2018 in review

I have a lot of thoughts about 2018, but since this is a food blog, I’ll keep it to food related things only.

Here are my highlights:

1. Eating bugs with the Nordic Food Lab!

 

2.  Curry biscuit sandwich.  I’m still trying to figure out the right recipe for home re-creation.

 

3.  Ok, this one isn’t food related but it was definitely a highlight – a workshop with Dr. Jacob Harden.

 

4.  This Bon Appétit salad recipe:

 

5.  Finally making Kenji Lopez Alt’s vegan ramen recipe.

 

6.  Meeting Yvette Van Boven.

 

7.  And Kakawa Chocolate House finally opened their MA location in Salem.

 

What were your favorite food memories of 2018?

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Recent food adventures

 

 

:: Did a koji and miso fermentation workshop with OurCookQuest.  I really enjoyed it, and it was fun being around other food nerds.

:: I’ve attended a few of this semesters Science and Cooking lectures, presented by Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  So far, I’ve seen Margarita Fores, Wylie Dufresne with Ted Russin, and Vicky Lau.  I’ve learned that the nipa palm looks like a torture device, and don’t make donuts unless you’re crazy.  lol!

:: And most recently, I attended a lunch at Juliet in Somerville, MA.  It was a stop on Yvette Van Boven’s Homemade Christmas book tour.  The lunch menu was inspired by the book.  Both Yvette and her husband, Oof Verschuren, are wonderful people, really friendly and down to earth.  I’m so glad I got to meet them both.

Having a little seltzer fun

I learned at the last Gastropod live event at the Museum of Science that Polar is 1) a Massachusetts company, and 2) releases five limited edition flavors every season.

This led me to go looking for this seasons flavors.

(They also have super limited edition flavors sometimes, ie. the infamous “unicorn kisses” but I’m not that crazy.)

I can smell the mango, but I really only taste berries.

Watermelon margarita I like.  Strawberry Sunrise… just tastes like some generic fruit to me?

Strong on the pineapple flavor.  I decided in the end that I wasn’t into it.

Raspberry Rose just tastes like raspberry to me.  Oh well.

Long story short, I suspect I’m drinking the watermelon one all summer.  (^_^)

Another SEAS lecture missed

The old roommate moved out today, behind schedule.  The new roommate has already arrived.  The new roommate says everything is fine, but I should go home to make sure that he’s not just saying that to be nice.
So, no lecture for me tonight.  But!  I think, from here on out, I should be ok to go to all the lectures for the rest of the semester (sans Wylie Dufresne… I am going to a cooking class instead that night).
Wish me luck on the roommate front!

Cuisinart confession

Some readers might remember that my Hamilton Beach immersion blender died a noble death this past winter. (O’ faithful kitchen tool of several years, you are very much missed.)

Thanks to a sale and a family member who works at a department store, Hamilton Beach was quickly replaced by a happy looking orange Cuisinart immersion blender.

It’s taller than the Hamilton Beach.  It’s more top heavy.  It’s faster.

Faster, I’m realizing, is not better.

The blades on the Hamilton Beach are more angular.  I don’t think they are sharper though.  I guess they are technically longer since the center of the blades is smaller.  The vents, if I may call them that, around the blade are more effective.  I seldom had to stop blending and check to see if anything had gotten caught.

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