Urban Alchemy

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.

And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Someone is taking Alice Cooper too seriously.

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The monster just sent this over to me.

See the building on the right? That's his school.

See the thing in the street? That's a NYFD truck.

Yes folks, the school is on fire.

He sounded *so cheerful* when he told me, too.
19th Jun 2007, 19:27   | tags:,,,comments (8)

remains of the day.

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The view from the kitchen.
18th Jun 2007, 01:36   | tags:,comments (12)

No, I don't know why either.

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12th Jun 2007, 18:38   | tags:,,,comments (9)

When life deflates your breakfast cupcakes...

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Fill them with eggs.

I'm thinking now about making bacon cheese muffins, and putting eggs in


10th Jun 2007, 15:10   comments (10)

This isn't what I had in mind.

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They *taste* great, but I'm trying to figure out what went wrong here.

Soup's on.

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Roasted cauliflower and smoked blue cheese soup.

Recipe to be posted to food_snobbery, for those who follow that stuff.

New experiment.

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Lime cupcakes filled with lemon curd and topped with a ginger-mint cream cheese frosting.

The lemon curd is sugar free. It's made only with splenda. The cupcakes themselves are 3/4 regular flour and 1/4 soy flour to reduce the total carb count as well as 1/2 splenda and 1/2 regular sugar. The frosting is normal- no substitutions.

Observations: the soy flour makes the cupcake *batter* taste *terrible. BLEAH. It tastes like chemicals and burning plastic. However once they're baked, the taste is not really very noticable. The splenda gives everything a very subtle aftertaste as *every* sugar substitute does to one extent or another.

When you use soy flour you also should lower your oven temperature by about 25 degrees F. to avoid overbrowning. The texture is a bit more delicate and crumbly (not dry, just much more fragile) than a regular mix would be.

Overall, I think if you have an active reason to lower your sugar or carbs, this is an okay way to do it. You can taste the difference from the usual, but it's not enough to say "screw it." However if you have no need to worry about the carbs or sugar, I'd go for regular- there IS a difference.

I get it now. He's doing his spawning salmon imitation.

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5th Jun 2007, 16:48   comments (0)