16.12.11

[end of term baking]

Whew, with the marking done for 200 students and a 4:00am flight to Honduras on Sunday (for my brother's wedding), I decided to do some baking for a brunch we're hosting tomorrow morning.

I'm planning on making croissant sandwiches a la caprese (filled with fresh toms and bocconcini and fresh basil), with roast beef and a horseradish cream and simple smoked ham with mustard and arugula. Yum. But, for the baking, I decided to try my hand at mini quiches AND dark chocolate muffins.

Hubby and baby tried both experiments (I hadn't baked either before and it's my own recipe) and they went down well - baby even ate TWO!


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The Quiche Recipe
8 eggs
1/4 cup of flour (I used self-raising)
spinach
cheese (whatever you really want to put in!)
salt
pepper (to taste)
splash of white wine

I just mixed it all up together! If you wanted it extra light, you could do the egg whites separately and gently stir them in at the end.

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Double Chocolate Muffins

1 3/4 cups of flour (I used self raising)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla (I used Madagascar extract, don't use essence!)
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of veg oil
3/4 cup of chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips and chunks)
1/4 cup of cocoa

I mixed it all up and then just before popping them into the oven I sprinkled them all with extra chocolate chips AND some sugar...naughty I know but now there's a lovely, crunchy top!

8.12.11

[high-tech coffee maker :: I want one!]

This is fabulous - sleek, swift and uses and iPad app. Plus, I think this "creative technology" might well fall into a device requiring transliterate skills.

7.12.11

[my undergrad agriculture, life & environmental science students]

This term was the first time I had taught a face-to-face class in just over a year. I've been running a Master's course on new media narratives for the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta, but this term marked the beginning of a communications course for the ALES faculty.

Although this course had been running for some time, I was able to instil some technological changes...mainly, I hoped to guide students through online communication; how to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogger and more in a literate and business sense. I think the term was successful and so far, informal feedback (via tweets and blog comments!) is very positive.

Today marked the final class of term and three students agreed to do a summary of the term. They created this fabulous video. Please enjoy:


4.12.11

[winter clouds]

[Jess's Blog as a Snowflake]


Miarcel Salanthe created Webpages As Graphs, a visualizer applet that will turn any weblink into a graphic form. You can view the graph being plotted in real-time as little colored nodes branch out into snowflake-like patterns. Each color dot represents a certain aspect of the web structure, such as blue if for links, red is for tables, violet for images and so on.
Webpages As Graphs uses Processing, Traer Physics and HTMLParser. Salathe has also provided instructions on how to print out the graph into poster-size.


via PSFK.





Image from here.