November 2001 Archives

I made another apple crumble today.

Still experimenting, this time the new ingredients include:

  • Caraway Seeds
  • Lemon Liqueur
  • Coconut Cream
  • White Sugar

Also found out the cause of a persistent problem I have been having with OS X. Occasionally when I start up the machine, an app (usually drag thing) will refuse to fully load, when this happens not even a sudo shutdown -r now seems to work.

Turns out this is a "low level kernel/hfs locking issue" caused by launching multiple Carbon applications at the same time, particularly at startup.

Oh well maybe we can expect 10.1.2 shortly to fix this. Aside from this (and the still underwhelming AFP over Appletalk/SMB Client support) OS X.1 is rock solid.

Contrast that to a similar .1 upgrade for Microsoft, that being Windows XP which despite all the hype is only a 0.1 version upgrade to Win2K. I recently discovered that Microsoft found the need to upgrade their filesystem (NTFS) yet again to support new features in XP (or for the more cynical, as a money making exercise for all the anti virus/disk repair programs requiring paid upgrades to support the new filesystem)

Thus NTFS has migrated from version 1.1 (NT4) to 5.0 (Win2K) and now 5.1 (WinXP)

For reasons I can only speculate on, Microsoft chooses to have each new OS release silently upgrade all online filesystems to the latest version of NTFS when booting Windows XP. because Microsoft is no longer interested in supporting NT4, simply booting Windows XP irrevocably breaks the ability to boot any NT4 installs on the same machine.

The solution is of course to use the lowest common denominator - FAT16 for all filesystems, thus throwing away all the value added features of NTFS (non essential stuff like file & directory security)

Ahh microsoft, always good at bringing the world's population down to the low point that is common ground.

Well this little blog of mine is rapidly turning into a cookbook. Not that I mind

Thought i'd publish another of my favourite dishes.

Around this time of the year Zucchini are cheap and plentiful so I usually end up making this dish.

Stuffed Zucchini on a bed of Couscous

Tonight I made apple crumble.

I haven't actually baked it yet, was planning to share it with others, maybe friends or workmates. I however have enough apples to make another 4 crumbles, so maybe I will be selfish and keep it all to myself!

I'm very proud of my crumble recipe. I have been cooking apple pies/crumbles for as long as I can remember.

Some would say my crumble is more of a strudel.

I haven't given out the recipe to many people, only family really.

Like true magic, there really is no recipe for this dish. There is always an element of improvisation.

I am divided by my desire to share this lovely dish, yet always wary of publishing information that can be exploited by some selfish individual.

As a compromise I am simply going to list the ingredients in no particular order or quantity, some of these ingredients are optional or substitutes for preferred ingredients.

There are a lot of permutations here, one day i'll finish trying them all!

  • rolled oats
  • orange juice
  • copha butter
  • millet flour
  • hazelnut
  • shredded coconut

  • vanilla essence
  • cinnamon
  • unsalted butter
  • almonds
  • macadamia
  • cashew
  • provita wheat harts (stabilised wheat germ)
  • nutmeg
  • wholemeal flour
  • apples
  • cloves
  • flaked coconut
  • coriander seed
  • sumac
  • maize flour
  • lemongrass
  • dessicated coconut
  • kaffir lime leaf
  • allspice
  • lemon myrtle
  • ginger
  • honey
  • lemon juice
  • Szechuan Pepper

Well sometimes our wishes come true, at least in part

Last night I wished for some new Buffy, lo and behold, what was waiting for me @ work today Season 3 on DVD

I would have preferred Season 6 on VHS but, this will have to do for now.

Now lets see how things go @ work today with d-day layoffs etc.

Just when I thought it could not happen again, Michelle broke my heart again tonight.

Today was a weird day, got attacked/verbally abused by a work colleague so badly that I needed to go and overdose on dark chocolate.

Finished the fourth Harry Potter book (which was wonderful) and sadly realised that there is no "next" book yet, at least we have the movie to watch soon.

Found out tomorrow is 99% likely to be D-Day @ work for the next batch of layoffs, of which increasingly I hope I am going to be part of.

Then Michelle tells me she is back with her on again/off again English boyfriend. I have been patient and tolerant but if Michelle is stupid enough to go back to him this time, she can have him. It just hurts me so much to think that this is a person who I loved so deeply and she is so blind to the fact that this guy needs serious help and she will only end up getting hurt again, breaking up with him and this time I refuse to be there as a shoulder to cry on.

I was even looking to her coming back to Aust to visit.

She has totally screwed my relationship skills and left me really fucked up and confused. Yet I keep on forgiving her sins and being her friend/support when she is in trouble/need. I must be totally messed up in the head.

I wish I had some new Buffy to distract me.

Music has increasingly been my biggest solace. been listing to Nathaniel Merriweather presents Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By, the latest project by the people who brought the world Dr. Octagon, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Deltron 3030 and the commercial success Gorillaz.

This has Mike Patton doing sexy crooning over the top of trip-hop's re invention of lounge music with sweet and sultry female vocals by Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields)

Perfect music for late night lovemaking or simple late night anything. Don't think it will surpass Gorillaz in sales though.

An interesting recipe for you, something I made up last night.

I don't know what to call it, Okra, Red Cabbage & Eggplant in tangy sauce possibly.

Pepperberries and Bush Tomato are available at good spice shops and some of the largest supermarkets. Pomegranate syrup is available at Lebanese or Middle Eastern grocers, this could be substituted with ground pomegranate seeds (available at Indian grocers) mixed with honey or sugar syrup.

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