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Tomorrow, I have my first exam and I doubt I’ll be sleeping tonight. Since almost anything is preferable to lying in bed trying to fall asleep while my brain is repeating the spinothalamic tract or the cranial nerve nuclei, I went and got enough caffeinated beverages to keep me awake for days…and chocolate gummi bears. Chocolate gummi bears make me feel better about my impending death by neuroanatomy final. I am, in fact, the most pathetic human being on the planet.

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Happy pi day!

I know it looks like a bloody massacre, but we made delicious delicious strawberry pie for Pi Day.

The crust is the same as the one for the pineapple pie

The filling:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs strawberries (sliced)
  • juice from half an orange
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup of water
  1. Mix sliced strawberries, orange juice, honey, sugar, water, and vanilla. Let sit for 1 hour in the fridge
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F.
  3. Drain the liquid from the strawberry mixture into a sauce pan.
  4. Heat the liquid on medium heat and add cornstarch. Mix until it dissolves and forms goop.
  5. Lay the strawberries down in the pie crust and pour the strawberry goop on top.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the crust has browned.

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Mmm…Dinner

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As lazy as I am with food on weekdays (1), I try to make an effort to cook decently on weekends because I enjoy it. So when my mom bought some salmon yesterday, I decided that it would make yummy food, I must cook it, and I’m tired of my usual soy + lime + red pepper preparation. I also remembered Comrade PhysioProf’s really awesome sounding fish course from his and Dr. Isis’s Recipe War.

However, being that I’m not particularly fond of following exact recipes (2) and I’m using a different fish, I decided that I could just fuck around with the recipe a bit.

Ingredients

Salmon:
3 250 – 300g salmon fillet (3)
3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. grated ginger
3 tsp. sesame oil
½ cup white miso
¼ cup mirin
1 tsp. orange zest
2 tbsp. orange juice

Noodles:
100g dry soba noodles
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
6 Tbsp. mirin

Instructions
Combine all the ingredients listed under Salmon in a bowl or other vessel to get the following:

Marinate, in the fridge, for at least 30 minutes. I’m sure Comrade PhysioProf would suggest drinking, but it’s 2 in the afternoon and I already killed my weekly allowance of heptaocytes yesterday (4). Instead, I was treated to half an hour of a Russian Cash Cab (5).

When half an hour of torture is through, take your salmon fillets and spread them out on a foil covered baking sheet (6).

Broil it at 450 ⁰F for 10 minutes on the middle rack and then for 5 minutes, or until slightly charred, on the top rack. You’ll get the following:

For the noodles, just follow Comrade PhysioProf’s recipe. Soba and somen cook the same way, but soba is yummier.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to go thank Comrade PhysioProf for a simple recipe that still works after fucking with some of the ingredients.

(1)I’ve lived close to a week on instant ramen, even when I wasn’t broke
(2)Exceptions are made for baking, as I’ve seen recipes get fucked by stupid alterations.
(3)Skin on would be awesome, but not necessary
(4)I might write more on this later, but it a bit embarrassing and involves me being a total geek
(5)This is not a pleasant experience. In fact, there are very few things on Russian TV stations that is pleasant.
(6)Seriously, use the foil, it makes cleaning up a million times easier.

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