chopping hands

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“Right… I think we need to talk. I wouldn’t have let him keep you, Pickett. 

Pick, I would rather chop off my hand than get rid of you, after everything that you’ve done for me. Now, come on.”

(…) Pickett sticks out his tiny tongue and blows a raspberry at Newt.

Crispy Cauliflower & Cheese Bites

1.Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius / 400 degrees Fahrenheit
2.Roughly chop the cauliflower and add into a food processor to chop it into a finer crumb. If you don’t have a food processor, don’t worry – you can chop it by hand, it just takes a little longer.
3.Grate the cheese and add it to a large mixing bowl with the cauliflower, egg and black pepper. Mix everything well until it starts to feel a little more like a mixture.
4.Lightly grease a muffin tray with some vegetable oil and spoon in around 1 and a half tablespoons of the mixture into each hole. Add the tray into the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
5. Resist the temptation to eat immediately. Cool for a few minutes and enjoy.
They are amazing dipped in a chopped chives, crumbled bacon and sour cream mix.

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Vegan Loaded Burritos

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup rice
  • 1 cup water

  • pinch of salt

  • 175 grams vegan taco meat

  • ½ cup corn

  • 1 can black or kidney beans drained

  • ½ cup vegan cheddar cheese

  • ½ Tbsp. Chili Powder

  • ¼ tsp. Garlic Powder

  • ¼ tsp. Onion Powder

  • ½ tsp. Paprika

  • 1 ½ tsp. Ground Cumin

  • ½ avocado

  • Wraps

  • juice of half a lime

  • handful chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Cook rice with the water lightly salted with a pinch of salt in a small pot. Once the rice has finished cooking add the lime juice and the chopped cilantro and set aside.
  2. Drain the beans and rinse, then set aside. In a large pan add 1 tbsp of oil and cook the vegan taco meat until it’s browned. Then add the beans and the corn. Cook for about 2 minutes on medium high. Then add the seasonings with ½ cup water. Let it cook on low with a lid on. 
  3. Slice the avocado and prepare your wraps. Start of with some mushed up avocado slices, taco meat and bean mixture, add the rice, the cheddar cheese and roll into a burrito. 
  4. Heat a pan with some vegan butter and once it’s melted place your burrito in the pan and let it brown on both sides to seal it. 
  5. Cut in half and enjoy!
Give Her A Hand

Context: In a previous run of our Shadowrun campaign, our BnE expert, Xaren, had his hand chopped off as punishment after he cheated in an arena to save his teammate’s life. Today, the party was stumbling through a labyrinth and got separated from each other. This exchange occurred between an NPC and a member of the party, Olin, who absorbs metal through her skin for nourishment, can use it to regenerate wounds after rest and is deathly allergic to magic.

DM: You enter the next room, and you see an old witch tending a gigantic cauldron. She’s stirring it with a huge stick, there’s a broom in the corner, etc.

Rigger: What’s in the pot?

DM: You can’t see.

Olin: I start walking around the room.

Mage: Hello! Can you tell us where the exit is?

DM, as witch: Hello, dears. I’m afraid there is no exit.

Rigger: What’s in the pot?!

DM: You can’t see, the cauldron is like twelve feet tall. it’s too tall to look inside.

Olin: I poke the cauldron.

DM, as witch: Don’t touch that.

Olin: (slowly moves her finger forward)

DM, as witch: You really don’t want to touch that…

Olin: I’m going to roll Willpower to see if I resist touching it. (fails spectacularly) …Alright, I poke it and eat some of the metal.

DM: Alright, so there’s a hole in the cauldron now, and a liquid–

Rigger: What color is it?! I don’t know why I care so much about this, but I’m curious!

DM: …A boiling purple liquid starts pouring out of the cauldron. Olin, you feel incredible pain on your finger and as you pull away your hand, it’s covered with black scars that start spreading up your arm.

Mage: ..Ohhh, it’s magical alchemy. So that means..

DM, as witch: Well, it IS necrotic.

Olin: (Whips out a knife and chops her own arm off to stop the spreading)

Olin:

Party: 

Olin: (Grabs her severed arm and starts flailing it around) Look at me, I’m Xaren! :D

DM: You can’t see, it’s too tall to look inside.

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Source:  sporeboys

The video has been sped up. A person uses a knife to chop a mushroom into thin lengths. They arrange the mushroom slices to resemble an ocean with a small sailing boat on top and move the camera to give the illusion of waves. In the background can be heard traffic noise.

Black bean, avocado & sweet potato salad with lime dressing
Author: Sara @ Don’t Feed After Midnight
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 small sweet potatoes (approximately 700g), peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 400g cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 240g can of sweetcorn, drained
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, cubed
  • 2 handfuls of chopped fresh coriander

For the dressing:

  • The juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instruction

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place the sweet potato in a large mixing bowl and add a tablespoon of olive oil, the paprika and the cayenne pepper. Mix well to ensure that the potatoes are evenly coated then transfer onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast for approximately 30 minutes until soft.
  3. Place the black beans, the sweetcorn, the avocado and the chopped coriander in a large salad bowl and tip in the roasted sweet potato chunks.
  4. Prepare the dressing by mixing the lime juice with the olive oil, the agave nectar and seasoning to taste with sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to mix. Serve with warm wholemeal pitta bread.

  Notes Suitable for vegans

I’m a bit irritated by the fanon idea that Mace Windu didn’t actually beat Palpatine, and that it was a complete farce on Palpatine’s part to lure in Anakin. I mean, I can see him doing that because it’s a Palpatine thing to do, but every time someone brings it up I feel the almighty need to defend the implication that Mace wasn’t good enough, wasn’t able to defeat Palpatine, and that clearly Palpatine was just playing a con game.

The fact is that Palpatine and Mace were going at it for a while before Anakin arrived and Palpatine wasn’t able to kill Mace and it sure as hell looks to me like he was trying. Yes, Palpatine didn’t need to fry his own damn self with Force lightning, that seemed like a ploy to gain Anakin’s support, but he was backed into that corner by Mace and was trying to save his own ass by the time Anakin arrived. Mace was about to land a killing blow when Anakin chopped his hand off. This was a key moment for Anakin. I think it not only does a disservice to Mace to say he was dead meat either way, but also negates the gravity of Anakin’s choice in that moment, the very potent idea that he held the fate of the galaxy in his hands at that moment and that he chose wrong. Saying “Oh it didn’t matter anyway because Palpatine would have murdered them both” is… bad. It’s bad. It’s a Bad Star Wars Opinion.

All this is to say that I believe that Mace Windu, Jedi Master, was able to beat Palpatine’s pulpy ass. And if Anakin hadn’t stopped him, he would have killed Palpatine and everyone would be a lot better off.

Would it be a happily ever after? Unlikely, since the senate would be up in arms over the Jedi killing the Supreme Chancellor and taking control of the Republic, and the Separatist leaders would still be alive on Mustafar and might continue to agitate. But you’ll never convince me that Mace was wrong to decide Palpatine was too dangerous to leave alive after he had killed the other Jedi (R.I.P. Kit Fisto) and revealed himself to the be the Sith Lord who had been fucking everyone’s shit up for over a decade. And you know, a post RotS “Mace takes down Palpatine” fanfic that actually explores the ramifications of this would be pretty interesting.

  • Person: "So how'd you two meet?"
  • Tom: "Oh, Marco chopped off my hand in front of my ex-girlfriend, and then sabotaged my date with her."
  • Marco: "And then Tom tried to kill me, twice...I think?"
  • Marco: "And then he tricked me into hanging out with him by bribing me..."
  • Tom: "But we sang a duet and I raised the dead for him and now we hang out all the time!!"
  • Person: "...."