ZERO :: the Fool (annwyd) wrote,
ZERO :: the Fool
annwyd

So I discovered that my mother had left a pan and her blueberry cobbler recipe out at my place at the table. I suppose she wants me to make something! But I am lazy, so instead I will share the recipe here and then go watch Star Trek.

Why am I sharing it? Because it is the most delicious thing ever. Don't worry, it's not a family secret or anything--my mother got it from a friend anyway.

Ingredients
4 cups fresh blueberries
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash of salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cooking spray

Directions
1) Preheat oven to 350°.
2) Combine blueberries and lemon juice in a 9" square baking dish coated with cooking spray; stir gently, set aside.
3) Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl; make a well in center.
4) Combine oil, vanilla, and egg whites; stir well with a whisk.
5) Add oil, vanilla, and egg whites to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
6) Drop dough by spoonfuls onto blueberry mixture to form 8 dumplings.
7) Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dumplings.
8) Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until filling is bubbly and dumplings are lightly browned.

Yield
8 servings

Can easily be doubled using 9"x13" or 10"x15" pan.

But I also mentioned Star Trek. Yes, I've discussed this too much lately, along with all my usual anime crap. But I came across something while poking at metafandom that bothered me.

Star Trek tells us that in the future, people who are not white are probably aliens and homosexuality has been cured out of the human race.

I'm not denying this. Well, I suppose you could argue the first bit, but certainly not the part about homosexuality. It's already made me uncomfortable more than once while watching the show. The closest TNG ever comes to dealing with the issue is an episode that casts heterosexuals as the oppressed ones. Apparently Roddenberry promised to introduce a gay character, but Rick Berman shelved the idea after his death. Thanks a lot.

As for DS9, which is generally more progressive than TNG, there was an episode with a (really hot) same-sex kiss, but even that had to be cast in terms of Tragic Social Issues Which Fail To End Well Because They Are Forbidden. Although it does make me feel a bit better to know that Trill appear to be technically bisexual.

Now, if these episodes had been aired ten or even five years earlier, they would have been amazing and progressive and transgressive and all that crap--just like the original Star Trek's kiss between Kirk and Uhura. But they were aired in the early to mid nineties, not the eighties--and so they felt like awkward scraps tossed out of a vague awareness that Oh Yeah There Are Gay People Out There.

And yet I still enjoy the series--both TNG and DS9. My big question is...is this wrong somehow? Should I be so happily watching such heterosexist shows? Am I a Bad Gay?

geek angst.
Tags: food, star trek
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