Juniper Berries

Figs from thistles, and all that...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sous Vide Kick

I'm on a total DIY sous vide cooking kick. Three hits and one miss, so far. No photos yet, I'm afraid, but here's a quick rundown of sous vide successes and failure.
  • Shrimp with garlic and butter
My kids and I loved it; flavorful and juicy. Jenn hated the texture. Oh well.
  • Moose roast with bacon
Big hit! 14 hours left this lean, lean roast almost fork-tender, and still beautifully pink from edge to edge, a nice medium-rare. Quick browning @ 500°F, and Yorkshire gravy. Lots of positive feedback on this from the 6 people who ate it, even after a day in the fridge. “Best moose I've ever eaten.”
  • Carrots with sweet spice glaze
Carrots tasted mellow and cooked, very carrot-y, with no bitterness. Texture was firm but not crunchy; hard to describe. Overall very good, but I need practice reducing the glaze.
  • Salmon
Delicious. Juicy and tender, but cooked.
  • Shrimp again
Flop. I overcooked them and they came out flavorless (!) and gritty (!!). Diego and Lewis still ate them happily, with an orange mayonnaise I whipped up. The combination worked fairly well.

What should I try next?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Nate's Fancy Dress

My kid brother made a lovely dress. And destroyed it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tanana upon midnight

Tanana upon midnight
Originally uploaded by jermudgeon

Double Your Rainbows

Double Your Rainbows
Originally uploaded by jermudgeon
or your money back. Approximately 16 shots with a handheld Canon A95.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

More Alive Than Dead

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Life and Death Bass Ackwards

Working late tonight, which I haven't had to do in quite a while. Tech support for some else's network.

So I was in the car, going to pick up a downed router, and turned on NPR, which I usually do when I'm in the car for more than 5 minutes.

So first I hear about the Supreme Court messing with partial birth abortion bans, and the very next story is about some hero of an anesthesiologistrefusing to participate in an execution.

The NPR commentary was sympathetic toward the poor Doc, who felt that assisting in the execution violated his code of medical ethics. (This despite the fact that he would be easing the man's last moments.)

Large chunks of the partial-birth abortion issue, according to NPR, were chopped off the tree that no "medical consensus" of doctors agreed that partial birth abortions are sometimes wrong. Anything that interferes with the mother's right to choose, according to the Supreme Court, when and how her baby dies, is against the Constitution.

Americans get the government we deserve. I'm not a capital punishment advocate, but where are the doctors expressing public moral outrage against the violation (collectively) of their oaths, Hippocratic and otherwise?

My new motto, with a nod to Ursula K. LeGuin.

First, do only what you must.
Then, do no harm.

Goodnight. I've got a long night ahead of me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


I've been listening to Pandora a bit over the past week. Not too bad. You add 'Stations' in a small Flash console, by song or artist, and Pandora uses the Music Genome Project to play music suggested by your preferences.

You can skip quite a few songs per hour, but there is a cap. You can also indicate thumbs up/thumbs down on any given song. It'll never play a song you don't like again.

It's been fun to hear new music that is similar to things I already know and love.

Why not try it? It's free. Let me know what you think.Link