April 6th, 2006


Moosewood class coming later this month to the Dallas Central Market Cooking School. Mmm.

Reading the latest issue of the Central Market Foodie newsletter aways makes me drool. This upcoming class at their Dallas cooking school makes me wonder exactly how one would make tofu croutons:

David Hirsch has been involved with the revolutionary Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York, since 1976 and is co-author of all 11 of the restaurant's cookbooks, including the latest, Moosewood Restaurant's Simple Suppers. An avid gardener as well as a cook, David knows how to make the most of spring's freshest flavors for satisfying and creative vegetarian dishes. He'll give tips on how to stock your pantry ahead of time to put amazing meals on the table simply and quickly. Menu includes Sicilian Chickpea Spread; Asparagus Avgolemono; Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons; Navajo Stew; Green Rice; and Mango Coconut Sorbet. $55

Tue., Apr. 18, 6:30 - 9 pm at the Dallas Central Market Cooking School. Call 214-361-5754 for reservations and more information.

I should learn to let sleeping crabs lie; and a photo of a crab eating floating pellet food.

It's been awhile since I posted about the residents of our freshwater tank, so I'll start with a quick census:
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...And the heroes of this story, several red-clawed crabs (Sesarma bidens).

Normally they hang out in the nooks and crannies of the two large rocks in the tank and get their land time by hanging out on top of the power heads. If I see them outside of those spots, they're on the bottom of the tank doing stuff, so I was a little worried when I saw a female crab sitting on top of a rock near the glass that didn't react or move when I challenged her from outside the tank. (Done by waving one's pointer finger around, it's not as exciting as it sounds.) I mentioned it to Vogon when he was taking a break; his response was to take a plastic syringe from the tank supplies and squirt water at the crab, who got up and quickly scuttled out of the way. Apparently, I had been bothering a sleeping crab.

Later on, when I dropped in some floating food pellets to distract the fish while I dropped sinking pellets into the rocks for the crabs, we learned that the crabs also like the floating pellets:

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