Monday, August 23, 2010
Soup for brains
My head is currently swamped with too much everything - I've barely even cooked a meal in the last week which is quite unusual and also troubling. The first part of B Semester is over and there's a two week break with no tutorials, so I get a break from that but not from my thesis and the due date (November 5th) is looming. I broke out of my cooking strike today and made my favourite Thai soup: Tom kha gai, loosely adapted from this recipe. I used free-range chicken and added in lots more veges - something my diet has been lacking lately. I also made a start on pumpkin soup that I make with lots of fish sauce, coriander and coconut cream, but my wrist is sore from attacking the giant pumpkin, probably something I could have done better had I been very angry or frustrated at the time.
I'm currently trying to find blog posts to analyse for my thesis, but there are so many good ones it's really hard to choose. I want to get a good selection so that I can look at a wide range of themes; personal and political, scientific and lay discourses etc... Aside from the blogs I'm trying to get my thesis into better shape - re-organising it so that it makes more sense. I still have a few sections that need to be written, although Sandra and Johanna have been helping me with their fantastically usable comments about women in the kitchen and food blogging and empowerment and so on. I'm probably at a stage where I need to have a big break and let my mind compost all the information that seems to be coming at me from everywhere, but I'm starting to get anxious about deadlines so I'm going to try to get at least a passable amount of writing done. I find that when I sit down and work I make heaps of progress...