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All Entries Filtered By Date: 2008-09-01
September 28, 2008

[Daniel] Oh Dreamhost, How I Love Thee

Except, I really don't love you Dreamhost. Not at all.

"""OperationalError: (2013, 'Lost connection to MySQL server during query')"""
September 21, 2008
September 18, 2008

Daniel says...

I got Java RickRolled at work. How rude, Matt. How rude.

[Daniel] Meals Alone, Night #12

This evening, I made Tofu Scramble for supper. Tofu Scramble consists of sauteing tofu, tomato and scallions, then placing that mix on a burrito shell with cheese and seasonings. It came out decently, though the scallions weren't as good as I was hoping. There's no link to be had because it's not a recipe that's written down. And I decided against doing a picture because there's nothing to really see except a wrapped up burrito shell.
September 16, 2008

[Daniel] Meals Alone, Night #11

Tonight, I made some tasty Pad Thai. I changed the recipe slightly (using scallions instead of shallots and green onions, frozen peas instead of snow peas, no chilies and all dark soy sauce instead of mostly light) but otherwise pretty much followed the recipe. As a warning, this makes WAY more than one person can eat. One plate is enough for me to split between a dinner and leftovers the next day, let alone the second plate.

It turned out very well, despite taking quite awhile for me to make. The only disappointment for me was that it does not taste the same as the Pad Thai Moriah usually makes. It tastes good but not as good as what I used to. Picture below.

Meals Alone, Night #11
September 14, 2008

[Daniel] Meals Alone, Night #9

After a couple nights of eating non-Daniel made food, I decided to make Mac & Cheese, lightly modified. I followed most of the recipe, save for baking it in the oven, as that really doesn't seem to do much and just makes more dishes.

All in all, it turned out well. No big messes, the sauce thickened up well after cooling for a bit (a common difficulty in vegan cooking) and it was tasty. As always, a picture of the result.

Meals Alone, Night #9
September 12, 2008
September 10, 2008

[Daniel] Meals Alone, Night #5

Tonight was super-easy. Just cooked up some veggie burgers and seasoned fries. Very little mess and went flawlessly.

Meals Alone, Night #5
September 9, 2008

[Daniel] Meals Alone, Night #4 - Stir Fry

Tonight's meal was an epic failure. I attempted to make stir fry but nothing turned out. The rice's water cooked off too fast, so it was still crunchy. The veggies didn't stir fry up very well and were very bland. And I definitely didn't season it right. Choked most of it down and that was that. Better luck tomorrow night.

Meals Alone, Night #4

[Daniel] Best Moment Of The Day

matt_c: Ellington: 298 tests; no errors.
            
September 8, 2008

[Daniel] Meals Alone, Night #3 - Quesadillas

This meal went significantly worse than last night's, though not completely my fault. You can find the original recipe on Moriah's recipe database. I lightly modified it to use refried beans, swapped onions for black olives and lime juice instead of lemon.

The first part of the process, making the filling, went mostly fine. Slow to prepare but no real show-stoppers during cooking. I had prepped three tortillas (from an unopened package) out of the freezer with some vegan cheese. I filled the first one and tossed it on the skillet to cook then started filling the other two. It wasn't until I got to the last one that I saw it. The last tortilla had mold on it, so I threw it out and inspected the other two. Sure enough, more mold. So I ended up throwing out half of supper as well as the remainder of the package of tortillas.

Frustrated, I went out to the store at 8:30 p.m. and got more tortillas. Luckily, The Merc, which happens to be the fantastic local co-op, had just gotten in a fresh shipment so getting replacement tortillas wasn't too bad. This is normally quite hard to find, as most store-bought tortillas are not vegan-friendly. I returned home and finished making dinner.

The end result turned out decently and was fairly tasty. Pictures of the final product follow.

Meals Alone, Night #3
September 7, 2008

[Daniel] Parenting Is... #34

...how abysmally empty the house feels when they're not there.

[Daniel] Meals Alone, Night #2 - Spaghetti with Fried Tofu

So while Moriah and the kids are visiting Mom, I'm making an effort to cook for myself. Last night was clearing out some leftovers, so that doesn't count.

Tonight's meal is Spaghetti with Fried Tofu. As one might imagine, I've learned a couple lessons learned here.

One, I am not even 1/8 as good at cooking as Moriah is. She makes everything look relatively easy and effortless, while I struggled through trying to manage having multiple things cooking at once.

Two, spaghetti sauce jars are designed to frustrate and infuriate. Slightly larger than 2 cups (so cooking the whole thing in a Pyrex won't work) but not so much larger that you feel the need to use a bigger container to cook with. I ended up pouring a bunch back into the jar and made a mess in the process.

Three, oil heats and cooks faster than water. I suspected this anyhow and purposely started the oil on the tofu after I started the water for the noodles but not late enough. The tofu was done just after I first got the noodles into the pot post-initial-boil.

Four, I managed to not cut myself with the knife. Daniel: 4, Knife: 106.

All said and done, it came together and it was tasty, though I suspect that had more to do with the ingredients and less to do with my skills. A picture for the curious below.

Spaghetti with Fried Tofu
September 3, 2008

[Moriah] Parenting Is... #33

...laughing as your toddler spins and spins in circles until he falls over with dizziness, only to get right back up and try to walk, but then fall over again, laughing.

[Moriah] Parenting Is... #32

...the bittersweet feeling of watching your little baby smile and laugh, even though he's very sick.
September 2, 2008

[Daniel] Parenting Is... #31

...the pity you feel for your child the first time they're in the big tub and shaking like a leaf in fear.

[Daniel] Parenting Is... #30

...the wonderful expression on your little one's face the first time he reaches for a specific toy and realizes that he's able to touch it and hold it for himself!

[Daniel] Recipes Update

Under the hood, Moriah's recipes have received another big overhaul. I've ported the entire thing over from Rails 2.0 to everyone's favorite web framework (read: Django). The result was less code, slightly faster overall, equal functionality and a memory savings of 66% (from 30 Mb down to 10 Mb). I don't really blame Rails, just simply am happier with it as a Django app.

The only new thing most anyone will notice about it is that anytime Moriah posts a new recipe, a link to it will automatically be added from the Snow-Wolf stream of entries. Simple but effective.

Incidentally, I highly recommend the Banana Snack Cake. Very, very delicious.