Posts by John Armstrong

  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance,

    PS I haven't posted for a while, so maybe I should clarify: not that John Armstrong. I really should get around to amending my handle one of these days..

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Or are you really saying that John Key was so obviously a dirty lying liar the media should have said “Fuck it, we’re not even going to pretend to be objective any more, and we’re going to take everything in Hager’s book at face value and ignore any response from Key”? Because that’s somewhere I’m not willing to go.

    This particular wave of the discussion may have already passed, but I doubt that anyone is seriously suggesting this. Possibly something more along the lines of 'show, don't tell'.

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    The media is no longer part of the fourth estate, but are part of the entertainment industry.

    Or, as a friend of mine once put it, 'the News is just another TV programme'.

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    If anyone is interested, the good folks over at actionstation have set up a petition calling for a Royal Commission into Dirty Politics.

    For me, in the current context, signing felt like an incredibly... small act, but I did so because I very much share the sentiment expressed in the e-mail they sent me yesterday; it is no longer sufficient just to stay as informed as possible and to exercise my democratic right every three years. Time to get off the proverbial arse. (I realise that signing an e-petiton is not technically getting off my arse, but it's the first example of putting into action a new conviction to take every opportunity to make a contribution.)

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Show some decency, in reply to stephen clover,

    I go anger => sadness => anger => sadness over and over several times a day.

    Me too, but am I alone in also experiencing the occasional bout of excitement and hope? I think that this whole process will ultimately be cleansing (to some degree). As the old saying goes, these revelations are much better out than in.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Outwards and Upwards,

    Very sad to hear about Chris Sheehan. Too Many Dogs still sits as a dark little diamond in my music collection.

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  • Hard News: Kitchen Hacks, in reply to Hebe,

    Shouldn't you have stayed with Frying Saucers?

    Ha! It's like you know me! I would have but the vegetarianism came between us.

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  • Hard News: Kitchen Hacks, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    That's the only way it's going to cook properly.

    Yeah, I really must try and plan ahead more..

    For instant pizza victory, just add capers.

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  • Hard News: Kitchen Hacks, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    MAKE YOUR DOUGH IN THE FOOD PROCESSOR!

    I thought hacks were supposed to save dishes?

    My counter-pizza hack: prepare a normal pizza-dough or bread recipe (in a bowl, Samuel, in a bowl), but don't worry about letting it rise fully. Twenty minutes or so is enough to give your base the body it needs. Pizza is supposed to be flat, isn't it?

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Kitchen Hacks,

    I couldn't forgive myself if I let this opportunity go past.

    The world should know about Peanut Slop.

    It started life as the ultimate vegetarian bachelor meal twenty-two years ago but has since attained legendary status among friends and selected family. It's basically a hybrid chili/satay thing, and, as the name suggests its strength is not its appearance. However, it is 10-minute easy, everyone has the ingredients, and it is really very nice. Indeed, my wife, who is a foodie, can tolerate it approximately monthly.There are two versions:

    The Original

    Saute half a chopped onion, two or three cloves of chopped garlic and as much chopped fresh chilli as you like (2 whole chillis is about right for most people). When the onion is soft, squeeze in the juice of one lemon and a little slosh of soy sauce. Then the fun bit. Empty in a tin of baked beans and mash them. Follow this with a tin of chopped tomatoes, stir, and then add a dollop of peanut butter. When this has melted through, you're done. Serve on rice with a spoon of sour cream. In 1991, this recipe would provide enough slop to allow me to eat myself to sleep, but in mature adulthood it serves two and a bit comfortably.

    The Gourmet.

    As above, except include two finely-sliced kaffir lime leaves at the saute stage. If you really want to impress that special someone, you can use chili beans instead of baked beans, but you run the risk of being seen as someone prone to affectation.

    (Also, like Emma's frozen ginger, I freeze our home-grown chilis and grate them frozen too. Means you can use a half without wasting the rest, and also allows you to really release the demon from the seeds. Honestly, why would anyone throw out the best bit?)

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 131 posts Report Reply

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