- Cumberland chipolata sausages, wrapped in applewood & chestnut smoked bacon
- Brussels sprouts (we both adore them =:)
- Anya potatoes
- baby parsnips
- stuffing made of ground pork, shiitake, preserved Chinese vegetable mix, garlic
- red cabbage boiled with balsamic vinegar, sugar, and pepper (I forgot the cloves =:P)
- leeks in a white sauce spiced with pepper, oyster sauce, garlic
- gravy flavored with a stock cube, oyster sauce, rum, sugar, goose fat, and cabbage water
- accompanied by a 2010 Chateauneuf du Pâpe
It was good. ^_^ Regrettably, perhaps, my cooking is seldom photogenic, so you'll just have to believe me. =:)
If you have a Flickr Pro account, you can extend your subscription for three months free, just by visiting their holiday gift page. No strings!
If you're looking at a higher-level camera (around £2k/$3k), the D800E is a particularly appealing option - essentially, the same as the mainline D800, but with a modified filtering system that effectively removes the anti-aliasing found in virtually all cameras. That renders it potentially prone to Moiré effects, but with the benefit of enhanced resolution. For wildlife and landscape photographers, it's a strong choice, as those scenarios won't give rise to such effects - otherwise, you may have to put in extra effort to avoid such. Either version remains a fine option, with a 36MP full frame sensor that puts pressure on the quality of the lenses, and excellent high ISO performance, coupled with the flagship D4's AF unit. But what effect does the intentional lack of anti-aliasing actually have? Imaging Resource took the time to compare it against a number of competitors, with images throughout. (And, if you don't mind reviews in video form, here's one that's enjoyably presented by the good people of DigitalRev, over in Hong Kong)
So, as you see, it's time to kick back. Finally. ^_^ I'm intentionally suspending the diet until Jan 2 2013, though I shan't be going entirely crazy. =:) Still, it was rather nice to enjoy some delivered pizza on Friday.
It'll all also be a great excuse to get the slowcooker heated up again. ^_^ I've picked up a nice topside cut, which seems like it'll go brilliantly with some of Bath Ales' wonderful Festivity in cooking (seriously, if you're anywhere they'll deliver bottles or 5l microcasks of their wares, I must recommend Festivity in particular. Everything else they make is good, certainly, but Festivity's such an uncommonly good beer - and in microcask form, it's still a live beer, too!), and later on, I'm tempted to go for a couple lamb shanks, to braise slowly in the old remnants of some nice red wine, plus a good dose of garlic and rosemary. That might seem a little clichéd, but, oh yes: simmer it away for a few hours in that, and the meat'll fall off the bone with a gentle tap. So easy. ^_^
From the composer of the soundtrack to World of Goo, you can now find the soundtrack to Little Inferno over here, completely free, as MP3 and FLAC.
With all the ingenuity and resourcefulness hereabouts, I really can't believe nobody knows where to look to have the boots featured in this SL shot brought into reality. Someone knows where to look, I'm sure of it. ^_^
If you're in the UK, and travel by train any amount, I ought to point out the existence of the Network Railcard. It's only useful for the SE region - west to Didcot, north to Bedford & Kings Lynn (inc. Cambridge), south & east to the coast - but offers ⅓ off, with no special qualifiers regarding age or student status.
Rowan Atkinson says, "I can also confirm that there will be a return of Blackadder. This February, all the main cast returning."
Anyway, enough of all that. I hope everyone's having a good time, whatever you're celebrating. ^_^ In our case, pretty much just Yule - the end of the darkest of days, and the return of the light, to be marked by feasting and drinking. Really, can you argue with that?