Thursday, January 31, 2008

Finished at last


I've always watched the premiere episode of Lost each season, but it never seems to entice me enough to continue watching. The first season kept me slightly interested, but after a lot of unanswered questions and just plain absurd plot elements I stopped watching. Then, the second season came around, and...the same thing. This continued through to the current season, which I will most likely attempt to watch the next episode, but I'm pretty sure that by the third episode I will have "lost" all interest (hehe).
On a positive note, I finished Children of God by Mary Doria Russell. It was good, but I have to say I liked the first novel in the series, The Sparrow, better.

Some assembly required


Bought a drawer unit from IKEA that I've been coveting for a while. It's large enough to hold a lot of my oversized artwork, but way cheaper than any art-specific furniture. This was the first piece of actual furniture I have ever bought from IKEA, so I had never experienced the joy of assembling your own furniture before. It wasn't difficult, except for some annoying screws. The pieces were pre-drilled with holes meant for specific hardware, but I swear they had too small of a diameter. It took forever to get the screws to grip into the wood, and nearly every attempt caused a blemish in the piece. Fortunately, all the errors were contained to the interior of the drawer unit, but still....kind of annoying.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Books have consumed my life


Darn you Heather for introducing me to such a great series! I can't stop reading until I've found out what happened to the crew of the Magellen.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

IKEA


The plus side to living out in the boonies is that I happen to be located fairly close to IKEA. I've been wanting to get some organizing boxes and IKEA really is the cheapest place to find them, so I took a trip to the giant blue building. And, as usual, I got lost. The place is so convoluted and the maps are arranged poorly. Anyway, I only got lost for a couple of minutes. I think part of the confusion was due to the fact that there was lots of construction going on in the building so certain areas (displayed in the maps) were actually closed off. Thus contributing to my confusion. I bought some organizing boxes and some tea mugs (only 60 cents each!). Then, at the check-out, you have to purchase plastic bags to carry your merchandise in. That kind of surprised me, but oh well, I didn't really need any bags.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Panini


Made a grilled sandwich with the bread I made yesterday. The sandwich and bread were delicious, but the grilling part made too much of a crust and I managed to tear up the roof of my mouth. Oh well, good food is worth it.
On another note, I haven't been posting for the last couple of days because my computer has finally been updated to Windows XP. So, with a new hard drive and OS I had to reinstall all my software and the drivers for my scanner. And, with the internet connection giving us troubles, it took a couple of days to finally get things up and running. But now things are all set up. Phew!

Almost No-Knead Bread


I finally got around to trying out Cook's Illustrated's version of the no-knead bread recipe. It was excellent and produced the best bread I have ever made. It actually produced a crispy, chewy crust like you get from a bakery out of my own oven! And the interior texture is nice and dense while still having an airy texture. And it took so little effort, just time management (since you need to let it rest for at least 8 hours). I'm looking forward to trying the whole wheat recipe next.

Cravings


The downside to watching food network late at night.

Inertia

The cake was still tasty. It was a vanilla cake with lemon curd filling (homemade) and a vanilla frosting dusted with coconut. The frosting has got to be one of the most unusual I have ever made. It is basically just sugar and egg whites whipped in a double boiler. The taste was a bit sweet and fluffy, but it stuck like glue to everything. Trying to ice the cake was near impossible as the icing just dragged the cake all over the platter. Plus, the lemon curd was the slipperiest substance around and caused the second layer to move all over while I iced it. But, again, still tasty.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Breakfast of champions


I haven't posted in a while do to the fact that my computer was being worked on by my husband for a couple of days, so I was without a scanner. And now, I am without internet access on my computer, so I had to scan my images onto my computer and then transport them to Seth's computer to get things posted. I hope to be back on a normal schedule from now on.

So many recipes, so little time

Got Mastering the art of French Cooking, Julia Child's first book. It's great, I read it from cover to cover and have already made the crepes and vanilla custard from it. Yum!

Whisking


Exactly six tablespoons is how much.

Crepe master

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Cooking


I made four different types of Thai curry pastes today. After making my first homemade curry paste I decided never to buy store brands and to always make my own. And, since I had bought the galanga root specifically for use in Thai dishes it seemed like a good idea to make all the curry pastes I might want and freeze them. I made a green curry, red curry, yellow curry, and Mussamun curry. I'm excited to try the mussamun curry out because I have never had it before, homemade is sooo much better than store bought.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Unknown territory


On an unrelated note, I anagrammed our names today. Mine is okay, but requires my middle name to get "Animal urinal laws." Seth's is awesome. Seth Williams creates "Shit aims well." Teehee!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Clumsy oaf


I drew a big black line on my favorite pencil bag. Boohoo....

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Friday, January 4, 2008

Annoying message


Apparently my tonsillitis is healing up. But it's still quite scary in my throat. I'll feel better when the swelling is completely gone.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

At the doctor


Everyone agreed that my tonsillitis was quite a sight. Always nice to know that your sickness can cause such vibrant reactions.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Monk marathon


We really are that lazy. But, I do have the excuse of being sick this time.