Thursday, August 30, 2007
Back to our regularly scheduled program
This is a repeat dish but it's the first time I made it with this much success. I think it had to do with using enough zucchini this time and carefully rereading my umido instructions where it says "cook in oil as to not boil the zucchini" so I let the zucchini cook in the oil much longer than I did in the past. Voila! So this is a hefty dish and hard to cook in small quantities but hopefully some reverse mathtology will help future endeavors. I used one 500 gram package. Err... I think it was 500 grams. Yes, that's right. One 500 gram package of Riccia. 5 Zucchinis so I guess that translates to 1 per 100 grams. I used 3 shallots for soffritto and cooked the zucchini for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, I added somewhere in the ballpark of 6 fluid oz of water. It was a standard 12 oz glass I was using and about half of it went in. Lastly, I mixed the pasta and the sauce in a hot pan. Add salt, pepper, and cheese to taste.
Check out version 1.0 with significant zucchini shortages and the original Italian version.
So I cooked this for two of my vegetarian co-workers in San Rafael. See, even Jimmy's birds enjoy it. hoo-ray!
Near their apartments is the classic Starbase 1 arcade, home of much gamercise and classic gaming. I'm pretty sure the machine they have there is some freakly new version of it because according to the internet, Ms. Pacman only has 4 levels and the version I played had this evil crazy staircase-like level. In addition, the speed was cranked up (which I like) and the difficulty seemed a bit low. On the first level, the red ghost slowed down when he got near me. Also, when you die, not all the ghosts would come out of their hut which was frustrating because I wanted to eat them all! Anyways, if you need further proof, I would call into question that yet again, according to the internet, my score of 133,740 would place 15th all time in Ms. Pacman scoring. For the 3rd time playing it in the modern era, I would find that somewhat impossible to accomplish so easily/soon.
Related, have you seen this old video of this primate playing Ms. Pac Man? Quite amazing! They say it's a chimp but I believe it is the sex crazed relatives of the bonobos species.
And while I'm posting youtube videos, I get excited when I find songs I can sing. This is due largely to my "unusual" singing range. I think it's a standard 2 octave range between C to C with who knows in the falsetto transition range.
Here is a classic sung by Belgian Wunderkind Michael "Junior" Verschuere who sings it a few steps below the recent Jordin Sparks version on American Idol which I can sort of pull off but no where near that well.
And plug this one into the karaoke box next time.