Food: Quorn Pork Pie

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I need to kick my habit of trying freaky weird food just because it is on offer/reduced/similarly priced so it feels like a bargain.

Today’s mistake was Quorn Pork Pies.

Quorn pork pie

I knew it was going to be a bad idea the second I saw them but they were discounted and it sounded funny that they were branded a pork pies as surely “pork style pie” is more honest?!

It was like biting into a compressed ball of sawdust. It was dry, it was tasteless and I honestly couldn’t tell which bit was meant to be pastry as oppose to filling.

The thing is I do eat Quorn Southern Fried Chicken Bites quite happily and actually much prefer them to similar meat items – they are really handy for bad days when I just want something to slam in the oven!

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Garden: Roses VS Aphids

When the rose randomly arrived I did some reading about general maintenance and how to have a happy rose bush –  but at that stage no one mentioned aphids.

It turns out that aphids are actually rather prolific and once they get started they seem to multiple surprisingly quickly – which is bad as they munch through leaves and buds.

I had hoped for an non-chemical solution, so I asked the internet and was a bit disappointed at the response. Apparently ladybirds are best – but we don’t have any naturally, so I’d have to buy some online, hope the postman doesn’t squash them and then put them in the fridge for a bit so that they don’t fly off immediately the second you release them…

ladybird

(Photo from the Independent)

To be fair my in-laws happily told us that they put a dead mole in the fridge last week – to keep it fresh so they could show their grand daughter… so ladybirds in the fridge sounds almost sane by comparison.

Although ladybird larvae don’t have to be put in the fridge as they have no wings. I didn’t look up if I could buy hoverfly larvae or lacewing larvae online but someone probably sells them!

The other alternative is bug spray, toxic toxic bug spray – which is what I went for short term.

Longer term I am going to buy – or build, some ladybird houses and look at obtaining some ladybirds and hoping for a good postal journey!

On the plus side looking up aphids online taught me a new word, apparently lots of types of aphid are “monophagous” which means that  they feed on only one plant species.

Which means the bothersome black bugs on the cherry tree are probably some other sort of aphid – but it’s ok I can probably spray that with evil toxic chemicals too…  *bother* I really need to buy some ladybirds…

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Nails: Cocktails!

Due to ongoing ick at work we’ve introduced the concept of Cocktail Mondays into the house.

We used to come home on a Monday night and just veg, then be grumpy that the evening had vanished.

But now we come home from work on a Monday night and having a cocktail whilst vegging out for the evening! It has made a real difference to the start of the week and if you make the alcohol content low enough in the cocktail it is only 0.7 units each!

cocktail nails(Picture from Pinterest)

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Film: Warm Bodies – “I can’t remember my name, or my parents, or my job… although my hoodie would suggest I was unemployed.”

I taped ‘Warm Bodies’ when it was on Film4, I was mildly interested in it but I didn’t expect it to be that good.

So I turned it on when the Husband popped to B&Q for more supplies for his latest project, I thought it would kill half an hour or so  but I was still watching it and laughing when the Husband got back nearly an hour later – and then he started watching it!

warm bodies

Pllotwise, most of the world’s population is now undead, feed on the living when they can find them. The Living hide behind a walled off section of the city and occasionally send out groups of teens to look for food and supplies.

R is a zombie, but he is different, he can think and observe what is happening to himself and others. Initially the first chunk of the film is narrated by his thoughts, as the film progresses he starts slowly remembering how to talk out loud and talks to Julie – the human he inexplicably rescues from being eaten.

warm bodies still

It was a funny film with nice dialogue – often  R talking to himself which makes it funnier as it is such a contrast to his shambling zombie state.

It is also fundamentally romance – although happily there is no necrophilia 🙂

There is actually no gore or anything icky at all, which feels somewhat odd in a film about zombies!

I’m not sure if it would stand up to rewatching but it was surprisingly fun the first time!

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Book: Patricia Briggs’ ‘Moon Called’ – “Dance when the moon sings, and don’t cry about troubles that haven’t yet come”

‘Moon Called’ is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series – as it features werewolves, walkers, fae and vampires there is a lot of background and scene setting contained.

Mercy (Mercedes)  Thompson is a mechanic and can change into a coyote since birth (as oppose to a skin walker who uses a combination of magic an animal skins).

Despite not being a werewolf Mercy knows a lot about them as she was raised in a powerful werewolf pack.

She moved away from the pack but her next-door neighbour is a werewolf Alpha – as this is an Urban Fantasy book naturally he is also rather hot.

moon called

The plot develops slowly but neatly and Mercy’s role in it makes sense, she can hold her own without being too much of a Mary Sue and it is interesting to see how her friendships with a variety of beasties are beneficial without feeling abused.

There isn’t any romance to speak of but groundwork is laid for future books to build on.

It is very clearly a start of  series as there is a lot of telling but there is still a decent amount of action. It is also nice that the bad guy and their motivations aren’t immediately guessable which is lovely.

Some of the minor details that are mentioned as background are really intriguing, for example that the outed fae live on Reservations and the parallels to Native American experiences of such things.

I will say one thing, I much prefer the tasteful grey & black old UK cover to either the US one or the new UK one.

I like this book and have read it several times without wanting to get rid of it yet – which is a novelty!

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Food: Cadbury Salted Peanut Biscuit Fingers

I like reduced price stickers, I really like reduced price stickers on weird sounding food combinations – such as Cadbury Salted Peanut Biscuit Fingers.

Salt and chocolate does seem to be very hip still – generally in the form of salted caramel, so salted peanut sounded weird.

On closer reading it is “Peanut flavoured biscuits with a salty crunch, enrobed in velvety smooth Cadbury milk chocolate.”

cadbury fingers salted peanut crunch

On even closer reading it says “may contain nuts” – may? I should hope that is does in some way contain nuts!

Anyhow, whether or not they contain nuts didn’t really impact the flavour as they tasted very mildly of nuts, a bit of salt and a lot of grit.

They were very very gritty, it wasn’t necessarily a bad taste or texture but it meant I could cheerfully eat one at a time and made 9 fingers (half the packet and technically just over two portions) spread out to last through an entire working day.

I will stick to Reeses feanut butter cups for the taste and try harder at rationing them!

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Curious: Dean Koontz, satan and spam

I was going to post about something completely different, but then I stopped to check my spam comments folder.

It had a fair few comments in it – some were legitimate comments that WordPress had unfairly condemned as spam, but most were total spam.

In fact most of them were clearly spam and curiously were all on the same post from 2013 – my ramblings on the film adaptation of Dean Koontz’s ‘Phantoms

Phantomsposter

As if this isn’t odd enough, and it is, the comments themselves are really weird. For example:

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Uh huh, oh course, I can totally see how a film about a town full of dead people led to this comment linking to a co.za website that I am so not visiting.

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Oh fab, so you are trying to promote the rise of the Ancient Evil too? Via your crumby attempt to promote your video download site.

Hopefully that is as weird as my day gets today.

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