November 18th, 2010

JW - you got it

So the pork recipe worked brilliantly :)

Slow cooked Pork Belly Stew

This is based on a recipe ihlanya gave me :).

  • Stew pack of veg from Morrisons (small swede, large parsnip, 3 carrots, 1 onion) - but you could use anything you happen to have
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 belly pork joint (doesn't matter what size, just enough to feed however many)
  • 1/2 bottle cider (~250ml)
  • 3/4 pint chicken stock
  • soy sauce
  • rosemary

  1. Chop all the root veg into about the same size chunks
  2. Chop the onion and sweat off until soft in a pan (I didn't do this this time and the onion came out much rubberier than last time, so it's worth the effort)
  3. Add them all to the slow cooker and add the cider and stock to cover the veg.
  4. Add a splash of soy sauce, salt and pepper and a sprinkle of rosemary and stir.
  5. Slash the top of the belly pork joint and rub it all over with soy sauce and a sprinkling of rosemary.
  6. Brown each side in a frying pan.
  7. Lie it on top of the veg in the slow cooker.
  8. Turn on high and leave for at least six hours, or double the time on low. (I did mine for 8 1/2 because it was after that Rob came home, but I had to add a little more stock at hour six).
  9. Just before the end of cooking, carefully remove the skin from the belly joint (it was so easy I only used a knife for neatness and never had to move the joint from the pot ;))
  10. Fry the skin gently in a frying pan until crisp (or do it under the grill if you prefer)

The pork was melty and delicious and the veggies were amazing. Rob declared it better than the pubs :D - we have a pub down the road that does the most amazing slow roast belly pork to which we compare all other belly pork. Up until yesterday they had the best anywhere we had eaten it in the world.
HP - Seeker


Okay, so who's up for adventdrabbles this year?



This is a comm for the holiday season, starting Dec1 and running to Dec25 (or 31st if you wish). The idea is to write one drabble for every day. A drabble is defined as a story of 100wds, but we don't mind if you don't keep to exactly 100 :). You can make it a drabble series or have different unconnected drabbles for each day, or a mixture of both, totally up to you.

Drabbles do not have to be Christmas related, but seasonal might be nice, whether it be snow (for those of us in the north) or lounging on a beach as far away from snow as physically possible.


The repost button will only repost the bit between the ~~~ if you would like to pimp :)

I shall attempt drabbles again this year, although I always fail at the end *hangs head in shame*. Maybe I will make it this year :)

Poll #1645859 What should I write for advent?

What fandoms should I write for advent?

Harry Potter
Tokio Hotel
Adam Lambert et al
Weiss Kreuz
Ice Skating RPS
Other (LMK in comments)
CB - adorkable (Kiro)

The "What the Hell Were You Thinking?" Meme

Totally stolen from sarahsan - her post about it is here: :)

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if I have that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to do working.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions! (Or use this to ask your flist to ask you questions).

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? Why did you decide to do this? And so on.