Errata

Mar. 18th, 2009 06:01 pm
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I think this is basically the delicious pasta and butternut squash dish I had at the Academy of Sciences cafe with [livejournal.com profile] toratigris last month, but the chef threw in the cheese and stirred it quickly for a few moments in the hot pan before serving it. It was so, so, so good. I want to eat it right now. If you are vegetarian, I don't recommend trying this without substituting something for the pancetta--the savoriness and saltiness matched up with the sweetness of the squash is what really makes this. The note on the side there about chanterelle mushrooms might work for the savory note, plus maybe some bacon salt or smoked salt, veggie sausage or something.

I kind of think there was a little more seasoning in the dish I had, but maybe not. I should just try this recipe and see.


Went to the library to see which of the manga for Master's Thesis #2 they had, and ... um, they had Fruits Basket and nothing else. A couple of the other titles were checked out, a couple were on order, and the other stuff is simply not owned by the library. Ugh. DOOM.

However, the library once again just handed me a book I've been wanting to read. They have books for sale on racks out front, which is how I originally got Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for 50 cents, and now I've got Grand Ellipse by Paula Volsky, which [livejournal.com profile] toratigris said I should read (and certainly looks like something I should have already read). It was face out and everything. So I'll read it somewhere during or after this pile of Naomi Novik and Tobias Buckell books.


Appalled to be developing a crush on Noel Fielding. His fashion sense is terrible. (And he's older than I am.)


So tired. Can't tell if it's allergies, being a wimp for whom 7.4 hours of sleep won't do, or coming down with the world's slowest-to-incubate cold.


Finally, this Gmail Notifier plugin for Firefox that I was so happy about because it can handle 3 accounts including Gmail for domains? Yeah, it just randomly stops working after it's been up for a while. ARRRRGH. It's become vital to my business to have a working Gmail notifier and I can't find one. It's driving me nuts, as the pirate with the steering wheel on his pants said. Yarrr.


EDIT: I just started making the playlist for this year's Halloween party. Um. Yeah.

I promise it'll be more entertaining than what we did last year. For one thing, I'll try to make some ROOM so that if there's videogaming in one room, there will be something else to do in another room.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (clamp-mkr-cookingme)
This recipe is officially titled "Roasted Cauliflower."

However, since I don't really like cauliflower, and yet I liked this so much that I am having real difficulty keeping myself from devouring C's half before he gets home, it shall henceforth be known as CAULIFLOWER NOM.

"Mellow, slightly sweet roasted garlic and onions round out the flavor of cauliflower." It's really fast to make since there's no mincing, just quartering and halving and ... floret-ing. It doesn't taste too mustardy--it's just right! I can't tell you how much I liked this. We'll be making it a lot, I think.

Yield
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Ingredients
* 2 teaspoons olive oil
* 2 medium onions, quartered
* 5 garlic cloves, halved
* 4 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
* Cooking spray
* 1 tablespoon water
* 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (I eschewed the parsley.)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 500°.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Place onion mixture and cauliflower in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Combine water and mustard; pour over vegetable mixture. Toss to coat; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 500° for 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with parsley.

NOTES:

MOAR GARLIC
MOAR MUSTARD SAUCE
ROAST MOAR
MAKE DOUBLE BATCH


Nutritional Information
Calories: 94 (30% from fat) Fat: 3.1g (sat 0.4g,mono 1.8g,poly 0.5g) Protein: 4.5g Carbohydrate: 15.4g Fiber: 5.4g Cholesterol: 0.0mg Iron:
1.1mg Sodium: 408mg Calcium: 63mg

Source: Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2002
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from CookingLight.com

Recipe & nutritional info )

I used lemon extract rather than lemon peel, and I put lemon curd between the layers. However, pouring all of the glaze on top meant that it was actually too much, and the icing was a little overpowering as a result. It also didn't do the artistic drippy thing of the photo nor did it allow itself to be fully iced. So it didn't look great, but it tasted pretty good. :) And I really have to learn how to trim down layers for a cake so that it sits flat and all. Sigh.
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Based on "Fast Tomato Sauce" in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman.

- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped (size depends on how much you love onion. Me? I love onion.)
- 1 24-32 ounce can of whole tomatoes, preferably unsalted, drained and roughly chopped
- Minced garlic to taste
- Salt and coarse-ground black pepper to taste
- Dried or fresh/frozen basil, oregano, parsley to taste
- Red pepper flakes to taste

Heat the oil in a 10-12-inch skillet over medium heat. When it's hot, add the onion and cook till soft, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. When the onion's nearly done, throw in the garlic. Add the tomatoes, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook until the tomatoes break up and the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 10-15 minutes. Add the herbs when there are a few minutes left. If it's too thin, add some decent-quality tomato paste.

This has been different every time I've made it, but it's been good every time. I think it tastes better than Classico, and I really like Classico.
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Modified from a Cooking Light recipe (January 2003). I love Cooking Light. It's the only healthy-ish publication that is consistently good, and creative. (And often not really all that healthy! hahaha--but seriously, one reason it doesn't suck is that they consider more than just the total calories or fat calories in determining healthiness.)

The broth is added to keep the onions from burning. Double this recipe if you want! You'll probably desire seconds if you like this kind of thing. :) We're testing it doubled right now, without doubling the broth, as there was a bit too much liquid last time.

INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 (6-ounce) Walla Walla or other sweet onions, peeled and quartered (or eighthed, if they're as big as the ones we bought at the farmer's market are!)
Cooking spray
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium vegetable broth (or whatever kind of broth)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Coat a casserole dish or roasting pan with cooking spray (I wonder if this is necessary, since there's butter in the next step.) Combine melted butter, thyme, salt, pepper, and onions in pan; toss to coat. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once. Pour broth over onions; stir gently to combine. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until tender.

Combine the vinegar and honey, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over onions, tossing gently to coat. Nom.


Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup) if you're not me or [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor. Otherwise, 2 servings.

CALORIES 75 (25% from fat); FAT 2.1g (sat 1.2g,mono 0.6g,poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 1.6g; CHOLESTEROL 5mg; CALCIUM 28mg; SODIUM 257mg; FIBER 2.1g; IRON 0.3mg; CARBOHYDRATE 13.3g (Not accurate due to broth change, probably.)
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I forgot to mention that the other day [livejournal.com profile] toratigris came over and showed me the basics of how to crochet. Boy, it was like my hands were broken alien marionettes. Just couldn't get 'em to cooperate. But eventually I understood the basics of what we were doing, and I even crocheted a little strip of something. Sadly, though, because I'm SO bad at learning physical stuff, I think she's going to have to show me all over again next time. But I hope there is a next time. :) I think it has the potential to be fun.


Someone with medical knowledge go fix the strep throat article on Wikipedia. It's almost incomprehensible in parts. There are a lot of run-on sentences, some of which can't be fixed if you don't know what you're talking about.

Man, I wish I could go to the doctor on Sundays... *groan*


Another note on the "projectile" discussion: Merriam-Webster online gives "projectul" as the first pronunciation, and "project-tile" as the second. I wonder if this is a recent shift (assuming your overwhelming preference for the latter is standard). One problem with dictionaries as guides to English "as she is spoke" is that they tend to be a generation or three behind the times.

And a random personal note: As a kid and young adult I had to actively learn to pronounce words like "futile" and "sterile" and "missile" etc. etc. in the SAE way instead of with a long i. I don't think this was because of any British influence on my speech, but because of learning the words from books instead of hearing them. (And yes, I know the long i is standard in some other AE dialects, but they're not ones I speak otherwise, so it would sound pretty out-of-place.) Anyway, it's annoying that SAE isn't consistent on this point--we don't say "reptill," after all.


Dear Firefox Developers,

I don't appreciate your Windows Vista-like efforts to keep me from controlling my own environment. Your caching is so aggressive that I can't check updates I'm making to my websites, and you've seen fit to get rid of the option that let me turn off caching. I guess I'll go play with about:config ...

No love,
Me


By the way, for [livejournal.com profile] unkyrich's New Year's Eve party I made something called butter mochi, using the recipe from the nifty 'Ono Kine Grindz blog. It's something a Japanese-American classmate of mine from Japanese class at CSUEB made and brought to class once. I assume it's a result of Hawai'i's fusion of Japanese and other culinary traditions--even the name is kind of shocking to most Japanese people, I think. However, it's very tasty, satisfying, wonderfully chewy, and not too sweet--although it is rather rich. Apparently it's also good toasted in a toaster oven. Anyway, it's pretty easy to make, so give it a try if you feel adventurous.

Off I go

Sep. 15th, 2007 11:39 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
to Faire tomorrow, costumeless as I am. Snif. (It's the Hollister/Casa de Fruta one, and I guess I *have* been to it before...I get them confused.)

Also, this carrot cake recipe was a hit. Hurray! More importantly, [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor's birthday went pretty well, and he got presents including season 3 of House and seasons 4 and 5 of The Fry and Laurie Show. I guess we'll soon find out what the LD50 for Hugh Laurie is.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (clamp-mkr-cookingme)
Dark Chocolate Pudding

Very, VERY easy, and very tasty, and not nearly as bad for you as a candy bar.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (more or less to taste)
4.5 tbs cornstarch
3 cups milk
3 tsp vanilla

Whisk together sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch in a
large, microwave-proof bowl.

Add milk, *a little at a time* (add milk, whisk; add
milk, whisk again), until everything is mixed.

Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir well, heat on
high again for 1 or 2 minutes at a time, alternating
heating and stirring, until it thickens.

Remove from the microwave and **stir in the vanilla**.
Serve warm.

Makes about 4 bowls.
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We finally found a recipe--actually, [livejournal.com profile] jenniferward did, in a cookbook I bought at a library book sale. No kidding. It's in a Nitty-Gritty publication from 1969 (!!!) titled Japanese Country Cookbook. Maybe the author got the recipe before the Bricks of MSG became so popular. Here's the basic recipe, our attempts at making it more like Japanese restaurant curry, and my thoughts for next time.

Ingredients with a * are items we consider essential, but weren't in the original recipe. Ingredients in parentheses are based on the ingredients listed on our favorite commercial curry mixes. Our measurements are only approximate; this is a work in progress.

JAPANESE CURRY FROM SCRATCH

Rice for 4
1/2 pound meat
1 onion, diced
2 T vegetable oil
4 cups stock
1 T soy sauce
1 tsp sugar (omit if adding fruit or chutney)
1 tsp minced fresh ginger (omit if adding chutney with ginger)
1-3 T Japanese-style curry powder, such as S&B, to taste (if not more)
2 T cornstarch
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 potatoes, in chunks
* 4 carrots, in thick coins
(1 medium apple, grated)
(2 tablespoons chutney)
(1/2 cup grated parmesan--the dry kind, not the meltable kind. EDIT: not really recommended--just so you know what we wound up with. This was an attempt to rescue it from being too sweet.)
(some Worchestershire)
(some powdered buttermilk)
(some black pepper)

Cut the meat into bite-size pieces and brown in a large pot. (You can also use shrimp, but I have no idea what you do with shrimp since I'm allergic.) Add onions and garlic; sautee until tender. Add stock, soy sauce, sugar (if using) and ginger (if using). Add the carrots and potatoes, and any of the optional ingredients. Make a paste of the curry powder with water (to avoid lumps) and add to the pot; then make paste of the cornstarch and water, then add. Stir briskly. Simmer. When thickened, serve over rice. Serves 4.

Possible additions for next time, based on commercial mixes: Smoked gouda grated in, smooth natural peanut butter, a bit of butter. Some of the ingredient lists have something similar to Marmite in them... Don't know if the house would go for that. (Examples: Kokumaro Curry Hot, Vermont Curry Hot [very funky--banana paste and such], Java Curry Hot [also funky--coconut, cocoa]. Don't think we're going to find the standard ingredient of tomato powder though. :p)

Ours wound up too sweet because we used too much mango-and-ginger chutney (more than 2 T), but it's still good.

You can make it without meat (tofu might work well too) and top with sliced boiled eggs, or a fried egg (Hawai'i style) for protein.
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Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting
based on a recipe from Cooking Light

1/2 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons skim milk
3 1/3 cups confectioners' powdered sugar
3/4 cup Dutch process or unsweetened cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat first 3 ingredients in a large bowl at high speed of a mixer until smooth. Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt; gradually add sugar mixture to cheese mixture, beating at low speed until well-blended. Add vanilla, and beat well. Cover and chill.

Yield: 1 3/4 cups

(Notes: Original called for 1/3-less-fat cream cheese and margarine, but I didn't have those. It also said "sifted powdered sugar," but I couldn't be bothered to do that. They are not kidding about the chilling stage. This icing is DELICIOUS and very easy.)
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There's a new book coming out called The Working Cook, by Tara Duggan of the SF Chronicle. It's supposed to be healthy recipes that take 20-40 minutes to cook. It looks like a great book. You can access a lot of the recipes at her column's archive website: http://sfgate.com/columns/workingcook/archive/

Here are a few I wanted to save for myself:

Gratineed Gnocchi in Spinach-Tomato Sauce


Read more... )


Gyoza Soup With Kale & Toasted Nori

Read more... )


SPICED BLACK BEAN SOUPRead more... )


CREAMY BAKED PASTA WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH & CHARD
Read more... )


GARLICKY EGGPLANT STIR-FRY
(Me: this is a version of fish-flavored eggplant, usually called garlic eggplant or Sichuan eggplant on American menus, that doesn't involve the usual frying step. However, I'd definitely make it with the small Asian eggplants rather than the globe eggplants called for.)

Read more... )


Browned Sausages With Napa Cabbage Braise.
Read more... )
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I always see fingerlings at the farmer's market but I wasn't sure what to do with them. Here are some ideas that I liked from the Mercury News (actually, the Orange County Register, but they were in the San Jose paper). The rest are in the article.

Three ways to prepare fingerlings )

I don't have the fuss-tolerance to do fondue at home, but I do like the idea of using them as dippers for fondue.
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More or less based on various chahan recipes (the Japanese variation on Chinese fried rice). Next I need to do Taiwanese-style pineapple rice, a dish I always thought was an American invention but is widespread in ordinary Taipei holes-in-the-wall. I love it, and at home I can make it WITHOUT prawns, tiny dried shrimp, or porksong! I suspect I'll need good fresh pineapple to make it taste Taiwanese, though.


Fried Rice

Recipe and request for feedback )
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Spiced Cherry Sauce

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I really liked this sauce with the ham. I'm sure you could do other things with it, though I'm too tired to think what. I found the original recipe on various websites but modified it a bit (balsamic vinegar instead of red wine, added the pineapple rings and citrus juice).
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I read that this film about Wal-Mart's practices will be shown at a lot of churches. I wonder how many churches in Arkansas will show it. I'm guessing not many.


Grown-up mac & [goat] cheese recipe )
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I wish there was some way that, by not buying Michael Crichton's new book, I could discourage him from writing more. If you don't feel like clicking over, he's currently blathering about how global warming is an international conspiracy. And lord knows, who better to trust than a potboiler novelist?

The sad thing is that a lot of grown-up Americans get their science knowledge from writers like Crichton. In the '90s people seemed to think that quoting Jurassic Park was an acceptable way to prove a point on chaos theory. But no. (Of course, that's not really his fault--people should know enough that if their curiosity is piqued by a topic in a novel, they should go look it up elsewhere.)


There's going to be a special election in California next month. Despite being a poll worker, I haven't had the time or energy to read up on the issues yet. But [livejournal.com profile] jedediah posted a pointed question: Does Prop. 73 attempt to define a fetus as a child?

Worth reading up on.

Anyway, if you have strong feelings about any of the other propositions, feel free to comment and tell me about it.


I made this pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe, but I had to substitute A LOT because I'm stupid and I didn't make sure we had everything before I started. (Well, using the Guittard Halloween chips instead of regular chocolate chips was on purpose.) I want to play with this and the lighter version and try increasing the pumpkin flavor, too. (For one thing, I wound up with 1/3 of the can left over.)

Anyway, despite all of the substitutions, they came out very tasty! I hope my Tuesday night classmates like 'em.


Tips for applying to a job from craigslist. I would add another tip: Proofread everything you submit so it's not riddled with typos and mistakes like this one is. If you can overlook that, the content is good. Includes examples. (Personally, I think the author of the "good" cover letter comes off like a smarmy blowhard, but I guess there's a reason I'm not in HR.)
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Drawing of PotC 2 (Dead Man's Chest) villain, Davey Jones from Comic-Con.

I really want enough money to go to SDCC for a week and see everything, and take a little time to actually see a bit of San Diego itself.


I had a really good dinner at Yuki tonight. Spoke the wee'est smidge of Japanese to the guy I think was the owner. Raved over the grilled mackerel, which I ordered on a freakish whim, given that I rarely like cooked fish (besides catfish and trout). It was SO GOOD. Buttery and a little sweet and so good.


I feel someone should tell [livejournal.com profile] unkyrich that Danny Elfman actually sings in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Though his voice is coming out of Deep Roy (as the Oompa Loompa), which just adds to the surreality.


If you have a good Japanese eggplant recipe, could you pass it on? (I mean, recipe using Japanese eggplant, that is.) There were some really pretty ones at the farmer's market today, but we got other stuff instead--strawberries, white peaches, honey. I hate standard eggplant (aubergine) but I discovered I like some of the eggplant dishes at area Asian restaurants.


Did I mention that the mackerel was really, really good?

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