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Shannon Hulley
SF Bay Area
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Pastry chef I am not. I’m the type of cook for whom following recipes to the letter feels like dragging a ball and chain through the kitchen. Success in the pastry arena requires more discipline than I’m usually willing to allocate. With cooking, it’s easy enough to wiggle out of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at tilted skillet
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SF has dense layers of fog; my casserole has a dense layer of buttery breadcrumbs With the amount and variety of rye bread George and I eat, it wouldn’t be too far off to call ourselves rye connoisseurs. The Bay Area rye bread scene is strong and growing. It sounds... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at tilted skillet
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I was supposed to spend this weekend in Mammoth, frolicking with my parents’ two dogs and enjoying the recent snowfall on the mountain. If you follow me or my mom on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve likely seen their new baby: a rapidly growing yellow lab puppy named Duke. This weekend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at tilted skillet
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finished preserved kumquats, preserved kumquats in progress, raw kumquats In our family, it’s almost always the case that family game night devolves into a mess of childish disgruntlement. Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble are the worst offenders. Excelling at either requires subject matter expertise irrelevent for most other endeavors, but getting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at tilted skillet
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On our recent trip to Seattle, we ate like we were never coming back. I’m sure we will, but that hasn’t stopped me from wanting to recreate some of the more exciting foods we tried over the course of the weekend. The first thing I ate after touching down that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at tilted skillet
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After a couple months of foreign food and little access to a kitchen, I was itching to get back to cooking and baking. While in Borneo, I spent more of my idle time than I’d care to admit scheming about the foods I’d cook once we returned. During our first... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at tilted skillet
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In my own insomniac ways, I think I’ve slept off most of my residual travel weariness. It helps that George is working nights, so that instead of sharing whatever odd sleeping arrangement we found ourselves in over the past few months - a humid mosquito net-draped mattress, thin mats in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at tilted skillet
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I haven’t written much about the food here, which, given my blog title and personal interests, may be surprising. As we wrap up our time in Borneo, though, I’m ready to reflect on that most important topic: eats! We decided early on to abstain from meat, seafood, and poultry. Anecdotally,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at tilted skillet
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Drs. Nomi and Nur discussing the day's patients Every Monday, patients pile up on the tiled steps outside the clinic. They take numbers, much like you might at the deli counter, for either umum (general clinic) or dokter gigi (dentist). After morning meeting concludes and ASRI staff disperse to their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at tilted skillet
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Last Wednesday, we piled into a car and headed out to a neighboring village for the dedication of ASRI’s new organic farming learning center. George, normally bound to clinic duties, even came along. It’s hard to pass up a ride in a car (AIR CONDITIONING!), but he claims to have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2013 at tilted skillet
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one of the many mosques near our house With just over a week left of our time in Sukadana, I’ve come to appreciate this town’s rhythms and personality. George and I agree, though, that the unexpected – or a sharp dose of reality – is never far away. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at tilted skillet
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It's hard to get a good picture of rain, so instead enjoy a handful of shots we've taken around town lately! Given that Sukadana is equatorial, I wasn’t expecting much besides hot, hotter, and hottest. I joke that sunrises and sunsets here are not unlike the takeoffs and landings of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at tilted skillet
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Growing up in a suburban community with a strict homeowners’ association, I was used to orderly streets, similarly constructed houses, and manicured lawns. In Sukadana, houses and neighborhoods are riots of variety and color, with a big emphasis on indoor-outdoor living. While this domiciliary diversity is hardly unexpected, the proliferation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at tilted skillet
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It’s both a good and bad thing that our temporary home in Sukadana is the least-touristy destination we’ve ever visited. While this area’s remoteness makes travel to even moderately mainstream tourist spots difficult, I feel fortunate that we’re having what I consider to be a really authentic, eye-opening experience. As... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at tilted skillet
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Before our arrival in Sukadana, I was (and still am!) curious about all we’d learn here. So far it’s been a grab bag of new knowledge – the challenges of treating TB patients, a crash course on reforestation techniques, how to cook super-moldy tempeh, the serious threats extractive forest uses... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at tilted skillet
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As is true in many developing countries, Sukadana is home to a huge population of semi-feral cats. I feel that it is my duty, as a globetrotting cat lady, to report, photograph, and cuddle with any cat that appears to be free of rabies and only partly infested with fleas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at tilted skillet
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Coldhearted is the person who doesn’t jump at the opportunity to tag along to a local school for a day of conservation education, especially when the kids are actually excited to learn about the importance of preventing deforestation and preserving orangutan habitat. Etty Rahmawati heads up ASRI Kids and also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at tilted skillet
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the entrance to the clinic after-hours; there's usually a crowd of waiting patients and many pairs of shoes on the front porch (we go barefoot indoors, even in the clinic!) Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI)*, the organization with which George and I are volunteering, seeks to co-promote environmental and human health.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at tilted skillet
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The reforestation of areas near Gunung Palung National Park is one of ASRI’s main conservation projects. Due to a variety of extractive uses – including logging, conversion to industrial oil palm plantations, and other forms of intensive agriculture – large swaths of primary forest are now little more than stumps,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at tilted skillet
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We spent our first weekend exploring Sukadana with fellow volunteers and ASRI staff. As a first order of business, we settled on a post-work activity that has thus far been a nearly daily routine: biking to the nearby beach to enjoy fresh kelapas, or young coconuts. This dry happy hour... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at tilted skillet
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tired and confused in Jakarta's domestic terminal We arrived in Borneo on Wednesday, September 25, after three straight days of travel. There was a long-haul flight to Singapore with an awkward hour-long stop in Seoul. At 2 a.m. we holed up at one of Changi’s many McDonald’s outlets, snacking on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at tilted skillet
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Since we returned from our honeymoon, I’ve kept somewhat of a maniacal pace in the kitchen. As I mentioned in my last post, the to-do list associated with the weeks leading up to our wedding left me little time to do what I do best: time-intensive kitchen projects. I’ve gotten... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at tilted skillet
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Much has changed since I last chronicled my kitchen adventures in this space. There’s been a wedding, honeymoon, busy times at work, and a seasonal CSA hiatus (the horror!). I also temporarily lost interest in reading books, but it took little more than new works by the inimitable Michael Pollan... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2013 at tilted skillet
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In many ways, this Thanksgiving was like any other. My mom made stuffing with Mrs. Cubbison’s seasoned mix, heeding our menfolk’s solemn requests to not “skimp on the sausage”. We served canned cranberry sauce for the sake of tradition, and a home-made pomegranate-cranberry compote that was so delicious I’m planning... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at tilted skillet
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It’s life’s little discoveries and epiphanies from which I derive great satisfaction. I still remember when I made the connection between Target and its eponymous logo. I remember because it wasn’t very long ago. Or the time I discovered that the big pot of ‘green garlic’ I inherited last year... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at tilted skillet