Posting has slacked off lately; I've been in sort of a funk at work and at home. Work, while still fun, has become much more political lately, and these things tend to distract me from writing good software. It doesn't help that some of the projects I'm on seem to drag on forever, some two months past their "due date". (Of course, deadlines in software development are notoriously hard to pin down, given the fact that they're usually based on estimates that don't take into account any unforseen difficulties).
At home, I feel like I'm just muddling through. Weekends go by and I feel like I've done nothing. I have the ambition to do something, I just don't know what. Its not necessarily always cooking, although that still is as fun as ever. Cooking-wise, I'm at the point right now where I always want to try new things. I don't necessarily want to settle into any culinary routines, because there's still so much I want to try.
Recently I made some pizza. I made the dough from scratch (flour, cornmeal, yeast, oil, water in the food processor) and made some sauce from a can of crushed tomatoes (plus garlic, red pepper flakes, a little basil and some salt). 8 minutes in the oven with some fresh mozzerella and some olive oil on top. That's good stuff, although the little 8" pizza's I make aren't really enough to fill up 2 people.
On Saturday, I made some poached cod. This was actually the first time I've ever cooked fish, but I think it came out decently. I just watched the poaching episode of Good Eats, and so I made a Court Bouillon (water, white wine, lemon, garlic, onion, celery) as my poaching liquid. After the fish finished poaching, I added a little butter and made a sauce reduction which I served over the fish and steamed rice. I think I had the water a little too hot, as some of the fish was overdone, but most of it was just right.
Today, I'm going to make a lentil soup. This is from a new cookbook that Laura bought me the other day (the result of some returned duplicate Christmas presents), Vegetarian Cooking for Everybody. If the snow lets up, I'm going to bring it over to the bookstore to share some lunch with Laura.
5 days until we're off to Florida! Hopefully the drive will be easy. We'll be hitting DC on a Saturday afternoon, so hopefully the traffic won't be so bad. (It seems, that no matter what time we leave, we always hit traffic on the Beltway, or south of DC. Hopefully being a weekend, it'll be better this time). We'll be taking the new subaru of course, so no more clutch-leg cramps, yay!