ok, so i've been gone for a while.
some stuff i've been thinking about, doing, eating:
the tsunami. donate, donate, donate. i'm thinking of holding a bake sale on saturday to raise money. does anyone want to help out? leave a comment or write me if you're in berk or sf and want to bake or sell with me. i haven't decided where i want to do it yet.
knitting, knitting, knitting. i've decided to knit a blanket. i want to use up all of the yarn i got in italy before i buy any new fancy yarn from here or here or here, so i'm going to make a bunch of 9x9 inch squares and stitch them together to create a knit-quilt type thing.
listening to music. nick drake, rilo kiley, keane, some brazilian stuff, the postal service, the shins, and more.
burning myself. i spilled a pot of boiling water on myself after i crashed into someone at work and spilled all over her first. i ripped off my coat and socks and ran upstairs as soon as it happened. it turned out not to be too bad--i just have a little red spot on my right foot.
working. new year's eve was wonderful at work. lots of hijinx, great music, and some really delicious food. i spent hours fine dicing black truffles and nearly went blind. but the food was great. my favorite things: white risotto with black truffles, baked alaska, and tarte tatin with burnt caramel ice cream.
hanging out with friends.
drinking a lot of tea. my new favorite is the blood orange i just got from far leaves.
making delicious presents: i made some sea salt caramels and mexican hot chocolate mix for some friends for christmas, and i was pretty happy with how both turned out. here are my recipes.
---sea salt caramels---
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup light corn syrup
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons vanilla
boil cream, corn syrup, sugar and salt to 248 degrees farenheit. remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. pour into a greased pan and let the caramels set for about three hours before cutting and wrapping in wax paper.
---mexican hot chocolate mix (almost as good as mariebelle's!)---
3 parts dark cocoa (i used valrhona)
1 part sugar
freshly grated nutmeg
movies i'd really like to see include finding neverland, the life aquatic, and sideways.
i'll be better about posting from now on, i promise. and again, let me know about the bake sale, guys.