Sep. 2nd, 2008

more random food porn

I'm turning into one of those bento freaks who photographs her lunches every day. On the plus side, I'm learning a lot about how to use the camera's settings a little better, which helped me grab a picture of the boys in the family being kinda adorable without their knowing about it. XD I'm still learning how to get the focus just right on the macro setting, too.

Yay Lunchies! )

Aug. 24th, 2008

bentoooo

Since I've spent a great deal of time threatening to do it, I should probably post pics of it, huh?

I am still a total n00b about food photography, though I at least know enough to turn off the flash and use the macro setting on my camera.

This way for Food Porn! )

In other news, I have been ignoring the internet in order to work on Escaflowne fanfic. Right now it's only open to my beta, [info]lostangelssong but if I get another chapter or two done I'll start unlocking the entries for everyone else's perusal and mockery.

Jul. 23rd, 2008

home fries!

I needed to get rid of the potatoes sitting in my cupboard the last while, so I figured I'd try home fries out since I really liked them the one or two times my mother could be convinced to make them.

Totally without scientific measurements. XD

Ingredients:

2 parts Potatos, peeled and sliced into little bits.
1 part Onion (I prefer sweet ones) sliced up.
A few tablespoons oil with a high smoke point (I used normal veggie oil.. still working out how much to use exactly)
Salt
Pepper
Optional Bacon (I chucked a few slices of the precooked "ready" bacon in there for protein)

Process

1. Peel and chop the potatoes. Make sure to get rid of any gross bits.
2. Peel and chop onion. It helps to refrigerate the onion beforehand and breathe through your mouth while chopping to avoid the tearing up.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat with a few tablespoons oil in there. (Just enough to coat the bottom of the pan, you may need to experiment.)
4. When the oil is hot, layer the potatoes and onions in there. Ideally, you should have one layer of potato, one layer of onion, and another layer of potato. Salt and pepper to taste each layer of potato.
5. Turn the stove down to medium and cover, letting cook for about 10 minutes, or until nice and brown on the bottom.
6. Working in sections, turn potatoes over so that the other layer has a chance to be on the bottom. Brown sides should be facing up. If you're clumsy like me,  you might just wanna keep an eye on it and stir and fold well every five minutes or so. Re-cover and cook another 10 minutes or so.
7. Uncover the potatoes and let cook another five minutes to help the potatoes crisp up a bit. If you're going to add the precooked bacon, this is the time to do it.
8. Plate and eat. :D You should let leftovers cool completely before putting in the fridge so that they don't get too soggy on reheat.

It's been raining like a mofo here and I have a dental appointment tomorrow. Fun times, lol.
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Jul. 15th, 2008

random photos and vest 2.0

So on a whim today I made onigiri. Just a few, since it was kinda experimental and I keep forgetting plastic wrap, which makes freezing any leftovers for later a little difficult. :|

onigiri! )

They were pretty plain since I didn't have anything yummy to stuff them with or any furikake beyond some sesame seeds. Still, they didn't suck and they hit the spot for lunch. I have plenty of uncooked rice and nori left, so once I actually manage getting plastic wrap, I'll probably be making more of them. There are a couple places nearby that sell some of the typical stuffing things, so I can even try them with something tasty inside.

I am also seriously tempted to get some paper punchers for the nori to make cute things, but that's another story.

In other news, I also begged and pleaded with my mother to help me redo the vest on the Von Karma cosplay, since it never really fit right and was driving me slowly insane. So Mom helped my sew the "sweater-vest of doom" (McCall's M2260, in my size naturally. We used a modified version of the view F vest.) and I finished up the decorative elements on it this afternoon. Since it's a pullover style with the center sewn shut to simplify all our lives, the felt and stuff turned out differently. I kinda like it, though, since it makes the felt circles really look like they're the clasps holding the vest part together rather than just slightly mismatched felt pieces. (lol)

As you can kinda see (in the really blurry picture.. have I mentioned most pictures of me look like suck recently?) the vest fits much better than before and actually appears to be a lot more accurate to the reference art as far as the overall style of it goes. I didn't want to get trussed up in the costume, so it's just the shirt/vest/frill, untucked at that, with jeans.

On the hanger, you can see the completed torso part of the costume. Not pictured at the pants, which I haven't bothered to re-hang yet since they're knit and the sort of knit not exactly prone to wrinkling.

pics or it didn't happen )

And that was my last few days, ladies and gents.

Jul. 8th, 2008

Okonomiyaki

My mom wanted a copy of the recipe I've been using to make okonomyiaki, so I figured I'd post.

Recipe was adapted from Amy Kaneko's Let's Cook Japanese Food! (Chronicle Books, 2007)

Fud Awaits You )

What it should look like... )
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Dec. 20th, 2007

fr00t salad

Today's moment of zen was when I was talking to one of my students after school (he was making up a quiz) and mentioned that I tend to get juuust a little generously lazy with scoring around the holidays because I am a Christmas freak. (He was also nervous about what impact the score on the quiz would have on his grade.) He described it as letting out my inner Mumfy. I loled.

I have completed my mission of making a metric asston of fruit salad for the feel-good lunch tomorrow at work.

I think I managed to mangle up my one fingertip pretty good and needed to cut my nails with how bent up I got them, but I have a delicious salad of froots chilling out in the fridge.

Recipe under the cut to see what it takes to make awesome winter fruit salad. (It's kind of a Christmas tradition of the last couple years to make it around Christmas for breakfast and such.)

Mumfy Winter Fruit Salad )