Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

Roo would like to be our family representative to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day, since she has a heart on her chest.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Good Eats

I made lion heads using bok choy:

It came out nicely!

Roo and Cricket, my loyal supervisors, always making sure I cook properly!


Oh, this is with moose instead of pork!

Here are photos of my second attempt at pho! I simmered moosey pieces on the stove:


Noodles and fixins!

It was perfect this time, and I even had purple basil!

The moosey pieces I used for the broth, we had over rice a different day. As an accompaniment, I made a cabbage salad like Vietnamese chicken salad, only without chicken:

Here is a western salad from a different day. Mmmmm!

Another example of how flexible you have to be in Fairbanks in winter: slicing teardrop tomatoes for sandwiches!

Do you think they are comfy?

I sure hope they are comfy!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year!

Since it falls on a Tues this year, we celebrated last weekend. I can't do weeknight parties any more, in my staid middle age. :)

The day we celebrated was Groundhog Day, so it was doubly fitting since jiao-zhes are filled with ground hog! :D

I made the filling using bok choy instead of napa cabbage. In winter in Fairbanks, it is best not to get too hung up on vegetabular precision... just buy what is freshest when you are at the store! Bok choy is a particularly good substitute for napa cabbage; it also puts out a lot of water, and it cooks down nicely!

Mmmm! In my Chinese New Year invitation, I request N/2 people come early and be wrap stars! Usually, everyone wants to come help, so I relegate some people to doing other food prepwork. 4 of us made 120 of them in only 45 minutes!

Very few of them broke:

Here is my half-cooked chicken. I'm not sure why I photographed it half-cooked!

And here is the spread! MR hand-cut the noodles!

Feeding a friendly crowd!

Roo hung out with her friend, Charcoal!

They are so comfy together!

I make stir-fry nian gao nowadays. I don't like the sweet, sticky blobs! I had forgotten to take them out of the freezer, so I defrosted them on the wood stove!

And I stir-fried them with green onions, baby bok choy, and lap chong:

MR's noodles:


MR's fancy raspberry cake!

Happy New Year! I wish all 12 of my loyal readers a New Year filled with warmth and love!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Raven meal

During the last super cold snap (-30s), I snapped these photos while walking laps in the parking lot at UAF while waiting for my car to warm up. It looks like a raven snapped up his or her meal here!

See? Little scurrying tracks, and then wingprints and the track ends!

Here is a photo of Cricket's paws:

And of Roo's paws:

Them paws! They are sooooo sofffft!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy Birthday, Starbuck-A-Roo!

Yesterday, Starbuck turned 12! And there were 4 inches of fresh snow on the ground, so yaaaaaay!

(Neither she nor Cricket uses this house, but they faithfully maintain it.)



Roo in the sunshine:

Cricket taking off!

A pause for reflection:

And then they are off again!

Roo waits for me.

Oh this photo will make me cry when Roo is gone. :( Luckily, that won't happen for a long while yet!

"My vet says I look about 7 or 8!"

And today we went to visit her Friends at the Denali Center!

Sunday, January 20, 2019


Cricket, a-snugglin':

Starbuck-a-Roo, being ssssooooo sssooooffft:

Starbuck-a-Roo after having visited her Friends at the Denali Center:

Denali Center selfie!

She was panting! It's very warm in there for her! But she Loves to see her Friends!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


A few weeks ago, I was walking across campus on a -40 degree day and came upon this awesome ice bear, and attempted a selfie with him:

But he was too big to capture (or my arms are too short!).

Yesterday, I was walking by again, and the official campus photographer had set up a tripod and was photographing passers-by with the bear! So I finally got my photo with him!

credit: JR Ancheta


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Miscellaneous photos

Yesterday evening, I got a photo of Cricket in a classic Starbuckeroo pose:

Like this! It's like they have melded minds, like borg!

And here is a photo from a lovely morning at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado:

And again, at dusk:

It's some beautiful country, isn't it?

I heard a funny and mildly disturbing anecdote the other day. A guy who works at the wind test site was told by this fellow that he didn't think wind energy worked, because the "wind farm" (test site) was so strangely designed, with so many types of turbines, facing different directions, and only a few of them are spinning at any given time!


It made me laugh though. It *does* look like a wind farm designed by a 5-year-old, doesn't it?