May. 25th, 2017

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Ahhh, the first day in such a long time where I didn't have to get up for anything, go anywhere, or do anything in particular, other than have a phone conference with my doctoral advisor in the afternoon. Ahhh.

I did get up, though, and fairly early. Made some coffee and read the news of the day. I started a load of laundry and made short shopping list. Malida had to go to an appointment, so she left at 10, and I left shortly thereafter to do my shopping. I came home and had some lunch. Malida was already home and dying to tell me about her durian.

Durian is a large fruit generally found in Southeast Asia. It has a distinctive odor, and many airlines won't let you take it on board. When we were in Bangkok a few years ago, Malida put some in the refrigerator in our hotel room, and the housekeeper tossed it out. Malida thinks they actually ate it.

Anyway, she bought this big durian at the asian market and was quite happy, as she has been thinking about durian for a while now. It's pretty expensive here, but it is a taste of home. She offered to cut it cup outside, but I don't mind the smell.

durian

I bought some stuff to make lasagna. I have one of those electronic pressure cookers that people go on and on about. some people treat it as if it is the only kitchen tool you need, but for me it is a tool that is good for some things, and maybe not good for others. There is a crazy Facebook page where people want to cook all sorts of stuff like a prime rib in it. NO!

Anyway, there was a recipe for lasagna that looked pretty reasonable. the lasagna is made in a springform pan that fits in the cooker. The recipe itself is pretty simple. You use the no-cook noodles and break them into smaller pieces so they will fit in the round form. Put some sauce over the noodles, add some meat (I used Italian sausage, a cheese mixture, and repeat until the pan is full.

I bought a 6 inch springform pan at a cooking store we came across yesterday, which was just about perfect for a small lasagna. I assembled the lasagna and put it in the pressure cooker for about 20 minutes. When it was done, I let the pressure release slowly, then took it out and tossed it under the broiler for a few minutes. I let it cool for a while, then released it from the pan.

It was delicious! And so easy to make. I will try it again with one of my other lasagna recipes and see how it comes out.

lasagna

My meeting with my doctoral advisor went well. We set up some goals for the summer and fall, and discussed potential sources of funding for my project. I have about 6 months to get everything in shape for approval in the spring semester. I feel a lot better about it now than I did back in March. I feel like I have breathing room.
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