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Only Human

Title: Only Human
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Author: darkmagess
Rating: PG13
Length: 3100
Characters: Stiles, Derek, Sheriff Stilinski

Summary: After this last year of additional abuses at the hands of both friends and enemies, Derek finally starts to deal with the things that have been done to him after returning to Beacon Hills. There's only one place to go and one person to talk to, though, and he's not sure what to expect when he asks Stiles to listen.

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WTF Thursday?!

  •  Apartment building fire in Jersey City
  • Water main break in Hoboken (which affected Jersey City)
  • Access authentication server for all of OUP's websites on the fritz
  • Major functionalities on the websites down
  • Two major projects to provide necessary website functionality and future configurations canceled
  • UK team had NO IDEA that there was a calendar for scheduling the use of the ONE content loader we have that can only run ONE job at a time. Major content updates at risk.
  • Important book on the Senate delayed further by last minute copyediting questions
  • Exterminator calls out of the blue at 3pm to ask if I can let him in the apartment in .5 hrs. Mgt company won't answer phone.
  • PATH trains busted
  • Raining on the walk home
  • Ants all over the kitchen

Beauty and the Beast #BATB

 I've started watching the new CW Beauty and the Beast show, mostly because io9 declared it the best guilty pleasure on TV right now.

God damn they were right.

Some things over the course of 7 episodes is outright absurd. Like the fact that Vincent can hear your pulse from a rooftop but needs a stethoscope to check someone's lungs. Or a woman walks into a gallery and follows a blood trail along a wall to a dead body and then screams, but when we see the zoomed out shot, the dead body was like 5 feet away from her in plain view from anywhere in the room. But what it has got 100% right is creating relationship-based suspense and tension through lack of communication. 

That sounds like a really specific thing. But will they/won't they is often portrayed as a function of whether the people involved talk. And whether as a viewer you can reasonably believe that their personalities keep them trapped within themselves beyond simple annoying stupidity. 

The action sequences are also interesting. Whoever they have doing Catherine's fight scenes uses a more advanced martial arts than are usually portrayed, especially by a woman cop. She's using moves you'd see in an UFC ring. 

I do think Catherine is a bit forgiving when she learns that Vincent has been stalking her. I mean, it works out in her favor that he does. But still, you'd think that would be pretty upsetting, even if your stalker is hot and mysterious.

And I very much like the introduction of Vincent's fugue episodes. For some reason he's chosen not to tell Cat that that's why he let her down, but it's going to come out in the next episode.

Monthly Cook-up!

So back to Whole30 rules on Monday, aided by all the meals I've made with today's delivery from Freshdirect.

Completed today:

Italian Meatballs 
Mongolian Beef 
Chipotle Lime Chicken &
Mediterranean Pork Chops

Hawaiian Chicken
Southwestern Pot Roast
6 dozen wings chopped into pieces and frozen

To be completed:
Beef Goulash
Pulled Chicken Stuffed Peppers
Pork Xaguti

Almost every dish is meant for 4 people originally and was doubled as freezer meals, so it should be 8 servings at least for each one.

Grand total: ~$300

Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Putting this here so I don't forget it:

1 lb ground turkey 
3 teaspoon minced onion
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon oregano 
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon thyme 
1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
1/4 teaspoon allspice 

Mix. Chill. Cook! 


Iroh's Tea

This blend took longer to develop, because I took awhile going the wrong direction. Iroh's favorite tea is jasmine, so I started with that. He is also a member of the Order of the White Lotus, which suggested flowers. And then I needed something to represent that he's a fire bender.

At first, I thought ginger would be the flavor of the fire nation. But ginger turned Iroh's Tea into plastic, so that wasn't the way.

1 part jasmine pearl
2 1/2 part osmanthus
1/8 part crushed red pepper
*optionally, the seeds from one chile de arbol

Boil water and then let cool for 5 minutes. Steep tea for 3 minutes.


Fire Nation Tea

Inspired by someone I saw mixing fandom tea blends on Adagio.com, I decided to try to mix teas for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I actually tried Iroh first, but that's proving more elusive.

So the first success is Fire Nation Tea:

1 part gunpowder
1 part yerba mate
1/4 part lapsang souchong
1/2 part ginger root

The tea has a smoky aroma and spicy bite, with the energizing effects of yerba mate.

Boil water and let sit for 6 minutes. Steep for 3 minutes. Optionally serve with topped and seeded chile de arbol in the cup.

Dark chocolate sorbet

A recipe that works! At least so far... and this one is mostly unchanged from a gourmet website.

Apparently I should have started my frozen dessert experiments with chocolate, because chocolate is magic. You can make chocolate mousse out of nothing more than dark chocolate and water... and apparently you can make chocolate sorbet almost as easily.

So, ingredients:

2 1/4 c water
2/4 c cocoa powder
1c sugar or 1/3 + 1.5T truvia
6oz dark chocolate
1/2 t vanilla
pinch salt

Directions: Put 1.5 c of water, cocoa powder, sweetener, and salt in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil for 45 seconds, whisking continuously. The water will boil high up the sides before settling down. Remove from heat, add chopped dark chocolate and whisk until melted. Add vanilla and remaining 3/4 c water. Mix. Pour mixture into a blender and blend for 15 seconds. Chill mixture for 2 hours. Add to ice cream maker and turn on for 30-45 minutes. it should look like ice cream! Transfer to a container and put in freezer.

I used Trader Joe's cocoa powder and 72% chocolate. 72% might be a little high. 65% might work better.

Right now my first batch is in the freezer hardening. Of everything I've tried recently, this is the most promising. And it makes me think that the missing ingredient in my previous attempts was cocoa butter. I knew there wasn't enough fat, and the beauty of chocolate is that it comes with the fat built in. So maybe if I want to make vanilla I can do it with cocoa butter and basically make a white chocolate sorbet.

Non-Dairy, Sugar-Free "ice cream"

By now I'm on my 4th or 5th attempt to make an ice cream using almond milk and a sugar substitute. I'm still surprised at a) how difficult this is and b) how few recipes there are out there. Dairy-free sure. But 99% of the good ones use coconut milk, which gives me a stomach ache. And the rest use cashews. And pretty much no one, anywhere, thinks that cashews are actually good for you, regardless of which diet guru you listen to.

The basic problem, as best I can tell, is a fat issue. If you don't have enough fat in the recipe, you get ice instead of ice cream. If you want vanilla flavored, sweet, almondy ice cubes, I've got some recipes for you!

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Oh show

Felicia Day on SPN was great. It's best she doesn't stay so she doesn't die. But still, an enjoyable visit. And hey, Dean flirted with a guy! Like a pro.