yet those responsible got hardly a mention. I wonder if the bookies are taking bets as to when the first baby will be born, wouldn't surprise me.

Posted on 3 May 2011 07:55:35 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I never got a single piece of wedding cake, We shot off to Kenya for our honeymoon and I got acute apedisitus( nearly died).
I had to spend an extra 3 weeks out there.
joke- Oh Ive just seen that the U.S are now looking for a work terrorist in our factory is name is 'AS THA BIN SKIVE IN' he can't be found anywhere.

Posted on 3 May 2011 15:08:59 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I can't believe it for the first time in 20 years Ive got excited about snooker.It was really entertaining.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2011 10:26:48 BDT
I Readalot says:
i have to admit that the standard of snooker is impressive nowadays but I get nostalgic for the days of the characters like Alex Higgins, Ray Reardon, Dennis Taylor and John Virgo. It was a different sport with a lot of humour and you never quite knew what was going to happen next
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