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10 November 2008 @ 07:27 pm
lasagne lasagne lasagne  
i. the recipe for the best lasagne you'll ever eat

600g mince (preferably -but not necessarily- beef)
500g tomato pasta sauce (I use Five Brothers: Oven Roasted Garlic With Wine, but it really doesn't matter)
100g butter
1/2 cup plain flour
1L milk
lasagne sheets
2/3 cup of grated cheddar cheese (however, as a rule, more cheese is always better)

0. check that you have the ingredients
1. cook the mince in a large frying pan (without oil, because lord knows there's going to be far more than enough grease in the mix eventually), until it's brown and add the tomato sauce (make sure you've got a few spoonfuls left over if you're using the whole jar)
2. preheat oven and get milk at the ready, because for the next step it's essential you don't leave it alone
3. on a low temperature, melt the butter in a med-large saucepan, add the flour and mix until it becomes paste-like.
4. gradually add milk to the paste and stir like crazy, because it gets very easily burnt to the bottom of the saucepan. And keep crazy stirring until it gets thick (should take about 15 minutes and trust me, you'll know when it's thick) and add 1/3 cup of the grated cheese until it melts and the sauce gets even thicker.
5. Now you have a meat sauce and a white sauce, so the layering order in the dish goes as such:
-spread a few spoonfuls of the leftover tomato sauce around the bottom
-a lasagne sheet (I use two lasagne sheets, because they're small and dish is exactly twice the size as them, so obviously just do whatever works for you)
-1/3 of the white sauce
-1/2 of the meat sauce (being careful to spread it evenly)
-a lasagne sheet
-1/3 of the white sauce
-1/2 of the meat sauce (again, being careful about even spreading)
-a lasagne sheet
-the final third of the white sauce
-1/3 cup of the grated cheddar cheese
6. stick it in the oven for about an hour. I like it to be crunchy, crusty and slightly burnt so sometimes it'll leave it in for over an hour and a half :P

I'm crazy about this, it's the best lasagne -hell, the best meal- I've ever tasted and it's disturbingly easy to make. The worst part is mixing the white sauce, but with the assistance of a few Hamish and Andy podcasts that can be made much less boring.

ii. icons I really shouldn't be showing you because they were entered into icontests this week :o

a) Photobucket and Photobucket I'm not sure which I like more, but I'm really digging the yellow with the white halo behind them :D They were such a sexy couple, I wish they were still together :(

b) Photobucket PAM! <3 I love this so much, Pam was adorable in her little Charlie Chaplin/Hitler outfit. I love how this icon feels cold and emotionless, because that's exactly what I was aiming for. I'm slightly worried that people will think I have an icon of Hitler, though :\

c) Photobucket obviously an alternate of 'b', but I've gone crazy with the duplicated images. I HATE it when people do this with their icons, so I'm not sure why I did it :P I like my colours, though.

d) Photobucket once again aiming for something that a mutant hybrid of letsey_x and mefan would make. I'm not sure why but that seems to be a drive behind a lot of my icons these days :P

iii. the polls are in! You guys voted that I watch Veronica Mars! Coming in a close second was Alias, shortly followed by BSG and then Bones. Everything received at least one vote, except for The Secret Diary of a Call Girl

iv. an awesome Christmas sharing meme-ey thing that I expect ALL of you to do stolen from shoqolad

Step One:
- Make an LJ post, either public or locked (although public give people who aren't on your flist a chance to give you presents :D). The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. These wishes can be anything, from simple and fandom-related (a fic written about your favorite pairing), to medium (a DVD you want), to really extravagant (a brand new car). Just make sure these are wishes for things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real life things, like a DVD or CD, make sure you include some sort of contact information in your post. It can be your address or your email address, as long as Santa (or one of his elves) can somehow get in touch with you. ;)
- Make sure you post a version of these guidelines in your LJ, because it's important that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two:
- Skim through your friend's list (or the brand new friends of friend's list, or random journals) to see who has posted their list. Now is the most important part: if you find a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so. Make that person's wish come true! Sometimes your trash is another person's treasure! If you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use - or you even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free - give it to someone who wants it!

Step Three:
- Post this in your LJ any time after November 1st, then repost it two weeks before Christmas (a.k.a. December 11th)

Step Four:
- You don't need to spend money on these wishes to make them come true. Only spend money if you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf. It's to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not, it's all up to you. :)
- There are no rules for this project, nor are there any guarantees or strings attached. Just wish! Your wish might come true! And give if you can. You'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday a special one. :)

and now on to my list, in order of my desperation for the items

1. The Wall-E, T:TSCC, Torchwood and Doctor Who season 4 soundtracks
preferably in digital form, downloadable via megaupload, but should you desperately want to buy me a CD copy I'm not going to complain.

2. Any/all of the season 8 Buffy and/or season 6 Angel comics
see: 1. I've already got Angel #1-7 and Buffy #1-16 in physical form.

3. Awesome stock settings for manipulations
I'm looking for settings that you can imagine characters standing on (e.g. , etc.)

4. A digital SLR camera
more Photobucket than Photobucket

5. ANTM: 2x05, 2x07 and 2x09-11
see: 1

6. Project Runway: 3x09-14
see: 1

7. A shiny case that can hold two external HDDs
The one I have at the moment is really ugly, the fan rattles whenever I'm using the harddrives and is very likely on the verge of breaking. :(

8. To have people watch my fandoms
Very few people watch my favourite shows so pick a show from this list (keeping in mind, this list is just the shows that I don't think get enough attention and this list is (almost) ALL of my shows), watch it and tell me how much you loved it :D
- Drive
- Standoff
- The Inside
- American Dad
- Boston Legal
- Flight of the Conchords
- Futurama
- Prison Break
- 30 Rock
- Kyle XY
- Project Runway
- The Knights of Prosperity
- Tru Calling

9. To have all of the moods for the multifandom moodtheme filled out with awesome scenes

10. Surprise me with something awesome :D
because I can't think of 10 things I want, apparently :P

I'm weirdly invested in this, I think it's a brilliant idea and would love to get the things on my list and to help you guys out with yours :D

lovestories - here
shoqolad - here
cartography - here
eesia - here
shadecat - here
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Dana: DoctorDonnaletsey_x on November 10th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who Series 4 Soundtrack!. It's awesome, btw. "Song of Freedom" is easily one of my favorite songs of New Who (only competing with "Doomsday")

I'm loving all the icons, but the colours in c are outstanding.

I watch Futurama (well, watched...), 30 Rock and YAY KYLE XY!! I love Kyle XY, it's makes-me-happy television.
Josh: me: doctor who - donnablueymcphluey on November 10th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 thankyou so much!

Have you got all of the soundtracks? I love 'All The Strange, Strange Creatures', 'I'm Coming To Get You', 'Rose Defeats The Daleks', 'Rose In Peril', 'After The Chase' and 'Miss Joan Redfern' :D
If I'm ever on a bus, I guarantee you I'm listening to one of those. :P

Kyle XY is so flippin' awesome! I know exactly what you mean by "makes-me-happy tv", it's just one very long giddy funfest :P The 12th of January (season 3 premiere) can't come sooner.
Dana: CT+ZQletsey_x on November 10th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
I only have the soundtracks of S3 and S4, and some songs of the first two. (Doomsday, Rose's theme, Bad Wolf theme, Boe theme, Love don't roam) But yeah, Murray Gold's a genius. My favorites are usually the ones where there's some singing involved.

Aww, 12/01? That's one day after my birthday! But I'm gonna have to wait until it gets aired on television in Belgium, because we have a download limit here I exceed every month already with all my to-download shows;)
Josh: me: futuramablueymcphluey on November 10th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
what's your download limit? We've got 100Gb a month and I can't even stay under that *sigh* :P
Dana: coffeeletsey_x on November 10th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
LOL Imagine what you can('t) do with 20GB. And that's for up-and downloading.
Josh: me: fashion - fuchsblueymcphluey on November 10th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
*shudder* I don't even want to imagine

eesia: #staringeesia on November 10th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
2. Any/all of the season 8 Buffy and/or season 6 Angel comics
If it wasn't work for some reason, drop me a line with your address so I could send you all 13 Angels and 18 Buffy digital comics ;)
Josh: me: angelblueymcphluey on November 10th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
eesia: cookieeesia on November 10th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
And seeing you're making WhishLists base: here
Josh: me: fireflyblueymcphluey on November 10th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
:) just out of curiosity, but where did you get the comics? I just want to know so I can keep up with them as they come out :D
eesia: #staringeesia on November 12th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
Oh seems like Frank eat notification about this comment, so that's why my late response ;)

Well, I know the dates of them coming out from wikipedia and then I'm looking for the links on mininova.org.
Cara: tw - pc coopermefan on November 10th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Torchwood OST.

Happy Early Christmas.

Edited at 2008-11-10 09:31 pm (UTC)
Josh: me: torchwoodblueymcphluey on November 11th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
YAY! Thankyou!! :D
Lauren: Georgie- Tell me your secretswhenitsquiet on November 10th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
So I thought I would give #3 a go. I managed to round up 22 different stock images, I don't know if you'll want to use any of them, since I'm not sure if they're any good, but maybe you'll find one you like:) Its in a zip uploaded to media fire, if it doesn't work just let me know.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/im2nomfzutn/landscape stocks copy.zip

And for #8- I watch ANTM, 30 Rock, Project Runway and SNL and I love them all!

Josh: me: gossip girlblueymcphluey on November 11th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Thankyou!! :D

EDIT: okay wow, I just checked them out and they are AMAZING!! Extactly what I was looking for <3

Edited at 2008-11-11 02:12 am (UTC)
Lauren: Blair- Masqueradewhenitsquiet on November 11th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
YAY!! I'm so glad:)
Anna: sg1 → one must always be preparedshoqolad on November 10th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
LOL, you guys do realize that this is a Christmas wishlist... so I hope there'll be some things left on your list for me to do for you by... well... Christmas ^^
Josh: me: sgablueymcphluey on November 11th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
lol, it's an early Christmas! :D

I'm glad people aren't waiting for a month and a half, because I change my mind so much, who knows what I'll want then.
doctor blind.: xoxo ÷ house of the rising sunlovestories on November 11th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Ta da! - the Torchwood soundtrack. ♥


Edited at 2008-11-11 12:18 am (UTC)
Josh: me: gossip girlblueymcphluey on November 11th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
hehe... you and your flailing :P
Bubble Girl: She was filming it | Robertshadecat on November 11th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Well hello thar! *waves*

Hrm.. I'll see what I can do with stock pics. As for your fandoms, I already watch Prison Break and American Dad and Futurama. That's all you get from me :P

*goes and searches for pics*
Muahah :D
Joshblueymcphluey on November 12th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
any luck? :P
lice on November 11th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
just wondering, did you ever watch the australian versions of top model and project runway? what did you think of them?
Joshblueymcphluey on November 11th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
nah, only the American versions so far. I think it would freak me out too much to see people on TV who don't have an accent :P

Edited at 2008-11-12 02:12 am (UTC)
Steph: jobros: joe tamborineharbourlight on November 11th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Haha I actually had lasagna for dinner. But it was just bought premade. Reheating is as much effort as I can manage after working all day :P

I lOVE the 2nd a! I think it looks perfect!

Hmm. I think the wishlist thing is a good idea... but I can't really be bothered writing my own.

I can get you those Project Runway episodes though. Can you not find them, or do you just not want to download them?


Those are all of your torrent links there. If you want me to download them and send them to you or something just let me know. :)

Edited at 2008-11-11 01:39 pm (UTC)
Josh: me: project runwayblueymcphluey on November 11th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
ah, but it's so easy to make!

yay, thankyou :D I just wish I'd submitted that version now... :/

that's great, thanks for the link. I finally managed to get a torrenting program that works, so fingers crossed I have the episodes by tonight :D

EDIT: darn, the 9th episode link is the only one that works :(
oh well, at least I got one more episode :)

EDIT: Grr, argh. And now that one torrent isn't downloading :(

Edited at 2008-11-12 07:51 am (UTC)
Stephharbourlight on November 15th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Oh dam. That was the only place I could find them. That sucks.