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Hot pasta sauce

My jet-setting sister gave me this book for christmas – Pork & Sons by Stéphane Reynaud. The recipes are simple (i.e. doable) and look like they were contributed by locals. Lovely lovely lovely.

Before I take a break for the hols, here’s a recipe for a spicy tomato chorizo pasta sauce that stores well and that you can keep adding to. It’s one of my faves.

Slice 2-3 chorizo sausages into chunky coin size pieces. Lightly sauté in the pan to colour and release oils. Set chorizo aside.
Bit more oil, then add into the pan finely diced 1-2 large onions and salt. Cook till onions are translucent but not mushy.
Add chilli (flakes or fresh chopped), garlic and anchovies(optional).
Add glugs of red wine, and cook out the alcohol. Heavier reds are better.
Then add 1-2 cans of tomatoes (I prefer whole roma tomatoes in cans, roughly chop the tomatoes) or 1 large can, or a few fresh tomatoes chopped finely, depending on how much sauce you want to make,
and a good dollop of tomato paste.
Bit o’ paprika for depth. One or two bay leaves.
Add more wine if sauce is too dry for your liking. I usually add half a cup, or a light stock.
Return chorizo to the sauce and simmer for 45 mins-1 hour to reduce.
Salt and pepper to taste.

If the sauce is too sour, add a bit of balsamic vinegar or Worchestershire sauce.

The sauce keeps for ages in the fridge. Tastes better the next day. You could add mushrooms or chopped black olives or even substitute ground meat instead of choriza (that would make it a Bolognese sauce).

Best wishes for the holidays, viewers! I’ll be away next week. Enjoy yourselves.


December 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Urban lesborotic tales

Upcoming anthology from Cleis Press, Where the Girls Are: Urban Lesbian Erotica Ed. DL King, set for release in June/July 2009, includes a story by moi. Yay!

"Grey Ice" appears in Where the Girls Are Urban Lesbian Erotica, Ed. D.L. King. Cleis Press.

"Grey Ice" appears in Where the Girls Are Urban Lesbian Erotica, Ed. D.L. King. Cleis Press.

December 24, 2008 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

E-books on the iPhone (pt. 2)

I finally managed to download a bunch of e-books onto my iPhone, a couple of days before we’re off to Jervis Bay. Initially, I couldn’t hook up to my router as I’d typed in the wrong password – damn encryption key – but once I got it right, the whole directory download (via took less than a minute. So yay, got my holiday reading material sorted.

Because tis the season, I’m posting a kind note about the Vatican. They’ve approved a prayerbook app that brings the eBreviary, or book of hours, to the iPhone. The app is the free iBreviary. If you’d like PDF versions of the prayers instead, go to

Another obvious ploy on my part to show how useful e-books are.

December 23, 2008 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

Big birds start from the ground

Huge photo show of the space shuttle, Endeavour, working. Like, Wow.

December 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm 6 comments

Ebooks on the iPhone

(Information correct at time of writing)

I signed up for an iPhone after weeks of research (iPhone vs Blackberry vs WinMob vs Android phone) and was in the labourous process of moving over my personal content when I got stuck at transferring ebooks into the iPhone. Now some might argue that the iPhone isn’t the device for ebooks but I think its the new way of  getting consumers to read. Well, I read e-content everyday and I like my PDA, thanks very much.

I downloaded two free apps, Stanza and ereader, only to find that I couldn’t directly transfer my ebooks from pc to phone without doing it via the apps parent sites over the airwaves. That’s right, I couldn’t use the USB connector to download my books. So I emailed Roxanne of for help and this was her advice. I hope other ebookers using the iPhone find it useful.

Stanza’s latest release from Dec.6 is broken. It will not open Non-DRM Mobipocket eBooks. They are working on it but because it is free they are in no hurry to fix anything. Free is not worth it in this case. I have gotten more support email this last week because of people thinking it is our Mobipocket eBook. I had to send them to Stanza’s support forum to show that the problem is Stanza. My advice, forget the Stanza.

See about iPhone Bookshelf from the Apple App Store. Customers say the $9.99 for iPhone Bookshelf is well worth the money. Here is an article on the comparison of the new eReader application on iTouch-iPhone and the iPhone Bookshelf (half way down the article). But the main advantage of The Bookshelf application is it will read almost every eBook type, except eReader and iSilo for right now, but they are porting both of these types (see note at bottom of their web site). See their web page below, at the bottom “Supported File Formats”,  iSilo just announced their reader is now available for the iPhone-iTouch at the Apple apps store and have a special promo price right now.

The Bookshelf (Mobipocket format), or the eReader or iSilo reader application for the iPhone or iTouch is for standard non-DRM eBooks that can be moved from device to device. As you know, eReader and iSilo are ported to almost ever Smartphone and PDA. Go to the links below and you can see the devices the eReader and iSilo have been ported to. And by the way, iSilo was the first eBook reader application and has been around for 10-15 years. The second one was the Palm Reader that was renamed a couple years ago to eReader. These companies will be around for a very long time and porting theirs apps on any thing that can be a reader.

The Bookshelf:

With any of those three on the iPhone, you just download the eBook from Windows or Mac. It is not difficult. Each of these readers have instructions on how to install or download the eBook to their application on the iPhone.

Hope that helps,


December 19, 2008 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

Porcine news

Wild boars partying in Berlin. I can see an internet game coming up. Roots, eats and will be shot.

December 17, 2008 at 6:04 pm 3 comments

Packing for Amazon

Gizmodo comments on this article by a journalist from Times Online who went undercover at a packing factory for Amazon UK.  Sure the article is scathing and inflammatory but hey, where would Amazon (and thousands of buyers) be without capitalism?

Btw, the article doesn’t mention that when you buy books from Amazon, often the books are sent by the distributor, not Amazon.

December 17, 2008 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

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