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I hate to go all British and talk about the weather, but wow this weather is insane! We've had thunder and lightning storms all week interspersed with a few brilliantly sunny beautiful days. Today has been torrential rain (the Thames is about to burst its banks), rolling thunder that shakes the entire building, lightning, hail storms, and now it's snowing!

All while I listen to Seattle's NPR station KUOW talk about their 79°F sunny weather over the weekend. What's going on?

Naomi says: some scary ass thunder right now
Naomi says: the whole flat was shaking :/
Macsen says: yeah, we have some too
Macsen says: and hail
Macsen says: I've never seen hail like this
Macsen says: it's so heavy it's coated the street
Macsen says: it's fucking *snowing*

You picked a crazy time to come to London, miabella. ;)

Anyway, Sunday evening we used the padron peppers we picked up at Borough Market to make the Basque dish Merluza a la Gallega. Next time we decided we would use more wine and onions in the cooking, but otherwise it came out great.


50ml/2fl oz olive oil
2 onions, sliced thinly
6 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tsp paprika
1 x 15cm/6in pimientos de padron or other tiny green peppers (or 1 large pepper, diced)
900g/2lb floury new potatoes, scraped and halved lengthways
85ml/3fl oz dry white wine, such as Albarino
300ml/10fl oz water
8 x 100g/4oz or 4 x 225g/8oz hake steaks (we used lightly salted cod)
salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat the olive oil in a terracotta cazuela or a shallow flameproof casserole.
2. Add the onions and garlic and cook gently until soft.
3. Add the paprika and fry for 2-3 minutes, then add the chorizo sausage and green peppers and fry for another 3-4 minutes.
4. Stir in the potatoes, then pour in the wine and water, season with some salt and pepper and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the potatoes are just tender and the liquid has reduced a little.
5. Season the hake steaks well on both sides. Put them on top of the potatoes, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the hake is cooked through.

We also managed to finally watch Adaptation., via screenselect. Meryl Streep, how I love you.

Later at around 10pm that evening I developed one of the worst migraines I've ever experienced (I used to get them frequently from ages 10-18, but they've decreased over the past few years). High light and sound sensitivity, nausea, and unusually this one felt worse when I layed down, so I ended up not sleeping for most of the night. I took as many advil as allowed, but it didn't make a blind bit of difference. It didn't go away fully until late the next evening, meaning I had to miss out on meeting up with heuteistmeintag during his brief pass through London, which was disappointing. As I said to him on the phone, "we'll probably run into each other again somewhere in Europe."
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On May 4th, 2004 09:05 am (UTC), justcallmebethy commented:
Don't feel bad about talking about the weather. :-) I love the weather over there. Weather here is boring. Always hot :-/

Have you tried taking Excedrine Migrane? I get migranes like that and it seems to at least bring the pain down to a level that I can sleep.
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On May 4th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I couldn't live anywhere that didn't have seasons - I love seasons. :)

sorry to hear you're another migraine sufferer! I used to take excedrin migraine when I lived in the states, but I haven't been able to find it here.. then again I haven't had many migraines since I moved here so I haven't searched very hard. I'll have to try looking again.
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On May 4th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC), jklein77 commented:
You hate going British talking bout the weather...but now I, italian and foreigner, understand you people. This is just crazy and unpredictable, a metaphor of life I dare say.
Nice to have met you...
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On May 4th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Where in Italy are you? Maybe it is crazy weather all over Europe. true, that is a metaphor of life, especially in the last few years..

Nice to meet you too. :)
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On May 5th, 2004 03:03 am (UTC), jklein77 replied:
I wish I could stay in Italy right now, but it happened that I came to London, and here I am, joining the same weather as you, or the same metaphor probably

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On May 5th, 2004 01:54 am (UTC), gulch commented:
Yeah, crazy indeed this weather. Last week, when the thunder hit, I was having a brief afternoon doze upstairs when I was woken by some kind of formless premonition, a sense that something big was about to happen. A couple of seconds later was the biggest thunder-crack I'd ever heard. No, not a crack, a boom, perhaps a crack of doom, it swelled up through the ground and burst into the sky, I could've sworn a bomb had just gone off a couple of miles away in Sheffield city centre. I listened to the news on the radio for the next couple of hours just to reassure myself that it hadn't.

And then yesterday... the weather changes got hyperactive. I set off to collect the girls from school, rain was falling and the sky fairly dull. By the time I'd got there, three minutes later, the sky was all glorious sunshine and not a sign of rain. Went inside to get Lola, came out five minutes later, raining again. And on our walk home, in the words of Incey Wincey Spider, out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain. Later in the early evening I headed up to the allotment and the crazy switcharound continued, saw the most amazing rainbow ascending from the heart of Sheffield behind me.

It's funny the whole British & the weather thing... here I am filled with hyperbole at these apparently unusual spells of weather, but if I cast my mind back things probably weren't that different last year or the year before - OK, maybe with the odd dramatic exception, but if I'm honest with myself then every year I can remember sudden warm patches early in the year, followed by a swift resumption of winter, and every year people say "isn't this weather strange". I think we British suffer from seasonal amnesia. At least it gives us something to talk about. And at least, following the last couple of weeks, our potatoes are well watered in.

I got some piquillo peppers (skinned sweet red peppers in oil) in Spain. Found that a heavenly way to eat them was just marinaded for a few hours (or a day or two) in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with some finely-sliced garlic and chopped parsley (thanks to the Moro cookbook for that one).

I'd really like to see Adaptation, although MJH, whose opinion I rate very highly, said that he was a disappointed by it, he didn't like the way the second half of the film falls into the very trap that it's sending up (from what I've heard of the film, this is intentional, but he said he didn't like the way it was done). I did go and see Charlie Kaufman's latest, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, last Friday. It was good, although not quite as good as I'd hoped, call it a 4/5. I certainly don't agree with Peter Bradshaw's review in the Guardian, that it's filled with uneccessary visual tricks and gimmickry, but I do think that there's something lacking at the heart of the story. Very enjoyable all the same.

I also felt really ill on Sunday evening. But its entirely my own fault - a day eating far too much and drinking constant glasses of wine meant that I was up all night with a headache feeling very, very sick.
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On May 10th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It is funny you mention that, because I wondered to myself if I were experiencing seasonal amnesia. I still don't remember last spring being quite so schizo with the alternating hail and sun, though. I may joke about it, but I honestly don't think the British are the only ones preoccupied with weather discussion; Seattlites talk about it just as often, perhaps more. Similar climate to London too.

I want an allotment! We've talked about getting one, at least until we get a house and garden of our own. I saw a programme about allotments in London and it seemed to have a great community atmosphere, everyone cooking the food they grew together in big outdoor picnics.

It is recommended that the padron peppers are lightly fried in olive oil and sea salt and eaten simply, one by one. We will try the rest like that, it is apparently like Russian Roulette as to whether you get a scalding hot or mild pepper.

I love the Moro Cookbook. I wonder why they changed the cover, though? We bought ours a few years ago and it has an elegant simple light brown cover with a design in the centre (just found a photo).

Adaptation. I understand where MJH is coming from, but yes the point of the film is that this shift is intentional. I won't tell any spoilers, but I think perhaps the way it was done could have been pulled off better. I wouldn't say it's my favorite Kaufman film (and I have yet to see Eternal Sunshine), but I still thought it was entertaining and certainly worth watching.

I hope you're feeling better (and if you're not, man that's one hell of a hangover!) ;)
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On May 10th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC), nomi replied:
on a side note..
I belong to a lot of online photo communities and photos of disposed creepy dolls exactly like that seem to crop up all around the world. I swear I've never seen dolls like them for sale new anywhere.

I feel even more creeped out now.
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On May 10th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC), gulch replied:
Re: on a side note..
Yeah, a friend of mine used to collect things like that - in fact, I used to live in his flat in London for about 10 months a year, and there were lots of disfigured dolls & my little ponies strung up around the front door.

He's since moved to Canada (Hornby Island - I think I mentioned him to you before), but he saw my website the other day and, guess what, asked me to send him a print of that photo. Rowan and I were just busy making a postcard out of it tonight.
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On May 10th, 2004 02:48 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Migraines are never fun... I've had them for years, along with tension, allergy, and other fun headaches. I've found that 2 Extra-Strength Tylenols (500mg) and 1 Advil/Motrin (200mg) with some iced tea (or other caffeinated beverage) will clear up just about any headache I get. I was prescribed Imitrex, a prescription migraine pill, but it didn't work at all--it just made me feel drunk.

Laying down usually makes my headaches worse, so I feel your pain with not being able to sleep. Although sitting in a dark room on a comfortable chair will usually help too. I'm sure you've heard your fair share of "remedies" too, so feel free to ignore me. ;)

-Stephen (http://stephen.speedwebdesign.com/)
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On August 4th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Oh, gosh, it sounds like you have it even worse than I do. :(

I think the worst part about laying down with a headache is trying to get back up, the rush of blood is agonizing. Thank you for your suggestions, I'll make a note of them for the inevititable next time.

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On May 10th, 2004 03:38 am (UTC), starlitgem commented:
hi, how are you?
i love your pictures.
where are you originally from again?
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On August 4th, 2004 07:08 am (UTC), nomi replied:
(Delayed response courtesy lj comment lag -- grr.)

I'm good, thanks. I'm originally from the Seattle area.
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On July 18th, 2004 01:22 am (UTC), dawaioser commented:
*Waves Hello*
I found your journal while surfing through friends lists'. What beautiful content you have and your photography is excellent. I took the liberty of visiting your web site...gorgeous work. I have many different photographers on my friends list. Here is one you might enjoy looking at:

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On August 4th, 2004 07:09 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: *Waves Hello*
(Delayed response courtesy lj comment lag -- grr.)

Anyway, thank you for the compliments. I've come across mylastsigh in the past, but I will check out their new work. Thanks for remminding me of them. :)
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