Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dinner with Dr. Hannibal

Recently, I was invited to a cannibal-themed potluck dinner party.  Each person secretly selected a friend to model their meal after. I was assigned a friend who works as a researcher in the field of DNA. I have seen the genetically spliced mice (mouse and jellyfish) he brings out to school programs and came up with these meat pies.

Here's the fictional back story to go with it:

Driven by his insatiable appetite for human flesh yet fearing the ethical and criminal repercussions for indulging in his fantasies, Dr. C turns to his lab and begins his own series of mad science experiments. Taking his mice already spliced with the genetic material from jellyfish, he decides to incorporate his own genetic material by injecting it into the mice. The result is a growing lump of human flesh, not unlike a tumour, inside the mouse. 

The pies are made of beef ribs braised in wine, stock, and mushrooms. They were then put into pie crust with a pinch of real jellyfish (can be bought at most Asian grocery stores) and baked into little mouse shapes. The braising liquid was reduced then strained and heated prior to serving the pies. Each person participating had their own syringe with which to inject their mice with the liquid prior to eating. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Roasted cauliflower

Well roasted cauliflower should have a golden colour. 
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1/4 cup olive oil
Minced garlic or garlic powder (optional)

This is a favourite recipe of mine that is both simple and can be enjoyed hot or cold. It is also very versatile  and can be added to other things such as pasta or salads, but usually I like to eat it as a side dish. There is rarely enough left over for other uses however, because it shrinks!

Pre-heat oven to 375C.
In a large bowl, toss well drained florets in olive oil until coated. Sprinkle generously with salt (and garlic or garlic powder if using) and toss. Spread evenly on a baking tray and place in the middle rack for 50-60 mins. Turn once halfway through cooking. The florets should caramelize and some browning is desired.

Alternatives: Use flavoured herb or spiced oils instead of olive oil. I like to use a combination of olive and "Cumin and Coriander" flavoured oil.  You could also try a little curry powder when tossing.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Me still Chinese

I was walking one of my students down the hall when she turns to me and asks:

"Are you Chinese?"

With a smile, I reply: "Yes, I am."

She asks: "Do you speak English?"

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Me Chinese

Just before the holidays, I was faced with some rather amusing assumptions that were part of holiday well wishes and good intentions. I had a good laugh at all of them.

Parent: Will you be flying back to your home this holiday?
Me: No. I'm going to drive down Keele for 15 mins.

Teaching partner: I got you a T and T Supermarket gift certificate! I hope you like it!
Me: Thank you. I usually shop at Sobeys but I'll gladly make the trip.

(Context: Secret Santa must buy a toy to be donated to Sick Kids. The toy should represent something about the recipient, such as their interests or hobbies.)

Secret Santa: (passes me a blue haired rag doll with button eyes).
I got this for you because it looks Chinese. Like you.
Me: (puzzled look) Blue hair?
Secret Santa: She has black eyes. And she's funky. Like an Asian.
Me: I have brown eyes. But thank you for thinking I'm funky.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Seven of Eleven

I recently completed my jury duty and it was quite an experience. I now have a better understanding of the justice system and how it works. Ten other strangers and I were locked into a room for deliberations after two weeks of evidence, witnesses and testimonies. Up until that moment, we only knew each other by our juror numbers despite having spent two weeks together. How fascinating that eleven strangers from different walks of life would be put together to determine the fate of the accused. It was a good mix of people. We each represented different facets of society and therefore different perspectives on the case. Our different experiences, knowledge, and priorities also allowed for greater depth in the exploration of the issues. Fortunately, we all came to the same verdict, though we did so through different avenues. We can leave this courthouse knowing that we tried to be as fair as possible.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hot Men: Tom Hiddleston

How can any girl resist? 
I'm always behind the latest trend. Apparently, being infatuated with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) of The Avengers is pretty 4 months ago but I've only seen this photo recently. I agree with Vicki Essex's Blog: The Avengers in Order of Bangability, especially with the gorgeously muscled Thor and Captain America, but I have to say that Tom Hiddleston is very handsome, has a winning smile, and the story around this photo is just so endearing. Normally, my Hot Men are fictional characters (and not the actual actor) but this sweet guy is one of my few exceptions.
Love that cleft in his hip.

And how can I resist putting up some Avenger beefcake?


He feels taller, and sexier! 

Friday, August 31, 2012