Thistle (thistle_chaser) wrote,
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Sweet and sour sauce... and FFXI

I love the sweet and sour sauce you get in the little packets. Bright red, nice and sweet, with some tang to them. But packets never have enough, so I decided to try to find it in a bottle. (I even found the website for the company that makes the packet, but they have no info on how to contact them or if you can order the packets yourself.)

14 bottles of different sweet and sour sauces later, and I still haven't found one that's a match for packets/chinese restaurant stuff (I suspect "cheap Chinese restaurant stuff" would be more accurate). Everything's too thick, has odd flavors, wrong color... So, because I've had so much success at cooking in the past, I decided to try to make my own!

Problem is, I can't even find a general recipe agreed on by the majority of websites, and I'm darned afraid to experiment (that never, ever works out well). I guess I'll try this one tomorrow and hope for the best.

INGREDIENTS:
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 1/3 cup white vinegar
* 2/3 cup water (or pineapple juice)
* 1/4 cup soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon ketchup
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch

DIRECTIONS:
1. Place the sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, ketchup and cornstarch in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir continuously until the mixture has thickened.

If anyone happens to know a better one (or thinks this one looks odd), please please please post!

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FFXI: Okay, digging has become as hard and annoying as it was pre-nerf. For the second night in a row, it took me two hours to get my 100 items... two hours and THREE trips back to town for greens! And this was in "unpopular" zones, too. What the god damned hell, Midgar people. Stop digging! Shoo! Go alway and leave me in peace long enough to get my 100 items! *grumble*

After that I leveled PUP to 5, to see if I'd dislike it as much as I suspected I would. Yep, I did. Those puppets are freaky and I don't want to spend time looking at them. If I want to work with a pet, I'd go back to leveling BST (or maybe SMN).

Didn't do anything at all after that, other than comb through the massive FFXI porn that loneguardian kept pointing me to.

Dear Japanese FFXI artists:

1) Please stop drawing breasts that are larger than the woman's head.
2) The whole "sexy with a taru" = "sex with a child" thing is creepy as hell. Seriously. If a disturbingly well hung elf raping a bare-chested, hairless, crying little taru girl shows up in my nightmares tonight, I'm going to hunt you down and hurt you. Or take away your drawing supplies.
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