• No School Today
    Apr 6, 2012, 2:51 pm 3900

    Sleep in. Nap. Brunch. Nap.

    It's what all the cool kids are doing.

    Brunch is great. And as it turns out, so is avocado smashed on toast. Correction - fried egg on avocado smashed on toast. I love fried eggs. In the kitchen, whenever I feel something is missing, I stick a fried egg on top. It's a hobby. 

    Normally, I leave my yolks nice and runny, but that would make my fingers super messy in this finger-food situation. However, I am what people call a Problem Solver, so I let it cook a little bit longer. An inspired decision, I assure you, as two kinds of creamy joined together in glorious harmony.


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  • Taking A Closer Look
    Dec 3, 2011, 5:41 pm 4222

    Potatoes are one of the earth's secrets.

    They're completely hidden under flowering plants and layers and layers of dirt. There's a lot of digging (pun definitely intended) necessary before you know just what it is that the earth's been hiding away. This is one of my favorite things about the way biology (or science or our world, really) works. There is the appearance of something complete, like the potato plant's flower. But if you take a closer look, you'll find those flowers are hiding these deliciously starchy vegetables. And if you take a closer look at those potatoes, you'll find -

    even more going on. Behold, vascular tissue bundles! Xylem is the plant tissue that transports water, and phloem is the plant tissue that transports the plant's food. (Mnemonic at the ready: phloem transports food. Both "f" sounds!)

    In the picture below, you can see a ring that forms a kind of border in the chopped potatoes. In the little new potato, that ring is the xylem tissues. Water once zipped through those herbaceous veins.

    The border is really well-defined in the sweet potatoes, but I'm actually not sure that you can interpret (for lack of a better word) it the same way because sweet potatoes are actually the plant's roots - as opposed to normal potatoes being their respective plants' stems, that just happen to function as the plant's storage units. So there might be something different about the way the differnent tissues are arranged. (Guess who has ten fingers and is going to ask her biology teacher about sweet potato vascular tissue patterns tomorrow? This girl.)

    Anyways, biology rocks because you can always take a closer look for that exciting, elusive something more.


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  • Harmonizing
    Nov 23, 2011, 12:49 am 3623

    Last night, my house smelled of bonfire, in a really good way. (I really love that smell this time of year. Actually, all year long, I pretty much love the smell of bonfires.) Anyways, it was due, of course, to this soup we made for dinner, and its mad-potent chipotle peppers. 

    (Yeah, "mad-potent." They were that potent.)

    It was the perfect time for this soup, this mexican albóndigas soup. Porque? (See what I did there?) Por que I've had this head-stuffing cold for the past week, and there's nothing like smoky, warm, mad-potent soup to barrel through a case of the sniffles.

    By the way, basically everything is shredded or blended in this soup. Kind of new, kind of cool, kind of tedious (I hate grating vegetables and cheese - but there's no cheese involved, so I'm not complaining), and definitely delicious.

    Another side note - albóndigas soup normally has meatballs, but I made it sans meat, with garbanzo beans starring as the main source of protein. 

    Because I had the sniffles, Mom has been pushing the vitamin C Halls supplements. (Those are so good. Well, the grapefruit and lemon flavor are so good. The orange flavor? Not so much.) Anyways, I've seen a lot of citrus in the past week. And it made me wonder, of course, why.

    Why do we stress vitamin C intake when we're sick?

    It turns out that we don't really have a reason. Or at least conclusive evidence to support that vitamin C helps fight colds. Maybe its just one of those things we've taken for granted. Society's always regarded it as true, so it must be true. But nope, that's a consensus gentium fallacy. An error in the logic that if many think it, then it must be so. (Thanks, junior year Theory of Knowledge class.) 


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