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Mostly posting this recipe here so I'll have a record of it, though I'll probably make a duplicate in my recipe book. But these are the best cornbread muffins I think I have ever had. Recipe adapted from this one for masa cornbread.

1.5 c masa harina (if you don't know what this is, look for Maseca in the Latino grocery section)
1/2 c flour
2 eggs
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 c sugar
1.5 c milk
1/2 stick of butter, softened
1 jalapeno, finely diced
1 tsp red chili flakes
1/4 c cotija cheese, finely crumbled

Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine dry ingredients (masa, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, chili flakes, jalapeno, cheese) in a large bowl, then add remaining ingredients to the middle and stir until well-mixed. Pour into muffin tins, filling each cup about halfway, then bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are browned. Makes 12 muffins.
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So, this summer I will be going that extra step in cooking from scratch by growing my own herbs and spices (and a veggie or two). The reason being that I live in Arkansas and the things I like are totally unobtainable in grocery stores (okay, with a few exceptions). Thankfully, Amazon gift cards can go a long way when obtaining some seeds!

I'm trying not to go overboard, mostly because I will be in and out a lot this summer and won't necessarily have the time to tend to a garden daily, and because I live in a tiny apartment with no space to grow things (not even a lovely porch like Dar and Angela had in Portland). But I'm making do! My garden for this year:

Garlic (planted one sprout today!) I have two more cloves I'm trying to sprout, hopefully they do so. My plan for these is really just for the chives. I'll replant a clove or two this coming fall to try and get a whole head of garlic for the following year.

Thai basil (seeds in the mail)

Tabasco chile (seeds in the mail) - I really wanted to grow Thai bird's eye chiles, but the seeds on Amazon didn't look very reliable. The Tabasco chile seeds, on the other hand, seem to have been very successful for almost everyone, and honestly there isn't much difference as they are both little 1-2" green to red chiles that are plenty hot.

Bok choy (seeds in the mail) - these look ridiculously easy to grow. Most cabbages are. I'm getting about 250 seeds, and I'm going to plant a bunch and harvest them as they grow. I really like the young plants more than fully-grown ones anyway.

Lemongrass - I'm hoping I can find some of this in Memphis next week. I want to grow it from cuttings rather than starting from seed, just to save some time.

Kangkong - This one I'm not as sure about. Growing it would be a non-issue as it's a crazy weed that grows like 4" a day, so you can harvest it endlessly and never run out, and it grows just fine in a mix of potting soil and lots of water, so I don't really have to worry about watering it. The trouble is going to be finding some cuttings. I hope Memphis doesn't let me down, but if it does, I am going to be super sad as this is one of my favorite vegetables ever.

I have been doing some excellent cooking lately, I have to say. My favorite recent dish was last night's kadun pika on red rice, stuffed in a roasted poblano. Kadun pika is a Chamorro dish adapted from chicken adobo, so it has all of the delicious sweet and sour flavors from the original Filipino dish, combined with the Chamorro love for all things spicy. Making it is very simple. I didn't measure anything, but for those of you who wish for measurements, the following is my best guess for a single serving of the stuff.

1 Chicken breast, or 2 chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 c dark soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
3 tbsp rice vinegar (or coconut vinegar, if you're lucky enough to find it)
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 green onion, diced, separate dark green from light green/white parts
2 red bird's eye chiles (or similar Asian chile)
1 tsp sambal oelek
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 c water
1 tbsp corn starch
sesame oil

Combine all of the above ingredients, minus the corn starch, sesame oil, and dark green onion. Let the chicken marinate for at least 15 minutes, though a couple hours in the fridge is even better. Heat some cooking oil in a pan and pour in the chicken and marinade, and let it simmer until the chicken is cooked. Combine corn starch with a little bit of cold water in a separate measuring cup, mix into a paste, then pour into the cooking chicken and stir until the sauce becomes thicker. Then turn off the heat, add the rest of the green onion, and drizzle sesame oil on top. Serve on top of some cooked rice. Enjoy the ensuing foodgasm.

Like I said, the measurements here are pretty approximate. Key to a good kadun pika is lots of chile, so feel free to adjust that as needed. The above directions make something I consider the equivalent of medium hot in most restaurants. Remove the chiles and sambal entirely and it becomes more like a gingery adobo, which is perfectly fine too.
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Delicious meal of the day: roast rabbit with coffee-chipotle rub (plus the usual roasting goods of potatoes, carrots, and garlic cloves). I really think rabbit is one of the best meats available. Thanks, Pele!

I have just returned from a 4-day trip to the SE Partners in Flight conference, where recent research on birds is presented every year. This year it was held in Raleigh, NC, included some excellent talks, and a poster session which took place at the NC Museum of Natural Science. My favorite quotation, from a presentation on controlling feral cats: "Cats are very popular. In fact, 87% of the internet consists of cats*. The rest is porn."

We also got to see NC State University's research forest, a restored prairie owned by the museum, and watch a displaying male woodcock on one very chilly evening, after which we retreated to Dos Taquitos, which is hands down one of the best Mexican restaurants I have ever been to. If you ever get the opportunity to try Chiles en Nogada, do it. Roast poblano, stuffed with shredded pork, apples, currants, and who knows what else, topped with a walnut cream sauce and pomegranate seeds. It's a traditional Mexican Independence Day dish due to its lovely green, white, and red colors, and is oh so amazingly good.

I talk about food a lot, don't I?

*Link not part of the original talk. But it proves his point.

Eh

2 Feb 2012 12:27
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From [livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko:

I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun.
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This morning, while walking to the lab from my apartment, clearly demonstrated how crazy the weather is here during the winter. I left my apartment and it was sunny and warm (67 degrees, my computer says). About five minutes later, a huge looming black cloud swept over the sky, making everything pitch black and super windy. Now, another half hour later, it is bright and sunny outside again, and approaching 70 degrees. It's supposed to get down to 20-something tonight. This, apparently, is just how winter in the landlocked south is. Kind of cool, actually, though I miss having a real winter (by which I apparently mean 45 degrees and constant rain, since that's just so much fun).

I forgot to mention this at the time, but last week I went out with Melissa, who is still trying to trap hawks for her research. Most of her project is focused on observing foraging hawks, and determining prey densities in fields, but trapping and banding a few birds for identification purposes is handy. We managed to get a kestrel, and almost had a shrike (lol oops) but the winds picked up around 10:00, making the birds less interested in coming to the trap. Still, kestrels are fun, so here's the little juvie female we caught.

I took better photos... they're just on someone else's camera. )

Tomorrow, as many of you know, is SOPA (and PIPA!) blackout day. Although SOPA is more or less dead for now, PIPA is still around, and demonstrating the dangers of any kind of legislation that promotes censorship of the internet is extremely important to the future of the internet itself. The list of sites that will black out for tomorrow is growing, but includes Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, imgur, Mojang/Minecraft, Wordpress, and many others. As I don't have a website myself, exactly, I intend to join the protest in spirit by staying offline tomorrow. Maybe I'll actually get something accomplished.
shichahn: ([Boosh] Electro poof)
... Rivers... Really? Really?

I think this is the funniest thing I've seen on the internet in some time. Rivers, never stop. Even though this is clearly a career suicide move, just... Keep being ridiculous, please.
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Happy Birthday Mr. Hawking ♥

Also you guys, I totally forgot to mention it, but last Thursday was National Bird Day. I hope you appreciated some birds! I know I did. Pele did too because she caught and ate two in under 20 minutes. New record! (Speaking of "hawking"? lol)
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So, one of my very favorite food carts back home is called Koi Fusion. They make a very creative blend of Korean and Mexican food. Amazing stuff, really. I mean, tacos with Korean-style grilled pork, kimchi, fresh cabbage and cucumber, with a little squeeze of lime over them? Amazing. So, I was inspired to do something like that myself, since Korean food is totally nonexistent in Jonesboro. I don't know how my Korean neighbors manage with the ingredients available here, honestly. Maybe they're eating bland Arkansas crap like everyone else. But yesterday I decided to get creative, and made myself a bunch of kimchi. The ingredients I really need, like salted shrimp and Korean chili flakes, are nowhere to be found here, but I made do with what I had and used fish sauce, fresh ground Japanese chilies (in my new spice grinder!), and Sriracha to make up for the missing ingredients. And I have to say, it worked out pretty darn well. I have one jar still sitting so it can pickle properly, while the other is now in the fridge after only one day out. It's still super delicious, and if I need it to be sour, I can just add some rice vinegar to whatever I'm making.

Anyway, this morning I had Korean-style breakfast tacos. Om nom nom. Scrambled eggs, queso fresco, kimchi, and cilantro in little corn tortilla shells. So good. It is a stark contrast with what will be tonight's dinner - black eyed peas stew with sausage and vegetables. So I've got my New Year foods all covered - black eyed peas for luck, cabbage for money. And they say that what you do on New Year's day will be what you do for the rest of the year - so I'm looking forward to a year of sleeping in, playing Minecraft, going hawking, and cooking great food, haha. Sounds good to me!

Also among my Christmas presents was a jar of Vietnamese cinnamon. And I managed to locate a 7oz bag of ground cardamom for only $10. Guess who's going to make some awesome shortbread this week?
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WHAT IS THIS SHIT
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WHAT IS THIS SHIT
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So, apparently it doesn't snow here. Except it did. On Monday. Two inches. Which I know isn't a lot for you guys in places like the midwest or the northeast, but two inches of snow is a respectable amount where I come from, and it is here, as well.

Naturally, I had to go spend as much time in it as I could before it melted (it was mostly gone yesterday, although there are still patches around even now in shady areas). Naturally, I had to drag Pele along with me. I think this is a thing for me. Making my birds experience snow, haha. They never seem to care. Although this snow was falling heavily enough (and wet enough) where Pele started out ignoring it and then eventually came to dislike being cold and wet, so we had to go inside, but in the meantime we had gone on a nice walk around campus.

A couple photos, for the curious. )
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So, apparently it doesn't snow here. Except it did. On Monday. Two inches. Which I know isn't a lot for you guys in places like the midwest or the northeast, but two inches of snow is a respectable amount where I come from, and it is here, as well.

Naturally, I had to go spend as much time in it as I could before it melted (it was mostly gone yesterday, although there are still patches around even now in shady areas). Naturally, I had to drag Pele along with me. I think this is a thing for me. Making my birds experience snow, haha. They never seem to care. Although this snow was falling heavily enough (and wet enough) where Pele started out ignoring it and then eventually came to dislike being cold and wet, so we had to go inside, but in the meantime we had gone on a nice walk around campus.

A couple photos, for the curious. )
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Oh man, I have posted too many times today. This is nuts.

First off, don't forget about the SOPA thing. That is incredibly important. Go do that.

Secondly, for those who do not have [livejournal.com profile] tinylongwing friended, go see my latest entry there if you want to read about Pele, a passage Cooper's hawk.

Finally, a little update on my life! Yesterday I had a meeting with the guy at Arkansas Game and Fish who is getting me funding for my MS project, now starting sometime in the spring. So that's still coming along, we're just waiting for the funding to make its way through the state government and on to us. It's a much slower process than it was supposed to be, but that's bureaucracy and science funding in the current political climate, unfortunately. It'll come through eventually.

More immediately exciting is that I am volunteering to help out with the project of another student in my graduate lab. Her project is focusing on optimal foraging of red-tailed hawks and American kestrels here in agricultural fields around Jonesboro. (Why is this not my project, you ask? Because I chose the one that had funding attached. Hawks are cool, but getting paid to go to grad school is even cooler.) What this means for us right now is that we have to go out and trap and band a bunch of redtails and kestrels, which is good fun.

Pics below )
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Oh man, I have posted too many times today. This is nuts.

First off, don't forget about the SOPA thing. That is incredibly important. Go do that.

Secondly, for those who do not have [livejournal.com profile] tinylongwing friended, go see my latest entry there if you want to read about Pele, a passage Cooper's hawk.

Finally, a little update on my life! Yesterday I had a meeting with the guy at Arkansas Game and Fish who is getting me funding for my MS project, now starting sometime in the spring. So that's still coming along, we're just waiting for the funding to make its way through the state government and on to us. It's a much slower process than it was supposed to be, but that's bureaucracy and science funding in the current political climate, unfortunately. It'll come through eventually.

More immediately exciting is that I am volunteering to help out with the project of another student in my graduate lab. Her project is focusing on optimal foraging of red-tailed hawks and American kestrels here in agricultural fields around Jonesboro. (Why is this not my project, you ask? Because I chose the one that had funding attached. Hawks are cool, but getting paid to go to grad school is even cooler.) What this means for us right now is that we have to go out and trap and band a bunch of redtails and kestrels, which is good fun.

Pics below )
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Hey guys, I'm sure you've all heard about SOPA by now. (If you haven't, read about it beneath the cut )

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has an epic plan to stop it. In signing this petition, not only are you saying you want it stopped, but Wyden will read off every name on this list in one of the greatest filibusters ever, should SOPA come up to a vote. So if you have, like, five seconds (I know you do, if you're reading this!) go sign your name on the link above. If you have slightly more than five seconds, please edit the text in the blue box to come up with your own unique statement as to why you want SOPA blocked. This is important as in government petitions, names that post the same exact copypasta statement are all counted as a single comment, while unique comments are counted separately. While posting with the copypasta will get your name on the filibuster, including a unique statement will do even more good than that.
shichahn: ([RvB] Yellow rose of Texas clad in black)
Hey guys, I'm sure you've all heard about SOPA by now. (If you haven't, read about it beneath the cut )

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has an epic plan to stop it. In signing this petition, not only are you saying you want it stopped, but Wyden will read off every name on this list in one of the greatest filibusters ever, should SOPA come up to a vote. So if you have, like, five seconds (I know you do, if you're reading this!) go sign your name on the link above. If you have slightly more than five seconds, please edit the text in the blue box to come up with your own unique statement as to why you want SOPA blocked. This is important as in government petitions, names that post the same exact copypasta statement are all counted as a single comment, while unique comments are counted separately. While posting with the copypasta will get your name on the filibuster, including a unique statement will do even more good than that.
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So, in between bouts of working on a paper about shorebird habitat partitioning, I've also been finding some pretty cool things on the internet today. Coolest of all was finding this amazing piece on Reddit: I am Neil deGrasse Tyson -- AMA, in which Tyson, who, unsurprisingly, is a Redditor, sat and answered questions on all kinds of things. He really is a remarkable person, and his thoughts on everything from physics to education to life in general are absolutely worth reading by anyone and everyone. For those who don't know, Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, and an example of my favorite kind of scientist - one who is not only a creative, thoughtful researcher, but who is also extremely good at making science accessible to anyone. So, go on, read what he has to say in the link above.

And then watch this video: Onward To The Edge, a music video about the wonders of space exploration. And then go watch all the other Symphony of Science videos. Look everyone, there is a valuable use for autotune after all!
shichahn: ([DW] dalek love)
So, in between bouts of working on a paper about shorebird habitat partitioning, I've also been finding some pretty cool things on the internet today. Coolest of all was finding this amazing piece on Reddit: I am Neil deGrasse Tyson -- AMA, in which Tyson, who, unsurprisingly, is a Redditor, sat and answered questions on all kinds of things. He really is a remarkable person, and his thoughts on everything from physics to education to life in general are absolutely worth reading by anyone and everyone. For those who don't know, Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, and an example of my favorite kind of scientist - one who is not only a creative, thoughtful researcher, but who is also extremely good at making science accessible to anyone. So, go on, read what he has to say in the link above.

And then watch this video: Onward To The Edge, a music video about the wonders of space exploration. And then go watch all the other Symphony of Science videos. Look everyone, there is a valuable use for autotune after all!

wat

1 Nov 2011 13:24
shichahn: ([StH] All about the shades)
So I got an email today from someone at this school's "Multicultural Center," whatever that means. They had a survey asking if students had even heard of the Multicultural Center, if we knew what it was for, etc. etc. One of the groups supposedly served by this Multicultural Center is the LGBT community. One of the last questions in the survey was the following:

"Which gender are you?

O Male      O Female"

Huh?

LGBT

O Male     O Female

Good work, Multicultural Center. Good work.

On that note, I think I need a new tag for my LJ: "wtf arkansas". I think it will get used regularly. Not that this problem is specific to this state, of course.

wat

1 Nov 2011 13:24
shichahn: ([StH] All about the shades)
So I got an email today from someone at this school's "Multicultural Center," whatever that means. They had a survey asking if students had even heard of the Multicultural Center, if we knew what it was for, etc. etc. One of the groups supposedly served by this Multicultural Center is the LGBT community. One of the last questions in the survey was the following:

"Which gender are you?

O Male      O Female"

Huh?

LGBT

O Male     O Female

Good work, Multicultural Center. Good work.

On that note, I think I need a new tag for my LJ: "wtf arkansas". I think it will get used regularly. Not that this problem is specific to this state, of course.

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