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Friday, August 12th, 2016
9:47 am
This week's meals with Kerry:
Last week's main was a flop, as I put in insufficient salt. We went to a restaurant instead.  On the other hand, adding fresh mint to cookie dough does some awesome things - three days later, they still tasted of fresh mint. I'm going to try it with other fresh herbs.

This week:
-Caprese bruschetta
--bread (the tomato garlic dough I keep on hand)
--fresh basil
--storebought fresh mozzarella (no time to make it myself)
--cherry tomatoes
:::bake bread, slice, and toast 4 slices. slice tomatoes and mozzarella , layer with basil on bread slices. heat just long enough to melt mozzarella
-Grilled trout
--2 small trout
--tomatillos (will have to go out for these. May need to sub limes or lemongrass)
:::rub trout inside and out with oil, sprinkle on s&P, stuff with tomatillos and thyme. Grill until skin is crispy and flakes well
-Baked mashed plantains (new method) [[[did not happen -  not mashable]]]
--2 plantains
:::slit plantains. Bake at 350 until tende. mash with milk.
-Sunflower greens salad [[[wound up skipping the tomatoes]]]
--sunflower greens
--halved cherry tomatoes
-Mini strawberry pavlova [[[HUGE hit]]]
--meringue nests (hope this works! I may have trouble getting them to come out whole)
---egg whites
---cream of tartar
---powdered sugar
---rose water
---almond extract
--:::whip egg whites until frothy. add cream of tartar. whip further until soft peaks form. add rose water and almond extract. whip, slowly adding sugar, until stiff and dry. pipe into nest shapes and bake as 185 until crispy.
--macerated strawberries
---strawberries, diced
---tiny bit vanilla torani
---galagal powder
--::: mix together and let sit for 30 minutes
:::spoon macerated strawberries into meringue nests

-Matzah Brie
--left over broken shmurah matzah
--fresh basil
--fresh dill
--fresh chives
:::mince fresh spices, grind dry spices. Crack eggs into bowl containing both and whisk with milk and salt. Break matzoh up into maztoh farfel and mix into egg mixture. Let sit 5 minutes. Fry until eggs are done
-Roasted Plantains
--left over baked plantains
:::cut plantains, toss with oil & S&P. roast.
-Cherry tomatoes
-Macerated Strawberries
:::left over from last night
Friday, August 5th, 2016
11:17 am
This week's dinner
This will have to be an on-the-go type dinner, as I have absolutely no desire to stick around for the Ironman craziness, so tonight will be a flying pickup without, really, time to sit down and have a meal.

-Tongue Rolls
--Package lamb's tongues
--greens (will have to see what's good at Alfalfa's)
--Auntie Arwen's Blatantly Gahaaarlic Salt
--Tomato bread dough
:::prep lamb's tongues using spice mix, knead well-ground cumin into bread dough. Wrap tongues greens and then in dough, bake until hollow-sounding
-Chocolate chip cookies
--chocolate chips
--other spices as the mood strikes me.
11:10 am
Whups - last week's dinner.
I seem to be slacking off on these. Ah, well.

OK - No appetizer as work ran over
-Heart steaks
--Trimmed, sliced heart
:::grill at max temp until rare.
-German Red Cabbage
--Small head purple cabbage
--apple cider vinegar (about 1/8th of the cabbage volume)
--half a small pear
--2 small shallots
--two teaspoons homemade butter
--pinch sugar
--pinch salt
:::melt onions in butter, add rest of ingredients, simmer until tender.
-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
--2 cups fresh brussel sprout halves
--grapeseed oil
--ground cumin
:::toss together, bake at 350 until tender
-Corn on the cob
:::Shuck and grill
--fresh butter
-Chocolate Shoofly Pie: NOTE: WAY too much pie filling - next time, cut amounts in half
--Storebought crust, pre-baked the night before (I know, I know, but I only had about an hour to get all this done)
--mini chocolate chips
----brown sugar
--baking soda dissolved in hot water
--beaten egg
:::cover bottom of pie crust with chocolate chips, combine 2/3 crumbbs and other filling ingredients and pour into pie, top with remaining crumbs. Bake at 350 until set.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
10:10 pm
Two weeks without making dinner (pouts)
So, last week I burned my hand, and wasn't fit to cook.

this week, I shall be in Denver for Girl's night.

I had better get to make my love food next week or I don't know what I'll do.
Friday, July 8th, 2016
1:11 pm
Tonight's dinner
As I am low on spoons, this will be a simple dinner.

-Teapot soup
--4 shrimp
--4 small squid
--1 oz each bay scallops, halibut, swordfish, and red trout
--1/2 small zucchini
--1/2 to 1 cup shredded daikon
--1 head baby bok choy
--4-5 dried porcini slices
--4-5 dried shiitake mushrooms
--1/2 cup clam juice
--box of seafood stock
--1 small onion from Kerry's garden
--1 garlic scape from Grandpa's garden
--packet hon-dashi

-Rose Angelfood cake
--3 egg whites
--1/3 cup flour
--1/3 cup sugar
--pinch salt
--pinch cream of tartar
--dash ground cardamom
--1/8 cup rose water
-Avocado frosting
--1/2 small avocado
--dash vanilla or almond extract
--powdered sugar to taste
10:20 am
Last Friday's dinner
Well, it was very last-minute and off the cuff, so here is what was actually made

-Bacon Stuffed Dates
--half slice of bacon
--10 dates

-Arugula and Pear Salad
--Arugula from Kerry's garden
--1 bosc pear
-Oat Casserole
--1.33 cup oat groats
--1 cup frozen asparagus
--porcini mushroom powder
--2 garlic scapes
--half slice bacon
-Mushroom Stuffed Cornish Hen
--1/4 cup chopped enoki mushrooms
--1/2 cup maitake mushrooms
--1 egg
--1 garlic scape
--1 cornish game hen
--1 slice bacon (under the skin)

-Chilled Lime Saffron Mousse
--1 small avocado
--1.5 tsp lime extract
--1.66 tsp saffron
--sugar to taste
Monday, June 20th, 2016
10:19 am
Last Friday's food
The menu had been as follows, but got abbreviated due to time issues

-Mini eggplant casserole
--oat bran (omitted for time)
--tiny eggplants
--fresh mozzerella

-Baby collard greens
--baby collard greens
--baby cippolini onions
--smoked ham hocks
--hot sauce
-baked plantains
--green plantains
--grapeseed oilt
-andouille sausages (omitted for time)

-fruit salad
--green grapes
--balsamic nectar
--whipped avocado 'sour cream' (omitted for time)
---powdered milk
Friday, June 10th, 2016
1:13 pm
Weekly food post
I took me ages to get an idea for this week; but then, I've been lethargic on the cooking all week. As it is, this is all stuff that can easily be kept for later or made on 15-30 minutes notice, since the schedule is uncertain.

OK, here goes.

-Baked Mushrooms with Cheese Crust
--King Trumpet mushrooms
--provolone and gouda cheese, grated fine
--roasted garlic juice
-Grilled beef pinwheels
--breakfast steak
--provolone slices
--lovage leaves (I have SUCH an overubundance of these)
--fresh savory and thyme, minced fine
--mustard seed/coriander seed/salt spice mix, fresh ground in mortar
-Baked Yucca Fries
--1 lb yucca
--grapeseed oil
-Mini Pepper Slaw
--Mini sweet peppers
--cumin/mustard seed mix, fresh ground in mortar
--lovage stalk, minced fine
--fresh thyme
Scones with fresh sweet cream butter
--baking powder
--butter (since I don't have time to make and chill the butter for the dough, this will involve going out and getting butter over lunch)
--spices (currently undecided)
--fresh homemade butter
Monday, June 6th, 2016
4:05 pm
Last Friday's dinner
Forgot to post this last Friday due to an emotionally fraught day

Dinner - I aimed for comfort food
No Appetizer
-Hanger steak
--Hanger steak
--Mini bell peppers
--(Some of my standard soy/fish sauce vinaigrette -optional)
--[Did NOT work; wound up using pre-made spaeztle]
--1 cup spaeztle
--1 tsp fresh butter
-Peach/blueberry crisp
--fresh peaches
--ginger (fresh, grated)
--frozen blueberries
--crumble dough
---1/4 cup fresh butter
---1/4 cup flour
---1/8 cup sugar
---1/2 cup rolled oats
---2 tsp pre-ground cinnamon

Breakfast was had out because the bacon was frozen

Dinner Saturday:
-Beyond Burger meatballs
--2 Beyond Burger patties
--1 egg
--1/3 cup bread crumbs
--a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
--Mini bell peppers
--(Some of my standard soy/fish sauce vinaigrette -optional)
--1/2 cup spaeztle
--1/2 tsp fresh butter

Breakfast sunday:
-Beyond Burgers (these smoked to high heaven
--2 beyond burger patties
-Thick cut bacon
--1-inch thick cuts of bacon
-Chocolate stuffed strawberries
--homemade chocolate cheese
---1 cup cream
---1 tbsp cocoa powder
---2 tsp sugar
---1 packet yogurt starter
---a few gratings of fresh ginger
Friday, May 20th, 2016
9:12 am
Weekly dinner/breakfast post
Analysis of last week:
The coconut cream creme anglais was a tremendous failure. I used concentrated coconut cream, which I suspect was the biggest problem.

The seared broccolini didn't happen - there was already enough on that plate.
The crab didn't work well.

Breakfast was had out as I didn't feel like cooking.

Plan for this week:
-Seared crusted scallops
--4 sea scallops
--crumbled dried shiso
--dashi powder
Main dish:
-Grilled salmon
--12 oz salmon
--roasted garlic juice
--shiso hollandaise sauce (if I feel up to it)
---2 egg yolks
---1/4 cup butter
---1 tbl lime juice
---1 tbl crumbled dried shiso
---1/2 tsp chinese mustard
---pinch salt
-spice rice
--brown rice
--soy sauce
--ginger powder. Might do galangal instead, or even chinese mustard.
--wimping out and using a bagged mix
-Chilled melon/berry soup with cardamom sour cream
--1 mini watermelon
--a few handfuls blueberries
--1 cup heavy cream
--2 tbsp powdered sugar
--2 tsp cardamom powder

N/A - we will be in Denver
Friday, May 13th, 2016
10:53 am
Friday menu #1
I've decided to start logging the meals I make for Friday night dinners/Saturday morning breakfasts with Kerry. We'll see how long this lasts.

This week there's one complex prep, the creme anglaise. The galangal has already been candied, and everything else is simple, pre-made, and/or proven recipes.

Main dish:
--3 cups pre-frozen homemade primavera sauce
--1/2 lb shell-on mussels
--1/2 lb shell-on littleneck clams
--2 oz TJ's seafood mix
--2 oz squid
--2 oz scallops
--2 softshell crabs (see how these work out - if effective, buy more from H-mart)
-Fresh bread
--3 handfulls pre-frozen homemade bread dough
--egg wash
-Fresh butter
--pint cream
--1 tbl salt
-seared broccolini
--garlic juice
-candied galangal
--1 hand galangal
--1/2 cup sugar
-poached pears
--3 small pears
--1 cup white wine
--1 tbl walnut liqueur
-coconut creme anglaise
--1 egg
--4 tbl sugar
--1 package coconut cream

-Savory Matza Brie
--1 old shmurah matza
--5-6 eggs
--roasted garlic juice
--1/2 cup maitake mushrooms
--1/2 shallot
-roasted brussels sprouts
--brussels sprouts
--grapeseed oil
-fresh fruit and coffee
--go out to farmer's market
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
8:45 am
Guess what I did!
I finished paying Sallie Mae back!

And there's even a music video for it now.

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, November 20th, 2015
12:02 pm
knowedgeable imam?
My father recently posted this on his FB wall:
"Does anyone know of an Iman or other knowledgeable Muslim who would be willing to answer some detailed questions about Islam?"

I would really like to encourage his knowledge-seeking, but most of the Muslims I know I only see/have contact with via cons or wandering around my old areas of Boston. Anyone have contact info for this?
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
8:33 am
Girlfriend spending the weekend at my place for the first time.
Gods and Goddesses, I love that woman.

Current Mood: content
Sunday, February 1st, 2015
9:14 am
Well, I finally did it.
I am on plentyoffish - and I'm even talking to two cute women - one of them fannish.

Why the heck is this so scary?
Saturday, November 29th, 2014
8:42 pm
The teapot-soup worked!
So, about a month ago at Amu, the local authentic Japanese restaurant (associated with Sushi Zanmai, for anyone who might be in town) I had an amazing, cheap, filling, delicious dinner that basically consisted of leftover sushi bits (probably from Zanami, Amu doesn't serve much in the way of sushi), vegetable bits, and boiling dashi broth.
The seafood and veggies were put into a small teapot that was then filled with a very nice bonito dashi. You drank the dashi until it was gone and then ate the now cooked solid ingredients. I loved it so much I promised myself that as soon as I found a cheap teapot with the built-in strainer on the spout, I'd try it myself. Here's what I used:
About a third of a cup combined of shrimp, scallops, squid(tentacles, as well as tubes), and dover sole. They were all either sliced thin, except the squid tentacles, which were fine enough already, i just sliced them directly below where they joined.
About two tablespoons of raw, spiralized daikon and a pinch of pickled daikon. (I love daikon right now.)
About a tablespoon of chopped green onion.
About a half tablespoon of shredded green cabbage
About a half tablespoon of spiralized zucchinni,

Dashi broth made with hon-dashi powder. I wound up doing two pots without changing out the solid ingredients because I wasn't ready to stop drinking the broth.

I do think next time I'm getting the raw ingredients (I have another two sets of veg and seafood left in the fridge), I'll skip the dover sole for something a bit less likely to go mushy, and possibly include some spiralized carrot or parsnip. Other than that, I think I've hit on a good, quick meal that I can make relatively cheaply - even more cheaply if I double the calamari and cut out the scallops.

I feel very full and comfortable and rather self-satisfied at the moment. Here's hoping you all get to have wonderful, healthy food comas too.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
8:13 pm
Vacation song
Let it not be said I never write anymore.
As to the quality, well....

Nothing I did today mattered
Nothing I did today counts.
Nothing was on my list to check off
I did nothing in large amounts!

Nothing I did today mattered
Not a single deadline drew near.
Nothing I did today made a difference.
And nothing kicked into high gear .

Nothing I did today mattered
Nothing was freaking great!
Nothing I did today impacts
My family, my fortune, my fate.

Nothing I did today mattered.
I wandered and thought and had fun.
It took me 6 freaking days to get here
But I finally got nothing done!

Current Mood: elated, relaxed
Friday, April 25th, 2014
9:24 am
PSA - kitestring
Hey, all.
I just found out about the kitestring.io service. You give it a time frame and it checks on you via text message when the time period is up. If you don't respond, it lets your emergency contacts know. I don't feel the need to use this in Boulder, but I'll certainly be using it when I visit higher crime rate cities. I suggest that any parents with kids who go out at night and anyone who walks through bad areas look into it. Sorry if this is spam-like but it's basically an automated version of the blind-date and bad-neighborhood safety measures my friends and I use/d, and I'm trying to spread the word.
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
12:44 pm
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
9:56 pm
Lines I never thought I would have to say to my father
"I do not accept Don Quixote as a spiritual advisor!"
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