Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day (cleanskies) wrote,
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tiny tea comics - the dream, finally realised

It's been a really busy week so far. I've managed to roast a cauliflower which I've been curious about ever since I read a recipe a few years ago, but never gotten around to making, because, honestly, when do you buy full heads of cauliflower? Well, last week, there were purple and romanesque caulies for sale at the Farmer's Market, and so beautiful that I had to buy one of each. Turned out I couldn't find the recipe (I think it's one of Jennifer Patterson's) so I had to reconstruct it from memory and hints scavenged from cookery message boards.

Grand Roast Cauliflower

Take your Cauliflower, strip off the outer leaves and stem so that it stands upright in the dish. The dish should be lined loosely with foil, with another piece of foil to place loosely over the top. Using a sharp knife or your fingers, insert small pieces of hard cheese and unsmoked bacon into the cauliflower, until it is studded all over. Drizzle a litle olive oil over, cover loosely with foil and place in a hot oven (gas mark 8 seemed to work quite well -- you could probably cook it longer and slower, so long as you whacked up the heat for the final browning). After 45 minutes (half an hour if you're in a hurry) take out the caulis, baste with juices, then sprinkle with finely grated parmesan (I used some super-hard cheddar instead, which worked well) and breadcrumbs. Discard the foil and shove it back in for a further 20 minutes (10 if you're in a hurry). Serve cut into wedges, with something fairly plain (we had onion and herb mashed potato).

It'd be almost as good without the bacon I think, as long as you used a flavoursome cheese (or cheeses). Roast cauliflower, just like it says on the message boards, has an entirely different flavour from boiled or steamed, super-savory and very tasty. [---cut ends here---], phone a sister (and not the usual one!), mess up in band practice (that's the other half of artswap, in case anyone hadn't guessed), rescue a maiden in distress (geroge), finally replace my headphones and spend a fun commute-walk swiping seeds from other people's gardens. The ninja gardener lives!

I also, finally did the first (possibly also the last) of my tiny tea comics. You can see them in their full glory over on Flickr -- although the pictures below are a fair summary. That's a print run of ten sachets, just like it says on the box:

no! it's tiny tea comics! inside the tea-bag sleeve tiny tea comic

I'm not sure what I should sell them for -- rather more work's gone into them than my comics usually get, because of modifying the individual wrappings (which are from Teadirect Green Tea with cinnamon, btw). Just lining up the pages at that size is a bloody nightmare, although (on the bright side) they are very easy to staple. Anyway, it seemed a little teasish not to, so I've done an online version of the comic too:

a nice cup of tea - detail

Enjoy! With a nice cup of tea.

P.S. For anyone seething over that Forbes article, here's a brilliant satire: Nine Reasons You Should Marry a Career Bitch. Apparently there's a term for this now: blog-flogging. As in, "I'm sorry, I can't talk right now I'm right in the middle of giving [insert the name of your mosted journo here] a thorough blog-flogging."
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