Found Quotes from 802

These lost quotes were found while Rachel packed up her room. We think they’re from 802 Christmas 2010…

Laura: Is that you and that me?
Rachel: Yeah. You’re mooching off me.
Laura: It’s perfect! I even have that maniacal plotting look in my eye.

Laura: Natalie Ivanov used to wear these all the time, except not real.
Jackie: What do you mean not real?
Laura: Not from Kazakhstan.

“So many words!”

“I can treasure them- and give them to my children. And they can say, ‘Mommy, what’s this trash you read?'”
-Jackie, on the Jedi Apprentice books

“You find too much pleasure in not touching me.”
-Laura, to Dani


Day 99

Happy Easter! Today we had friends over for a late lunch that extended for most of the afternoon. Anakin and Sharon brought sweet potatoes au gratin and a cake shaped like a lamb. Laura brought a loaf of homemade bread, as did Mike and Violet. Zoe contributed berries. I baked a small ham with a Dijon mustard and brown sugar glaze. Collaboratively Rachel and I made hot cross buns (featured in today’s photos). There was also homemade hummus, a cheese plate, pineapple, and lots of chocolate. After our feast we all played telephone pictionary, which is the greatest game ever. All in all this was a very good day.

Hot cross buns, pre-baking

Hot Cross Buns (from Easy Living magazine)

  • 7 g sachet fast-acting dried yeast
  • 450 g white bread flour
  • 50 g wholemeal bread flour
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar (or 50/50 white sugar powdered sugar)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • dash of mace, cloves, and all spice
  • 50 g unsalted butter, diced
  • 150 g raisins
  • 3 tbs chopped dried apricots
  • 250 mL tepid milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp plain flour

For the glaze

  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar (2 tbsp powdered, 1 tbsp white sugar)

1. Place the yeast, flours, sugar, salt, and spices into a bowl, add the butter and rub it in. Stir through the dried fruit. Add the milk and egg and mix well. Add a little extra water if the dough is too dry or extra flour if it’s very sticky. Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 1o minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 1-1 1/2 hours, or until the dough has doubled in size. (TIP: the dough for hot cross buns can be made the night before and given its first rise in the fridge. In the morning, remove from fridge, punch down the dough, make the buns and let it have its second rise in a warm spot in the kitchen).

2. Punch down the dough with your fist to expel the air, then knead on a lightly floured surface for 2-3 minutes. Divide into equal portions and shape each into a ball. Spray baking tray(s) with non-stick spray, then place the balls of dough on it, spacing well apart (2 to 3 inches). Cover with damp paper towel and leave for another 45-60 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.

3. Heat oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. For the cross, mix the plain flour to a smooth paste with 1-2tbsp of cold water. Spoon it into a piping bag and pipe a cross on each cun. Bake for 10-20 minutes (depending on size) or until golden brown. Heat the milk and sugar until dissolved and then boil for 1 minute. Transfer the buns to a cooling rack and brush with the milk glaze.

Other pictures:

Anakin with lamb cake

Almost everybody who came to lunch today

Mike and Violet playing telephone pictionary

More Pictionary

Even more pictionary

Cut lamb cake... it looks so accusing

I Am A Roller Derby Fan

Let me be clear, I am not a sports fan. Period. I graduated from high school without attending a single sporting event. When I watch the super bowl I get up during the game to get snacks so I don’t miss the commercials.

And yet I have become a fan of roller derby. Now, those of you over forty-five have probably conjured up images of scantily clad skaters engaging in knock-out WWWF-style fights on the track, and are quite possibly imagining Raquel Welsh beating up her rival in Kansas City Bomber. I don’t mean to suggest that the sport was never like that, but rest assured, it is not like that now.

So what is it about roller derby that has captured the heart of this formerly apathetic sports viewer? In a word, it’s the community.

The women skating on that track represent one of the most diverse groups I can imagine. They are engineers, lawyers, journalists, burger-slingers, and teachers. They come in all shapes and sizes: tall, skinny, short, stocky, swift, solid, agile, nimble, cannonballs… Put any two of them next to each other on the street and you might wonder what on earth they had in common. But when you see them skate together, the answer is obvious.

On the track they move as one, each player seeming to know without looking where her teammates are and what they need from her. It’s beautiful to watch.

“Beautiful?” you may ask. Yes, beautiful. Watching a group of people who are so comfortable in their bodies and with their skills work together to achieve a goal, any goal, is breathtaking. But what makes these roller girls truly beautiful is the diversity of body types you see working together as one unit. These are not Rockettes, carbon copies of each other, moving mechanically to show just how similar they are. These are not ballet dancers, starved to identical proportions, seeking the ideal ballet-body.

The ideal derby-body doesn’t exist. Watch 10 minutes of any bout and you’ll see every conceivable body type find it’s niche out on the track. If you’re small and fast you can slip through an opening the opposing blockers didn’t even know was there. If you’re tall and skinny those long legs will give you speed. If you’re short and solid the opposing players don’t stand a chance against a hit from you. A team made up of only one type of woman would flounder.

But the derby community extends beyond just the players. There is also a legion of volunteer support staff, who donate their time and their sweat to make sure that those woman can skate their hearts out. And there are fans.

Perhaps the fans are the best part.

The behavior I’ve witnessed at derby bouts is some of the most heart-warming crowd behavior I’ve ever experienced. Now, the thing about rooting for a league-based sport, is that, no matter what happens, you win. So, I suppose it shouldn’t be too surprising that the fans are pretty much willing to root for any roller girl who pulls off an amazing jam at a league game.

But what happens when the teams travel?

Well, at a bout this weekend I found out what makes roller derby fans so special. Our All Star team faced off against the All Star team of a rival city. Now, I walked into the event, proudly sporting my team t-shirt, and tried to figure out what section to sit in… only to be defeated. The clumps of people sporting different team t-shirts and colors were spread all over the arena! There was no segregation by team allegiance.

Once the bout started our team pulled to an early lead and demonstrated some really spectacular skating. Our fans were, of course, thrilled. We held onto our lead, extending and extending it. I cheered, of course, but after a while I started to feel like something was missing from the crowd… no one was bad-mouthing either team.

Stop and think about that for a second. An arena full of sports fans. An incredibly imbalanced score board. And no one, not one person, yelled slurs or catcalls about the opposing team? How incredible is that?

In fact, in the second half, the opposing team pulled it together and had a couple of incredible jams back to back, and we cheered for them! That’s right, everyone cheered for their success.

Can you imagine football fans cheering for the opposing quarterback? Neither can I.

So, what do I love about derby? I love that women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds, can play a competitive contact sport, demonstrate incredible physical prowess, but retain the vibe that it’s all in good fun, and that success, anyone’s success, is worth celebrating.

So, for the first time in my life, I am a sports fan. I am a roller derby fan.

Tonight’s Dessert Creation

Tonight we made a beautiful dinner (which we forgot to photograph). We made balsamic-marinated chicken breasts, pumpkin dumplings (which turned out a little more like pumpkin gnocchi but which were still delicious), roasted asparagus and Brussels sprouts, and saffron rice.

For dessert I made Spiced Applesauce Cupcakes. They are quite good, but the Cinnamon-Nutmeg Cream-Cheese Frosting was the event.

Here is the recipe I used:

For cake
2 cups (8 3/4 ounces or 250 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) salt
3/4 teaspoon (2 grams) cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 stick (4 ounces or 113 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (7 3/4 ounces or 218 grams) packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (about 13 ounces or 365 grams) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup (about 1 3/4 ounces or 50 grams) walnuts (optional), toasted, cooled, and chopped

For frosting
5 ounces (142 grams) cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces or 42 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (4 ounces or 120 grams) confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter an 8- or 9-inch square cake pan. I had no trouble getting my cake out of a nonstick pan by just buttering it, but if you don’t have a nonstick cake pan or are a little nervous, line the bottom with parchment paper and butter that too.

Make cake: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in applesauce. At low speed, mix in flour mixture until just combined, then stir in walnuts (if using). The batter will look a little curdly and uneven but don’t worry, it will all bake up perfectly in the end.

Spread batter evenly in pan and bake until golden-brown and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen, then invert onto a plate. Reinvert cake onto a rack to cool completely. You can speed this up, as I always do, in the fridge. OR recipe makes about 16-18 cupcakes. Cooking time approximately 20 minutes.

Make frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy. Sift confectioners sugar and cinnamon over cream cheese mixture, then beat at medium speed until incorporated. Spread frosting over top of cooled cake.

Catching Up on the Recent Happenings at College

One of the consequences of the quarter system is you feel like you’ve just gotten back in the swing of things and suddenly the quarter is half over! So to go back a bit…

Fall in Evanston this year has been particularly lovely. The leaves were just gorgeous at the beginning of October! We eventually did get some gale-force rain, but up until a couple of days ago things have been really nice.

We’ve also been doing a lot of cooking in 802. Charlotte has been coming over every Tuesday to whip up some delicious deserts. We’ve had apple pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate-chip cinnamon cookies, and snickerdoodles so far. Rachel and I have also been experimenting with some new things, including lentil bread (the substance all over Rachel’s fingers).

And then Rachel turned 21! We celebrated by going out for drinks at the Rhythm Room at midnight. It took the poor bartender several moments to realize what the date was. Rachel’s drink was also free!

The day of her actual birthday we went to teapot painting class at Norris with Jackie and made cute little teapots (hers is the blue one, mine’s the purple elephant).

That night we had friends over for fondue (don’t ask how many blocks of cheese went into the fondu) and Rachel’s famous spice cake with marzipan topping.

 It’s been a busy couple of weeks! And we haven’t even gotten to Halloween yet…

Pumpkin Pie

Let me begin this post by saying that I do not like pumpkin pie. Except apparently pumpkin pie made by my friend Charlotte. THIS WAS THE BEST PIE I’VE EVER TASTED!

The filling recipe went something like this:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can Sweetened Condenced Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Some cinnamon,  nutmeg, vanilla, and garam masala.

The crust recipe:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine sugar, salt, and spices in a small bowl. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mix. Gradually add evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
  3. Cut up pecan pieces into very small chunks and sprinkle them on top of the filling.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes and reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  5. Cool for 15 minutes. 
  6. Enjoy heartily. 

I might gain 20 pounds this quarter but I will enjoy it heartily.

The New 802 Quote Board

September 2011

“Oh, those are plates. No wonder they don’t look like bowls…”
– Rachel

“It’s going to taste beautiful… like rainbows and sunshine!”
– Rachel (on Charlotte’s homemade apple pie)

“Cannibalism is my one no-no.”
– Charlotte

“Where is this coming from?! This is coming from cray-cray.”
– Charlotte (on Twilight)

“It seemed ridiculous we didn’t have cocoa in our arsenal of beverages.”
– Dani

October 2011
“Can we invent a hand spatula and, like, get a patent, and then never have to work?”
– Charlotte

“And then Charlotte asked me to lick her finger, and it was just strange…”
– Rachel

Rachel: Can I help?
Charlotte: No, it’s just kind of wet… and not in a happy way.”

“She tells us that our dreams should have more weird stuff.”
– Rachel Geistfeld

“802: Where everyone offers you tea.”
– Rachel

Charlotte: I had kind of a field day with your spice rack.
Dani: It was more of a love affair…

“She’s a Rachel, not a skipper.”
– Jackie, on Charlotte

“I saw them walking together with coffee, which obviously means they’re having sex.”
– Kaitlin G.

“Oh no! Two of them mated!”
– Charlotte, on snickerdoodles fresh out of the oven

“I think Charlotte can do no wrong!”
– Dani

“Hey now! I french-broed!”
– Dani (going for french-braided)

“I find it kind of ominous that it’s called ‘Brother’…”
– Dani (on Rachel’s space-station sewing machine that’s going to take over the world)

Rachel: I’m sure all my ancestors will be so proud I’m making a Battlestar Galactica jacket.
Dani: And your decedents!

“Your teabag is so explicit tonight! ‘You only give when you love… in bed’.”
– Dani

“Frictional forces can’t beat my breast-warmth.”
– Charlotte

Dani: I guess we would judge an orgy.
Charlotte: Even if only for technique.

“The paper is paper! …that was more descriptive in my head…”
– Dani

November 2011

“The words fell out of your face…” 
– Rachel

“You initiated this stage in our platonic physical relationship.”
– Rachel to Charlotte

“I always like the dark ones…”
– Dani

“I have butter in my breasts.”
– Charlotte

“Surprise fucks are the worst.”
– Dani

“Have faith in the internet.”
– Dani

“I was really hoping you’d want to be an abstract squiggle.”
– Rachel, in a hypothetical conversation with her block of alabaster

“I just don’t have as much experience fitting large things in my mouth as you do.”
– Rachel to Charlotte

Rachel: Baking and booze always help.
Charlotte: Bacon and booze…
– a conversation had while making french toast bacon cupcakes

December 2011

“On a scale of one to married…”
     – Rachel G.

“Guys! There’s a torso in my present!”
– Rachel

“Dani knows what to do with bodies that come in boxes!”
– Rachel

“I love how it says ‘America’s Favorite Horse Race.’ I feel like that’s another way of saying ‘The Only Horse Race Americans can name.'”
– Kate

“This dressmakers form is like a new Han.”
– Jackie

“I mean, it’s the Catholic studies class. What can she say? There’s no forgiveness?”
– Rachel, on turning in a paper slightly late

Tuesday Night Dinner Quotes

“Tori has the stripper version.”

“My gesture-box is invading your bubble.”

“I shower naked…. yes.”

“Today I had feelings. They lasted for two hours.”

“Dear Mary Wollstonecraft, you heteronormative bitch.”

“Signs you’ve been working on your homework too long…”

“You’re just not so good with gravity.”

“Just because it wasn’t lewd doesn’t mean it can’t be memorable.”

“When my hands are not gross, we will embrace.”
-Tori, to Dani

“It was kind of an impulse buy…”

“Sinners Anonymous equals church.”

“….A Gingerly Journey, over rice.”
-Ethan, naming one of our Tuesday Night Dishes

“God is the one holding the heart-gun!”

“All my metaphors lock from the inside.”
– Rachel (on the Damien Jurado song, “Rachel & Cali”)s

“Old McNietzsche had a soul…”

“Can you give us all a lifetime of food? Cause we’re all a little nervous.”
-Tori, to Rachel

“I can’t even find my bones right now.”