Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Something else I learned

Frozen hashbrowns do not make good mashed potatoes.

I consider myself a mashed potato connoisseur, and in light of this I decided to test out a potentially time saving idea I recently had involving frozen hashbrowns.

The main problem was the consistency. Boiling the frozen bits took no time at all, but draining them was a chore. I had to pretty much use a press method with the colander in order to get the excess water out. The result was soggy potato strips that seemed to have potential, but upon mixing they failed to fully blend.

My heavily textured goop was returned to the kettle in an attempt to steam even more of the excess water out and to get a softer texture and the resulting mash after another mixing was very similar to your typical bowl of potato goodness. The only difference however, was that the starch content was much too high for some reason and thus this potentially time saving procedure was checked off my to-do list, not to be repeated in the near future.

If only I had added cheese this whole thing probably would have worked. And bacon. I love bacon.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Someone I met

I met an interesting lady at the barbershop. She was very energetic, and animatedly jabbered as she cut my hair. She told me about her 20 y/o son and how he needs to find a job. She also was quite confident with how short she thought my hair needed to be. I agreed on both accounts.

"I notice you're hair sticks up in the front a little. You do a good job trimming your sideburns. So did you want a mohawk?"

She was rather random, but amusing.

Another Lesson Learned

Don't trust small jumper cables. Thicker cables transfer power much better than the flimsy ones you might have in your car. Also, if you don't have a pair, I'd say that the longer the better.

Example: I tried jumping a friends car tonight with his small cables and after 15 min of nothing really happening I ran into the nearby store and bought some monster cables. They were long enough to circle around about 40 cars, which was great because I didn't feel like driving over to the other side of the parking lot where his car was. In about 5 minutes we were in business.