I found this in the canteen of a large institution in London. This installation is recreated every morning to supply the employees with ice cold breakfast flakes. I did not investigate how cooling affected the crunchiness of the flakes.
I am making most of the bread my family eats myself – I started out with a breadmaker many years back when moving to the UK (in order to save us from having to eat sliced white all the time), … Continue reading →
For the vegetables:
2 stalks of celery
1/8 of a celeriac
All diced to about 1 cm
4 cloves of garlic
1 small red chilli, de-seeded
Pinch of ground cumin
A large handful of each dill, parsley, fresh coriander and basil, roughly chopped
3 tbsp tahin
1/2 preserved lemon, flesh discarded and peel finely chopped
Add a good glug of olive oil, the vegetables, garlic, chilli and cumin to a deep frying pan and put on a medium heat. Fry for about 5 min, then salt lightly and cover. Keep cooking over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti al dente. If the vegetables threaten to run dry, add some water from the pasta.
You can wash and chop the herbs while the pasta is cooking.
Put the tahin in a small bowl, and add some pasta water spoon by spoon, stirring all the time until it has the consistency of a runny batter.
When the pasta is done, drain it adding a good bit of the water to the veg – you want to see a bit of liquid, but the vegetables should not be floating. Mix the pasta, the tahin, the herbs and the lemon carefully into the vegetables, and season with salt and pepper to taste – you might not need any salt as the pasta water should be quite salty. Rest covered for a couple of minutes for the tastes to blend, then serve hot.
We got some watercress from Riverford this week, and also a new waffle maker – so I decided to make some savoury, watercress based waffles for dinner. They turned out really nice, especially when served with harissa sauce (Greek yoghurt … Continue reading →
The project I am working on at the moment contains a fair number of custom less than operators. They are usually required to use non-trivial types (e.g. pointers to structs) as keys in maps – fair enough so far. But what amazes me time and again are the subtle possibilities for failure when crafting one. Some people either seem to be oblivious to the fact that less than needs to induce a strict weak ordering (i.e. if a < b, then under no circumstances can b < a be true), or they don't think their implementation through. Neither do they write a test for it nor get it reviewed. To be fair, the environment favours speed of development somewhat over quality, but I don't think that this provides an entitlement to ignore debug assertions from the STL.
So if you ever find yourself in the situation where you need such an operator, remember – they aren't hard to write, but quite easy to get subtly wrong. And a debug assertion means something is seriously wrong.
Let’s start this blog with something strange that just happened to me:
While being down with flu and severe fever, I noticed that this did not just affect my ability to stand upright and think straight, but altered my very sense of taste. It wasn’t, like some friends in a similar situation reported, a loss of all but the basic tastes, as is often the case with a blocked or inflamed nose, but a shift of tastes.
I first noticed that a dish of red cabbage, usually an explosion of sweet and sour tastes, was dominated by a dark and earthy flavour – a quick check with my wife confirmed that hers tasted as expected, so that must have been me. Later that night, I discovered the toothpaste had taken on a taste of near-unbearable bitterness, whereas fresh water took on some murky taste. Isostar, on the other hand, tasted really great – much better than it ever should taste in real life, even after a hard work-out. Oh, and bananas suddenly had a horrible taste of artificial banana flavour, like the really horrible banana sweets from the 1980s.
Luckily, most of this seems to revert to normal as of this afternoon, which hopefully also means the rest of my body will recover soon.