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Last night featured awesome CULINARY SCIENCE from [livejournal.com profile] marnameow & [livejournal.com profile] dogrando, in the form of a 12-course molecular gastronomy style dinner. Both food & company were excellent. I should do a proper writeup, but I am tired, so instead I will just mention the undoubted technical highlight: inside-out potato salad, which consisted of cubes of olive oil and chives (a potato-ish texture obtained by use of gellan), with potato foam, and a chive garnish. The blue cheese icecream was also pretty nifty.

juliet: (food - roast potatoes!)
What will happen to leftover pizza if I put it in the fridge? Will it go soggy? I don't want to leave it on the table (which would be my customary approach if, say, at home) ftb Cockroach Problem - I am pretty sure they'll be able to get into the box. Maybe if I put it through in the study. I haven't seen evidence any scuttly things on the desk through there.
juliet: (food - purple & green)
[livejournal.com profile] fernasto & I had a very splendid meal on Friday at the Greenhouse in Manchester - veggie/vegan restaurant. Alarmingly wide choice on the menu (alarming in the sense that I am unaccustomed, these days, to having more than one or maybe two available options on these occasions), lots of vegan puddings, nice friendly staff, v decent house red. Thoroughly recommended.
juliet: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] fernasto & I had a very splendid meal on Friday at the Greenhouse in Manchester - veggie/vegan restaurant. Alarmingly wide choice on the menu (alarming in the sense that I am unaccustomed, these days, to having more than one or maybe two available options on these occasions), lots of vegan puddings, nice friendly staff, v decent house red. Thoroughly recommended.

More food

Mar. 17th, 2008 01:55 pm
juliet: pan of roast potatoes! (roast potatoes!)
This week's new thing to cook: cauliflower mash sandwich filling, as per here but with finely chopped chives & parsley (from the balcony) added as per here. Not amazing - I think I prefer roasting cauliflower if I'm not just going to eat it whole - but not bad.

Am also having another bash at the hot x buns since I'm home & they don't actually take much time input.

More food

Mar. 17th, 2008 01:55 pm
juliet: pan of roast potatoes! (roast potatoes!)
This week's new thing to cook: cauliflower mash sandwich filling, as per here but with finely chopped chives & parsley (from the balcony) added as per here. Not amazing - I think I prefer roasting cauliflower if I'm not just going to eat it whole - but not bad.

Am also having another bash at the hot x buns since I'm home & they don't actually take much time input.
juliet: (food - roast potatoes!)
Have just finished making vegan hot cross buns.

Conclusion: not bad, but despite doubling the recommended quantities of spices, could still do with a bit more; also a pinch of salt (I was surprised at the exclusion & should have just put it in anyway). I'd put a bit more dried fruit in, as well, although [livejournal.com profile] marnameow disagrees.

Also: sachet yeast != dried yeast, so the first go at rising didn't. Mixing in some more actually activated yeast solved that problem, though.

Also to get the tops looking smoother I should have done the thing where you spin the balls of dough before their final rising, to pull the top tight.

I need a baking icon.
juliet: (food - roast potatoes!)
Have just finished making vegan hot cross buns.

Conclusion: not bad, but despite doubling the recommended quantities of spices, could still do with a bit more; also a pinch of salt (I was surprised at the exclusion & should have just put it in anyway). I'd put a bit more dried fruit in, as well, although [livejournal.com profile] marnameow disagrees.

Also: sachet yeast != dried yeast, so the first go at rising didn't. Mixing in some more actually activated yeast solved that problem, though.

Also to get the tops looking smoother I should have done the thing where you spin the balls of dough before their final rising, to pull the top tight.

I need a baking icon.
juliet: (food - purple & green)
Made roasted sweet potato and leek pasta last night, which was v tasty.

Today my neck has seized up again (I kind of knew this was on its way), so I have a stinking headache and am working from home so I can apply heat/ice/whatever. And have a nice lie down when required. It has just occurred to me that ibuprofen might be a good plan. Tomorrow: the osteopath.
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Made roasted sweet potato and leek pasta last night, which was v tasty.

Today my neck has seized up again (I kind of knew this was on its way), so I have a stinking headache and am working from home so I can apply heat/ice/whatever. And have a nice lie down when required. It has just occurred to me that ibuprofen might be a good plan. Tomorrow: the osteopath.
juliet: Shot of my bookshelves at home (books)
[livejournal.com profile] catsgomiaow recommended & loaned me Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (as part of 101 things book-recommendation thing).

V short review - brain not operational today )

Also I cooked kale puttanesca for [livejournal.com profile] uon & myself last night. Although without the anchovies, obv, & without the olives because we didn't have any. It was very nice, although another time I'd chop the capers up as they were a bit alarming whole.
juliet: Shot of my bookshelves at home (books)
[livejournal.com profile] catsgomiaow recommended & loaned me Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (as part of 101 things book-recommendation thing).

V short review - brain not operational today )

Also I cooked kale puttanesca for [livejournal.com profile] uon & myself last night. Although without the anchovies, obv, & without the olives because we didn't have any. It was very nice, although another time I'd chop the capers up as they were a bit alarming whole.
juliet: (glasto glowstick 2007)
I am 30! As far as I can tell it is v similar to being 29 except that I have more shiny things. [livejournal.com profile] uon got me some v lovely jewellery; [livejournal.com profile] dogrando is also doing so except it's being made up so it's not actually here; [livejournal.com profile] marnameow got me a GIANT MAP & some stickers so I can put it on the wall & put stickers for all my insane bike rides on it! It covers Scotland as well as England so I now am morally obliged to do either LEL (London-Edinburgh-London) or Land's End - John O'Groats. Helpfully, my entry confirmation whatsit for LEL (2009) arrived this morning.

Am off work today, so have spent the morning doing carpentry (construction of table-type thing for balcony. It's not one of my best ever endeavours, but it should stay up), making food (review: om nom nom), revising intermittently for tomorrow's exam, and reading the internets. This afternoon I intend to be very lazy. And to finish putting stickers on my GIANT MAP.
juliet: (glasto glowstick 2007)
I am 30! As far as I can tell it is v similar to being 29 except that I have more shiny things. [livejournal.com profile] uon got me some v lovely jewellery; [livejournal.com profile] dogrando is also doing so except it's being made up so it's not actually here; [livejournal.com profile] marnameow got me a GIANT MAP & some stickers so I can put it on the wall & put stickers for all my insane bike rides on it! It covers Scotland as well as England so I now am morally obliged to do either LEL (London-Edinburgh-London) or Land's End - John O'Groats. Helpfully, my entry confirmation whatsit for LEL (2009) arrived this morning.

Am off work today, so have spent the morning doing carpentry (construction of table-type thing for balcony. It's not one of my best ever endeavours, but it should stay up), making food (review: om nom nom), revising intermittently for tomorrow's exam, and reading the internets. This afternoon I intend to be very lazy. And to finish putting stickers on my GIANT MAP.
juliet: (food - purple & green)
So on my 101 things list I have an item about cooking something new once a week for three months. I started last night with something that only barely counts as new, but there we go. And it is at least seasonal, even sort of traditional.

Lentils and greens )

This morning started my work year terribly well when I took the bike down & discovered Flat Front Tyre. Dammit. At least I got to fix it in the kitchen (warm) rather than outside (cold). Other than that, today work has occurred at least a bit, so that's good. Not looking forward that much to likely v v cold ride home, though.
juliet: (Default)
So on my 101 things list I have an item about cooking something new once a week for three months. I started last night with something that only barely counts as new, but there we go. And it is at least seasonal, even sort of traditional.

Lentils and greens )

This morning started my work year terribly well when I took the bike down & discovered Flat Front Tyre. Dammit. At least I got to fix it in the kitchen (warm) rather than outside (cold). Other than that, today work has occurred at least a bit, so that's good. Not looking forward that much to likely v v cold ride home, though.

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