I’ve been living off of a big batch of lentil rice for the last few days and it’s good and so easy - steamed rice with added canned lentils, cumin powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, a bit of ground cinnamon, bottled lime juice and black pepper. This time I had it with baked spicy chicken strips (coated with smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and Fry Light cooking oil spray), spinach, cucumber and a tomato.
Happy Thursday, friends! I recently posted a picture of cauliflower “chicken” burgers on my instagram, and everyone was asking for a recipe. I decided to make it a second time to perfect the recipe before sharing.
Ingredients: - 1 head of cauliflower - 2 cups flower - 1.5 cups water - Panko bread crumbs (I don’t know how much I used… I just kept adding to the bowl as I went along. Probably ¾ to 1 box all together, depending on the size of your cauliflower.) - 1 tsp salt - 1 tsp garlic powder - ½ tsp pepper - ½ tsp thyme - 1 tsp paprika - ½ tsp chili flakes (optional) - Any sauces you like (if you want to coat cauliflower afterwards)
** All seasoning can and should be adjusted to your liking! Feel free to add or take away anything.
Instructions: 1) Cut the cauliflower! After rinsing, cut in half and remove the green leaves and stock. If you want to make sandwiches, cut the cauliflower into steaks. You can also cut into large florets to give the feeling of pieces of chicken. Or you can cut them into small florets for cauliflower wings. Just keep in mind that baking time will be different if you cut them into smaller pieces. 2) In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, water, and paprika. Whisk together until smooth. 3) In a separate bowl, combine 1.5 cups of panko with the salt, garlic powder, pepper, thyme, and chili flakes. 4) Have a baking sheet lined with parchment paper ready. Dip the cauliflower in the batter, and tap off any excess. Then bread with panko. Place breaded cauliflower on the baking sheet. Continue for all pieces. 5) Bake at 450 F for 35 min, flipping halfway through. If you wish to coat your cauliflower in sauce (buffalo or BBQ, for example), remove the cauliflower 10 min before the baking is done, coat in sauce, and return to the oven for the remaining 10 min. 6) ENJOY!!!
At age 5 his Father died.
At age 16 he quit school.
At age 17 he had already lost four jobs.
At age 18 he got married.
Between ages 18 and 22, he was a railroad conductor and failed.
He joined the army and washed out there.
He applied for law school he was rejected.
He became an insurance sales man and failed again.
At age 19 he became a father.
At age 20 his wife left him and took their baby daughter.
He became a cook and dishwasher in a small cafe.
He failed in an attempt to kidnap his own daughter, and eventually he convinced his wife to return home.
At age 65 he retired.
On the 1st day of retirement he received a cheque from the Government for $105.
He felt that the Government was saying that he couldn’t provide for himself.
He decided to commit suicide, it wasn’t worth living anymore; he had failed so much.
He sat under a tree writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life. He realised there was much more that he hadn’t done. There was one thing he could do better than anyone he knew. And that was how to cook.
So he borrowed $87 against his cheque and bought and fried up some chicken using his recipe, and went door to door to sell them to his neighbours in Kentucky.
Remember at age 65 he was ready to commit suicide.
But at age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Empire was a billionaire.
Moral of the story: Attitude. It’s never too late to start all over.
MOST IMPORTANLY, IT’S ALL ABOUT YOUR ATTITUDE. NEVER GIVE UP NO MATTER HOW HARD IT GETS.
You have what it takes to be successful. Go for it and make a difference. No guts no glory. It’s never too old to dream.
If a gender is unknown, you can use pronouns like they/them/their.
Animals themselves don’t care what we call them, but when you consider turkeys and chickens, there are reasons to believe that birds are the most abused animals in the world.
I ask people to make slight changes to their lifestyle to better represent their love for birds as a means to combat disrespect and abuse. If people had more respect for birds, do you think they’d abuse them as much as they do?
In this instance, I’m trying to plant a seeds that may blossom into people seeing animals as being instead of things.
Following on from my last themed ficrec post (Fantastical Fan Fic), I’ve decided to go with something close to my heart - fics featuring non-binary and genderqueer characters. As before this includes some of my own works, but also some that have really touched me personally and I need to share them with you all. Some of these have helped me come to terms with my own situation (see my sideblog if you are interested in all that - @amaybeboy ). They have helped me through bad days, even helped me cry when I’ve needed to. The power in words is incredible and can bring both joy and solace.
I’m including incomplete series as completed as they are all series with complete installments that can stand alone, rather than technically incomplete series. Also some WIPs at the end of the post you can jump right into and follow along.
Non-Binary Fic Recs
Cevze by klingonvalhalla @its-thigh-noon (Hannigram: Trans) A post season three finale short. Words: 3,603 Chapters: 2/2 A post season 3 ficlet with a Silence of the Lambs twist. Hannibal discovers Will is ftm in the course of his post fall recovery. With lovely dialogue that feels real and substantial, this slides into canon effortlessly. The exploration of this revelation in the aftermath of their fight with the Great Red Dragon is beautifully done and slowly ramps up into electrically charged intimacy.
It’s Not A Secret by TigerPrawn@desperatelyseekingcannibals (Basic Chickens: Trans) FtM Londoner Adam keeps running into an infuriatingly rude Elias at different points during his transition. Elias is very confused by Adam, the easy friendship they develop and how attractive he starts to find the curious self made man.
Words: 35,831 Chapters: 10/10
This fic is really personal to me. I started with the idea of how someone like Elias would deal with a trans character. It is informed largely by my own experiences and thoughts, which definitely feed into Adam in the first chapters. I hope that readers get something out of it and find it enjoyable.
Let It Out (Chapter 8 of Tumblr Prompts) by klingonvalhalla
A small series of vignettes: FtM Nigel/Pegging/Adam buys women’s underwear Standalone Chapter. A wonderful, and touching exploration of the sexual and emotional relationship between ftm Nigel and his pretty awesome (and sexually adventurous) boyfriend Adam. Just such a lovely, touching collection of snippets of their life together.
Never Have I Ever by shiphitsthefan@shiphitsthefan (BearDogs A/B/O: Trans) After finishing an entire day’s worth of the rehabilitation required for violent alphas, Nigel hits the bar in hopes of finding a nice omega to take home with him to his cousin Hannibal’s safe house. Lee, another alpha, convinces Nigel to sleep with him, instead. Nigel’s never fucked an alpha before, and Lee is certainly easy on the eyes. Turns out there’s more to this encounter than just a simple fuck, and Nigel’s about to find himself in the right kind of trouble for a change. Words: 7,592 Chapters: 4/4 What starts as a first time alpha/alpha pick up for Nigel and Lee becomes something more deep and meaningful on many levels as Lee explores his gender. This fic is as hot as it comes but with an unexpected depth. Honestly when I read this fic I never wanted to write social exploration A/B/O again because this is it done to it’s best and it’s just incredible and incomparable.
and Quicksilver Timestamps
(Hannigram AU: Genderfluid) Something which started as a one shot and has evolved into a series of short romance stories starring a cannibal and a clever, young and genderfluid Will. Ongoing Series of one shots Young Will Graham is a genderfluid psychology student who becomes interested in renowned psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. The feeling is mutual and the most sensual, beautiful and romantic relationship unfolds. This series, and the amazing accompanying art by @theseavoices, touches me so deeply (art can be found under this tag but also in the ao3 fics). Taking the idea at the core of Hannibal - that we can be seen and accepted for who we are, and loved for it - and placing it in this AU is breathtakingly done.
Standalone Trans Fics by mresundance@mresundance
(Hannigram: Various) Standalone Hannibal fics which feature a trans character. (Trans is used pretty loosely, just so you know. They could be a transsexual person to genderqueer to n/onbinary, agender, etc.) Ongoing Series of one shots All pretty much fitting with canon, this series of standalone fics is not nearly long enough. Some feature trans characters, others are perhaps more genderqueer. My top picks from it are
Guns in the Summertime
where ftm Will and his boyfriend Hannibal get all hot and bothered when they come across Will’s old uniform. And
where mtf Hannibal tests out the rumours of ftm Will’s amazing cunnilingus skills. Although all the fics pack a real punch in the smut department, there is also an emotional beauty that runs through them which make them so satisfying to read. They give me hope. (Shout out also to Share Each Other Like an Island which is FtM Will x Alana - I don’t read much m/f fic and I really don’t ship this pair, but this is a really wonderful story with such delicate intimacy it’s pretty powerful!)
The Way That We Are by will (pointedperception) (Hannigram: Trans) Alternate set of events during Fromage. Will is trans, which is why Alana rejects him. Hannibal is there for him to offer support, acceptance, and understanding. Angsty smut with some fluff sprinkled on top. Words: 2,576 Chapters: 1/1 An excellent alternate take on Fromage. Hannibal already knowing Will is ftm, he is on hand to offer advice, comfort and more. This little fic is so beautiful. I love that it takes the idea of them being able to really see each other and applied it to this situation.And my god! sweet caring Hannibal on top of some sensual and emotional sex is just too much for my poor heart!
For those of you happy to jump into WIPs I hope you find these are worth checking out!
Overcoming by purefoysgirl@jadegreenworks (Hannigram Victorian AU A/B/O: Intersex) A Victorian A/B/O romance in which Hannibal Lecter is the future Duke of Westvale who has been away at war for the past ten years. His Grandfather has made good on a contract made shortly after Hannibal’s birth to procure him a wife. It was supposed to be easy. Naturally, with the Omega, Will, given in the place of his twin sister, it is anything but, because if there is one thing Hannibal Lecter despises, it’s Omegas. All 55 chapters already written and posting every Thursday. In this version of omegaverse, omegas like Will Graham are essentially intersex and don’t really fit as either female or male. This hasn’t made life easy for Will though perhaps that will change when he is married off to Hannibal Lecter in his sister’s stead - he can still bear an heir after all. I have been looking forward to this for so long and am excited now that it is finally finished and being posted! Even having read snippets I was not expecting the immediate emotional connection I had with Will and his situation. Being neither male nor female and equally both is so beautifully explored in the first chapters on both an emotional and social level that I can’t even fathom how much better this fic is going to get! It is complete and posting weekly so do subscribe and read along!
Prettier in Pink by shiphitsthefan@shiphitsthefan (Valhalla Enchanted bdsm: Genderqueer) Charlie, Charmont’s best friend and fellow Dom, knows they don’t take abused subs anymore; in fact, Charmont doesn’t take any subs, at all. For the quiet, mysterious man Charlie met at the club, however, Charmont might make an exception. Ongoing Series. This is a lovely exploration of genderqueer Dom Char and his meet cute/meet HOT! with potential sub One Eye. I’m already hooked and can’t wait to see how their relationship unfolds.
Will!!! On Ice by TigerPrawn@desperatelyseekingcannibals (Hannigram/Yuri on Ice AU: Genderfluid)
After coming last in the Finals, 23 year old Will Graham is on the verge of retiring from Figure Skating altogether. Everything changes when his idol, Hannibal Lecter, decides to become his coach. Current chapter count - 9/12 The only thing holding ice skater Will Graham back from being a serious competitor is his lack of confidence. It’s only after his idol Hannibal Lecter turns up and offers to coach him that he begins to understand where his confidence lies. As Will explores his feminine side on and off the ice and comes to terms with being genderfluid his life and career will change forever.
Hope you all enjoy these, do kudos and comment on them if you do!
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-Lay out your flattened chicken breasts (or turkey) on an oiled baking sheet, giving them a slight overlap, and spread with sundried tomato pesto mixed with crushed garlic and a little finely diced red chilli.
-Prepare your stuffing ingredients. I used spinach, diced mushrooms and diced red peppers then added some seasoning.
-Carefully roll up your chicken and sprinkle the top of the roll with oregano.
-Bake in a preheated oven at 200 Celcius for about 30 mins, or until the chicken is cooked through and the veggies are tender.
-Slice the roll carefully and serve the pieces arranged so you can see the pretty vegetables in the middle.
Sometimes you just have to use whatever’s left in the fridge so it doesn’t go to waste and this can lead to some random meals like this one / just a random bowl of healthy stuff ;) - chicken, boiled eggs, beetroots, steamed green beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, rocket and watercress (+ a mustard dressing).
Balsamic and lemon roasted chicken and vegetables.
Simply take a large oven tray and drizzle with olive or coconut oil before chopping a selection of veggies (Iused bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, red onions and cherry plum tomatoes) and throwing them into the tray.
Next, add your chicken (I used organic, skinless thigh fillets) and mix everything together with your hands so it’s coated in the oil. Wash your hands thoroughly.
Drizzle over some balsamic vinegar and squeeze in some lemon juice, then sprinkle over some dried oregano and a few dried chilli flakes.
Put into the oven at 190 Celsius for about 30 mins, or when the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are becoming crisps and a tiny bit charred around the edges in places. I stir once during this time, to make sure everything cooks evenly.
The tomatoes ‘melt’ into a lovely sauce with the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and the oil and this also keeps the chicken nice and moist.
You can also add chopped new potatoes in with the chicken and veggies to make a complete meal in a tray-bake! I preferred to leave them out here, because I wanted to serve some portions with rice and others with noodles or potato wedges.