Lu Rou Fan

I am currently in a hospital near my parents’ place due to a family medical emergency, so I have some time on my hands to polish a post that’s been languishing in the drafts bin for months.  Working on this has allowed me to while away an hour in the ICU doing something other than worry.  It’s been a lot more pleasant than how I spent some other hours (wringing my hands whilst feeling dreadfully helpless in the face of the health crisis of a loved one, inventing the maladies that brought the other patients in, playing “what’s that smell?”, judging the other visitors – I am really quite a terrible person when I’m upset . . . and also in general).

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Lu rou fan translates to “braised pork over rice” but I prefer to think of it as “flavorful bowl of fatty joy”.  This isn’t very nerdy.  It’s just fabulously delicious.  Sorry to those wanting more science baking.  This has a little pickling in it, which is sort of related to biology.

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Pseudomonad cake

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We had two high school interning with us this summer, A and B. In the month they were here these two young ladies screened ~3500 transposon mutants and identified several with the phenotype of interest. Needless to say, we’ve been very happy to have them with us and to thank them for their time, I made a cake. WOOO CAKE! Continue reading

It’s my blog and I can rant if I want to (Warning: does not include food or science!)

There is no food in this post and there are no pictures of food.  There will be very soon!  I promise!  I wrote it up, I just need to put the pictures in!  Within a week I will have that post published!

Edit #1: I felt so much better after finishing this post that I put the pictures in and published it.

Edit #2: I published the incomplete version of my rant earlier, which I have now completed.

I’m writing this to blow off some steam.

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Poo cake

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Now that I had pie chart cookies, I needed to make a representation of the fecal sample.  I briefly considered making a realistic poo log, but quickly decided against it.  After all, I wanted people to actually eat the cake.  I spent enough time thinking about making a bloody poo cake to fully plan it out (chocolate-frosted red velvet cake with a cherry-based filling, so that when cut open red chunks would ooze out) but ultimately decided against that as well.  The Human Microbiome Project only reported on healthy humans.  Finally, I decided on a stylized poo made from chocolate fudge cake and a chocolate and Nutella frosting.

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Gut enterotype cookies

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Last week our fabulous undergrad, O, turned 21!  After seeing a photo of a poo cake a friend posted on his Facebook wall, I decided that what this young man really needed in life is a gut microbiome cake.  We talk about poo all the time in lab and we’re fascinated by microbiomes, so this seemed like a fabulous project to take on this weekend instead of writing my graduate proposal.  This was especially well-timed given the recent publications by the Human Microbiome Project.  Today’s post will be about the cookies and the next post will show the cake (less exciting).

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Welcome!

This blog is intended to chronicle the gastronomic adventures of a group on PhD students who noticed that our daily routine consisted of repeatedly attempting to expand the body of knowledge in our respective fields by empirical observations and subsequently exploring the complex relationship between mood and blood glucose levels. (Read: Our experiments don’t work and then we stress eat.)

Expect many posts about our food, some posts about our research, and a few posts about when we nerd out and make food that reflects our research.