Archive for februar, 2009

feb 06 2009

YaYa

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You won’t believe how much it’s snowing in Oslo these days! I haven’t been able to walk outside the last week without squinting the whole time. – The tiny fluffy snowflakes that are swirling around outside all seem to aim for my eyes. I’m not complaining though. Snow and cold weather in Oslo helps me preparing for even snowier and colder conditions on Svalbard,  to which I’ll head up to in a bit more than two weeks. Before that, I have two weeks with another batch of chicken to cuddle with, eh, I mean «do serious science with». I’ve come to hate it when people ask me what I do for my master thesis. Not only because I’ve talked about it a million times and I’m incredibly bored of it, and every time I mention that I use «chicken» as a model organism, everybody crack up in laughter.  There is something with chicken that people find amusing, and combining chicken with science is apparently hilarious. I’ve tried to shut them up with facts like «bird personalities is the newest and hottest topic in behaviour ecology!» or «chicken DO have individual personalities», to no effect.   A friend from Svalbard did his masters on Siberian wolves, but everytime I asked about it he got this twisted expression on his face, as if he was having really bad hemorrhoids. I thought a master like that  - studying WOLVES! IN SIBERIA! – would never cease to be an interesting topic, but I guess everything gets boring after a while.  Not only had he talked about his masters a billion times, but every time he did the not so nice memories of eating rotten horsemeat and freezing his ass off at night gave him chills down his spine.

Speaking of eating; I’m going for Thai tonight! My girlfriend N and I are getting our hair cut together tonight (at N’s hairdresser apprentice friends place), but before that we’ll try out a Thai restaurant called Yaya. I hardly ever eat out, simply because restaurant food is really expensive compared to groceries from the supermarket, so I’m really excited. I just love the salty-sweet-sour-hot taste of thai food, and I’ve already started to ponder on what I’ll have for dinner (I downloaded their menu). I hope I’ll be able to decide on something in a reasonable amount of time, before N’s head explodes.

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feb 02 2009

(not) Just cookies

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I just wanted brag a bit before I stop procrastinating: I made cookies AND sugarsalted roasted almonds for the Holidays. In heart shapes! They were so cute (the cookies) that I gave most of them away. And the almonds were dissappearing so quickly while still cooling down that I gave them away too, before Tore and I would fall into serious sugar coma. 

I present to you: 

- Chewy heart shaped cookies with walnuts and white chocolate (plus the adorable animal cookie cutters that I did not use, but plan to in not too distant future (Thank you Mona for the cookie cutters, I love them!)).

 

Hazelnut-white-chocolate cookies

- The sugar roasted almonds with the sprinkle of salt that makes it impossible to just have one. 

 

Sugar roasted almonds

Lastly, I made something I’ve been wanting to cook for a loong time, actually every since that first time I watched an American sitcom and somebody mentioned the all american classic «spagetti with meatballs». I made them with minced pork meat since that was what I had, and I added some homemade Caesar salad on the side since I get these cravings for Caesar salad that I just have to abide sometimes. 

 

Spagetti w/meatballs and caesar salad

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feb 02 2009

Aubergine Awakening

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Jebus, another month passed by without an update! But I won’t spend to much time apologizing, after all it’s my blog. And I have had a lot flying around my ears lately, not to mention trying to pierce my eardrum again. Yes, I’m talking about the chicks. I’ve just finished another two week batch of behaviour experiments with 12 fuzzballs, and as the batch before them; they were loud. After around 10 days of stuffing my ears with shredded pieces of paper towels, I bought some proper earplugs. Oh the relief. Did you know that chicks, not a mere 2 days old, can produce sounds up to (and I’m sure well beyond) 90 db ? 120 db is the safety limit before you’re in serious risk of hearing damage. But boy! It does hurt at 90 db too.

 

(The mealworm is UNDER the brown cardboard roof, little chick).

 

The first week at Uni after the holidays (one week before all the courses started, mind you) I attended an intensive course in lab animals ethics and management.  Although I cringed internally every time examples of painful experiment with rats came up, it was quite interesting (and Sam got more than his fair share of treats and cuddles when I came home). A couple of childhood/young adulthood daydreams of a world filled with alternatives to animal testing were sent to their realistic graves – they exist, but only in minute numbers to all the testing needed – and I’m not talking of cosmetics. I mean development and testing of drugs, vaccines, chemicals,  etc etc. I wonder what anti-animal testing people do when they’re at the dentist to pull a tooth, do they ask for anaestasia or not ? Cause if they do, they’re hypocrites.    

My own lab animal; Sam, testing rats response to beer. Result: whisker licking approval.

 

Sam, a true beerrat 

 

Bah! My month long absence from writing in English is really noticable, I feel like I’m slightly retarded, fighting with every sentence. I hope I get back on track soon. On Wednesday I have to make a talk on a paper about food neophobia and food conservatism in chicken in my Behaviour 2 course. In english. In front of a room full of foreign master- and phD students, that do not possess the Norwegian students apprehension to asking questions. Oh, there will be questions asked and discussions galore. And nothing helps preparing for a talk in english more than a tad of blogging, right ? 

Here’s some proper blogging for ya’;  in the beginning of December last year (2008!) I turned vegetarian. For the whole length of a week. How did Tore go down with the lack of animal protein you might ask? The answer is that he didn’t; he was on Svalbard doing labworks, while I had my friend Mona visiting me, who – surprise! is a vegetarian. Now, I don’t think I could become a proper vegetarian, vegan nonetheless, but I must say I was positively surprised by the whole experience. Not once did I feel abnormally hungry or unsatisfied by the food we were eating. It actually felt quite good. And I discovered a new favourite dish, which I can’t wait to introduce to Tore, just to see what he has to say when I tell him it’s made from eggplants. Now, Mona isn’t much of a cook, at least that was her words. Eager as I am to try new recipes, I took on the «chore» of cooking for us the whole week. Let me present a small week menu of a vegetarian-wannabe:

Monday: veggie pizza with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, capsicum, garlic, black olives, pesto and cheese. Yum! To my norwegian readers; First Price Margarita frozen pizzas, 12 kr each, serve as an excellent alternative to ready-made pizza bottoms. So cheap and so thin-and-crispy-almost-authentic-Italian.   

Tuesday: One of my take-what-you-got Indian stews with lots of red curry paste and coconut milk. On impulse I added sweet potatoes in cubes and red lentils, and it was goood! 

Wednesday: Leftovers from Tuesday + some brown rice. Even yummier today after a night in the fridge.

Thursday: Aubergine/eggplant lasagna with salad on the side. 

Friday: Leftovers

The Thursday night dish really deserves some closer description. It was absolutely delicious, and although time consuming, very worth it. I cannot, although I want to, claim it to be very healthy, but who cares, it’s vegetarian, and that got to be worth some health points, if not karma points (not that I believe in Karma). 

 

Eggplant lasagna

The recipe in short terms: You take an aubergine, slice it, sprinkle with salt, let sit 30 minutes, rinse off salt. Coat with flour, then dip in egg, then crust with breadcrumbs. Fry, slowly, on low heat, until the flesh is soft and the crust is crusty. Layer as follows: Tomato sauce, aubergine, egg-ricotta(cottage cheese on students budget)-parmesan mix, repeat. Top off with tomato sauce and some kind of melting cheese, mozarella if you can afford it. Bake in oven until the cheese melts and the egg-ricotta/cottage cheese mix settles, enjoy!  You can find the original recipe here,   on the great danish foodblog Newyorkerbyheart.

A closer peek at the preparations: 

 

Eggplant lasagna

Oh, I see I added spinach in between, I forgot about that. I always wilt down spinach with some oil, minced garlic and a nutmeg drizzle whenever I use fresh spinach. And if you don’t feel like making this for dinner I don’t know what’s wrong with you. I Promise to post the extensive recipe Soon, capital P, capital S.

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