This recipe is another super easy, fast, and nutritious way to get vegetables and healthy fats and proteins into your diet. This one works as a dip, a sandwich spread, or can be tossed with pasta. I did the latter, and it was delicious. There is almost no prep time. If you sub the onion and garlic with the powdered forms, it will be ready in seconds.
Veggie burgers can be a delicious way to add healthy proteins, grains, and vegetables to your diet, but buying the pre-made stuff can be expensive (and less healthy, as some of those fake meats are science experiments with long, unpronounceable ingredient lists). I am constantly experimenting with ways to make my own at home for the sake of variety. My experiments don’t always work, but sometimes they do. This one is a success, and has the best consistency so far of any of my veggie burger attempts. And all without flour!
This recipe is loaded with protein and fiber; even the fat in it is the good kind (Omega 3 from olive oil and walnuts). I usually will sautee some onions and garlic for these recipes, but accept that many people (myself included) sometimes want something quicker with less prep time. So this recipe calls for onion and garlic powder instead, which is perfectly acceptable. Try not to judge.
The hype surrounding this episode did its intended job; it got the fans excited and/or angry, and it got them talking. Though I never bought that any writer or producer would ever be stupid enough to actually name the Doctor (“The Question That Must Never Be Answered” is as much a metafictional reference to the show itself as it is about the character/plot within it), I admit I can at times get swept up in hype. What will they reveal? It’s a misdirect, but from what are they misdirecting? Will we find anything out about Clara? Can we get through a finale without bringing in Daleks or Cybermen? This season has had some great episodes, but some stinkers as well. I thus viewed it with some cautious optimism.
Why am I just getting around to writing this review a week later? I have a good reason. The episode is so full of glitz and excitement, I wanted to watch it again to make sure that alone wasn’t flavoring my perception. Now that viewing number two is complete, I feel more confident about making a decision. It had some problems, but over all it really was spectacular.
NON-SCIENCE FICTION FAN WARNING: I am really geeking out here and it may be embarrassing for you, so you are welcome to leave now. Or at leas keep the eye-rolls to a minimum.
For three years in a row, my partner and I had been attending a Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles called Gallifrey One. Moving to Europe got in the way of attending this year, so we wanted a consolation prize. FedCon, Europe’s largest science fiction convention held yearly in Dusseldorf, Germany, seemed like an adequate substitute. This con was less specific than the primarily Doctor Who themed Gallifrey One, and promised scads of stars from a variety of shows, including Star Trek (both Deep Space Nine and Voyager), Doctor Who/Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, etc. Overall, there were some disappointments and guest cancellations, but we made the best of it by getting out and seeing the city when the schedule thinned out. Getting to meet John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and a few Voyager cast members made it worthwhile, but it really made us appreciate and miss the extremely well-run Gallifrey One.
This book is required reading at the National Organization for Offensive Gay Stereotypes (along with my previously reviewed Get Happy), but I didn’t just read it to get the free caftan. I have been obsessed with old Hollywood biographies for a while now, and had heard from several trusted sources that this was one of the best. Now that I’ve read it, I couldn’t agree more. The best biographies offer both juicy details and extensively researched facts, and this book is bursting at the seams with both. Even if you’re not typically interested in biographies and claim not to care about these two megastars, you will find yourself caring within a few dozen pages. It’s that well done.
I was torn about this episode long before I even watched it. On the one hand, I adore Neil Gaiman. This is the guy who wrote Neverwhere and American Gods, and had even written a really great episode of Who already (“The Doctor’s Wife”). On the other hand, from last week’s epilogue and preview, I saw that two young children would be companions in this story. The sneak peek seemed to indicate that the personalities and acting talent of the children would leave many fans wishing they hadn’t complained so much about Matthew Waterhouse or those twins from Colin Baker’s first episode. Given I felt pulled in both ways, I dove into the episode being as open-minded as possible. Let me now make it clear: I no longer feel torn.
The third and final leg of our trip (after a brief pause in Frankfurt to catch a plane), was to Budapest, Hungary. It was especially exciting, as neither my partner nor I had been before. While we were there (the end of April), the temperature was in the mid 70s to 80s (mid to high 20s for you Celsius folk); it was absolutely perfect after the long, cold winter we’d had in Luxembourg. And though Paris and Amsterdam both had pleasant weather, this was the first time we actually felt summer heat. Add to that the gorgeous landscape of the city (especially near the Danube) and the varied architecture, this could easily be in the running for our favorite spot so far (though I am withholding that proclamation until we’ve traveled a bit more). Did I mention it’s cheap? All the beauty and activity of the more typical travel destinations like London, Paris, or Amsterdam, at about 1/3 to 1/2 the price. Seriously, it was that cheap.
This giant teddy bear was blowing bubbles outside one of the first shops we saw after arriving in Amsterdam. As we are easily impressed and admittedly are sometimes drawn to cheesy gift shops, we had to pause. My partner’s mother shopped (I won’t judge, as that’s what my mom tends to do as well). I had to capture it on film (or whatever the digital equivalent of that is), because I am under the impression (as are most bloggers) that people want to see hundreds of random photos of my vacations. If only it were the 70s and I had a slide projector…
My partner’s parents visited us for the last few weeks of April, and opted to see three cities: Paris, Amsterdam, and Budapest. With an additional brief stay in Frankfurt before catching a plane to Hungary, things were pretty hectic. It was pretty amazing, though. Seeing Paris again was considerably more relaxed this time, as there was less pressure to see certain tourist spots. We still hit several touristy spots, but it was a bit more laid back than our trip over the holidays. We also had the chance to catch a few new experiences, a couple of which we would not have thought to visit on our own.
Before getting caught up on my Doctor Who viewing, I had heard several fellow fans rave about this episode as the best so far this series. I want to withhold such a judgment until I’ve had more time to ruminate, but this was definitely a very strong episode. Written by Mark Gatiss, who also brought us the very enjoyable “Cold War,” it successfully brings together all of the elements of a really great Who episode. I’m not happy about the last scene, but let’s save that for a moment.