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Yeast-based coffee cake with orange and cheese

What better way to have your coffee (and tea) with this rich, yeasted cake?

Coffee cake, sliced to show cheese filling

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Even better crumble topping: Streusel v2.0

I believe I’ve found a superior streusel recipe, via Sarah Jampel’s recipe on Food52. It has a much better texture than my older version. The trick, I believe, is to omit nuts, use a blend of moist and dry sugars, and a food processor.

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Mocha ice cream

For me, mocha has a more chocolatey dimension added to the coffee ice cream. Since that post, we’ve gained a burr grinder and relegated the old rotary blade one for grinding up spices.

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Gajar halwa, or Indian carrot pudding

Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables. Although I don’t like carrot cake, I do love this Indian pudding made with lots of milk, some amount of sugar, and not as much butter (ghee, really) as I had anticipated. It takes a long time, but is so worth it!

gajar ka halwa, or Desi carrot pudding

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What I read in 2015 (plus some video selections)

Oof, late, late! But before half this year rolls over, I’ve collated what I’ve read from 2015. As usual, 💡 (lightbulb icon) indicates a recommendation on my part, with the exception of the shorts section.

To jump to a section:

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Saag paneer: Indian greens curry with farmer’s cheese

One of my favorite desi dishes is saag paneer: Spicy greens with chunks of farmer’s cheese. It’s very similar to palak paneer which, if I understand the names properly, is made primarily with spinach as the leafy green. I enjoy a mix of several greens, including fenugreek leaves and mustard greens to add some oomph to the spinach.

Food52’s “The Quest for the Easiest, Tastiest Palak Paneer” provides great tips. I hadn’t realized the importance of tomatoes, so don’t omit them.

Saag paneer bubbling in pot

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Turned off gallery access

I’ve disabled access to my Zenphoto gallery for the time being. Alas, I haven’t had the time to keep the gallery software properly maintained. Hope to switch to another gallery tool that’s easier to use and well integrated into WordPress, but that likely won’t happen until late this year at the earliest.

Spiced chicken apple “sausage” patties

To my sadness, our local Whole Foods no longer carries (at least not regularly) delicious chicken apple-spice sausages. I found a good reference for poultry sausage recipes, and decided to make some patty-style “sausages” — in quotes since I don’t have casings. These patties work nicely for the toad in the hole dish! Also, the spices are warming, not hot, since there isn’t any pepper or chile — although those might be a future option. 🙂

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Chômeur, or maple pudding

Chômeurs referred to the unemployed in Canada, and this was originally a quick dessert made by and for them. I think of it as a quebecois version of treacle pudding, but using maple syrup.

Warning: It ain’t a pretty pudding, but it is so, so good! Especially for cold winter nights.

chômeur

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Copyright toolkit

I developed a copyright toolkit for my Digital Copyright course (Info 281) this semester: http://lis.iwaruna.com/copyright-toolkit

It includes resources for determining copyright and public domain status, managing risks and seeking permissions (e.g., Copyright Clearance Center) — as well as places to find public domain, Creative Commons, and DRM-free media, and more!

Suggestions and corrections welcomed! I’d like to keep it up to date, dependent on scheduling and the usual weather conditions. 🙂

I’ve been warned about some of the anti-gaming sentiments that Common Sense Media might hold, so if you have educational resources for learning and understanding copyright, fair use, privacy — for any age group or background — I’d love to hear about it. Thanks!