Food basics, or, You know you’re in America when…

March 29th, 2009

I’m currently visiting Maryland to do some speaking and writing and am privileged to have the run of an apartment on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay while I’m here. My hosts kindly sorted me out with some food basics to get me started. The choice of basics made me smile:

  • 1 gallon milk (1%)
  • 1/2 gallon OJ (some bits)
  • 1 jar peanut butter (smooth)
  • 1 jar raspberry jelly
  • 6 packets microwave popcorn
  • 4 apples, each the size of a grapefruit
  • 1 bunch bananas
  • assortment of granola bars
  • peanuts, 1 sack
  • monster trail mix (peanuts, raisins, chocolate chips, M&Ms), 1 sack
  • ground coffee, 1 sack
  • butter, 1 stick
  • Philly, 1 tub
  • ketchup, 1 bottle
  • French’s mustard (well of course!), 1 bottle

Yup, I’m in America alright. It sure beats orange squash, cheesy wotsits, and Marmite.

Earn £10 for psychology of religion online study

July 24th, 2008

I’m currently looking for Christians of all types to take part in an online questionnaire study I’m running. Volunteers who complete the study will receive a £10 electronic voucher for Amazon.co.uk.

To see if you are eligible for that study (which, if you are a UK-based Christian aged 18+, you almost certainly are) you would first need to join the participant panel. That involves completing a short questionnaire at http://tinyurl.com/6cxvcl.

The participant panel manager, Kirsten Barnes, will then get in touch with everyone who is eligible and invite them to do the £10 online study.

Just ask if you’ve any questions about what it would involve.

The power of social norming

July 18th, 2008

You know those whip-rounds that go on occasionally for a leaving gift or thank-you gift for someone at work or in a group you belong to? Well, think for a minute how you go about deciding how much to give. There might be all kinds of influences on your decision: how well you know the person, how much you like the person, how grateful you are for their service, your perception of their need, what your income is, and so on.

But that’s probably not all.

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Jazz Flavours playlist for June 4, 2008

June 10th, 2008

My featured artist was pianist Rachel Z, and for the “two takes on one track” I featured contrasting versions of Paul Desmond’s composition Take Five by Acoustic Alchemy and Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. You can listen again any time til July 16, 2008, or so.

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Jazz Flavours playlist for May 28, 2008

June 3rd, 2008

My featured artists were the jazz-funk-soul group Incognito, led since 1980 by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick. My “two takes on one track” feature was the classic Freedom Jazz Dance, composed by Eddie Harris. You can listen again any time til July 9, 2008, or so.

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Jazz Flavours playlist for May 21, 2008

May 28th, 2008

My featured artist was guitarist Stanley Jordan, who arrived on the scene in the mid-80s to much acclaim for his ability to tap out multiple melodic lines simultaneously. My “two takes on one track” feature was the classic So What from Miles Davis’ album Kind of Blue. You can listen again any time til July 2, 2008, or so.

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Jazz Flavours playlist for May 14, 2008

May 16th, 2008

My featured artist was pianist and songstress Diana Krall. My “two takes on one track” feature was the classic Joe Zawinul composition Birdland. You can listen again any time til June 25, 2008, or so.

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Jazz Flavours playlist for May 7, 2008

May 14th, 2008

My featured artist was piano-bass-drums ensemble Esbjörn Svensson Trio, aka e.s.t. My “two takes on one track” feature was the standard You Don’t Know What Love Is. You can listen again any time til June 18, 2008, or so.

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Jazz Flavours playlist for April 30, 2008

May 1st, 2008

The first show of the term, now going out live between 5.00-7.00pm on Wednesdays on www.cur1350.co.uk. My featured artist was pianist and singer Eliane Elias and the “two takes on one track” feature was McCartney’s song Blackbird. You can listen again any time til June 11, 2008, or so.

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Chewy double chocolate and peanut butter chip cookies

April 22nd, 2008

These are a standard houseparty offering that always seem to go down well. It is an adaptation from from the back of a packet of Reese’s peanut butter chips, but don’t let that put you off — despite being a Hershey’s product it is really rather good. Unfortunately the peanut butter chips need to be hand imported (as pretentious people would say) from the US (unless anyone knows where I can buy them here in the UK? Here’s hoping…). White chocolate chips substitute just fine though.

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