Ophe1ia
19 September 2012 @ 07:17 pm
A favourite light supper.

Pan-fried field mushrooms with soft cheese stuffing

INGREDIENTS (serves 1)
4 large field mushrooms, wiped clean
1 spring onion
olive oil
knob of butter
2 tbsp soft cheese
black pepper
2 wholemeal English muffins

METHOD
Pull the stalks from the field mushrooms. Trim the stalks so that just the tender parts remain and then roughly chop. Finely slice the spring onion.
Put a splash of olive oil and half the butter into a small frying pan and warm over a medium heat until the butter is foaming.
Add the mushroom stalks and spring onion to the pan and cook until the white parts of the spring onion are beginning to turn translucent.
Remove the mushroom stalks and spring onion from the pan, pressing out any excess oil with a spatula, and place in a small bowl. Add the soft cheese to the bowl and mix well.
Add another splash of olive oil and the remaining butter to the pan. When the butter is foaming, turn the heat down to low and add the field mushrooms, gills down. Cook gently for 1–2 minutes and then turn over the mushrooms.
Divide the soft cheese mixture between the stalk cavities of the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms over a low heat for 2–3 minutes until cooked through.
Meanwhile, split the English muffins and toast the cut side until golden.
Place the mushrooms on the muffins and grind over some black pepper. Serve immediately with a watercress salad.

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: hungryrumbly
Music: Gypsy - Bonobo
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
17 September 2012 @ 07:46 pm
What do you think this is?

What could it be?

Statuette? Sex toy?

WRONG.Collapse )

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: okayrubbery
Music: Body - Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
11 June 2012 @ 09:50 pm
I just watched Nina Conti’s documentary about Ken Campbell and going to a ventriloquist convention in America. Cried a bit, oh…

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: touchedtouched
Music: End of Time - Aural Burrows
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
28 April 2012 @ 01:08 am
wet  
Just got home from seeing Camille at the Barbican. Have a song.



Ophelia Xx
 
 
Mood: calmalive
Music: Wet Boy - Camille
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
08 March 2012 @ 08:13 pm
I get sad, but then there’s a cartoon baby pony going ‘nyam nyam nyam’ on a cuddly butterfly and I feel a lot better.

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: happysqueeing
Music: Pyramid Song - Radiohead
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
16 February 2012 @ 07:43 pm
Oh look, there’s internet feminism eating itself again. Aieee.

(If you have comments to make about the video itself, it would probably be best to make them in the linked thread.)

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: annoyedexasperated
Music: Kota - Bonobo
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
08 February 2012 @ 08:37 pm
Today I got geekily excited about Outlook calendars. It’s good to enjoy one’s job, I guess.

ETA: I am so cold D:

Ophelia Xx

Tags: ,
 
 
Mood: geekygeeky
Music: Mighty Sword - The Frames
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
29 January 2012 @ 06:34 pm
Today my parents came to visit me for pre-birthday celebrations. They gave me a frame for one of my posters and some cash to spend on Things. I might buy a pair of tickets for Matilda.

We talked for ages—they were here from just after midday until 5pm—and it was lovely. I know I complain about sometimes but they really are awesome parents.

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: loveddaughterly
Music: Alley Cats - Hot Chip
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
10 November 2011 @ 08:24 pm
I have started my Christmas shopping! WHAT IS UP WITH THAT.

Ophelia Xx

Tags:
 
 
Mood: okaycommercial
Music: Coconut - Fever Ray
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
03 November 2011 @ 09:54 pm
I am not NaNoing this year, but I am doing crafty things in November! I am making a Thing that involves Sewing, and which I may mention in more detail at some point, and I am also plotting my Christmas cards. I also feel that making my room pretty is an ongoing project. And it will be #reverb time soon, which I am weirdly looking forward to, probably because of the fact that it’s really just an excuse to be sarcastic and grumpy about things.

Tonight I improvised a butternut squash risotto.

Ingredients (serves 1)
olive oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1 chili, deseeded and finely chopped
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 cup arborio risotto rice
Half a butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 1.5 cm (ish) cubes
40 ml vermouth
350 ml vegetable stock
parmesan or similar
butter
black pepper

Method
In a small pan, heat enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Add the shallot, chili and cumin seeds and fry gently for 3-4 minutes to soften. Add the rice and stir well to coat with the oil, and fry on a high heat for another minute. Then add the vermouth and cook rapidly until the liquid is absorbed.
Add the butternut squash and about 50 ml of the stock. Stir well until the liquid is absorbed, then continue to add a little stock at a time for about 15 minutes, until the rice is cooked and the squash is tender.
Turn out the heat, drop in a knob of butter, and grate in some parmesan. Cover the pan and allow to rest for a few minutes. Remove the lid and stir in the butter and cheese, then season generously with black pepper and serve in a warmed bowl.
I suspect it would also be nice with a little grated nutmeg and hot paprika, if you want to live dangerously. 

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: artisticcrafty
Music: Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole - Martha Wainwright
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
25 October 2011 @ 10:22 pm
up  
The hell is up with LJ? It keeps appearing as if I’m logged in as other users, and I can’t edit entries.

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: confusedconfused
Music: There - The Innocence Mission
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
23 October 2011 @ 10:21 pm
Today I made lentil salad! Yay! Also I made butternut squash curry! Yay!

Cooking things in advance makes me feel like a proper responsible grown-up person. Yes.

Ophelia Xx

Tags: ,
 
 
Mood: fullfull
Music: Ghost Wiring - Neko Case
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
10 October 2011 @ 10:59 pm
I met a baby chameleon this weekend! It was teeny and it had amazing eyes and adorable mitteny feet and it changed colour when it was put on my hand. Sooo cuuute.

Ophelia Xx

Tags: ,
 
 
Mood: cheerfuleeeee
Music: Dragonfly - My Brightest Diamond
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
05 October 2011 @ 08:58 pm
Stressed :(

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: stressedstressed
Music: Husks And Shells - Volcano Choir
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
28 September 2011 @ 07:11 pm
IKEA have informed me that there is absolutely no way that I can have the shelves to go inside my bookcase delivered to my flat. I can’t even pay them to do it. Instead, I have to go into a store. I don’t have a car and my nearest store is nearly 40 miles away. IKEA, I AM DISAPPOINT.

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: annoyedannoyed
Music: Clarinet Concerto: 1, Allegro Vigoroso - Gerald Finzi
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
25 September 2011 @ 07:51 pm
In a spectacular coincidence of IKEAfail and me and my dad not quite being with it yesterday, I have the outside of a bookcase but no shelves. This is annoying.

However, I do have a lovely chair and a room that I have rearranged to permit comfy TV-watchin’, so it’s not all bad. And I have about half of my books in Oxford now, albeit without anywhere to put them. OH BOOKS BOOKS I MISSED YOU SO.

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: blahstupid
Music: Keeper Of The Flame - Joan As Police Woman
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
24 September 2011 @ 10:24 pm
Today I went with my dad to IKEA to buy shelves and a chair. I was successful! So tomorrow I can take books home, omg yay. I have missed my books a lot. They will look so pretty all laid out nicely ^_^

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: shelved
Music: The Needle Has Landed - Neko Case
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
23 September 2011 @ 10:48 pm
I'm at home, having spent a lovely evening with my parents, my mum's long-lost cousin, and his wife. Good food and chat and peacefulness.

My bed here feels spectacularly comfortable. I am even more strongly inclined to buy a new mattress for my room in the flat now...

Ophelia Xx

 
 
Mood: cosy
Music: Our Team Is Grand - Claire & the Reasons
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
22 September 2011 @ 10:36 pm
A long weekend is afoot. Huzzah.

Ophelia Xx

Tags:
 
 
Mood: okayfree
Music: Sixteen - The Heavy
 
 
 
Ophe1ia
21 September 2011 @ 10:55 pm
Surreal day. Everything feels a bit strange at the moment. I am working very very hard. I need to stop imagining things.

Ophelia Xx

Tags:
 
 
Mood: okayodd
Music: Overdue - Bitter:Sweet