fried brain

Now I remember the problem with having a day job; you always end up coming home too tired to do anything else. I walked in my house and I felt restless and keyed up from school, this, despite the fact that I had skipped my iced earl grey this morning. I don’t waste caffeine on non-writing days. I pay too high a price for caffeine (yellower teeth and stronger body odor).

So I ended up doing another round of Bikram yoga. Afterall Bikram recommends that beginners do the 90-minute course every day faithfully for two months to learn the routine. He also says, Don’t be sad. Don’t be lonely. I am not your enemy. I am your friend. I am the only friend you have.

It did the trick. So did eating another one of those delicious Swiss Rice Burgers with okra on the side. Did I mention that these burgers are made with brown rice, cashews, sunflower seeds and lots of swiss cheese? Maya also packaged them in aluminum two-packs for freezer storage ease. I have had one a day ever since we made them. I love them.

She also turned me on to another cooker’s tool, the magazine Cook’s Illustrated. Pretty smart little publication. Each issue tackles a dozen or so recipes and figures out all the common problems or mistakes and comes up with (self-described) “forehead-slapping” perfect recipe. I have been reading the issue she loaned me from cover to cover (Sept-Oct 04) and I now know how to make perfect Lasagna Bolognese, juicy baked chicken breasts (and how to properly buy and cut a whole chicken), and Pineapple-upside down Cake, just to name a few. This issue also ranks tomato pastes, tomato sauces, and hand blenders. For my next crazy cookathon, I’d like to invite Maya to come make The Ultimate Sticky Buns with me.

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fyi, lah, there is an article comparing 13 wine openers on the website.

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