Archive for May, 2008

Scarlet Runner Burgers

May 13, 2008

I’ve been trying to invent the veggie burger I want for a long time, and this is the latest iteration.  (I also tried a similar recipe with runner cannellinis, with worse results.)  It’s far from perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.  I’ve tried a ton of other people’s recipes, and never really get what I’m looking for.  The next iteration of this recipe will probably contain some TVP for less uniform texture and a good bit more spices and flavorings.

Read the rest of this entry »


my students. they make my brain hurt.

May 12, 2008

Why, how, WHY does this always happen???

Students.  They turn in homeworks, where their answers are clearly copied and pasted from eclipse.  (Which is ok.  Good even!  I encourage running homework problems to check that they work!)  But how the hell do they have syntax errors?  Did they not NOTICE the red underlinies?  Why even bother writing in eclipse if you’re not going to run it or check syntax errors, anyway???

Are they copying and pasting and then adding in syntax errors just to screw with me, to see if I’ll notice?

It doesn’t really matter.  But it makes my brain hurt.  Why???  (Seriously.  If you have some guess as to why they do this, I’d like to hear it.  This happens all the time.)


May 7, 2008

I have news. Which I can’t talk about here, because people in my office know this screenname and they are not allowed to know yet (for two weeks).

ARGH. The not talking about it. It hurts. (If you’re not David or Casey, and you don’t know what I’m talking about already anyway, please contact me. I want to talk about it with as many people as possible! Who I’m allowed to talk to.)

agave cupcakes!

May 5, 2008

I made the Simple Vanilla and Agave Nectar Cupcakes with the Super Natural Agave Icing from VCTOTW. I’m not sure how I feel about the icing–it’s more drippy than I like my icing (but to be fair, I did not give it the overnight sit time that is recommended, just an hour). The cupcakes, though. They are very, very good, and were forgiving of my oven being stupid (more so than some of the other cupcakes from VCTOTW).

The cupcakes are, as you can see, a very neat color.

pancakes, and christmas limas

May 4, 2008

The other day, I finally cooked some of my delicious christmas limas. I wish I had bought more than one pound!!! I added a bit of thyme and drizzled with olive oil before serving. They were so good.

Also, this morning turned out to be one of those mornings where I simply forget to eat. So when I realized around 2pm, I decided to make pancakes. I topped them with homemade strawberry/raspberry syrup. (Actually this is not my normal strawberry/raspberry syrup, which uses frozen strawberries and frozen raspberries… I had no frozen raspberries left, so I used some raspberry syrup instead–the kind that one would ordinarily put in coffee drinks). I will post a recipe for that when I remember to measure while I’m cooking. The pancakes are similar to those in VWAV (I think), but really just thrown together as well.

runner cannellini and fennel soup

May 4, 2008

This is very inspired by the dried fava bean and fresh fennel soup from fatfreevegan, but to be fair, anything I’ve done with fennel is. I’ve always been irrationally very afraid of fennel–perhaps my mother made something with fennel that I hated as a child; I don’t remember, but in any case, I’ve always avoided fennel. When Susan posted that recipe, though, I decide to try it. As it turns out, I couldn’t find fava beans at all, so I ended up making a fennel, leek, potato, and tarragon concoction instead.

After I tasted my runner cannellinis from rancho gordo, I decided that they wanted to be paired with fennel, so I bought some fennel. It turned out that I was right, it was very tasty. The only change I’d make is to use some vegetable broth (or vegetable broth powder), but I didn’t have any, so I didn’t.

Read the rest of this entry »


May 2, 2008

Sometimes, Elephant is a bad, bad kitty.  He usually gets angry when I don’t get up as soon as my alarm rings, and give him some new food.  Even if he still has plenty of food from the night before.  This time, he took it out on my foot.

Yeah, I know, it doesn’t look that bad.  And it’s already healed some since this morning anyway.  But seriously.  That is a very sensitive area.  He is a bad bad cat.  I’m really not sure what to do about it–I don’t think he’s doing it to get any particular reaction (since I’ve never rewarded that kind of behavior with, say, getting him food or whatever he wants).  I think he’s just doing it out of anger and vengeance.

Here’s another picture of the bad, bad kitty, not looking at all apologetic like he should.

Cute kitty blogging! and tofu

May 1, 2008

Look at Elephant!  Isn’t he a cute kitty?

He’s also a bad, bad kitty.  That is not his carrier (as you might imagine, since he doesn’t really fit inside it).  That belongs to the new cat, Francis.  Elephant likes taking over Francis’s things.  Here’s Francis:

Read the rest of this entry »