The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Saturday, January 05, 2002

You won't here this on the radio

Spring did a search for Singaporean music and found Shueh-li Ong, an Austrailian born artist who apparently did an album of Singaporean influenced music. It's quite good.

Of course, you'll never hear this on American pop radio. Noooooo … the RIAA can't let that happen.


Fudgie No-Bakes


  1. Boil sugar, cocoa and milk for one minute.
  2. Add oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla.
  3. Stir until all are combined.
  4. Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper.
  5. Let sit at least 30 minutes.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

Over the holidays, Spring took care of our friend Lorie's dog (since they couldn't get a kennel in time). For payment, Lorie gave us a basket of goodies to make a nice meal, including the recipe and ingredients for “Fudgie No-Bakes.”

The recipe is straight forward enough and since I like to make cookies, I took it upon my self to make them. Almost immediately there seemed to be a problem. The first instruction is:

1. Boil sugar, cocoa and milk for one minute.

We had no milk. Lorie gave us all the ingredients (on the assumption that we had no cooking supplies, which is a fair assumption) except for the milk. Spring ran out and returned shortly with milk. Then there seemed to be another problem. Again, with the first instruction:

1. Boil sugar, cocoa and milk for one minute.

But you have to look at the amounts:

2 cups sugar
½ cup cocoa
½ cup milk

That's a lot of sugar to disolve in ½ a cup of milk, much less boil it. Spring suggested that I heat the milk first, then add the sugar and cocoa. That worked surprisingly well and in a few minutes I had a nice chocolately sauce. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

I then encountered the next problem:

2. Add oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla.
3. Stir until all are combined.

That, by the way, is three cups of oatmeal, which soaked up all the sauce and started to crumble before my eyes. Spring then suggested a spash of milk to moisten it up and that did the trick.


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