: (Pokes him in the eyes)
I've noticed that very few people are scary once they've been poked in the eye.
This show makes me so happy. I just wish that Hulu would be nice and put up more than one new episode in a week...there are so many seasons I missed out on! And I can't Netflix it until Mom and I get through all of Doctor Who. We just started on season 3 tonight but stupid Netflix only sends one DVD at a time...so the first disc just had the Christmas special with Donna and nothing else. Boo! (Mom said something about taking off from work on Monday and I'm off too ...so maybe I can convince her to stream it online from Netflix and marathon with me. I'm sure that'll take quite a bit of persuasion...*snort*.)
What else is new? ...Going into the city today wasn't so mind-blowingly awful as usual. I'm chalking it up to my frame of mind - didn't stress out at all today, which is new and unusual...but I kind of like it. My professor has apparently cottoned on to the fact that I am highly unlikely to volunteer information, because he called on me out of nowhere three times tonight. I didn't like it much as I still don't trust myself to think quickly (and coherently) on my feet, but at least by the third time I was no longer doing my famous lobster impression while I answered. Seriously, the first time my face felt positively radioactive it was so red.
In other news...so that I don't try to share any other embarrassing classroom stories, here are the delicious things I have tried thus far and what I thought of them...because I can. I'll try to do something a little more in depth in the future... like maybe when I actually try something else new and am not referring to stuff I've done over the last month or so. Triple Chocolate Banana Bread
- awesome awesome awesome. This was actually one of the reasons I've been banned from trying any more new dessert-type things in the near future... because my folks gobbled them up. (I decided to skip the 'bread' idea and just go for muffins - worked just as well.) They're definitely more bread than cupcake - despite all of the (awesome) chocolate in it, its not terrifically sweet. Also, apparently wonderful with peanut butter. (I have not verified this myself - I stuck to popping them in the microwave for a few seconds and putting butter on them. Yum.) Very quick and easy.Orange Chicken With Fried Rice
- possibly my most ambitious project to date... this one was ridiculously complicated and took me much longer than the recipe said it should because 1) I did things out of order and 2) I was all by my lonesome and multitasking is hard
. However, it was definitely worth the effort and at very least I would totally make the sauce (for the chicken) again. Things I didn't like: having to touch raw chicken (yuck!), lots of hot oil spattering onto my hands (ouch!). I'm wondering if there might be a different method to getting the pieces cooked and all crispy-delicious. Also: Do not
attempt this if your kitchen isn't well ventilated! Mine didn't really smoke, but the potential is definitely there - I had the fan on as high as it could go out of sheer paranoia. (And because I have yet to clone myself so as to wave a towel beneath the smoke detector in the hall.)Rosemary Twist Bread
- even easier than the chocolate banana thing and really delicious in soup. (not so good by itself, particularly the following day - it got too crunchy for my liking overnight.) I'm contemplating trying the general principle from this, but with yeasty-goodness. Perhaps it would be less like a thin and crunchy biscuit that way. We shall see. [As a somewhat related side note, these
biscuits are fan-freaking-tabulous. I never have real buttermilk in the house but their substitution tastes great - 1 tbsp of lemon juice mixed with the milk per cup that the recipe calls for, left out on the counter for 10 minutes. As I will undoubtedly be making them again in the future (diets be damned) I'll comment more, and possibly have pictures, then.]Spicy and Unpronouncable Shrimp Thing
- one of the only recipes I've tried thus far that I genuinely did not like. It was a little too spicy for my tastes...and honestly the wine in it just didn't taste good. My parents liked it, but my dad is a huge fan of spicy things...and neither of them share my strange dislike of alcohol in general...sooo yeah. Maybe it's just me and it actually is a good recipe to try. Who knows?
...and last but definitely not least...Chocolate Cake in a Coffee Cup
- that's correct: it was chocolate cake, in the microwave, with a coffee cup. Seriously, this is the easiest dessert you will ever make. Plus, its really fun to watch it cook because it rises up out of the mug while its in the microwave...like some kind of freakish cake-popsicle-alien-thing...all without actually spilling over because the sides are cooked through already. Awesome! (I'll definitely take pictures the next time I make this so you can see the phenomenon for yourself. Its so cool.) The cake itself wasn't quite sweet enough for my tastes, so I might modify it a little next time...and I'm wondering what else might be good mixed in besides chocolate chips.... cherries, maybe? This needs some thought.