Saturday, April 18, 2009

Seems like a listy thing to do!

There are a lot of lists going around the internet these days so I'll join in. Just a list.

  • I have watched a lot of star wars lately.
  • I just ate a large bag of mini eggs that my mum got me for easter. I feel a little sick.
  • I think there was a ghost in my hotel room last night. Either that, or I was in some kind of electromagnetic force field. All the lights in my room (lamps and overhead) flicked on and off for about 10 minutes. Also, my cell phone started flashing, the screen flickered, and one light that doesn't normally stay on stayed on. It was a fairly new hotel, so I'm just going to say it was something wonky with the wiring. Or a ghost.
  • I have a very very busy week starting tomorrow. I hope I survive.
  • My left ankle is almost always cold these days.
  • I'm starting to feel like I can actually swim properly. It's taken a while, but I'm not as panicky and frantic in the pool as I used to be.
  • I really want to do something outside today, but I'm stranded indoors by laundry and not wanting to over exert myself for my busy week.
  • I'm REALLY excited for Kristen to come for a visit this weekend.
  • I hope I run a strong race next Sunday and will be disappointed if I don't. (I think that's normal).
  • I think I may need to buy a bicycle.
  • I have finally perfected homemade hash browns. I've tried for years to make good ones out of fresh potatoes and today I finally did it. And it was so simple. Now I need to perfect the shredded hash brown.
  • We will get our new work uniforms in the next couple of weeks. I hope they fit and look good!
  • I got the greatest coffee from the farmers market last week. I worked with a first officer who told me about it, and she actually is friends with the two owners. They both quit their jobs as engineers one day and started this coffee shop and it's been really successful. It's amazing and totally worth the extra cash.
I guess that's it for now!


k said...

Just watchin' a little magic bullet commercial, hoping I can take advantage of the comfort ring sometime this week :)

k said...

PS- i think the key to the shredded hashbrown might be maximum surface area. so a big pan, only a thin layer of potato, and then make sure to flip it over so that both sides get crispy

Kirst said...

I'm glad your looking forward to seeing Kristen even if you missed spelled her name. I guess you must have me on your brain too. Tuesday night dinner next week?

Devo said...

There are two schools of thought on making shredded hashbrowns. 1. Grate the potatoes raw and cook from raw. 2. Cook the potatoes and then grate and cook. I prefer to steam the potatoes first, or boil if I'm not in a professional kitchen with a good steamer since steamer baskets that fit in pots just don't work the same. Then I peel and grate the potatoes, and cook. Cooking should be done in a well seasoned pan such as cast iron or carbon steel. I would not suggest a non-stick pan because sometimes you get the good crispy bits that stick to the pan that need to be scraped off and I don't want teflon in my potatoes. I like to use lots of butter but it's not necessary, just tasty. A small amount of oil is all that you need. Just like pancakes the hashbrowns should only be flipped once.

Heather said...

Kristen my magic bullet is long gone and dead. :(

I must have been thinking of you kirst when I wrote that... hehe. I definitely want to have some kind of dinner but I may have a stampede meeting next week. I'll double check. I have to work AT 5:20 AM this Tuesday so this week is out. I'm pretty sure this is the busiest week ever.

And I NEVER knew you are only supposed to flip hashbrowns once. I don't have a cast iron pan. I've been thinking maybe I should get one. Isn't it hard to grate them once they're cooked a bit? Aren't they hot and mushy?

Devo said...

Cook the potatoes till they are just barely cooked, then cool which I forgot to mention. This way they will still be firm enough to grate and obviously not burning hot.

Reverend Joyleaf said...

And if you're going to grate raw potatoes and then cook you should (after grating) drain/press/squeeze off as much moisture as possible. This will result in a crispier, non mushy end result. I'm not sure why we're all giving you tips though as you've made it clear that you've "finally perfected homemade hash browns."