Sorry for the long absence. I have been busy with midterms and other classwork (yes, even as a senior I still occasionally get some work). Last week we had Mexican food night, widely considered by those in my group and the rest of the class to be the most delicious day so far. Among the dishes we prepared were chicken in traditional chocolate mole sauce (Tom uses guajillos here, which are a bit harder to find countrywide and less hot than the adobo I usually use to make mole at home), and seafood enchiladas, which were the biggest hit, although very mild, as well as your standard chicken enchilada filling. But I promised pictures, and pictures you shall have.
When we finish our bit of the cooking and are waiting for the TAs to
take over and finish the bit involving ovens, (all our TAs are
undergrads who have taken the course before and spend hours before and
after prepping ingredients and cleaning up), we can relax in Tom’s
awesomely appointed living room. Below is Tom’s dog, Murphy.
Behold the man himself, Tom Mannion, who gets his hands dirty almost every class.
A pot of baked beans the kitchen staff was making for the vegetarians in our class to accompany the meal.
This is Gilberto, a member of the CDS kitchen staff who cleans out dishes for us. Without him, we would never be able to get stuff done on time, and he is the real power behind the cooking class.
For the mole recipe, we had to deseed the guajillos and toast them in the pans very briefly. They tried doing so over open flames and apparently it went badly. :(
Here you see the front living room of Mannion’s house, where we all gather at the beginning of class to hear lectures about cooking technique and practice and eat our delicious creations afterwards.
And here were our results for that class, you can see the mole on top and the seafood enchiladas on the bottom.
I hope to join you next when Stephen Hawking vists us for Indian food night!
You’re squished with all your dorm essentials in the back of the car and your parents in the front trying to find parking. Emotions are high: Will you make friends? Will classes be too hard? What’s your roommate going to be like?
So you’ve done it! You’re going to attend Caltech, one of your dream schools, and you can officially call yourself a Techer. Maybe you grew up in sunny Southern California or, like me, moved thousands of miles from the East Coast (where they actually have seasons.) Regardless of how familiar you are with Pasadena or the Caltech campus before attending, becoming a student is a unique and new experience. Life at Caltech can be fun, but it is also one of the most rigorous schools in the world. It is important that your own health and wellbeing is always a top priority, regardless of whatever commitments you have on your plate.
Senior year tends to differ widely between different folks. Some have finished nearly all their major requirements, while others will be working through their classes all the way until graduation. My friends and I all fall on different points along this spectrum, but we all have something in common: we’re ready for second and third term.