qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Not with a whimper, but with a bang

The microwave expired yesterday morning. It was actually about 15 years old, so I don't think it did too badly; the irritation was that, of course, it tripped the RCD. Tesco's online ordering seems to have worked quite well; they've worked out that there's no need to break into a sweat sending stuff out to empty houses, so you can collect after 4pm the following day (makes sense if you pass close by on your way home from work, as I can). The most traumatic part of the process was being confronted with the "Verified by Visa" screen. It may be for my benefit - allegedly - but I've been quite grateful to avoid it until now. Still, so long as I remember the password, and which characters are numbers, and which characters are in upper case, ...

Quite a satisfactory weekend in culinary terms: on Saturday I did a version of Mar i Muntanya, a Catalan dish with, in this case, chicken, prawns, black pudding and a white sausage described as "Devon pudding" (in essence probably Hog's pudding), followed by Minorcan potato cakes. Sunday's meal cooked by kharin was a pork goulash followed by a Swedish apple and coconut cake.

Eurovision: in this house we preferred Germany ("she looks just like Helga from 'Allo 'Allo") or Ukraine ("I'm Spartacus!"), though we also liked Armenia and Estonia; we thought Norway was mediocre, though not the worst by far. I think Graham Norton was as blind to the regional bloc voting as much as El Tel highlighted it over everything else; I'm not sure why the UK had such a high sympathy vote, but maybe it keeps Andrew Lloyd-Wobbler off our streets for the other 364 days of the year.
Tags: europe, food, music, tv
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