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Archive for June 13th, 2011
Oliver racked up another tray of glasses, breathing carefully so as not to dump them. Sixteen hours into the day and you can’t be too careful. All around him guys were taking bumps just to stay on track. Or so he assumed. Oliver was absolutely clean, so he didn’t know. He assumed.
Sixteen hundred words. Started on my cell phone. Finished on my desktop. The flowed out more easily once I took the pressure off myself. The pressure to be good, to have a strong ending. I am sure the story could stand revising, but I think there’s something in there, even so.
Read the full story here.
Spent five and a half grueling hours on my hands and knees tracing flowers on vinyl with a magic marker for my installation. Two Guiness+San Pellegrino limonata shandys along with Pan-Pot and Richie Hawtin mixsets helped me get through it all. Tomorrow, I have to do it all again…
This….is something DC Comics should be paying me for…. It’s a gold mine!
Instead it will probably remain as a non-profit fan-based parody of the old guy who never did all the work
Today I needed to come out with a vengeance creatively (read yesterdays post for explanation). Part of me still wanted to do the concept I originally had yesterday, but properly, but I also wanted to create something new today. So two dishes were created today. Both are appetiser size.
First course: Steak tartare on an arugula salad with a smoked paprika polenta, horseradish mayo, and quail egg.
This was my very first tartare experience, and an okay one at that. In the end the tartare itself was under-seasoned – some people who tried it did enjoy the subtleness of the seasoning, but I kept wanting more punch from the beef. It was still a success in my eyes. The smoked paprika in the polenta lent just enough spice to kick things up while still not overpowering anything (as it can so easily do).
Second course: Chipolte rib-eye steak taco with a roasted corn and tomatillo salsa
This is my favourite creation so far in the month. Absolutely delicious! The salsa had a lime dressing, orange peppers, cilantro seasoning, cascabel peppers (<– go buy some of these now, they're delicious), a cob of corn that had been grilled without the husk on, and some diced tomatillos. The rib-eye was grilled with a chipolte and smoked paprika rub, they sat on top of some sautéed pablano peppers and red onions, and a toasted tortilla. By the end of the plate, I was proclaiming that I want to eat this everyday for the rest of the month.
Oh, and I paired it with a cane sugar cola with a splash of lime juice (a good rum could easily be added to the drink if you'd like).
Today my focus was on the Canucks game, the food was something I let slip. I ended up with the plan of scavenging through both my friend Camino’s fridge, and his buddy’s fridge (where we were going to watch the game from). In the end the usable ingredients I found were: raw prawns, cooked rice, frozen ground beef, tortilla shells, an asian lettuce similar to romaine, and a five-alive juice box. In the end all that was created was tasty, and I did end up with two plates of food. But none of it I was terribly proud of.
First, I did a quick prawn ceviche with the five-alive juice, some tequila Camino brought, and the peel of a green apple. I liked it, Camino hated it.
Second, I did a bastardization of a taco salad. Pictured below, I’ll just say it was ok, but nothing worth writing about.
I’ll go hard tomorrow to make up for the poor outing today.