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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 09:52:02 AM EST) Museums, George Foreman, Multipoll (all tags)

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Went to see Gothic Nightmares at Tate Britain. Pretty big, comprehensive exhibition of British Gothic art of the late 18th and early 19th century. It's rescued from being too samey with a judicious sprinkling of caricatures and a small wall of erotica. Certainly interesting to walk through, though only Blake's work really stands out as genuinely inspired: the rest of it seems a bit button-pushing. The centerpiece Fuseli's "The Nightmare" doesn't really do anything for me.

Certainly worth looking at if you're interested in Fantasy art or literature, and even the cheesiest stuff has quite a lot of entertainment value. Art puritans probably wouldn't find it too impressive though.

Theodore Von Holst: Bertalda Frightened by Apparitions William Blake: The Blasphemer Henry Fuseli: The Nightmare James Gillray: Tales of Wonder!

Not too crowded or hot. A few painting-hogs who stand with the noses four inches from the canvas for ages. High child count. Very low tourist count, possibly due to the season, possibly due to the lack of big names. No actual Goths or babygoths in evidence at all, though that may be due to me getting there at 10 AM on a Sunday morning.

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On a whim, signed up for membership of the Tate. Not really a sensible decision: even with the two London galleries I won't be able to make my money back. Should save a fair bit of time queuing though, and it might be handy to be able to revisit exhibitions once the opening fuss has died down.

As I expected, the members-only room at Tate Britain isn't anything much. As with the British Museum, the members' rooms are shabbier and more run down than the glisteningly modern and profitable public cafés. At least the BM has comfy armchairs and free tea and coffee: Tate Britain just has a pay coffee-and-sandwich stall. The Tate Modern one apparently has a better view though. Will let you know.

Finally got around to trying some grilled chicken breast in the George Foreman grill. Imagined it would be pretty dry (it's pretty dry when steamed) and tasteless (without skin). Actually found it surprisingly good: was pretty moist and succulent on the inside, rather like a roast, and pretty tasty too. Method: sprinkle a little salt, black pepper and some paprika on the outside, grill on medium high for 12 minutes. Wipe the grill down with paper towels (dry-moist-dry) as soon as it's cooled.

Super-healthy too: I calculate 147kcal, 33.6g protein per portion (143g breast).

Also tried doing tuna steaks in it, without as much success. These are a bit too dry: tried the first one neat and the second one with lime juice, but I think they could do with a proper marinade. Which would mean venturing far too far in the direction of proper cooking for me. Still fairly tasty though, and similarly healthy (139kcal, 33g protein per 129g portion).

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The nightmare by joh3n (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 09:56:05 AM EST
is also on my current copy of the Fortean Times.  w00t


Tuna steaks by Herring (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 10:39:09 AM EST
How long did you cook them for? They should be rare for that intestinal-parasite goodness.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

A long time by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 10:50:07 AM EST
Might try them rarer next time.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Dunno about a GF Grill by Herring (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 11:42:00 AM EST
but ypically for frying tuna steaks, times of 60 seconds per side are common (depending up thickness).

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Raw tuna == teh bomb by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 12:44:34 PM EST
This is a fact, much like the cardinality of Beijing bicycles.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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What's that. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Feb 21, 2006 at 01:26:39 AM EST
There are 9 million ring roads round Beijing?

I always eat tuna raw; just open the can, drain, and add a little mayonnaise.

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Marinades aren't that hard by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 11:07:46 AM EST
Get ziploc (or UKian equivalent bag).

Put tuna and marinade in bag.

Wait several hours or a day.


Exactly by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 11:13:32 AM EST
They involve preparing stuff in advance. You have to remember to buy food items in combination with other items. You have to either buy a pre-made marinade which will hang around for ages, or else ingredients only 10% of which will ever be used. It's all far too complicated to do on a regular basis.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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No salad dressing, oil, vingar, lemon juice by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 11:21:14 AM EST
sitting around?

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Easy marinade: by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 02:37:08 PM EST
Orange juice, red wine.

Or just lime juice.

It makes all the difference.

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Tuna by Man (4.00 / 2) #6 Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 11:14:14 AM EST
Just as well as it's not a good habit to be in. Recently there was a study in the SF Bay Area that showed a certain segment of the population had dangerously high mercury levels in their blood due to replacing beef and chicken with fish like swordfish, mahi mahi and ahi for "health reasons". (The people who got in real trouble were eating it daily.)

BTW: I'm too lazy to look up your old diary, but I wanted to comment: I listened to an NPR interview with two scientists involved in the recent fat study. Turns out that the press headline that "Study shows cutting fat does not reduce cancer rates" is mostly a case press idiocy. An accurate headline would have been "Study fails to show cancer reduction due to reduced fat". In terms of actual numbers, they saw a 9% drop in the cancer rate in the low-fat group, but it would have had to be 10% to be statistically significant. So the people who actually ran the study still believe that low-fat diets reduce cancer...they just think they need a broader study to prove it.

Unfortunately the press doesn't understand that there's a huge statistical grey area between "low-fat diet proved beneficial" and "low-fat diet proved not beneficial". Looking at the numbers, it seems more likely that low-fat diets do reduce breast cancer's just that it's still reasonably possible that they don't.

Mad way of cooking tuna someone showed me by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Feb 21, 2006 at 12:26:00 AM EST
Cut it really thinly then sit it in lemon juice. The acid "cooks" it. Tastes amazing. I'd make sure the tuna is very fresh, it's probably slightly risky.

The Tate Modern members room is meant to be a great place to go for a drink, views etc. Not sure how many guests you'll be able to take though.

The gothic art exhibition doesn't appeal to me, you could say I'm being a snob or you could say the paintings are whimsicle crap. Blake is OK, but I have problems with him as well - he was a proto-hippy.

It's political correctness gone mad!

The George Foreman grill by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Feb 21, 2006 at 01:14:08 AM EST
Is our last best hope for avoiding climate change, solving famine, and ending war.  If you do not already have one, you hate children and like to hurt small furry animals.  That is undeniable.

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