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Happy Spring!
So my GURPS game didn't happen this week. A player had a conflict, and the ball didn't get rolling on reschedule until basically the day before; the GM cancelled the session to morning we were supposed to play. Bummer. So we get to wait another week before learning what Deus Ex machina will save us. The last session was about as fun as a session designed to show you the characters aren't strong or clever enough to escape can be; we tried some things, failed, tried some more. The character interaction was interesting, although I always hate when it drives the characters further apart.
Next scheduled gaming fix: Valentines day, if the GURPS game happens then.

In other news, I'm still not cooking. I did do some almost-cooking last night, a few steps past just boiling pasta, but I hope to find my muse and go back to the cookbooks, try things I've never done before. Maybe next week. Perhaps I should take another stab at shepard's pie, just to get back on the horse.

Cooking

Nov. 28th, 2005 10:25 am
So cooking has fallen down, and I'm not sure when it will get up. Last week was hectic, with the holiday and all. This week is also under time pressure, since I'm leaving for another vacation next week. So tonight will most likely be just a pasta night, with no adventure or learning behind it. I do hope to get back at the Monday night cooking habit, but I'm not sure I'll be able to until January. That is quite a ways off. Oh well. At least we are still doing our morning walks.

Cooking

Nov. 8th, 2005 12:11 pm
Last night I prepared a baked pasta casserole. I'm disappointed by how it turned out. The recipe called for sun dried tomatoes, cut up. I feel the recipe was either in error as to the amount of time needed to prepare, or as to its ingredients, since cutting up the tomatoes was hard- they are like leather. I ended up not cutting them into small enough pieces, and the flavor was not blended enough. Giant tomato-explosions were lurking amongst the cheese and mushrooms in the pasta.

It was edible, but not something I'd try again. [livejournal.com profile] delere suggested perhaps using a tomato paste rather than sun dried were I to try again, and I think that is a good idea. I think I'll do that the next time attempt a recipe asking for the sun dried tomatoes.

Now we have a big casserole dish full of not very good casserole in the fridge. Hopefully the tomatoes will blend over the next couple of days.

Food Two

Oct. 25th, 2005 01:21 pm
So I did a second session of new recipe cooking last night. Stayed pretty close to the plan- picked the menu Sunday, cooked monday. This recipe was from the "I Hate to Cookbook" (This, I think), which focuses on minimizing cooking effort.
The dish was indeed very easy, although the hour in the oven doesn't match my traditional style as well. Basically spam, crackers, milks and cheese baked in a dish. It was good enough, if a little salty. It was really easy to do, though, and I think I could repeat it without looking it up, which is a plus. Next week I'll probably go back to a more complicated recipe- the whole point of the exercise is spending time learning to cook, and simple things don't help that as much.
I also forgot to prepare the side dishes, so was very happy when [livejournal.com profile] delere swooped in to do that. Go Team!

Chili

Oct. 18th, 2005 10:20 am
In theory, Monday is cooking night. The evening has no other demands on it, generally follows the grocery run, and it feels good to put a little more effort into preparing food every now and then.
In practice, my cooking has generally defaulted to a very predictable fried vegetables over noodles. I am newly resolved to branch out, and last night I made a vegetarian chili. It wasn't great, but it was new. I undercooked the chili, I think because I didn't bring it to a high enough boil before covering to simmer. Oh well. It still tasted pretty good, but the beans were a little tough. I'm hoping they will soften as they soak, since I have tons of leftovers.

So the actual meal was a moderate victory, but I am quite pleased on the meta-level that I actually branched out and tried something new. I certainly made a lot of dishes dirty, which was what my default cooking habits minimize.

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