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18 June 2001 @ 10:34 pm
Yesterday I did quite a lot of thesis work. I finished off the reworking of my Discussion and checked over the last results chapter that Vera hasn't seen yet. And I did some stuff to a paper we're planning on submitting soon. Then I just sat and did Paint by Numbers puzzles for the rest of the day.

Well not quite - we had something interesting for dinner. We try to cook nice or new things (or both of course) for dinner at the weekend coz during the week it can devolve into just pasta and some stir in sauce. So we had Chiang Mai Noodles last night - this was a recipe on the back of a Sharwood's Noodles pack, and was basically stir-fried chicken and peas and noodles in a Thai Red Curry sauce (jar of Sharwood's stuff). And it was nice :) Saturday night's experiment was a little less successful - we had bought some Chilli Noodles (Blue Dragon ones) and there was a recipe on the back of that packet too. Unfortunately it required Mango juice, which we couldn't find in Tescos :( So as we don't know what Mango juice tastes of we decided to go for something completely different and replace it with chicken stock and oyster sauce. It was a beef dish, and it was quite nice in the end - but we weren't that keen on the spicy noodles. I've made some spicy noodles in the past (coated in sauce rather than the chilli in the actual noodle), and they were nicer than these ones.

We stayed up till about midnight last night - which was neither a good idea, nor the plan. And then I managed to wake up needing the loo about half an hour before the alarm went off and couldn't get back to sleep, so I really didn't get much sleep. I felt startling awake, except that I've been unable to concentrate on anything for any length of time all day.

So I did paperworky type stuff as much as possible, and started to sort out the formatting of the paper we're gonna submit. Discovered that you can save slides as TIFFs from powerpoint 2000 (and maybe others, but I was using 2000) so that saved a lot of fannying around (the journal requires the images in a particular selection of formats).

And now I'm half asleep so should be going to bed (and, indeed, should've gone about an hour ago).
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Fish "Fellini Days"
Ceci n'est pas une viemarble on June 18th, 2001 03:09 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to try some actual cooking more often. But then, when I do it usually goes disastrously wrong. I'm getting pretty good at omelettes though (at least they're not microwave/ovenready meals like I usually live on).
Margaretpling on June 18th, 2001 03:17 pm (UTC)
The stuff that succeeds for me is when it's directly following a recipe, when I start trying to get creative the results are a little less predictable ;)
jaq: jaqjaq on June 19th, 2001 01:40 am (UTC)

I follow the same random approach when cooking as I do when food shopping - well perhaps that follows, since I have to cook something with the random ingredients I have bought. So the extent to which I follow recipes is to read them at some point before cooking and follow the general idea though usually with some quantities or ingredients changed. It usually works out :-)

(The exception is with cakes and things, where you have to get the proportions right or the chemical reaction doesn't work.)
Margaretpling on June 19th, 2001 05:08 am (UTC)
I'm not a good enough cook to do that - I need to work out in advance what I'm going to do. But it'll come with practice.
jaq: jaqjaq on June 19th, 2001 06:40 am (UTC)

I find watching lots of cooking programmes on the telly helps. Especially Nigella :-)
ex_ciannait on June 18th, 2001 03:11 pm (UTC)
Paint By Numbers! Geez, that takes me back... I can just smell the oil paints now... :)
Margaretpling on June 18th, 2001 03:16 pm (UTC)
The logic puzzles, not the painting sets (which I've not done for years either).
Margaretpling on June 18th, 2001 03:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I arsed up that link, didn't I. Here's a correct one.