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What I made

December 10th, 2007  |  Published in Uncategorized

I’ve always wondered who actually makes Facebook applications and now I know. My super-talented friend Jeff has custom-fitted and rolled out quite a few, including the I Made This app, which is a cute and inspiring programme which lets you share what you’ve made with other people – whether it’s meals or zines or music. You can leave instructions for folks who want to follow in your creative footsteps and replicate your invention or let people know how they can buy what you’ve whipped up (if it is a CD or zine or piece of art). No one’s put a pricetag on anything yet, most things are edible eye-candy-only items or for trade.

I might put up some zines or mix tapes eventually but in the meantime, I’ve uploaded two meals I’ve made in the last week – both inspired by everyone’s favourite food blog, Chocolate and Zucchini. The first was an adaptation of her Cha Soba salad (which is a great post-work meal to dish up – with convenient leftover value if you live on your lonesome). I just added pine nuts instead of sesame seeds, skipped the tofu-cooking step (and threw in some pre-marinated tofu instead) and added some asparagus spears that I blanched with the green tea noodles.

Pictured up top is my “What’s In My Grocery Basket” remix version of her Oeuf Cocotte. I used ricotta cheese as the base (sadly cos it was the least exxy soft cheese I could find), threw in diced shiitake mushrooms, tomato and asparagus, cracked an egg over it and carefully steered it into the oven in the mini-bainmarie as Clotilde instructs you to set up. Then, after it was cooked, I added shaved parmesan, with bits of fresh mint, oregano and basil (also known as the “What’s Still Growing On My Balcony” herbal sampler). My adaptation was OK – but next time, I think I’ll use a more savoury cheese (I really wanted to splash out on a goat’s cheese fetta, but the wallet only stretches so far until payday…)

I’m enjoying the list of other people’s edible creations on What I Made: which currently includes everything from Breakfast Burritos to Green Tea Cupcakes to a Post-Election Celebratory 8-spread Bagel.

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Hi, I'm Lee Tran Lam. When not blogging with my mouth full, I'm usually writing, presenting Local Fidelity on FBi radio, making zines, producing podcasts or continually breaking promises about how I really am gonna get through my book pile one day.

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