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Tea and cakes

Had a near disaster last night. I tried to remove the Iomega drivers from my computer (I suspect they've been causing some problems and my Zip drive hasn't been used since like 2003), and my computer crashed hard. "Inaccessible boot device." Yes, the drivers for a freaking Zip drive entangle themselves with your system in such a way that they become mandatory to use the machine. I couldn't find a Windows 2000 CD, but I was able to use the recovery console on a Windows XP disk. Unfortunately, this system uses a proprietary RAID controller, so I had to track down the drivers for that and a floppy disk to load them during boot. Thank heavens I had a spare computer to download the drivers. Things are back to the way they were, and the Iomega drivers are still installed.

I made a vegan stir-fry for dinner. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, corn, green beans, green onions, water chestnuts, garlic, yakisoba noodles and tofu, served over rice. I made my own sauce using the yakisoba flavor packet, some Stir Fry Sauce and Wok Oil from House of Tsang, sesame seed oil and some low-sodium soy sauce, and the rice was flavored with seasoned rice wine vinegar.

For dessert tonight I made a tea brack. It's sort of a cross between a fruitcake and a loaf of bread. It's lighter than fruitcake and a bit tart. Very tasty! (You can get dried currants from most supermarkets, just find the raisins and prunes and they should be nearby.)

Soak 2 cups of dried currants in 3/4 cup cold brewed tea and 1 cup of brown sugar for at least 12 hours. Beat 2 eggs and mix in. Mix together 2 cups AP flour, 1-1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp ground allspice and 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (and optionally, the zest of 1/2 a lemon), then fold into the currant mixture. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 300F for 90 minutes.


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Nov. 15th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the recipe. We like fruitcake, and I suspect we'll like that too. BTW, the remake of your LJ page is spiffy. Love the great plains artwork.
Nov. 15th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
I avoided iomega products after the Bernoulli drives but I did not know they were rude and evil too! I am so glad USB flash drives have totally overtaken Jaz and Zip drives. It's karma payback time for iomega to get hurt like Syquest was years ago (Syquest made better removeable cartridge systems than iomega but were forced out of business by iomega flooding the market with cheap-ass zip drives preinstalled in Gateway and other computers, but kept the price of disks high)
Nov. 15th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
I tried SCSI Jaz drives under Linux and trashed the pre-formatted cartridges because the SCSI drives don't honor the standard commands!. That's why special drivers are required for Zip and Jaz drives! Drivers that apparently don't uninstall or behave properly when the hardware is finally removed!
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