Cooking With Pete

Misadventures in the kitchen for the woefully inadequate!

Inspired partially by a friend's own culinary adventure, and partially by a conversation that arose at lunch today, I have decided that what I really need to do is write a book for those who are pathologically incapable of cooking -- and since that nicely describes my own misadventures in the kitchen, it seems a good match. No doubt -- as with most of my flash-in-the-pan projects -- this will fade into the realm of bad dreams long before it ever approaches completion. Until then, though, I've written my first recipe!

Shiitake Chicken and Vegetables

Shiitake Chicken and Vegetables

Have you been rummaging deep in the back of your freezer, with depressing results? Got some old chicken breasts slowly turning to wood?  How about a packet of frozen vegetables that is more ice than not?  Try my Shiitake Chicken, and watch as we once more snatch mild success (defined as "I ate it, and I'm still alive") from the jaws of total defeat.

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20 Reading Questions

It has been far too long since I last made an update here (and, among other things, I'm pondering switching from Joomla to WordPress to see if that might motivate me) so when I saw this floating around the internet, I figured I'd answer all 20 questions here. If anyone is interested?

Favourite genre to read?

Can I say "Speculative Fiction" and thereby cover the field? My favourite genres are Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I also read quite a lot of Horror, and I always enjoy a good Thriller. Often these genres overlap -- I'd call SFFantasy setting genres, while Horror and Thriller are plot genres, so give me a good Horror Thriller in a non-mundane setting and I'm happy.

Although, that said, I don't mind Urban Fantasy either.

Basically, I've never been very good at picking favourites...

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2014 Movie List

Since typing out the 2013 "Movies" list was more than a little tedious, I've written a short Perl script to do the work for me. Never underestimate the power of a short Perl script! Here, then, is the list of everything I watched in 2014. Hmm. I sure racked up the couch-time!

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2014 Reading List

2014 was also a slow year for me. I think I'd almost go so far as to say that 2014 was my Annus Horribilis; certainly I didn't seem to be particularly productive with anything. My heart just wasn't in it. Neither were my kidneys.

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2013 Reading List

2013 was a slow year for me, book-wise. Apparently. I only read 26 books, and there were a couple of large gaps during which I was too focused on other projects to do much reading. (And since 2014 was, uh, not a good year—for many reasons—I never finished typing this up until April 2015!)

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2013 Movie List

Sometime in August 2013, I decided to add a "Date Watched" column to my movie database, thus allowing me to at least list what I have watched each year, by year.  Obviously this list only goes back as far as August... :-)

Now that I've got my script working (produced for the 2014 list) I've regenerated this list too!

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