Now food

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Too many of my recent posts had "PhD" in their titles T__T While I do love this job, I also do other things, like make and eat food. This post will be like a simulation of scrolling down Instagram...I think.

Packed lunch on departmental induction day. 
Salmon, mashed potatoes, and one parboiled carrot.

 Mashed potatoes with garlic butter AND cream.

Free lunch I got for helping out at an event
(This is a typical British lunch -- sandwich, crisps, maybe dessert)

Chocolate cake for a charity coffee morning in college.
Recipe for cake here but I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup; here's how to make the pudding filling -- I subbed the white sugar for dark brown sugar and found that 1/2 cup was plenty!; and the icing is a simple ganache (about 2 parts double cream warmed up to melt 1 part dark chocolate).







One morning, I put too much water in the rice.
Rice was too mushy.
Turned it into nasi himpit.








Asam pedas salmon for dinner.

The leftover dinner.
Leftover egg salad, garlic bread -- to use up some stale tiger/giraffe baton (which happens to be my favourite)--, with soup made of stuff I had in the cupboard and freezer: potatoes, peas, sweetcorn, ikan bilis, coriander, and cod. Delicious. <== Do people use this word anymore?
/This bowl of soup was the last of a batch of 4-5 portions that I made and froze earlier./

Sometimes, dinner is an assortment of snacks.
Strawberry yogurt, crisps, banana, and leftover chocolate pudding filling with cake tops (that I sliced off to make the cake layers even). I felt full after the yogurt, crisps and cake, so the banana became next day's breakfast.

Meatballs in tomato sauce.
I made a huge batch (made the tomato sauce, then mixed, shaped, pan-seared, and slow-cooked 146 tablespoon-sized meatballs...I counted while doling them into freezer bags) and divided them into 14 portions. 
That's 14 almost instant future meals! This is important, people, to have ready meals for hectic days and nights and to cut down on time spent in the kitchen. In a friend's words, "Daripada you duduk kat dapur [to cook and clean up for one person], baik you guna masa tu untuk study kan." So accurate.

So. I should go off now and start reading those 4 chapters/articles for Wednesday's Methods class.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Now food

Too many of my recent posts had "PhD" in their titles T__T While I do love this job, I also do other things, like make and eat food. This post will be like a simulation of scrolling down Instagram...I think.

Packed lunch on departmental induction day. 
Salmon, mashed potatoes, and one parboiled carrot.

 Mashed potatoes with garlic butter AND cream.

Free lunch I got for helping out at an event
(This is a typical British lunch -- sandwich, crisps, maybe dessert)

Chocolate cake for a charity coffee morning in college.
Recipe for cake here but I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup; here's how to make the pudding filling -- I subbed the white sugar for dark brown sugar and found that 1/2 cup was plenty!; and the icing is a simple ganache (about 2 parts double cream warmed up to melt 1 part dark chocolate).







One morning, I put too much water in the rice.
Rice was too mushy.
Turned it into nasi himpit.








Asam pedas salmon for dinner.

The leftover dinner.
Leftover egg salad, garlic bread -- to use up some stale tiger/giraffe baton (which happens to be my favourite)--, with soup made of stuff I had in the cupboard and freezer: potatoes, peas, sweetcorn, ikan bilis, coriander, and cod. Delicious. <== Do people use this word anymore?
/This bowl of soup was the last of a batch of 4-5 portions that I made and froze earlier./

Sometimes, dinner is an assortment of snacks.
Strawberry yogurt, crisps, banana, and leftover chocolate pudding filling with cake tops (that I sliced off to make the cake layers even). I felt full after the yogurt, crisps and cake, so the banana became next day's breakfast.

Meatballs in tomato sauce.
I made a huge batch (made the tomato sauce, then mixed, shaped, pan-seared, and slow-cooked 146 tablespoon-sized meatballs...I counted while doling them into freezer bags) and divided them into 14 portions. 
That's 14 almost instant future meals! This is important, people, to have ready meals for hectic days and nights and to cut down on time spent in the kitchen. In a friend's words, "Daripada you duduk kat dapur [to cook and clean up for one person], baik you guna masa tu untuk study kan." So accurate.

So. I should go off now and start reading those 4 chapters/articles for Wednesday's Methods class.