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tonight, tonight [May. 5th, 2006|11:01 am]
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I woke up congested, headachey and sore-throaty, which bodes ill for our show tonight, argh.

You're coming, right? Of course you are.

To clarify: we're playing two forty-five minute sets, so while it's true that we start at 8, you needn't feel compelled to be there on the dot, as we'll be playing the same set again at 9 =) Also, it's free! Did we mention that? And our sets finish up before Tranz even opens, so you can totally do both. And we'll have copies of the CD available, four days early, yay!

See you tonight!

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this Friday, a Reliquary show [May. 2nd, 2006|08:06 am]
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We'll be playing a couple sets at Four White Walls this Friday, from around 8pm to 10pm. It's a free show (part of First Friday), so you should come check it out!

Also, if you were dying to get your hot little hands on a CD, we'll have them on sale! Yes, this is your chance to pick up a CD 4 days early =)

Hope to see you there!

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many happy returns [Apr. 18th, 2006|12:01 pm]
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Happy birthday, Loki!

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the Cooperstown gig [Oct. 21st, 2005|10:20 am]
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Just a note: if you want to support Reliquary at the Cooperstown gig tomorrow night, the way to do that is to buy tickets from a bandmember, or Jeremy. We'll try to work with you to get you your tickets, but this presale thing was all sort of last minute, so we appreciate your patience.

The event starts at 5, but we're not going on until 9. If you're interested in seeing the whole event, or in arriving earlier than, say, 7-ish, let me know. Please leave a comment if you're interested in getting tickets, and we'll see what we can do!

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

originally posted on splinters

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awesomely good potato salad [Aug. 22nd, 2005|03:25 pm]
I was in a potato mood tonight, and I couldn't decide between roasted potatoes and potato salad. I went with the latter, with a dressing not entirely unlike pickle brine, except not salty: sort of a sweet-and-sour-with-dill thing.

I assure you, it was sublime.

I'm going to have to make this again, and do real measurements so I can post a real recipe, but basically I diced up about eight yukon gold potatoes (a little bigger than golf-ball sized, but smaller than tennis balls) and boiled them with plenty of salt for about 15 minutes (12 or 13 would have been better, I think -- they came out a wee bit overcooked.)

Meanwhile, I mixed up the dressing: a three-to-one ratio of cider vinegar and sugar (I ended up using about nine tablespoons of vinegar and three of sugar), plus a teaspoon or so of dried dill, a biggish pinch of kosher salt and a goodly amount of black pepper.

When the potatoes were done, I drained them, dumped them in a bowl, then immediately poured on the dressing and tossed them, because hot potatoes are sponges for the vinegary goodness. There was a ton of dressing in the bottom of the bowl, but because the potatoes were overcooked, some of them sort of fell apart and made a thick, gooey, tasty sludge at the bottom, which was way better than it sounds. Also, it was a little under-salted, so I sprinkled on some grey salt.

I ate some while it was still warm, and the vinegar had a nice punch without being overwhelming. The rest I popped in the fridge. I just tasted it, and the vinegar had mellowed a bit, but the dill now came out nicely.

This one is a keeper. It's fat-free, obviously, but so incredibly tasty. I'd like to experiment with different vinegars -- can you imagine a champagne vinegar, or malt vinegar? mmmmmm! -- and also fresh dill.

originally posted on splinters

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another reliquary show [May. 31st, 2005|07:00 pm]
Yep, we have another show coming up, and it's only because I have early-onset Alzheimer's that I haven't told you about this sooner.

Friday 10 June
at The Brickhouse
1 East Jackson St., Phoenix :: 602-268-7880
with Second Skin and Audra
this is an ALL AGES show! (bar w/ID)
$8 at the door
doors at 8 :: our set starts at 9

Hope you can come see us at a show in which we're [finally] not playing the Mason Jar or Bookman's =)

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recipe : sunomono [May. 19th, 2005|11:42 am]
I love cucumbers. I love the cool crunch and the delicate flavor and the seemingly endless things you can do with them, not the least of which is pickles. These are a kind of quick* japanese pickled salad (sunomono means "vinegared things") that makes a delicious side for a light lunch.

* Well, I say quick. There's actually quite a bit of hands-off time (a couple hours); the prep time is about 20 minutes.

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special stuff needed: none


1 English cucumber
1 tbsp salt
9 tbsp rice wine vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
6-10 drops dark sesame oil

  1. Peel the cucumber, if you like. (If you got the kind that comes wrapped in plastic, it's not necessary. If you had to get the waxed kind, you should definitely peel it.) Slice the cucumer lengthwise, then crosswise in very thin slices. A mandoline is very handy here, but your knife skills are probably better than mine.

  2. Place the cucumber in a wire mesh strainer or colander and sprinkle with the salt. Let stand for an hour (or more). This does two things: it draws the moisture out of the cucumer, so that the delicate dressing stands a better chance, and it also crisps the slices slightly. Don't freak out about the amount of salt; most of it drains away with the liquid.

  3. In the meantime, whisk together the remaining ingredients (vinegar through sesame oil) until the sugar dissolves.

  4. Drain the cucumber slices well. Transfer to a small bowl, pour on dressing, cover and chill for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.

  5. Before serving, taste and correct seasoning -- it may need a wee pinch more salt.

And that's it! You can also add other ingredients for a more flavorful or substantial salad:

  • 1 shallot, very thinly sliced

  • 1/4 to 1/2 small red onion, quarted and very thinly sliced

  • 1 green onion, both green and white parts, sliced thinly on the diagonal

  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

  • 1/2 cup lump crabmeat

  • 1/2 cup tiny salad shrimp, cooked (or the precooked frozen kind, thawed)

  • 1/2 pound tofu, cubed

  • etc.

Serves 2 as a side dish, or 1 if it's me. Also scales up nicely.

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emulsifyyyy [May. 4th, 2005|02:54 pm]
I wrecked my back yesterday cleaning the spare room (I know! I've marked my calendar too!), so I'm taking it kind of easy today.

"Easy" includes making a warm potato salad of my own devising, with a balsamic vinaigrette. I am exulting in the fact that today (another calendar marker!) I have achieved an emulsion without resorting to gadgetry! Yes, I, armed only with a whisk, I have created a beautifully emulsified mix of vinegar and oil!

the beautiful emulsion

Rejoice with me!

originally posted on splinters

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change [Apr. 23rd, 2005|09:42 am]
Sometimes, you just want to do something different.

I was starting to feel like the multitude of blogs and journals I was maintaining was fragmenting me. Once upon a time, it seemed to make sense; plus it was an excuse to stretch design muscles. Now it just feels wrong. So splinters is re-absorbing babble-mode and FoodGirl (PlantGirl is deader than my windowbox).

Sadly, the new and improved splinters can't live in the root of the site just yet, because I can't figure out a way to import all the two thousand-plus entries into WordPress, but I also don't want to just kill the archives. Therefore, everything will live here until I get it sorted.

If you're reading this via feed in, for example, LiveJournal, you should (soon) get the full post, with formatting, pictures and the whole nine yards. I still don't get notification of comments, though, so if you comment to a feed rather than here, it may take me a while to notice it.

Anyway. I'm hoping the new version of splinters, which is remarkably similar to the original version of splinters, is more fun for me to maintain, and more entertaining for you to read.

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listen up! [Jan. 19th, 2005|02:45 pm]
If you're in the Cincinatti area, or can listen to streaming radio online, my friend, the lovely and uber-talented DJ Lauren, will be playing some Reliquary tuneage on her show this Saturday, January 22. Her show runs from 1pm to 3pm Eastern time (11am to 1pm Arizona time!) -- be sure to check it out!

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