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The Autobiography of Russell
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Dreams, sunburns, & food
It's 2am and I'm awake.

I had an unusually interesting dream (think movie plot worthy) yet for some reason decided it was time to wake up. A reoccurring theme in my dreams is the desire to do something (such as kicking someone attacking me, or jumping out of the way of something) yet the inability to actually do it; I'll attempt it and it's like my body, in the dream, will fail to respond completely to what I'm thinking it should do. In response to a worsening situation I will usually decide to wake up soon after that.

Part of the reason I'm up at 2am in particular is because I actually went to bed soon after 10pm last night. We went swimming earlier in the evening so I was very tired. These next few days will also be very interesting, considering I wasn't wearing any sunscreen (my bad) and we were in the pool for a couple of hours. I'm a little red so far, but mostly it's just a moderate desire to have cool air or items on my skin.

I need to decide on a cream sauce and breaded chicken (bread crumbs with Italian seasoning?) recipe for this evening's meal. I'm thinking I'll prepare it by taking a 9x13 pan with a layer of pre-cooked angel hair pasta on the bottom, add the cream sauce at about half ratio of the pasta, plop a few breaded chickens on top, some sliced ham, and put that in the oven for a little bit. Once it comes out and is served on individual plates I'll add the little lettuce leaves on top. This would scale really well for more servings.

It's 2:40am and I'm heading back to bed.

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vaelynphi From: vaelynphi Date: August 15th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've always been told that dreamy plots in some way are projections of subconscious beliefs. I'm not sure I buy that, but it's certainly easy to read into things that are as vague, yet personal, as dreams.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: August 15th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm now starting to think the reason I have trouble moving in the dream is because I'm already starting to wake up, know it or not, and so my dream control versus body control is in the middle of switching (potentially (stopping me from?) kicking anyone who happens to be nearby. :-P

I've heard that as well. I'm really not sure I believe it either. My dreams are always very detailed, rarely with anything to do with anything going on in my life.

One time in a after-class dream interpretation session for my psychology class I heard several students describe their dreams as simple as 'California breaking away from the rest of the country', whereas my dreams (when I have/remember them) are always so vivid that I can write a page or two with the details and interactions.
vaelynphi From: vaelynphi Date: August 16th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Hrm; given that dream-time is often very different from realtime, your explanation actually makes quite a lot of sense. I'm sad I hadn't thought of it first! Heh.

My dreams are fairly plain insofar as I rarely have a dream that doesn't fit into a small group of categories. The closest to meaningful they ever get is when I have an angry dream after having been angry; I've woken up from dreams very sad, or very frightened before, so emotional states apparently carry pretty well.

If I don't write mine down soon after waking, they're mostly gone forever; only repetitive or repeat dreams stick in my head, though there are occasional exceptions.
claytonzjones From: claytonzjones Date: August 15th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
In regards to the chicken:

I would only put the breaded chicken straight into the oven if they're precooked. If you're breading the chicken yourself you're going to want to lightly fry it for about 5 min. on each side before putting it in the oven.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: August 15th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
None of the 'baked breaded chicken' recipes I've reviewed mentioned pre-cooking them a bit, although they have them baking for 45 minutes (plus cheese and extras to the crumb mixture). Would that make a difference to getting them done enough just using the oven (without cheese+extras), or should I go ahead and pre-cook them and put them in the oven for less time?

I'll probably be starting to cook dinner in half an hour.
From: claytonzjones Date: August 15th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
While the chicken will cook through in the oven like that, the biggest and best reason to pre-cook is for texture. It will have a nice crispy exterior rather than being softer in the oven.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: August 15th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
So bread, pre-cook, then oven, OR pre-cook, bread, then oven?

I would think that bread then pre-cook would leave it kind of greasy from the skillet. I was also thinking that cooking them in the oven would allow the heat to leech away the moisture, leaving the breaded part crispier. I have no actual experience with this process, though, so I'm just experimenting semi-blindly. XD

At the very least I'll ask the in-house cook about each part of the process to see if she has any suggestions.

PS: We figured out the "lettuce" on top is actually Spinach leaves. Mmm... :-)
From: claytonzjones Date: August 15th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bread, then pre-cook. And the reason why the breading moisture doesn't get leeched out is the sauce on the pasta... it's basically going to be steaming the chicken that's resting on top of it. Personally, I've gone both ways and preferred the texture of pre-frying. I usually make Chicken Parm when it comes to baking breaded chicken in the oven.

Also, frying breading that has cheese in it will crisp the cheese rather than melting the cheese by cooking in the oven. And I always pat my chicken breast after pre-cooking to reduce the oil retained. :-P

Just sharing my insights.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: August 15th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool, thanks. These are very helpful pointers for this and future projects.

What I think I'll end up doing is preparing each layer independent of the others, then layering them on the serving plate (or altogether in a large baking pan after they're all done cooking). So basically I'll boil the angel hair pasta separately, then add the sauce when everything else is ready. Etc.
From: anarchomo Date: August 16th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Dreams started making sense to me when I got into literary criticism. Dreams are like novels, they have symbols, references, layers of meaning. Now I find mine so obvious that I don't share because it would be embarrassing.

I read an article a while back about fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons. Someone the author interviewed said she quit playing because players were saying so much about themselves with their choice of characters and stories. It was embarrassing to her.

Reading dreams takes the kind of logic that us geeky boys tend to be naturally bad at: you have to be as non-literal as possible. Which is why that woman found gaming too awkward: the other players didn't know how to think that way so they didn't realize what they were saying.
lakeguy From: lakeguy Date: August 16th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
catching dreams are always an interesting thing
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