This weekend was a little different since I was on call. Actually I was on “super” call because I was carrying the phone while the residents rested up for a big test on Saturday. As staff, I’m usually backup but not this time! I had two excellent consults, one of whom went to surgery on Saturday and one whom will go to surgery today. The residents were jealous because consults do not usually generate a 100% hit rate for surgery! Don’t get me wrong- I’m not wishing for people to need surgery but if they show up and need it, I’m glad I’m there!
I also watched the Pixar Short Film Piper. It just won an Oscar for Best Animation Short Film. How did I miss this when it came out!? It is so stinking cute AND it features my favorite type bird in the whole wide world- a SNOWY PLOVER!!
Another excellent link is an incredible “to-read” list courtesy of a literary interview with Zadie Smith.
Finally, I tried to make aquafaba and it was a success! Aquafaba is whipped/blended chickpea water, i.e. the liquid that drains from a can of chickpeas. A chef discovered it in 2012 and it is an incredible merengue/egg white substitute. I learned that it needs to be unadulterated if the merengue is to last though. Adding syrup for a sweetener makes it collapse pretty quickly. So, good things to know! I might not use it that often since 1. I eat eggs and 2. I don’t make a lot of merengue-containing dishes but it’s so cool to repurpose a previously discarded part and make it real food!