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Jul. 15th, 2018



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Jul. 14th, 2018



SS/HP Prophet for July 8 - July 14

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One Shots
[x] alisanne: A Narrow Escape [R]

Completed Chapter Fic
[x] Demondog136, EllianaNarna: Dragons, Snakes, and Secrets - Chapter 41 [Teen]
[x] Lomonaaeren: The Joyous Kind of Living - Chapter 2 [Mature]

Works In Progress
[x] Alisanne: Wisdom - Chapter 66 [R]
[x] Cithara: Wild With All Regrets - Chapter 9 [Mature]
[x] Doctor_who_cares: Found Family - Chapter 9 [Teen]
[x] Elvirakitties: Choices Have Side Effects - Chapter 9 [Teen]
[x] Elvirakitties: To Catch A Thief - Chapter 16 [Teen]
[x] Geoffaree: Onyx - Chapter 21 [Teen]
[x] Hippocrates460: The Gift of Kindness - Chapter 13 [Mature]
[x] JBankai89: I Will Save Myself - Chapter 31 [Explicit] Severus/Harry/Draco
[x] JasminSky: The Harry Potter Conundrum - Chapter 4 [Explicit] Chan Severus/Harry/Voldemort
[x] Katbux: Getting Your Life Back - Chapter 16 [Mature]
[x] Lomonaaeren: Other Peoples Choices - Chapter 59 [Teen]
[x] Lyraonyx: Black Souled - Chapter 13 [Mature]
[x] Mimmi_ger: In search of silver linings, we discovered gold - Chapter 17 [Explicit]
[x] Nannanjin1204: Hero - Chapter 45 [Mature]
[x] Sablesilverrain: Crusade - Chapter 39 [Explicit] Chan
[x] Shortsnout: The Curse of Artemis - Chapter 24 [Mature] Chan

Drabbles And Ficlets
[x] alisanne: A Fresh Approach [R]
[x] alisanne: Social Success [PG]
[x] lilyseyes: Social Interaction [R]

Art And Icons
[x] 6urn: Dream Within A Dream [Unrated]
[x] Burdenofimpurity: Upside Down [Unrated]
[x] ComaW: Snape/Harry. Part I [Unrated]
[x] ComaW: Snape/Harry. Part II [Unrated]
[x] Oni-Sakazuki: I understand, I miss her too. [Unrated]
[x] Potionsmasters: Look at me [Unrated] Chanish
[x] luotai: Snarry [Unrated] Chanish

[x] snarry100: Has Issued Challenge 637 - Accident

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Jul. 12th, 2018



Meg Reviews Recipes: Leggos Tuna Bake with Sundried Tomato & Caramelised Onion

Comes in a 500g jar, and I bought this at Coles when it was on special for about $2.50 - $3 per jar (yes, this is a Thing of mine; this is part of how I manage to make a budget of $30 per person per week for food stretch as well as it does).

I decided to try this as a result of basically realising at about quarter to three on a Sunday afternoon that I hadn't even thought about what we were having for dinner that night, and being sick of either leftovers or instant meals as options. So, okay, pasta bake. Now, pasta bakes are about the easiest type of meal out there to assemble - you cook up the pasta, you combine it with the sauce and the protein (tinned tuna, in this case), top with cheese, and bake in the oven until done. If you're baking it right after you've assembled it, it takes about 20 minutes at 200C to melt the cheese and heat things through. If you're like me and you assemble these things hours before you actually need them, and store them in the fridge until it's time to start cooking dinner, then the trick is to heat the whole thing at around 200C for about an hour, as this allows everything in the middle of your casserole dish to heat through as well as all the stuff around the sides.

I fancied this up a little by chopping up a leek and adding that to the tuna, sauce and pasta mix. I do this partially because I feel we need some kind of vegetable content with or in these things, and partially because it stretches things a bit further and makes everything taste a bit better. The leek will pretty much cook in the hour I'm heating things in the oven, so that's a bit of a mercy. The other minor experiment in this case is I'm trying pasta bowties to see how they work in these sorts of dishes (usually I'm using small shells, small spirals, or macaroni).

Because Himself got all organised and managed to stop off at a supermarket on the way home from picking up another computer component (he's involved in trying to get two rather finicky monitors to work properly), we're having garlic bread with this as well. What that means in terms of juggling executive function for these sorts of things (one of my bugbears) is that I have to remember to put the garlic bread into the oven to heat about ten minutes before everything's supposed to be cooked. Which I think I can manage.

And in the end... it turned out pretty good. Main note was, of course, tomato, and there was a bit of onion in there, mostly from the leek, I think. It certainly balances out the rather coarse texture of cheap tuna quite well. I'll probably buy some more the next time it's on special.

Difficulty: 1 out of 5
Spoons/Fuss and Bother: 1 out of 5 - the hardest bits about preparing this as directed are going to be opening the jar and the tin of tuna, and possibly the weight of putting the fully laden baking dish into the oven. Can be prepared well ahead of time and put in the fridge for later re-heating and melting of cheese (as per the post), so it's great if you need to time-shift cooking. If it's the only thing you're cooking, you can pretty much set a timer and forget about it, so you don't need to remember dozens of finicky steps along the way.
Overall: 3 out of 5.
Considerations: This one looks to be reasonably vegan-safe, provided you used mushrooms, quorn, or tofu/soy protein instead of tuna for your protein, and skipped the cheese (the only ingredients I can see on the whole thing which aren't obviously plants, plant-based or plant-derived are xanthan gum and yeast extract). If you're allergic to tomatoes, avoid this one. If you're allergic to tuna, dairy or gluten, make substitutions as required.

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Jul. 7th, 2018



SS/HP Prophet - July 1-7

One Shots
[x] Alisanne: It's a Start [NC-17]

Completed Chapter Fic
[x] Elvirakitties: How To Kill Voldemort - Chapter 14/14 [Not Rated]
[x] LeaderoftheShadows: Say It If It's Worth Saving Me - Chapter 25/25 [Explicit]

Works In Progress
[x] Alisanne: Wisdom - Chapter 65 [R]
[x] Celandine: He Plays at Hazard - Chapter 11 [Explicit]
[x] Cithara: Wild With All Regrets - Chapter 8 [Mature]
[x] Clarelyobvious: Fictional Thinking - Chapter 22 [Explicit]
[x] Demondog136, EllianaNarna: Dragons, Snakes, and Secrets - Chapter 40 [Teen]
[x] Doctor_Who_Cares: Snape's Sex Dungeon - Chapter 2 [Explicit] Chan
[x] Doctor_who_cares: Found Family - Chapter 6 [Teen]
[x] Doctor_who_cares: Found Family - Chapter 7 [Teen]
[x] Doctor_who_cares: Found Family - Chapter 8 [Teen]
[x] Doctor_who_cares: Harry's Alpha - Chapter 2 [Teen]
[x] Elvirakitties: What If? - Chapter 15 [Not Rated] Severus/Harry/Voldemort
[x] Geoffaree: Onyx - Chapter 20 [Teen]
[x] Hippocrates460: The Gift of Kindness - Chapter 12 [Mature]
[x] IrelandSpades: Held in Thrall- Chapter 9 [Mature]
[x] JBankai89: I Will Save Myself - Chapter 30 [Explicit] Severus/Harry/Draco
[x] JasminSky: The Harry Potter Conundrum - Chapter 1 [Explicit] Chan Severus/Harry/Voldemort
[x] Katbux: Getting Your Life Back - Chapter 13 [Mature]
[x] Lilyseyes: Memories Returned - Chapter 35 [Teen] Severitus
[x] Lomonaaeren: The Joyous Kind of Living - Chapter 1 [Mature]
[x] Lyraonyx: Black Souled - Chapter 10 [Mature]
[x] Nannanjin1204: Hero - Chapter 44 [Mature]
[x] PT_Selly: Unexpected Christmas Gift - Chapter 7 [Teen]
[x] Sablesilverrain: Crusade - Chapter 37 [Explicit] Chan
[x] Selfproclaimed_Princess: The Boy Who Loved - Chapter 6 [Mature] Severus/Harry/Voldemort
[x] Shackleddamsel: Fall in Love Again - Chapter 5 [Mature]
[x] ShadowoftheNight: The Rune King - Chapter 4 [Teen]
[x] Shichan_unedited: The March of the Tin Soldiers - Chapter 34 [Mature] Severitus
[x] Shortsnout: The Curse of Artemis - Chapter 21 [Mature] Chan
[x] Slyther1nM1nds: A Genius Grows - Chapter 10 [Mature] Chan
[x] Younoknowme93: First of Many Rewrite - Chapter 34 [Explicit]
[x] Younoknowme93: Survival Bonds - Chapter 51 [Explicit] Chan

Drabbles And Ficlets
[x] Smallhobbit: A Fresh Sheet of Paper [G]
[x] Smallhobbit: The Social Evening [G]

Art And Icons
[x] Fistis: harry and severus illustration for severitus [G]
[x] Juanasunfall: Icebreaker - The sleeping Bat [Unrated]
[x] Juanasunfall: Icebreaker - The talk [Unrated]
[x] Juanasunfall: Icebreaker - some help needed [G]
[x] Juanasunfall: Morning has broken [Unrated]
[x] Juanasunfall: No one can know [G]
[x] Juanasunfall: Tribute to my Inspiration [PG]
[x] Juanasunfall: Under my Umbrella [Unrated]
[x] Potionsmasters: afternoon nap [G]
[x] Potionsmasters: some sketches [PG-13]

[x] Snarry100: Posted Challenge 636: Social

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Jul. 5th, 2018



Meg Reviews Recipes: Spicy Fruit Loaf

Source: Australian Womens Weekly "Quick Mix Cakes and Deliciously Easy Muffins" Cookbook, p109; ISBN: 1-86396-001-5; (c) ACP Publishing Pty Ltd 1999.

This is a bit of a favourite of mine, although it's a right whatsit to make. The recipe is a "rub in" recipe, where you start by rubbing the butter into the flour, and this one has 125g of butter to be rubbed into 2 cups of flour (plus an extra 2 teaspoons of dry ingredients comprised of bicarb and spices). Let's just say if you have arthritis in your hands, this is probably not a recipe you want to try without one of those special little doovers (looks like a handle with a bunch of wire loops hanging off it - a bit of googling tells me they're called "pastry blenders"[1]) for cutting butter into flour. Failing that, you may want to stop every so often and let your hands stretch out a bit, because they will cramp up unless you make scones and/or pastry on the regular.

Once you've finished giving yourself RSI and improving your grip strength sight out of mind, you add the sugar, the dried fruit (standard mixed dried fruit works fine) and then the liquid ingredients (1 egg and a cup of milk) before pouring the whole lot into a loaf tin and baking it for about 1 1/4 hours. Unlike most of the fruit cakes in this cookbook, you're not cooling this one in the pan - it gets cooled on a rack after the first ten minutes. '

Serve it with butter; this keeps for well over a week without really getting stale or going off. It's very dense, and very dark, particularly if you use dark brown sugar (lighter brown sugar gives a lighter coloured loaf).

Difficulty: 1 out of 5 (it isn't a hard recipe to understand or follow)
Spoons/Fuss and Bother: 5 out of 5 (rubbing in the butter takes time, and I inevitably wind up with my hands cramping); it's a very stiff mixture to mix, so if you don't have much arm and hand strength, you're probably better off getting someone else to make this for you.
Overall: 5 out of 5 (this is a favourite I keep making over and over again, despite the crampy hands).
Considerations: Cake. This contains gluten, sugar, butter, milk and eggs. Don't eat a whole one at one sitting (it's a very dense cake; I doubt anyone could do it without making themselves sick anyway) and don't try to serve it to vegans.

[1] Link goes to Amazon because that's the one which came up fastest and most reliably.

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