So we're finally beginning a new semester.
One thing I enjoy enormously is cooking. Having the apartment-style dorms that we do, I have an entire kitchen at my disposal to indulge this passion. I've also learned over the past semester is just how well food brings people together. So, I decided that a potluck would be just the thing to welcome new people to Shimer and welcome old people back. You very rarely find people who dislike food, and with a potluck everyone brings something so there's enough for everyone and not just one person sweating the entire thing. It's also a very Shimerian atmosphere--get everyone around a table and we start talking. Class is one thing, but outside of class the discussions are looser, more casual, not quite as focused at getting to the heart of things, but even that lack of direction sometimes leads to unexpected revelations. Some of the best discussions I've had at Shimer have been outside of class.
In any case, food is a good way to spark them! So we got everyone in my room and suddenly there was an enormous quantity of food everywhere.
I am vegan, so everything I make is vegan. Among the food that I made, this little dessert, with the help of a good friend, turned out very well:
They're called petit fours, and are really miniature cakes. The recipe is challenging, but worth it.
Everyone had a great deal of fun--there were probably twenty people at its peak points, which for my small room is enormous-- but possibly the moment that took the cake--literally--was the entrance of the boar's head:
My good friend Phthalo, shown in the picture, decided to celebrate the post-pagan-Christmas way, and composed a boar's head made entirely of gingerbread cake, icing and fruit--all vegan. You'll have to ask him for the songs that go along with it, but the boar's head was a symbol of the sun, that would die and be resurrected each day, as the sun sets and rises daily.
Together we defied the post-holiday/break blues and rang in the new semester in a thoroughly unconventional and fun way. It doesn't get much better than that.