12 August 2014

Mackerel

'Twas a good weekend spent with friends. Our conversations always revolve around the same topic haha, but insightful nonetheless. 

Good food was involved too, via ND Sushi (below) and Taste of the Danforth. 


11 August 2014

ripe

Tomatoes :D




07 August 2014

sweet basil

First batch of tomatoes from Sky Garden, it's fantastic.

06 August 2014

commute

fyi no internet at home for an indefinite amount of time until Teksavvy sorts out its "vendor delay".
Sigh

Train stations are kinda nice.

28 July 2014

aquaponics

In case anyone is wondering, I'm busy with packing for my move. But here's various (well...two) incarnations of canned tuna and vegetables from the garden.

As a relatively classic pasta. I took my liberties with the pesto.

As my "throw the last ingredients that I still have out " tuna salad with added pasta and potatoes (part of the last ingredients I still have out).
Let me be proud of this creation for a second here, which is loosely based off of a potato salad recipe from River Cottage Veg. The dressing is so flavourful that it's absolutely amazing. Basil plus dijon mustard plus rice vinegar plus vegetable oil plus SiChuan pickled radish & spicy peppers. It's a rather random combination of flavours (from across cuisines) and eye-balled quantity but it turned out soooo gooooood. Next time I'll skip the pasta and just stick with potatoes, which adds a hint of sweetness and absorbs the dressing better.

Speaking of the garden, currently using the solar dehydrator to dry oregono (y).

21 July 2014

As I Lay Dying

I wanted to read The sound and the fury cause it sounded like a cool title, but reddit kindly warned me that Faulkner is a tough read and suggested this book instead as a gentle introduction.

As I lay dying was still a difficult read durr. In the beginning I was unintentionally confused as I wasn't use to the writing style. Afterwards I was intentionally confused cause the author wills it so. Actually I had to search it up later that Faulkner intended the individual (heck I would even go as far as collective) narrations to be incomplete. A review described it as reverse-foreshadowing, where events (chaotically) happen first, then a couple characters fill in some amount of detail later on.

All in all I was just confused and couldn't enjoy the book very much.

Darl's chapters can easily be transplanted into Alice in wonderland, exhibit A:
In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep, you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were. I don't know what I am. I don't know if I am or not. Jewel knows he is, because he does not know that he does not know whether he is or not. He cannot empty himself for sleep because he is not what he is and he is what he is not. Beyond the unlamped wall I can hear the rain shaping the wagon that is ours, the load that is no longer theirs that felled and sawed it nor yet theirs that bought it and which is not ours either, lie on our wagon though it does, since only the wind and the rain shape it only to Jewel and me, that are not asleep. And since sleep is is-not and rain and wind are was, it is not. Yet the wagon is, because when the wagon is was, Addie Bundren will not be. And Jewel is, so Addie Bundren must be. And then I must be, or I could not empty myself for sleep in a strange room. And so if I am not emptied yet, I am is.

How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.

Maybe I'll try Virginia Woolf next...?

19 July 2014

gan

I really can't wait to move so I can invite friends over and drink tea.

Today I realized explicitly why I love Tie Guan Yin so much. It's the smell of the wet leaves (especially after the second pour, so intense). To the best of my ability, I'd describe it as floral? Wish my whole house smelled like this ;_;

Since I'm too lazy to bust out my yixing pot before moving, I'm getting better at pouring with DavidTea's perfect mug and strainer. It's a 2 step process, first pour the bulk of the infusion out quickly so it doesn't drip off the side of the mug, then remove the strainer and carefully pour the rest out slowly (so the leaves remain at the bottom). Was also very happy to pour in the boiled water into my mug correctly, it's really hard to get it swirling without a long sprout on the kettle.

So yeah come drink tea with me please.

PS. CCTV has a documentary on tea, you should watch. The video below is also good.