04 November 2009

iTunes Stats

(I saw a couple different versions of this float by in the last week, so I combined them into one list.)

How many songs in total: 11866, 33.8 days, 64.37GB
How many protected AAC files (purchased DRM'd files): 703, 2.2 days 3.08GB
Most recently played: Papa Come Quick by Bonnie Raitt from Luck of the Draw.
Most recently added: Lilly Allen's It's not Me, It's You
Most played: Black Horse and the Cherry tree (Radio Version) by KT Tunstall from Eye to the Telescope
Most skipped: Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini from Collection

Sort by song title
First Song: The A Polkas by Slainte from their website.
Last Song: !@#* by Rusted Root from Cruel Sun

Sort by time
Shortest Song: Interlude: Let's Dance by Janet Jackson form Rhythm Nation at 0:04 long (there's a HUGE number of 0:00 "tracks" because iTunes found my sound effects library at one point, I skipped down to the first real song.)
Longest Song: Serenity - 01 Swim with the Dolphins at 40:19 from unkown (and again there are a couple non-song entries at over an hour that are recordings of lectures I've given or moderated and later edited for download. I skipped those)

Sort by album
First album: Accidentally In Love - Single by Counting Crows (looks to be from Shrek 2, and 89.3's free tracks of the week)
Last album: 5150 by Van Halen (there's a HUGE volume of tracks that don't have album names)

Sort by artist
First artist: Aaron Copland
Last artist: 303 Infinity

First song that comes up on Shuffle: James Bond Theme (Moby's Reversion) by Moby from I Like to Score

Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death - 23
Life - 162
Love - 470
Hate - 41
You - 890
Sex - 36

Other Media
Number of Movies: 18, 8.3 hours, 2.81GB
Number of TV Shows: 4, 1 hour, 500.7MB
Number of Podcasts: 0
Number of AudioBooks: 4, 3.6 hours, 50.8MB
Number of Ringtones: 7 (I made all of them, none were purchased.)

Now you do this on your blog and let me know by leaving a link that you did.

02 November 2009

pan fried tofu, finally got it RIGHT

Ok, so I've been trying to get at least one meal a week in the menu with tofu instead of meat. And I've been trying to get a good pan fried tofu... something with a little crunch on the outside and a nice soft inside. Today I pulled that off. This post serves to document HOW.

  1. Freeze the tofu overnight, in this case, extra firm.

  2. thaw the tofu

  3. drain the tofu

    1. cut into the shrink wrap just along one side where the front hooks on, I actually took an entire strip of the front face of the package off along one side, this leaves basically a slit across the top where the water can come out.

    2. hold over sink and squeeze package with hands to press out the water. Don't be afraid to squeeze hard, the freezing turned it into a sponge, you're wringing it out now.

  4. slice the tofu block into 6-8 strips

  5. lay them out on a plate and season with liquid of choice... it will absorb like a sponge. I used Tamari Soy... you want something flavorful that will help it to brown, but not burn.

  6. flip over and season the back too! Unless you sliced it real thin, or put a lot on from the front, it won't make it across. You coulda also submerge it in marinade I suppose... but that seemed like overkill to me.

  7. put a thin layer of oil (I used EVOO) in a skillet and get it rocket hot, just below smoke point.

  8. place tofu strips flat in skillet and cook until crisp on one side

  9. flip and cook on the other (won't take as long as first side)

  10. remove from pan and enjoy

Here's why it's important to season both sides, if you don't (and I missed this on a couple) that side that isn't seasoned will soak up the oil from your pan and leave it dry, which means it will burn, not brown. And that, as AB would say, is not good eats.