April is a weird in-between month in the parts of the Midwest. It can get cold enough that planting is too much of a gamble, but there are enough warm days that it's worth bringing the patio furniture out. (That sentence I wrote sounds like an article in Better Homes and Gardens. Times have surely changed.)
You see pears in a lot of winter dessert recipes because they are often considered a winter fruit, even though they grow in the winter and summer. When you give it a light char on the grill, there's a nutty sweetness that is brought out. Slice it or chop it and use as a dessert topping or even blended with other herbs as a pork marinade. But my favorite use for is it definitely a fresh salad with lots of greens like the picture above: grilled pear salad with arugula, spinach, prosciutto and crumbled blue cheese.
How to Grill Pears
Lightly drizzle sliced pears -- preferally something firm like Bosc, Bartlett or D'Anjou -- with a light drizzle of canola or avocado oil, and a pinch of salt. Set it on a hot grill and flip after you get a perfect grill mark.
It doesn't really matter if you use a gas grill or charcoal, but I'm pretty biased towards charcoal.
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tell me a fun fact about someone from the cojum who? crew that is unlikely to be realistically mentioned/covered in the actual story?
depends on your standards for “actual story” honestly because if i come up with a thing odds are it’s because there’s Potential in it. but i can be realistic sometimes! things that won’t ever come up unless i lose my mind &/or obtain a time machine of my own to write this stuff out with:
-b. kingdom & c. summerfield are both on their 4th regenerations
-i already introduced this in w. xylophone but a. holloway has synesthesia, of the music & colors (chromesthesia) variety for the most part, with other bits of time-related & word synesthesia as well. if i’m being vague it’s a. i don’t know much about synesthesia & b. if there’s one thing i do know it’s that things are vague with synesthesia
-z. shelley has absolutely braided summerfield & kingdom’s hair before and it’d do it with the others too but they have significantly less conscious control over the growth of their hair than the time lords do.
-out of the entire crew of them, r. forrester is the one with the least musical experience
-holloway’s nonhuman traits are generally limited to like, internal biology & dna & shit, making hyr separate from humans a la the way snakes can all look almost identical but can’t inbreed. because of this they can eat rocks
-oh also because everyone is nd here: r. chaplet stims by like hopping around in place or walking and moving; shelly stims by hand flapping & other real dynamic hand motions; forrester stims by shaking eir head and *spoilers but basically ey swing eir legs*; holloway stims by humming and making other noises in hyr mouth (chewlery bay be); the time lords tend to do this stuff on like an ~advanced telepathic or metaphysical sense, but also kingdom will whistle and kick their feet in the air; summerfield likes to run xer hands down xer body and slap shit like bongos; and last but not least j. harkness tends to rock or jog in place!
-kingdom & summerfield do have passing acquaintances with the doctor and probably would go for a meetup of “renegade time lords that do or do not collect companions from time to time” were it not for chaplet’s (and shelley’s, honestly) moderate aversion to british people (understandable)
and here i’ve absolutely got to put a cut for spoilers because most of this story is not published! which means from here on out you may find things involving contexts that haven’t been introduced in the main story yet. so either save this for whenever the hell i get the rest of this story out or read on and be spoiled on. minor factoids. minor factoids that mention larger factoids that are connected to major factoids.
to be concise: if you read on you might learn shit that would be built up & played with suspense or as a shock in the chapter it’s meant to be introduced in and nothing a whole lot more deadly than that.
-harkness is on their 5th regeneration (though they’d gladly lie about that number on literally any scale). you know i damn near put that above this cut & i’m very glad i didn’t all things considered
-ross is not forrester’s real name! it’s a nickname derived from eir middle name. eir first name is steven. why is this in the spoilers section? because eir twin’s name is also a derivative of hir middle name, with hir first name being steve. their parents though they were being funny.
-holloway is the only one of the non-time lords to be an only child but they don’t know this for sure & it’s exactly as angsty as you think it can be.
-this one’s less of an interesting fact and more r. chaplet’s entire backstory but i genuinely can’t think of a way to integrate it into a story so just imagine this is being told in the T&LDIS library over a cup of 20th century martinellis or something. cw for implied/mentioned death + only other things you’d get in a dw story
he was born an american, of course, you can tell by the accent, but one does not learn a convincing british accent without a good amount of experience- he was sent moved to england shortly before even becoming an adult, and spent pretty much all of his time there learning the ins and outs of capitalism in an almost obviously fascist state. he was a good student, of course, had to get support from his family/the government somehow, but you know, still ended up gravitating towards the types of figures that nobody in the capitalist class ever wanted to see someone gravitate towards. in short, he started attending underground insurrectionist meetings that were dedicated to (in the short term) countering propaganda and spreading awareness/education, and (in the long term) holding an entire revolution. (yes, it was that kind of fascist scifi setting).
considering the whole general state howard was in when the others came across him, it shouldn’t be too hard to guess how that whole thing worked out. still. the details. they were found out, in due time. the whole lot of them. someone caved and ratted them out, of course. well, there was one survivor. one stuck around to tell the tale. one stuck around to personally know exactly what any potential revolutionaries are up against, and provide testimonies if the powers that be ever wanted them, and not do anything to provoke their notice in the slightest, and be nothing more than the best cog in the great capitalist machine the english empire ever saw.
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