Roommate N found some free canned beans lying around, which obviously meant that dinner that night was beans. I don’t remember what sorts of beans they are; all I knew was that they’re not your reguler old black beans or pinto beans or kidney beans. Anyway, Roommate N wanted to make Indian-style curry, and so we did.
We didn’t have a recipe for Indian-style curry things, so Friend N just went by the “probably legit” way of cooking. We first stir-fried the beans with some string beans, then added a large number of spices and herbs that’s lying around the kitchens/we bought some long time ago. Some things added include: yogurt, cinnamon, curry powder, cumin, and crushed cashews. I think this dish has the greatest number of ingredients we’ve put into anything we made so far…!
Here’s a photo of a stash of some of the things we used:
The finished dish:
The dish ended up tasting… not very Indian curry-like. I think we
didn’t add enough spices or something, because the yogurt’s taste is quite overwhelming. We have a tendency to underspice
things because we’re afraid of over spicing, but now the combination of spice in this dish just kinda tastes… weird. Not sure how we could’ve fixed it.
Protip: Use a recipe if you’re making something complicated. **
Oh well, the dish was still edible though. **Final verdict: acquired taste/10
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.