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Happy Spring!

21 Mar

It’s not really Spring yet here in Glasgow, although we did see some sun late yesterday and earlier today.  The daffodils are threatening to bloom, the weather is nearly in the 40s, and the sun is almost out more often.

I have an interim review coming up for my thesis, which is mildly terrifying.  I can’t believe I’m halfway through my research period.  Am I half way done with my research, you may ask.  Not at all.  I suppose I am close to a third of the way through, but I feel like the first 3 months were such a bust.  Now that I know what I’m doing, I’m moving so much more quickly, I wish I could pretend that I had started in January rather than October!  Oh well.  I’ve been working a lot this week (hence the multiple blog posts for a break) and am looking forward to a weekend of completing the prereview things I need to do and doing a round of spring cleaning.

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

While I’ve been working, Matthew has also been killing himself to finish up his term.  I can’t get over how early classes end here.  The students at UCLA still have a full 10 weeks of teaching plus finals.  From here on out for Matthew, it’s all about studying for a mass of exams that cover a year’s worth of topics.  Because of his stress (and my love of baking), today I made a giant batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Around 60, in fact.  Our neighbors might love me as much as Matthew does soon because I might just leave small parcels of cookies in their mail boxes to get rid of some of them…  I tried out a new recipe from, yet again, Deb on Smitten Kitchen and it turned out wonderfully!  I usually add or subtract little things from recipes, but I decided to bake straight from the recipe today and damn was it a good choice.  I don’t want to know how many Matthew has consumed and I’ve already eaten 4.  Thank god tonight we’re eating a salad for dinner…

Food for Thought


Salmon Monday

12 Nov

Mondays are slow days for me here in Glasgow.  Today, for instance, I’ve done some laundry (excitement!), had some tea while watching a TV show and again while talking to Matthew (thrill!), and read a few articles on autism’s representation in the media between working on a spreadsheet to document my “texts”- that would be all books, films, and shows I use- for my thesis (fascination!).  Basically, on Mondays I do a lot of work that is not fun to read about.

My latest cooking attempt, though, is slightly more entertaining.  Yesterday, Matthew acquired some salmon from his mother and one of his brothers.  As students, free food is never turned down, but free salmon!? I don’t really know how we got so lucky.  Because it was fresh, it was important to eat it quickly, so tonight was the night!  As much as I wish we had been clever enough to have had Salmon Sunday, alas, Salmon Monday will have to do.  Unfortunately, I neglected to take any photos of it, so no exciting food shots for you, my dear readers. I’m sure you won’t mind that much though, because it really wasn’t all that pretty.  I’m not the best at pretty cooking yet, but at least it’s tasty!  I am including the recipe to make up for the lack of photos and hopefully provide you with a night of easy cooking.  Happy Monday!

Brown Sugar Salmon- from cooks.com

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed) + 8 tsp brown sugar for later (I only used 2 here, but I recommend 4,  one per fillet, so you get the taste without over doing it.)
  • 4 salmon fillets (I used a large side here, so basically 3 or 4 servings worth)
  • 1 tbsp butter- melted
  • 4 slices of lemon (or enough for one per fillet)

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Pour the lemon juice into a, 11×7.5 glass baking dish and evenly distribute the brown sugar around it.  Place salmon in baking tray and drizzle with butter.  Pop in the oven for 15 minutes.

Remove the baking tray and turn the fish.  Place the lemon slices on the fish and spread the brown sugar on the tops.  Place back into the oven until the fish breaks apart easily with a fork, about 15-20 more minutes.

Serve! Bon appétit!