madbaker: (Paul the Samurai)
2017-07-16 01:15 pm

I'm Mr. Fris' Miser, I'm Mr. Dough

This week's Resolution Recipe: Frisian Black Bread.
Hopefully someone gets the header joke. I spent way too much time coming up with it.
This requires a long time investment, but maybe only 40 minutes of hands-on work.
Hey, Batter Batter Batter )
madbaker: (Bayeux cook)
2017-07-12 08:35 am

I served them ahead of time, which makes them pre-served.

This week's Resolution Recipe: Another Preparation. (Preserved Chickpeas)
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madbaker: (mammoth garlic)
2017-07-10 09:01 am
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I went to SF in SF for the first time in quite a while last night. They often run them on Sunday evenings, so I tend not to go unless there's an author I want to hear/get books signed. In this case it was two - one local, one formerly local now in Oregon. I've quite enjoyed both their books, which are quite different but maybe share a sense of humor. I haven't quite enjoyed them enough to buy them; my bar for buying books has gotten pretty high the last five years.

Megan O'Keefe has written a steampunkish fantasy trilogy centering around two con artists. I like well-done heist novels, and the characters are fun. (Plus the interactions are Wodehouse-esque.) Curtis Chen has written a couple sci-fi novels about a spy with a superpower (he can open a "pocket" to an empty parallel universe, which is handy for storing stuff). But the spy is hardly James Bond; he's a total amateur.

Both authors read from a couple of their works and took questions. I enjoyed it. The only downside was suffering a major calf cramp as I jogged across a busy intersection. I couldn't exactly do anything about it, and limping the 3 blocks to where I parked didn't help matters. It's better today although still bugging me.
madbaker: (KOL)
2017-07-04 08:44 am
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Good Fences Make Good Neigh-booze

This week's Resolution Recipe is in honor of July Fourth: The Stone Fence.
It's an 18th c. American colonial drink, so it seemed appropriate.
McNair, get Mr. Hopkins a rum. )

madbaker: (charcuterie)
2017-07-03 07:45 am
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Obvious in retrospect

A downside to using the sous vide for sausage poaching: a recipe that is optimized for normal poaching will taste overly salty when cooked sous vide. Because it hasn't had flavor leached out in the water.

Now I know to cut salt in these recipes by a good 10-20%.
madbaker: (Galen)
2017-06-29 07:42 am
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Not a good night last night.
First there was yowling. Then a hairball. Then the mandatory grooming ("Monkey, I am upset and want comfort and this taste out of my mouth, so I will lick your face"). Then a few hours later, more yowling. Followed by throwing up.

I love the little bugger, but I wish his Siamese half had not gone as neurotic.

Second coffee today.
madbaker: (Chef!)
2017-06-28 07:41 am

You say "Old School," I say "Classic".

This week's Resolution Recipe: Cream Cheese Strawberry Shortcake.
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madbaker: (Chef!)
2017-06-19 01:08 pm

What room did I make this in? The mush room.

This week's Resolution Recipe: Mushroom Sauce.
"This versatile preparation can be used as a stuffing for ravioli or to sauce meat; blended with cream for a sauce; or simply served as a bed for sauteed or roasted fish, which is what I recommend here."
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madbaker: (disgruntled clown)
2017-06-17 12:29 pm
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Bunch of savages in this town

We now have somewhat-matching dents on each side of the front bumper.
Also, a tire leak. Again. Remind me never to buy tires there ever again.
madbaker: (Pulcinella)
2017-06-14 08:50 am
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We try to have date night on Tuesdays. Most of the time that's just dinner and a saved TV show, but it also means not checking e-mail so that I take a night off from exchequering for more important things.

Last night we had reserved tickets for Wonder Woman. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I don't know if the upcoming Avengers Justice League film will be any good, but this was a worthy superhero movie.

madbaker: (Saluminati)
2017-06-13 09:40 am

Cured Chicken, a redo

This week's Resolution Recipe is a redo: Cured Chicken.
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madbaker: (Nubian?)
2017-06-11 09:17 am
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Off to the office shortly for (hopefully only a few) hours. We are moving our stuff from the 4th floor to the 8th. Lots more room, but not as much as triple the rent would have you believe.
madbaker: (Chef!)
2017-06-05 03:15 pm

I sort of knew it was you, Semifreddo

This week's Resolution Recipe: Dark Chocolate-Toasted Almond Semifreddo.
(I often take way too much time trying to come up with a joke for the header. This one popped right into my head and refused to leave. Please tell me if you get this one.)
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madbaker: (Galen)
2017-06-05 11:36 am
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I took Friday off. Originally it was so that we could go to A&S. But around Tuesday the wife and I looked at each other and said "Idonwanna." Instead of spending Wednesday cooking, Thursday packing, Friday driving and setting up, then Sunday breaking camp, packing, driving, and unpacking - I did not much of anything Friday. It was kind of glorious.

The downside was that we still had to go to the event. It's a Kingdom-level event, and that's part of the current set of responsibilities. We day-tripped which made for a very long day. We left the house at 7 AM and got back around 9:30 PM. But we did get to spend the night in our own bed...

It's disturbing how much work piles up when I'm off for a day. Back to it.

madbaker: (Chef!)
2017-05-31 01:01 pm
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Shak, shak, shak, senora

This week's Resolution Recipe: Shakshoula with mint yoghurt
This is much less work than it may appear )

madbaker: (Nubian?)
2017-05-30 07:49 am
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My calf seized up in the middle of the night. I hate that. This wasn't even a "rotate the ankle and the calf seizes up" - it just spontaneously did. It's still sore.

In other news, BART had problems and I was quite late to work today. So I should probably get back to it.

madbaker: (Bugs Bunny)
2017-05-25 01:58 pm
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Oof. At the risk of over-sharing, my digestive system has been unhappy with me for the last couple days. I suspect that the cause was one of the root vegetables I roasted for the curry. There was also lamb, but it was a hippy lamb that has caused me no problems in the past.

I don't think I'll finish the leftovers. Which is a shame; it was tasty. But it's not worth the distress.
madbaker: (KOL)
2017-05-24 09:36 am
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I've been called this well before trying the drink

This week's Resolution Recipe: The Suffering Bastard.
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madbaker: (Chef!)
2017-05-23 06:26 pm
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Four pints of apricot jam potted up. It might be slightly runnier than the ideal, but that's what happens when not using pectin and trying to get it done on a week-night.
madbaker: (scary clown)
2017-05-17 07:17 am
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Today's theme so far: self-inflicted annoyances.

I got up late. Partly because I didn't sleep incredibly well - the cat threw up during the night, then demanded to sit on my chest and groom my face to comfort himself. I didn't get back to sleep for a while.

That put me behind in leaving, so I watched my usual bus go by as I turned the corner towards the stop. I took my backup bus and BART instead, which gets me to work a couple minutes later (no big deal; I just generally prefer not to transfer).

When I got to the office, I discovered I'd left my ID and key inside last night. This is the first time in five years that I've done that.

Waiting for the next small shoe to drop...