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April 20th, 2019

I mentioned this recipe in the Yuletide discord and there was some interest in it so I thought I'd write it up. It's quite the change from the typical apple, walnuts, sugar and wine recipe that I (and many Ashkenazi Jews) grew up with but has become a staple at my seders since I got it 26 years ago when in college. I usually double it so there's plenty for the seder and to give to people to take home and I still have some left to eat through passover.

1/2 lb pitted dates
1 C dark currants (or double the raisins)
1 C raisins
1/4 C pitted prunes
1- 1 1/4 C sweet wine (grape juice will work too)
1/2 C chopped walnuts
1/4 C ground almonds

1) Soak the fruit overnight (either coarsely chop the fruit before soaking or whir with an immersion blender once in the pan the next day). 2) Drain but reserve the liquid. 3) In a heavy pan combine the fruit, 1 C wine and 1 C of reserved liquid (if doubling do NOT double this). 4) Cook over med-low heat 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally (until the liquid is absorbed) and the mixture is thick. 5) Cool. 6)Stir in nuts and more wine if it's too dry.

April 10th, 2019

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A reading update - hmm. Well, the past week I've read a combination of lots of Harry Potter Remus/Sirius fic and assorted Final Fantasy XV porn and ship-fic of various combinations of the four main characters. I'm not being very selective about either because I just want more, so I haven't sorted out things to rec yet, but I do want to thank everyone on my circle who regularly recs fic, especially those who keep lists I know how to find, because they've been so helpful for finding the Remus/Sirius good stuff especially.

My first tour through Harry Potter fandom was the summer of 2004, which I remember very well because I was reading HP fic while writing Bridges. This is fairly common for me to not read and write in the same fandom at the same time. I think I started The Flat Next Door [HP/Buffy] the following winter. Anyway, back then I was mostly into Harry stories, some Harry/Ginny, and Harry&Snape. I periodically read recs and things, and my next turn down the rabbit hole, around when Deathly Hallows came out, was Harry/Draco focused, though I still find those very hit or miss compared to other pairings. This time, while I have detoured through other stories, I'm fixating on the adults, after a fancake rec had me rereading Stealing Harrry by copperbadge. I love all the iterations of Harry going to live with Sirius, but my unknown fave trope now is Remus getting Harry with or without Sirius right away, and I think the most breathtaking of them is Common Woodbrown by imochan, which has beautiful prose that really digs into Remus and who is and where he's at right after he's suddenly left all alone. My other favorite of the Sirius and Remus both getting him and figuring out how to be with each other too is Holding Out by bigblackdog, which I found through [personal profile] unfitforsociety .

Finding good HP fic takes a little digging sometimes because there's so much of it, and so much of it predates AO3 and so isn't necessarily there. Google searches to reddit pages are usually a good way to find specific tropes or scenarios. I'm on the lookout right now for good Harry focused dimensional or time travel that doesn't have him paired up with one of my NOTPs (Snape, Riddle, namely)

For Final Fantasy, I've found a bunch of good fics already, but I might save recs for those for a later post. I'm still playing the game, grinding for the moment and earning enough gil ($$) to really stock up on potions before I do the final level. I have the DLC and the post-game too, once I'm done, so it won't be over too soon.