Thursday, November 22, 2007


Lots of various little things to report, but for now, I'll leave it at a brief list of what I've been up to this last week or so:

1. A visit to Emily Dickinson's house in Amherst, MA.

2. Several very nice pints at the Northampton Brewery.

3. A hectic re-entry into The City, which involved me, unfed, having to race from train to home to school to show the undergrads a video about bossa nova.

4. Shopping for our very low-key Thanksgiving, which involved a crazy trip to Whole Foods, during which I witnessed water pouring from the ceiling, a fire alarm, and people shouting at each other near the fish. I left without buying anything and had a much more civilized experience at Citarella (where I bought several lovely-looking rainbow trout for tomorrow, iconoclast that I am).

5. Witnessing Jenny make some lovely carrot soup, and giving myself a nasty blister making caramel sauce. Take it from me: when Joy of Cooking says "stand back," stand back!

Perhaps tomorrow I'll have something to report on two firsts: my first time cooking stuffed fish, and my first time making bread pudding (for which the caramel sauce is intended).


Rob said...

Oh, yeah, caramel is basically edible napalm. It's insanely hot and sticky. Shudder.

And man, oh, man, getting to shop at Citarella is such a huge incentive to chuck everything and move to NYC. What are you stuffing the fish with?

T said...

Yeah, the adhesive glob of caramel was pretty unpleasant, but strangely, the wound doesn't hurt a bit now. If I'd had the foresight, I'd have started photodocumenting it, as it's gone into several interesting stages by now. Luckily, it's small--only about a centimeter in diameter.

I'm stuffing the trout with a bread/mushroom/celery/herb mix. I'd have liked to get a bit fancier with it, but we planned for an all-purpose sort of thing since I didn't know what kind of fish I'd come home with.

Citarella *is* wonderful...but aside from a few choice items and the nice guys behind the fish counter, it's nothing that can't be supplied by a good Whole Foods or something of that ilk.

T said...

Which is not to say that it wouldn't be absolutely, terrifically fabulous if you *did* move up here (except that who knows where J & I will be after we've finished the PhDs....)

Lauren said...

Ooh, I definitely want to hear about the bread pudding you made. I absolutely love bread pudding, and I really, really wanted to make a pumpkin version for thanksgiving, but I actually couldn't find canned pumpkin here in Dublin! (Ok, I didn't look -that- hard, but I did look...)

mmmqq said...

my caramel apple experiment didn't go so well. I escaped relatively unscathed, though I may not be able to say the same for the knife and the bowl.