Every spring break, I spend my time doing these oh-so-productive activities:
Sleep for 12 hours a day.
Eat delicious home-cooked food.
Watch lots of Iron Chef.
Well this year, I decided to get a head-start on (one of) my spring break festivities!
You see, I’m taking this cooking class that meets every Thursday night. The class is taught by Tom Mannion, and he regularly brings special guests and faculty to teach us different cooking techniques. The class is split up into 5 groups, there’s a cuisine and a recipe handout for each week, and we get about 2-3 hours to cook delicious food!
The class is a pass/fail course, but we still have a final, and the final is a little like an Iron Chef competition, with a few notable differences:
Iron Chef generally has 3-4 judges. We have 20.
Iron Chef features many world-renowned chefs competing against each other, while we compete as part of our cooking team (of 7-8 people).
Unlike an Iron Chef-watching experience, I actually got to taste and enjoy the food we made during our final!
If you know how the show works, you’ll know that chefs are required to incorporate a “secret ingredient” in each one of their dishes. Our secret ingredient was… rice!
Here’s what my group made:
Appetizer 1: Les Champignon au Riz (wild rice and mushroom soup)
Appetizer 2: Rice Bites with Mango Pomegranate Salsa
To give you an idea of how beautifully colorful the salsa was:
Entree: Panner Masala with Basmatic Rice
Dessert: Arroz con Leche drizzled with Chocolate Mousse
Our chocolate mousse recipe called for a secret ingredient of its own: honey, cocoa powder, and….
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.
It’s truly Autumn in Scotland now. It reached 0 degrees Celsius today, or 32 Fahrenheit for you yanks. They’re setting up the Christmas market downtown (as thanksgiving isn’t a thing here they just skip directly from Halloween to Christmas). Snow isn’t falling, but it does seem to be raining every other day. And it’s pleasant, quite pleasant. The rain turns Edinburgh into even more of a dramatic and beautiful city than usually is.