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Dec. 12th, 2009

Since all I've been doing recently is—I was going to say wank, but in comparison to that 400+ pages pdf, and thank God I had the sense not to sign my name to the CiN donation, also, wow, do they suddenly make me feel less crazy and obsessed about those 9000+ words of Jack/Ianto meta ... er, where was I? well, maybe not so much 'wank', as faintly whine with a light dose or irony, about TW fandom, and if not that, ramble about various TV shows, I decided I'd do something productive for once and take the camera along for Christmas baking and post one of our traditional recipes per day.

1. Linzer Augen

[Not really translatable; shortcrust cookies filled with apricot jam. Not one of my grandmother's recipes, but one of the first my sister and I added to the list.]

For ca. 50 cookies you need:

# 300 g flour
# 110 g powdered sugar
# 1 package (= ca. 8 g) of vanilla sugar (if not available, here's a recipe.)
# 2 egg yolks
# 200 g butter (from the fridge; needs to be cold)
# Um, a cookie cutter, which actually might be a bit of a problem. There are ones specifically made for this type of cookie, which are about 5 cm in diameter and look like this, but I have no idea how widely they are available. Essentially you'll need something to make some sort of hole in half of the cookies. Three small round holes are traditional, but one hole in the middle is also possible, and star-shaped ones are very pretty, too.

The rest is really easy, though.

# Quickly knead together (by hand) all ingredients until the dough is smooth and homogenous, but not for too long; too much kneading and too much warmth will make it crumbly, impossible to roll out, and not taste as good.

# Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least half an hour.

# Roll out the dough and cut out the cookies, one half with a hole, and one half without.

# Bake at ca. 180 degrees until they're light brown around the edges. (The recipe says 10-12 minutes; we never actually look at the clock.)

# Once they're cooled, spread jam (apricot is traditional, but not obligatory) on the cookie without the hole and put the one with the hole on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

# Done! They'll taste even better if you let them sit in an air-tight tin for a week or so.


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Dec. 12th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
There was TW wank?

*is clueless*

The cookies look delicious though!
Dec. 12th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Maybe not so much was as will be very soon. Apparently the (or some?) people from savecoffeeboy put together a 400something pages really, really ugly pdf file with... hard to say, actually. Everything and anything related to Ianto's death and how and why they want it to be reversed. They also quoted people without permission who are now justifiably furious, because this is not something anyone within their right mind would want to be associated with, especially as they also had it printed and bound and already gave it to JB, GDL and sent it to the BBC.

Donwload link is here, if you want to laugh, or weep; if they really believe this will help their cause instead of have people at the BBC collapse with laughter, 'delusional' doesn't even begin to cover it.
Dec. 12th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Donwload link is here, if you want to laugh, or weep
Won't touch it with a ten foot pole... (Printed and bound? Seriously? I'm kinda impressed. And I guess people were right - TV is rotting young people's minds!)
Dec. 12th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
I don't remember the exact details, and her posts have disappeared since (the rest of the thread and reactions are here); I don't even remember who linked me to it in the first place, but apparently someone gave it to JB at Collectormania and explained the whole thing at some length, and when he asked if she'd still watch S4 without Ianto, said 'No' and flounced off. I'm sure he was very impressed & will immediately start campaigning for Ianto's return.
Dec. 13th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
I'm sure he was very impressed & will immediately start campaigning for Ianto's return.
*snerk* Of course we already know RTD's response: But if you can’t handle drama you shouldn’t watch it. Find something else. Go look at poetry. Poetry’s wonderful.

Damn, I do love that man! (There's also that Supernatural quote in that article...)
Dec. 12th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
I might have to make this one. They look absolutely delicious!
Dec. 12th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
They really are. There's more to come, though! :)
Dec. 12th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
I simply must find myself an appropriate cookie cutter. I must make some of these. (Although I haven't baked anything in ages due to sheer exhaustion from my horrible work schedule.)
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
It wouldn't be in time for this Christmas, but if you don't find one, I can always send you one. Just let me know! :)
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh, that's very kind of you. I'll look around a bit tomorrow (we'll be in Columbus, which is the only place within a reasonable distance where I can think we might find a shop selling such things), and I can't find anything appropriate... I'll let you know.

Also -- would you like a Christmas card? If so, let me know where to send it. (Send me a private message or something.) I had some printed up with one of my own photos this year, and I always have far more than I know what to do with.
Dec. 13th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
This is my own fault for not keeping an eye on fandom more closely. I feel so sullied that my name is in this, I can't even begin to describe it.

I personally don't like cookies with jam, but these look SO PRETTY, I think I'll make them anyway. I need to bring something to my kid's school Christmas dinner next week.
Dec. 13th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
I only heard out about this when rivier posted about it yesterday morning, and once I found out what it was about, almost the first thing I did was go back to the donation site and make sure my name wasn't there, so I really, really feel for you.

Do they actually believe that someone involved with the show will sit down (before Christmas, too...), read those convoluted 400+ pages and come out of it suddenly enlightened & convinced that they're going to have to bring Ianto back after all? Campaign by all means, but at least try to be concise and generally less crazy. Also, get a better layout.
Dec. 13th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Save Coffee Boy? Really? Oh. My. God.

Anyway, niiiice cookies :-))
Dec. 13th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Really. The CiN donation seemed like a good idea a few hours after Day Five, as in, respectable charity, how can this be a bad thing, and suddenly it feels a little bit like it's 2000 all over again, when all the ÖVFPÖ politicians were constantly whining and complaining about how evil Europe was discriminating and ill-treating poor innocent Austria, woe is us, and I felt like I was taken hostage even if I never voted for either party and mostly agreed with the sanctions, Vaterlandsverräter that I am.
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