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(no subject) [Aug. 5th, 2010|03:12 pm]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
[Current Location |home]
[music |Eric Clapton; Layla]

And the main course was steak and chips in a red wine sauce. It was supposed to be red wine and caramelized onion sauce, but I forgot the onion... I also forgot to fry some mushrooms to go with the steak... I also overcooked the steak... I've never cooked a decent steak in my life. Its always over done or under done, never quite right. Shara is the steak chef in this lair.

But here's a photo all the same.

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(no subject) [Aug. 5th, 2010|02:41 pm]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Lindisfarne; 'we can swing']

Wow, it been two and a half years since my last post....

Well, might do it more regularly now.

This post was inspired by nemmy.

Monday was Lamas, which is a Pagan Sabbat (one of eight in the wheel of the year.) And for each sabbat, I like to cook a really big meal. This time, with it being harvest time, I made bread, used fresh veg and beef.

First course, home made bread and Vegetable soup!

Bread is easy, everyone should make it.
half a kilo of strong white read flour
350g of blood temperature water (I tend to weigh water, its more accurate)
15g of yeast
10g salt
Put the whole lot in a bowl, mix with a spatula till it starts to form one lump, then tip the whole lot out onto the kitchen bench. DONT dust the bench with flour first, there's no need, and its adding more flour to the recipe. Just start kneading it, anyway you like, fold it, roll it, pick it up and slap it down again all you need to do is make sure its well mixed. The dough may seem very sticky to start with, but dont add more flour, it just takes a little time for the individual grains of flour to absorb the water.
Now, dust the inside of the bowl with flour, and put the ball of dough into it, cover with a teatowel and place somewhere a room temperature. Nowhere cool, not ontop of a radiator or hot cooker too, just room temp!
Leave for one hour to rise.
Take dough out and 'knock it back' this means different things to different people, I personally dont beat the daylights out of the dough, I just pull a portion of the edge, and fold it over to the centre, I go around the ball of dough like this a few times till it starts to take on a nice round shape.
Now put the ball of dough either into a loaf tin or onto a baking sheet and leave it for another hour to prove.
Put it into an oven, pre heated as hot as it will go. leave it there for about 30-40 mins or untill it looks like bread.
Take it out. Savour the smell.

Cream of Vegtable soup.
(sorry for the imprecise amounts, I was making this up as I went.)
equal parts of Carrot, Parsnip, Green beans and potato.
enough chicken stock to cover the veg + about 1 inch
tablespoon of olive oil
tablespoon of butter

Chop the veg into fairly small cubes, and fry in a saucepan with the oil and butter.
When the veg start to brown, add the chicken stock, salt and pepper and cover for 2 hours.
When thats done, take it off the heat and let it cool a little. If you have a hand held blender, put that in the pan and blend the lot. If not, put in a regular blender. Add the cream at this point, to taste, to give a nice rich soup. Let it rest for a while and heat it up again before serving (soup is always better on its second day.)
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The Wedding ceremony part one [Jan. 14th, 2008|09:43 am]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
[mood |ecstaticexuberant]

So in a little more detail, the wedding ceremony itself was in the small (aprox 12 dwellings) village of Bothal, which is a beautiful location with a medieval castle and church that dates back around 1200 years.

The morning of the wedding had me in a panic. There was not much for me to do, really, but I was in a panic about getting it done all the same. By one oclock, we (myself, best man and ushers) where at the church and met the band who had been there since twelve. The band is a brass band that Shara's uncle plays in. With it still being the christmas season, we thought a brass band would sound just right, so we asked them to play for us.

Shortly after, guests started arriving, starting with my cousin Pip and her husband (who's wedding was the last one we went to) and then the photographer. Photos of the groom and groomsmen began, then the verger arrived to open the church, then guests started arriving. Tal and G'leth where their fairly early and when the bus full of my family arrived and saw G'leth, my aunty Carol said 'Oh! They've hired a magician!'

Anyways... the band had moved themselves into the church and taken up a wee bit more space then expected (We got twice as many band members as we where expecting) and started rehersing, the sound was fantastic, so loud and well played, it made people stop to listen. Eventualy, we managed to get people past the photographer and the band and mostly seated. I was keeping myself mostly buisy, so when reverand park took me to the side for moment to make sure I was ok, that nerves where not getting the better of me or if I wanted a seat for a bit or a glass of water, but I declined. Then when I sat down and had nothing else to do, I started to get very nervous, because I'd be standing up infront of an entire audience of family and friends!

Then the verger began to ring the bells, meaning Sharadin had arrived. We where asked to stand, I took my place and turned to look down the isle...

To be continued
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The wedding [Jan. 13th, 2008|08:39 pm]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
Wow... well, a week later (been on honeymoon) and I still can't find words to describe how wonderful the day was. Everything went not only according plan, but exceeded my every expectation.

I'll give a fuller report later, but for now, Thankyou to Tal, G'leth, Jacel, Jencen and Skywise for comming. Siggy, sorry you couldnt make it, but rest assured, I shall make sure you get photos and video (including those of Tal and G'leth dancing!)

Tal, G'leth, Siggy, thankyou for the box, it's be perfect for keeping our rings in.

Jencen, thankyou for the dragonscale, its stunning, I can only imagine how hard it must have been for you to give it away!

Jacel, Jencen, thankyou for the steins.

Skywise, thankyou for the fantastic blancket, you said it might raise eyebrows, but I just wanted to show it to everyone!

And, Archadia, thankyou for the artwork you provided for the wedding gifts, its stunning and the gifts where fantastic, thankyou!
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(no subject) [Dec. 12th, 2007|12:32 pm]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
Well, two mornings in a row ive been woken by the alarm clock rather then my own body clock. So, I can remember the dreams I had over the last two nights.

Last night was rocket science, rather complex dreams of how to build various earth to orbit rockets...

The night before involved Optimus Prime being decapitated over and over again.

Unfortunetly, I can find no help on the internet to help me anylise them, suprisingly enough.
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I's gotta Kilt! [Oct. 29th, 2007|07:04 pm]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
[mood |happyhappy]

Shara and I went to Edinburgh today, it was a nice trip. We went to day to avoid all the toursists that you usualy get at the weekends. We spent most of our time on the royal mile looking at the toursity shops, the tartan factory, eating scones.
After that, we found a shop that was selling 8 yard kilts for a great price, and after a bit of perswuasion, Shara convinced me that I should let her buy it for me.

Its the Irish national tartan, as my family's tartan is near impossable to get, but it looks good, its the same tartan as I'll be wearing for the wedding, so I'm glad I've got it!

Just need a sporren now and nice belt (and a black ghillie shirt, cause shara think's I'd look hot in that outfit.)
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(no subject) [Oct. 12th, 2007|01:00 pm]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
Well, it feels very differant, now that I'm no longer the at the very bottom teir of a company. In truth, I still am, but people are actively seeking out my advice and views and today I took a leading roll in a meeting going over some technical issues. I explayed what I saw as the weeknesses in their system, and they asked how I thought it should be done. I was listened to, and also challenged, the weeknesses in my systems pointed out. The conclusion could not have been better, we use both systems so that they can take advantage of the strengths and eliminate the weeknesses.

I feel more like a professional then I ever did at the previous company.
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RE: Your Brains. [Oct. 11th, 2007|04:54 pm]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

I’m not surprised to see you haven’t thought it through enough
You never had the head for all that bigger picture stuff

That pretty much sums up my Design: Technology and Procedure class.
I think it must be experience that makes it easier to think of the bigger picture.
Ensuring good comunication in the design team, to them means; logging your drawings in or out, filing your emails, having regular meetings. Now, I might be wrong, but to me, it means how you orgonise the input and output from several companies, having a centeral hub to co-ordinate all the information and making sure everyone who needs to know knows. its making sure everyone is singing from the hymn sheet rather then making sure everyone is filling out their issue sheet. Natural, you do log all your drawings and file your emails, but that is specifics for further down the line and assuming that you are using drawings or emails.

On a positive note, everytime the lecturer asks a question, she's now looking at me, so she must be expecting me to give the correct answer.

Again, I might be sounding a bit vain here, but I'm glad non of the amatures opened their mouths to argue with me.
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At Uni, excuse to update? [Oct. 11th, 2007|12:58 pm]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
[Current Location |University of Northumbria at Newcastle.]
[mood |happyhappy]

And so, its lunchtime in the city going to hope a friend gets out of his lecture early so I can meet up with him for food. I wasnt feeling to good about comming to uni today. I find it hard to motivate myself then the lecturers dont seem to share my enthusiasm, but as it happens, I'm the only person in the class to have started it, so the lecture seems impressed. At one time (school) this would have gotten me beaten up for being a swot, in this new, enlightened age, I am everyones friend! Next week the first draft should be finnished and for a few words of guidence from me, the rest of the class would probably be willing to pay a drink for.

Its just a shame I dont drink.

After lunch, the class I'm REALLY looking forward to. The lecturer dosnt like standing and preaching, and so tries to lead class discussion instead. This is where I shine and make the others who are working as well as attending uni look like amatures!

I better stop now... if my ego gets any bigger I'll not get out of this building.
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Ups and downs [Oct. 4th, 2007|04:56 pm]
Kestenan Kahnazerim
[Current Location |Uni, still]
[mood |melancholymelancholy]

Well, Ups and downs... Design; Technology and procedure, one of my favorite classes. With five years of experience, I know the construction industry pretty well, and not only that, I've been trained, at work, to always strive for top quality results and never produce anything less. And wow, I didnt half feel superior to the other part-timers in the class (those who work full time and attend uni part time, and as such I'd expect them to be as good as me, but they're not).

Anyways, Claire, our lecturer had put 'police' in her list of people in the design team, but could not recall why, so I told her and the class why. The police run a scheme called 'Secure by design' Where thy give advice on design schemes to 'design out crime' Ie, making sure public places are well lit at night, removing little back allys where people can hide or dump rubbish. If you get a scheme approved by secure by design, then its an extra feather in your cap, gives you and the property more prestege gives the property more value and lower insurance premiums.

This othe guy, who seems considers himself good at his job went on to say 'never heard of that, what right do the po-lice have to influence your design'
So we had a little exchange in the middle of the class, and in the end, he looked amaturish and I looked like the god of urban desingers (Ok, I probably sound arrogant as hell saying that.) But in the end, he said 'why would you build on a site like that?' and I said he must have such an easy job, getting all the boring, straight forward consgtruction sites. Maybe thats why noone had heard of his company.

By this point, the full time students where dropping their pens and uniformly giving the impression that this was way past them and they where not interested.

Then came economics, rather boring, and now I go to airconditioning, not quite, but almost as boring.
Almost as boring as it probably was for you reading this post!
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