Posts by Rebecca Williams

  • Speaker: Not even a statistic,

    I've joined this conversation late but felt compelled to join it ...

    Thank you Danielle, Jackie and Emma for speaking my thoughts, it's such a privilege to know there are women who fully, fully understand and are able to speak.

    It's also a great privilege to have anything to do with men who are able to engage with this conversation. It's courageous and worthwhile and I appreciate it. Just don't be surprised if they screw up a bit along the way. They've been swimming in rape culture since they were born, same as us.

    Thank you Katrina. In the absence of a national dialogue about this, you are contributing to starting one as far as I'm concerned.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Meals for Me,

    Beautiful! Executed as intended :)

    My house is the opposite to Emma's - my husband is the cook. Not that I can't, more that I don't.

    If I'm by myself (seldom) I tend to go for something easy like omelette, or something out of the freezer like pumpkin soup or vege curry. So not much inspiration here I'm afraid !

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    i'm pretty sure that smoking anything isn't that great for humans :)

    that said, humans have been smoking and ingesting psychoactive substances for probably thousands of years, and it will continue apace, methinks.

    i applaud Peter Dunne for what he's done with this legislation. I don't applaud him for much else, although I have an impression of him as having some level of integrity (maybe he can afford it, being a bit player).

    anecdotally, we (at treatment services) are getting increased numbers of referrals for people (particularly younger people i think, it's about accessibility, although as Russell has so rightly pointed out accessibility to synthetics is / should be at an all time low!) where their chief concern is their use of synthetics, and the doctors we work with, who tend to be a reasonably rational lot, are starting to do research on what this stuff actually does to people. yes it binds to cannabinoid receptors, but it seems to actually cause more problems more quickly for more people than cannabis. there have been questions about whether or not manufacturers are including stimulants in the products, because of the number of presentations to ED where people are highly anxious, irritable, etc similar to stimulant presentations.

    further to the accessibility factor - i'm pretty sure (just an opinion) that retailers / manufacturers would not have hesitated to have sold large volumes to dealers at cut rate prices prior to the deadline last year. so I'm also sure that people can still buy various amounts of synthetics from various dealers too (although that supply might be running pretty low now). same as when BZP went the way of the dodo, i had clients for about a year saying they could buy it from dealers.

    anyway. it is all pretty interesting, and I can't wait to see the medium term effect it has on cannabis classification. I think something will change re that, in time.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Saints Preserve,

    Very impressed Ben! Talk about motivated :)

    Jackie we should hook up. I'm swimming in homemade sauces relishes etc. you are friends with Danielle right? Me too :) although largely on Facebook it must be said.

    Righto here's the jam recipe.


    Makes 4+ pints (about two litres)


    5 lb / 2.25kg heirloom tomatoes, roughly chopped - any tomatoes will do

    2 small yellow onions, diced

    1 cup dark brown sugar

    1 cup white sugar

    Juice of 2 lemons

    1 green apple, finely diced (I use whatever apple I’ve got in the fridge).

    2 1/2 teaspoons salt

    1 teaspoon coriander

    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    2 teaspoon red chili flakes

    1 teaspoon ground ginger

    1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional – I left it out cause the Hubster doesn’t like it)

    3/4 teaspoon cumin

    1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (any will do – I used red wine vinegar)


    Place allingredients in a large pot or Dutch oven and stir to combine. Over medium heart, bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours, or until the jam is really dark and thick. Stir occasionally.

    Recipe doesn’t call for it but I transferred to a blender and gave it a good blitz. This means that you don’t have to bother getting the skins off the tomatoes before you start, and you end up with a lovely smooth jam.

    Transfer jam to clean, sterilized jars. If canning, boil jars in a hot-water bath for 20minutes. If storing in the refrigerator, the jam will keep for 2 weeks (or more).

    NB this is keeping in the cupboard for months in sterilized jars. My mother eats it with a spoon because she likes it so much :)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Saints Preserve,

    +1 for a gardening blog!!!

    And so I'm not completely jumping on the threadjack, I'll post a great recipe for chilli tomato jam later ... promise.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Crowdfunding Time,

    Me. I've been a hard news / public address fan for years. I just so appreciate some decent comment on politics / economics / social issues. Not to mention music, photography and food (I think it's the Feed blog that's tipped me over).

    My first online subscription!!! Thanks Russell and to your co-bloggers too.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: My Life in Curry, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    i have great memories of burning my face off in Thailand, not to mention the hilarious sign language it took to ensure that they didn't give me any heads or feet :)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    Ok I'm going to do it. I can't believe no one else knows about it, but I can't let this thread go by without mentioning Shubh in sandringham road. It's a curry kitchen. Sell punnets and trays of the best vegetarian Indian curry for the tiniest amount of money. Also amazing chapati and other breads.

    They've now got a kitchen in Onehunga too, I think.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    Tips on growing coriander? By far my favourite fresh herb - can't grow it.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    Yeah probably about 3l.

    I'm still pining about groeing my own from seed ... But something in me balks at the idea of buying a heater .... Or even having to grow things inside.

    Russell - do the chilli thread :) it's a whole new conversation.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 96 posts Report Reply

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