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Current location: Toronto, Ontario
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Important Twitter thread about what the Democrats can do:


Tim Wise


1/ If the Dems blow this election it will not be because they were "too far left on policy" or because they "weren't left enough." It will have little to do with policy at all. They are making a mistake caused by traditional consultant theory that does not apply here...

Here's a link to the whole thread unrolled: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1152930670093787141.html

Homemade Fried Oyster Recipe

So, at the end of last week's Cajun-inspired egg salad, we garnished with some lovely fried oysters, and here is the recipe for those! We're lucky to have a great Asian grocery store nearby that has in-shell oysters of a reasonable size for frying. They also sell tubs of pre-shucked oysters, but we find that they're usually far too large for good frying. If you can find reasonable sized oysters already shucked, by all means use them, because they are a pain to open!

If you don't have an oyster knife, a stout butter knife can do, but it's still a struggle. If you end up with bits of shell or grit in the oyster, don't be afraid to give them a rinse before you toss them in the flour!

Cajun-inspired Egg Salad Recipe

After last week's basic egg salad, we decided to spice it up a little! Hubby used to work in a very well-known fine dining Cajun establishment in Houston, and he learned a lot of interesting recipes and techniques there. A lot of the food he cooks at home here in Toronto has a decidedly Cajun twist to it. That restaurant didn't do an egg salad, but if it did, this is how he imagines it might have looked!

At the end, we side the egg salad with some fried oysters dusted in Cajun spice mix, just to really double down on the Cajun flavours. The recipe for the fried oysters will be going up next week!

As of right now, who would be your SECOND choice?

In the interests of getting us all saying good things about candidates other than our first choice. Please don't turn this into "it would just be my first choice again!"

I think right now my second choice would be Buttigieg or possibly Booker. They both made a good showing at the debates and they both seem like thoughtful, straightforward candidates.

So, who's your second choice candidate as of now? (of course it's early in the race and not only is it likely that everyone's choices will change as time goes on, it's more or less inevitable)

Basic Egg Salad Recipe

So, this week we're doing a super simple basic and delicious egg salad! Not much to say about this one, honestly, it's a basic egg salad. Throw it together and eat it right away! You can toss your own ingredients in there, too. We added some chopped green olives, and it was excellent! This is just the basic recipe, but coming up, we're going to do a really excellent Cajun-inspired fancy egg salad!

Easy Basic Raita Recipe

So, here's the last of our Indian food videos for now (though we will be doing the saag feta that hubby makes and is -amazing- sometime in the not-too-distant future). This is just a simple and delicious condiment to go with the rich and unctuous curry. Raita actually works as a condiment for any number of delicious and rich curry dishes, and provides a bright and sour contrast to the rich and spicy curry gravy.

Raita, like so many recipes, is made differently all over the place. This is a pretty basic one with just cucumber and onion, but I've seen raita that includes tomato, carrot, and even pineapple or mango. We seasoned with just lemon juice, salt, toasted cardamom pods, and some dried hot pepper, but you can also use things like cumin, ginger, and mustard if you want. We like to keep the flavour profile very simple to keep it from getting muddled.

Some More News: Perhaps Ben Shapiro Shouldn't Be Taken Seriously By Anyone About Anything

Oregon Republicans shutting down the state senate to kill a climate change bill by fleeing the state

This crossed my Twitter today:


Matt Wallace

I kinda feel like Oregon Republicans shutting down the state senate to kill a climate change bill by fleeing the state and literally threatening to murder police while rallying white supremacist militias to engage the US government in armed conflict should be bigger news.

Anywhoooo, hello from Oregon, where it appears Republican state senators have fled the capitol and are teaming up with local paramilitary groups for a potential armed standoff with state police.

And a bit of follow-up:


Copy McPasty

To clarify:

1. Senators fled the state over the climate bill and are still MIA.

2. A senator threatened to shoot police tasked with retrieving them.

3. Militia groups are independently mobilizing to “protect” the senators, but NOT at the request of the fleeing senators.

“Teaming up” was a bad choice of words on my part. The militias are itching to getting involved, but there is no evidence they are coordinating with the any of the senators or their staffs.

Cashew Coconut Chicken Curry Recipe

So, this week as a continuation of the Indian cuisine we started last week with that lovely fresh salad/relish, we're doing this rich and delicious curry! Now, we take pains to go ahead and toast and burr mix our own spices for the curry powder, but if you have a favourite curry powder you like to use, that will certainly work for this dish. The thickening in this comes partially from the cashews/coconut, partially from the yams, and partially from the coconut milk!

Lots of room to personalize this recipe, of course. The spice mix can be altered to whatever you prefer. You can spice it up with hotter peppers, even fresh. Also, you can keep this vegetarian if you replace the chicken with tofu or TVP, and replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock or mushroom stock. Next week we'll be doing a recipe for raita that makes a delicious tangy topping for this curry.

We just got a new light to film with, and we're still getting used to it. I hope the video doesn't look too orange to everyone! We're a super low budget operating, and we're not used to having actual, y'know, gear.

Cookie baking comparison:


ghost wife @eponawest


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