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I’m on a diet and shakshuka seems like a good hearty breakfast meal that would still be relatively healthy. This post got my mouth absolutely watering, but didn’t include a recipe. How do you make shakshuka? I believe it’s traditionally spicy, which I don’t mind, but I’d prefer not to atomize my taste buds. Thanks!

4-5 tomatoes (Roma) or 2 canned tomatoes (Roma, whole), 1 clove garlic (minced), 2 tablespoon tomato paste, 1/2 onion (diced), 1 capsicum (diced), 1 teaspoon cumin, paprika, sugar, chilli (half if you don't like spine), feta (crumbled) and parsley for garnish, as many eggs as you want to put in. Oil in pan --> fry onions, add capsicum, add tomato paste, add tomatoes, add spices, mix, simmer, crack eggs, poach. Garnish (adds flavour), serve with pita (traditional) or baguettes or sourdough.

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Original Poster2 points · 19 hours ago

Sounds delicious, thank you!

Any tips for growing cukes? I have one growing that’s barely grown in the month since it sprouted.

Original Poster3 points · 1 day ago

Hot sun, as much as you can. Mine took 3 weeks from planting in early May to really take off but since the beginning of June they've exploded. They're in a West facing container getting 5-6 hours of direct sun every afternoon. Good luck!

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I started mine in mid-May because of our late frost date, but we’re getting lots of heat and sun now, so hopefully they’re just a little late to get going! Thanks for the input.

Important to note too that the bony protrusions on the skull are only the anchor point for the horn, which is a keratinous sheath that usually extends further than the bone and is much sharper.

I’m married to a Puerto Rican guy, and I never knew that name changing isn’t traditional in the Spanish speaking world. Sometimes the wife will add her husband’s last name after her own, but only in formal situations. So if Jane Smith married Jose Gomez, in Spanish speaking countries she may on occasion go by Jane Smith de Gomez. But there’s no expectation of a legal name change. Imagine my happy reaction to find out that my husband had 0% expectation for me to change my name.

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112 points · 4 days ago

My partner is from a French-Canadian family and they follow the same tradition of married women keeping their last names. It’s great because neither he nor his family have any expectation for me to change my name if we get married, and because my first name sounds downright awful when paired with his last.

I once over-cooked a pork loin and had way too much left to just tough it out through days of dry, tasteless leftovers. So I slow-roasted the already cooked roast in a beer braise, shredded it and threw in some homemade bbq sauce. Best pulled pork tacos of my life.

2 points · 6 days ago

How are they healthier?

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Original Poster2 points · 6 days ago

Little to no fat or carbs in them, but lots of fibre and protein.

2 points · 6 days ago

What's the recipe? It actually looks somewhat tasty.

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Original Poster2 points · 6 days ago

1 cup of pumpkin purée, 1 egg, 3/4 cup of protein powder, 1/8 cup of maple syrup, 1/4 tsp baking powder, plus whatever spices or flavourings you’d like to add. Mix up the wet ingredients first, then add the dry. Divide into a lined muffin tin and bake 25-30 minutes at 350°F until set.


My boyfriend has a 17 year old California King who’s not doing so hot. A few months ago we had a scare when she got eggbound (blanks) and spent a few days in the vet. After the eggs were removed she bounced back energetically, but has been on the skinny side even with regular feedings. Today, we found that she had tied herself in a knot so tight it took two of us to get her free, and in the process she bit herself multiple times. She’s having some trouble feeding lately, such that we have to dangle prey directly in front of her in order for her to be able to find it, and when she defecates it’s usually three or four times stretched out over several days.

Are these the signs of a dying snake? Or just one that’s gotten a little senile? My boyfriend is really upset that her behaviour is declining, and I can’t find any answers whether or not this is something we should seek medical attention. Does anyone have any insight? Any and all advice would be much appreciated.


The average lifespan for a California King is around 15-20 years in captivity, so it's not unlikely that she may just be coming to her last days. If he's had her for 17 years, she's a minimum of that age, but if he didn't get her as a hatchling, she could be even older.

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Original Poster1 point · 8 days ago

We kind of figured as you have any advice for how best to handle it? Not sure if we should just let her ride out her last days as is, or if we should have her put down. I don’t know if snakes suffer from mental distress as they age, but I certainly don’t want her being confused or stressed in her final days.

If there isn't any quality of life left to her existence, I would start mentally preparing to have her put down and do so before things progress much further if a veterinarian rules out other causes for such behavior. Euthanasia, when appropriate for the situation, is one of the kindest, most selfless things an owner can do for their pet. I'm sorry that you and your boyfriend are going through this.

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Original Poster2 points · 8 days ago

Thank you for your advice. I figured that might be the case, we will consult with a vet soon and see what they recommend.

Original Poster1 point · 10 days ago

This is my second year growing beets in a raised bed at a community garden. Last year they took off like a shot and did really well. This year, they really seem to be struggling.

It seems like the stem at the base of the leaves has become sort of “pinched off”, it’s brown and weak so the leaves just flop over and most of them end up losing their tops before they can grow much bigger than a couple inches. Does anyone know what’s happening here? Is it a water issue? Soil issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Do you use your beet tops for anything? I’ve tried turning them into chips and “cabbage” rolls, but they’re not particularly appetizing that way...

so this was just store-bought beets, but i had beet greens that we sauteed like any other green. they were cooked in sauce left over from chicken that was made prior- fish & oyster sauce, butter, salt/pepper, sriracha.

if vegan/vegetarian i think they'd be just fine with salt/pepper and vinegar, and maybe soy sauce if you eat that.

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Sounds delicious! I’ll have to try that out, thanks.

what is the name of the german photographer in bourdain's berlin episode?

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I came here looking for this info, too.


I’m polishing off a bottle of veganese, and while I love the smell and the lightness, I feel like I go through a quarter of a bottle each time I shower. Is this normal for this conditioner? I feel like if I use any less than a palm-full it’s like I didn’t use any at all. Is there another conditioner they offer that won’t require me to use so much?

Retread is their richest conditioner. Veganese and HappyHappy JoyJoy are quite thin.

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Original Poster1 point · 11 days ago

I’ll give it a try! I do love the smell of Veganese but I go through it way too fast.

Awesome! I have two a little over 3 ft after 15months (I can put outside in summer) and they need pruned and place into separate pots soon.

When you get more leaves don't be afraid to prune a few off, particularly those that no longer get light due to new leaves - mine loves that. I crush the leaves with my hand (amazing smell) and push them into the base of the pot as covering and I like to think the organic matter helps the soil. Google, but if you're above 50-55 at night and warm during the day you should be able to place it outside in the summer.

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Original Poster1 point · 12 days ago

Right on! I’ll definitely give it a prune and see how warm it stays here in the summer.

Lemon trees are actually quite happy to grow in a pot, albeit a rather large pot.

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Original Poster2 points · 12 days ago

Good to know! I’ll be moving around quite a bit over the next couple years so I’m glad I’ll be able to bring it with me.

782 points · 15 days ago

Goddamn kids with their binoculars!

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As an avid bird watcher I feel personally attacked.

What's your favorite bird to watch? I'm not a serious birdwatcher, but I think birds are incredible!

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Anything that stays still long enough for you to watch it. Heh, but for real, waterfowl are great, including things like herons and pelicans. I enjoy large flocks of swallows, too, but they’re usually moving so fast you can barely get a bead on the individual birds.

I'm really sorry to laugh at your expense but this is so funny. It made my day! It kind of looks like a penguin/shark on top and and ape from the neck down. Good effort though! I would probably do way worse than this!

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This is definitely intentional. The face is very well-crafted, and the body has far too much wool to match the original kit. Someone knew what they were doing, and made this incredible creation.


I planted some mint seeds on a whim a few months ago and they actually germinated. Now I’ve got a medium-sized pot full of mint and it’s growing rapidly. I’m moving across the country and won’t have access to a permanent garden space for several years...can I keep my mint happy in a container until then? Any advice for trimming, watering, feeding, repotting, etc? I know it can grow pretty easily from cuttings, should I just restart from a cutting if it gets too big? Thanks in advance!

I have had chocolate mint living in a container for years. I'm in WI so in the winter I put the container in an unheated garage and every spring it comes back. I cut back some runners each year to give it breathing room. Also add compost and some new potting mix on top some springs, but even before I did that it thrived.

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Original Poster1 point · 20 days ago

Great, I will try this out for sure. It took ages to germinate my mint seeds, I’m glad I won’t have to get rid of them now.

Yes! In fact, mint SHOULD be contained because it spreads like you wouldn’t believe. I used to have a ton in my yard and finally took it out root by root. I transplanted some in a container and it’s thrived there since. Going on four years now - requires nothing but sunshine and water. It dies back in the winter and comes back stronger each spring. Such a great plant!

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Original Poster1 point · 20 days ago

Great, is there a recommended container size that I should bring it up to before tending to it permanently? Good to know about the winter and summer cycles, I probably would have tried to keep it going inside all year long, thanks for the advice!

Bacteria and viruses do it all the time in response to laboratory conditions (antibiotic resistance and such). We also see the effects of managed “evolution” in things like agriculture, dog breeding etc. The problem with rapid evolution is not the environment but the generational time; we’re limited by how long it takes for organisms to reproduce, create offspring, have those offspring reproduce etc. Even in a high-pressure environment that would bring about dramatic evolutionary changes, you’d still be talking about years or centuries of simulation before seeing significant changes.


So this may seem a bit trivial, but I’m really struggling here. I’m moving out of my apartment on Saturday, and while I’ve gotten most of the packing out of the way, my bedroom and a couple other rooms are absolute disasters. I can’t even begin to fathom where to start wading through the piles of clothes, books, and random possessions that are strewn about the place. My biggest hurdle is that I’ve worked 8:00-4:30, then had some other engagement after work (family, volunteering etc.) every day this week, and I’m absolutely exhausted. Now I have about 8 hours in between work tomorrow and Saturday afternoon when the moving truck arrives to get everything ready to go. Does anyone have any advice at all for how I can buckle down and push through this overwhelming task?

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Original Poster2 points · 21 days ago

Thanks, I think this’ll have to be my strategy. I’ve been trying to start from the middle and pack things into “logical” boxes, but I might just have to default to “Miscellaneous” at this point.

When did you know you were moving? You should have started packing the next day. At this point, enlist friends.

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Original Poster1 point · 21 days ago

I started packing a month ago. Like I mentioned though, I’ve had work and after-work obligations for the last three weeks. I’m just looking for motivation for the final stretch.

Original Poster141 points · 24 days ago

To provide context: green was icked out by a picture of a young boy wearing makeup, claiming that someone had obviously done him up like that to sexualize him. Red points out that kids like to mess around with makeup sometimes, no big deal, and green responded by insisting lipstick is 100%$ sexual because it highlights your lips, which are the facial equivalent of your vagina, apparently.

I never understood the “Starbucks is so expensive,” argument. Downvote to oblivion but, so long as you stick to the basic drip coffees, you get a cup that is slightly better than Dunkin’ for slightly more money.

Sure, get a venti double cappa vanilla bullshit thing and you’ll pay more. Takes more labor to make it.

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This and the “it’s so complicated, I don’t want a mocha-frappa-lappa-chino, I want REAL COFFEE” argument are so lame. I worked at Sbux for several years and I think by far we sold way more “real coffees” (black coffee, or maybe something simple like a latte/cappuccino) than any other complicated beverage. We brewed gallons of the stuff every day, and people would still walk in with “hurr durr, dont give me none of that fancy whipped cream bullshit!”

Sounds like a good way to get murdered and or raped using an app to allow people you don’t know to stay at your place.

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Couchsurfing is a pretty solid network. People have to verify themselves like crazy as guests or as hosts, and everyone is rated after they stay somewhere or host someone. You can weed out sketchy connections pretty quick.

dead men don't leave ratings...

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I know you’re joking, but if you don’t rate/get rated by other people, your ranking stays low and you’re less likely to be recommended to future travellers. It’s basically free Airbnb.

So...that final yahoo was fully racist right? I can’t believe it got past them.

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Okay maybe I’m super out of the loop but what’s the issue with the question? It’s the royal wedding KFC one, right?

The bride of the royal wedding was black, it was a very lame “black people like fried chicken” joke.

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Lame indeed, I don’t blame the boys if they didn’t pick that up, it went completely over my head.

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