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Jan. 27th, 2005 @ 07:46 pm getto improhu koo-kin! FAIBU
紅燒肉 with 洋蔥: 成功!

I would write up another Ghetto Improv Cooking recipe for this were it not for the fact that every Taiwanese or southeastern Chinese person worth his or her salt knows how to make 紅燒肉 ("red roast pork", literally translated), and those who are not part of this heritage know who to ask. I mention this only because this was an accidentally exceptional serving of 紅燒肉, almost on par with what my mother used to make at home. The pork was just the right texture, the onions glazed nicely, and, um...not much else to say about such a simple dish, except that it was good. I haven't had a culinary fluke this delicious since two weeks ago, when I got rid of the last few drops of Eric's $20 bottle of 2003 Pinot Grigio by sauteeing mushrooms in them.

edit: recipe added for the sake of the culinarily challengedCollapse )
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Jan. 27th, 2005 @ 10:47 pm (no subject)
erf_: While browsing through the Oberlin library I found a book called "China Without Mao". Naturally, I read that as 沒有毛的中國.
d_xiansheng: I'd have read it as 中国一个猫都没有, then pictured a shitload of Russian mice dancing and singing.

This is the best image ever.
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Jan. 27th, 2005 @ 11:04 pm i disagree with what you say, but i will defend your right to misquote voltaire to death
Why is it that the standard scholarly response to John Lennon's Imagine is an ad hominem attack? The fact that he didn't follow his own philosophy doesn't mean it was wrong-minded.

Same goes for Voltaire about his famous and oft-misquoted statement, "Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write." Granted, it is a statement about himself, but in the context of the quote being a noble philosophy to follow (even if Voltaire didn't abide by it himself), an ad hominem attack is an irrelevant distraction, and that is the context in which that quotation is most frequently used.
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