Deep State and the Future of Theatre


My article on China Miéville’s 2012 film collaboration with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler has been published by Alluvium Journal. You can read it here. And here is a translated version of the Egyptian Activists’ Action Plan, or “How to Protest Intelligently” (featured in the film and mentioned in my article).




The Tapioca Experiments! Episode 2

Okay, my experiment is still in phase one, i.e. tapioca pudding, but I’ve tried a little twist: For my second attempt at pudding, I chose the bigger pearls, and since I love Indian semolina pudding and similar desserts, I added some cinnamon and cardamom to the original recipe. Results: In pudding I prefer the smaller tapioka pearls, but I love the sweet-and-spicy version!

In other news, further empiric research (yum!) has led to my choosing the best vegan (or otherwise) chocolate bar in the world.
And the winner is:

Finally, we have discovered that Bärenland now has totally vegan gummy candy without beeswax or anything. These little hearts are made with pectin and real fruit juices and come in pineapple, orange, raspberry, and blackcurrant flavours. I’m not too keen on blackcurrant, but it seems that with Bärenland products you always get blackcurrant somewhere in the mix.

They turned out to be the perfect snack for finally watching WALL·E, which exceeded all my expectations (so cute!).

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

So, what did we do for (Un)Valentine’s Day? Right! Stay in, watch The IT Crowd and The Changeling (featured in the Boston Globe’s list of the top 50 scariest horror movies of all time), and eat my freshly baked Triple Chocolate Cupcakes.
The recipe I used for the batter is basically Isa’s recipe for Chocolate Orange Cupcakes. I just skipped the “orange” part and added chunks of dark chocolate instead of melting it. Then, to make the chocolate & chocolate chunk cupcakes even more decadent, I decorated them with Anna’s Chocolate Frosting, using rum flavour extract instead of the almond extract (so it tasted a lot like chocolate rum truffles).
And for the second time in a row, the ppk’s archives have helped me use up what’s left in my kitchen cupboards – and made a couple of chocolate lovers very happy! :D

Even unfrosted, they’re really pretty!

Cupcake Paradise.