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30 Jun 16:59

Girl Scouts group returns $100K after donor demands they exclude trans girls

by Maya Dusenbery

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington recently received a generous gift of $100,000 with a shitty stipulation from the donor: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls.” If you can’t, please return the money.” 

‘Cause nothing says altruism like using your wealth to try to coerce others into discriminating against children. The troop’s CEO duly returned the donation. As she explained, “Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.” Simple enough.

They could really use that 100K though. It’s almost a third of their entire financial assistance program and would send 500 Girl Scouts who otherwise couldn’t afford it to summer camp. Check out our their Indiegogo fundraiser and help them make back — and surpass — the difference. That’s certainly what karma in this case demands.

29 Jun 06:44

Miika, 30

“I'm wearing a suit by Johanna Eskelinen and shoes by Prada. I'm inspired by disco, broght colours and prints.”

22 May 2015, Pre Helsinki

17 Jun 22:42

Thursday Tipples 09 / Apple Pie Pimms

by Lisa Manche
Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

The seasonal differences between us in Australia and you guys in the Northern Hemisphere can cause a significant amount of envy for me, especially since I started reading food blogs 8 years ago. Recently I’ve seen dozens of recipes for popsicles and ice cream using fresh berries, but meanwhile here it is all about pumpkin, pears and soup. And while do I appreciate the different seasons and all that they bring, I just like warm weather and stone fruit way more!!

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

To me Pimms is a quintessential summer drink - traditionally served with strawberries, cucumber and lemonade, but this month’s Thursday Tipples cocktail is inspired by the classic Apple Pie. It's a tasty little drink and a nice way to bridge the seasons. I think it can be enjoyed no matter what time of year it is. The cinnamon spiced syrup gives it a sort of warm wintery vibe but it's also fun and refreshing.

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

The ingredients play well with each other, a great balance of tart and sweet. It doesn't really taste boozy so you'll have to watch yourself with these ones! If you're in the southern hemisphere, I think it's perfect to serve at a wintery lunch or if you're not, maybe a July 4th celebration. If you're making it for a party you could serve it in a pitcher with apple slices like the more traditional Pimms. Happy Thursday!

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

Apple Pie Pimms
Serves 1, can be scaled up

  • 60ml Pimms
  • 60ml cloudy apple juice
  • 30ml cinnamon simple syrup (see below)
  • 15ml lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Dry apple cider (sparkling) or ginger ale, to top up
  • Apple slices and cinnamon stick, to garnish
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
To make the simple syrup, combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and bring to the boil. Allow to boil for a few minutes until slightly syrupy. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Remove the cinnamon sticks before using. Can be stored in the fridge indefinitely.

To make the cocktail, combine Pimms, apple juice, cinnamon simple syrup, lemon juice and ice in a  cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds, strain into a serving glass with more ice. Top up with apple cider and garnish with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

18 Jun 14:00

Chart of the Day: Women get only 2-3 percent of TV sports news coverage

by Maya Dusenbery

According to the latest update in a 25-year-long study, TV sports news and highlights shows, like ESPN’s SportsCenter, devote under 5 percent of their coverage to women’s sports. That’s actually less than it was back in 1989. 

pie chart of coverage by sportI have a piece up at Pacific Standard today about some of the other findings from the research. The key takeaway, I think, is that this media silence—combined with the lack of enthusiasm displayed in the rare instances when women’s sports are covered—is actively thwarting the development of knowledgeable and committed fan bases for women’s athletics. The public seems to agree—in another new survey, most said the media deserved the blame for the lack of attention paid to women’s sports.

21 Jun 22:57


by mugumogu

Hana has a beautiful profile.

But Maru......

Maru:[Don't compare!]

27 Jun 17:16

Sky Mountain Hand Made Noodle Restaurant, Ashfield

Fergus Noodle

This place is good

A small, low key restaurant on Ashfields busy Liverpool Road, Sky Mountain Hand Made Noodle Restaurant at first appears as just another Chinese restaurant but it isn't. The menu is an extremely well priced mix of food from Yunnan, Shanghai and Chengdu and is a popular place for those homesick and seeking food from their homeland or those curious about Chinese cuisine beyond Cantonese.
15 Jun 21:00

Stewart likes to dress up! submitted by Lisa

Stewart likes to dress up! submitted by Lisa

15 Jun 17:22

6 of Sydney's Most Fun Sweet Specialists That You Just Have To Try!

Fergus Noodle

We should do muffins and gelato. I've wanted to go to the eclair shop for ages

Come and take a look at six of the most intriguing and fun sweet specialists in Sydney. From crazy topped donuts delivered straight to your home or office, to a place that makes delicious steamed muffins with a surprise inside to Greek style gelato (hello watermelon & feta!) to colourful bejewelled eclairs and caramel, toffee or chocolate covered apples this guide will have you swooning over Sydney's sweet scene. Send this sweet guide to your favourite sweet-tooth!
14 Jun 16:57

Ilona, 39

“I'm wearing my favorite look from my Miun AW1415 collection. I like the casualness of it, the durable material, and the fact that I can layer it with a dress shirt, for example. I mostly wear my own designs; casual, sporty and simple ones. It's a great way to test measurements and materials.”

20 May 2015, Pre Helsinki

14 Jun 16:57

Viivi, 28

“I'm wearing a knit and jacket by Kenzo, Customellow shorts with Minna Parikka sneakers and bag. I just wear what ever feels right at the moment. The coming summer and it's colours inspire me if anything.”

20 May 2015, Pre Helsinki

11 Jun 01:24

Words on Wednesday[Thursday] and other bits.

by (Merlesworld)
Fergus Noodle

My dad's modelling is good

 The storm was wild and woolie but the two little field mice were warm and dry in their tunnels under the root of the huge oak tree but the rain would crawl up to the entrance and flood their cosy home if it didn't stop soon.
Tommy and Susan were their names and they had lived there a long time and had never seen so much rain before, they were a fearless couple but the river of water rushing past their front door on both sides of the tree had them worried.
Tommy let out a joyous yell, the sun was trying to shine and the rain had slowed to a light patter their would be safe now.

 The beer fairy has very cold feet so I saw these in Kmart the other day, I've seen children's ones but not big ones before, he thinks they are fun and they do keep his feet warm, so  I said do a modeling job and I will record it for ever and this is what he came up with, you never know what hidden talents  they have do you lets hope they stay hidden in his case.

 well that's enough of that.

 I built a path so I can peg out the washing without getting my feet wet, as I often do it in my slippers.

 Nothing happened with the ponds yet.

 I think that chicken follows me around and makes a mess when I leave a spot.
 My dragon moved into the Asian part of the garden.
 And this slightly broken bridge from when we owned a fish tank many years ago, I saw a lizard using it to cross the mighty river but wasn't quick enough to get him on film.

11 Jun 15:29

Firedoor, Surry Hills

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
You could say that Firedoor is the hottest restaurant in Surry Hills right now - dotted with food journalists, celebrities and chefs every night of the week - but that would ignore the real reason they're here: Lennox Hastie. His obsession with fire is at the heart of Firedoor. This is a kitchen without gas or electric stoves, a concept not seen before in Sydney. This is a kitchen where all the
02 Jun 17:42

Luscious Quince & Apple Golden Syrup Self Saucing Pudding!

Fergus Noodle

I'm gonna make the hell out of this

This heavenly quince and apple pudding was so good that we made it two nights in a row. The base is made up of tender pieces of quince and apple and it is topped with a light, buttery golden syrup topping. The bonus is of course the butterscotch sauce that sits at the bottom of the dish making this a one pot wonder.
31 May 23:00


by mugumogu

Maru:[Of course, ]

Maru:[I am in the box.]

Maru:[And I can't come out of this.]

Maru:[Am I possibly in this box throughout my life? Ok, it's not a problem so much.]

24 May 14:04

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst [15]

by Susan Thye
Fergus Noodle

I've wanted to go here for ages

Have I ever told you guys the story about how I never used to eat cheese? The parentals don’t like cheese so by association I never ate it as a kid. Do you know what a Maccas junior burger is? A cheeseburger minus the cheese. It was no wonder I hated Maccas and it was only at the end of primary did I realise the magical powers of cheese after finally trying a cheese toastie.

And that was my segue to my visit to Buffalo Dining Club, a mozzarella bar for all the cheese lovers out there! I’ve visited Buffalo several years ago but this time I’d managed to drag the boy along because look! Giant wheel of cheese!

The Cacio e Pepe ($20) catches the eye of everyone in the room when the wheel of Grano Padano is carried out to our table and the spaghetti with olive oil, salt and pepper is mixed right in front of us. As the spaghetti is mixed in the wheel, flakes of parmesan is scraped off and transforms this amazingly simple but oh so tasty pasta. I could eat this every single day!

From the cold meat options which runs from mortadella, salamis and Jamon, I choose the San Daniele Prosciutto (60g/$9) which are delicate, thinly sliced ribbons that just about melts in the mouth. I instantly regretted not upsizing to a larger portion.

I can never resist ordering Burrata ($20) whenever I see it (other cheeses offered were Scarmoza, Buffalo, Caprino, Ciambella al Tarfuto) and picked Tempura Cauliflower and Pecorino crusted eggplant as the accompanying sides, because well, deep fry = win. The cheese also comes with some bread and crostini and a dollop of spicy nduja paste.

OOOOZY!!! Oh how I love burrata, so creamy and so deeeeelicious!

We’re also brought a jar of Buffalo’s own Chilli sauce which is pretty darn addictive, with a good amount of heat balanced with a truckload of garlic and sweetness of capsicum.

I couldn’t resist ordering the Buffalo Ricotta Gnocchi ($20) and it did not disappoint, the gnocchi was like little fluffy pillows of happiness and the napoletana sauce was rich but not overpowering.

Aaaand I had to get the Tiramisu ($10) which while creamy, was surprisingly light though I did wish there was a tad more booze in it heh

Buffalo Dining Club is pretty cosy and gets absolutely packed for dinner so if you’re like me and have issues with people and small spaces, then rocking up for lunch on a Saturday is your best option :P

Buffalo Dining Club
116 Surrey St,

Trading Hours:
Weds – Sat: midday – 11pm

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26 May 22:48


by mugumogu

Hey Maru, you are like the Japanese office worker who got drunk.

Maru:[Oh my...]

27 May 01:35



27 May 14:25

The Politics of Facial Hair

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Recently we ran a graph showing the evolution of facial hair trends starting in 1842. It showed that about 90% of men wore facial hair in the late 1800s, but it was a trend that would slowly die. By 1972, when the research was published, almost as many were clean shaven.

So, why did facial hair fall out of fashion?

Sociologist Rebekah Herrick gives us a hypothesis. With Jeanette Mendez and Ben Pryor, she investigated the stereotypes associated with men’s facial hair and the consequences for U.S. politicians. Facial hair is rare among modern politicians. “Currently,” they noted, “fewer than five percent of the members of the U.S. Congress have beards or mustaches” and no president has sported facial hair since William Howard Taft left office in 1913, before women had the right to vote.

Using an experimental method, Herrick and her colleagues showed people photographs of similarly appearing politicians with and without facial hair, asking them how they felt about the men and their likely positions. They found that potential voters perceived men with facial hair to be more masculine and this was a double edged sword. Higher ratings of masculinity were correlated with perceptions of competence, but also concerns that the politicians were less friendly to women and their concerns.

In other words, the more facial hair, the more people worry that a politician might be sexist:

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In reality, facial hair has no relationship to a male politician’s voting record. They checked. The research suggests, though, that men in politics — maybe even all men — would be smart to pay attention to the stereotypes if they want to influence how others see them.

Thanks to my friend, Dmitriy T.C., for use of his face!

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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30 May 17:03

Kanazawa gold leaf soft serve, giant seafood and the Ninja Temple

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

I love Kanazawa

A soft serve cone covered in edible gold leaf?! You bet we ate one. Cos if you're gonna add bling to your street snacks, it may as well be the 24 karat kind. It's no coincidence we found this beauty in Kanazawa which translates as "marsh of gold" in Japanese. They've been making gold leaf here since the late 1500s. Today the city is responsible for 99% of all gold leaf produced in Japan. The
24 May 17:15

Meet My Suburb: Parramatta

Fergus Noodle

Parramatta is cool now

When the hipsters move in, you know that a place is a changing. The city of Parramatta is one that is growing along with their population. With a large overseas born population, Parramatta's food offerings are diverse. Come with me as I explore it with local artist Tom Polo and discover where to find lunch for $2, coffee roasters, Cuban sandwiches, Polish goodies and North Eastern Chinese cuisine that you eat with a gloved hand!
24 May 14:27

Toyama black ramen, firefly squid and a Cheap Eats cover story for Good Food

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

Some very exciting soft serves

I'm back. If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know I've just returned from a three-week holiday in Japan. The buy-one-get-one-free Jetstar sale tickets were too hard to resist. What did we do? Ate non-stop. We licked our way through a couple of soft serves too. Premium gyumeshi 480 yen (AU$5.20) with spicy sauce, green onions and egg with free miso soup We landed at Narita
18 May 17:41

Searching High and Low For The Best Pizza In Sydney!

Fergus Noodle

They ate an insane amount of pizza

Pull up a chair and have a drink and a pizza ready for this story. This pizza challenge was years in the making and saw us crossing all over town to find the Sydney's best pizza. And we mean the really good Italian Napoletana style pizza. We went north, west and inner city for a fun day of pizza tastings, shenanigans and pizza highs. This is the long story of 10 hours of eating pizza and what can happen if you are crazy enough to do it!
22 May 01:45

Food Tripping in Melbourne

by Lisa Manche
Fergus Noodle

I really wanna go to Melbourne and have a donut time

melbourne | spicyicecream

Melbourne is one of my favourite places to visit, and it seemed crazy that I hadn't been there since 2012. I love that there are always your old favourite places to revisit, and always plenty of new ones too. While this was only a very quick trip, I was excited to try some of the new restaurants that have popped up in the meantime. This time I was travelling with my housemate K - a girly trip full of food, shopping, cocktails and exploring. So here's a collection of photos from my iPhone and camera of some of my favourite things that we ate.

doughboys, melbourne | spicyicecream
doughboys, melbourne | spicyicecream

Do you follow Doughboys on Instagram? You really should. I definitely knew that these doughnuts were something I had to try. Doughboys are available at several cafes around Melbourne, but I visited their main outpost at the Mercat Cross Hotel and got three to take home - Blue Roast, Butterscotch and Bullseye, which ended up being our favourite. You can also get a 'Doughsundae' with a scoop of Gelato Messina. Please please open up in Sydney!

Doughboys Doughnuts on Urbanspoon

Doughboys Doughnuts, 456 Queen St Melbourne

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Also at the Mercat Cross Hotel I was happily surprised to find Fancy Hank's BBQ sharing the large light-filled space upstairs. I immediately wished I was hungrier or with a group of friends to allow me to try more of the meats on offer, and maybe some cocktails too. But I couldn't pass up the 'Fancy Sanga' with brisket, cheese, onion, pickles, mustard and sauce. I loved the barbeque sauce that I believe has a hint of coffee and the spicy mustard was perfect with the meat. And then I went back to the hotel to take a nap.

Fancy Hank's BBQ Joint on Urbanspoon

Fancy Hanks BBQ Joint, 456 Queen St Melbourne

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I ended up at Supernormal not once, but twice. The first night I was dining solo and the staff were amazing, seating me at the bar and explaining that the kitchen could do half serves of any of the mains or desserts so I didn't miss out on trying anything. It turned a potentially awkward dinner alone into a really special one. I loved it so much that I dragged K back there the next night to try two dishes I'd wished I'd ordered! The Prawn and chicken dumplings were quite simply, some of the best that I've ever had. I loved the chilli vinegar sauce. I wish I could buy it in a bottle and put it on everything I eat.

We also had the Slow cooked szechuan lamb with spring onion pancakes and coriander paste, which was so delicious. The sauce was spicy and flavoursome and the meat just fell apart perfectly. A great dish to share. All of the desserts sounded incredible and I had a hard time choosing. The first night I tried the Fried custard with ginger syrup, but the people next to me had the Peanut butter parfait with salted caramel and soft chocolate and it looked amazing so I had to try it the next time. It is a classic combination of flavours that is so popular for a reason. It was a rich dessert but I enjoyed every spoonful. Definitely put Supernormal on the list for your next trip to Melbourne!

Supernormal on Urbanspoon

Supernormal, 180 Flinders Lane Melbourne

shortstop, melbourne | spicyicecream
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My sole mission the next morning was to find coffee and doughnuts. At Shortstop, the coffee comes only 'black' or 'white' and I appreciated this simplicity in the age of 15 word coffee orders! As for the doughnuts, I tried the Coconut Lemon Meringue and Earl Grey glazed doughnuts, which were both almost perfect - super fresh, with fantastic unique flavours. Melbourne doughnut game is very strong, and Sydney definitely has some catching up to do.

Shortstop Coffee & Donuts on Urbanspoon

Shortstop Coffee & Doughnuts, 12 Sutherland St Melbourne

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Chapel Street Bazaar was heaven for the vintage obsessed, housing everything from clothes to records to typewriters to toys and so much glorious retro kitchenware. I wanted to move in! Even though I wanted to buy everything and bring it home in a large truck, I was quite restrained and picked up a few special pieces that I'm sure you'll see in my posts soon. K bought some great vintage handbags!

Chapel Street Bazaar, 217 Chapel St, Prahran

kong bbq, melbourne | spicyicecream
kong bbq, melbourne | spicyicecream

One of my favourite meals of the trip was at Kong BBQ, by the creators of Chin Chin (which is coming to Sydney!!). Korean food and BBQ are both so on trend at the moment, and this fusion is popular for a reason. We wanted a way to try as much as possible, so this Bossam BBQ Tray made perfect sense - pulled chicken and pork, pork belly and beef brisket with lettuce, pickles, zucchini kimchi and walnut ssamjang. You can make your own lettuce wraps with any combination of meat and condiments that you like. So so good, and definitely worth a visit!

Kong BBQ on Urbanspoon

Kong BBQ, 599 Church St Richmond

21 May 23:00


by mugumogu

Maru repeats a useless short cut afterwards.

Yes, your way is right!

Maru:[No! I think that this step is a shortcut.]

Maru:[However, it is hard to climb a little.]

It took many time until Maru climbed to the top.

Maru:[I am tired...]

Hana checks the security of the tower in Maru.

Hana:[I am more careful.]

17 May 15:19

Tartine, Mascot [10]

by Susan Thye

Alright stop, JAFFLE TIME! So the boy and I were headed to The Meat Emporium to stock up on some steaks but needed sustenance before we braved the coldness of their storeroom and I vaguely remembered that Tartine (635 Gardeners Road, Mascot) was in the area. And yes before you say anything I know Tartine is known for their tartines (open faced sandwiches) but I was super keen to try a whole bunch of their jaffles because hey, jaffles reminds me of my childhood!

Chef Anthony Telford (ex Public Dining Room) opened Tartine in Feb this year and I’m kicking myself for not visiting sooner. The space is quirky with super comfy couches and reclaimed furniture, bread comes from Brasserie Bread, meat from Haverick Meats, but best of all, everything on the menu is under 10 smackeroonies!

Jaffle stuffed with lasagne ($9.90). Wait, what? Nah your eyes did not deceive you, you read that correctly- it’s a jaffle stuffed with a whole chunk of lasagne!

Mmm lasagne innards! The textures and flavours in this baby is pretty cray, there’s the toasted white bread, the folds of soft lasagne sheets, the layer of creamy bechamel sauce and the rich tomato sauce studded with shredded beef. Gotta love me some carb on carb action!

I’ve been craving pizza all week so I just had to order the Pizza Jaffle ($9.90) which was stuffed with slices of hot salami, cheese and pizza sauce. I would’ve loved more cheese in this one but that’s because there can never been too much cheese on a pizza for me :P

I had high hopes for the Bacon and egg Jaffle ($8) but sadly the egg wasn’t oozy and gooey as I had envisioned. No matter, there was dessert to be had!

There’s 3 sweet jaffles on the menu (strawberries, ricotta, maple syrup and pear, ricotta, honey) but how could I not order the Nutella, bananas & marshmallow ($9.90)?! WOAHHH baby!!!

Innards shot! You know what’s perfect inside a jaffle? Nutella. Nutella is already awesome but when it’s all toasty warm and melty? Sublime. A river of hazelnut goodness surrounds slices of banana and gooey marshmallow and ohhh man this one is definitely one for the sweet tooths!

I’ll definitely be back to try the tartines and will definitely have to fit in another lasagne jaffle or two :P

635 Gardeners Road,
Mascot NSW

Trading Hours:
Mon – Sat: 8am – 3pm
Sun: 9am – 3pm

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18 May 17:28

Congressman opposes abortion except for those of his wife and mistress

by Maya Dusenbery

Meet Representative Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, who is a poster child for that particular set of anti-choicers who oppose abortion with four exceptions: “rape, incest, the life of the mother, and me.” 

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) publicly opposes abortion and has repeatedly run for office as a pro-life candidate. Last week, he was one of 242 House members to vote for a proposed 20-week abortion ban that has become one of the top priorities for the current GOP-controlled Congress.

An anti-abortion Republican casting a vote in favor of an abortion restriction is not typically newsworthy. However, DesJarlais’ positions on the subject are particularly controversial, thanks to evidence that emerged in 2012 that revealed he has advocated for at least three legal abortions in his personal life.

Three years ago, transcripts related to the congressman’s divorce trial showed that DesJarlais supported his ex-wife’s decision to legally end two pregnancies. He also had several extramarital affairs, and once pressured a 24-year-old woman to have an abortion after she told him she was pregnant with his child. “You told me you’d have an abortion, and now we’re getting too far along without one,” DesJarlais told the woman in a recorded phone conversation. “If we need to go to Atlanta, or whatever, to get this solved and get it over with so we can get on with our lives, then let’s do it.”

As Tara notes at ThinkProgress, DesJarlais’s “the only moral abortion is my abortion” stance is not atypical. Lots of people who identify as pro-life find their opposition to abortion is suddenly slightly less absolute when they themselves (or their partner or daughter) become unexpectedly pregnant.

But as the media again questions him after his most recent anti-choice vote, DesJarlais’s camp is insisting that he has a “100 percent pro-life voting record” and has “always advocated for pro-life values.” In reality, the publicly available evidence suggests he supported one woman in her choice to have abortions (pro-choice), pressured another woman to have one (anti-choice), and is using his legislative power to prevent the rest of us from having the freedom to make the same decision he’s benefited from in his personal life (hypocrite).

Header image credit: AP/Mark Humphrey 

17 May 21:30

Coconut and Passionfruit Tres Leches Cake

by Lisa Manche
coconut passionfruit tres leches cake

This cake is for my dear friend and housemate K. I don't say this lightly - I am seriously lucky to have this amazing lady in my life. I knew we'd be friends when I stepped into the kitchen and saw an amazing book collection and a cupboard full of roughly a dozen kinds of vinegar! She's always ready for some girl talk over dumplings and wine, she's a great travel companion and I (almost) don't even mind that the cat likes her better than me these days.

She doesn't really go for sweet desserts, but she loves all things dairy, so when making her a birthday cake, I thought this triple hit of milk would be perfect. The cake itself is a really nice simple one that is very easy to make. The special part comes in the way of the three milk mixture. Keeping in line with the things that she loves, I used coconut milk as one of the three, along with sweetened condensed milk and regular milk.

coconut passionfruit tres leches cake

I've been much more fussy with cakes lately - I'm much more into pies and puddings just generally - but Tres Leches will always be an exception. I think it's the most delicious, moist cake ever. I love that you can get creative with the milks and flavourings you use, like my crazy Pandan version from a few years ago. I loved the slightly tropical twist that the coconut milk and passionfruit gave this version. If summer fruit is in season where you are, it would also be delicious with mango!

I'm happy to say that K loved her birthday cake, and we shared a piece while watching an especially beautiful sunset from our front window. Can't wait to share many more adventures and many many more glasses of champagne with you K!! xx

coconut passionfruit tres leches cake

Coconut and Passionfruit Tres Leches Cake
Adapted from Donna Hay
Serves 6-8

  • 180g butter, softened 
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 5 eggs 
  • 1½ cups (225g) self raising flour, sifted 
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1 cup (250ml) sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
  • 2 cups (500ml) pouring cream 
  • fresh passionfruit pulp, to serve 
  • coconut chips, to serve
Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat for 8–10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and lemon zest and beat to combine. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add the flour and beat until just combined. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased 20cm cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 30–35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

Using a skewer, make holes all over the top of the cake. Place the milk, condensed milk, coconut milk and remaining vanilla in a jug and mix well to combine. Gradually pour the milk mixture over the cake and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until the milk mixture is absorbed. Place the cream in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Top the cake with the cream and drizzle with passionfruit pulp and coconut chips to serve.

14 May 17:20

Tom Yum Spaghetti - Crazy but Delicious!

This cross cultural mix of Thai flavours and Italian spaghetti is not as alarming as it sounds. In fact, it's one of the most delicious and flavoursome recipes we have eaten recently. Spaghetti which is really not that different to noodles is flavoured with a spicy, sweet, tangy and savoury sauce from tum yum paste and tender prawns finish off this toothsome dish.
13 May 23:00


by mugumogu

Maru aims at the toy seriously.

But hey Maru, your eyes are funny!

Maru:[Don't laugh! I am distracted.]

08 May 14:00

Unburied but Forgotten: Asian Bodies in Agent Carter

by Guest Contributor

By Guest Contributor Anna Cabe

Like many feminist-cum-superhero fanatics, I eagerly awaited the Marvel Cinematic Universe mini-series, Agent Carter, the company’s first real attempt at a female hero-driven property. In many ways, it delivers. The show makes good use of its 1940’s setting with strong costume and set design and snappy period music. The cast are mostly wonderful and show great chemistry—with the standout, of course, being Hayley Atwell, the titular Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.) Agent Peggy Carter.

Agent Carter Premiere Poster

Agent Carter Premiere Poster, via Marvel Cinematic Universe Wikia.

As Agent Carter, Atwell kicks multiple men’s (and one equally badass woman’s) asses, wrings tears from viewers’ eyes, makes us laugh with an archly delivered quip, and looks smashing in an evening gown and red lipstick. She flips the script of the superhero’s girlfriend—She doesn’t die! She isn’t always being rescued!—and has her own adventures after her boyfriend, Captain America, “dies.” When I finally finished the season (I live overseas with sketchy Internet so I’m slow to catch up to broadcast shows), I sang its praises all over Twitter and Facebook.

That said, Agent Carter has not escaped criticism for limitations when it comes to both race and gender, namely a painfully white and very male cast. Defenders of the casting have deflected this criticism in the name of “historical accuracy,” as though American history is exclusively white unless the subject is slavery, immigration, and the Civil Rights Movement. And of course, this is a show set in an alternate timeline in which superhuman Captain America is the United States’ first line of defense against a Nazi supervillain named Red Skull. A few substantial brown characters hardly seems a stretch of credibility or a distortion of history by comparison.

Indeed, Agent Carter’s roster represents a lost opportunity to cast meaty roles for Black actors in particular, as the New York City of the era had a vibrant Black culture and societybarely touched in the series. Building on this criticism, in this piece I explore how Agent Carter also marginalizes Asians.

Firstly, there aren’t many Asian faces on the cast. Only two Asian characters get any significant screen-time: a woman who is one of Howard Stark’s many former conquests and is unnamed onscreen in episode 6, “A Sin to Err,” and S.S.R. Agent Mike Li, introduced—and promptly killed off—in episode 5, “The Iron Ceiling.” To put it concisely, one is a red-shirt, killed off to show the danger the main characters are in, and the other merely more evidence of Howard Stark’s raging libido and callousness towards women. At least we know Stark’s pecker is #YesAllWomen. Okay, gotcha.

Edith Oberon in

Edith Oberon, Howard Stark’s former paramour, in “A Sin to Err” (1.6). via Marvel Cinematic Universe Wikia.

In the “The Iron Ceiling,” Peggy, Agent Thompson (Chad Michael Murray), and the Howling Commandos go into the U.S.S.R. to track a lead on Howard Stark. S.S.R. believes Stark has committed treason by selling his dangerous inventions to enemy powers. By this point, we know Agent Thompson as a competent agent and a Navy Cross winner but also an arch-chauvinist, having told Peggy in the last episode, “The Blitzkrieg Button,” that no man would ever see her as an equal and believing up until the mission really goes underway in the U.S.S.R that Peggy will be a burden and not an asset. We also know Thompson received his Navy Cross for service in the Pacific Theater in World War II, after he killed six Japanese soldiers about to attack his sleeping camp in Okinawa.

As it turns out, however, Agent Thompson isn’t the hero his country thinks he is. At the end of “The Iron Ceiling,” Thompson—who has showed signs of PTSD throughout the episode—admits to Peggy that the soldiers he killed had come to his camp to surrender. He hadn’t noticed their white flag until it was too late.

“I’ve been trying to tell that story since I came home from war,” he says to Peggy.

“You just did,” she answers sympathetically.

Agent Thompson confesses to Agent Carter in

Agent Thompson confesses to Agent Carter in “The Iron Ceiling,” via Marvel Cinematic Universe Wikia.

The exchange is meant to be a tender moment of bonding between two people who, up to this point, have been antagonistic; it’s a moment of character-deepening vulnerability for Agent Thompson. Both Atwell and Murray sell the hell out of the scene.

And yet, it doesn’t completely work for me.

The problem: humanizing Agent Thompson’s character comes, as it so often does in TV storytelling, at the cost of treating people of color as marginal and purely instrumental bodies. Time and again we see how the deaths of people of color or white women are used to generate sympathy for white male characters, to give their seemingly impermeable armor a few cracks. The viewer is invited to lament—oh no! They died because of him? Because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? Let’s pity the man for his mistake. To err is to be human.

But “human” is a label rarely afforded those whose deaths are used to create a tragic backstory for more central, white characters. Agent Thompson’s Japanese victims aren’t given the time or space to be human, much less superhuman; they are mere specters that haunt Thompson’s past. What’s more, the kinds of bodies that too often serve this narrative function belong to the already marginalized, to those already denied anything resembling significant, nuanced characterization in television and other media.

The cheap tragedy of Agent Thompson’s backstory is highlighted by the fact that the incident isn’t meaningfully brought up again in Agent Carter. Thompson is nicer to Peggy after confiding in her, but to the show’s credit, he doesn’t really change substantially by the end. When Peggy, Howard Stark, Stark’s butler and Peggy’s sidekick Jarvis, and a team of S.S.R.  agents, who finally recognize Peggy’s worth, save the day, Thompson takes all the credit and buries any mention of Peggy’s or the disabled Agent Sousa’s contributions. Because if he already lied about the much bigger problem of having murdered six surrendering soldiers, why not lie again for another prize?

There’s really no one on the show to push back against Agent Thompson’s lying. Peggy chose compassion, and as I mentioned before, there’s no developed Asian, much less specifically Japanese, character in the show who might challenge Thompson on that count. Hell, the only Asian agent with a name, Agent Li, dies in the same episode Agent Thompson confesses that he isn’t a WWII hero.

This episode is especially galling given the historical setting of the show. The United States imprisoned Japanese-American citizens in internment camps all along the West Coast because they might be “dangerous,” just as Agent Thompson assumed the soldiers approaching his camp to be. There are also troubling echoes of all-too-real coverups of U.S. military atrocities, and the lack of consequences for those responsible when such atrocities are brought to light. When American soldiers murdered about 500 Vietnamese people in My Lai hamlet, mostly women, children, and the elderly, on March 16, 1968, claiming, incorrectly, they were harboring Viet Cong, the murders were covered up for nearly a year by high-ranking officials. The eventual leak of the story led to such outrage that 14 officers were charged with the crime in 1970.

Only one was convicted.

This history of the U.S. government and its military abducting, detaining, killing, and hiding from sight the Asian bodies they fear and call enemy makes the erasures of Agent Carter all the more painful. This is the history in which the bodies are buried and forgotten.

With yesterday’s announcement Agent Carter has been renewed for a second season, its creators have a new opportunity to respond to this and other criticisms. Let us hope that the bodies they uncover in the future—Asian bodies and all the bodies of the marginalized—stay unburied and unforgotten.

Anna Cabe lives, teaches, and writes in Indonesia. Her work appears or is upcoming in The Hairpin, The Toast, the Atticus Review, and Pink Pangea, among others. She will be attending Indiana University-Bloomington’s MFA program as a fiction candidate in the fall. In her spare time, she’s either ranting about movies on Twitter  (@annablabs) or killing it at karaoke.

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