The battle to end all battles

  • May. 7th, 2009 at 6:42 PM
aissi: (Cuddy - stolen cane)
In my last post, I mentioned the fact that Canadian milk comes in bags. After a conversation with my aunt, I've come to the realisation that, not only are Canada not unique in this regard, they're not even the best.
My aunt informed me that when she lived in London she would buy organic milk in bags and, apparently, I loved this milk last time I visited her.

So here are the reasons why England does milk in a bag better than Canada.

1. In Canada, 4 litres of milk comes in 3 bags. What? where is the logic behind a bag that holds 1.33333333333333333L of milk? English milk bags are 500mL. Nice and sensible.

2. In Canada, one needs a pitcher to hold one's milk bag.


British milk bags are self-standing and have a built in handle.

I think they are actually quite pretty.

3. Canadian milk bags are made of icky, non-biodegradable plastic.
English milk bags are biodegradable. They're made of calcium carbonate which biodegrades into CO2, water and chalk.

4. Canadian milk bags cost $9.99 CAD per 4L. English milk bags cost £5.20 per 4L.
With the current exchange rate, that means that non-organic Canadian milk is 44p more than organic English milk.

I, therefore, conclude that England is superior to Canada in the milk bag department.

aissi: (Thirteen - dirty version)
It wasn't until my friend commented on it this morning that I realised it was a bit unusual that I have 19 varieties of cheese in my fridge and several more in our wine cellar, which has a special 'section de fromage'.

After mentioning it again at school, I promised [personal profile] spaceman that I would make a post about my assortment of cheeses.

I had intended to post photos, but I haven't figured out how to do so on Dreamwidth and I can't find my camera.

Nonetheless, I shall post a list.

1. Feta (we have 6 varieties of feta of different ages, from different animals and marinated in different things, but I can't really tell the difference, so I'm not counting them)
2. Cheddar
3. Parmesan
4. Pecorino Romano
5. Halloumi
6. Boccaccini
7. Brie
8. Camembert
9. Langres
10. Mimolette
11. Abondance
12. Neufchâtel
13. Rochebarron
14. Mont d'Or
15. Raclette
16. Édel de Cléron
17. A Dutch cheese I don't know the name of
18. Vacherin du Haut-Doubs
19. Gorgonzola

I have no idea what's in the wine cellar; I don't make a habit of going down there as it's cold and dark and scary.


Also, my cousin did something funny today.

We were talking about all of the churches in town and which religions they belonged to. This lead to a conversation about Seventh Day Adventists.
In an attempt to explain what a SDA was, my father said that the first 7 days of the Advent hold particular significance for them. At this, my 3 year old cousin started crying and became quite distressed.
It took us several minutes to get her to calm down enough to explain to us that she was crying because "the Seventh Day Adventists only get 7 days in their advent calenders."



Also, apparently Canadian milk comes in bags! What the frak is that about?!?!




Yummy, yummy, yummy

  • Feb. 24th, 2009 at 9:42 PM
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For dinner, I just made delicious crêpes with beef and mushroom ragu and bechemel sauce.

ETA:


Then, for desert, I had crêpes with banana, ice cream and maple syrup.

Now I'm getting ready to go to church... if I can just find that stupid dress.

And after mass, I will be stuffed full of pancakes that the Sunday school kids made.

Although they are few and far between, religions do have their upsides.

Pancakes, Procrastination and Prayers

  • Feb. 24th, 2009 at 3:55 PM
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Today is Shrove Tuesday. This means 3 things:


Most importantly, Pancakes For Dinner!!!


It also means that all we forgetful Catholics are struggling to think of something to give up for lent.

I had a great lot of difficulty with this (for about 2 minutes; I only realised today that it was lent), until my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] shenniefish suggested that I should give up creative writing.

This is a brilliant idea for 2 reasons.

The first being that it is something that I don’t really care about (especially at this time of year, what with the lack of Nanowrimo and Suwrimo) and, therefore, will not miss all that greatly.

The second reason is that it (hopefully) will get me out of submitting the first 2,000 words of my writing task which are due on Friday(?) for my English Extension II class (please forgive the run-on sentence; extra English classes often have this effect on my grammar). Hopeful this means that I can put this task off for another 40 days. My teacher is also Christian (albeit another denomination, I think), so I’m hoping that she will understand.

The brightest side of lent this year, as opposed to other years, is that my (Jewish) mother is not in the country to inform my priest when I epically fail and eat half a chocolate cake at 3am (last year); forget that its lent and order a steak at lunch (2003) or begin swearing like a sailor when my cousin decides to decorate my bedroom walls with crayon and I have to clean it up (2004).

Surprisingly enough, those have been the only years in which I have failed to make it through lent. I’m actually rather proud of myself.

If I believed in God/Jesus/organised religion I might actually be a decent Catholic. Who knew?



The 3rd on my list of the-meanings-of-today-being-Shrove-Tuesday is that, tonight, I have to go to midnight mass, which means that I won't get home until 5am at the earliest, which means that I'm going to be unfathomably tired and, therefore, cranky at school tomorrow. Then, after school, I can't go home and sleep because I have to go to church again and begin 'the cleansing process' with the first of my 40 days of confession followed by prayer.
And the Clergy wonders why so many people are Atheists?

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