Monthly Archives: January 2014

in disguise

“I’m convinced that this school is actually a culinary school in disguise. How is it that everyone here knows how to make such amazing food!?”

She may be onto something there. My personal theory is that the restaurants here (although a lot of them really are awesome) are somewhat lacking in variety, so instead we learn to make everything on our own. (Or maybe that’s just what happened to me.)

This is my plate from the Wilderness Medicine dinner! :] Recipes for the 2/3 of the dishes I made (fried apples + honey molasses cookies) will be posted shortly!

Salad, cornbread, venison tenderloin, mashed potatoes, chili, bear stew, squirrel stew, roasted brussel sprouts, venison shepherd’s pie, turtle cheesecake, chocolate eclairs, green bean casserole, cole slaw…

Melt-in-your-Mouth Meatloaf

I think it’s about time for me to do one of those grocery bans of sorts. I’ve been relegating my monthly grocery budget to $100 since it’s pretty much the only thing I really spend money on and I like splurging on food (sigh), but I just looked in my fridge/freezer and holy crud, I need to eat everything in there before I go buy anything else. D:

As such, you will likely be seeing a whole lot of “throw everything I have in the kitchen together into a dish”-type recipes next month. :O The recipe for this one is adapted from here! Makes approximately 7 servings. It does indeed melt in your mouth and it is glorious.

Melt-in-your-Mouth Meatloaf

142 calories, 10g CHO’s, 3g fat, 19g protein, 1g fiber, 253mg sodium!

-2 eggs
-3/4 cup soy slender vanilla soy milk
-1 100% whole wheat hot dog bun (Kroger)
-2 tsp dried minced onions
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp thyme
-1 tsp parsley
-1 lb. 99% lean ground turkey
-1 red bell pepper, diced
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1/3 cup ketchup
-2 tbsp light brown sugar
-1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1) Combine eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion, salt + bell pepper into a large bowl. Crumble ground turkey over mixture + stir well to combine. Place in crockpot.
2) Cover + cook on low until a meat thermometer reads 160 F (5-6 hours).
3) Whisk ketchup, brown sugar + Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. Spoon sauce over meatloaf. Return to crockpot + cook on low until heated through (~15 minutes). Let stand ~ 10 minutes before cutting.

study woes

Do We Need To Know This?
F: Do you think that’s important?
M: Probably, but it just hurts to put it into my brain.

Quizzing Each Other
M: What might you think of if you see someone with bone pain, aseptic necrosis of the femur, pancytopenia and thrombocytopenia? PAS +.
F: I want to say Tay Sach’s but I know it’s not. It’s Gaucher, right? Crumpled tissue paper lookin’? Because Tay Sach’s is a deficiency in hexosaminidase A and has nothing to do with bone pain even though I keep thinking it does? There’s no hepatosplenomegaly and it looks like onions? You see it a lot in Ashkenazi Jews?
M: I stopped paying attention, but that sounded right.

M: (sitting at the table with his face in a pillow)
F: Um, are you sure you don’t want to lie on the OMT bench instead? I can trade with you.
M: No, it’s okay.
F: That looks really, really uncomfortable.
M: I know, but you don’t understand, it’s too far away.
F: Oh, but I do. I’ve already walked back and forth from it twice during this conversation. I’m moving my stuff! You can have it!
M: No!
F: It’s happening!
M: But Farrah, it’s too far!
F: I’ll pick you up and move you over there; it’ll be fine!
M: (drapes self over OMT bench)
F: Do you want a blanket?
M: No!
F: You look cold.
M: I am, but that’s too far away too.

F: (stomach growls)
M: (stomach growls back)
F/M: Hungry? :[
M: (after a rather in-depth online search for all open restaurants/eateries => calls our favorite BBQ place) Hey! What time are you open til today?
: 7 p.m.
M: I love you! We’ll be right over!

F: We have one lecture left!
M: Yeah, but Farrah, I really don’t want to do it. I just want to lie in my bed. Unless you want me to stay and go over it.

Kahlua-Baked Brie

Lemme just throw in a disclaimer that this stuff is in no way healthy, but it is delicious in every way possible and you need to try it. I don’t usually even like cheese and I still thought it was amazing and couldn’t stop eating it. :O (We spread it on crackers. <3 ) Billions of thanks to Rey for giving us this idea. *-*
This is pretty much one of the easiest recipes in the world because you never have to remember portions (it’s 1:1 for everything).

Kahlua Brie

-1/2 cup Kahlua
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup pecans
-1/2 small round of brie

1) Preheat oven to 350. Bake the brie for 15 minutes.
2) While brie is baking, pour kahlua + brown sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for ~10-15 minutes. Add the pecans and stir to mix.
3) Pour kahlua mixture over the brie.
4) Serve on crackers!


I suppose in most med schools, especially with smaller classes, you end up becoming uncomfortably close with your fellow classmates. Assuming that you go to class (which I don’t), you see them day in and day out. You work with them in labs, in clubs, fundraising/volunteer efforts…you struggle through horrible tests…there is a whole lot of togetherness. My class isn’t actually that small, but since our town is, and because I vastly limit the people I spend my time with to people that I really like/enjoy the company of, it definitely feels that way. We’ve gotten super used to pretty much being half-clothed around each other + touching each other [professionally] because of OPP lab.

When most of your days are spent in and around school, it’s pretty inevitable to start thinking that this is just the way life goes. I was talking with a couple friends the other day and we all agreed that when we went home for winter break, all of us felt a disconnect between our friends. For me, it wasn’t really in a bad way, but as most of them are working now while I’m still slaving through another couple years of school, it was just different (and way more difficult to schedule mutually free hangout times).

That said, I’ve never really had much of a bubble when it comes to really close friends (especially 6F. there is no bubble anywhere to be seen with them). There isn’t much of one here either. I think we’ve reached the point where we can pretty much talk about anything and it wouldn’t be TMI. Case in point, we were studying sexual deviance/paraphilias/etc., so the other night, when I was with my study buddy, we went into a fairly in-depth discussion of that and ended up looking up some truly…unique ones (they were disturbing to us, but to each their own; there’s someone out there for everyone). If anyone went through our uncleared search engines, it’d be a bad time for all of us.

The one I have the biggest “problem” with, so to speak, is partialism, mostly because I don’t think that should actually be considered a paraphilia (“recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors that occur over period of > 6 months”). I’m sure that by those standards, most people would have some sort of partialism–what if you just really happened to like butts? (Pygophilia, in case you care.) This may have just been due to the way it was presented in the lecture though (wiki actually explains it a little better–it isn’t considered partialism if it’s not part of normative stimulation or doesn’t cause significant psychosocial distress for the person/detrimental effects on important errors of their life).

Our conversations have gotten pretty interesting.