Kevin's Compendium of Useless Fantasia
1 April 2003
Welcome to the ninth issue of Kevin's Compendium of Useless Fantasia.
This is my attempt at a monthly publication of some of my creative
endeavors. I'm not clever enough to come up with any kind of April
Fool's Day joke. The fact that we're at war is unbelievable enough.
Let's take a look at what I did in March:
That's it for this ninth issue of Kevin's Compendium of Useless
Watch for Issue 10 coming out 1 May 2003.
- I wrote a short story as part of a trade for someone making dinner for
me. It's a silly story, but it got some laughs out of people I read it to. I
read it to three people individually, and I even read it at a story reading.
I was pretty embarrassed to be reading my own stuff, but I am very pleased
with how well it was received. I will have to remember this and use it as
motivation to write more stuff.
- I wrote a haiku.
- I made strawberry jam using the calcium-activated pectin I got for
Christmas. I mashed up 2 quarts of strawberries and added a little less
cup of sugar. I filled 4.5 half-pint jars, and it was very good. It also
gelled up nicely. I will definitely be making more jams with this pectin as
the summer goes on.
- I made a strawberry glace pie and a lemon meringue pie for Pi Day. I used
pre-made graham cracker crusts for the first time, and I have to say that I'm
not very impressed. They fall apart way too easily. However, the pies were
still very good.
- I made a dinner of chicken and rice. I made the rice with turmeric and
lemongrass. For the chicken, I cooked onions and garlic in some canola oil,
then added some bone-in chicken thighs. I topped it with some of that spicy
Asian chili sauce, the kind with the rooster on the bottle. I then topped it
with some red wine. I put the chicken stuff on top of the rice, and it was
- I expanded the Random Boggle
Board Generator to a 7 x 7
board. I was pleased to find that, with the way I had programmed the
original, expanding it was very easy to do.
- Inspired by an off-hand comment from a friend, I wrote a children's
picture-book story, my first ever. I did not illustrate it, however. I don't
think I'll actually do anything with this one, but it's good to know that I
can actually write this kind of thing. I might try some more experiments in
- I made flatbreads for the first time. A friend told me that I could just
make pizza dough and bake it at around 400 or 425 degrees for about 12
minutes. I made a batch of pizza dough with spelt flour, but I forgot to put
anything on top of them besides olive oil. I ate them with some hummus that I
- I made chicken and flatbreads for dinner. For the chicken, I put split
chicken breasts in a skillet for a while, then added olives (with pits), plus
the vinegar, some pepperoncinis, and some chili peppers that came in the jar
of olives. Very good chicken, and I got to eat the olives afterwards.
flatbreads, I used whole wheat flour. I topped half of them with olive oil,
salt, savory, and oregano. I topped the other half of them with olive oil,
granulated garlic, and paprika (lots of paprika). Flatbread was eaten with
homemade hummus. A salad and root beer rounded out the meal. The remains
the flatbread were finished with some tuna salad. Tuna salad on the paprika
flatbread is very good.
- I made blackened tilapia for dinner. The first time I tried blackened
fish, the whole house filled with a really caustic smoke, so I was a bit
apprehensive. Armed with a better recipe and a bit more of a clue, I decided
to try again. This turned out almost perfectly. Everyone enjoyed the fish,
most having a second helping even though the seasoning had a bit too much
in it. I used a recipe I found online: 2 T paprika, 1 T salt, 1 t onion
powder, 1 t garlic powder, 1 t cayenne pepper, 1/2 t ground white pepper, 1/2
t ground black pepper, 1/2 t thyme, 1/2 t oregano. Next time, I think I will
cut the salt down, probably to 1 t. I might up the paprika a bit, since I
really like paprika. I noticed that the second round of fish was spicier than
the first, probably because of the spice that had accumulated in the skillet.
I also made barley salad to go with dinner. It was a bit too olive-y for
some, but I found it enjoyable. I made enough to have lots of leftovers to
take to work.
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