With spawning season in full swing, the salmon are packed to the gills with roe. If you’re able to find a skein of salmon roe at your fishmonger (or you happen to know someone that’s going salmon fishing), 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to turn that ugly sac of […]
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It always amazes me how people pay $30-50 per pound for lox given how easy it is to make at home. Fresh salmon costs about a third of this price, and the only other ingredients you need are salt, sugar and a little bit of time. Lox refers to salmon(traditionally the belly) that has been […]
Today another SSL vulnerability was announced. This one is named POODLE and is, while serious, much less serious than the Heartbleed event from some months ago.
Unfortunately, the only real way to fix the problem is to disable something called "SSLv3" entirely. Basically, this means that we instruct our servers that they are no longer allowed to speak version 3 of the SSL protocol (you can think of it as a language -- we ban this language from our servers). It turns out this is generally OK since most browsers don't actually speak using SSLv3 these days -- you actually use what's called TLS, which is a more modern, better way of protecting the stuff you send across the Internet.
The SSLv3 protocol is actually around 15 years old at this point, and TLS has been out so long that nearly every browser out there supports it. However, shutting off SSLv3 does mean that very old browsers -- IE6, for one -- can no longer talk to Dreamwidth using encryption. In this case, since the encryption wouldn't actually mean anything, we think it's better to not even pretend that it works.
I will be making this change sometime in the next hour or three. This really should impact almost none of you, but there might be one or two and, in that case, I'm sorry. We think it's better to do this so you know you're not actually secure than to let Dreamwidth pretend to be secure.
Edit: This has been deployed. SSLv3 is disabled on Dreamwidth.
Comments and questions welcome, as always!
I think a lot of people have this impression that making Japanese food is complicated. While it’s easy to see how something unfamiliar could seem unattainably difficult, in this case it’s a myth that just isn’t true. Traditional Japanese cuisine evolved alongside a Zen buddhist philosophy of ascetic minimalism and so while the preparations may […]
When my bestie asked if I our backyard was available to host a Feed Project’s Feed Supper for a few friends, I didn’t hesitate to respond with a giant “YES!” Dedicated to raising money to provide food for those in need, the Feed Supper is a novel way for everyone to get involved with friends and family and raise money for their giving partners, the WFP and Feeding America. I encourage you to visit the website to learn more, and while the Feed Supper project is almost over, there’s never a bad time to think about those in need.
(also, giving money to Feeding America couldn’t be easier if you have an Amazon account! Just saying!)
Here are some shots from Friday night’s dinner. Also, the menu was simple, fun, and fresh and featured Gaby’s incredible Bruschetta Bar.
I hosted a non-alcoholic cocktail party yesterday, and thought I'd share the recipes here. They're all pretty tasty. The julep is rather too sweet for me, but others liked it.
Iced green tea with pomegranate and ginger
It says to use pomegranate molasses with no added sweeteners, but I used a bottle from the Turkish shop with sugar in, and it was fine. I also used 6 cups of cold water instead of 8, since my first test batch tasted a bit too diluted.
Raspberry shrub with soda water
Core tomatoes, chop roughly, blend with hand blender until all large pieces are broken up - don't blend too long because you don't want to break up the seeds and release their bitterness. Season to taste with salt and sugar, adding bit by bit, stirring well, and tasting. You want to get to the point where it's not salty but the flavour of the tomatoes is really brought out, and it's not sweet but there's very little detectable sourness. Now you can add other flavourings - e.g. black pepper, torn basil leaves, etc.
Line a sieve over a bowl with a fine-mesh cloth (I use a square from a net curtain offcut), ladle the tomatoes in, let it drip for a moment, then gather up the corners of the square, tie string around, then use the string to suspend the parcel over the bowl and let it drip until it stops dripping. Don't squeeze the bag because that will make the tomato water cloudy.
400g tomatoes makes 200ml tomato water, which is a nice amount for one person. Use the leftover tomato pulp in a sauce or stew.
Spice and tonic
Recipe (scroll down to "Ginned Up").
I gave the juniper, coriander, and cardamom a quick bash in the pestle and mortar before adding them to the pan. I bought the lemon and orange peel from The Spiceworks.
Recipe (scroll down to "Georgia Mint Julep").
I made the peach syrup as stated (with fresh peaches since I couldn't find frozen). When I made the drinks, I doubled the lemon juice and left out the powdered sugar.
After receiving about a dozen requests for my version of Kani Salad over the years, I figured it’s high time I figure out what the hype is all about. Yep, that’s right, until I started getting requests for it, I’d never heard of this dish, much less tasted it. If you ask for a “kani […]
Oh I used to be your MP
Used to be your pride and joy
I used to represent you
Just like any other boy
But now you've found another candidate
And left me like a broken toy
Oh it's someone else you're meeting
Someone else you're votin' for
Honey though it's fleeting
Know just what I have to do
If you don't like me when you're wakin'
I'll go to sleep and dream that you do
Oh take me take me take me
To the dreamer's poll
I'll be right on time
And I'll dress so fine
You're gonna vote for me when you see me
I won't have to worry
Take me take me
Promise not to wake me till it's morning
It's all been true
Anyhoo, I have an action day to get to. Laters!
Firstly, our lovely PPC for Calder Valley, Alisdair Calder McGregor ( spoke several times... )
Todmorden's own Ruth Coleman-Taylor ( spoke twice ) and also ( filled a good half of the first Today at Conference )
My lovely treasurer Dr Mick Taylor ( also spoke twice )
Sarah Noble ( spoke twice too )
Oh yeah... And I ( spoke agin gender quotas )