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NOSH: Abyssal Vodka Hot Sauce

You know, it’s starting to get cooler in the south. My peppers were having a hard time fruiting this summer because it was too damn hot, so I’ve been getting a slew of peppers these last few weeks.

Alas, the pep’ plants are starting to slow down.

And in all honesty, I was in a bit of a limbo; the plants were producing, but the yields were so erratic, I couldn’t go to market with them. Yet by the time I looked at how many peppers I amassed, I knew something had to be done before they went bad.

I mean look at them.


And those are just the spicy ones! I grew some of the dark purple, almost-black bells too, along with some bangle babies.


So I had all these pepp’s and not a clue to do. Then I got to thinkin’ about some things, and I realized the answer was crystal.

I’m finna make some hot sauce.

But just like everything I do, it needs to be as dark as a cosmic void in the bowels of space.

And so, I bestow upon you the results of my labours:

Abyssal Vodka Chili Hot Sauce



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NOSH: Squid Ink Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Yes, it’s October.

Yes the spooky CW pumpkin guy is breakin’ out all his moves again, and yes, I know everybody and their mother is looking to Pinterest to find out what to do for Halloween this year, even though it falls on a bloody Monday.

I’on’t wanna here about it. Not one damn bit. Take it somewhere else.

Halloween’s cute and all, but I’ve been hunting lately and tryna figure out exactly how I can make my meals darker to their core, and through some hefty mashing of different recipes, I’ve taken one of the most comforting of foods and flipped its ass upside down.



Oh, what’s this? Just some panko breadcrumbs with bits of basil? So harmless, you figure, but get a load of these damn macaroni noodles inside that ramekin of deliciousness :


That’s right, pitch as the night and gorgeous as ever.

I made those noodles and that mac ‘n’ cheese from scratch. And guess what — you’re in luck, cause you can most definitely do it too.

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The Picnic Principle

We can all admit that picnicking in the heart of summer seems like an invitation to dine in hell. But the allure of an evening picnic with friends (or alone, if you so desire) is a romantic one, with the promise of reflection and relaxation not so easily obtained in broad daylight. Read the rest of this page »

WGD Recap – Gathering of Angels in ATL

The sun was inviting and the souls were warm at Piedmont Park last Sunday. A sea of black rested upon the grass, and folks sang along to the howlings of Siouxsie Sioux, The Mission,  Clan of Xymox, Bauhaus, and more. It was a shining example that the Gothic community still thrives, despite known chatter that it is deteriorating across the nation.

Check out a few of the scenes at this lovely event. If you’re in the ATL area and want to be present for the next event, you might want to follow the Facebook page for easy access.


From the Grave…And Just In Time For Festivities!

Ooh, it’s almost like we’ve been dead the entire time! But FG’s semi-active again between agricultural duties (yippee!), and we’ll be covering lots of cool topics in the coming weeks!

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Scrypt: Grave Matters

A while back, FG did a quick snippet on some eco-friendly final resting options one might consider. But if you’re still leaning towards the conventional coffin-and-underground-burial ceremony, there’s one tell-all book that sheds light on the death industry and the environmental mayhem it leaves behind. Mark Harris’s Grave Matters follows modern families as they send off their loved ones in different ways, starting from the most common (and damaging) methods up to those with the least ecological footprint.

Capping off at just under 200 pages, Harris breaks down chapter-by-chapter the experiences each particular family goes through when arranging their dead’s ceremonies.

No detail is left untouched: ambiance and overall emotional feel of each burial, average costs of each burial method and ceremony, and a cheat-sheet at the end of each story summing up what you should’ve taken from the chapter.

Perhaps one of the first book-clenching moments was a detailed segment on embalming–a practice that was for a long time rejected in the American eye as unholy and pagan. Between reading the graphic details on how embalmers stuff cotton balls in orifices in order to prevent chemical leakage, and horror stories about the scents and sights of exploding caskets caused by anaerobic decomposition, one would definitely think twice about what’s deemed a “proper burial”.

Between these episodes lies environmental evaluation at every turn. Cemetery grounds are home to a myriad of toxic chemicals including formaldehyde, heavy metals, and (lesser in newer generations) arsenic. Harris states there’s no systematic procedure for testing groundwater pollution on or around burial grounds, nor is there a standard for the amount of formaldehyde available in potable water…which should raise even more of a concern to those who frequent graves and crypts.

Luckily, explanations of ecologically-sound burials are revealed in the later chapters. Cremation, water burials, and the simple-yet-intimate on-property burial all get analyzed in this expansive, exploratory work. Both a resource and an enjoyable read, Mark Harris brings to light processes deemed too dark for mainstream discussion about better ways to tend to our dead.

Hopefully you can snag a copy of Grave Matters at your local book swap/store. If that isn’t possible, expect to pay between $12 and $14 online for this fundamental read.

TTT: “New Year, New Tea”

Image: Nebojsa Mladjenovic, Flickr.




In case you weren’t aware, January marks itself as Hot Tea Month in the States. While a perfectly brewed pot of tea can be delightful, certain tea practices actually do the planet more harm than good. Here are a few tips and products you can snag to ensure minimal waste and maximum taste.

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