Thursday, August 6, 2009

A DIY project


Something I've always wanted to try is Red Velvet cake. Apparently it's been around since the 1970s, and its distinctive red colouring is a result of a reaction between buttermilk and acidic vinegar in the ingredients. These days, red food colouring is commonly used to achieve the same effect.

There is a kind of glamour about it though, and I'm thinking that with the long weekend coming up I'll try to make my own. This is the first year that I have a properly functioning oven, so it may actually be a success!

An interesting story about Red Velvet cake - Wikipedia reports a story about the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York's "secret" RV cake recipe: a woman eating at the restaurant was so impressed with her slice that she asked for the recipe - only to discover later that she had been charged $100 for it on her bill. Outraged, she sent the "secret" recipe to her friends as a chain mail in retaliation.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A 'real' professional

Well, it's Day 2 of my new job and I've spent approximately all day amusing myself on the internet.

I'm working as a copy editor for a media company that produces two magazines and several contract titles (i.e. the in-house publications for a few companies). Because it's the beginning of the month there is very little to do: most of the articles haven't come in yet, so I've basically been sitting around for the better part of two days, waiting for stuff to do. Don't I feel all grown-up and important now?

This grown-up thing is going to get pretty old pretty soon, I think. Leaving home in the dark and returning in the dark is a novelty that has already worn off.