The Farmer’s Market Challenge, AKA Eggplant It’s-not-parm

Finally, finally, I’m home again in beautiful Western Washington where 100 degree heat is cause for panic and I can comfortably wear jeans all the time. Life is good. It’s also quiet, which is why I came up with a new game called Farmer’s Market: you go to the Farmer’s Market and menu plan there. It’s sort of like the Iron Chef in that you can use other things too, but if you shy away too much from the original task the judges (aka myself) will glare judgmentally at you before docking points.

As it so happens, eggplant is in season during summer, and doesn’t complain much about the 50 Fahrenheit nights we’ve been having. Done, done, and sold: the person who I ended up buying the tomatoes, onion, and eggplants from even gave me an especially ripe eggplant he’d been hanging onto in back (or under the table, since this was a farmer’s market). Continue reading

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Object Oriented Pie

There will be pie in this post, but if the saying is “you’re going to have to sing for your supper” then you’ll definitely need to learn for your desserts. Still if you just want the recipe, scroll down to the bottom.

The other day I learned I was going to be TA-ing my school’s Intro to Computer Science class (so did Ashok for that matter, but I’ll let him talk about his own experiences with it).  To understand why this is as  exciting for me as it is involves a little back story as well as a familiarity with the phrase “the wand choses the wizard, Mr. Potter”.  Coming into college, I was not overly pleased with the fact that I needed to take another math credit to graduate.  I came in undecided but very firmly planted in the arts and humanities side of campus.  Still, it had to be done so I put on my big girl pants and signed up for the least math related math class I could find: Intro to Computer Science.  To my surprise, I enjoyed myself.  I enjoyed myself so much I’m still taking CS classes.  Now, it’s my major. Continue reading

Hello, Paella!

This recipe was created in my ongoing quest for quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious meals to make for myself at college.  It only calls for two fresh ingredients – garlic and onion – everything else is either canned, frozen, or preserved in some other way.  I mixed brown and white rice together after a comment Molly made to me about how common it is to do so in Thailand (she just got back from a trip there).  It creates a very nice texture to do so.  It should be noted that I went on quite the quest to find non-alcoholic wine to make this with.  If you make it with real wine (and are therefore, of course, of the legal drinking age in your place of residence) please please do not use cheap college wine.  This is your dinner, not someone you’re macking on at a party.  It’s also vegan friendly – no animals were harmed in the making of this meal.

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An Angry Rant About Science

I am angry. Perhaps you’re angry too? Maybe you just got off the phone with your family, maybe someone came up to you today and beat you over the head with a stick, maybe your code crashed and forgot to save your work. Believe me; I’ve been there on each of these. However, what has me angry today is something entirely different. When I’m home and spending time with my parents we eventually decide that we’re all exhausted from a long day of looking at recipes, cooking, cleaning up from cooking, or playing bananagrams. So what do we do? We watch TV.  An easy task in concept, but very difficult in practice. To assist, I have this convenient diagram:

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