Spiral-cut hot dogs, 50 Sheds of Gray, and other delights

This video has changed my life. It’s the most simple yet revolutionary way I’ve seen yet to cook a hot dog! You spiral cut it so it’s like a spring made of pureed meat-stuff and not only does it cook without bending, but you get more crispy surface area and toppings will slip between the spirally bits to fully integrate into each bite you take instead of sitting on top so you get a mouthful of condiments sans wiener! My mind! She is blown!

I am not a fan of 50 Shades of Grey but I can totally get behind 50 Sheds of Grey! Brilliant satire!

Over at Women Write about ComicsMelinda Beasi talks girls comics, blogging, and international manga fandom. Melinda has a lot of intelligent things to say about comics.

I ran across this excellent essay, Why Gandalf Never Married 1985 talk by Terry Pratchett, earlier this week.

And finally, Why Tweeting is Good for your Mental Health. Ha! So there! I’m mentally healthy even if Twitter does, occasionally, make me feel stabby.

Spiral-cut hot dogs, 50 Sheds of Gray, and other delights

Books! Glorious books.

Supper last night was sweet and spicy meatloaf with alterations. If you don’t own this cook book yet, what are you waiting for? The recipes are healthy and delicious! So far I’ve made a shepherd’s pie and a sweet and spicy meatloaf; alterations follow:

Recipe Alterations
What the recipe called for What I did instead
natural bran oatmeal (not instant, especially
not flavoured instant)
1/3 cup chopped, dried cranberries 1/3 cups chopped, raisins, dates,
and cranberries I picked out
of a bag of trailmix (who knew
meatloaf would be so laborious?)
2 tsp cayenne powder 1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chili powder
(on account they are both red
powders like cayenne)
 blue cheese  cheddar cheese (we ain’t fancy)

The  meatloaf turned out wonderfully moist, possibly because it had been a bit underdone but I sliced it up and fried a few slices to finish cooking it through and it was fine! Plus, we had delicious fried cheddar bits to nom.

I’m reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Again. This is my second read-through so I’m using my judgey, critical eye. I’m only a quarter of the way through but already I’ve formed a very strong opinion about Jenny Lawson; her childhood could have been my childhood if my parents hadn’t decided to move to the big city when it was time for me to start school. Also, we should be friends. Also, if it wasn’t for her childhood being in rural Texas and my early childhood being in a mountain on the Alberta/B.C. border, her dad could have easily been one of the guys who’d stop by our house wanting to show off whatever dead/pissed off animal they had in the back of their truck. Hm, actually my childhood wouldn’t have been her childhood because my dad, crazy in his own way, wasn’t a taxidermist.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a funny book you feel sort of horrified at yourself for laughing at because it’s 90% true (as stated in the foreword).

Books! Glorious books.

Strawberry cake in a cup

I love chocolate cake and I’m lazy. The 5-minute chocolate cake in a cup recipe you find everyone online was my favourite go-to for a decadent snack.

Unfortunately, I suffer from migraines and a stomach that can’t take chocolate right now so my usual go-to snack has been crossed off my list.

Then I found this recipe for coffee cake in a mug. I love coffee cake! I didn’t have sour cream in the house so I decided to substitute sour cream with two tablespoons of strawberry yogurt. The result was a lovely strawberry cake in a mug!

The recipe was very simple to  make, turned out tasty, and if I’d had strawberries and ice cream to go on top it would’ve been perfect!

Strawberry cake in a cup

Hutt Life

I hear there’s another, new Star Wars game coming out and it’s called Star Wars: 1313. What makes this game different from the other Star Wars games is you play a criminal and you do criminal things. I say, this isn’t different enough.

I propose, Hutt Life.

You are a young Hutt on the street trying to put together your first crew, taking your first, wobbly, um… undulation towards a life of wealth, notoriety, and alien hotties. You can play either a male or female Hutt (or are they all hermaphrodites?), because I’m all about equal opportunity crime, and you have to blackmail, bribe, steal, and break knee-caps to scrape together enough cash to start an empire.

Is it just me or do knee-caps seem like they should be a natural target for Hutts?

I want a Hutt as a playable character. I want game physics to accommodate a slithering tube of muscle doing violence. Would stairs present a challenge? A ladder sure as heck would. Forget tightrope walking or riding a motorcycle! Hovercycle? A Hutt as a playable character would require strategy, minions, and a strong stomach. This is the challenge I want to see in the next Star Wars game!

Hutt Life. I want a cut if this  becomes reality!

Hutt Life