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Lydy was kind enough to bring back some medium oatmeal from England. I've tried Andy Leighton's parkin recipe with other forms, and none was ideal. (The steel-cut oats were a particularly interesting failure; they never softened, so I ended up with something crunchy and more candy-like.) Unfortunately, if there's a place to get medium oats locally, I haven't found it.

Anyway, I had a kilogram of medium oats, so I made parkin according to Andy's recipe. It's unlike most in that it doesn't call for flour, only oatmeal. I don't know what Andy would say about the results, but I was very happy with it, and gave some to Lydy, who also approved.

But the recipe (as originally posted at my request in rec.art.sf.fandom, IIRC) has a note at the end: "This version keeps very well, and is very nice after a couple of weeks wrapped in greaseproof paper (don't keep it in a tin or plastic container it dries out)."

Why should greaseproof paper (which I assume is equivalent to waxed paper) be more desirable than an airtight container? Is the high sugar content supposed to cause it to suck out moisture from the air?

This batch is just over a week old, and I haven't seen a noticeable change after storing it in a tin. If I make another batch, I'm tempted to experiment by leaving some open to the air, some wrapped in waxed paper, and some in the tin as usual. Assuming it lasts that long, of course. This recipe makes parkin with the approximate density of very tasty neutronium (so I cut it into small pieces), but it's very moreish.

I'll add the recipe below, just in case anyone is curious. I don't own a 7x10 pan (I think I converted all the units from the original when I put it in my recipe file), so I use a 9x9 one -- and that overflowed a bit. I might try a 9x13 one next time, and cook it for a shorter time.

(By the way -- back to that common language thing -- I was always curious why black treacle was an optional ingredient if it was treacle parkin. Then I saw an episode of Great British Bake Off where the technical challenge was treacle tart, and it called for golden syrup. Apparently golden syrup is considered light treacle in the UK, and molasses is black treacle.)

Andy Leighton's Treacle Parkin

16 oz Golden Syrup
8 oz Butter
24 oz Medium Oatmeal
8 oz Brown Sugar
2 tsp Ginger (if you like lots of ginger add another tsp)

Warm the Golden Syrup and butter until just melted and then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Grease a medium tin (about 7" by 10"), and throw the lot in a low oven (gas mark 2, 300F) for 2 hours. It is done when it springs back when touched, although don't be worried if it is a bit underdone and gooey in the middle.

Note: the above recipe is more or less how I (Andy Leighton) make Parkin, although sometimes I use less sugar and a bit more oatmeal -- I just throw approximate measures in and go from appearance. You can use half golden syrup and half black treacle if you want a more treacley taste. This version keeps very well, and is very nice after a couple of weeks wrapped in greasproof paper (don't keep it in a tin or plastic container it dries out).
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He stopped eating overnight Friday / Saturday. He ate over half his dinner Friday, and has been pretty much ignoring any food since then. We put scrambled egg - a real delicacy! - in his mouth on Saturday, and he just let it fall on the floor and ignored then. Since then, any food we put in front of him might get sniffed at, and then he turns his head away.

I'll be calling the vet as soon as possible after they open at 7:30am, and seeing when we can get him in.

I haz a cold

Jul. 12th, 2017 05:21 pm
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Or possibly the flu. Normal people don't run a fever when they have a cold, but this is the thing where my brain turns to fuzz and my temp goes up to 102 or so. (Only 101 fondly Fahrenheit right now, but the evening is young.) I haven't been able to contemplate food all day, though I'm trying (not very successfully) to remain hydrated.

In the absence of someone to make chicken soup for me, I think I'm going to call the local Chinese restaurant that delivers and order some wonton soup.

I guess Lydy wasn't noncontagious on Friday after all.

We have a diagnosis on Ziggy

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:10 am
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It's not Addison's. It's third-degree {something something} - I think the second word was arrhythmia?

Basically, his nerves are not communicating well enough with his heart to tell it to fire.

The treatment is a pacemaker. That's not in the cards. The veterinary cardiologist gives him maybe a month left to live.
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Week of Jul 3 - 10

Last night Rajesh broke a month long streak of NOT attacking me in the middle of the night. I'm left with a big scratch on my knee, a smaller one on my foot and a tiny one on my wrist. I think it's the weather. It was oppressive with the tension of a storm that never really broke in our area, despite hail in other quarters. It's been hot and humid for the past week and his appetite has been off. I gave him some catnip this morning and he's curled up asleep now.

Just briefly: in the past few days since my last report, at MFW I attended an interesting workshop on marketing, basically about analyzing my 'brand' to distinguish my work from that of every other writer out there.

I realized I'll have to do all the exercises twice, since Naomi Stone's books also need to be distinguished from Laramie Sasseville's books. This led me to update the web page for my Laramie fiction in prep for the promos that are going out this week for 'One of Me is Missing.' (Available at $0.99 for a limited time only!)

After some research into formatting mobi & epub with Scrivener, I redid 'Wedding the Wind' and have a nicer version up on Instafreebie as an offering for my newsletter subscribers during this promo week.

This week I need to get back in the writing groove and not obsess about the promos.

Coming up:
Write: Yuletide
Start audio recording, with 'Fair Play' ?
Friday: dentist
Saturday: Mnstf picnic

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