Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Shakshuka: A cheap, easy, filling Middle Eastern specialty

This stuff is pretty good, mostly for the reasons listed in the title. Granted, the recipe I used (the site is annoying, and I'm only linking it because I wouldn't have learned about this dish if not for it) is underseasoned, but with a heavy extra dose of spices, it should be pretty good.

Homemade walnut butter: Easy and freaking wonderful

So here we have it... walnut butter! The first of my not-peanut-butter experiments in nutty condiment creation. Thus far: Excellent. I have a nice big batch of pecans on the way; this promises to be a long term shindig.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Healthy eating, good intentions, etc. feat. Lara Bars and Marinated Eggs

I've been starting to eat much better lately. I think I mentioned before that the grocery stores have pretty OK premade salad mixes; you have to opt for the ones with shredded cabbage instead of lettuce if you want to get anything like a reasonable price, but hey, for greens, carrots, and some corn with dressing and a bit of whatever meat I have lying around, I'm just glad to get salad again. They sell similar mixes for stirfry, which is pretty great. Plus, bean sprouts are unbelievably cheap here, so they're ideal filler.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Notes from the Pickling Trenches vol. 1 (and also some more healthy eating)

Words to the wise: Japanese pickles are often made with vinegar, sugar or some other sweetener, and soy sauce. My advice, if sugar is part of your brine, is to stick with a raw sweetener.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A new job, an apology, and a condolence prize (and a WHOLE LOT of random pictures!)

It's been almost a freaking month since I posted here. Ugh! Sorry.

Anyway, interesting news first: I've secured a senior developer position (bit of a step down from CEO, but hey, being the CEO of two people including yourself just isn't that impressive anyway) at a social media analytics company called HubNami. My work visa is in process; once that goes through, hopefully in about a month, things can really pick up.

Now on to the well-mannered frivolity!