this is not a cooking blog!

I happen to cook a lot, yes, I know.  However, I wanted to provide some evidence that this is not, in fact, a cooking blog.  Behold!  Verily, I say unto you, down yonder are some long-promised images of our new apartment. (Nuffin' artsy)

See?!  Okay, it's only the living/dining room.  But from three angles!!  The other parts of the house aren't as interesting (read: poorly-lit), but we do have a shower designed for handicapped individuals, which is all sorts of fun.

Yes, yes, I know I still haven't posted our wedding pictures, or JMT pictures, or anything about the other nonsense this summer, but I will eventually.  Instead, N and I have been doing fun things like going to Ben and Erica's wedding! (Sorry for the terrible picture, I didn't take many.)

Nothing ever settles down; life is always a whirlwind.  Tomorrow I head up to NYAS's Machine Learning Symposium.  Sometime in the next bit I'll be applying to grad schools.  Wee!


using raw veggies

Sometime last week I discovered that I had let a bundle of parsley start to wilt.  I had wanted to make pasta dish that night, so I decided to make a pesto.  Puréed parsley with a little olive oil was too strong on the parsley flavor, so I added carrots and a few mushrooms to the food processor to smooth it out.  I spiced it to taste and tossed it with thin spaghetti and it was a success with leftovers to spare.  Greens saved from wasting and dinner served.

Then on Sunday, we had the LDS missionaries over and I made dinner for them: arugula salad, black bean soup, and stuffed acorn squash.  The stuffing was a quinoa-wild rice pilaf with cooked onions, shredded carrots and zucchini, and halved grape tomatoes.  One of the missionaries paid me a complement when he said "I just realized what I'm eating.  You know those magazines with the food that looks really good and is good for you?  That's what I'm eating."

The common thread between the two dinners was that they both used a fair amount of raw vegetables in the main dish.  I'm familiar with various raw-foods diets and am far from that myself, but I think it would be a good thing to incorporate more raw food into my meal preparations.  Cooked food is nutrient-dense and allows us to eat good food inexpensively--rice, beans, potatoes, bread--but adding raw foods will increase the diversity of our diets.  Briefly looking at raw-food recipes online, it seems that apple, avocado, carrots, coconut, and nuts are fairly popular, but of course any veggies or fruits can work.  I've been intrigued with apples in savory dishes for a while, so perhaps I can try a raw twist to that.  It'll be a fun vein to explore.


Shotwell on Ubuntu's home page

If you go to Ubuntu's home page, you'll find a screenshot of Shotwell for their 10.10 release.  Yeah, I'm proud.