06/13/19 – Doing Her Duty





  1. Nova

    I do predict that Dmitri will be the one to clamp Devyat, after the kreebrick is dealt with. Just a gut feeling.

    Side note: Squiggly Background Pipe is the real star of this strip

      1. watcher

        I would like that poor thing to be freed of it’s person.
        It seems so trapped on that arm, only able to go where it’s master goes. It’s clearly agitated, why can’t we set it free!

  2. War Pig

    @Felixscout: Just saw your request today. Posted it on the strip at that time but I will post it here, too, just in case.

    Stuffed zucchini:

    4 medium zucchini
    1 pound ground beef
    1 pound Italian sausage
    1 small onion, chopped
    1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
    1 egg, beaten
    1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
    1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
    1 cup water

    1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Grease or spray a 13×9 inch baking dish.
    2.Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Chop and reserve about 3/4 of the seeds for the stuffing. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, sausage, chopped onion, bread crumbs, egg and the reserved zucchini seeds. Place the meat mixture equally into all of the zucchini halves; mixture should be piled up over the top. Place the filled zucchini halves into the prepared baking dish.
    3.In a bowl, stir together the crushed tomatoes/sauce, tomato soup, and water. Spoon the tomato mixture over the filled zucchini, liberally. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes. You may want to place foil or a cookie sheet underneath the baking dish because it tends to bubble over and splash. If using disposable foil pans I highly recommend a cookie sheet beneath.

    NOTE: For the Italian Sausage, just buy Italian sausage links and remove the casings and crumble it up like loose sausage. While you can use regular sausage I advise at least trying the Italian once. The flavor is MUCH better, whether you use sweet or hot Italian sausage. You can even sprinkle on some oregano before baking as an added touch – gives them sort of a pizza bent. Play around with it and customize it with spices and things. I always put banana pepper rings over it before baking it for me as I love their flavor. You can also add Parmesan, Romano or other cheese over the tops.

    My grandson and his football team buddies used to eat these BY THE DOZEN. I had a manager of Donato’s pizza ask me for the recipe after he tried them at a dinner party of mine once. People ask me to bring these for potluck dinners as well.

    Note: This is a versatile meat stuffing. You can also stuff bell peppers with this recipe, but do not use the veins or seeds of the pepper as they are bitter. Sacrifice an extra bell pepper (I prefer red) seed, de-vein and mince it up fine and use it instead of the zucchini seeds. You can use it for cabbage rolls. Some people omit the seeds altogether and use the stuffing to make enchiladas or burritos or even tacos. If you’re not going to bake it (like taco filling), cook it in a pot to make it safe. One guy said he put it in a cored apple and baked it, making sausage stuffed baked apples. I have not tried that as I’m not a real apple fan, but it sounds interesting. He used shredded extra sharp cheddar for the topping cheese. I have used rouladen-sliced beef and rolled this stuffing into it, tied it with butcher string, sauced it and baked it

  3. Rikard

    That feeling… oh I know that feeling well from teaching, that is when you actually are teaching and isn’t mired in bureaucratic administrative mayhem and other such-and-such.

    Emily has reached that Point where she realises that the job such as it is, is indeed idiocy, and worse that she is very good at it.

    And then you choose to either plod along in the clownparade or go do something completely different – a lark, for example.

    Your comic is, if that is the right word, a paragon of what comics should aspire to be.

  4. Peter Rogan

    Wait. Devyat beat Emily to the draw??

    Her powers are more considerable than I had imagined. And now I know she won’t bother asking Emily to come along on her trip. You only get to draw down on Devyat once. And Emily is lucky to have survived the encounter. Not that Devyat isn’t fundamentally decent, but after Luf and Aun she’s got no reason to trust anybody in the Galaxy any more. With the exception of Pilot and Anesu, So far.

    War Pig, loved your recipe. I’m heading to the store for the missing ingredients shortly. Much thanks, and bon appetît!

          1. Peter Rogan

            Anesu only told Pilot in the middle of the brawl with the Auglish, Gounder’s first defenders, in ignorance of the stigma attached to the Eebs. It was Emily who said she had to act in front of a crowd to stop the mercenary pirate fleet’s annihilation missile, after Devyat told her she was fully telekinetic. And so she did. And was thrown into prison for it. Anesu is not quite blameless here, but it was Devyat who offered her services to Emily, and Emily who forced her to reveal herself in public.

            Anesu is the one behind the entire rescue plan, which seems to be working. I think Devyat will consider that in her consideration of how she should treat her friends. Once Anesu wakes up, that is.

  5. Muzhik

    I will also be trying the zucchini. You know what else will be FABULOUS with that stuffing? Pumpkin. Get a small (sugar) pumpkin, about half or a third of the size you cut into jack-o-lanterns. Cut off the top, scoop out the seeds (save for later roasting), then put in a little salt and stuff away. Put the top back on, and put into the baking dish, then pour about an inch of water into the pan. Stick it in the pre-heated oven for about an hour and you’ve got something truly succulent.

  6. Nils Fischer

    Eeb telekinesis cannot only do telekinesis – and burn off planets, which, yeah, telekinesis without any energy cap would be able to do. And reflect energy weapons?
    But it can also reorganize metal/plastic matter into living flowers mostly made from water and carbon?
    So its not telekinesis but magic, basically?

    1. Peter Rogan

      Gives you a new respect for whatever race first put Eebs into starships and turned them into stardrives, donnit? Couldn’t have been easy at any point in the process, no sir. No way.

      1. Nils Fischer

        wow, yeah, you are right.
        Transubstantiation would also be fun in a metor field
        “Look out, flying rocks! – No, ist liquid soap now, ship was diry anyway”

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