Friday, October 30, 2009

Shock Horror!

Good evening boys and GHOULS.

So glad you could drop in, KILL seekers! I welcome you to another agonizing installment of Kara's blog. I hope you're STARVING because tonight we shall be CARVING up some of the BEAST Halloween tunes manUNKIND has to OFF-HER. A veritable buffet of DEATH Metal and Pop ROT! You choose; BUTCHER or balladeer? This you SLAUGHTAHEAR Hahaha!

Fasten your drool cups, and ready your vomit bags, I call this putrescent pile of diseased dittys....

Thirty One Songs

1. Vincent Price and Alice Cooper - Black Widow

2. The Ventures - Twilight Zone

3. Gorillaz - Ghost Train

4. Gravediggaz - Freak The Sorceress

5. Rob Zombie - American Witch

6. Gwar - Vlad The Impaler

7. Depeche Mode - Black Celebration

8. The Specials - Ghost Town

9. Zombie Prostitute - Voltaire

10. Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party

11. The Cramps - Human Fly

12. Fields of the Nephilim - Moonchild

13. Fantomas - Rosemary's Baby

14. Black Sabbath - The Wizard

15. Ennio Morricone - Bestiality

16. Pretty Balanced - Simon's Sleeping

17. Queens of the Stone Age - Burn The Witch

18. Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl

19. Oingo Boingo - Grey Matter

20. Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead

21. Tito Tarantula - After Dark

22. Tom Waits - A Good Man is Hard to Find

23. Cat Power - Werewolf

24. Alice Cooper - Feed My Frankenstein

25. Nouvelle Vague - Killing Moon

26. Echo & The Bunnymen - No Dark Things

27. Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion

28. Rasputina - Transylvanian Concubine

29. Cold Blank - Marshmallow Man

30. Danny Elfman - This Is Halloween

31. Zero Kama - Death Posture

Now how about some EYE SCREAM for dessert? Guaranteed to chill you to the BONE. Or perhaps you have a tooth for something even sweeter.. tales of Halloween horror, perhaps? Well, DIG in!

Vincent Price's "How to See Ghosts, or Surely Bring Them To You"

Jarvis Cocker's "Halloween Tale"

Edgar Allen Poe's "Ulalume" read by Jeff Buckley

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Campervan Ghandi

This fellow here, Mark Boyle, is living without cash for an entire year. Living in a camper on a farm he uses a stove outside to cook on rain or shine, a bike to get around on and a solar powered laptop to stay connected to the world. For food he finds it, grows it, or barters for it. He wipes his ass with newspapers and brushes his teeth with ground cuttlefish bones. Hardcore.

I have always really loved the idea that you have to be the change you wish to see in the world so I find this pretty inspiring. He is also the founder of The Freeconomy Community.

Here is an article from the Guardian all about it.


Wall Of Voodoo - Ring Of Fire

Siouxsie and the Banshees ft. Marc Almond - Threat of Love

Oingo Boingo - Private Life

You know whats better than doing the dishes? Spending lengthy amounts of time analyzing yourself via internet personality tests. Yep, I know I'm the coolest cat in the ... thing that cats are in. Alley? Jazz-Funk band? Garbage Bag in the river? Pah..
Now I encourage y'all mufukkas to shimmy on over to, take the test and post your results in my comments section so that I can judge you harshly. There's a while whackload on there so you can distract yourself from hours and hours of chores!

Here are my results:

Stability results were moderately high which suggests you are relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.

Orderliness results were moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense of reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.

results were very low which suggests you are extremely reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and secretive.
Awesomeness: Off the fucking charts.

Random descriptive words: secretive, reclusive, messy, disorganized, introverted, unassertive, rarely worries, dislikes large parties, does not like to fit in, does not need to control others, solitary, ambivalent about chaos, tough, leisurely, does not respect authority, not aggressive, observer, abstract, impractical, dislikes leadership, daydreamer, bizarre, does not make friends easily, not a perfectionist, suspicious, rarely irritated, strong physical instincts, unsympathetic at times, risk taker, submissive, weird, sarcastic, strange

So I'm a strange and paranoid hippy loner who laughs when you hurt yourself. Touché, Internet.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Capybara, Baby

I almost forgot to mention how jealous I am of this! Please, for the love of god, look at these pictures: World Famous Capybara.

Internet Funtimes

No explanation for that...

So I have pretty much spent the last couple of days clicking StumbleUpon over and over and over and over... the things I have seen, my friends. I can now fold napkins like a pro, turn Red Bull cans into tiny decorative boxes, bake perfect brownies, make Ikea lamps with bits of string.. magic. However I also read tales of great tragedy. Like the corpse that sat out on a balcony for a week before anyone called the police because everyone thought it was a Halloween display. The man who woke up in the hospital with an unecessary artificial rectum. And the lady that was arrested for beating the shit out of her sons for eating the last pork chop. I also learned shocking, life altering facts about the deadly poison we call bread and that it would take 16 shots of whiskey to kill me... Sounds like a challenge. A good portion of the time was spent on gritty political satire like this and that. In addition to all that; A DINOSAUR!!!

And then I popped some bubble wrap. YeeeeeahhhhH!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Lactating Angela Landsbury

Bathing Flamingos: Daffodil Yellow, Retro Pink, Cherry Red, Persimmon, Leaf Green $11.50/yard.

Up at seven on a Sunday. That's A.M. Instantly regrettable. Scratchy throat, drippy nose.. nuuuggghhhets. Sipping mint tea with honey and staring out forlornly at the morning. Yellow leaves swaying against a violet sky. Very nice. The very least this morning could do is be pretty for me. I love people watching from my fourth floor window, but on Sunday mornings there are no people to spit on observe. From up here I just get the impression of hats and large breasts anyway.

The big news of the week is that my parents sold the Barrie house and bought one in Elliot Lake! Lightning bloody fast. I haven't seen the new place yet but it has a path from the backyard to the lake and a back porch so that's really all I need to hear. Well done, folks.

Going to head over to see my fluish corpse of a boyfriend and bring him out into the sunshine for the first time this week. My official task is to provide breakfast and to cushion his decent when he topples over like an old woman named Nelly. Pray to any and all gods for my safe return.

Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up

Blondie - I Know But I Don't Know

Iggy Pop - The Endless Sea

Monday, October 19, 2009

Trolls in My Hair

Rah Rah - Tentacles

Kill The Dandies - She Walks Downtown

People in Planes - Moth

Mother Mother - Wrecking Ball

Jamie T - The Man's Machine

Hola Jolly Ranchers!

The internet is boring. It takes me about 82 minutes to exhaust the entire internets supply of food porn, celebrity gossip, music blogs and videos of kittens. Heartbreaking.

Lazy day... Lazy me, lazy cat, lazy eye. Even my dinner is lazy, as its composed primarily of ketchup. Look at this number pyramid and be mystified by mystery.

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321

1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

Mind blown? I know, eh?

Hey this week at work I made choux swans beside pastry chef extraordinaire Sherry Yard. I wish I had known before hand how much of The Shit this woman is and I would have made more interesting conversation. Also kidnapped her and eaten her brains to absorb her powers. We had a team of Wolfgang Pucks chefs using our kitchen, and they were like a robot army of knife wielding precision. Sherry was a sweetheart and I'm pretty happy I got to experience a pastry chef who is so excited and en
gaged with what she does for a living. Here's a link to one of her books if you're so inclined.

I think I'm going to ride my bike over to Ryerson and lay in the sauna until my brain melts out of my ears and I reach nirvana. Mhm. Yes. That'll do. Peace out.

from Enrico Ascoli - Sound Design on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

We All Moan for Scones

TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me

Cat Power - Good Woman

Johnny Cash - Mary of the Wild Moor

Or.. Mon For Scones? Fall makes me hungry like the wolf. I'm trying to replace my usual cold weather comfort foods like huge bowls of macaroni and cheese with velveeta and you bake it and THEN it gets all gooey and brown and bubbly and you smear gobs all over soft french bread ughhnnghhh...... damn it.

Anyway I'm trying to replace THAT with healthful fall comforts, namely root vegetab
les.. and onions. For some reason I am binging on onions and chickpeas. Yormmp. HOWEVER I found a wee bottle of pimento left over from my southern cooking phase and a half brick of really, really old, old cheddar. Like, so old it actually was like grating an actual brick. For real.

This is just a basic scone mix I have added cheese, pimento and spices too. These are pretty much no fail in a food processor. They come out fluffy, with crunchy brown tops, and are IMMENSELY tasty. Scone perfection.

Spicy Cheddar & Pimento Scones
Makes 12
Time: 30 mins

2 cups unbleached A.P Flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoon salt

1 tsp sugar

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 1/2 cups grated old cheddar

2 tsp ground red pepper

2 tsp cumin

2 tbsp chopped pimento 1 cup heavy cream

Heat oven to 425°F.

Blend flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in large bowl or work bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Whisk together or pulse six times.

If making by hand, use two knives, a pastry blender or your fingertips and quickly cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few slightly larger butter lumps. Stir in currants. If using food processor, remove cover and distribute butter evenly over dry ingredients. Cover and pulse 12 times, each pulse lasting 1 second. Add currants and pulse one more time. Transfer dough to large bowl.

Stir in heavy cream with a rubber spatula or fork until dough begins to form, about 30 seconds.

Transfer dough and all dry, floury bits to countertop and knead dough by hand just until it comes together into a rough, sticky ball, 5 to 10 seconds. Form scones by either a) pressing the dough into an 8-inch cake pan, then turning the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, cutting the dough into 8 wedges with either a knife or bench scraper (the book’s suggestion) or b) patting the dough onto a lightly floured work surface into a 3/4-inch thick circle, cutting pieces with a biscuit cutter, and pressing remaining scraps back into another piece (what I did) and cutting until dough has been used up. (Be warned if you use this latter method, the scones that are made from the remaining scraps will be much lumpier and less pretty, but taste fine. As in, I understand why they suggested the first method.)

Place rounds or wedges on ungreased baking sheet and brush a milk or egg wash on the tops. Bake until tops are light brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Curry Monster

Black Sabbath - Under The Sun

Crowded House - People are Like Suns

Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Slow Doomsday

Foghat - Slow Ride

Yesterday all I had the in the apartment for eating was a few tomatoes left over from pizza last weekend, a can of chickpeas and about 10,000 oranges. Why in Jesus, do I have so many oranges? It's like everytime I walk by a grocery store I'm compelled to buy a half dozen to add to my collection. They are nice though, these South African ones. All that nice African sunshine makes them taste like orange popsicles. Anyway, so, I made myself one heck of a curry. If you put your rice on before you start by the time the curry is finished, so is your rice and then it's going to get sexy.

I suggest serving this with some nice basmati rice and Reese Peanut Butter icecream bars. Bon Appetit.

Kara's Cheap and Easy Chickpea Curry (Chole)
Serves 4-6... or two...
Time: 20-25 minutes
Cost: .99c for chickpeas + $3 for tomatoes = $3.99

4-5 medium tomatoes
1 knobby of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped*

Olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin (seeds or powder)
6 bay leaves
2 teaspoons coriander powder
3 tbsp curry powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder (or more if you like it hot, some do)
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup skim milk (optional)

3 cups (2 15 oz cans) of cooked chickpeas/Garbanzo beans
1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional)

salt, pepper and honey

* Note: I didnt put onions in the recipe because I was out of onions and didnt use them and it came out just fine. I would however suggest adding a small onion, chopped, in with the garlic and ginger. I was also out of veg, tofu and/or meat so you could probably throw that in too!

Blend the tomatoes make a puree.

In a large skillet, heat the oil and lightly fry the garlic, ginger, cumin seeds and bay leaves for
about 2 minutes over medium heat. Add all the rest of the spices with the flour and fry another 3 minutes.

In another small pan in 1 tbsp of oil, lightly toast the almonds and then add the chickpeas til golden brown and delicious.

Add almonds and chickpeas to tomato curry base and cook for another 10-15 minutes until it has reduced some and become nice and thick. Add salt, pepper, honey to taste.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Accordion Shredder


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Busty Asian Beauties

Heh heh..


It's Me.

Kara Lackie.


Oh I'm just here, writing a blog about writing a blog. Its going so well. Everything is pretty much either written in or about a blog or closely connected and appropriate to the matter of writing a blog. Nicely done, me.

The time is 8:15 PM. It is the third day of October and tonight is.. NUIT BLANCHE! Eee squeels of artcitement! Yeah, well, that's all fine and dandy for YOU mortals, those not shackled with the burden of pastry making duties. I have to work at midnight tonight so.. bAH! I'M MISSING OUT ON FREE INTERPRETIVE DANCE IN THE STREET! Arrrrrrrghhhhhh

Oh well. Tonight we're finishing up 1800 chocolate "jewel boxes" for the convention centre. Its going to be 8 hours of chocolate coated, bleary eyed tedium. I hope y'all take some pictures of the artistic happenings for me. It's not often I am jealous of you people.

Anyroad, I cant sleep because I spent nearly my entire day in bed watching Supernatural. Pantsless, blanketed with the kernels of popcorn that evaded my gaping gob and giggling quietely to myself. It was a good day.

Dean Winchester is fucking dreamy.

I have been working a lot this week, but it has been terrific and I'm not complaining at all. Firstly, OVERTIME, BITCHES. Secondly, its actually really relaxing, rewarding work. Its like instant gratification when the thing you have been doing for an hour comes out the oven and it has worked and then people pay money for it and eat it and get fat and smiley.

This has been my first week entirely in the pastry department and it feels damn good. I'm even starting to warm up to the idea that I am a pastry chef. I could call myself that and not feel like a sham! Thats a big deal I think.

Other than work not much has happened this week. Cory and I went to dinner at Swiss Chalet last night which was very nice, and then we saw Zombieland, which rocked so many socks. Pairs upon pairs.

Alright Im going to read for a bit, I will start blogging more though. It's nice to talk into this blank white box.


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