Spinach Gratin with Hard Boiled Eggs

•10/22/2012 • Leave a Comment

Spinach Gratin with Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour

If you want, you can also sauté some chopped onion, and/or a persillade of minced garlic and parsley to mix in with the cooked spinach and béchamel. Either way. Without these aromatics, a cleaner flavor of the spinach comes through.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of fresh spinach, cleaned (or 24 ounces of frozen spinach, thawed and drained)
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, or 3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg if you aren’t starting with a whole nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese (about 1 ounce)
  • 6 hard boiled eggs*
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp seasoned bread crumbs**
  • Olive oil

*To hard boil eggs, place eggs in a 2-quart saucepan and cover with at least an inch of cold water. Bring the water to a boil, remove the pan from heat, and cover. Let sit for 10-12 minutes, covered. Then run under cold water to keep from overcooking. Crack the shells while the eggs are still under water and let sit for a while to cool before peeling.

**To make your own bread crumbs, take a few slices of day old bread and toast either in a toaster or in the oven until browned, then pulse in a food processor or blender until you have crumbs. Stir in a little herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning and a little salt to taste.

Method

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1 If working with fresh spinach, blanche the spinach in boiling water for 1 minute, drain and run cool water over it to cool it down. Press as much water as you can out of the spinach. (A good way to do this is to put the drained spinach in the center of a large, clean tea towel, wrap it with the towel, and wring the moisture out by wringing the towel.) Chop the spinach. Place in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and set aside while you make the béchamel.

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2 Heat milk in a medium saucepan until steamy, set aside. In a separate saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour, whisking the mixture until smooth, about a minute or two. Remove from heat. Slowly pour in the hot milk, whisking the whole time so that the mixture is not lumpy. Continue to whisk until there are no lumps. Return the pan to heat and let heat to a simmer, continuing to whisk to keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan. The béchamel sauce will thicken as it cooks. Sprinkle in the ground nutmeg and black pepper.

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3 Stir the thickened béchamel sauce into the bowl of spinach.

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4 Grease the inside of a 2-quart gratin pan or casserole all around with a little butter. Pour the spinach béchamel mixture into a gratin pan, and even out the surface. Sprinkle the surface with the grated Gruyere cheese. Slice the hard boiled eggs in half, and arrange, cut side up, on the surface of the spinach mixture. Press into the spinach mixture so that the cut side of the eggs are level with the spinach. Sprinkle with 3 to 4 tablespoons of seasoned bread crumbs. Drizzle the top with a tablespoon or so of olive oil. At this point you can make the gratin a day ahead and chill until ready to cook to serve.

5 Bake, uncovered, in a 375°F oven for 25-30 minutes, until nicely browned.

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Clever Billboard Ads

•10/21/2012 • Leave a Comment

This is a series of brilliant billboard ads dedicated to promoting science in Vancouver, by Science World Museum in collaboration with Rethink Canada…I wonder which cool ideas the Academy of Science in San Fransisco could  come up with. This is awesome:)

Nicki Minaj – The Boys ft. Cassie (Official Video) Premiere 2012

•10/18/2012 • Leave a Comment

The new video from Nicki Minaj ft. Cassie – The Boys just dropped. I feel like the setting is barbie town, but Cassie is looking good though!

Turn Zippers Into Great Accessories

•10/18/2012 • 1 Comment

Turning unconventional materials into wearable accessories is awesome. Today, it’s tackling zippers! Here are 5 simple, beautiful ways to create bracelets, cuffs, and bangles out of metal, plastic, and repurposed zippers.

Materials:
– zippers
– E-6000 quick hold contact adhesive
– velcro or snap buttons
– leather crimps + clasps
– Tools: needle nose pliers, sharp scissors

First thing to do is get your zippers! You can get them for $1 a piece. And if you’re really on a repurposing kick, you can steal one from an old hoodie or that dirty windbreaker you’ve been hanging on to since the late ’80s.

1. Zipper Bangles

These bangles are sweet, and have a definite friendship bracelet vibe.

Use colored zippers for these, in whatever colors you like. Cut close to the zip so that there’s almost no fabric on the sides and measure around your wrist. Cut any excess zipper but make sure it can still zip!

Attach cord ends so that you can add a clasp and loop. Repeat with each color and you’re done!

 

2. Braided Cuff

For this one, you’ll want a zipper with some contrast.

Here is a  black zipper with gold teeth. Cut it in half and then unzip so you have four pieces. Discard one. Clamp three with a leather crimp and braid! Add a crimp to the other end, clasp, and done.

 

3. Denim Bracelet

This one is silly simple!

Get a zipper with a more interesting material like denim. Cut it down to the size of your wrist. Clamp one end and twist. Clamp the other end. Zip or unzip, and rock it!

Found on Brit& Co.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept

•10/01/2012 • 1 Comment

 

 

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Wagon concept

Back in the present day, Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo wagon is debuting at the 2012 Paris auto show as a concept—but the clever sort of concept that will be on showroom floors in a year or two. The new rear end might not add a ton of cargo capacity, but it’s a clean, sexy design in comparison to the soggy mess of a tail on the current Panamera. The Sport Turismo incorporates thin, 911-style taillights connected—as they are on the new Carrera 4—with a horizontal bar. The design of the lower part of the Sport Turismo’s rear isn’t terribly imaginative, but it does help to minimize what’s objectively a lot of mass. From the rear-three-quarter angle, one could easily mistake this car for a dropped-and-chopped Cayenne SEMA car.

I really hope the Sport Turismo, with its sculpted and more muscular fascia, also previews stylistic changes to the rest of the Panamera range. Other details aren’t really appropriate for production, such as the flush door handles and the bullet cameras in place of side mirrors, but they could signal Porsche’s realization that the current Panamera looks bloated both in profile and in decoration.

Plug It In

Porsche continues its participation in the industry-wide green jihad with the Sport Turismo, showcasing a plug-in hybrid-electric powertrain that’s very likely production ready. The “e-hybrid” system is an evolution of the hybrid setup in the Cayenne and Panamera, with the Sport Turismo said to have an all-electric range of more than 18 miles and an electric-only top speed of 81 mph. Unlike its siblings, the Sport Turismo’s battery pack consists of lithium-ion cells, and the electric motor has been upgraded from 46 hp to 95. The corporate VW/Porsche/Audi 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 sticks around unchanged from the existing Cayenne S and Panamera S hybrids, and combined with the electric motor, total system output is said to be 416 hp.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Wagon concept

The current Porsche hybrid system delivers great road performance—we clocked a Cayenne S hybrid at 5.7 seconds to 60—but Porsche hybrids generally have languid sales performance. So far this year, Porsche has shifted just 323 Panamera and 798 Cayennes gas-electrics in the U.S., according to the market research firm Baum & Associates, which publishes monthly hybrid sales at HybridCars.com.

Regardless of what ends up powering it, I expect the Sport Turismo will in fact enter production. There’s a small chance that Porsche is simply using this concept to introduce front-end styling that will appear on a face-lifted or next-gen Panamera, but I am thinking a company that produces more than 20 variants of the 911 won’t suddenly grow gun-shy.

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Chris Brown – Don’t Judge Me (OFFICIAL VIDEO).

•09/27/2012 • Leave a Comment

The singer JUST released the video for his new single Don’t Judge Me, and it is a big ball of explosions, space monsters, and trying to show everyone that they were wrong about Breezy! Do you judge him?!

 

The Contemporary Hillside House by SB Architects.

•09/27/2012 • Leave a Comment

Designed  by San Francisco-based SB Architects, an international firm well-known for the design of site-sensitive resort and mixed-use projects around the world, and built by well-known green builder McDonald Construction & Development, this home is a statement of what is possible combining “high design with high sustainability.” Nestled in the hills of Mill Valley, California, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Hillside House has just received certification as the first LEED for Homes Platinum custom home in Marin County, and one of only a handful in Northern California. Photograpghy by Mariko Reed.

 

The four-story home – clad with beautiful, sustainable Western Red Cedar siding – is set on a steep hillside site that provides for a very vertical design with living and private zones situated on multiple separate floors. Numerous outdoor and covered terraces and balconies capitalize on stunning views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline beyond.

 
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