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Beginning to bake things to give away this Christmas, and spending a lot of time being unnecessarily judgemental online recipe websites. Fudge recipes are the worst offender. I have no problem with people altering recipes to suit dietary restrictions, but why would you bother to make a frozen slush of spinach and banana and pretend that it was fudge? Just make a fruit ice and be done with it. Or apple sauce mixed with peanut butter. If you want to put that on a sandwich, have fun, but why pretend that it is fudge, a dish made from the interaction of sugar and dairy to create something that isn't quite caramel, but isn't totally unlike it? I just want to be able to filter out all the people who get all self-righteous about cutting the sugar out of things that are literally made of sugar.*

Also, what on earth is the point of making things eggnog flavoured? Especially cake. Eggnog tastes like milk and eggs and both those things are already in cake recipes! I can't imagine that adding heavily preserved eggs and milk would make any particular difference to a batter, unless what you were missing was the taste of those preserved chemicals. Just flavour things with nutmeg and be happy. Nutmeg is delicious and can be enjoyed outside of eggnog, I promise.

*(Actual diabetics have my sympathy, these people are clearly not diabetics, or are going to be very sad ones when they realise that the maple syrup they believe to be a magical panacea is actually made of sucrose.)

In less grumpy news, I watched Pitch Perfect, which is as delightfully femslashy as everyone said, but also, why did no one tell me that the love interest is totally a Manic Pixie Dream Guy? Because he really is. He shows up, and is wacky at the protagonist, and tells her to have more emotions, and then she wins him back at the end by being very good at the thing she was always very good at which he did not actively help her with at all (you could maybe count him as a muse, but only in the most inactive sense), and totally not saying sorry! He is way less important to her narrative than music and her (all female) musical partners. I was kind of sorry her final mashup wasn't all ladies, because that would have been more thematically consistent, but it was definitely worthwhile fluff that was actually as lady-centric as it claimed to be!

Also Princess Monster Truck has been going around again, and I hope she brings you as much joy as she does me.

Date: 2013-12-16 08:09 pm (UTC)
joatamon: (strip)
From: [personal profile] joatamon
Manic Pixie Dream Guy

I absolutely had not thought of him in this way, and you're so right! Nifty :)

(I really need to watch Pitch Perfect again)

Date: 2013-12-16 11:05 pm (UTC)
joatamon: (SuitsJessica)
From: [personal profile] joatamon
she'd have to forgive him for because that's what women are allowed to do in relationships

This is also... something I've never thought about. Huh.

Date: 2013-12-17 09:38 am (UTC)
joatamon: (SuitsJessica)
From: [personal profile] joatamon
Totally makes sense! I'd just never noticed that theme in fiction before - I'll be keeping my eyes open in future.

I don't know whether you read Linda Holmes over at the NPR Monkey See blog, or the Jezebel site, but this definitely chimes in with a lot of what they have to say about expectations on women in fiction (and life).

Date: 2013-12-16 08:21 pm (UTC)
james: a tree against a yellow cloud background (Default)
From: [personal profile] james
Oh my God, fudge recipes. I had a co-worker who insisted he had the Perfect Fudge Recipe and he would talk about how to stir it and keep the heat just right and how you couldn't make it when the humidity was off because the fudge would be ruined. Then he'd bring in some fudge that he said was perfect and I'd eat some and think "this is very bland, unexciting fudge." I never told him that, though. He was so proud.

Date: 2013-12-16 08:40 pm (UTC)
james: a tree against a yellow cloud background (Default)
From: [personal profile] james
I just felt so bad for him because he clearly put the time and effort into making it excellent, and yet I think the ingredients he was using were the wrong ratios for really excellent fudge. It turned out the right texture and consistency, but the taste was very bland and made me wish I had the cheater fudge with marshmallow creme. :-/

Date: 2013-12-16 08:27 pm (UTC)
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
From: [personal profile] arduinna
... someone is calling spinach-banana slush "fudge"? Good grief.


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