Oct. 12th, 2010

Question...

I have a pumpkin in the fridge, so recipes for pumpkin baked goods would be appreciated. (Also other forms of squash are also good. And root veggies -- all my beets are cooked, and the celery root is mashed, but I still have turnips and carrots and onions and shallots.)
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Jul. 6th, 2010

To-Do

I keep wondering if I should keep my to-do list in my journal. Because all the cool kids are doing it.

Anyway, I need to preserve my vegetables, since the heat wave means I don't want to actually cook new things. Which means I still have to cook things -- most things need to be blanched before I can freeze them. But I can do it at 9PM with the AC on. I still have writing and art to do, and I need to stop playing with my flash cards and playing Portal. Especially since I've discovered some of the acrobatics I try to pull in Portal makes me motion sick. (Who knew rapid changes of view and perspective would be so disorienting?)

Also, a chance sale* meant that I already bought one Christmas gift for a friend. Well, more of a silly 'inside joke' kind of gift, so it might go with another small thing. If I get last year's gifts out before September, I'll maybe offer art, but other than that, I'm buying stuff this year. Because I'm still getting Christmas gifts out in effing July. I have a good idea about what to get several more, which is nice. And the only reason I'm thinking about this is that, hey, chance sale meant I got a gift for cheap, and I suspect the recipient will get a kick out of it.

* It was a 'If I break my habit of not writing, I can buy discounted gamer books. Plus Special Secret Surprise Gift'.

Bah, time to put on shorts (that are not PJs) and head to work. No way in hell am I walking, thanks to the heat.

Feb. 21st, 2010

Feeling productive!

I got all of the cleaning done today except for mopping my kitchen floor and cleaning out the bottom of the fridge where what used to be vegetables are currently engaging in an experiment to synthesize life under Martian temperatures. (That and cleaning the spice shelf, where, thanks to vanilla and almond extract spills, the bottom feels like the floor of a movie theater.)

I made (Indian) curried vegetables* for dinner, but think I need to work a bit on the recipe. I love the taste of Indian curries, but this one needs a bit more body, since the spice doesn't stick well to the veggies. It also may need meat/tofu/paneer**, depending on if my body decides that no, this is not enough for dinner. (I also had naan, but the first batch was lost to 'put in the oven to toast and forget about it'.)

Now, I can write or draw or something. Maybe watch anime for a bit, while the laundry runs. I kind of want to start FMA: Brotherhood. Part of it is because I want to get back into the fandom (because I'm insane) and maybe write a sequel to my AU.

The [livejournal.com profile] scifibigbang is starting up in March (IIRC), so that means finding a story I want to write 25,000 words on. I could do the whole 'novelize my old comic' project so I can put that sucker to bed (this Big Bang allows original works of fiction), or I have some fanfiction prompts. The sad thing is the Slayers trilogy I really want to finish writing needs its third prompt, and I want something that can stand alone. (And a sequel to my FMA AU needs a bit more for me to come up with a driving plot, even if I have the setting and background thought out.) I shall have to go through my WIPs/plotbunny list and look for something that does not have much work on it, and that can work as a 25,000 word fiction idea.

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* Distinguished from Thai curried vegetables -- the spice mix is different, and Thai curries involve a coconut milk base. Both are good.

** A sort of firm cheese. Also, yes, I will eat tofu, even though I am not a vegetarian.

Apr. 28th, 2009

Life Continues

Sorry, I haven't been blogging much. My life is just being average. I'm getting ready for a conference next week -- I still have to finish my talk, and buy some nicer shirts to wear. (And maybe either capris or skirts that fit -- I have one set, and I probably shouldn't wear jeans. On the plus side, the highs are supposed to be in the 70s, so I could probably get away with pants.)

On the way down (to Virginia Beach), our group is road-tripping it. Eight hours with four scientists (me, my advisor, another grad student and a postdoc) in the car -- this can only be trouble. When I get there, I'm sharing a hotel room with an undergrad from Wellsley whose advisor is friends with mine. (I met this student once -- she was considering Cornell as a grad school, but ended up going elsewhere.)

Diet is 'meh' -- I've been hovering around the same weight for a month or so. My love of vegetables is being balanced by my love of sweets and free food. I've taken to eating* roasted veggies, which are yummy. Though next time, I think I need to add some carbs to the veggies and chicken so I don't get hungry and have a bowl of cereal three hours later. (I got rice. Rice is good.)

* Okay, I had it for dinner today

In related cooking matters, I discovered that if you place a piece of Pyrex glass -- like, say a casserole dish placed under a roasting pan to catch drips -- that has been sitting in a 375° oven for 25 minutes directly into a sink with cold water in it, the glass will shatter. Impressively. In retrospect, the fact I got an A in Thermal Physics probably should have clued me in that this was a Bad Idea. At least, if I didn't want to buy a new casserole dish. It was a great idea to see physics in action.

I'm out of things to say.

Oh, wait! Swine flu! I used it as an excuse to restock my medicine cabinet, and buy some staples In Case of Generic Disaster*. Not terribly worried, though -- I figure the supplies are good to have on hand anyway, since I'm prone to headaches and allergies.

* Read: pasta, chicken broth and toilet paper. Probably should add in some Instant Soup and Cans of Stuff that couldn't be eaten by people feeling icky. (Especially since there's instant Thai Curry soup that tastes wonderful when I have a cold, probably because I can actually breathe after I eat it.)

Jun. 10th, 2008

Musings...

I like my slow-cooker. The reason is that I can spend fifteen minutes shoving canned/frozen vegetables and chunks of chicken into it, add some herbs, and when I get home, dinner (with enough for lunch the next day) is waiting. The house even smells like cooking. I feel horribly domestic, except it's the kind of domesticity that I like -- the kind that takes very little work for the results.

I found a lovely passage of kitchen-witchery in the book I'm rereading (Whisky and Water, by Elizabeth Bear). I need to get a copy to [info]emilie_burns because I think she'd get a kick out of it. I'm enjoying my re-read of that series (The Promethean Age) -- there are two books (Blood and Iron and Whisky and Water) set in the modern world, with two set in Elizabethan England coming out soon. It's urban fantasy, but it feels different than The Dresden Files. While Harry has a page out of the pulp hero, the world in The Promethean Age is much more complicated. It's not the sort of thing that a guy with a quick wit and handy fireball can easy come in and make things mostly right in 400 pages. Don't get me wrong -- I like both, but they are a bit of different tastes, for all that both are clearly in the 'urban fantasy' subgenre.

Though Whisky and Water does feature the Archangel Michael in a Trogdor the Burninator T-shirt.

It says something about me that I am the sort of person who, after a thunderstorm and upon noticing that the Sun has come out, will dash outside to see if there is a rainbow. I like to think that that something is flattering.
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