Not Just a Bag of Avocados

On the way home from a beautiful memorial service for my friend and stylist, Henry Nguyen, I stopped at the grocery store and grabbed a bag of avocados (among other items) without thinking. It wasn’t until I unpacked them at home that I realized Henry was talking to me! I’m keeping this label and the rosary he brought back for me from Mary’s house in Ephesus, Turkey together on my desk. Rest in peace, my friend….

“The Word for World is Forest”

I bought this today! I saw it in 3D in London with my family over Christmas and loved it. Even as I was watching, I knew the story was extremely derivative, but enjoyed it nonetheless.

My elective class is just ending a unit on Language, Gender and Culture and beginning study of a science fiction novel called The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. In researching background to present to my students I realized that another story in the Hainish cycle, of which Left Hand is a part, I learned that the plot of her 1976 novel The Word for World is Forest (and the 1972 novella that preceded it) is eerily similar to Avatar. So what do you have to say about *that*, Mr. Cameron!?

Anyway, doesn’t that sound like plenty sufficient curricular connection for me to justify showing Avatar during class time? 😉

Knitting content: nothing since the Baby Booties were finished. I have been shuffling through some OTN (on the needles) projects to decide what to finish next, though.

Sad Puppy

Our poor doggie Dusty has been sad ever since DD returned to London. He hangs out in her room a lot, although he’s underfoot when I’m home. My hugs must not be as high quality as hers!

Knitting content: I finished both booties! Now I only need the ribbons for the ties. I’m not a fan of the super skinny crocheted ties. Pictures of the final product to come.

Silver Service

Today’s picture is of the Silver Tea Service that DH’s mom gave us about a year ago. She had begun laying out some family treasures and asking each of the children (DH has 14 siblings) what they would like, so she could distribute them equitably. We fell in love with these pieces and she set them aside for us. Little did we know then that she would be unable to complete her distribution or completely fill the bankers boxes she had labeled with each child’s name. I blogged earlier about the Mother’s Day card DH had given her at about age 5 or 6 that she included in his box. What a treasure!

The set was pretty tarnished when we acquired it. It’s looking much better after about three polishings, but has a ways to go yet. A lot of post-Easter events have me thinking especially often of Mom. It strikes me as poignant and appropriate to use Silver (her lovely hair) and Service (her vocation) to describe both her and her gift to us.

Perfect Poached Eggs Redux

This was today’s breakfast! I poached two more eggs using the plastic wrap pocket method (be still, my arteries) so that I could fully document the entire process. See my Flickr set called Perfect Poached Eggs for the entire sequence.I plated my lovely, silky eggs with Mushroom Fried Rice and some Filipino Pork Tocino, a deliciously salty companion to the otherwise naked eggs.

As my friend MissM observed in yesterday’s comments, the premiere episode of FoodMob on the Revision3 network featured Poached Eggs! Great Minds Think Alike. 😉 I added my alternative cooking method the the FoodMob Flickr set and tried to add my two cents to the forums, but apparently I’m not an approved member yet. Later…. If you haven’t ever seen a Revision3 show, go check them out! Most are tech-related, but they are all uber fun! My favorites are AppJudgment, ScamSchool, Tekzilla, and The Digg Reel.

Knitting content: I had to frog my first baby bootie because of a mistake I couldn’t live with. Also, I wanted to incorporate an improvement I made in the second bootie into the new first bootie, so I’m only a little over halfway done with that project now. Oh well. The baby would probably never have noticed, but I would always know!

PERFECT Poached Eggs

I’m an adventurous cook, but ultimately also lazy and cheap. Therefore, as much as I adore eating freshly poached eggs, I’ve never wanted to invest the time and eggs to practice the “tip egg into a vortex of swirling vinegar water” method of poaching eggs. I invested in a set of these silicone egg poachers with moderate success, and only today learned that I can increase my success by drizzling in a little olive oil to reduce sticking and lowering the water temperature to barely boiling.

Also today I experienced a EUREKA moment! This website describes a foolproof method for beautiful and tasty poached eggs every time.  The clear wrap method produced the egg on the left of my picture, and the oiled silicone cup method produced the right egg. Both were silky and delicious, but the clear wrap egg is clearly the prettiest and easiest.

Now to master a perfect hollandaise sauce!