What I’m working on

8 Feb

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The week has flown by again, and yet I don’t feel quite caught up. It was a productive week however. There was a lot of client work, and I wrapped up the final touches on a new web design project that is being coded by a little css-code-fairy,  as we speak. The project will be live by next week, just in time for me to pack my bags, and fly to New Mexico for a whirlwind tour-lecture-Skill Exchange-work trip. I’ll be visiting Santa Fe and Las Vegas, checking out Parachute Factory, and hopefully working through a long list of recommendations from the lovely lady behind Stitch and Hammer.

Early next week I’ll be sharing our very first Skill Exchange video, a video project that has been months in the making. With help from many friends and contributors, I am excited to finally share it.  If one more day of teasing this video release is just too much for you, just sign up for the Skill Exchange newsletter.  Newsletter subscribers are going to get a sneak peek of the video a day earlier than the rest, in addition to other perks like early ticket releases, and adorably brief messages from Skill Exchange. I kid, but mostly, I promise not to send more than a handful of newsletters, every few months.

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And, last but not least, I’ve got something to admit. Over the weekend I got a lesson in fish– which is a good thing, considering how much I have been enjoying our seafood CSA with Sirenseasa. We received a beautiful catch of herring, a fish I have never cooked, prepared, or even eaten. The fish were whole, and it meant in order to taste these little beauties, I had to learn how to scale a fish, clean a fish, and fillet a fish. I was eager. I was excited and nervous too. Intern left the house (partly to do laundry, and maybe also partly to escape this scary new fish-skill). I watched some videos online, I got my apron on, and got to it. Scaling fish? Not bad. Gutting, and cleaning my first fish ever? Not bad either. Filleting was hard, and something I am certain more practice would improve.

Here is the part that is hard to admit: I didn’t like the herring. We grilled it very simply… and I just didn’t like it. I love fish! I want to love herring! but not yet, I’m clearly not ready. I’m told it is a hard fish to love, if you’re not familiar with the oily, fishy flavor, and I want to try again… but I feel a little defeated. I’m glad I learned the skills to deal with a whole fish… but I wanted the reward of a delicious fish dinner too. So here you go, failures happen in our kitchen all the time, I am admitting it just this once.  [Edit: and also this other one time]

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2 Responses to “What I’m working on”

  1. Tammy February 9, 2013 at 7:13 AM #

    I’m fairly envious of anyone who can have a seafood CSA and also fascinated by the link to parachute factory. I hope you’ll blog about that.

    • Kate Koeppel February 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM #

      I’m sure I will learn some very interesting things at Parachute Factory, so I will do my best to report back on the blog!

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