It’s hot. Really hot. And I love it.
It’s actually not all that hot, but it will be in the 90’s all week. Although it’s comfortable enough to chill outside, it’s finally warm enough for my dad to turn on our AC. If there’s anything my dad likes, it’s extremities. Seriously, walk outside and it’s almost 100 degrees, but walk back inside the house and I swear it’s like summer doesn’t even exist. What is summer? It’s 60 degrees in my house and I’m freeeezing.
I waited all year long to come home to a warm and sunny climate. I’ve been here two months and I already feel like I’m back in Boston. Yesterday, I had to put on a sweatshirt. A SWEATSHIRT IN JULY. IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. What is this life?? Winter followed me into July.
This summer winter has reminded me of something - how friggin cold it gets (especially for a Californian) in the beautiful Boston winter. I thought, why not make the best of this and learn to make soup - while it’s still warm enough to go outside and buy groceries, that is.
So here it is: Salmon vegetable chowder to get you through the winter.
4 slices bacon
6 chopped shallots
6 medium diced carrots
1/3 cup chopped dill
3 medium gold potatoes
10 oz sliced white mushrooms
10 oz brussel sprouts
2 egg yolks
1 cup half-and-half
3 tbsp dry white wine (or lemon juice!)
¾ lb salmon fillet (in 2 in. pieces)
4 cups water
1 tsp salt
Cook the bacon for 5 minutes in a saucepan, then add the shallots and half of the dill until the shallots are soft. It shouldn’t take longer than 3-4 minutes.
Add the potatoes, carrots, water and salt. Leave to cook until the potatoes and carrots are soft and tender, about 6-7 minutes. Next add the brussel sprouts and leave for another 6 minutes.
Start to whisk the egg yolks, half-and-half, and wine in a separate bowl.
Add the salmon to the pan and let it cook for 2-4 minutes, until it’s a little dark. Stir in the egg and wine mixture gently into the pan until it thickens slightly. After 1 or 2 minutes, add a pinch of salt and pepper then top it off with the remaining dill.
This takes a little longer than my usual recipes, but I swear it’s worth it. It’ll make you forget, for just a little while, how cold it is outside. Or in my case right now, inside.
School, major and year: A&S, Economics, 2015
HometownRancho Cucamonga, California
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? We keep it fresh. It’s drippin with swagger and is home to some of the coolest cats on campus. The Gavel is always fun and I’ve met nothing short of amazing people and writers here.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I’d start by getting some coffee and a personalized omelet at Mac. Then we’d go lose our voices at a football game and wear our super awesome Superfan shirts. We would then go see one of the amazing Acapella groups perform. We’d get some Mac N Cheese from the Rat for lunch. We would go see My Mother’s Fleabag for an awesome good time. Then we’d take a break and visit the dorms (i.e. sit in my room and watch Mean Girls…because Mean Girls.). We would then go to a hockey game, then to the Mods, and end the night at Late Night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? Eat your vegetables and take a lot of pictures.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? The Rat
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? That delicious Simply Orange juice the dining halls always have stocked. This and a personal pizza topped with ketchup. Judge all you want, but ketchup on pizza is the best thing to happen since Game of Thrones.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? “I Always Knew” by the Vaccines
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? I was Minnie Mouse as a kid. Not trying to brag, but I rocked the ears off that costume.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Del Taco
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Easy. Harry Potter. (I’m assuming) I’d get to go to Hogwarts, be a wizard AND be friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s a win win, for me anyway. If I can’t be a wizard then i’d be friends with the main characters from This Is The End.