09.21.09

Ceviche

Posted in fish, food at 1:00 am by wingerz

ceviche

With summer winding down and a 2/3 lb. piece of halibut from this morning’s market, I decided to make ceviche for dinner. I threw in four scallops as well. It was quite refreshing, and the scallops were especially good. Use fresh fish that you’d feel comfortable eating mostly raw.

Ceviche with Tomatoes and Avocados
from Cook’s Illustrated

1 pound extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), large sea scallops, skinless fish fillets, or a combination
1 teaspoon grated lime zest from 1 lime
1/2 cup juice from 4 limes
1/2 cup juice from 4 lemons
1 small red bell pepper , stemmed, seeded, and chopped fine
1 jalapeño chile (small), stemmed, seeded, and minced
1 medium garlic clove , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
Salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 scallions , sliced thin
1 cup cherry tomatoes , quartered
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 ripe avocado , pitted and diced fine
Ground black pepper

1. If using shrimp, peel them completely, devein, and slice each shrimp in half lengthwise using a paring knife (through the deveined groove in the back). If using scallops, remove the side tendon (see illustration below) and slice into 1/3-inch-thick rounds. If using fish, remove any bones and slice into 1-inch squares about 1/3 inch thick.
2. Stir the lime zest, lime juice, lemon juice, bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. Gently stir in the seafood, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until the seafood is firm, opaque, and appears cooked, 45 to 60 minutes, stirring halfway through the marinating time.
3. Place the mixture in a fine-mesh strainer, leaving it a little wet, then return to the bowl. Gently stir in the oil, scallions, tomatoes, cilantro, and sugar followed by the avocado. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

09.13.09

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Posted in games at 3:43 am by wingerz

batman
from ign

I haven’t played a game as engrossing as Batman: Arkham Asylum in a very long time. I stayed up until 3am Friday night playing it and finished it up starting at 830am this morning. It’s a phenomenal game, kind of Metroid-vania-ish in nature.

The game is really immersive. The graphics are phenomenal and the controls make it really easy to pull off lots of different maneuvers. You never panic when facing hoards of enemies because everything feels really natural. All of the locales are distinct and rich. The gadgets are really fun (and useful). The story is good enough to stand on its own. For once I actually feel motivated to collect bonuses because some of them are really interesting (like interviews with some of the villains).

Minor complaints: boss battles can be a bit easy/simplistic, and the game is a bit too helpful at times when giving hints. The sewer level is annoying (though most games have many more annoying parts than this one does). It’s also a bit on the easy side, but I didn’t mind since I was too busy exploring and being a badass superhero. Also I want to drive the Batmobile.

Before playing this, I was worried that I was outgrowing video games. I was also worried that I’d never really be impressed by the PS3. Batman changed all that.

09.08.09

Peach pie

Posted in baking, dessert, food at 2:37 am by wingerz

peachpie

Sorry everyone. This one’s got too many components and requires some diagrams for construction. Some tips gleaned from the recipes that I used:

  • use 3-4 tbsp of potato starch or pulverized minute tapioca (for about 6 cups of peaches) to thicken the fruit mixture
  • freeze the lattice top strips to make it easier to work with them (this recipe uses 8 1 1/4″ strips)
  • don’t peel the peaches if you’re lazy like me
  • preheat a baking sheet and bake on the lower rack of the oven if you want a chance at a browned bottom crust

Used the all-butter pie crust from the ATK family baking book and the filling recipe from Cook’s Illustrated.