linkdump and food

I did some baking for a party today. My first attempt with puff pastry was horrendous; I didn’t size the dough pieces right, didn’t add the fillings in the right amounts, and didn’t put enough egg wash on to seal them. Oh well. But I think I know what I’m going to try next with puff pastry — Beef Wellington a la Gordon Ramsay. I hope it’s as easy as he makes it look; then again, it looked easy when Karen Krasne did the puff pastries at Extraordinary Desserts. I also made Elvis Pound Cake; that’s something I can at least do right. I had the mixer on high for longer than usual, and used my new bundt pan, and it turned out almost the consistency of angel food cake. Really good stuff.

Not a lot of surfing time today, so the link dump might be a bit shorter. But since yesterday, there is:

  • Via the Dark Roasted Blend end-of-week item dump, a lovely ad concept for the Madrid Metro, among other amusing items. Don’t miss the nose-shaped shampoo dispenser.
  • Well done Titan Robots performers in the UK. Impressive even if there are performers in suits; triply so if they’re actual mechanical robots; less so if they’re alien robots trying to make a living on Earth while their spaceship undergoes repair.
  • Via io9, this is a superhero sitcom I might actually watch.
  • To see from on top of the world, or at least the highest point, check out the NASA Astronomy picture of the day — the view from atop Mount Everest. (via Digg).

Not much else, except to send good thoughts towards everyone in NOLA and along the Gulf Coast in the path of Hurricane Gustav.

More tomorrow!

friday linkdump

Today, just things. Links!

More tomorrow! Which might include a pound cake.

link dump

Today was a very lazy day. I took the day off work again and didn’t get much done, but that’s OK. I did make up another batch of yuzu curd; my plan is to do something interesting for a party this weekend, but I’m not entirely sure what yet. I may also steal some tonight to top some blackberries I got at a local market.


More tomorrow!

link dump

Today I saw, among other things, links to the user manual for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This got me thinking of the stereotypical user manual for crazy large government-scale objects, and how they always seem to begin with “Congratulations on your purchase of a Large Hadron Collider!” They continue with prattle about how you’ll become the envy of your friends and other small governments, how over a thousand scientists in lab coats labored for years to produce this fine product for your use in taking over the world, or whatever. Then, I did a quick google search for Congratulations on your purchase of, and was amused by how many products actually begin their manuals like that.

Anyway, onto the links.

More tomorrow!


Tonight I had Target Swiss mac and cheese. It was decent for a ready-mix box.

The links:

More tomorrow!

tired linkdump

Not much today, for I am zonked. But here’s what there is:

More tomorrow!

food post and single-linkdump

Today was lots of fun, in a run-around-and-get-things-done kind of way. I’m quite tired now though.

I put up only one post so far about the food, but with pictures, at out of house and home, our group food and recipe blog. But I got the pictures set up for the pots-de-creme and devonshire berry pavlovas (thank you again, Extraordinary Desserts), so just have to write the posts for those. I’m also probably going to make another batch of yuzu cream tomorrow — I have some limes and an orange I have to use up, some puff pastry in the freezer, and a new microplane grater to try out.

Today I only found one link. One link! Internet, you’ve failed me for today! Also I’m too tired to go hunting now.

Today’s link is to this story about medieval nanotech (which isn’t nearly as cool as that combination of words should be), whereupon it’s been discovered that a thin coat of gold on certain stained glass windows actually works kind of like titanium dioxide to help remove VOCs from the air when struck by sunlight — a natural air purifier, as it were.

We’ll try for more tomorrow. Internet, you’ve been told!

food and link dump

So today I took the day off; despite having got up at noon (i guess I really needed the sleep) I think I got more done today than I normally do on a weekend. Though I still didn’t get everything I wanted done.

I made kitchen joy today: I baked my very first salmon piece, and had a lovely maple-onion-mustard glaze on it (and have lunch for tomorrow, too!). Then, I started on the recipe pair from Extraordinary Desserts — Devonshire Berry Pavlova (with egg whites) and Chocolate Pot-de-creme (with egg yolks). The meringues came out OK; I found out that when you bake them you’re basically trying to dry them out (thank you, Mr. McGee), and mine didn’t dry out as much as they should have. They worked, though, and now I have a few bags full of meringue shells. They’ll go well with the half-assed mock Devonshire cream I made yesterday, and the blueberries I picked up at Trader Joe’s, as well as the champagne grapes from Costco. I love the season of cheap fruit! Thanks to Ms. Krasne’s class, I got my egg whites to stiff peak stage for the first time ever.

After that, I worked on the Oreo-style pots-de-creme. It didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, and I’m not going to taste them till tomorrow, since they have to refrigerate. But even if the presentation sucks, with any luck the taste will be decent. We’ll see — it’s my first real food experiment. I took pictures of both and will try to put them up this weekend.

On to the links!

More tomorrow, and with luck some meaty posts!