Pad See Ew

13 Oct 2016 07:22 am
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Posted by Marc Matsumoto

The name Pad See Ew (ผัดซีอิ๊ว) literally translates to "fried soy sauce" and as the name would indicate, the primary seasoning of this rice noodle dish, is soy sauce. The key to getting the rich brown hue on the noodles is to use dark soy sauce. Unlike East Asian soy sauce, Thai dark soy sauce is nearly black in color, with a viscosity comparable to maple syrup and a sweet fragrance reminiscent of molasses. You can use any protein you want to make Pad See Ew, but be sure to marinate it with some soy sauce and potato starch. The...

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Apparently there is more than one pub called The Islington in Islington, which seems somewhat thoughtless. This event, however, was at the one on Tolpuddle Street, which has a decent-sized event room, and also appealed to the headline act for social history reasons.

Martha Makes Mistakes is a rather good bluesy singer-songwriter, B-Movie Romance are a very good rockabilly-influenced two-piece, who were very tight for what turned out to be their first live gig, and the headliners, Before Victoria, whose album launch this technically was, are the side project of Marc Burrows (also known as the bass-player for Victorian-era punks, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing). They play what Marc describes as "lo-fi indiepunk/grungepop with an occasional 19th century twist" - which means a slightly different sound to The Men, and a slightly earlier historical era, the album being "Carry On Up The Chartists". In this case, the live band did feature two other members of his other band ...

As usual, photos free to use with credit.

Martha Makes Mistakes
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B-Movie Romance
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Before Victoria
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All Martha Makes Mistakes photos

All B-Movie Romance photos

All Before Victoria photos

Before Victoria have, as mentioned, an album available through Bandcamp (as well as a number of e.p.s, and B-Movie Romance have a track there too. Martha Makes Mistakes has been urged to go to a studio by Marc, but currently busks, and can be found on YouTube as well.

We have flyers!

24 Oct 2016 01:08 pm
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Success! Printed flyers delivered today! Coming to a pub table in a seaside town far from you soon!

(I was a bit nervous about these - other than sending photos to photo-print services, this was the first time I'd sent a design direct to printer - especially one requiring the fun and games of converting to CMYK colour-space and designing-in bleed and exclusion margins.)

Two event flyers.
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Oh my, why have I never thought to put sage in pasta sauce before? So good. This is adapted from Budget Bytes' mushroom herb pasta.

Diet and accessibility notes )

What you need and what you do with it )

PSA: Contacting me

22 Oct 2016 11:43 am
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If you're trying to contact me for the next couple of days, you're probably best either phoning the landline, or going through Mat if it's text-based communication.

- Samsung were supposed to collect my phone yesterday, so it got reset to factory settings and powered down. They didn't come.
- My new phone has not arrived yet.
- I am typing this on Mat's laptop because Tiny Laptop is broken, and has been for ages, but I never got round to fixing her because I was fine with my phone.
- Alisdair's phone (my old Note 2, so 3 phones ago) is proving increasingly unreliable after nearly 5 years of constant use and keeps dying on him, so contacting me via him is not going to be a reliable option.

In health news, I am still in pain from the original, still undiagnosed, problem. I am having horrific side effects from the antibiotics they gave me to treat the secondary problem they found while looking for the original problem. And I can't even play stupid games on my phone to distract me from all this.

All in all, I'm a bit low.

Sorry not to end on a more positive note...
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Cacio e Pepe

13 Oct 2016 05:56 am
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Posted by Marc Matsumoto

The first time I had Cacio e Pepe (literally “cheese and pepper”), was after a very long day at work. A co-worker suggested Lupa, his favorite trattoria which was just a few block away. We took a seat under the warm glow of globe lights hanging over the dark wooden counter and my companion suggested the Bavette Cacio e Pepe. I was starving and felt like something more substantial I but acquiesced in the end. The pasta that came out didn't look like much but under the black pepper flecked pale yellow facade was a pasta unlike anything I'd ever...

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Portobello Steak au Poivre

11 Oct 2016 05:12 am
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I came up with this portobello steak au poivre one day when I was dying for a thick juicy steak. Seared to form a savory crust on the outside and juicy and flavorful on the inside it works beautifully with the green peppercorn pan sauce. Head over to PBS for my Portobello Steak au Poivre.

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Health Update

17 Oct 2016 09:36 pm
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Got some of my test results today. cut for potential TMI )

I'm still in in lots of pain, every day. But I'm also not dead. More updates as they come.
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(That sudden realisation that you had not, as you believed, posted up the links to one set of festival photos.)

Saturday night at Whitby Goth Weekend April 2016, featuring She Made Me Do It, Rhombus, Fuzzbox, and Wayne Hussey.

She Made Me Do It are a New Wave Electronica two-piece (who have let their website registration lapse) featuring members of Rachel Stamp (and, in Will Crewdson's case, pretty much everyone else - Adam Ant, Bow Wow Wow, Flesh For Lulu, Johnette Napolitano ...). Rhombus are a Leeds based act playing classic goth rock, now featuring Alixandrea from Last July on vocals, and a tendency to acquire additional members for big gigs, like Whitby. If you haven't heard of Fuzzbox, then you're missing out on an authentic slice of mid-80s bouncy pop. Wayne Hussey was the guitarist of the Sisters Of Mercy before splitting off with The Mission, and then moving on to play solo, as at this gig.

Not too long now until the second WGW of 2016 ...

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Wayne Hussey

(As usual, feel free to share these images with the bands, and they're welcome to use any of them (with credit given).)
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For those of you who were wondering how my medical testing went, and especially all those of you who wished me well...

It went as well as can be expected. I get results for some tests in about a week, and the rest in 2-3 weeks. My mum was great, and the nurse was really calm too, and understood my anxiety issues, and everything.

So now it's just wait and see...

Choosing Big Lights

12 Oct 2016 07:13 pm
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If you shoot small lights long enough, you will run up against some limitations. You might be trying to light big areas, or trying to get a combo of soft light with a large working distance. Most likely, you might be trying to light against full sun. Or, obviously, any combination of the above.

Suffice to say that at some point you might want a big gun in your lighting bag. But how do you choose? Read more »
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