Friday, December 31, 2010

Bunnies! (Dennis Edition)

Dennis is an extremely good bunny and has earned the chance to upgrade his space from an exercise pen to the whole den (minus the 2 feet next to the wall where most of the wires to chew on are...). This arrangement makes it much easier for me to bond with him and much easier to take pictures of his cuteness, so I thought I should post some better pictures of how adorable this guy is...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas in Portland

I flew back to Portland again this year to spend the holidays with my family. Stanley is back in the States this year, so this was the first time the whole family had been together for Christmas in a few years and it was really nice. As is usually the case with me and my parents, there was quite a bit of cooking going on. We all felt like last year's feast was one of the best we've ever done, but we managed to improve upon it this year with a little help from Thomas Keller.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Emily's Chemistry Adventures: Dressed Up Vodka Tonic

It's a stretch to call this an adventure, since it was super-easy and I knew it would work. My actual chemistry adventure was a bit of a failure due to a misinterpretation of an ingredient... but I'll get to that at the end. First, I had this calcium chloride bath sitting around from last week, so I decided to get some nice fruit juice to spherify. I had no luck finding what I wanted (which was guava), so I grabbed a can of mango nectar at H-Mart and made this fun and simple cocktail:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Weeks 12 and 13 Bucs Posts: Heartbreaking Losses I Don't Want to Talk About

So, as some of you may have noticed (most likely with some degree of happiness), I haven't been posting about Tampa lately. I'm all kinds of not-feeling-well, and heart-breaking losses are just no fun. I could tell you all the small things that could have gone differently to save the games (a bad pass interference call when we played the Ravens, a questionable interception call against Atlanta, injuries...) but that just sounds downright sad in the end. The fact is Tampa lost. There should be three straight wins coming up (Washington, Detroit, Seattle), but a loss to the Saints in Week 17 would leave Tampa at 10-6 and sitting home watching the playoffs. That's just the way it goes, I guess. I'll feel good about what a huge improvement this team is over the team that went 3-13 last year a few weeks after the season ends... Super Bowl delusions will start again a few months after that (if there even is a 2011 season to be delusional about). But for now... I don't want to talk about it.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Emily's Chemistry Adventures: Flourless Chocolate-Hazelnut Cake with Nutella Powder and Frangelico Caviar

I got a big box of chemicals in the mail the other day, and am looking forward to playing with them. My pain issues are making it hard for me to spend 13 hours in the kitchen making fun, elaborate dishes these days, so I thought molecular gastronomy would be a way to keep having fun in the kitchen without spending quite so much time in there. There will probably be a lot of failures to go along with any successes, and I promise to report on both. I'm easing into things by starting with two garnishes for Mini Flourless Chocolate-Hazelnut Cakes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Champagne Dinner

I typically tend to pair champagne only with appetizers, so the Gordon's Annual Champagne Dinner turned out to be an eye-opening experience. Chefs Bryan Roof and Dan Souza from America's Test Kitchen came up with some fantastic food pairings for every wine, and at the end of the night I found myself wondering why I hadn't started exploring the world of champagne pairings earlier. After an aperitif of Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top (a really nice light, slightly fruity chamapgne), the meal got under way with an Amuse of Chatham Oysters with Tobiko Caviar Vinaigrette.