Friday, September 27, 2013

Foodie 5: College Cooking, Fish Friday

This quarter I wanted to get away from having pasta on the weekend. Don't get me wrong, I make a good pasta (in my humble opinion), but I realized at the end of this summer that I have never cooked fish before. I hadn't even eaten any fish that someone else cooked the whole time I've been at Cal Poly. So when I made my weekly menu, I turned regular ol' Friday into Fish Friday.

Spicy Breaded & Baked Cod with Garlic & Butter Asparagus
Let's get an opinion, shall we?

Troy "Jesse, if there was one thing you could change about this meal, what would it be?"
Jesse: "Hold on, I haven't tasted the fish yet. I'm still eating my asparagus." *
Okay, so Jesse likes to eat things one at a time. We'll let him finish and then come back to him. In the meantime, let me discuss the recipes I worked from.

Now, mind you, I don't follow a recipe 100%, especially not if I'm in experimentation mode. In fact, most of the time I cook from the gut, but since I've never cooked fish before, I needed some temperature and time parameters to compare against. For the fish, I used this recipe, and for the asparagus, I used this recipe.

Fish Modifications:
Everything else was the same except for the following:

  • Instead of croutons, I used bread crumbs from Trader Joe's
  • I omitted the Parmesan cheese, as much as I would have liked to include it
  • Instead of paprika, I used Kay's Best Spicy Garlic Seasoning (
  • I substituted lime juice for the lemon juice

Asparagus Modifications:
I actually followed this recipe almost exactly. The only thing I changed was to add a fourth clove of garlic. I also let the garlic get a bit crispy near the end.

Peer Review:
Okay, back to Jesse.
Jesse: ~takes a bite of the fish~ "Okay. First, I liked the asparagus. The first... is spicy. It's quite sudden. But overall its good. Especially with the lime juice on top."
There you go. A peer reviewed recipe! Enjoy.
*Quotes are paraphrased, but accurate enough to portray the sense of the conversation.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Animating the Cal Poly ME Logo

There was a point this summer at which I decided to learn something a bit new. I had seen other people include animated GIFs in their email signatures, so I decided I wanted to animate Cal Poly's Mechanical Engineering Department Logo. Figure 1 shows the original image, taken from
Figure 1: Original Mechanical Engineering (Cal Poly) Logo
A gear in motion is a perfectly simple way to add a little "cool" factor to your email signature. This blog post aims to introduce you to some of the (free/open-source) tools I used to animate the logo. However, if you merely want to use the animated GIF in Figure 2, skip to the Using The Animated GIF section.