memnus: Pink cat face jumpng out of a toaster (Toast! (S*P))

I took a final look at dinner and decided that it wasn't so much a salad as a vegetable soup without liquid. Chopped pecans, sunflower seeds, leeks (chopped fine and cooked down hard), beet flesh and greens, shredded cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, probably some other things I'm forgetting now. Definitely best eaten with a spoon.

That title almost implies I'm going for a paleo diet. I'm kinda against the paleo thing in general -- it's expensive and unbalanced, takes more prep work for less food, plus doughnuts are delicious. But when you're trying to use up the contents of a CSA box before you get the next one, meals like this are kinda inevitable.

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memnus: Me with my head back and eyes closed (Laid back)

Totally easy, and I want to remember it for the future. I think this counts as comfort food.

1 large onion, coarsely chopped
5 large cloves of garlic, minced
1.5 lb stew beef (in the future, consider lamb)
Three cans beans (black, pinto, kidney)
One box tomato soup
One bag orzo (in future, consider barley)




In giant soup pot, cook onions and garlic in olive oil. Once translucent, add meat, cook until browned. Add beans (don't drain) and soup, bring to a boil, simmer for an hour. Add orzo, simmer another ten-fifteen minutes. Serve with fluffy sourdough bread.

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memnus: Trails of fire poi in a figure-eight pattern (Wafoom)
Step one: make pie
Step two: Decide how to make pie better
Step three: return to step one

This attempt:
half stick butter
1/3 c sugar
two cups mini marshmallows
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
one egg

Melt the butter in a double boiler, mix in sugar and corn starch as it melts. Once homogenized, melt in the marshmallows, stirring constantly. Once those are melted, remove from the heat. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk. Once it's mixed in, it should be starting to cool off, stir in the egg. Pour into six silicone muffin cups. Bake those, in a water bath, at 325 for 30 40 minutes.

Things I forgot: vanilla or Tuaca, greasing the muffin cups.

To do for next time: Don't bother taking the mixture off the heat. Beat the egg well into frothiness before adding it. Bake hotter, without the water bath.

EDIT: Also skip the sugar entirely?

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Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:08 pm
memnus: Pink cat face jumping out of a toaster, animated (Toast! Animated! (S*P))
A food to remember:

N fish fillets, preferably some light fish (cod tonight, trout, swordfish, snapper maybe)
N/6 of a batch of biscuit dough
2N slices of prosciutto

Lay down two slices of prosciutto. Pull and squish dough to about the same shape as the slices, about a quarter inch thick. Use this blob to wrap a fish chunk. Repeat. Arrange all in a baking pan, bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Deliciousness: 8/10
Abominability: 4/10 or more depending on what's in the biscuit dough
Cleanup: 2/10, better for high N
Leftoverability: unknown, probably low

*: 7N/24 cups flour, N/2 tsp baking powder, N/12 tsp salt, mix. Add N tbsp shortening, N/6 cup milk, and herbs to deliciousness. Stir and knead until it sticks to itself instead of other stuff. Herbs used this time were the crunchy bits left over after making garlic butter of doom.

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memnus: Dave Davenport and Lovelace with quotes from Alice In Wonderland (We're All Mad Here (Narbonic))
The tags list on this is going to be huge, I can tell...

Trips to Claremont, past and future )

The fate of HAVEN )

My pentannual computer upgrade )

Gaming )

Archer talk )

Food )

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memnus: A stylized galaxy image, with the quote "Eternity lies ahead of us - and behind. Have you drunk your fill?" (Default)
I fail at fudge, but I've come too far to be denied now. I will try again.

As soon as I get the burnt sugar off the bottom of the pan...

EDIT: Deleted previous entry. Can't leave the house after all. Fudge is a needy thing.

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memnus: Me with my head back and eyes closed (Laid back)
I've been waking up with sore throats and stuff, and now my lymph nodes are swollen and painful to touch. Thank gods this waited for after the semester. Skiing today was very much out; getting dressed may also be for that matter.

Something seems to have broken my OpenRPG game tree. This is very strange, and the only way I can think of to fix it is by digging down into unparsed XML to see where it went astray. Even more worrisome is that this could have happened in the first place. After a bit of digging, it turns out that the problem is that the Mudd CS filesystem is down. Get that - a few images it wants to load are stored there, and rather than gracefully failing to load them, it gets into a loop of error dialogs. Hoping that's back by tomorrow. (EDIT: It's back.)

Today is also the day when I need to get rid of all my perishables in anticipation of them perishing while I'm gone. The count is: Two one cups of yogurt, three apples, a small amount of Montery Jack cheese, one egg, three fajita-sized tortillas, a fair amount of deli turkey, and a cup or two of milk. There's also about half a head of garlic, several sticks of butter, and eight unopened ounces of cheddar, but those I'm not as worried about. There's also the usual assortment of non-perishables to help make the above tolerable. I am now accepting suggestions as to what to do with my food, before dinnertime comes around and I do something I regret.

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memnus: Stepmania "hold" arrows and the phrase "HOLD ME". (Hold me.)
I was hungry late at night, and you know what that means: Experiments with food! This one worked. A recipe for you:

5/2 c baking mix
1 tbsp (or more) chili powder (or similar)
Frozen chicken tenderloins
2/3 c milk
Cheddar cheese

Combine the baking mix and chili powder in a nice big bowl. Defrost the chicken and squish each piece pretty flat. rag the chicken around in the powder until each piece is nice and covered (having gloves helps here so you can really squish the powder into the chicken). With a sprayed pan, cook the chicken a few minutes on each side, until it starts to blacken and smoke. Tear it into bits and set it aside.

Stir the milk into the remaining powder (which will be most of it). Form into biscuits and cook as usual (~10 minutes at 450). Make mini chicken sandwiches with grated cheese on biscuits.

It's a whole lot of orange and a whole lot of delicious.

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memnus: Me with my head back and eyes closed (Laid back)
I burnt my grilled-cheese sandwich. So much for shaved legs and a skirt helping with cooking... damn you socially perpetuated myths and improperly connected corellations!

Speaking of improperly connected corellations, I had to laugh at the study I heard of (no link, I'm afraid) that showed people that drink make more money than those that don't. Not a single time did it mention the possibility that maybe, just maybe, people that make less money don't drink because it's damn expensive. Especially at bars.

The new Barenaked Ladies CD is out, and the tour to go with it comes through Salt Lake City (well, West Valley City, but who's counting?). The problem is that the concert here is the day before Thanksgiving, and I've already promised to be on the East Coast for Thanksgiving. Translation: bloody hell. There are shows in LA and San Francisco the next week that I might consider.

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memnus: Me with my head back and eyes closed (Laid back)
So, I've discovered that "this company makes good power tools" is not necessarily a good recommendation when buying kitchen tools. As a result, I now have a hand mixer with six speeds, all of them ridiculously fast for cookie dough. It also may well not have enough torque - by the time the dough was done I could smell a hint of burning electronics.

In other news, I suspect this is my last chance to nothing, but I don't particularly want to do nothing. I could go down to Salt Lake Archery, I guess, but the idea of paying money to shoot stuff hasn't sunk in as ok just yet. There's also Area 51, but that'd either involve sitting around awkward and alone, or calling people. I'm better at the former.

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