- Date: Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 9pm
- Location: Somerville, MA
- Kitchen: My Apartment
- Dining Companions: Lauren, Marco, Jacob, Izzet, Fumei, Samit, etc...
- Recipe Rating: B+
Lauren had a dinner party last week and I offered to bring dessert. I picked this tart because it seemed appropriate for the very summery weather we were having. It was pretty good. I'm not sure I had ever eaten a tart quite like this one before. The mixture of cooked blueberries and uncooked blueberries was very atypical, but worked really well. I am generally skeptical of recipes with gelatin, but this tart wasn't overly gelatinous at all. It was also nice that the crust had more of a shortbread taste and texture rather than a typical pate brisee, especially since the blueberry filling was not very sweet. The whipped cream was a wonderful compliment to the tart. Most people seemed to like this dessert quite a lot, although Izzet did comment that he would rather have just had a bowl full of bluberries! There was also some disagreement about the level of sweetness. Several people liked that it wasn't too sweet, but at least one person thought it wasn't sweet enough! It just goes to show that you can never please everyone!
I spoke in the Topology Summer Seminar today at MIT. It went pretty well. The nice thing about giving talks is that afterwards you feel a concrete sense of accomplishment. I think most people have more of that in their job than research mathematicians do. Doing research mathematics involves a lot of long-term projects, and on a day-to-day basis not a whole lot of progress is always made. So it's easy to feel like weeks, or months go by without really getting anything done. It's not true of course -- even trying and failing to do something is making progress in a way. But, it can be discouraging. Writing and giving a talk is very concrete though. You work on it, you give it, and then it's over and you feel that you accomplished something! That feeling of accomplishment is something that I really have come to treasure. Maybe that's part of why I like cooking, and in particular, cake decorating. You put effort in to the food, and in the end you have something very concrete to show for it. This evening I am going to enjoy the feeling of having finished something, while eating at Cuchi Cuchi with Mike, Vero, and Phillipe!