recipe

Sticky maple pork with apples

I love cooking. Have I mentioned that? Because I do! I really love cooking – and I love the eating too *grins* But taking some basic ingredients and putting them together and making food is just an awesome feeling… Yes, I’m a dork. I’m aware of this.

Today I had pork for the first time in… I can’t remember the last time I had pork, actually, except for sausages and bacon and gammon.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients
600g pork fillet
1 tbsp olive oil
2 eating apple, cored and cut into eighths
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard

Method
Cut the pork into 3cm thick slices. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan, add the pork, then fry on both sides until lightly browned, about 5 mins in total. Lift out of pan and set aside. Add apples to the pan, then cook for 3-4 mins until starting to soften.

Stir in the garlic, maple syrup, vinegar and 3 tbsp water, bring to the boil, then return the meat to the pan along with any juices. Simmer for a few more mins, stirring until the pork is cooked through and the sauce is thick and sticky. Stir in the wholegrain mustard, then serve.

Thoughts
I served it with onion rice and yes, it was rather nommy. I found it a little dry so next time I’ll make more of the sauce but oh… so good. The sauce was just sweet enough to nicely complement the pork, but not sickly. And it was lovely and sticky.

Definitely two thumbs up from this lil llama

fanfiction

FIC: Taking Things In Hand

Title: Taking Things In Hand
Author: Cassie Morgan
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Categories: Masturbation, Sexual Fantasy, Face-Fucking
Rating: NC-17
Thanks to: You, for reading this. , as ever, for the beta.
Disclaimer: John Sheppard and all elements of the Stargate universe are so very not mine, and remain the property of the respective copyright holders. This story is written purely for entertainment purposes and no money is being made from it.
Summary: John’s exhausted but too stressed to fall asleep. So, he releases some of that tension in a tried-and-tested manner

Taking Things In Hand

music

Music! Music! Music!

I loved the overview of the books I read in 2016 so figured I’d do the same with my music – gotta love last.fm for giving music listening stats *grins*

I listened to 347 different artists, and the top ten were:
Good Charlotte
Gary Quinn
Ward Thomas
Jenn Bostic
Raintown
Enya
Holloway Road
Jess and the Bandits
Steve Carlson
Britney Spears

And my most played song of the year was
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books

Books Books Books!

I have read 50 books in 2016, completing my Goodreads challenge. That was less than the last couple of years – I read over 70 in both 2014 and 2015, but then I’m not spending over an hour and a half commuting anymore and that’s when I would read.

I still need to properly work reading time into my new routine but I’ll get there.

According to the Goodreads ‘Your Year In Books’:
the shortest book I read was Music: From the Voice to Electronica by Charlotte Guillain
the longest book I read was On The Road To Mr Right by Belinda Jones
the average length of book was 277 pages
the most popular book I read was Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
the least popular book I read was Improve Your Grammar by Rachel Bladon
the average rating I gave was 3.6 stars
the highest rated book I read was Murderous Maths: All Shapes and Sizes by Kjartan Poskitt

And the books I read were: Continue reading “Books Books Books!”

cassie is a geek

Christmas

Christmas was – recent celeb deaths aside – a lot less traumatic this year. There were still tears and wanting to hide and I was utterly exhausted by Monday night but I survived without running way. I was once again adopted by Susan’s family. I ate all the foods, had all the presents, had fun and laughter.

I got a Hufflepuff phone cover, a Hufflepuff hoodie, a Hufflepuff badge, Harry Potters socks, Star Wars pyjamas, 2 pairs of Batman pyjamas, and a shower curtain.
I’d asked for pjs so I was very happy *grins*

Today I am planning on hibernating. I’m curled up in my bed, I have plenty of noms surrounding me and I’m starting my day with the movie Baby Bootcamp. For reasons of Danneel and Kavan. I think the most stressful thing I have planned is sorting out some of my to-read list for the 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge.

life

2017

So 2016 was the year I found my new normal after the last 1/3 of 2015., I got on meds that stabilised me, I found a therapist that really helped me and I’m feeling pretty balanced.

Don’t get me wrong, the year started off disastrously. I attempted suicide. I cut again for the first time in 2 years. I lost a job I loved. My guardian angels have been working overtime to protect me from myself a few points.

But sometimes you have to hit rock bottom in order to come back.

And I have. I’ve found another job. I’m no longer in danger of losing my nest. I had an amazing holiday with my Natalie. I’ve been to some kick ass cons and met some people very important to me. I discovered that some things I used to be terrified of are no longer as they once we’re.

I may not have been to as many gigs and cons as I would have liked. I don’t have any planned for 2017. But there is some semblance of financial stability in the not too distant future and I will be able to start getting out of debt.

So here is to an awesome 2017! May it be filled with love and laughter and good food and amazing people and all of the things that make us happy

health

Health update… yes another!

Things did get better on Sunday. I took my anxiety meds, showered, took the pills and potions and went to Tesco once I’d calmed down. I then spent the afternoon curled up on the couch watching Shirley Valentine and Silent Hill.

Yesterday I decided I’d had enough of having a cough and no voice for over a week so I rang the doctors for an appointment. Only to be told I could have one in January. Um… no. Start telling the receptionist that I’m asthmatic and though I had a chest infection only to dissolve into a coughing fit. That managed to get me a call back from the doctor.

When the doctor called, I could barely talk and just coughed lots. He turned around and got me an appointment for the following morning.

9:20 this morning rolls around and I get seen by the doctor on time. Mild fever, blood oxygen and blood pressure normal. Lungs ‘perfectly clear’ and then he looks down my throat. He declares it’s all very red and swollen and angry and that there’s ulcers all around my pharynx. Says I have pharyngitis and laryngitis. That it normally takes 10-15 days to clear so I’m at the half-way mark. Keep hydrated, keep taking paracetamol and soothers. Rest my voice. If it’s not better next week come back.

*sigh*
On the bright side, I don’t have to answer the phones in work! I’ve got my phone set to ‘send all to voicemail’, pick up the messages as they’re left and email people back with ‘sorry, can’t return your call, I’ve got laryngitis’… I’m clearing my backlog of emails and queries nicely which makes me happy.

Tonight… tonight I’m thinking I’m going to stay curled up on my couch and listen to the Spotify ‘Christmas Crackers’ playlist, in an effort to find some Christmas spirit before the weekend. So far there’s been Shakin’ Stevens, Wham!, Wizzard, Paul McCartney, Band Aid and still to come there’s Slade, The Pogues & Kirsty Macoll, Elton John, Michael Buble…
But of course, I can’t sing along 😦