gas tin

French late WW1 Grenadier uniform

Line infantry uniform featuring the capote et pantalon Mle1914/15 greatcoat and pants cut from horizon blue wool, along with the standard webbing, pouches, M2 gas mask transit tin, haversack and of course the Mle1915 Adrian helmet. The accompanying Lebel rifle is fitted with a tromblon Vivien-Bessiere grenade launcher.
The number of grenadiers per company kept increasing from the initial eight soldiers from 1916 to the end of the war, and were used as indirect fire infantry support either from the trenches or during an assault. The device was usually fired with the rifle resting on the ground at a 60 degrees angle, but could be fired from the shoulder in a pinch.

Narnia Cooking Series ~ Lemon and Blueberry Tarts

(Round One)

Here we have the first recipe in the Narnia Cooking Series 

(aka what did I get myself into) 

Headcanon: Edmund loves lemon foods. Back in England there was a cake that his mother bakes on special occasions and especially his brithday. It was a lemon cake with blueberry jam. During the Pevensies first year in Narnia, they had almost forgotten Edmund’s birthday because the dates were confusing with England’s. None of them including Edmund did not realize that a certain day in Twirleaf (or September) was his birthday until that very afternoon. Susan was rather bothered that she did not plan this, but Edmund was not one for a huge party or gathering. It was Lucy remembering in the past hearing and seeing Edmund sneak into the kitchen late at night to grab an extra sliver of lemon cake. She wanted to make something that was very close to their mother’s, but the issue was that Edmund was about to leave the next day with Peter to a tournament. This turned into an idea to make something he could take along the journey. So Lucy did her best in the kitchen with the help of a cook (whose day just ended) that evening to make a lemon pastry that could hold blueberry jam in the middle. Peter and Susan had wondered where she had been for hours that night and found her half asleep as she waited on the tarts to bake. Peter had then took over watch of the oven and woke her up as they were finished. Edmund could not help but hug his sister dearly at the sincere thought she had. 

The Recipe 

Makes 12 tarts

For the Blueberry Jam:

  • 1 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen does not really matter)
  • ¾ cup of sugar 
  • ½ cup (120ml) of red wine (I used a cheap Shiraz) or dark fruit juice such as cranberry or pomegranate (if using juice aim for 100% no sugar added or the jam might get too sweet)  
  • 1 cup (240ml) of water
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg 

Combine everything in a medium saucepan and simmer (very gentle boil on medium/low heat) for about an hour. You can cover the saucepan to keep from having a mess if needed (which I don’t want blueberry splatter on my walls). 

Then you add 2 to 3 tablespoons of cornstarch to thicken the jam. Take the cornstarch in a small bowl and add enough cool water stirring to liquify the cornstarch (should be equal parts). Then slowly add into the jam mixing consistently. Start with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and let the jam come back up the temperature. The jam should be thick enough that it will coat a spoon and you can draw a line with your finger. If it needs more cornstarch then add the additional tablespoon repeating the method before. Stir to ensure there will be no lumps from cornstarch (about 20 to 30 seconds) and remove from heat to let cool. 

Note: cornstarch is a shortcut as I needed to make jam without using loads of blueberries as they’re expensive (plus, I’d like to have them for other things too). To make more authentic double the amount of blueberries and omit the 1 cup of water at the beginning and do not use cornstarch. It might take longer than one hour to thicken. 

For Lemon Pastry:

(variation of A Feast of Ice and Fire’s Elizabethan Lemon Cake recipe

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (and I’m sorry if you’re outside the US, you have some fancy ovens going on and I don’t really know the conversions of a fan or gas oven)
  • Grease muffin tin (I just use canola oil spray. again, if wanting to be really authentic use butter.)
  • 2 ½ cups of unbleached all-purpose flour  
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • 6 tablespoons of butter melted 
  • 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks (using the water bottle trick to separate them is cool) 

Mix together until you have a grainy consistency. Then add the juice of one of the lemons. Use a strainer to catch the seeds. Mix until you have the consistency of a dough. Use juice from second lemon if needed. 

Note: if you have a warm house (I don’t have air conditioning at my apartment and it’s July) you might want to chill the dough for about 30 minutes. It will make it easier to handle. 

Flour your hands and take dough and make about 2 inch (5cm) size balls and flatten to about 4 inches (10cm) in diameter. Place and form the dough into a regular-size muffin tin. Form the dough to make the thickness consistent on the bottom and the sides. Spoon the blueberry mixture until it reaches the top without spilling over. 

Place in oven for about 30 to 40 minutes. Check at 30 minute mark. The side of the pastry should be golden brown. If not yet check in another additional 5 minutes. 

Cool until bottom is no longer warm. About 2 to 3 hours unless you live in an icebox (or you’re in the Witch’s castle). Taking a butter knife if needed slide it down between the edge of the pastry and the muffin tin and move it around to pop them out. 

And there they be. Store in a airtight container in the fridge. Probably best before 7 days (I had my friends take half of what I had before they left my place today).

If you have any thoughts or suggestions my ask box is open.  

"All I Want For Christmas is You" ft. Teridax, extended

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I crave
I’ve lost all my satisfaction
In returning from the grave

I’ll just cook up one last scheme
And then I’ll have my every dream
Yes, brother, it’s true
All I want for Christmas
Is you

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There’s just one thing I deserve
Really, it’s become so boring
Wearing down the Toa’s nerves

I don’t need to steal Kanohi
Or release an evil plague
Rahi hordes won’t make me happy
Quite like in the good old days

This old body’s just gas and tin
I should chuck it in the bin
Soon I’ll start anew
All I want for Christmas is you
You, Mata Nui

Oh I won’t ask for much this Christmas
Not even for shadowed skies
I’ll be too busy calculating
All the facets of my lies

I won’t unseal swarms of Bohrok
To lay bare the surface land
I won’t even summon Rahkshi
Or conjure a shadow hand

Cause I just want to claim your throne
The greatest power ever known
Nothing you can do
All I want for Christmas is you
You, Mata Nui

Oh, soon they’ll see my mask
Appear in every star
The wind will be my mocking
Laughter from afar

And everyone is crying
I hear the Toa dying
Nuva, won’t you go claim the destiny you need
Won’t you please give my power to me?

Oh I don’t want a lot for Christmas
This is all I’m counting on
Becoming the universe
And conquering the worlds beyond

Oh I just need to take your place
And launch you off into space
Make my wish come true
Brother, all I want for Christmas is you
You, Mata Nui

All I want for Christmas is you, Mata Nui
All I want for Christmas is you, Mata Nui
All I want for Christmas is you, Mata Nui
All I want for Christmas is you, Mata Nui