First of all, I'd like to give you guys an update on the state of my apartment:
The apartment manager called to say that it's not possible for an AC unit to cool more than 20 degrees below the outside temperature, so when it's 107 outside I shouldn't expect it to get below 87. I don't buy it. I have too many friends in the area who don't live with that, and regardless, if it's 95 at 10:00 pm and my apartment is still at 83 something's wrong. Oh, and my fridge started leaking again.
But back to the food:
My brother came over yesterday and wanted to use the deep fryer, as usual. So we defrosted some chicken wings, went to the Asian grocery store to get shrimp, squid, and oysters, and cut up a potato and two carrots. None of this is ground breaking stuff as frequent readers will know, but this was by far the best job we've ever done. I fantasize about opening a beer garden in the hill country and serving mountains of fried food like this:
The one thing I'll add is that I finally got smart about how to apply the flower: I filled a small Tupperware about 1/4 full with flour, put in whatever I planned on coating, shook the heck out of it, and then removed them for the fryer. Wings (not breaded) fry for 7-8 minutes, Potatoes and Carrots (also not breaded) went in for 7 minutes, Shrimp and Oysters (both breaded) fried for 2, and Squid (breaded) fried for 4. Each one was fantastic.