It's been a longish time, but in my defense, I've been busy.
The summer went by too fast, and it seems a lot has happened. Grandmother died. My roommate moved to New York sort of last-minute-ish to go to Pratt. A good friend of mine is going to have a baby. And this past weekend my old roommate got married. Bizarre.
I've been doing a lot of cooking. I discovered the local Asian markets, namely the Hong Kong Market in Gretna and the Asian Gourmet Market in Kenner, and have been doing a lot of experimenting. I'm going to try making my own dashi
as soon as I can get out there and buy a crapload of bonito flakes. I've realized the joy of ramen -- not necessarily eating it as is, but adding things like pork, egg, bok choy, etc.
The strangest experiment (and the most satisfying) was making homemade butter
and I did some baking using the butter, buttermilk, and some eggs from her ducks. The cupcakes came out awesome. (Did you know that when a recipe calls for buttermilk, they really mean the buttermilk that comes as a by-product of making butter, not the cultured stuff you buy in the grocery store?)
I've made some homemade pepperoni
that turned out surprisingly amazing, and am experimenting with making salt pork and pancetta
. I'm slowly working my way up to dry-cured meats, completely inspired by the Cured Meats
blog and Len Poli's sausage pages
. The recipes are easy enough, and remind me a lot of the sort of specific and patient process of making beer. I need to get my hands on a meat grinder, though, as right now I'm doing solid cuts. (Next up is the Lonzino
I finally (partially) got my promotion, which is a bit of good news after a year of ... well, crap. Interim Assistant Dean for Budget and Technology. As soon as we can get through this hiring freeze nonsense from the oh-so-smart Bobby Jindal (who, I believe, is single-handedly trying to destroy higher education in Louisiana) we should be able to remove the "Interim" part.
Trucking along in school but not quite sure what I'm doing. I'm in the non-profit leadership tract, but still want to take some courses in educational administration. In short -- not graduating any time soon, and totally okay with that.
I need to find time to write music, which was something I couldn't do over the summer. I was at my happiest doing that, even though it was sometimes a frustrating process and, since I've been relatively unhappy for the past year, I should try and get back into that.