17 Random Questions.

Saw this over at Dorkchops’ blog and decided I may as well give it a go for something fun.

1. How did you get your blog username?

Jon and I were chatting about my blog I was starting to keep me on track with my objectives and after I explained the pokemon section (sidebar), I asked what I would be if I were a pokemon. The response was “a Slaviswife”, so it started as the provisional name and it stuck. From that and the theme of self-betterment, I got “Your Wife Is Evolving”.

2. If you could change your name to anything, what would it be and why?

My real name? I actually changed it. My parents are apparently cool with that, because my original name was very long, complicated and hippie, whereas I’m not really that way inclined. I chose my new name based on family surnames and a first name that is used a lot in the family and has a meaning I relate to.

3. If you could go back and give your younger self advice, what would it be and why?

It isn’t really worth your time. You can do well at almost anything you want to. So stop worrying about paperworks, qualifications and social standards. Just keep doing what you like and things will work out.

4. How old were you when you first learned how to blow a bubblegum bubble?

Probably around six or seven. We weren’t regular candy eaters as young children.

5. What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was very little I wanted to be a dog rather than a human because it looked easier and I liked them more. When I grew out of that stage I wanted to be a painter or a writer.

6. What do you order at Starbucks?

The directions to the nearest decent coffeehouse with WiFi.

7. When’s the hardest you’ve ever laughed?

Jon makes me laugh pretty much every day. He’s probably not to everyone’s taste, but we seem to sync very well in terms of daft, dark and dirty humour.

8. If you could play any musical instrument, what would it be and why? 

The violin. Sharp sounds, melancholy and the general weight of it are wonderful.

9. What’s your favourite thing to do when your upset?

Play very loud, very fast techno or vocaloid-style music and pace. It evens my temper and gets me calmed down enough to refocus on work.

10. What’s your favourite movie?

“The Duty Pharmacist” or “May”. Very, very dark and gruesome in quite a sweet, kookie manner. Like “The Addams Family” was an actual horror film. I have no idea why more people haven’t seen them.

11. What’s one food you can’t live without?

Pork. My go-to meat. Cheap even when it’s well reared, tasty, high in fats, sweet tones, nice raw or cooked.

12. What is your favourite dessert?

Very dark chocolate on or in anything, or on its own.

13. Favourite pizza topping?

BBQ sauce.

14. Would you rather have the super power to read minds or to become invisible?

Become invisible. The sort of person whose mind I’d most like to read are either people who are pretty transparent anyway or people whose mind I would not like to read the remaining 99% of the time. Becoming invisible would be handy when I am in introvert-mode, for my hunting and for when society collapses and I have to raid places.

15. What did you do last for your birthday?

Stayed home with Jon and enjoyed the peace and quiet.

16. If you could have one personal “selfish” wish, would would it be?

Elective immortality. I can’t die unless I actively choose to.

17. If you were a pokemon, what would you look like? And what would you be called? 

Well, it would have to be Slaviswife again. I would probably be something far too pink with some weird, creepy, mutant parts, like visible bones or enormous fangs, and puppy-like features here and there.

And those are 17 totally random questions answered.

Your turn!

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

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Chicken and Parsnip Pizza with Baked Potatoes.

Been a little busy, so here’s a post-bomb day.

We had an amazingly bad for you chocolate cake for pudding. Mmm!

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Ingredients:

For the dough:

-2.5 cups self-raising flour or flour with agents

-3tbsp olive oil

-1tsp salt

-1tsp sugar or honey

-1/2tsp paprika

-1/2tsp mint

-warm water as needed

For the sauce:

-1 small parsnip

-400g/14oz chopped tomatoes

-1/2 sweet onion

-chilli oil to taste

For the toppings:

-1/2 sweet onion in rings

-2 diced chicken breasts

-200g/7oz cheddar cheese

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-frying pan

-flat tray

-mixing bowl and spoon

-rolling pin

Recipe:

1: Mix the flour, salt, sweetener, paprika and mint.

2: Make a well and add the oil.

3: Slowly incorporate the water into the well until the dough is firm, dry and stretchy.

4: Roll into a ball and leave to one side.

5: Finely dice the tomato, parsnip and half onion.

6: Pan-fry with oil and a little salt until everything is softened and there is no fluid left in the base of the pan.

7: Stretch the dough out into shape on the tray. Add the sauce.

8: Crumble the cheese on top and add the chicken and onion.

9: Bake at 160C/30F for 35-45 minutes, or until the crust sounds hollow when tapped.

10: Serve with a jacket potato, chips, beans or a side-salad.

The pudding that's really, really, REALLY bad for you.

The pudding that’s really, really, REALLY bad for you.

WWW. Spicy Pizza. Also, we have a cat.

First of all, warm-blooded-rat-trap update 1: He’s home. Meet Wally/Wallace. He’s not good with adults, children, other cats or dogs. I accidentally scared him because the pheromone spray that’s supposed to be used in the corners of the room to soothe him actually sounds like a cat hissing. It’s taken a day to show him I am not hostile. However, now he’s settled he’s eating, fairly affectionate, not disturbed by my stinking of chickens and coffee and starting to get playful. We ended up with this fiend of a creature because the non stray/feral cats ran away from Jon, while Wallace wanted attention off him. He was also apparently supposed to take weeks to settle, yet 48h in he’s happy to go about his business in front of us and can’t get enough of being patted.

 

However, I did manage to find the time to make a pizza for dinner. There are far too many tarts and with Jon’s birthday coming up, there will soon be crumble and cheesecake, so I opted against making another pudding.

Ingredients for the dough:

-450g self-raising flour

-1tbsp olive oil

-1tbsp paprika

-1tsp ginger

-cold water as needed

Ingredients for the filling:

-300g tomatoes (crushed or paste equivalent)

-100g strong cheddar

-30-50 marjoram leaves

-40g chorizo

-50g ham

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-greased flat baking tray

-rolling pin

Recipe:

1: Mix the flour, paprika, ginger and olive oil.

2: Add water, continually mixing until the dough is dry to touch but elastic and soft.

3: Roll it out with a rolling pin into the shape you want it, then throw or spin it a little to stretch it fully.

4: Place on the tray and allow to rest.

5: Roll up the crust. You can add a crust filling if you like.

6: Spread the tomato over the centre. Add the marjoram leaves.

7: Grate or slice the cheese and cover the centre.

8: Add the toppings.

9: Bake at 160C for 1h.

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