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My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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Cooking Adventures III

Well, classes resumed on Thursday. I had my Intro to the Discipline of English class, Romanticism, ballet, pointe, and rehearsal. Then I waited around on the main campus to met my Irish Lit professor: She is serving as my mentor for my BSI proposal, which I finally finished writing. Snow days are for Welsh/Irish literature comparisons, apparently.

BSI is the acronym for Butler Summer Institute. Look for a post detailing my experiences thus far with the BSI application process. Research, however, builds a healthy appetite, right? On to the food!


1. This was another recipe from my Moosewood birthday cookbook: Six minute chocolate cake. (Thank you, Mom and Dad! It was the perfect gift.) Supposedly, it take six minutes to mix all the ingredients together in the baking pan; then one sticks the pan in the oven to bake for twenty minutes.

I think it took my friend and me twenty minutes to put the ingredients in the pan and twenty minutes for it to bake. The photography might have slowed us down somewhat.

We chose this recipe because:

  • it was for chocolate cake. You can’t go wrong with chocolate cake.
  • the mixing and such all happens in the baking pan, so there is little to clean.
  • I actually had all the ingredients in my apartment. (Ingredient substitutions are usually my downfall.)
  • Did I mention? It’s chocolate cake.

Aesop would be proud: slow and steady won the race. Though it took us a while to get everything happily nesting on the center oven rack, the cake was delicious.

Oddly enough, it was delicious after it had been sitting on the counter (covered, obviously) for a day or two. The initial dessert was rather cakey. I prefer the moister consistency, and this cake rose beautifully to the challenge after we had given it a day or so to adjust to life after the heat of the oven.

2. Filipino hot chocolate. My friend’s father brought some chocolate tablets back from his trip to the Philippines. Boil water, drop in a little chocolate cylinder or three, add butter, and simmer. We clink our mugs together like they do in Despicable Me. What a tasty treat.

Thus ends my Cooking Adventures series. I am rather proud of my accomplishments. Living in my own apartment with my very own kitchen has been fun, and my cooking skills are vastly improved. Having friends over to assist and using my roommates’ cooking/baking knowledge to full advantage helps the process.

Successes are getting more common: Last night I cooked fish in a foil package with a random assortment of spices, green beans, and stuffing. Though I might have gone a bit easier on the paprika, it was still more than edible, which would not have happened at the beginning of the year!

Cooking Adventures II

The string of cooking successes continues with dinner! I talked last time about lunches being leftovers or sandwiches, which is very true. I guess I should admit, however, that I’m often just not hungry for lunch after having such a huge breakfast. Dinner tends to come early on these days, leaving plenty of time afterward for dessert!


1. Salad with homemade dressing roughly obtained from the Moosewood Collective cookbook my parents gave me for my birthday this past year. I had been mixing my dressings with the end of a long wooden spoon in the largest plastic cup I could find. This time, I used an empty (and clean) yogurt container to shake up the dressing.

However! I got a drink mixer at Target which I intend to use for mixing dressings, since it is construction for the purpose of being shaken without spraying garlic and milk everywhere. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

salad with homemade dressing

2. Thai Sweet Potato Stew. My dad made this sometime last year, and I periodically crave it now. It’s made with sweet potato, onion, spices, coconut milk, and other things I can’t recall just now. Serve over rice while watching a Miyazaki movie with a friend. (This was before classes began, obviously.) Yum.

Thai Sweet Potato Stew

3. Here’s the mission. You have a can of refried beans you accidentally started to open because you thought it was black beans. (Actually, not you, but that’s a minor detail. :) Smile, friend!) You must use these refried beans now. And the leftover tofu from a tofu dish. And using some of the lettuce and the lone onion would be nice as well.

What do you do? Throw onion, garlic, tomato, tofu, and a boat-load of spices in the skillet. Heat the beans and add cheese. Serve with a pile of lettuce. Use either Italian dressing or salsa verde, and TA-DA! You have yourself a burrito-like pile of ingredients that taste shockingly delicious.

Seriously, that tofu thing was bamf. I think it was the high-volume of onions.

Tofu thing

4. Taste roommate’s chili. Decide it’s the best thing ever. Crave chili for months. Stockpile every different type of bean under the sun. Finally, finally make chili. I’m still eating the leftovers, and they are pretty much the bees’ knees, except, you know, more substantial and heartier.

Chili in said roommate's (AKA, The Chili Guru's) enormous Dutch Oven

The preparation options: plain, or with salsa verde and cheese

Dessert to follow! Stay warm in this snow storm!