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17 February 2010 @ 10:49 am
Even a Boring Day is Better with Pancakes! :D  
Finally got round to ordering a washing machine yesterday. I'd almost done it before, then when it was out of stock had got worried all over again about whether the one I'd chosen would fit through the door ... In the end I decided on a slightly smaller Bosch, the dimensions given include about 4cm clearance, we shouldn't even need to take the door off to fit it through. And it's still big enough for the tumbledryer to sit on top. And I think it's the same capacity as the current one (5kg) so that should be adequate. And it'll spin! Yay! Arrives next Tuesday, assuming all goes well, and the novelty will've worn off practically before it's installed - even more boring than a new mobile phone ;)

J worked from home yesterday afternoon - he'd had a shitty morning and was in a grump, so he came home to spread the joy ;) Which included a training thing he was having to listen to, about SVN ... which was patronising1, had one (& possibly 2) of the worst EVER voices for such things, and was deeply broken. He ended up trying it in several different media players but it cut off not very far in every time, so we heard the intro SO many times. His work tech support weren't entirely useful, either. I could quite understand the foul mood ;)

But he cheered up in the evening coz it was pancake day! Most years our friend Ed comes over for pancakes, but this year the day snuck up on us all unawares - I only realised over the weekend - so Ed & Tash were busy already. Which means we'll just have to have a second pancake day soon :) Despite the fact that pancakes were the entirety of our dinner we only had sweet ones. I had all my pancakes with lemon & sugar - the one true way, but J mostly followed the heathen path of golden syrup. A fine and tasty dinner!2

1. I'd naively assumed that (compulsory) training materials for a bunch of techies would concentrate on the specifics of how that particular system/piece of software worked. But no, it started off at such a basic level that it was covering stuff I already knew, and my knowledge of code management systems stops at about the level of "they exist". And this was part 2! I've no idea what part 1 covered, how to type? How to switch your pc on?

2. And desperately unhealthy, yes, yes I know. But who cares, pancake day comes but once a year (except this year when we'll have 2!) :)
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Roxette "Crash! Boom! Bang!"
Hapi vace! Hapi vace!keirf on February 17th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Lemon and sugar is indeed the one true way. Limes may be substituted in exceptional circumstances though, or just for a bit of variety.
Margaretpling on February 17th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I've not tried lime, maybe if we're having a second pancake day I'll deviate from the one true way that much ;)
Jen: moffedilleylla on February 17th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Golden syrup sounds ridiculously sweet, and even more ridiculously sticky than sugar gets.
What's right about lemon juice and sugar is the way they balance each other :)
Margaretpling on February 17th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
J's definitely got a sweet tooth! :) I think you're right about needing the tartness of the lemon to counteract the sweet (my one true way even has a reason! ;) ).
John: sparklejarel on February 17th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Pancakes with golden syrup are lovely ... but yeah, they do get a bit much. That's why I alternate them with lemon & sugar ones :D
jaqjaq on February 18th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
I made American style pancakes. I would still have tried them with lemon and sugar but we didn't have any lemons :-( So we had some with maple syrup and some with golden syrup. Maple syrup has more of a defined flavour whereas golden syrup was just sweet.
Margaretpling on February 18th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Are American style ones the same as scotch pancakes? If so, then I'd have those with butter & jam, we'd quite often have them for tea (as in tea & cake, not as in the evening meal) when I was a kid :)

I got some maple syrup for pancake day one year some time ago, but I think we weren't really fond of the flavour.
jaqjaq on February 18th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, according to Wikipedia, though in my experience Scotch pancakes were bought ready made from the shop and were cold.

I like maple syrup :-) Here we live close to where it comes from so we get the real stuff. A farm up the road from theora's parents used to make it, and we visited and looked around on 'Maple Syrup Weekend' a couple of years ago, though sadly they have stopped doing it now.
Margaretpling on February 18th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
I've always been faintly appalled by the ready-made Scotch pancakes, tho I don't think I've ever bought & eaten any to find out if they're alright really or not.

I should probably ask my mother for her recipe sometime, I kinda fancy pancakes now we've been talking about them :)
kierangiant on February 19th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
i am acquainted with a someone who abuses their pancakes with marmite.

for natives of a language with such a wide vocabulary, it's surprising we can so often be stuck for words.
Margaretpling on February 21st, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
... yeah