Monday, November 26, 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

All about the gangster

On my dad's recommendation (film buff extraordinaire) we are just in the door from seeing American Gangster. It's a bit rough, what with all the gangster stuff (i.e. loadza guns and scantily clad women) but the story's oh so clever and interestingly based on a true story. Russel Crowe does his awkward but cool bit to perfection (it's such a shame about him throwing that phone at a hotel bellboy a while back) and Denzel is so bad and so cool. It's actually slightly problematic how much you find yourself liking the criminal.

I had a mixed weekend - Stu was working the whole time so that was more than a bit of a bummer, made exponentially worse in my head by pouring rain all day on Saturday. Thankfully on Saturday night I was greatly cheered by spending time with friends at a birthday par-tay. This afternoon was great because Stu returned from the work world and we spent time hanging out together which meant reading the Sunday newspaper in Starbucks and then going out for dinner at our local burger joint.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A bit of the good stuff

I am just in the door and on a high after seeing Martyn Joseph live in concert! What a great show - I was sitting close enough to be touched by his spittle, but believe me, he's so cool that that's a good thing. (The show was only slightly besmirched by a few what the locals might call 'daft eejets' in the audience but we won't go there.) I hadn't heard much of Martyn before but thanks to the Beard and the Celtic Angel I am now a convert. His new album is called Vegas.

Thankfully as the November darkness starts to close in, some other exciting things have happened recently to bouy my spirits - I am delighted to publicly congratulate my brother Cam who was elected as a new MLA in Saskatchewan yesterday!! I also want to mention the indefatigable Dunny who ran the NYC marathon last Sunday - word up to you, my virtual running buddy!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Something nice

This afternoon I bring you one of my favourite things about Northern Ireland . . . The Fifteen. A simple blend of good things, a slice is lovely with a cup of tea. I made a batch last week and had one or two as part of my marathon recovery plan!

15 large marshmallows
15 digestive biscuits, crushed
15 red candied cherries, halved
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Cut the marshmallows in halves using scissors (or just use about 45 mini ones), and place in a large bowl. Toss with the digestive biscuits and candied cherries. Gradually stir in the sweetened condensed milk until the mixture becomes a soft, moist dough. It should not be too dry, so you may need to add a bit more of the milk.
Spread a generous layer of coconut out on a clean surface, and place the dough on top of it. Use your hands to form the dough into a long thick sausage, making sure it is well coated with coconut. Wrap in a double layer of plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. Unwrap the long piece of dough, and cut into slices to serve. With tea that is.