Crazy Kitchen Talk

kitchen.01I want to cook, or pick up where I left off when I used to cook for myself a lot. Most folks that cook have an arsenal of tools they use from kitchen string, to spatulas designed by NASA – well, maybe not NASA but there are a lot of pampered chefs out there – I’ll leave it at that for now.

So my arsenal consists of four new knives pictured above, and a few baking pans and skillets I’ve collected over the last few years. The skillets and bakeware I used for a dinner I cooked for my girlfriend’s nanny. She’s British and I thought I cook a “Thank you, you’re awesome!” Sunday dinner for her and her family. It turned out amazing! Their words not mine. All of the recipes I took out of a Jamie Oliver cookbook that targets British favorites his family and friends shared over the years. The recipes were wicked simple to follow and made sense for the amateur taking a whack at a full-blown three course meal for 11.

This past weekend I was shopping for the two smaller knives pictured and stopped at a store I thought would have what I needed. So, I’m standing there looking over the myriad of brands and sizes of cutlery and the knife angel shows up – not a store employee but someone on the same type of quest a few months back who, unlike me, did all of research to make an informed buy. More than I ever thought I know about metal, age, steel, handles, grips, knife duties, etc. I left with the two pictured “Cuisinart” knives pictured.

I’m not sure my “arsenal” is complete, but it’s started. I also picked up another cookbook from a book fair at a local elementary school with my girlfriend and her daughter. Simple recipes, full of flavor, that don’t need the full arsenal, but enough to get me started for sure.

One of my blog followers (Tina Schell – http://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/) was looking for more sparks based on a blog entry I composed about writing code; I’m hoping there won’t be to many sparks from my crazy cooking that would lead to a mishap in the kitchen. I promise to be careful. There. I’m good now. Besides, like my good friend Z says, “what’s the worst that could happen?”

j@s

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Distracted Progress

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There’s a lot of distractions that run across your desktop, kitchen table, cafe table, and your mind throughout the day.  So I decided to block them all for this long Memorial Day weekend and dive deep into a new web thingee that’s been getting a lot of chatter and traction in the developer community. I set a simple goal after asking myself, “what do you want to accomplish with this deep dive, given the time you have to spend?”

 

I wanted to get through the first three chapters of the online tutorial and get three things:

1)  figure out what I don’t know and should

2) learn the lingo of the this particular language so my Google and Bing foo doesn’t suck and I can find what I need;

3) stick with the tutorial as close as I can and get my laptop setup so I can do my web development going forward;

4) build something that works and has some tests built into so I’m not just slinging code, but testing what I sling.

So the effect of doing something like this is that (for me anyway) is I want to keep going and go deeper and understand more – part of my Magic Factory initiative I blogged about last month.  My goal is to finish this tutorial and actually move into some more advanced content and site construction.  But, baby steps – always baby steps with this type of thing so I glaze over something I need to “get” and would miss if I’m in a big hurry.

j@s