Archive for May 2009
1 cup water
1 package instant yeast
3 tbs olive oil
1.5 tsp sugar
1.5 tsp salt
A pinch each of dried oregano and basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
A couple sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
Proof the yeast in the water for 5 minutes. Add all the ingredients except for the flour. I used my Kitchen-Aid mixer with the dough hook attachment. Slowly add the flour, one half cup at a time until absorbed. Either hand-knead or let the machine knead it for you until the surface of the dough is smooth. Brush some olive oil onto the surface and let rise in a warm place, covered with a clean, wet dishcloth. If you used regular yeast, then you will need to do two rises. I only did one since I was using instant yeast, and I did it directly in a lightly greased bread pan.
When the bread has risen and is nice and tall, slip it into a 375F preheated oven for 30 minutes. Bake until the bread produces a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a mesh rack. Serve with butter and/or honey, or eat it plain. Mmm…
This past weekend, I had the very lovely chance to see an out-of-town friend, hit up the Carnaval street fair, watch the Carnaval Grand Parade, see the Robert Frank exhibit at the SF MoMA, and essentially have a ton of fun.
But of course, I got to shoot some pets! during the weekend. Yay pets! Yes, I think I’m a bit insane at this point about other people’s pets! and I am totally okay with that.
So, without another word, here are the pets! photos I took this weekend.
No, there is no such thing as polaroid bread… I guess I should have put a comma or something in the title, but now I actually like the idea of something called polaroid bread!
The big news this weekend (in addition to the usual news of seeing good friends, having good conversations, and eating good food) is that I finally figured out how to rewire my Polaroid Land Camera Automatic 210 (what a loooooooong name) to accept alkaline batteries so I can shoot with it. The old connections were all crusty and gross, so I snipped them off, cut the wires, stripped them, and rewired the whole thing to take AA batteries instead. Yeah. Fun times at my house. The only thing I need to do now is get a pack of film to test it out and see if the exposure is correct. If it’s not, then maybe I’ll try my hand at getting another Land Camera and rewiring that one too.
Also, I’ve decided to try to bake bread again. I’ve never been super good at making bread, but I really do need to figure out how to make good bread without making a huge mess in the kitchen. Also, I’ve had a hankering for some really good, tasty homemade bread lately, and this needs to happen. Mmm… homemade bread, warm with some honey and butter sounds like a good idea today, and my stomach is grumbling just thinking about it. Good thing I bought all that flour recently.
Yes, homemade bread and polaroids are in my imminent future.
Most of my life, I’ve thought kids were not the thing for me. They seem to be a lot of trouble, they’re really messy, and they start off really slow in the head and not very intellectually stimulating until they get older. Not to mention, I have a hard time relating to little kids because I don’t really know how to get excited over things like “baby’s first smile” or “baby can feed himself now!” Yeah… when people tell me those things, I think to myself, Well that’s neat. When are they going to learn to make me 8 course meals and make stuff more than macaroni art?
Lately, I’ve been giving the kid thing a bit more thought, and it’s suddenly not such a disgusting idea. Yeah, to everyone who ever told me that one day my clock would start ticking and I would want a kid… I don’t yet want them. The idea of them is just starting to be palatable.
I admit, I’m not very good with understanding kids. I get exasperated with them easily. I don’t get why that pink flower is SO MUCH PRETTIER than that yellow one, or why I would ever in a million years want to take a kid to Disneyland and put up with all the other massive crowds of children.
You know those films where the parents treat their kid just like an adult, and bring them to adult events and expect them to act more mature?My future child will probably be jealous of other kids whose parents relate to them more. That’s sort of how I was raised, so maybe that’s why I will act just like that when I’m a parent. My parents expected me to be a kid, but they also took me travelling with them all over the world and wanted me to be that mature, worldly child, which is sort of what I turned out to be.
Of course, this warps my entire expectation of how to raise kids. I think kids shouldn’t be allowed to eat stuff like chicken fingers when melba toast and paté is available. The entire idea of allowing a child to bring a McDonald’s happy meal to a nice restaurant grosses me out (and I’ve seen that happen with picky children and indulgent parents).
Not like I’m a parent. And not as if I have any child-rearing experience and know how to put up with a crying, screaming child (even though I used to be a pre-K camp counselor and put up with way more crying than a high schooler should ever have to). I guess I just have to hope that my future child is absurdly mature and will put up with being exposed to adult situations and still be able to run and play in the playground, complete with skinned knees and childhood bullies.
So I have a fascination with pets! (yes the exclamation mark is part of the word) of any kind, but mostly dogs. As long as it’s out in public with its owner and it looks friendly, I will dash over to it, squat down and start petting it like crazy.
(You might never guess it, but I am petrified of chihuahuas, but not of anything larger.)
I do this running over to pets! so often that I even thought about starting a blog called “Other People’s Pets!” or OPP for short, but OPP has that weird sexual connotation from the much beloved Naughty By Nature’s O.P.P. song. Yeah. OPP is a bad acronym for a site about cute little pets! (hello bestiality issues). Ok. Yeah.
However, it does not stop me from loving the pets!, and yes, I do take photos of them too! I should really start collecting a huge database of local pets! and their names (but no photos of owners please). Yeah. New random project?
And here are some photos of pets! I’ve taken recently:
Yay, so cute! And that concludes my pets! post for now.
Doing a Project 365, where you take a self-portrait every day for a year, is really popular on Flickr. There are even multiple Flickr Groups dedicated to people doing it (365 Days and Project 365). It’s a neat little idea, but damn is it exhausting trying to do 365 self-portraits. You start out feeling really excited and inspired, and then the photos turn into a chore, something where you pressured to take a photo and post it, even if you aren’t so happy with it. Hmm… or at least that’s how I would feel I think.
Instead of committing for an entire year, I have decided to do only 100 Self-Portraits. Not only will I manage to get it done in less time, but I’m also not requiring that I take a photo every single day. I just want to do 100 creative self-portraits of myself and see how it turns out. I’m going to try to make a nice variety of them, but I’m sure that I will probably get bored with it at some point. Ha. Good thing I got that blonde wig! I guess it means that I can be more creative with the photos.
I’m not going to subject you guys to my SPs, but here are the first three.