Wednesday Week: A few things I’ve been reading lately

2 Mar

After last Tuesday’s earthquake in Christchurch, a city I lived in for four years, I’ve struggled to come up with anything I thought was worthwhile posting about – not a very useful reaction, I think, since I’m sure those people in Christchurch who have power need frivolous distraction as much as anyone ever does. Still, after the tiny earthquake in Wellington last night I think I began to realise how profoundly this will go on affecting all of us, and I don’t mean financially. I used to enjoy earthquakes, the small ones, would roll over in bed and go back to sleep if one woke me up, as they occasionally will in Wellington. Not so much anymore. The idea of living with that feeling, multiplied a thousand times as everyone in Christchurch must be doing – I can’t even imagine.

There are some incredible blog posts and news pieces around about the earthquake. I just read this one by Cheryl Bernstein. I think most people who read this are already pretty aware of what’s going on, but – yeah. The other one that is a must read is this piece: Christchurch’s Three Cities, about the dramatic differences in conditions across Christchurch and the help that the eastern suburbs desperately need.

And now for something completely different: my friend Frith, who was in Christchurch when the earthquake hit, is a really terrific baker. You know Gretchen on the greatest TV show on earth, New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker? Their food is similar – impeccably presented and delicious (well, I have no idea how Gretchen’s food tastes; and I should add at this point that I suggested this comparison and received relatively mild vitriol, because Gretchen is not exactly anyone’s favourite.) So I was pretty amused a couple of weeks ago when Frith told me she couldn’t cook. I learned to cook and bake at the same time and so, even though the skills are quite different, I’m always surprised when I come across people who only like to do one or the other. Around the same time, xkcd came out with this astounding comic. Since then I’ve been noodling over in my head those cooking skills that I think are absolutely essential (how to make and dress a salad, how to roast veges and a chicken, how to make stock, how to make everything with mince, how to stirfry, how to fry rice, how to buy a rice cooker …) and wondering how I’d teach someone to cook if I had to.

Luckily, because I’m not really sure how I’d start, this blogger is doing a series she calls Home Ec for Everyone. The first post is Flourish’s Well-Stocked Kitchen and it’s really pretty great. Check it out! (Even if you know how to cook, because then you have the satisfaction of thinking, well, *actually*, silicon mats are a way better idea than parchment paper, because they’re not very much more expensive than buying a single roll and you don’t have to keep buying them.)

And finally, here is a picture of Cate Blanchett in her amazing Oscar dress, which I’m hotlinking like a filthy hotlinker from Tom and Lorenzo. For the record, if you do not like this dress, I’m totally looking at you funny right now, that means you, Dominion Post, for putting her on the Worst Dressed list. tsk.

cate blanchett in her oscar dress it's beautiful but I don't have the fashion vocab to describe it sorry.

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5 Responses to “Wednesday Week: A few things I’ve been reading lately”

  1. Eavan 05/03/2011 at 1:29 pm #

    As art, that dress is great! It is definitely the dress wearing the doll, though, and maybe that’s what the Dominian Post didn’t like about it?

    • Yogh 07/03/2011 at 9:20 am #

      I was about to say the same thing. The dress does not accentuate the wearer; it hides her.

  2. frith 31/03/2011 at 9:07 am #

    how did i only just find this post now, when there’s an entire paragraph about me? ha! it’s not that i *can’t* cook, it’s that i *don’t* cook. actually, i may not be able to. in all honesty i (still!) haven’t tried much at all.
    ps. cate blanchett looks like a chair in that dress. a chair.

    • Tui Head 31/03/2011 at 9:08 pm #

      oh gosh I don’t know Frith, do you not pore over every word of my deathless prose? HOW CAN YOU BE SO CRUEL.

      This is the xkcd that I didn’t manage to link to in the post: http://xkcd.com/854/ does that adequately represent your cooking process? I feel like because you are not that ridiculous, probs not.

      CATE BLANCHETT LOOKS FLAWLESS IN THAT DRESS EVERYONE IN THIS POST IS AGAINST ME/FASHION/LIFE. :(((((((((((

      • Yogh 01/04/2011 at 10:24 am #

        I totally see the chair 😛

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