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20Oct/110

My Grandmother’s Cookery Book

I meant to post this weeks ago! What happened?! I had so much to talk about, but it all feels like old news now. Terrible. I had some entertaining story about buying a half dozen PlayStation games for less than £10, less than £3 if the only expensive one is discounted. And they even all work. And talk about Fresher's Fair at SOAS, which I attended again, almost entirely illegitimately. I put my email address down on another seven society forms. Why? Well I obviously felt that I wasn't receiving enough spam mail, This regret surfaced almost immediately, when within 24 hours I was already being informed about all the wonderful student events that I can't possibly attend.

I've also had some fun in the last two weeks attending the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions events, that I never managed to make it to while actually a student. They were really fun actually, I hope to make as many events as possible this year, especially if the Lit-Soc meetings are happening on Thursdays, so I'll have double reason to get into SOAS as a sketchy graduate who just can't get enough of the University he just spent three years avoiding like the plague.

Last weeks CSJR lecture was on Printing and the Visual Representation of Linguistic Data in the Discovery of Ancient Japan. Which sounds really intense! But was really about how a couple of Japanese scholars in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries essentially created the modern way of translating ancient texts written in Chinese script into Japanese. It was very interesting, but I did prefer the first lecture, which was on Practising Christianity in Early Modern Japan: Symbol, Prayer, and Mirror. It was given by Professor Ikuo Higashibaba of Tenri University in Nara Prefecture, and it looked at some of the practicalities of Japanese Christians under the Tokugawa shogunate. There was some cool stuff about the different prayers that were being said and how they evolved over time, especially ones that were just vocalisations of the original latin prayer instead of a proper translation, and these mirrors that look plain but when you shine a light on them reflect an image of the crucifixion.

So now I'm really far away from what I was going to type about. To distract myself, and actually get something good done instead of just moping around waiting for stuff to happen, I'm going to type up some of the old handwritten Cookery Books that my grandmother wrote and I found over the summer. Hopefully it won't take too long, and I'll be able to put it into lulu and have some really nice books to help remember her by.

I've done a few recipes so far and I'm going to share one or two here every once in a while until they're completed. So for now enjoy her recipe for a Vegetable Risotto.

Cooking Time: Approximately 30 minutes

4 Servings

  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 4oz Mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Small Green Pepper
  • 6oz Rice
  • ¾ Pint Water
  • Seasoning
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Chop the vegetables fairly finely.
  2. Fry them in hot oil for about 10 minutes until they are really soft.
  3. For the last 3 minutes put in the rice and blend thoroughly with the vegetable mix.
  4. Add the water seasoning. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes in a covered pan until all the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Serve with cheese.

I've also got to share some awesome links! Until I get my website sorted so I can put these into a more permanent space this will have to do!

ajhumphreys - My Sensei's website! It's just got renovated in full html which, in the world of crazed php and the like, I think looks really classy. I helped to edit the two pieces up under 'Writing' at the moment, they're little children's stories which almost demand to be illustrated. Someone illustrate them!

magpiemind - This is the blog of the new Lit-Soc President, though she's not linked the Anthology on there yet! The reviews are pretty cool.

sketches - I think you know by now what this is. But more people need to buy it, it must be read! £5 (+£3 shipping) isn't much for a book at all, just last week I was in Waterstone's and there was some piss-poor pulp novels for sale at £10, even more for US imports even though most of the US books had British printed versions on other shelves for like £4 less.

Okay, so now I'm going to climb next door and strangle the workmen who have been hitting my walls for the last six weeks.