Recipe Cornucopia – Part 2!

December 19, 2013

Vitruvian DharmaRemember how I said I’d be posting new recipes every other day?  Bam!  Here it comes.  There’s this thing they call “follow-through” and you’re looking at it!  Seriously, though.  I have more recipes for you.  And, in an added twist, this time I’m going to give you a sense of my usual note-taking process.

Be forewarned, then: these two recipes are messy-looking.  That is, they leave out a lot.  They make assumptions about implicit steps.  They contain untested Read the rest of this entry »

Vitruvian DharmaHello all!  Yes, I’ve been out of touch for a while, but don’t worry: I haven’t forgotten you.  I have been insanely busy (such is the life of an actor with a day job) and have spent a lot of time going from work straight to rehearsal, straight to bed.  Let’s not forget about the importance of sleep, after all.  I have, also, been wrestling with a number of issues in my personal life, and have made some progress on those fronts.  I’m looking forward to a possible shift into a different job at the same company that will offer me a bit more flexibility, but, more importantly, will make me happier and less stressed out.  All of that, of course, means I will have more time and energy to devote to projects like this one.  Everyone wins!  Yay!

At any rate, I wanted to check in and write a little something.  I’ve got some formal recipes coming up, but in the meantime, I’ll be offering a food porn gallery of stuff I’ve been cooking since last we visited, and offering a few thoughts on the pictures that, hopefully, will help all of you improve in your own kitchens.

Speaking of self-improvement (which, as you know, is a favorite topic of mine), the other thing that’s been keeping me busy is self-development through games.  Anyone interested in language acquisition should check out Duolingo, which makes a social game out of language study while also translating books and the internet for free.  Anyone interested in cultivating resilience and general well-being should visit SuperBetter, which game-ifies self-improvement more generally by making a sort of RPG of your own life.  Complete with “quests,” activities based on scientific research into resiliency (your ability to bounce back from hardship, and a predictor of satisfaction with life), you can set your own goals and improve across physical, mental, emotional, and social categories.  Awesome stuff.

Without further ado, here are some photos (courtesy of Vani, except for the last one).  Click them to see larger versions.

Thai Scrambled Eggs with ginger, garlic, cilanto, sriracha

Thai Scrambled Eggs with ginger, garlic, cilanto, sriracha

Close up!

Close up!

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Back in the States

May 20, 2012

What do you get when you cross an ex-circus performer with the Italian countryside?

I don’t even know where to begin.  I spent the entire month of April backpacking in Europe, and it was a really eye-opening experience.  I learned a lot, and now that I’ve been back in the States for a few weeks, I’m ready to write about what I saw, felt, and did in Europe.  I wanted to give myself and my thoughts a little incubation time, so that I’d write only about the things that really stuck.  That said, here, in no particular order, are the lessons that have really stuck (and will stick) with me from my trip.

1.  The internet has really made the world smaller.  One of my first stops was a fairly small city in Tuscany called Arezzo.  I was lucky enough to be staying with a friend studying physical theatre there, and so I had access to a kitchen, a lovely apartment, and a friendly face to show me around.  Under those circumstances, I really just tried to soak up what it would be like to live in Italy Read the rest of this entry »