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Tapas

Here’s proof that we’re still cooking… Apologies for the picture quality; I was hungry and couldn’t be bothered with the lighting.  I highly recommend The Book of Tapas for quick, simple, delicious dishes. We made albondigas and a jamon serrano, mayo, red pepper, and asparagus tapa straight from the book.  I slightly modified stuffed mushrooms (added smoked paprika and breadcrumbs), a smoked fish tapa (used mackerel instead of eel), and an orange, fennel, and onion salad (used shallots in place of onion, added arugula and the rest of the asparagus) to accommodate the ingredients we had in the house.

I can’t wait until we host our first tapas dinner.

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Creamy cod? (and a meme)

Mmm, fishy

Mmm… Cod.

Ok, maybe that’s not the first thing you thought when you saw this picture. Believe me, I was skeptical, too. Especially since I’m actually talking about bacala, or salt cod. Yah, the stuff you can probably cause some serious brain damage with if you decide to backhand someone with the nearest piece of dried fish.  But bear with me for a second; I promise, I won’t lead you astray. Unless, of course, you hate fish — in which case, I really can’t help you.

Milky goodness

So imagine the best white fish you’ve ever had, paired ever so perfectly with amazingly buttery, completely creamy mashed potatoes. The combination of the creamy, buttery smoothness with that addictive fatty fish taste is essentially highlighted in this brandade, and pairs beautifully with crusty peasant bread and a few other basic necessities. Apart from that, we’ve been eating it all week, and aren’t sick of it yet. So if you’re curious about bacala, go try it!

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On a completely unrelated note, I sometimes think it’d be cool to have a more interesting name. See, everyone knows a Liz or two, so when Marty memes me, he might not actually mean ME. But hey, I’ve never been memed, so I’ll give it a go regardless.

Here are the rules:
A) The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
B) Each player answers the questions about himself or herself.
C) At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

1) Ten years ago I was…
A very awkward high school student, and the new kid, at that.

2) Five things on today’s to-do list:
Update my publications list, finish a proposal, clean up my office, procrastinate on my blog, and wash lots of a scary amount of fries down with plenty of cheap beer (and an awesome Guinness cake).

3) Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:

Revolutionize the school cafeteria programs across the country in an effort to change food culture in the US for the better, set up some education programs to help people all over start local agriculture projects and make some progress on ending world hunger, and throw some serious money at revolutionizing the public transit / pedestrian / bike systems in the US in order to help wean us all off our gas guzzling lifestyle. Ok, that’d all probably take more than a few billion, but it’s good to dream, no? Alternatively, I could build my own radioactive beam facility. Frankly, I think the first few projects are more worthwhile (shh, don’t tell my lab!).

4) Three bad habits:

(1) I can’t make a decision to save my life, (2) I know I’ll forget people’s names unless I see them written, so I tend not to try very hard, and (3) Caffeine:Liz :: Speed:Everyone

5) Five places I’ve lived:

  • San Jose, CA (don’t remember that one. Was it Santa Clara? I don’t know — somewhere near the two)
  • Fresno, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • New Haven, CT (Yes, that’s 6, but experimentalists can’t count anyway)

6) Six jobs I’ve had in my life:

Custodian, Returns Processor, Bakery clerk, Library slave, Medical records entry slave, Lab slave (see a theme?)

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