Risotto and vermiculite

by Suw on January 13, 2004

Not in the same bowl, though.

Tonight’s risotto was much, much better. Less butter, a lot less onion, more rice, and half a glass of white wine. (Thanks Andrew!) Very nice indeed.

Spent some time this morning in the small void between the ceiling of the room in the roof and the roof itself. Not out of choice, you understand. My arachnophobia means that I prefer not to hang out in places where there are spiders and cobwebs.

But some things have to be done, and putting down insulation in the loft before this house is sold is one of those things that can’t be put off. Someone had to crawl through the 2ft gap and spread the vermiculite out. And it was pretty obvious that it wasn’t going to be either of my parents.

I had protection against the spiders though, in the form of my Dad’s sun hat. If there’s one thing I hate worse than spiders it’s cobwebs in my hair.

What I didn’t have protection against, and I wish I had had, was the dust. Vermiculite dust is really not nice – I spent much time once I’d crawled back out hawking up great gobs of mucous and vermiculite dust. Eugh.

Still, that’s a nasty job done, and my parents owe me. That’ll be one I’ll not let go. 😉

A visitor January 14, 2004 at 7:31 am

heh. my pleasure.

the next tip is what to do with the leftovers next day: mix in an egg, roll into balls, coat in breadcrumbs and fry. yum, yum, yum.

andrew [andrew@andrewbarnett.com.au]

Steve Kane January 14, 2004 at 8:49 am

But still no sign of Saddam's WDMs up in the loft…?

And Andrew, that recipe sounds crummy.

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Suw January 14, 2004 at 8:54 am

Leftovers? What are “leftovers”?

And no, no wmd in the loft. I can assure any wmd inspectors of that. i'm not sure we've enough room to even hide a weapon of very localised destruction, actually.

A visitor January 14, 2004 at 10:07 am

Crummy Steve? try it! unless you were punning, in which case shame on you, and try it anyway.

andrew [andrew@andrewbarnett.com.au]

Steve Kane January 14, 2004 at 10:25 am

Crummy? Damn typo! I meant SCRUMMY, sounds SCRUMMY, as in TASTY. Curse my questionable typing skills.

And Suw: you might be able to hide a small Weapon of Mild Inconvenience in your loft…

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A visitor January 14, 2004 at 11:57 am

Ah, then all is forgiven.

I forgot to mention that you should put little cubes of cheese in the mix too.

BTW, is this the point where Rik Mayall, in a reprisal of his Blackadder appearance, swaggers in and shouts, “Weapons of Mass Destruction? I'm carrying one of those in my trousers!” *thrusts hips*

Well, someone had to make the joke…

andrew [andrew@andrewbarnett.com.au]

Suw January 14, 2004 at 12:56 pm

I do put parmesan in, yes. just to give it that nice creamy richness. Yum.

And yes, I do believe that “Is that a weapon of mass destruction in your pants or are you just pleased to see me?” might well be appropriate right now.

Suw January 14, 2004 at 1:01 pm

Actually, Steve, I am harbouring Weapons of Annoying Forgetfulness in the loft. I've just forgotten where I've put them.

Steve Kane January 14, 2004 at 1:04 pm

It must also be time for me to interject with my customary self-depreccation…

I don't so much have a Weapon of Mass Destruction as a Weapon of Barely Adequate Dimensions.

Job done.

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