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Sunday, January 15th, 2006
1:43 am - just ignore this
stole it from eli.I usually don't do this shit, but i like this one.

Directions: Open iTunes/iPod or Windows Media Player to answer the following. Go to your library. Answer, no matter how embarrasing it is.

How many songs: 2481
Sort by song title...
First song: hepcat - 'Lude
Last song: leningrad - Zina

Sort by time...
Shortest Song: Descendents - All(0:03)
Longest Song: Disneyland Studios - The Haunted Mansion(22:26)

Sort by album...
First Song: Rancid - Maxwell Murder
Last Song: Tub Ring - Vehicle

Top 5 Most Played Songs...no cheating
this is so sad...
1. Mindless Self Indulgence - Shut Me Up
2. Mindless Self Indulgence - Stupid MF
3. Mindless Self Indulgence - 1989
4. Mindless Self Indulgence - You'll Rebel To Anything...
5. Mindless Self Indulgence - la-di da-di

First 5 songs that come up on Shuffle...
1. Stevie Mac - Hateful
2. Tub Ring - Psychology Is B.S. (Not Science)
3. The Gadjits - Leawood Rock
4. 3-2-1 activate! - Interview Pt. 2
5. Elastica - Connection

Search...

1. "Sex"--How many songs come up: 36 (frankenstein girls will seem strangely sexy - 30 songs)
2. "Death"--How many songs come up: 75
3. "Love"--How many songs come up: 65
4. "You"--How many songs come up: 209
5. "love" and "you" --How many songs come up: 8

(2 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Thursday, January 12th, 2006
2:24 am - camping trip!
I'v(mostly) finalized the camping trip. If you want to go, contact me, even If I've already talked to you.

-It will be on february 4th, 5th and 6th, which is a saturday, sunday and monday. I won't be around on saturday until 1 or 2 am, so I'll figure out who will in charge of getting things organized that day. If you want to do this, contact me.

-Refugio is closed till april, so we will be camping at el capitan beach campground. It's only a mile south of refugio. It's also on the beach, so bring warm clothes.

-I don't know the price per site, but I hear it may be around $20. So far, I'm going with one site, but If we need 2 it shouldn't be a problem.

-I have 3 working tents, 1 without a working zipper, 3 or 4 mattresses, 4 or 5 sleeping bags, camping stove, pots, pans, plates, etc. lantern, other assorted camping items. Anyone that has other camping stuff feel free to bring it.

-Food: Family meal for dinner, bring your own breakfast and lunch. easy to cook/put together items are best.

-drinks: bring what ever makes you happy.

-other things:
-I have a radio, and I'll bring batteries. If anyone has a tape adapter to bring, that would be great. Bring cds and tapes.
-Any board games or card games.
-Any normal stuff you bring for staying away from home for a few nights, there are showers.
-carpooling would be good, there are only 2 cars per site, but there is free
parking outside the campground.
-if it looks like it will rain, the trip willbe canceled.
-any other questions: contact me.

(be a sheep)

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
4:36 pm - nonni
My dad told me tuesday night that my grandmother was in the hospital and on a respirator because she had pneumonia. I finally got to see her today with my uncle. In between, I've cried a few times, but thinking about loosing her.
I was closer to her than any of my other grandparents. She lived next door and was a sort of mentor to me, having worked for years as a baker for LAUSD.
When i did get to see her she was some what responsive, and seemed like she was trying to get comfortable in her bed. She opened her eyes a few times, and nodded to questions we asked her.
I think this christmas will be very hard for me if she passes away. Christmas always revolves around her house and her cooking. This year my dad and I were going to do most of the dinner anyways, but it won't be the same.

(2 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
12:58 pm - brownies



This recipe comes from my work, by way of the corporate pastry chef. For a while I thought the ones i was making before were fantastic, but I was proven very wrong with these.
Make sure to bake them up nice and thick so the middle will be chewy and fudgy.
The only problem that may arise is that this recipe is a little big. I actually use a double recipe to make a huge pan of brownies. It will rise a bit, so make sure to keep about 1/2 inch of room from the top

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Friday, October 14th, 2005
12:53 am - Salt Lake City
You can see my pictures here, and read about my adventure behind the cut.

adventures in mormon countryCollapse )

(1 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
11:19 pm - new glasses

new glasses
Originally uploaded by megpi.
About a week ago I went in to the optometrist because I’ve been having some problems seeing distances. It ended up that I have astigmatism, and needed glasses. On the upside, I shouldn't get headaches from going to the movies anymore.

(be a sheep)

Thursday, August 18th, 2005
1:28 am - Perfect Chocolate Cake

cake
Originally uploaded by megpi.
For a while I have been searching for the perfect white cake and chocolate cake. Until recently I had misguided idea that the perfect chocolate cake had to have chocolate instead of cocoa powder. Today I learned how wrong I was.

I had picked up Kaye and Liv Hansen’s book, The Whimsical Bakehouse. I had picked it up not just for the great decorating ideas, but for the large amount of cake and frosting recipes in it. Today I tried out the chocolate butter cake with amazing results. The cake is moist, rich and very tasty.

I recommend using a good Dutch processed cocoa instead of the normal stuff. It gives the cake a richer, more chocolaty flavor, and gives the cake a dark brown, almost black color.

Chocolate Butter Cake

1 c hot coffee
1 c cocoa powder
1 c cold water
3 c cake flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
8 oz unsalted butter
2 ½ c sugar
4 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla

Whisk together coffee and cocoa powder until there are no lumps. Whisk in the water until smooth.
Sift together dry ingredients.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs in slowly.
Add the dry ingredients and cocoa mixture in alternately.
Place batter in to 9 or 10 inch greased round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean when poked in to the middle, about 25 – 35 minutes.
Cool slice fill and ice.

Filling

I recommend the cookies and cream frosting also from the book. Just add crushed Oreo type cookies in to whipped cream and fill.

Decorating

I frosted the cake with whipped cream, but it can also be done with butter cream.
The dots were made of colored melted whit chocolate piped in to dots. Once cooled, press the dots in to the frosted cake bottom facing out. Color left over frosting and pipe around the bottom edge for a finished look.

(1 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Friday, August 12th, 2005
1:33 am - Murgh somosa

somosa
Originally uploaded by megpi.
A really yummy Indian dish and one of my favorite recipes from school.

The chicken can be substituted with anything you can cube up. I suggest squash, tofu, or more potatoes if you like.

Garam masala isn't cury powder, so make sure to find the real stuff.

Filling:

1 1/2 Tbsp usli ghee (brown butter)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup chopped scallions
1 cubed boiled potato
3/4 lb chicken
1/2 c grated carrot
2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
lemon juice

Saute garlic, scallions, potato, chicken and carrot in the usli ghee until the chicken is cooked, stiring occasionally, about 7 min. Add the garam masala, salt and lemon. Let cool.


Dough

1 1/2 c flour
1/4 tsp nigells seeds
1/8 tsp baking soda
6 Tbsp warm water
3 Tbsp usli ghee
2 Tbsp plain yogurt
1/2 tsp salt

mix together dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Mix together wet and dry until dough comes together. Turn dough out on to a floured surface and kneed until elastic.

divide dough in to 8 balls. Flatten each ball in to a 3 inch disk. Roll out each disk until they are 6 inches in diameter.

cut the rolled dough in half. take one side and paint half of the cut side with a corn starch water mixture. press the other cut half against the first pinching tp seel the dough together in a cone shape.

Place about 1/4 cup of filling in to the cone and seel the top with more cornstarch water and pinching.

Deep fry the samosas at 375 degrees until golden brown

makes 16

(be a sheep)

Monday, August 8th, 2005
3:53 pm - The work situation

the window
Originally uploaded by megpi.
I’m no longer working at Meson G. The numbers weren’t that good so they were letting people go, but were nice enough to give us all a place to work. I’ve been sent over to Dakota at the Roosevelt hotel in Hollywood, hopefully things will go well, and I will be getting a job there.

(be a sheep)

Thursday, August 4th, 2005
2:22 pm - Rosewater Marshmallows
I sorta stole this idea from the marshmallows they have at Boule in Los Angeles. I'm such a fan that I needed to make some of my own. I only wish I had the rose petals they include in theirs.



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(5 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Saturday, May 7th, 2005
8:38 am - Los Angeles, CA
So the henry fonda theater people are ass holes and don't allow cameras, at least not during the show, so I couldn't get any taken, but for now I have some from before and after the show. I know, not quite the same, but still some fun. Check them out here.

(5 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Thursday, May 5th, 2005
1:59 am - Chevre Pound cake
One of my jobs at work, besides pastries, is keeper of the cheese plate. My sous chef took an interest in teaching me all about cheese, and let me borrow Steven Jenkins' "Cheese Primer". I find cheese to be terribly interesting, and the book is fantastic. As an added bonus, I found a great recipe for Chevre (goat cheese) Pound Cake:

1/2 lb (250 g) Soft goat cheese at room temperature
3 sticks (3/4 lb; 375 g) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups (400 g) sugar
Pinch salt
1 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest or lemon extract
2 tsp vanilla extract
6 eggs at room temperature
3 cups (450 g) flour

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Heavily butter and flour a 10 in tube pan, or which ever pan is desired.
Cream together goat cheese and butter until well blended. Add sugar, salt, lemon, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until well blended and light and fluffy. Add in flour and beat until mixed.
Place the batter in prepared pan(s). Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle, about 1 1/2 hours.

(1 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Friday, March 11th, 2005
2:47 am - solo

solo
Originally uploaded by megpi.
jen_moonstar has, possibly, the cutest dog ever. I couldn't help but take pictures while at her house. Here's more if anyone would like to see.

(1 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Monday, March 7th, 2005
12:04 pm - ibarra ice cream
W used to make this at my work until we changed chefs. You can read it being raved about here (second paragraph from the bottom)


Ibarra or Mexican chocolate ice cream.

8 oz Mexican chocolate
3 cups ice cream base

Chop Mexican chocolate and place in a bowl.

Heat up ice cream base.

Pour ice cream base over chocolate, let sit for 2 minutes, whisk.

Place on an ice bath until cooled, run through ice cream maker.


ice cream base behind the cutCollapse )

(be a sheep)

Monday, December 27th, 2004
11:13 pm - the loot

the loot
Originally uploaded by megpi.
what I got for christmas
not seen: itunes gift card, flickr pro acount, cash
click on the picture to see descriptions

(5 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004
10:46 pm - from my blog
I would say I had an interview today. But to be perfectly honest, I pretty much had the job locked when I was on the phone.

It all started when I got a call from my mom this morning. She wanted to warn me that I would be getting a call from the restaurant across the street from her work. I'd sent them my resume right after they opened and we'd talked a few times. Initially, the owner was looking for a pastry chef and asked me if I wanted the job. I really didn't feel comfortable with diving into that level of responsibility right out of school, so I told them to keep me in mind for an assistant pastry chef.

Well, it just so happens that they've found a pastry chef. It also turns out that they needed an assistant pastry chef as soon as possible. Minutes later, Crystal [the new pastry chef] called. She asked me if I'd come in to talk to her. Naturally, I headed over as quick as I could.

The moment I saw Crystal, I knew we'd get along. She was covered in tattoos and had a good, energetic vibe. It did a lot to make me feel a bit more at ease. We chatted for a while about the new menu she was designing, and what work would be like. I gave her my schedule for Coffee Bean and let her know that I wouldn't be able to have a clear schedule untill next week. I let her know that I could work in between the time that I had off this week so I could get up to speed. My next free day was Wednesday, so I could start then if they needed me. Crystal has Wednesday off, but she said she'd try and reschedule so she could start to teach me the dishes as soon as possible. Then we shook hands, said our goodbyes and I ran to my mom's office to tell her the good news. My mom was so proud that she proceeded to tell the whole office.

As I headed home I called Jason to let him know. He couldn't stop saying how proud he is of me, how well he knows I'm going to do and how much he loves me. The call was really brief because he was just sitting down to lunch, but I knew he meant it.

I dreaded doing it, but I also had to call my manager at Coffee Bean to break the news to her. I feel so bad leaving with it being the holiday season and so many people being on vacation. She understood that this was going to happen eventually, and I knew it was going to too. I love everyone I work with and I'm going to miss them a bunch but I need to move on. The bad thing is, I'm only going to be able to put in a week's notice. So I won't be able to be rehired, but hopefully that won't come up. Besides, this opportunity is too good to pass up.

Now I'm just scared and a bit nervous. Of course that always happens when I start something new, but it's a bit overwhelming since I want to be doing this for the rest of my life. I'm usually not one to give up though, especially when it comes to a job, but I still worry. Wish me luck!

(5 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004
11:11 pm
jewXcore!
jewXcore!


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Wednesday, November 24th, 2004
10:28 pm - Oops

Oops
Originally uploaded by megpi.
Today while cutting pears for a tart I had a little incident with my knife. I ended up with lots of blood and a trip to the hospital for 3 stitches and a tetnis shot.

(5 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
1:43 pm - Cross posted from my blog
It was very interesting watching to morning coffee addicts coming in today. The people the came in yesterday were so happy, hopeful. They were so excited about voting, proud to have their stickers. They thought that they might be helping to get that disaster of a president out of office. The poles for the days preceding the elections were close, they thought they could happily watch Kerry beat bush, and help our country get buck in to the upswing.

Today was much different. To begin with, there seemed to be a lot less people than we normally have. That may or may not have had anything to do with the election though. Pretty much all the people that came in, including my coworkers, seemed so down, upset. I don't think the election was called yet, but they all knew it was a loosing battle. It seemed like their spirits had been crushed, their hope destroyed, it was so hard to keep myself smiling. It was when I heard the woman on her phone leaving the store say "he conceded?” seeming very upset, that I knew it was over.

I won't go in to why I think most Americans or morons, or how I think this next four years will play out, all I can say is that we're screwed. But there is hope. I hope bush pushes his fundamentalist beliefs, I hope he brings us deeper in to debt, because this may finally make people realize just how much of a fuck up he is, and change things. Then again I thought he screwed up enough the first time to turn people around, I guess I was wrong.

(2 went bahhhh | be a sheep)

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
3:38 pm - I Voted!

I Voted!
Originally uploaded by megpi.
and damn does it feel good.

(be a sheep)

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