December 24, 2006


I swear that I was planning a few posts but then after circling the wagons for my dad, I came home and had a very sick partner to take care of. Then there was holiday shopping, trip preparation and the day before we leave for NYC, I seem have developed what is a very suspicious sore throat. Shoot.

I wish you and yours a fabulous holiday season and a new year filled with peace, love and joy. See you next year.

December 15, 2006

Stick a Fork In Me....

I'm done with semester numero uno! Going out to celebrate. More soon.

Dig the new look? Its meaning will be revealed shortly...


December 12, 2006

Bits and Bob

Please forgive me for bringing you here and then farming you out. But it's all topical.


Join people from around the world in buying foodie raffle tickets with proceeds going to Menu for Hope III, a benefit for the U.N. World Food Programme, a brain child of the wonderful Ms. Pim. Details here.


An interesting interview with Deborah Madison about this topic Not being technically capable, scroll down to the comments section to see what exactly it is I'm talking about.


There was going to be more originally, but after taking two finals today, my mind has turned to goo. Update later, maybe, if I remember what I wanted to say.

The Well-Fed Network is currently taking nominations for the 2006 Food Blog Awards. Polls close at midnight on the 15th.


'Kay folks, get busy.

December 07, 2006

The End is Near

I completed my last practicum final today. Not only is it hard to believe that the first semester is drawing to close, it is equally difficult to realize that I still have another week of finals to go. Albeit, the written part is less nerve-wracking, but still two weeks worth of finals? This stinks.

For those of you who are interested here is my break-down of the practicals:

Final #1 Baking: Uber-stressful. I wrote a very tidy list of tasks and stop following it, oh, about halfway through. Highlights: (a)After carefully peeling an apple and slicing it evenly, I accidentally threw it all out. Note to self- keep slices; trash cores. (b)Bread dough is not rising. Bread dough is still not rising. Bread dough is going to be the death of me. (c)Will people please stop opening the oven every two f'ing minutes for the love of Pete! Yes, this exam went well. I had a half-baked pie and a loaf of unrisen bread to present Chef at the end of three hours. Granted, I didn't fail which I was honestly expecting, but it wasn't the A++ I was hoping for either. Thankfully, it goes up hill from here, at least grade-wise.

Final #2 Garde manager: Once again, I get assigned into a group that includes my least favorite person. I come to believe that this is not accidental. Within five minutes, I slice my finger on my vegetable peeler while trying to get my knife. This is the first time I ever cut myself in class. Least Favorite Person (tm) not only manages to screw up our vinaigrette which is really his only task(and through good group effort we salvage) but also almost catches the whole kitchen on fire by putting a sheet of parchment paper under the broiler and places his fingers deliberately and directly under my knife while I am cutting broccoli florets. He is extremely lucky that I see this before it is too late and not so lucky that I yell at him for being unsafe. I didn't think that I would be a yeller in the kitchen but there you go. Grade: Go team!

Final #3 Culinary Fundamentals: Health conscious readers, close your eyes. The partner and I have gone through a dozen and a half eggs in the past 5 days so that I can practice my scrambled egg technique. I don't plan on eating any eggs for a good long while, except in baked goods. On knife cuts, I did better than expected but I know and Chef knows that my cubing is crap. Right angles, yes. Perfect squares, no. I do believe that I have finally mastered julienning. Also, am now expert potato shaver.

Four written next week and then rushing home to be with my family after my dad has some surgery. See you soon.


December 04, 2006

Not Dead (Yet!)

I forgot how crazy I get during finals, so I fell off the face of the planet. Hopefully, I'll post about all the thrills, spills and chills of my baking practicum and my other two (hopefully) mundane cooking finals at the end of the week. "Til then.