Archive for the ‘food’ Category

Back in New Jersey, we subscribed to the Great Road Farm CSA service for a year. Since we were basically in the middle of a bunch of farmland, it worked out great and I got some keeper recipes out of it like this Kale and White Bean soup. Moving forward a couple of years and […]

Coffee cake is one of my favourite foods to bake: it’s simple and delicious, and beats paying big bucks per slice at cafes. I had some cocoa lying around in my pantry and decided I should figure out a way to get it into a coffee cake. However, recipes for this sort of thing seem […]

This year hasn’t been the first that I discovered the joy of lazy recipes — I posted about cold brew coffee and no-knead bread a while back. However, I’ve made more additions to my slacker recipe collection since then. Breakfast is a glorious thing and pancakes are delicious. But I have to admit that even with […]

This holiday, I went back to Toronto to hang out with family and friends. It was a great vacation! But I also had to work for a couple of days. I took this occasion to check out the different Google locations in Toronto and Waterloo and work from each for one day. The Waterloo office is very […]

A couple of years ago I got a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated, a fabulous food magazine. It has a few distinctive features: no ads! this hugely increases my happiness in reading the magazine cover-to-cover the recipes are written like science experiments the interiors are all black-and-white, with some photos replaced by schematics or pencil-sketch-style drawings (see right) I’ve added quite […]

Happy Nooroz!


For the first time since living in the US, we put together a haft seen ( هفت‌ سین : seven S’s) table! It has: center: garlic (sir / سیر) left: lentil sprouts (sabzeh / سبزه) counterclockwise: apple (sib / سیب), wild olive / oleaster (senjed / سنجد), vinegar (serkeh / سرکه), wheat germ pudding (samanoo / سمنو), and […]

About 2 weeks ago, I went to SIGCSE, which is the major computer science education conference. I talked about Computer Science Circles, its translations to other languages and translations of Python error messages to English; see the poster here. Like my last trip to SIGCSE, it was pretty great. I got to re-encounter previous colleagues, meet new […]