For those of you unfamiliar with Spanish, that means “cook,” and it’s an order! As you could probably guess, this week’s cooking assignment was the food of our neighbor to the south, Mexico. Well, in reality it was a Mexican-American fusion, because my girlfriend (from Mexico) explained to me the finer differences between what we cooked and the food she’s familiar with.So what did we cook in our Mexican(-American) feast? We started off with enchiladas (which I learned means the tortilla is dipped in chili), and each group made a different one - we made a so-called “entomatada” because it was dipped in a tomato sauce. We also made a Chile Relleno casserole (because stuffing chiles is still a bit too advanced for us), which was good. Lastly, we made different types of salsa (ours was a very spicy green one!) and guacamole. I don’t eat avocados, but everyone else in my group kept “tasting for flavor” - suspicious, because after tasting almost 1/4 of it was gone!
Other dishes prepared by “the kitchen” (read: the more experienced chefs) included chile verde and quesadillas (one with mango and pomegranate - SO unexpectedly delicious)!
¿Tienes hambre ahora? Pues, miras estas fotos y tendrás más hambre ;). (Translation: are you hungry now? Well, look at these pictures and you’ll be even more hungry!)
Fortunately, I saved some of the food for a later time - looking forward to reliving my foray into México!
Recipe of the Week: Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto: This is by far the easiest side-dish to make (and you can use some extra prosciutto from last week’s pasta!). I don’t even like asparagus normally, but roasting it in the oven makes everything more gooey and delicious. Be wary about adding too much salt, though - the prosciutto is cured so it can be VERY salty. Still, this recipe is a great way to make sure you tell mom you’re getting your veggies while you’re away from home!
Whenever I tell someone that Caltech has an undergraduate population of less than one thousand people, their first reaction is disbelief. “Really?” they exclaim. “You must know everyone! How can you get a real college experience with so few undergrads?”
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.