The Search for a Pie

Hey there everybody! Back in the summer of 2014, I went on a trip to France for a little over a week. This trip changed my life; this was the trip I had the best meal I have ever eaten.

According to my records (my journal), the restaurant was somewhere near Biarritz. The meal was just a salad, a little quiche, and a piece of pie, but holy crap. So good. It probably didn’t hurt that I was jet-lagged and starving when we sat down to eat, but I’m going to assume that regular Nicole would’ve thought it was great, too.

I’m usually against taking pictures of your meals, but I wish I had some photo evidence of this one for once.

Now for the real point of this post! The idea struck my brain the other day that maybe I could try to find the recipe for the pie thing we had. It was a Basque restaurant, so I did some searching for anything under Basque pie and came up this site and recipe! The pictures looked like the pie I had if memory serves, and I had most of the ingredients, so I decided to go for it.

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End results first, naturally.

I didn’t have vanilla beans or a lemon, and I didn’t want to go buy those, so I substituted with vanilla extract and pre-bottled lemon juice. I know with vanilla you’re going to get a better flavor when you use actual vanilla beans, but you do you. You can look up the ratios on how much to use of each if you do attempt the recipe with my substitutions.

Pro tip: don’t start making this after 6 in the evening. You have to give the dough a couple hours to chill and the custard at least an hour to chill, so plan ahead! Learn from my mistakes. I may have finished this at 1:30 in the morning…

img_4653I’m gonna be straight with you, I don’t actually remember what that magical dessert I had tasted like. I don’t think it was like this. This one is pretty good, though! You’d better like sweet things if you’re going to make it. It’s basically custardy filling surrounded by one big sugar cookie. I’d make this again, but not in hopes of experiencing what once was…

I’ve eaten this attempt fresh out of the oven and also fresh out of the fridge after an overnight chill sesh (see what I did there?), so I still need to try it at room temperature. Maybe that’s the magical secret! I’ll update if I have any shocking revelations. Until then, I’ll keep searching for what once was.

If you have any suggestions for me, please leave ’em below! Otherwise, I’ll see you when I see you! I hope you have a nice day.

–Nicole

 

Look At My face, Isn’t It Neat?

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This was me about a week ago before my classes actually started having me do things. It was a simpler time. A happier time.

I took my friends out to a park to test out my camera on real people, it was a pretty successful trip! That’s where this photo comes from. I’d post some of their pictures, but I’m not going to plaster their faces here. Privacy, ya dig?

I hope your year is going well however you’ve been spending it! It’s crazy to think that we’re almost onto February, but I guess it’s been a pretty eventful January. That’s made it fly.

Now I think it’s time for me to go to bed. I’m going to try to post something again before the end of the weekend, we’ll see what happens. I’ll see you when I see you! Have a good one.

–Nicole

 

 

 

Moderately Late Night Snack

I’m hungry but it’s 11 o’clock and I’ve already eaten dinner

but I’m heating up mac n’ cheese.

You’re not supposed to eat this close to bed,

and I don’t really want to eat this close to bed,

but I’m also just really hungry.

I should throw a metaphor in here somewhere.

The bowl is an ocean and the noodles are the water

minding their own business until I eat them.

Microwave is going off so the metaphor is over.

What would you say if I told you I wrote this poem about heating up mac ‘n cheese instead of actually going to do it? My art is deception. I really am insanely hungry though, so I might go make some. I’m also insanely tired so I might just go to sleep. Either way, you probably have stopped caring so I’ll stop writing. I’ll see you when I see you. Have a nice day!

–Nicole

Nicole Goes Outside

Two days of the semester down and I’m already exhausted, doesn’t that bode well for the rest? How’s it going in your neck of the woods? I’m already putting off doing readings for my classes tomorrow, so I’m just going to drop some pictures here for you to look at because I still want to post something today. I’d so much rather be wandering around outside like I did on this day.

Even on a gross, grey day my backyard is prettier than the inside of a classroom…That’s about all I’ve got for you today. I hope you have a good one and I’ll see you when I see you!

–Nicole

No fancy quote titles for you today. My apologies.

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College is a Refuge from Hasty Judgment

Hey there everybody! Ya girl here is about to become exponentially more stressed in a matter of hours. Today the semester begins and my body is not ready. I’ve done literally nothing in the past four days besides sit around my apartment with my cat, I’m not prepared for having to actually apply myself!

Honestly, this semester is going to be struggle and a half. I’m taking some tough classes that I really didn’t want to be taking at the same time, but what can you do? I’m just a simple student trying to get out in four years, sometimes you have to take one for the team. By team, I mean my parents.

Here’s some Kid President to lighten things up!

I’m not a big fan of dressing up, the core of my wardrobe is jeans and t-shirts, but I figure I could at least look nice one day this week before my style standards take a nose dive. This is what I’m heading to class in today if you were at all curious.

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I don’t even remember the last time I took a picture in the mirror…it was the best I could do, okay!

That’s about all I’ve got for today. If you’re interested in hearing me talk at you, I’ve got this lovely little YouTube channel that you could check out! I’ve gotten two videos up in the last week, how crazy is that?! I’d love to hear what you think about them! I’ll be seeing you when I see you. Have a nice day!

–Nicole

Today’s title comes from my main man Robert Frost.

 

Tea is a Divine Herb

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Green tea is just leaf water and no one can tell me any different. I’ve had problems with my skin since I made that great leap into puberty way back when and recently my acne has reared back up. Since my face washing efforts haven’t done any good, I thought I’d try to eat my way to a clearer complexion if possible!

That’s where we come to the green tea. I haven’t liked any teas I’ve tried so far, but green tea is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory and I’m going to try to make myself like it! Or at least tolerate it. Apparently I bought iced green tea which isn’t so bad so far. The colder it is, the better it tastes! Still, just leaf water.

I’m also trying to avoid processed foods which is likely not going to last long once the semester ends. I know it’s much better for you to try to eat clean and all that, but I’m also not going to have all that much time or ambition to make good food when I start getting homework! We’ll see what happens.

If you have any good tips for getting rid of acne, lay ’em on me! I’ve tried about everything, including two rounds of Accutane! If you don’t know what that is, it’s some hardcore stuff. But I am still open to suggestions. If you have tea suggestions I am also open to those!

That’s all I’ve got for today. I’ll see you when I see you and have a nice day!

–Nicole

Today’s title comes from Xu Guangqi

Use Plants to Give Life

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Hey there everybody! We’re supposed to start getting an ice storm here shortly, but I don’t know that I believe it. Ice storm of the decade? I’ve heard that a time or two with no cigar. It is downright cold outside, though!

I thought I’d leave this photo here of this little plant friends trying to take in the last of the sunlight. It looks like it’s just started to do some kind of misty iciness out there, so I don’t think they’ll be seeing the sun for a while.

That’s all I’ve got for today. If you’re in the mid-west ice path, good luck to you in this icepocalypse! I’ll see you when I see you. Have a nice day today!

–Nicole

Today’s title comes from Douglas Wilson.