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  • posted a message on PRC 249
    I voted for Ilvaldi and echoe this week, as I found both of the poems relatable and eloquent. Great uses of imagery. Smile
    Posted in: Personal Writing
  • posted a message on The NEW Official List of Demands!
    Counter-Terrorists Win
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
  • posted a message on PRC 248
    Heh, that was cool.

    I'm just posting in here to bump the forum so stupid adbot threads don't show up as most recent. Mad
    Posted in: Personal Writing
  • posted a message on Poetry Running Contest - Submission Thread
    she returns to solidarity

    the fluid crash of contentment dropping from your sternum
    would make the mightiest waves of the seven seas tremble in awe
    to have the rolling rhythm of a content life
    be for another a distorted paralytic shock
    a perversion of that endless motion
    to fall at once trapped in a static chamber
    to lie stagnant as would a corpse
    would be unfathomable as the moon

    but they will roll on all the same
    and no swells will wash onto your chest
    to wash away that void
    Posted in: Personal Writing
  • posted a message on Yomako's Positive Place (With hugs!)
    Quote from Philomela
    Quote from Lasersharp
    Hm... does Philomela have a story that she could send in to NotAlwaysRight now?

    Maybe we'll do the photoshoot after exams... and maybe I can get some hugging photos too.


    What is this?

    So yesterday's ridiculous amount of frustration inspired a ridiculous amount of success today. Qualified for the SCG Invitational! So excited!

    Not bad at all! Good luck with that, yo.

    Group Hug
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
  • posted a message on PRC 248
    The OP was so nice, he posted it twice!

    Voted for Harris in Plunderland because I do appreciate me some Carroll, or homages to his work.
    Posted in: Personal Writing
  • posted a message on Skald
    Quote from Talore
    a farewell to Winter

    she awakes from her long slumber
    her cold companion at last, faded
    the time for rebirth is over

    long has she walked the paths
    in the forest of her mind
    but now, new life beckons
    and what brightness beyond the window!

    slowly she rises, timid
    but her head and legs are holding
    sweet liberty!

    fairest Spring, how long has it been?
    she emerges into a bright new land
    walking confidently, as a young calf
    who finds her balance at long last
    if but for a moment

    sprightly zephyrs caress her hair
    carrying the sweet scent of wakefulness
    her only coat the welcoming embrace of the Sun

    the birds sing their triumphant lay
    welcoming their sister once more
    amidst trees of white and pink and greens innumerable
    the streams and skies join the melody

    and what song!
    she can't help but to sing and dance along
    in minutes that pass like hours
    until it is time to rest once more
    if but for a moment

    farewell, old friend
    for the time for thought is over
    and the time for song is now
    for Spring has returned

    I just had the best walk to the mailbox I think I've ever had. I do love winter as I love all the seasons, but this year was a particularly cold one for the soul. Now my energy has returned from physiotherapy as the season changes, and I couldn't be happier to be able to walk in the bright warmth of the new season, to say nothing of being able to walk at all!
    Posted in: Personal Writing
  • posted a message on Poetry Running Contest - Submission Thread
    a farewell to Winter

    she awakes from her long slumber
    her cold companion at last, faded
    the time for rebirth is over

    long has she walked the paths
    in the forest of her mind
    but now, new life beckons
    and what brightness beyond the window!

    slowly she rises, timid
    but her head and legs are holding
    sweet liberty!

    fairest Spring, how long has it been?
    she emerges into a bright new land
    walking confidently, as a young calf
    who finds her balance at long last
    if but for a moment

    sprightly zephyrs caress her hair
    carrying the sweet scent of wakefulness
    her only coat the welcoming embrace of the Sun

    the birds sing their triumphant lay
    welcoming their sister once more
    amidst trees of white and pink and greens innumerable
    the streams and skies join the melody

    and what song!
    she can't help but to sing and dance along
    in minutes that pass like hours
    until it is time to rest once more
    if but for a moment

    farewell, old friend
    for the time for thought is over
    and the time for song is now
    for Spring has returned
    Posted in: Personal Writing
  • posted a message on Teh Kitchen - Speakeasy Cooking Log
    I added ~1-2 tsp chili powder to the leftover dressing, which I thought was a nice touch because spicy is good. Today was another good energy day, so it was time to cook for my brother and I! On my quest for finding uses for miso outside of soup, I came across a recipe for fried tofu which sounded good.

    Miso-Ginger Tofu Steaks
    1 block extra-firm tofu
    1 tbsp white miso
    3 tbsp fresh grated ginger (I had to use 1 tbsp ground ginger)
    oil for frying
    green onions and sesame seeds for garnish

    I sliced the block into ~0.75cm thick strips, but thickness is up to you. Cover and pat them with a clean kitchen towel to drain some of the moisture from the tofu. In a bowl, mix ginger, miso, and 6tbsp warm water. Oil into the cast-iron pan, medium heat. Fry tofu steaks on each side until they become crisp and golden. Turn heat to low and add the miso-ginger mix, let it cook for a minute or so. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion to taste.

    2 Korean red peppers were added about half-way through frying the tofu, but wasn't important for the meal. I also wanted to add a tablespoon or so of chili garlic sauce but I forgot and it is also optional. I served the tofu on beds of wilted bean sprouts, with a simple salad on the side dressed with the miso-tahini dressing. I thought the meal turned out great! The tofu was not heavily flavoured, but I did use ground ginger which I suspect was less potent overall. The chili garlic sauce also would've added flavour, and I drizzled some Japanese soy sauce over the steaks. I liked the concept, and I'll definitely use the base formula in the future.
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
  • posted a message on Teh Kitchen - Speakeasy Cooking Log
    I have some of my energy back now since finishing physiotherapy, so that means I've been doing a bit more cooking/preparing meals. This morning I was looking up ways to use miso paste, since I have it for making soup anyways. Found a salad dressing recipe which appealed to me, and I tried it out.

    Miso-Tahini Dressing
    1/4 cup tahini
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tbsp miso paste (any works)
    1/4 cup warm water

    Combine the first three in a bowl or suitable vessel, mix until combined into one consistent paste, then add water until desired consistency.

    I thought it tasted really good! I had a simple salad which was heavy on green onions, and it was very pleasing to me. I used white/shiro miso because that's what was in the fridge, but you could use any other variety. I'm going to look into some of the seasoned miso varieties at the local Asian grocery store, too. I think this dressing would go really well with ginger, so I'm going to try a tablespoon of fresh grated ginger added in next time. (I'll resort to powdered if I don't have any fresh ginger root in the fridge, which will be likely.) Maybe some garlic as well, or seasoned miso containing garlic.
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
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