Monday, June 29, 2009
Why is that, you ask?
1) It will be in English.
2) It won't take me an hour to get there.
3) It will be in Engligh and it won't take me an hour to get there.
My lessons start on the 16th--can't wait!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
But they also had a little "portrait" area where Sylvain, one of the great Institute teachers, took pictures of everyone. I thought it was a great idea, and I loved the frame that they brought as a prop.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here are the recipes we tried (they were all delicious!).
-1 kilo beef
-1 medium to large carrot
-1 green bell pepper
-1 can green peas (or the equivalent in thawed frozen or fresh peas)
-5 cloves garlic
-1 cup grated cheddar cheese
-beef broth as needed
I don't have the directions, so I'm guessing it goes something like this: Brown the garlic and onions. Add the potatoes. Add the carrots. Add everything else. Cook. Enjoy. (Yeah, I'll have to get back to you on this...) I do remember, though, that they boiled the beef separately before cooking, and then they just added it towards the end so it could soak up some of the flavors. That way it is much more tender.
-1 kilo of medium-sized bone-in chicken parts (legs, thighs, wings, whatevah)
-5 cloves garlic
-1/2 cup special filipino soy sauce (you can use regular soy sauce if you don't have a store where you can find filipino products)
-1/4 cup vinegar (any kind except basalmic, I think they said. I think they used red wine vinegar)
-1 tsp. pepper
Brown garlic and onion. Add everything else, cook until done.
-1 kilo chicken, sliced into 1 by 2 inch strips (roughly)
-grated ginger (maybe 1/3 cup? they didn't write how much down as a part of the recipe)
-1 can coconut milk
-1 cup chicken broth
-1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
-1 tsp. cumin
-1 tsp. turmeric
-1 tsp. salt
-1 tsp. pepper
-1 tsp. chili oil or hot sauce
-1 tsp. ground cinnamon
-1 tsp. dry mustard (yellow)
Brown onion, add ginger. Add everything else, cook until done.
I know. It's very precise. Regardless, they were ALL really delicious, so if any of them sound good to you, maybe try searching for more exact recipes on a recipe database site. Or just Google "Chicken Adobo."
Enjoy. 'Cause I sure did. Yum.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Goodbye Paris. Hope to see you SOON.
If everything is running on schedule and as planned (i.e., my flight isn't cancelled), I should be in the air right now.
See you on the other side. (of the Atlantic.)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
In my grammar class, one of the articles we read and discussed talked about the opposing sides of the advertising debate in France (and maybe elsewhere... I don't really know if there are "anti-advertising" groups in the US). Francois BRUNE, who is very much against advertising, wrote an article called (roughly) "Advertising: Watch out for the Trap" in which he presents the arguments of those who are for advertising, and then argues against each item.
The article was only a page long, but there was one concept that really resonated pretty deeply with me. I've thought about it a lot while I've been in France. He talked about how every one of us has to find our "vie authentique," or our authentic way of living. It shouldn't be about what "everyone else" has, or whether something is the newest, miggest, most tricked-out model of something. It should be about whether having that item--or lifestyle, or way of dressing--is really you, or if you're being influenced by advertising.
Personally, I don't really care about limiting advertising. I know I'm influenced by it, but I feel like that's more of a personal thing. If I really hate that I'm so influenced by advertising, then maybe the best approcah would be to sit down and study it so I can pick advertising apart when I see it, rather than responding emotionally to it.
Look at me being all optimistic--I'm working on the assumption that at some point all or part of my luggage will get lost. I'm just bracing myself so that I don't crumble in the middle of JFK or the Salt Lake airport when I don't see my suitcases.
Air France lost one of my bags when I arrived in Paris, and they lost ALL of Amy's luggage when she arrived. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it was just a fluke.
It's also going to take me forever to get my suitcases to the ground floor of my apartment--the elevator broke this week.
(Everyone just keep your fingers crossed for me--maybe the elevator will be fixed by tomorrow).
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Learn 100 new cooking terms/tips/tools.
I learned a new term/process yesterday. It's a bain-marie. Which I guess can either be a double-boiler-type item, or just a simple process of dumping a container filled with food into water to be boiled and therefore cooking whatever the contents are without actually exposing them to the water.
This is how I heated a package of pre-cooked quinoa, spelt, lentils, and red beans I bought at a health food store by the Hotel de Ville. On the package it said to cook by bain marie, and showed a pot of boiling water with the pouch floating inside.
So. There's one term. Only 99 to go.
So, how about some help. What is your favorite cooking word, helpful tip, or appliance/utensil that you would hate to live without?
What are your favorite flowers?
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Yep. That was a Coke with lemon.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
For about 6 hours after that, I was pretty much convinced that everyone we met in the country would try to cheat us, and I was convinced I would never go back to the horribly corrupt place--ever.
Well, it's still not likely that I'll go back any time soon unless I'm with someone who speaks Czech, or unless I go by train. That whole encounter with the "cops" turned me off of driving in the CR forever.
So, annoying parts aside... Prague is spectacular! There is quite a bit of communist-era architecture (a.k.a. boring and run-down buildings), but there are also a lot of colorful and beautiful buildings--especially around the older parts of town where all of the tourist sites are.
I'm not going to caption all of the pictures, because there are just too many (over 80). So I'll group them together by topic or place and just let you look. If I feel the need to comment on a certain picture, I will. But really, mostly the captions would read, "I thought this was pretty, don't you?"
These were all taken in the main square, where they were having an Easter Market and festival.
I thought the stained glass in this cathedral was really interesting. For example, contrasting the above picture and this one just below... it looks like the one below is machine-made. I really like it, regardless, but the style is just so different it made me wonder. I really liked the stained glass in this cathedral in general, because there were a lot of really bright colors. More than what I had seen almost anywhere except maybe Sainte-Chappelle
The national saint, Saint John of Nepomuk's tomb is housed in the cathedral in the castle complex. It is made up of several tons of silver, apparently.
This entrance to the cathedral has a mosaic representing the resurrection and last judgement.
Into the Museum of Arms and Armor!
I love this He-Man style armor...
And this ensemble is kind of creepy to me, actually. "Watch it, or I'll gauge your eyes out with my steel beak."
After the Arms and Armor museum (it was tiny, so didn't take too long), we saw the tower housing the torture instruments. My stomach churns just looking at them.
Lovely Amy, sitting for a minute as we walked through the gardens just below the castle wall.
I would live there. In that actual house. Wouldn't you? (If you look closely, you can see a nice table and chairs next to the little pond. Hmm. I would eat lunch outside every day if I had a yard like that).
Okay, I don't know which church this was, but it has to be one of my least favorite churches ever. It's way too ornate for my taste, and there is too much mauve faux-marble (really, if you're going to paint the columns and archways to look like marble, did you have to pick mauve?)
However, unlike some people, my lack of appreciation didn't actually lead me to vandalism...
The cemetery is the only place in all of the Jewish sites where photography was allowed. So I don't have pictures of anything else, but here is what I will say:
Another church. Don't remember which one.