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… don’t know when I’ll be back again …

Today’s my last day in Manchester. This is so sad, it feels like I just got here, and I really am not ready to go home yet. I did get to watch the shuttle landing on the big screen with the Astrophysics department, and I get one last Thursday Ale Night tonight.


Tuesday marked my last day at Jodrell Bank, I will miss this telescope dearly.



I will also miss the fact that we have to keep the microwave in a faraday cage in order to prevent radio interference in our data. No, really. I’m not joking.











One thing I will not miss is my apartment. Living on the ground floor really creeps me out. Even with a window lock and chain I’m just not comfortable with my window being two feet off the ground. My apartment in Manhattan is happily on the 12th floor. It’s worth waiting in the elevator.


For my last meal I decided to use up all my garbanzo beans and make falafel. I guess I really do miss Soho… I had never made falafel at home before, but thanks to my lack in trust in directions it came out well.


I started by making a dry mixture of chickpeas, flour, cumin, coriander, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. I then placed this in a pot with about a cup of cold water (added a bit of veggie bullion), a bit of olive oil and at the last minute some cayenne (I realized I didn’t have any hot sauce to put on the final product)



Mixing this results in a thick liquidy substance that I was instructed to bring to a boil, then simmer while covered for 5-15 minutes (until the proper consistency is reached) This is where I ran into problems. It became clear as I brought it to a boil that it would very shortly bee to thick to consider “simmering” and if I let the paste sit there it would surely burn. So I forgot about the simmering idea and stirred it constantly until I felt it was a stick moldable consistency.



At this point I took the goo off the heat and let it cool to a touchable temperature. Mold the goo into balls, slightly smaller than a golf ball.






Then you can fry the result in some oil, until golden brown.








And serve hot with hummus. If you have any pita (which I did not) you can make a sandwich. I can’t wait to try this at home when I have veggies and home made hummus to go with it!



Well guys, this is it. My last post from Manchester. It was great, and I will miss it dearly. See you state-side!


~What type of food reminds you of home?


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Midsummer’s Night Feast

I’ve wanted to start a blog for awhile now. Not that I think anyone should care about my ramblings, what I do, what I cook, what I learn, but for my own benefit. Improve my writing. Maybe help people who are far away feel like they’re still a part of my life. But it’s always been one thing or another keeping me back.

enemy # 1 : TIME

But when do I have more time than on the solstice? The longest day of the year. So today I have no excuses, I will write.

When I was a kid I would have spent the solstice celebrating. Dancing around a bonfire, sleeping outdoors, skinny-dipping in the middle of the night. Sadly the time to be a little heathen is past, and this year I worked. Not that I dislike work, in fact I love it. I have a better job than I could have hoped for this summer. I’m spending my summer doing what I love (physics)  in an amazing new place (england).

This summer I am fortunate enough to be doing research at the University of Manchester and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. This is by far the most coolest place I’ve ever worked (my apologies to Victoria’s Secret).

Lovell Radio Telescope

That’s the world’s third largest steerable radio telescope. Fantastic. My “office” is in an old library in this paragon of 60’s architecture. Well, that’s my workplace on tuesdays. Every other day I’m stationed at the actual University.

You ask me: What exciting bit of cutting edge science are you doing there? Well, mostly I swear at my excuse for a python program.

So what about that feast I mentioned? Yesterday was the solstice, and since I am in a metropolitan setting I can’t get as much nature as I’d normally hope for, so I decided to create a celebratory dinner to commemorate the summer.

Summer Quinoa Salad:

When I think of summer I think of fruit. Growing up on a farm makes you take fresh fruits and veggies for granted, but after a few years of searching the cities for good produce you come to appreciate the greens.

This salad was my attempt to combine the good tastes of summer to make a yummy vegetarian meal. It was a very easy combination of mango, cherries, cucumber mixed into quinoa with a lemon-basil dressing. In the future I’d like to substitute dried cranberries for the cherries just to save the trouble of pitting them.

That’s all I have today but lets hope I’m more faithful to this blog than anything else in my pile of forgotten projects.


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