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26 December 2010

December 2010 blog entries

 
Sunday, 26 December 2010
What are your plans for Boxing Day?
summary: Giving and receiving; Boxing Day?? What's that?

Saturday, 25 December 2010
Merry Christmas to all!



Thursday, 16 December 2010
Have you tried Taralli yet? (BBB December 2010)
summary: recipe for Taralli; information about Bread Baking Babes; submission for YeastSpotting; link to Advent Calendar;

Thursday, 9 December 2010
cherry snowballs (ECC revisited)
summary: cherry snowballs made with dried cherries; Eat Christmas Cookies (ECC) revisited

25 November 2010

November 2010 blog entries

 
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Duck Legs with Garlic and Leaves (WHB#261: bay laurel)
summary: roasted duck legs with thyme, garlic and Bay Laurel; Chateauneuf du Pape Chateau de Beaucastel 1990; information about bay laurel and Weekend Herb Blogging;

Wednesday, 17 November 2010
All Edible Cornucopia (BBB November 2010)
summary: recipe for Cornucopia; information about Bread Baking Babes; submission for YeastSpotting;

Friday, 5 November 2010
ISO unbleached flour for bread-making
summary: failure to find reasonably priced unbleached flour in Toronto

29 October 2010

October 2010 blog entries

 
Friday, 29 October 2010
Broa Baking Buddies
summary: October 2010 Bread Baking Buddies

Saturday, 16 October 2010
Dragon Tail Baguettes (WBD/WFD)
summary: recipe for baguette with malt – based on Susan's (Wild Yeast) recipe for "Baguettes with Poolish"; information about YeastSpotting, World Bread Day and World Food Day
Broa – Portuguese Corn Bread (BBB October 2010)
summary: recipe for Broa – Portuguese Corn Bread; information about Bread Baking Babes, YeastSpotting, World Bread Day, World Food Day;


Event Announcement: World Food Day: 16 October 2010
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (fao.org) - get involved

The theme of this year's observance is United against Hunger, chosen to recognize the efforts made in the fight against world hunger at national, regional and international levels. [...] [T]here have never been so many hungry people in the world.
empty bowl World Food Day is on October 16 to remind us that every day there are empty bowls and hunger world wide.

Let's make every day World Food Day.

For more information about World Food Day and aid organizations please read etherwork.net/blog/?p=1332#reminder. And of course, there is even more information about World Food Day on the UN Food and Agriculture Organization website: www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/

Friday, 8 October 2010
mmmmuffins: spinach and cheese
summary: recipe for spinach & cheese muffins;

Wednesday, 6 October 2010
smoked penne and cheese (PPN #184)
summary: smoked penne and cheese; information about Presto Pasta Nights (PPN)

Friday, 1 October 2010
2 Kinds of Chutney: Pear and Coconut
summary: recipe for 2 chutneys: pear (made with pears from volunteering for "Not Far From the Tree") and coconut;

26 September 2010

September 2010 blog entries

 
Sunday, 26 September 2010
masala dosa and a reminder
summary: recipe for dosa made with dahl; reminder of those in need and that October 16 is World Food Day; list of some of the aid organizations working to feed the hungry

Thursday, 17 September 2010
Tomatillos and Corn for Two Salsas (real food)
summary: Two Salsas!! recipes for corn and tomatillo salsas based on recipes in "Salsas and Ketchups" by Silvana Franca; information about "Hearth 'n Soul (real food)" (formerly "Two For Tuesdays!");
Birthday Series: Dmitri Shostakovich
summary: yet another shameless self-promotion: Please join us while we celebrate the life and music of the Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich (September 25, 1906 – August 9, 1975). Saturday, 25 September 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto

Thursday, 16 September 2010
Brunkans Långa – Brunkeberg's Bakery Long Brown Bread (BBB September 2010)
summary: recipe for Brunkans Långa – Brunkeberg's Bakery Long Brown Bread; information about Bread Baking Babes; submission for YeastSpotting;

Friday, 10 September 2010
Catching up: Coccodrillo one more time (BBB March 2008)
summary: one last attempt at making (by hand) Coccodrillo based on a recipe in "The Italian Baker" by Carol Field; information about Bread Baking Babes and Lynn's High5 and YeastSpotting;
what to do with left-over smoked salmon steak (PPN)
summary: smoked salmon with spaghettini; information about Presto Pasta Nights (PPN);

Saturday, 4 September 2010
Holy Mackerel!
summary: salmon steaks and whole mackerel; follow-up to indirect smoking on a gas bbq;

31 August 2010

August 2010 blog entries

 
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Pears galore (real food)
summary: picking pears; ideas for what to do with pears; stuffed pattypan squash; a surprise drawing of my pear bread; information about Two For Tuesdays! (real food) and Not far from the Tree;

Sunday, 29 August 2010
where there's smoke, there's...
summary: recipes for indirect smoking on a gas bbq: chicken and pork butt; includes a thrilling video;

Friday, 27 August 2010
green chilli omelette for the colour blind
summary: green chili omelette revisited; archives; shopping photos; how much editing is too much editing?

Sunday, 22 August 2010
Yeast Equivalents – AGAIN
summary: calculating yeast equivalents; why guessing is sometimes less painful; nifty javascript yeast measurement converter

Friday, 20 August 2010
when to bake bread
summary: advantages of baking Rose Levy Beranbaum's caraway rye bread early in the morning;

Thursday, 19 August 2010
grilled shrimps and basil pesto with whole pecans (PPN #177)
grilled shrimps and basil pesto with pecans; finding buried treasure in the freezer; information about Presto Pasta Nights (PPN)
Wordless(ish) Non-Wednesday: World Humanitarian Day (2010)
summary: a not quite wordless Non-Wednesday post for World Humanitarian Day; definition of humanitarian; links to humanitarian organizations working towards feeding the hungry;

Tuesday, 17 August 2010
blue grapes for pie and jam (real food)
summary: Blue Grapes are perfect for pie; they also might be perfect for jam; what to do with grape jam that tastes like raisins instead of grapes: make a jam roll; recipe for making yoghurt cheese; information about Two For Tuesdays! (real food); submission for YeastSpotting;

Monday, 16 August 2010
Pão Doce – Sweet Portuguese Bread (BBB August 2010)
summary: recipe for Pão Doce – Sweet Portuguese Bread; information about Bread Baking Babes; submission for YeastSpotting;

Friday, 13 August 2010
Did we miss corn season? (real food)
summary: dealing with disappointing overripe corn by making corn and rice; red Swiss Chard turns black if there is no added vinegar; information about "Two For Tuesdays! (real food)"

Sunday, 8 August 2010
Wordless Non-Wednesday: Pancakes!
summary: Pancakes, butter, honey and ham. Goat cheese and plum jam sauce are good too....

Friday, 6 August 2010
raiding the icebox to make mjdarra (MLLA #26)
summary: using up leftovers; mjdarra (lentils and rice) made with Puy Lentils; red kidney bean fuhl; great for dinner OR picnic breakfast by the river; Humber River rocks; information about My Legume Love Affair

Tuesday, 3 August 2010
more jam making: plums and apricots (real food)
summary: recipe for apricot and plum jams with zero added pectin; changing sugar amounts; information about "Two For Tuesdays! (Real Food)" and Lynn's High5;
Pear Bread (bookmarked recipe)
summary: recipe for pear bread made with sugar pears, unbleached all-purpose, whole wheat and rye flours – based on Sandra Avital's (Le Pétrin) recipe for "Pain Rustique aux Poires"; about dry vs fresh yeast equivalents; information about Lynn's High5, Bookmarked Recipes and Lisa Orgler's Lunch Box Project; submission for YeastSpotting;

20 August 2010

connection problems again at etherwork.net

 
edit 20 August 2010 13:56EDT: And etherwork.net is once again available. Yay!

====================
20 August 2010 12:29 PM Sigh. For reasons unknown, I once again cannot access my real blog, the recipe site or my real home page. A message comes up saying the browser "can't establish a connection to the server at etherwork.net". The updates page of my webhost shows no new issues since 13 July 2010. I don't know how long service will be unavailable.

This will no doubt be resolved eventually. Let's hope it's sooner rather than later.

As always, in order to tell whether the situation has been resolved, try refreshing the page; if the ivy image appears at the top, then you can access my real blog.


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The following was originally posted 16 August 2010:

edit 15:15EDT: I'm pleased to report that etherwork.net is back online. Quel relief.

11:39EDT: I cannot access my real blog, the recipe site or my real home page. A message comes up claiming that ALL the folders on my site on not on the server. The updates page of my webhost is blank. I cannot log into my account because there is a message claiming that the login area is not on the server. I cannot ftp to my account because, well, you get the picture. I don't know how long service has been unavailable.

This will no doubt be resolved sooner rather than later.

As always, in order to tell whether the situation has been resolved, try refreshing the page; if the ivy image appears at the top, then you can access my real blog.

02 August 2010

connection problems at etherwork.net

2nd edit at 11:39AM: It's fixed!!! And it turns out that the following tale of woe had nothing to do with my webhost OR my ISP. It's firefox! Clearing the firefox cache didn't do the trick. So I closed firefox and then was unable to open it again. I rebooted the computer and suddenly, "hey presto!" everything was back to normal. Sigh. WHAT have they done to firefox to make it so buggy?

It's a long weekend here in Ontario (and several other provinces as well) and, naturally, my internet connection is suddenly iffy. I can access one of my subdomain's wordpresses, but none of the rest of my site, which includes my main wordpress.... I COULD access everything until around noon yesterday.

I cannot access my real blog, the recipe site or my real home page. The ONLY things I can access are two subdomains - not anything from the main site, nor any folders attached to it.

unavailable domain: etherwork.net
unavailable folder: etherwork.net/recipes/
unavailable folder: etherwork.net/blog/ <<=blog from OUR kitchen

I don't know if it's my webhost or our ISP that is causing the weirdness. I filled out a trouble ticket and of course haven't heard anything back. I'll just assume that things will be fixed by Tuesday when people go back to work.

RATS!!

Long weekends... you gotta love them.

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edit: In order to tell whether the situation has been resolved, the images on the sidebar will actually finish loading.

31 July 2010

July 2010 blog entries

 
Saturday, 31 July 2010
Jamming: it just calls for improvisation
summary: what to do about missing rack in bottom of canning pot;

Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Wordless Wednesday: Beranbaum's Caraway Rye revisited
summary: caraway rye bread - perfect from Reuben sandwiches;

Tuesday, 27 July 2010
jam making: peaches and apricots (real food)
summary: lesson on making jam with apricots and peaches; liquid pectin; sugar preferences; information about "Two For Tuesdays!" and Lynn's High5;
Beans rock, don't they? (real food)
summary: cleaning and sorting kidney beans; links to bean recipes; information about "Two For Tuesdays!"


Thursday, 22 July 2010
Catching up: Royal Crown’s Tortano (BBB February 2008)
summary: recipe for Tortano based on a recipe in "Artisan Baking Across America" by Maggie Glezer; information about Bread Baking Babes and Lynn's High5; submission for YeastSpotting;

Wednesday, 21 July 2010
What has happened to the baking aisle at the supermarket?
summary: what's up with the yeast and flour?
Wordless Wednesday: Mmm is for Monforte
summary: Mmmm, cheeeeeeese;

Sunday, 18 July 2010
Katie's Salad (bookmarked recipe)
summary: recipe for Katie's salad with sausages, goat cheese and potatoes; whine about onions; information about Bookmarked Recipes;

Friday, 16 July 2010
Sprouted Wheat Flourless Bread (BBB July 2010)
summary: recipe for Yeasted Sprouted Wheat Bread; whining pays off; reading difficulties; information about Bread Baking Babes; submission for YeastSpotting;

Thursday, 15 July 2010
poppy seed bread on the barbecue
summary: recipe for poppy seed bread; submission for YeastSpotting; whines: rye flour and salmon provenance;

Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Wordless Wednesday: can we bake a cherry pie?
summary: mmmm... cherry pie;

Tuesday, 13 July 2010
grilled oyster mushrooms and thyme (real food)
summary: recipe for grilled red peppers and farmers' market oyster mushrooms on salad with a simple vinaigrette; thyme in the garden; information about "Two For Tuesdays! (Real Food)";

Thursday, 8 July 2010
Wordless Non-Wednesday: when it’s sizzling
summary: Sszzzzt!!; 30C; sangria with oranges, limes, lemon and strawberries;

Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Lawn Sale Find: Stainless Steel Kettle
summary: new (to us) kettle; why macrame should make a comeback; tea cups; morning tea;

Monday, 5 July 2010
strawberry lassi
summary: summer heat; strawberry lassis;

07 July 2010

emergency upgrade for etherwork

The webhost for my real blog on etherwork.net has just posted the following and my real blog will be off-line for a brief (I hope) time this morning:

July 7, 8:59 AM - Emergency Upgrade Over the weekend, cPanel's nightly updates made a huge mess of things. It broke some functionality that many sites rely upon (GD for one). To fix it I have to embark on a series of upgrades the first of which is an OS upgrade. [...] I expect the total downtime to be under 1 hour, but keep watching here for details and updates. I am taking down all services and starting the fundamental OS upgrade right now.


As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.

edit: I'm very happy to say that my real blog is now back online

July 7, 9:15 AM - Base OS Update Completed The Operating System upgrade has been completed and the system is coming back up. It took far less time than expected because I prepared a lot of work last night (it's nice when a plan actually goes off as expected!) The second step is to upgrade cPanel - this really won't have too much of an affect on the server - your web sites, email and everything else will be up and functioning as usual.

29 June 2010

June 2010 blog entries

 
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
at last, great hummus (MLLA#24/Real Food)
summary: recipes for hummus (based on a recipe in "Mediterranean Street Food" by Anissa Helou) and pita chips; information about My Legume Love Affair, Two For Tuesdays! (Real Food) and Yeast Spotting;

Saturday, 26 June 2010
Wordless(ish) Non-Wednesday: Twisted Rings revisited
summary: twisted rings with sesame and/or nigella seeds (kalonji);

Tuesday, 22 June 2010
asparagus and baby red onions (real food)
summary: two seasonal vegetables barbecued together: asparagus and baby red onions; information about "Two For Tuesdays! (real food)"

Sunday, 20 June 2010
you win some; you lose some
summary: oatmeal topping for multigrain bread; playing with the grain combinations; submission for YeastSpotting;

Friday, 18 June 2010
Fabulous Lemon Pie
summary: recipe for shaker lemon pie – easily the best lemon pie I've ever had (recipe includes pastry made with lard); SAVEUR magazine is wonderful and why it's a good reason to keep back issues;

Tuesday, 15 June 2010
fully dressed scones (real food)
summary: two recipes: scones and a reasonable facsimile for clotted cream made with yoghurt and goat's cheese; information about "Two For Tuesdays!" and "Cook the Books"

Monday, 14 June 2010
fresh black pepper noodles (PPN#168)
summary: fresh cracked black pepper linguini tossed with ham, chili flakes, fiddleheads, onions and broccoli; asparagus as an alternative to fiddleheads; information about Presto Pasta Nights;

Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Steamed Asparagus with Butter and Lemon
summary: steamed asparagus with butter and lemon; how to trim asparagus; other ideas for what to do with asparagus;

Sunday, 6 June 2010
May I have some more asparagus please?
summary: barbecued asparagus with garlic and ginger; bird feeder used as an herb planter

Wednesday, 2 June 2010
green garlic omelette (bookmarked recipe)
summary: green garlic omelette made with green garlic, ham, potatoes, mushrooms; information about Bookmarked Recipes;

06 June 2010

etherwork.net - offline temporarily

The webhost for my real blog on etherwork.net has just posted the following:

June 6, 9:51 AM - Emergency Maintenance
One of the disks on the main web server has caused some very odd stuff to occur. We are running some emergency maintenance right now to make sure your data is safe and to head off any problems. The system won't be down long - I expect 45-60 mins total.
As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.

edit 10:52AM: I'm very happy to report that etherwork.net is back online.

June 6, 10:45 AM - Emergency Maintenance Completed
The emergency maintenance has been completed. The disks are behaving, user data is safe and we are back up and running!

27 May 2010

May 2010 blog entries

 
Thursday, 27 May 2010
sesame twisted rings (bbd#30)
summary: sesame twisted rings based on a recipe for Koulouria in "Mediterranean Street Food" by Anissa Helou; YeastSpotting post; information on Bread Baking Day;

Wednesday, 26 May 2010
frying radishes and radish leaves (PPN#165)
summary: recipe for penne with radish leaves and broccoli; another rave about radish leaves; information about Presto Pasta Nights; posting doldrums;

Tuesday, 18 May 2010
egg noodles with wild leeks (PPN#164)
summary: egg noodles tossed with wild leeks recipe as a sidedish for fiddleheads, chop and horseradish mayonnaise; information about Presto Pasta Nights

Thursday, 13 May 2010
Swiss Chard Revisited Yet Again (ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday)
summary: Swiss Chard; information about ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday; Yes, I know it's Thursday. But it was Tuesday two days ago....

Saturday, 8 May 2010
the beauty of local fiddleheads
summary: about fiddleheads

24 May 2010

etherwork.net - ONCE AGAIN

 
24 May 9:10 AM: Alas, once again etherwork.net is unexpectedly offline. Why am I surprised? It's a long weekend in Canada. Of COURSE, it's offline! I do not know when it will return but it will probably be sooner rather than later.

As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.

edit 24 May 10:21 AM: I'm happy to report that etherwork.net is once again back online. There is no mention of this outage on the official updates page so I guess it can be pinned down to the usual "It's Monday of a long weekend".





The following was originally dated 21 April 2010 at 8:15 AM:
======================================================

21 April 8:15 AM: Alas, one again etherwork.net is unexpectedly offline. I do not know when it will return but it will probably be sooner rather than later.


edit: 21 April 11:59 AM: I'm very happy to report that etherwork.net is back online.

Here is an exerpt from the updates page:



April 21, 10:03 AM - Back Up

The system is back up.

This is the kind of issue we dislike - spontaneous reboot, no error messages that point to an obvious reason however we are seeing a large number of unusual "probes" - which is usually the sign of hackers/exploiters looking for web sites/servers to infect.

We will be hardening the network against these, just in case!

But for now, we are back and running at full steam!

April 21, 8:45 AM - Spontaneous System Reboot

The server decided to spontaneously reboot with no reason or warning. Doing a file system data check and bringing it back online asap.

Will post when it's live!





The following was originally dated 15 April 2010 at 3:00 PM:
======================================================
Sigh. The etherwork.net server (where my real blog is) is currently offline. I do not know when it went off-line, nor do I know when it will return.

As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.

edit 15 April 2010 11:03 PM: I'm happy to report that etherwork.net is back online and has been for some time.
======================================================

29 April 2010

April 2010 blog entries

 
Thursday, 29 April 2010
spaghettini with chicken livers (PPN#161)
summary: recipe for spaghettini with chicken livers; information about Presto Pasta Nights

Sunday, 18 April 2010
Wordless(ish) Non-Wednesday: easy egg cracking
summary: EZ egg cracker; learning from TV; using one hand, two hands or more to crack an egg; hard-boiled egg party trick; a not-quite-wordless not-quite-Wednesday post

Friday, 16 April 2010
...so beautiful (cough)
summary: recipe for chicken livers, inspired by two recipes in SAVEUR magazine (issues #127 and #117); ...so beautiful... information about Beautiful Blogger Award;

Monday, 12 April 2010
ISO rennet: another exercise in futility
summary: searching for rennet in Toronto

Thursday, 8 April 2010
stuffed manicotti from scratch (PPN)
summary: recipe for Manicotti stuffed with spinach, homemade ricotta baked in sauce made with fresh tomatoes; information about Presto Pasta Nights

Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Happiness is... a new (to us) juicer
summary: new (to us) juicer; fruits vs vegetables; happy 101 award recipients (meme);

Thursday, 1 April 2010
Homemade Chocolate Cream Eggs
summary: recipe for homemade chocolate cream eggs; (Filed under: food & drink, note the date, posts with recipes, starter)

23 April 2010

show/hide the blogger navbar

 
*bump*
(originally posted 6 November 2007)
reposted 6 February 2008, 6 November 2008, 6 July 2009, 16 September 2009, 23 November 2009

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It has been bothering me for a while that my email address is in full view at the top of the page whenever I am logged on. I do realize that it is only viewable by me and that others see their email addresses at the top of the page. However, if I were to log in to blogger or google on a shared computer in a public place, anyone could easily take note of my email address. I get plenty of spam as it is and don't really like the idea of adding even more.

Also, it has come to my attention that the "next blog" link may turn up a blog with really questionable content. I really dislike the idea of linking to unknown drivel. (I don't mind linking to drivel that I KNOW about... ;-))

I have searched and searched for a way to disable the "next blog" link and change the navbar so that the user nickname rather than the email address shows.

I did not find anything about that other than some hacks to remove the navbar entirely. I'm reluctant to do this as it is likely to be a violation of the blogger TOS.

However, I did find a very nice little javascript at Derya's WebResource.axd. I have modified it a little so that the words change depending on whether the navbar is visible or not. The nice thing about this is that it cannot be construed as a violation of the TOS because of the visible link to the blogger navigation bar.

Here is the coding to copy and paste somewhere above <head>:

<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
var showHeader=false;
function ShowHideNav()
{
showHeader=!showHeader;
var nav=document.getElementById("navbar-iframe");
if (showHeader)
{
nav.style.visibility="visible";
nav.style.display="block";
}
else
{
nav.style.visibility="hidden";
nav.style.display="none";
}
var nav=document.getElementById("warning");
if (showHeader)
{
// when the navbar is visible, the phrase after innerHTML will be seen
document.getElementById('warning').innerHTML="Please be wary of "next blog" link - there is questionable content on many blogs";
}
else
{
// when the navbar is invisible, the phrase after innerHTML will be seen
document.getElementById('warning').innerHTML="to search the blog; sign in and out of blogger; etc. etc.";
}
var nav=document.getElementById("showit");
if (showHeader)
{
// When the navbar is visible the word will be "Hide "
document.getElementById('showit').innerHTML="Hide ";
}
else
{
// When the navbar is invisible the word will be "Show "
document.getElementById('showit').innerHTML="Show ";
}

}
</script>
<style type="text/css">
#navbar-iframe {
visibility: hidden;
display: none;
}
</style>


And here is the coding to copy and paste somewhere below <body>

<small><span id="showhide" onclick="ShowHideNav();" title="Please be wary of "next blog" link">
<b><u><span id="showit">Show</span> Blogger Navigation Bar
<a href="http://derya-webresource.blogspot.com" title="derya-webresource.blogspot.com">...</a>
</u></b><br />
<span id="warning">to search the blog; sign in and out of blogger; etc. etc.</span></small>


The result is the following phrase when the navbar is invisible:

Show Blogger Navigation Bar
to search the blog; sign in and out of blogger; etc. etc.


that changes to this when the navbar is visible:

Hide Blogger Navigation Bar
Please be wary of "next blog" link - there is questionable content on many blogs


The words "Show" and "Hide" are housed in a span with the spec id="showit". To change those words, go to the first piece of coding and look for var nav=document.getElementById("showit"); and see the notes below.

The second phrase is housed in a span with the spec id="warning". To change those words, go to the coding in the header and look for var nav=document.getElementById("warning"); and see the notes below that.

I hope this all made sense!!

16 April 2010

To enable Blogger "word verification for comments"

 
*bump*
*bump* (reposted 16 June, 16 Mar, 16 Sept 2009, 16 Nov 2009; 2 Aug, 16 Nov, 2 Jul, 2 Feb 2007; 2 November, 2 Aug, 1 Feb 2006)
*bump* (originally posted 13 September 2005)

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Blogger has added a new, sadly much needed feature to help prevent comment spam. To enable this feature on your Blogger blog, go to

Dashboard --> Change Settings --> Settings --> Comments

and check "yes" for Show word verification for comments. And that's all there is to it.

You can also choose whether or not to allow anonymous posting from a dropdown list beside Who Can Comment? on the Settings --> Comments page. The choices are "only members" (this means one must have a Blogger account to post a comment), "anyone" and "only members of this blog" (this means one must have a Blogger acount AND be a member of the blog). Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an option for disallowing anonymous posts but allowing non blogger accounts to post.

15 April 2010

Display links to recent comments on Blogger sidebar

 
*bump*
(reposted 15 June, 15 March, 15 September, 15 November 2009; 15 September, 15 November, 1 July 2007; 1 November, 1 August, 1 February 2006; 1 October 2005)
(originally posted 17 April 2005)

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You can display links to recent comments on the sidebar by adding the recent comments hack

Add up to 10 links to most recent comments on your blogger sidebar. Go to: Found at:

recent comments hack from bloggerhacks.blogspot.com (http://bloggerhacks.blogspot.com/2004/09/farrago-recent-comments-hack-103.html)

to see how. Select ALL of the following coding. Copy and paste it into your sidebar coding where you want to see the recent comments listed.


<!-- **** FARRAGO RECENT COMMENTS HACK **** -->
<!-- Version 1.03 -->
<!-- Copyright &copy; 2004 Ebenezer Orthodoxy -->
<!-- was at http://boggerhacks.blogspot.com -->
<!-- ************** OPTIONS *************** -->
<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript1.2">
var titleText = "Recent Comments"; // heading on sidebar
var numberToShow = 5; // number of comments to show on sidebar
var displayTemplate = "[name]:<br/>[title]"; // formatting of comment link
var nameIsLink = true; // whether to add links to commenters' profiles
</script>
<!-- ********* CODE DO NOT CHANGE ******** -->
<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript1.2">
var comments=new Array(0);var title = "";
var itemurl = "";
function getSortDate(strDate){var d=new Date(strDate);
var day=''+d.getDate();if(day.length==1)day='0'+day;
var month=''+(d.getMonth()+1);if(month.length==1)
month='0'+month;var hour=''+d.getHours();
if(hour.length==1)hour='0'+hour;var min=''+
d.getMinutes();if(min.length==1)min='0'+min;var sec=''+
d.getSeconds();if(sec.length==1)sec= '0'+sec;
var sortDate=''+d.getFullYear()+month+day+hour+min+sec;
return sortDate;}
function recentComment(t,u,i,a,d){var rcmnt=
document.getElementById('frch'+i).innerHTML;
while(rcmnt.indexOf("\n") > -1)rcmnt=
rcmnt.replace("\n","");while(rcmnt.indexOf(" />") > -1)
rcmnt=rcmnt.replace(" />","/>");
while(rcmnt.indexOf(" <a/>") > -1)rcmnt=
rcmnt.replace(" <a/>","<a/>");var author=a;var pos=
rcmnt.toLowerCase().lastIndexOf('<br><a></a>posted by');
var pos2=
rcmnt.toLowerCase().lastIndexOf('<br><a></a><a></a>');
var pos3=
rcmnt.toLowerCase().lastIndexOf('<br/><a/><a/>');
var pos4=
rcmnt.toLowerCase().lastIndexOf('<br/><a></a><a></a>');
var aoffset=pos+6;if (pos3 > -1) pos2=pos3;
if (pos4 > -1) pos2=pos4;
if (pos2 > -1){pos=pos2;aoffset=
rcmnt.toLowerCase().lastIndexOf('<a><b> </b></a>');
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else expt=rcmnt.replace(/(<([^>]+)>)/ig,"");
author=author.replace("<A ","<a ");
if (expt.length > 50){expt=expt.substr(0,50);
if (expt.lastIndexOf(' ') > -1)
expt=expt.substr(0,expt.lastIndexOf(' '));expt+='...';}
expt=expt.replace('"',"\"");expt=expt.replace("'","\'");
if (!nameIsLink)author=author.replace(/(<([^>]+)>)/ig,"");
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st=st.replace('[name]',author);
st=st.replace('[title]','<a title="'+expt+'" href="'+
u+'#c'+i+'">'+t+'</a>');comments.push(st);}</script>
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<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript1.2">
document.write(titleText+'</h2>');</script>
<Blogger>
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style="visibility:hidden;position:absolute;">
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<script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript1.2">
title=
document.getElementById('frcht<$BlogItemNumber$>').innerHTML;
itemurl='<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>';</script>
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<span id="frch<$BlogCommentNumber$>"
style="visibility:hidden;position:absolute;">
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To customize the hack, look for
var titleText = "Recent Comments"; // heading on sidebar
You can put anything you want inside the quotation marks.

To change the number of recent comments that are shown on the sidebar, look for:
var numberToShow = 5; // number of comments to show on sidebar
Where the "5" is, you can type any number between 1 and 10

To customize what is shown for each link, look for:
var displayTemplate = "[name]:<br/>[title]"; // formatting of comment link
[name] is the name of the commenter; <br/> puts a line break after the name of the commenter; [title] is the title of the post being commented on.

To link to commenters' profiles or not, look for:
var nameIsLink = true; // whether to add links to commenters' profiles
true adds the link; false displays just the commenters' names without linking to their profiles.

28 March 2010

March 2010 blog entries

 
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Moroccan-style Chicken with Couscous (WHB#226: preserved lemons)
summary: recipe for Moroccan-style chicken with preserved lemons and oil-cured olives with whole wheat couscous – based on Anissa Helou's recipe for Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemons in "Mediterranean Street Food"; information about preserved lemons and Weekend Herb Blogging;

Friday, 26 March 2010
Are you going to turn out your lights?
summary: reminder about Earth Hour 2010; suggestions for what to eat while the lights are out;

Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Nigella's Chicken revisited (PPN)
summary: Nigella's chicken (roast chicken, pine nuts, raisins, rosemary and parsley tossed in fresh egg noodles – based on Nigella Lawson's Tagliatelle with Chicken from the Venetian Ghetto); information about Presto Pasta Nights;

Sunday, 21 March 2010
Yes, you can make rasgulla at home!
summary: recipe for homemade rasgulla;

Tuesday, 16 March 2010
our favourite pasta (PPN)
summary: recipe for spaghettini with blackened chilis, rapini and sausage (or broccoli and ham instead of rapini and sausage); information about Presto Pasta Nights

Sunday, 14 March 2010
gluten-free corn bread for Pi Day
summary: recipe for gluten-free corn bread; wonders of chickpea flour; information about Pi Day

Sunday, 7 March 2010
choosing what spice to sprinkle on coffee
summary: Cafe Latte made in a Vesuviana Coffee Maker; favourite spice choices to sprinkle over top;

Monday, 1 March 2010
Is 'fine' seasalt out of fashion?
summary: we bicycled to 4 different supermarkets, in search of "fine" seasalt.

23 February 2010

February 2010 blog entries

 
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
za'tar: a new favourite spice mix
summary: recipe for za'tar; another brief review of "Mediterranean Street Food" by Anissa Helou;

Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Verdi's spinach gnocchi (PPN)
summary: recipe for Verdi's spinach gnocchi, based on a recipe in the Fred Plotkin’s article "Bella Cucina! The Story of a Hungry Maestro" in SAVEUR magazine, issue #123; information about Presto Pasta Nights (PPN)

Friday, 5 February 2010
Do you have any nutella in the cupboard?
summary: information about world nutella day

29 January 2010

January 2010 blog entries

 
Friday, 29 January 2010
chickpea soup with harissa and croutons (MLLA #19)
summary: recipe for chickpea soup with harissa; chickpeas are tender using soaking technique in "Mediterranean Street Food" by Anissa Helou; brief review of this wonderful book; information about My Legume Love Affair and YeastSpotting

Tuesday, 26 January 2010
raisins, curry powder, mango chutney and naan (BBBwB)
summary: recipe for naan with kalonji (nigella seeds); Bread Baking Babes wannaBe; information on Bread Baking Babes;

Monday, 25 January 2010
using dried chickpeas
summary: how to get dried chickpeas to soften; chickpeas that haven’t been soaked overnight;

Saturday, 23 January 2010
what's with the plastic egg carton?!
summary: President's Choice packaging for free-run egg; how much room do the PC hens really have to range?

Friday, 22 January 2010
buttermilk cluster (bookmarked recipe)
summary: bookmarked recipe for buttermilk cluster based on Floyd's "Freshloaf" recipe; submission for YeastSpotting;

Wednesday, 20 January 2010
some remarkable bloggers
summary: bloggers working to raise funds for Haiti; tips for donating; links to relief agencies working in Haiti;

Monday, 18 January 2010
fuhl without favas (MLLA #19)
summary: recipe for Fuhl made with kidney and romano beans and tahini; fuhl can be made with any dried bean; opposing views on soaking techniques: "Brilliant Bean" by Sally & Martin Stone vs. "Mediterranean Street Food" by Anissa Helou; cutting back on meat consumption; information about My Legume Love Affair

Friday, 15 January 2010
re: Earthquake in Haiti
summary: urgent call for donations to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti; information about WFP, Canada and Canadian Aid organizations

Friday, 14 January 2010
prune onion blue cheese tart – revisited
summary: recipe for prune onion blue cheese tarts with whole wheat pastry;

Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Wordless Wednesday: comfort food (13/1/2010)
summary: The ultimate comfort food... claypot chicken

Sunday, 10 January 2010
dhokla (WHB#215: curry leaf)
summary: recipe for dhokla with coconut chutney; information about curry leaf (Murraya koenigii) and Weekend Herb Blogging;

Friday, 8 January 2010
Where to get eggs?
summary: information about "Cage Free", "Chicken Out", egg labelling, Toronto bylaws about backyard chickens;

Thursday, 7 January 2010
winter broccoli rescue
summary: recipe for broccoli with garlic and anchovies - very loosely based on the recipe for purple sprouting broccoli with anchovy and chile dressing in "The River Cottage Cookbook" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; rescue for inferior broccoli;



Wednesday, 6 January 2010
broccoli blahs
summary: broccoli tastes terrible in the winter in Toronto

Tuesday, 5 January 2010
leftovers are the best part of Christmas dinner
summary: comfort food: chicken a la king with puff pastry;

Friday, 1 January 2010
nothing says "Happy New Year!" like paella
summary: Happy New Year; Paella is perfect for New Year’s Eve feast; reminder about the BloggerAid cookbook;

25 January 2010

Do you have ads on your blog?

 
Do you have ads on your blog? I don't; otherwise, I’d definitely join in this terrific idea put together by Marc (Blog Away Hunger), who wrote the following:

Blog Away Hunger

One in seven people on Earth go to bed hungry every night. Blog Away Hunger is a coalition of bloggers from around the world dedicated to spreading the word about this solvable problem while raising money for the World Food Program.

[...]

[A] group of bloggers have come together and will be donating their January ad revenue to aid the Haiti relief efforts. Since ads are paid by the number of pages viewed, you can help by going back through their old posts to increase the amount of ad money donated.


For more information, including a list of bloggers who are donating their ad revenues to the UN's WFP work in Haiti, please see the following:




Or, you can go directly to the WFP and donate:

WFP Help Haiti

15 January 2010

re: Earthquake in Haiti

Here is a list of relief organizations, along with phone numbers and links to online donation pages:
Globe and Mail: How you can help those in Haiti

Sadly, there are many areas of the world where relief is needed:
Relief Web: countries and emergencies

Because of the nature of the crisis, there may be a larger number of donations than usual with regards to the earthquake; please specify "greatest need" on your donation. It's very likely that your donation will go towards helping those in Haiti. However, in the case where there is a surplus (wouldn't that be wonderful?), any amounts labelled "greatest need" can be moved to areas that have not received the same amount of press.

But having said that, please note this announcement from the Canadian Federal government:



The federal government is earmarking up to $50 million to match Canadians' donations of up to $100,000 to charities aiding relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The donations must meet the following requirements:

* Made by an individual Canadian.
* Made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake.
* Specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the earthquake.
* Made between Jan. 12 and Feb. 12, 2010.

The Canadian International Development Agency has more information on Canada's Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.

- CBC: Haitian contacts, relief efforts