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Tonight was quail night...

January 14th, 2006 (08:16 pm)
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Yep, we finally cooked up the quail I'd picked up at the oriental food store a month or more ago. Seeing as no one here had any idea how to cook it, I went with basic roasting. The quail itself turned out reasonably well, but I don't think we'll be buying it again. Too much of a pain to eat and it's a bit gamier than we like. The only other time I really remember having quail was when out for lunch at a small restaurant / cafe downtown. All I remember was bones, bones and more bones, and yeah, when eating the things today, we resorted to being utterly barbaric. :P Still, 'twas fun. Everyone agreed, the drumstick was fine, the rest of the bird was too gamy.

Yesterday though... Curse wombat1138. I finally had a moment to roast up some nuts in the oven and make up a certain toffee dessert recipe and... It's good. *___* And I dissolved the remains from the pot in some water sufficient for a nice large cup of tea... Next time, I'll use more water when making toffee'd water/tea. It was a bit too concentrated in my tea and made for quite the sugary high. But ohhhh so good! ^____^ The dessert too turned out well and is threatening everyone's waistlines. :P It's actually a candy that I really like and occasionally bought from Purdy's (English Toffee), but making it myself... ^___^ I can choose which nuts to add, and how much to roast them and... YUM! Thanks so much for the recipe!

Otherwise, the other day, the female sibling unit, despairing of ever finding her favourite gel pen again, went out and bought some new pens. One gel/ballpoint/fountain pen set and a single Waterman(?) ballpoint. I might see about buying her a Waterman gel pen if I can find one for her birthday then. She gave me the Sigma fountain pen so now I have to find some ink cartridges. ^^;; But, getting the fountain pen (I bought her a fountain pen in Japan for her Xmas present but at the last minute changed to the ipod, which incidentally I still have... :P) made me wonder: What is it like using a quill pen?? (Comes from the original fic excerpt I'd written earlier). The feel of the quill on paper, does it catch a lot?, how about blotchiness? I wonder if Jon Williams or similar might have one. I haven't picked up calligraphy supplies in so long... It might be interesting to try actually. :P

And I'm down to about 1/3 of the tin of Florence tea left from Harney & Sons. >_<; This tea has quickly become a favourite this season and I'm not sure what I'm going to do when I run out. I don't think I'd enjoy it as much in the summer time (it's a choco-hazelnut tea). *sigh* I think I'll probably hold off buying a new tin until next fall. There's still all the teas from Specialteas to try. ^^; But yeah. Quiet weekend by the looks of things. Always nice. ^___^

I think I'll go make myself another cup of tea (...Harney's Apple Cinnamon this time; another nice yum) and maybe read/write something. :P I haven't re-read my GH fanfics (the ones in progress) for some time and really should try working on them again. ^^;

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Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)

mmmmm… fountain pen… *dreamy sigh* I don't know about a quill, but for a while I was writing with a glass quill. It was interesting - lots of dipping, but nice smooth flow. 'Til the tip splintered. :(

There's a pen company that makes gel re-fills. If I weren't so lazy, I'd get up & check. It's Shaeffer or Parker, I think. So, as long it fits, any pen can be a gel pen. (I think the colour choices are limited, though - mine's blue. Boring! But gel!)

If your Sigma pen takes standard cartridges, and you like colours, you're gonna love Herbin. Such a wonderful selection of colours!

Okay, I'm gonna stop being a pen geek now.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)

Herbin? I don't think I've ever heard the name before. :-? *looks up on Google...*

*pounce* Okay, tell! Can you get these in Canada? If so where?? Those glass pens look neat! *___* I have no idea if *maybe* Jon Williams here might carry anything like those pens. The inks maybe but the pens! I actually have some hand made reed pens since one calligraphy instructor had gone and harvested a bunch of reeds one week, but they also have quill pens, and the ink colours! >_< I hear my credit card preparing for flight but... Oh those look pretty. I wonder if Mona Lisa mightn't be online... I haven't hit any of the art stores for so long but this might prompt me to fight parking and try. Pretty pens... Pretty inks... *___*

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
Momiji secret

*laughs*

I got Herbin inks from Laywine's in Yorkville. But that won't help you much. The colours are indeed gorgeous. While I'm being evil-but-cute, I should mention Bethge (sp?) inks, too. More gorgeous colours.

Hey, at least I didn't tell you about Stone, who made gorgeous colours but stopped. (Laywine's had a colour book, and every Stone colour was far superior, and unavailable. booooo…)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Frustrated / defiant Tohru

*sullen glower* My credit card wasn't fast enough last night. >_<; I also spent most of the night drooling my way through a bunch of art supply e-shops.

Stone...... that name sounds familiar; had a diamond like emblem behind the name maybe?? I'm not sure. But if they're already gone... ;_;

I took a look at Bethge's site and they're really hard to find in North America! Might have to order direct from Europe?? I'll have to keep looking around. The good thing is, while looking for their ink, I found a site that sells Platinum pen cartridges. *whew* That's the brand of fountain pen I bought in Japan last trip and I wasn't sure if their cartridges were proprietary or not. Unfortunately they are.

As it is, I found one shop in Montreal (stylo.ca) that carries Herbin inks although a bit more expensive than some US companies. I'm starting to eye Private Reserve inks as well since they have lots of pretty colours too). >_< I'm going to have to do a lot of writing at this rate (especially since most of the inks I bought were cartridges).

Also, while looking for glass pens, I came across a small e-shop called Shakespeare's Den so I put in an order for some of their pens (glass styluses as well as glass dip pens). Not sure how they'll be since they're on the very low end of glass pen pricing. I figure if I like the feel I can pick up a nice one from Pendemonium or someplace similar. I just hope they arrive intact. I'd hate to have the tip splinter though. >_< (Pendemonium sells a repairable glass pen actually).

I'm going to go hide my credit card and then go drool some more over the pretty inks. And nibs. And pens. And... >_<;;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
rat by skellorg on obsessiveicons

Actually, I've never seen a bottle of Stone ink. The store had done the book when the inks were available, but by the time I got there, they weren't. :(

Poor credit card. They should learn to run faster. Mine's pretty slow, too. *whimper*

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)

what does quail taste like? :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)

>_<;; Ummm... it's primarily a dark meat bird although very small. So it's stronger flavoured. Not at all like chicken... perhaps more like a drier duck? It has a distinct gamy taste. (I'm lousy at describing flavours). ^^;;

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)

Quail, huh. I've had Cornish Game Hen before, but never quail. I kept thinking as I was eating it, "Awwww, lookit the tiny lil' chicken..."

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)

*laughs* I've never tried cooking Cornish hens before either, but yeah they are small aren't they? About one per person sized, IIRC. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 15th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Swedish Chef - Cooking

Have you ever seen Gigi? In it, they eat ortilons (sp?); I don't know the English translation, but it's a small bird they eat bones & all. Leslie Caron does a great job of looking horrified as she's trying to crunch on all those little bones.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 16th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)

A bird small enough that you can eat the bones?? Whoa... I've never seen the movie before though. Would you suggest it? (I usually buy; I don't think we have a valid video rental membership anymore). ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 16th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Crest of Paris

I really like the movie. I've heard it described as the last of the great MGM musicals. It's got Leslie Caron & Louis Jourdan & Maurice Chevalier. Also, it's directed by Vincente Minelli, and features some lovely Paris (!) cinematography. Even if it does mess with geography and go from Versailles to the Bois de Bologne (a 2-hour trip) mid-song.

I watched it off PBS. PBS is good. ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 17th, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)

Cheers on that! I'll be sure to keep my eyes open should it come back. I agree PBS is good. ^__^

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: January 16th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)

Yep. One per person. I had it at a Rennaisance Madrigal Program a few years ago. It was pretty neat, actually. It's a shame they don't have it anymore. They had Bread Pudding and Wasail and all sorts of stuff like that.

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: January 16th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Mwahahah.

Glad you like the toffee recipe :) usually for the cleanup step, I try to use just enough liquid to cover the bottom, put on the lid for a few minutes to let the steam wash down the sides, and then pour the result into a small container to store in the fridge for use by the spoonful. Come to think of it, it's probably a really good starter for chai concentrte-- I'll have to try that next time.

Once you step down the dark path of pen geekage, forever will it dominate your destiny. Rather than fountain-pen refill cartridges, however, I recommend refill converters that will let you suck up ink from bottles. (Before I found out about converters, I used to carry around a small hypodermic needle for refilling my ink cartridges, and now feel intensely grateful in retrospect that my school didn't have backpack searches.) It's also possible to get rollerballs which can take fountain-pen cartridges/converters, and sometime last year in Halifax NS, of all places, I bought a cartridge-refill brush pen which I haven't tried yet, but am hoping that I can find a compatible cartridge converter once I do. I've never tried writing with a quill, but do have one of those twisty glass pens around somewhere-- iirc it wrote nicely and everything, but the constant re-dipping was just too much of a pain. Sigh.

Oh, and speaking of tea, I finally got to the local Teavana outpost and was not entirely whelmed by its aura of yuppie/yoga/spa tea boutique; will probably work on a writeup thereof eventually. And I had quail once, courtesy of a gun-nut coworker; it was tasty except for the little crunchy pellets he didn't all take out?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 16th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: Mwahahah.

Heheh. I'll have to remember that the toffee'd water is to be used sparingly if used in drinks. ^^; By the looks of things here, the candy'll last another 2-3 days at best and then we'll be out. >_< I was really surprised though. The most time consuming part about making it was roasting the nuts. I'll have to see if I try making any more this season or if it waits until next fall/winter. ^___^

I've always had a soft spot for pretty inks and gel pens (especially when I was living in Japan), but never went fully over to fountain pens and inks before. Thankfully I won't have to fight with refilling the cartridges! That cartridge refill brush sounds really interesting. I've a couple of disposable brush pens but I never use them. ^^; I'll have to see how the glass pens go. I was playing with my calligraphy pens this evening and I really have forgotten how much of a pain those things can be sometimes. ^^; Oh well, shall see. :P

A shame about Teavana. :-/

The thought of shooting quail makes me think of shooting something like robins. They seem almost too small for it. :P

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 16th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
Re: Mwahahah.
Make your own rules

heheheh… I was going to mention the realpens.com motto: if it doesn't suck ink from a bottle, it's not a real pen. But I don't know Shadow well enough yet to be pensnobby. ^_^

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: January 17th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)
Re: Mwahahah.

No no no. Sharing the joy of bottled inky goodness isn't pensnobbery. It's a public service which confers good karma on everyone by spreading enlightenment (and occasional inkstains). Here, I shall demonstrate:

...And a sign appeared unto them, and they did scroll down to the cartridge brush, and there was happy dancing squeeness! SQUEE!!!!

(Actually, I'm pretty sure the cartridge brush I bought last year was from some other manufacturer. Damn. Now I will have to own two different ones.)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 17th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
Re: Mwahahah.

*laughs* That is an interesting brush pen! I was expecting a longer brush like on the disposable brush pens but it still looks really good. *sigh* Too many pretty pens, not enough paycheques (and credit cards that are too slow at running away). I really do want to put in an order to Pendemonium later (probably after I get my first pen orders and try things out a bit). >_<;;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 17th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Mwahahah.
sell soul by ladytalon on obsessiveicons

Oh, man! I didn't need to see that! Just when I thought my pen collection was sufficient. (Obviously not complete, no pen collection is ever complete, but at least well-rounded enough that I can sleep at night. *sigh*)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 17th, 2006 09:19 am (UTC)
Re: Mwahahah.

*laughs* I feel like I've stepped into the pen equivalent of the teabag vs loose leaf tea argument. It's funny though. While shopping at stylo.ca, I picked up a basic Waterman fountain pen and bought a converter at the same time thinking to experiment a little only to discover today that the pen comes with a converter! Oops. ^^;

WIth all this talk of pens and inks, I'm sorely tempted not to give my sister that fountain pen I bought in Japan last year. ^^; She likes rollerballs so I'm thinking about getting her one of those instead now. I'm not sure if I'm going to be good or not yet. I get the feeling she really isn't into fountain pens... or it could be wishful thinking on my part. :P

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