Cooking: Part 2

Yesterday I cooked shrimp pad thai from scratch for Tressa. And it actually turned out quite well! This was encouraging for very future attempts. It was spicy to me (but tolerable) and a good spice level for Tressa (who has a higher tolerance).

Shrimp pad thai with cucumber salad
Tressa and I After Pad Thai


Cooking

I am not a good cook. Actually, that is an unfair statement. I might be, I just haven't ever done it. Never felt the ambition to. Recently however, I have bought two cookbooks. I am trying to eat healthier, more from scratch, learn a new skill.

Cooking Montage

My friend Jon does cook a lot. He says he enjoys it, finds it calming. I can sorta buy that - as long as it is small scale - personal, friends, family - and not a restaurant for example.

Personally I like the measuring of ingredients and looking at wikipedia for culinary terms between steps. I am hoping I stick with this new hobby.

Update - 2012 I did stick with it and while I am not a superb chef, I am good, my timing has improved drastically and I can cook many dishes now : )


Halloween

This Halloween was fun (I usually do not dress up as Halloween and I have a long, troubled past). Tressa and I dressed up as garden gnomes. We paraded around town - to my work on Friday the 30th, and to local businesses, including Walmart, Future Shop and Chili's restaurant. We enjoyed being oddballs ; )

gnomes

fact: tressa gettin cuter each day ; )

tressa gettin cuter each day ; )

update: upon hearing this tress says, and i quote:


'that's what i do!
i grow on you like mold.
and then you like "don't leave me mold"'


great childrens learning shows

i suddenly remembered the show square one tv on PBS, from when i was really young (apparently 1987-1991). this show played a big factor in me becoming enthralled in mathematics.

there were other great shows besides the popular sesame street - the edison twins, reading rainbow.

even as i was in my early teens, shows like bill nye and wishbone were entertaining and informative at the same time.

i hope todays children's shows are as cool - i have not watched blue's clues, dora the explorer or baby einsteins but have heard mixed review


Favourite Albums of 2019
Spotlight Album
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2008)

This album has been a staple of my music collection since it's release in 2008. I think it is one of Nick Cave's best albums. The album is moody and full of lyrical imagery. Dark, trancy at times such as on the track "Night of the Lotus eaters". The lyrics of this album are very strong and is what draws me back to it time and again. The track "Midnight Man" is an absolute gem:

Hold that chrysalis in your palm See it split and change It won't do you any harm It's just trying to rearrange

It was born to live a day Now it flies up from your hand It's beautiful It's the one they call your ever loving man

Wolves have carried your babies away Oh, your kids drip from their teeth The nights are long and the day Is bitter cold beyond belief...

...Close your eyes, sleep in him Dream of your lost sons and daughters Me, I'll raise up my dorsal fin And glide up and down the waters

The closing track "More news from nowhere" though just under eight minutes could go sixteen and I would be quite happy to listen to it all.


nick cave-midnight man

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Words of Wisdom

The greater the stupidity, the greater the clarity. Stupidity is brief and guileless, while wit equivocates and hides. Wit is a scoundrel, while stupidity is honest and sincere.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"

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