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Butternut Squash, Lentil and Spinach Curry

Ingredients:

  • 320 g butternut squash (just the flesh)
  • 60 g uncooked mixed lentils
  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 40 g white onion, chopped
  • 40 g thai red curry paste
  • 200 g full fat coconut milk (½ a can)
  • 200 g chopped tomatoes
  • 150 g young spinach
  • 1 naan bread to serve

Recipe:

  1. First, pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4/350F/180C and line a roasting tray with foil or parchment.
  2. Cut the butternut squash into bite-size chunks, then line up on the tray and spray with a little cooking spray. Roast for 30-40 minutes until tender, stirring halfway.
  3. Meanwhile, rinse the lentils before adding to a pot along with the stock cube and covering with cold water. Bring to the boil, then allow to simmer for 12 minutes.
  4. Heat some cooking spray on a non-stick pan and add the onions. Fry until soft, then add the curry paste, tomatoes and coconut milk. Stir every so often as the sauce thickens (about 10 minutes). Meanwhile, heat up the naan bread in the oven.
  5. Finally, add the squash, lentils and spinach to the curry and season to taste. Cook for another couple of minutes, then serve with the naan bread.

Notes: I adapted this (with little change) from a BBC recipe to cook for my mum on our vegan nights because we both LOVE curry and this was a hit!

Serves 3, 274 calories

Keystone (3-part series) by Chandri

[106,961w | Explicit]

A world without parents is a lonely, portless world with no safety and no justice - this is a truth Stiles Stilinski learned when he was very young. But at nine years old, at twelve, he couldn’t understand just how true it was; that the powerful, indefinable wrongness that obscured his memories of his mother was more than a child’s sense of unfairness at having his mom taken away.

It’s not until a globetrotting great-aunt blows back into town after a many-years absence that it starts to dawn on him: that his mother’s death was anything but natural; that it was certainly anything but fair.

Note: This was submitted back when this blog was just starting up (five months ago!!) and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it! Thanks to mouseface for sending it in.

First off, I’m honestly stunned this fic isn’t one of the fandom darlings planted firmly on every Sterek rec list ever made. Seriously. I’m baffled. I’m rubbing my eyes and staring at the measly 90 kudos the final part has scrounged, wondering how it could have slipped through the cracks, and actually getting kind of mad about it?

It involves the discovery that everyone’s memories of Stiles’ mother have been tampered with and that Stiles and Derek’s histories are more closely intertwined than they ever could have realised. (When I read the series summary, I thought it was implying that the Sheriff is dead too, which is a sometimes-dealbreaker for me. If you’re the same, have no fear! He’s very much alive. Edit: Also, the series is marked as incomplete, but the ending of the third part reads as a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, so you don’t need to worry about cliffhangers!)

It’s cerebral and confidently written, with complex original characters that blend seamlessly into the universe, and a lovely slow burn to Derek and Stiles’ relationship. It also gets better and better as the parts go on. If there was ever a fic in this fandom deserving of more love, this is it. Let’s make a difference!

Thanks again mouseface for reccing it!

Pen Dips - A Daily Writing Schedule for the Month of October (A.K.A. An Alternative to Inktober Because You Don’t Want to Draw Every Day)

Write at least a 300-word response to the designated suggestion every day. Post your responses on Tumblr! Share with the community; encourage productivity for this lovely month! Choose different characters, or make your own in the process of it. Enjoy, fellow authors!

1) Choose a character. What do they smell like? (If you do not fulfill the 300-word count, add another character in!)

2) Choose a location, be it fictional or real, from your own imagination or from another’s. Wait until you are hungry. Then, describe the most stereotypical yet high-quality meal that place could possibly provide.

3) Prompt: your character is now a vengeful wraith. 

4) Change the genre of your current story, or a story that you are currently reading/watching. Make it as humorous as possible.

5) How does your character walk? What do their footsteps sound like?

6) You are forced to clasp onto your character’s hands. The reason why is a scenario for you to figure out. What do their hands feel like?

7) The most important location in your world has just been destroyed. What happens?

8) Begin your story with this sentence: “It wasn’t my fault.” 

9) Your character is humorously upset over something entirely unimportant. What is it, and how do others react? How out-of-hand does the situation become?

10) Begin your story with this sentence: “Spit that out.”

11) Capture a moment of utter peace in the autumn afternoon.

12) Your character has been handed a child that looks nothing like them, but everyone insists that it is their child. 

13) A child wanders into a pumpkin field and meets a peculiar fellow. What happens?

14) Your character has become bound to an enchanted forest by a witch. They cannot leave. What happens?

15) Your character’s soul has been bound to a cat via a curse. What happens? 

16) Your character has just obtained the one thing that they’ve always wanted. What changes?

17) Your character has just become a tyrannical dictator of your story. What happens?

18) Create an original vampiric character. They can be any race, gender, religion, fantasy creature, vegetational entity, etc. Introduce them as you would in a beginning of a story. 

19) A werewolf is running rabid in a lone town. What happens?

20) Begin your story with this sentence: “I can’t feel my legs.”

21) Prompt: There are stairs. An endless, winding well of stairs, going up and up and up. And I can’t get out.

22) A witch has granted your character a single potion of their choosing. What will they choose?

23) Prompt: a baking disaster involving autumn foods.

24) Prompt: There is something hidden below that massive pile of leaves.

25) Prompt: It is not water falling out of those clouds.

26) Choose a character. What feature of theirs do they express the most emotion through? The eyes? The hands? The lips?

27) Your character’s form begins to flake away, like dead leaves off of a tree. What is happening?

28) A small black cat is now under the ownership of your main character. Write this encounter through the cat’s point of view.

29) Hot, pumpkin-flavored tea can make others feel a bit hotter than they’re wont to be. Write a romance scene involving pumpkin-flavored beverages.

30) The entire landscape of your main town has been transformed. In what way? How do the characters react?

31) Your main villain is given a single candy. They do not know who it is from. What happens?

Flourless low carb brownies (3 ingredients only!) for Sunday mornings!

• 100 g of cocoa powder
• 2 eggs
• stevia extract
• 300 ml of water (doesn’t count, right?)

Boil cocoa and stevia in a hot water until dissolved. Put aside, let it cool down a little. Whip the egg whites (you may want to add some salt or lemon juice to make the process easier, but this it depends on you only), also put aside. Stir the yolks into the chocolate mixture, then add the whites. Bake for 8 minutes at 200C. Cut into squares, serve cold 😉

Secretly paleo, vegetarian, gluten free, grain free, low carb, sugar free and low calorie :)

Vegetable and Bean Chilli:

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp oil
  • 20 g red onion, chopped
  • 65 g vegan frozen mince
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 40 g frozen slices peppers
  • 40 g frozen sweetcorn
  • 40 g frozen sliced mushrooms
  • 80 g frozen mixed veg
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¾ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ can of chopped tomatoes (200 g)
  • ¼ can of red kidney beans (60 g drained)

Recipe:

  1. Start by heating the oil in the pan and frying the onion until soft, then add the mince and cook until brown, followed by the tomato puree and the soy sauce. Cook for a further minute.
  2. Add in the rest of the frozen vegetables and fry until thawed before adding all the spices and stirring to coat all of them evenly.
  3. Finally, add in the chopped tomatoes and the beans and cook until it reaches your desired consistency.

Notes: Pretty simple lunch which was cheap and easy to make. What more do you need?

291 calories.

21.7.17 | thanks for 300 y’all!! now that my summer classes are over i’m thinking of maybe doing a tips post for those? if you have any specific questions about college intercession classes let me know :+) || studygram

anonymous asked:

i really like hearing you be bitter about comics bc its. hard for me to get into them so it's like? bypassing all the bs and just quietly not really not knowing whats going on and going "well that sounds really cool gad dang" bc that sounds like the typical experience with none of the heartbreak

it’s funny because i’m always warning people that i don’t really read many comics and i’m actually a terrible comics fan who doesn’t know shit about shit, but then someone (by someone i mean @elvensemi) will say something about the x-men and i’ll go on a tear for like an hour summarizing five years of comics in order to explain why gambit successfully seducing an energy being who used to work at a gas station is simultaneously hilarious and completely unnecessary because he never should have been dropped in the arctic to die in the first place

“i don’t actually read that many comics, idk if i’d call myself a comics fan per se” - me, the person whose grandpa owned a comic shop, who read through at least ten boxes worth of comics in middle school and has over a thousand comics on comixology and has written 200k of comic fanfic

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Wild Nothing’s lead singer, Jack Tatum, came up with the album art for his second album. He wanted to have alternate covers with a classic and elegant look to them, but he felt like things were missing from album packaging. He created six distinct covers for the vinyl release of the album, all individually beautiful art that embody the dream-pop sounds that flow through Nocturne. (x)

Like Immortality by Idday / @iddayidnight

[4815w | Teen]

Dear Derek,

All these words, and what I’m trying to say is simple.

I want to love you like you deserve to be loved. I want to share your triumphs, your burdens, your full moons and your new. I want you to be as sure of my love as you are the phases of the moon.

I want to love you like the moon loves you.

(I told you that one day I would write you a love letter).

OR, Stiles and Derek, in letters, through the years.

Rec’d by @mad-madam-m who says: I love, love, love epistolary stories, and I love how this one slowly develops Derek and Stiles’s relationship from friends/allies to the realization of their feelings and, ultimately, their romantic relationship. It’s delightful and fluffy and so, so sweet.

Note: I don’t know what else I can add to that! Check it out!

celestial-demigod-deactivated20  asked:

"you smell really nice" angst

I didn’t know what character you wanted this with, so I went ahead and picked myself! Hope that’s okay;;


“Mm, you smell really nice” he murmured into her neck as he dragged his lips across her skin. He smiled when he heard her laugh, still hoarse from just waking up.

“I told you, that tickles!” MC giggled, snuggling into his chest.

He loved spending early mornings with her like this; free to show affection without the pressure of anyone’s expectations of them. He wasn’t the sharp-shooting Ambassador or the son of an infamous politician; he was simply a man seeking the comfort of his girlfriend’s gentle touch. Shuichi flipped MC around so she was facing him, and he kissed her on the forehead. His hands found his way to her dark locks, and he ran his fingers through her hair. The motion sent the scent of her shampoo into the air, which made Shuichi smile once again. He always found her scent intoxicating, a fact that he would rarely admit out loud. He became lost in his thoughts until the sensation of MC nibbling on his lower lip brought him back to reality.

“What do you say we stay inside since it’s our day off? I’ll get up and make us espresso in a bit” she said, a lopsided smile on her face. The simple expression made his heart race, and he brushed her hair behind her ear.

“That sounds lovely” he replied softly.


Shuichi jolted up with a start. The vivid dream felt all too real, and he took a moment for his eyes to adjust to the darkness. The man rubbed his temples and looked to his side, noticing how large his bed felt without her beside him.

“I never should have pushed her away,” he revealed to no one in particular, his voice ringing out eerily in the stifling darkness.