I had stir-fried broccoli for lunch today, using the recipe from the latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated as a guide.  The first time I made the stri-fry, I used the stated amount of red pepper flakes.  The second time out, I decided to go with jalapeno flakes instead.  The third time, today, I decided to bump up the heat by doubling the amount of jalapeno flakes.  It wasn’t until I sat down to eat that I realized I’d made a mistake.  I hadn’t used jalapeno flakes.  I’d used habanero instead.  It took my mouth a full hour to recover.

Then for dinner tonight, I made myself some angel hair pasta with sea urchin.  I used the package sea urchin sauce my friend Tomomi sent me from Tokyo, then supplemented that with some fresh sea urchin.  Some diced garlic, a little olive oil, and a touch of cream completed the dish.

Angel Hair Pasta with Sea Urchin

I also sampled two new (to me) fruit:

Prickly Pear and Passionfruit

Ashleigh was quite excited to hear I’d picked these up.  She gave me specific instructions on how to eat the prickly pear (warning against touching the fruit with my hands and, instead, telling me how to use a fork and knife to peel it), and referred to the passionfruit as snotfruit (“You’ll know why when you have one,”she assured me).

I thought the passionfruit (left) was nothing but an unpleasant mouthful of seeds - until I tasted the prickly pear! People actually enjoy these?!

The second half of SGU’s first season premieres in a matter of weeks (April 2nd to be exact on Syfy) and so, in preparation for the big event, I continue my ongoing peek at some of the design work that went into the show’s first ten episodes.  Today, we move on to episode #4, Fire…

Art Department Package - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Ext. Shuttle - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Ext. Shuttle Placement - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Stage 4 Layout - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Int. Destiny Mess - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Int. Destiny Kino Room - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Int. Shuttle - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Int. Shuttle - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Int. Shuttle - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Int. Shuttle - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.
Int. Destiny Gateroom - Stargate: Universe, Season One, Fire.

Congratulations.  Yet another episode title guessed.  For those of you keeping score:

Episode #6: TRIAL AND ERROR

Episode #7: THE GREATER GOOD

Episode #8: *A****

Episode #9: ???

Episode #10: RESURGENCE

Today’s entry is dedicated to PBMom, Deni and Summer!

Mailbag:

Charlie’s Angel writes: “Hi Joe — um, isn’t it ALEC Baldwin on 30 Rock?”

Answer: Right.  I meant Alec Baldwin.  Although Adam Baldwin is mighty terrific as well.

Cat4444 writes: “I’m wondering, though, if “Rob and Carl” spending their time watching director “Robert Carlyle” is in the same vein as “Adam” Baldwin on 30 Rock, or is he really directing an episode? If so, can you leak which one? Is it his first time as a director? Are you folks breaking him in gently, or just breaking him?”

Answer: Yep, Robert Carlyle is directing the first episode on the production schedule – which actually happens to be episode 4 in the airing schedule, Pathogen.  No need to be gentle with Bobby.  He’s incredibly well-prepared, knows the shots he wants and, more importantly, knows how to get them.  He’s also got a fantastic cast and crew backing him up.  And the dailies look great!

Rafael writes: “OMG!Erika Kennair is gorgeous!”

Answer: Yeah.  We noticed.  She’s also whip smart, witty, and an absolute sweetheart.

Brian M. White writes: “How are things gearing up on the SGA movie front?”

Answer: It’s been pretty quiet on the SGA movie front.  However, there have been rumblings on the SG-1 movie front.

Brian M. White also writes: “By the way…How has your mom been doing since she left rehabilitation?”

Answer: She’s at home and well on her way to recovery, exercising every day.

Pilota writes: “The entry with the exotic fruit was fun. Ever try a naranjillo? I had one years ago in Ecuador and it was quite tasty. As an added bonus – the inside kinda looked like tiny alien eggs.”

Answer: Sold!  I’ll have to track some down.

Niall McNamara writes: “I hope you can answer this question for me i talked to you a couple of moths ago my name is niall mcnamara, i am 14 and from britian what tips would you have of becomming a script writer because it has always been my dream to become one.”

Answer: First, I’d suggest picking up a good book on the craft of scriptwriting (I used Syd Field’s book when I was just getting started).  Once you’ve got a good idea of how a script is structured and formatted, watch a lot of film and television and pay attention to things like act structure, plotting, and dialogue.  Read scripts.  Hell, read anything!  Then, sit down and write your first script – be it based on an original idea or a spec based on an existing series.  Give it to people you trust and have them criticize your work.  If they have nothing but good things to say about it, then they’re wasting your time.  Find someone who isn’t afraid to be honest with you.  That’s the only way you’ll improve as a writer.  Keep watching.  Keep reading.  Keep writing.  Keep rewriting.  Start with that.

Michelle writes: “Joe, I’ve noticed your pics lately are sort of soft-focused and the lights blow out the rest of the image. Is that on purpose to make everyone look younger or do you need to have one of your many local camera experts have a look at yours.”

Answer: How perceptive of you.  I’m now on my third camera.  Maybe I’m due for another upgrade.

Joel writes: “I’m pretty sure that this is not your department, but I’ll aks you anyway if there’s a chance that the right department will hear about this (*hint, hint*).  Do you know if there will be a region 2 blu-ray release of SGU season one for us europeans?”

Answer: Sorry, Joel.  Not my department.

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annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

Wow, passionfruit is new to you? Here in oorrrstraylia it’s common to see it growing in people”s back yards..have you seen the flowers of the passionfruit vine? Exquisite!!

arcticbook
arcticbook

Hello,

I don’t suppose you can elaborate on the “rumblings” of the SG1 movie can you????????

Rafael
Rafael

As a native from Brazil, as the passionfruit itself, I need to recommend you to the passion fruit mousse:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/brazilian-passion-fruit-mousse-maracuja/detail.aspx

There is nothing better as a dessert in the whole universe.

Andrew
Andrew

Joe,

I figured it out: Kevin Spacey should play you in a biopic.

That’s all,

Andrew

Sheryl
Sheryl

Joe, ya better NOT be fooling with us! For you to say there have been SG-1 grumblings, means something is up! Am I reading this wrong? It would be a nice thing to look foward to!! WELL, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY,young man?? Sheryl.

majorsal
majorsal

joe/Answer: It’s been pretty quiet on the SGA movie front. However, there have been rumblings on the SG-1 movie front.

SQUEEEEEE!!! grin

this is water for a seriously dehydrated sg1 fan (and s/j shipper fan!)! thanks for the gallon of H2O, joe! :p

ZeroPointBatteries
ZeroPointBatteries

Hey Joe,

I believe that #8 is Sanity

Also I picked up the first half of sgu yesterday and am pleased that I like it even better than before, especially without comercials. Glad to hear there is at least some tal about the sg1 movie, now we just need atlantis and all will be right again. On that front, any chance cookie monster will let be borrow $2000 for the ZPM on ebay?!?!?!?

Glad to hear your mom is on the mend,

-ZPB

mamasue9
mamasue9

The pectin in the prickly pear lowers the bad cholesterol level without affecting the good cholesterol level. The prickly pear is also good for stabilizing blood sugar.

Regularamanda
Regularamanda

“Brian M. White writes: “How are things gearing up on the SGA movie front?”

Answer: It’s been pretty quiet on the SGA movie front. However, there have been rumblings on the SG-1 movie front.”

That’s great news to hear about the SG-1 movie! grin Thanks for keeping us updated Mr. Mallozzi smile “Rumblings” are way better than it being quiet!

Evan
Evan

You mentioned rumblings on the SG-1 movie front. What sort of rumblings have been made?

DP
DP

Passionfruit grew on the property where I lived in Ky. I don’t remember it being yellow. You just break the skin and slurp out the contents. Chewing is not recommended because the good flavor is the tiny bit of juice between the seeds. You have to slurp it fast to get the experience. I liked them fine.

Niall Mcnamara
Niall Mcnamara

Hi Joe,
Thanks for the info and i will really take what you said in thank you and if you dont mind me asking, if i did want to become a scrpit writer how would i go about it. like i have all the stargate sg1 and Atlantis dvd and i do love watching them, the episodes gave me and idea so a couple of months ago i made a story for SGU and i would like an opinion from a professional writer such as yourself so if you ever can read over it i would be deeply greatful. also one more thing would it be possible for me to bedome a script writer if i wanted to. Please tell me the truth.

PS. sorry for being such a pain in the backside.

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

HOLY COW!!!!!! Thanks for the destiny designs. Wow!! I can’t believe how small stage 4 is. Again it blew my mind. You make the set feel so large but it’s not.

YEsssssssssssssssssssss! Advancement on the movie front!!!! This is goood new for the campaign.

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

Maddog1995
Maddog1995

So I admit I fell behind watching SGU, but I had it all saved on my DVR. Unfortunately, I switched cable carriers, and had to turn in my DVR with those unwatched episodes. Any chance SyFy will be doing any marathons before the show starts again?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Evening, sir…

It’s ‘spring ahead’ here for us, so it’s really after midnight and I should be in bed. I hate this time change stuff. Does your time change as well?

We had a big storm pass through today – we were okay, the worst past just north of us and a big crane on a casino in Atlantic City fell, and a house there collapsed because of the winds. We just got a bit of rain and wind, no biggie. Still, it was a good excuse to stay in and catch up on comics, and a little Elric.

Oh! Speaking of Elric – there was this line in the book that just made me lol – Arioch calls Elric his ‘poorly pigmented pet’. lol Of course, that line also reminded me of Todd…

Onto food – I made a simple chicken salad today for dinner since hubby had to work. Just chicken breast, seedless grapes, celery and a little mayo, salt and pepper. I can’t season things too much because Mr. Das prefers bland food. So I sent him off to work with the bland stuff, and then added curry powder to mine – it was yum!

Joe – your jalapeno/habanero flakes mistake reminds me of jerk chicken I made a while back. I love heat, too, and I especially love Busha Browne’s jerk seasoning (wet herb) – it’s delish!

http://www.bushabrowne.com/authentic_jerk.php

It’s also pretty darn hot. But I like hot! Hot’s good! So…instead of adding the 1-2 teaspoons to a pound of meat that it recommends, I decided to add…ya know…a couple tablespoons. razz Wowweeeeee! Set my mouth on fire! Aaaand…I loved it! grin Busha Browne’s is really good stuff.

Nite, sir!

das

Deni
Deni

Thank you, Joe! Summer and Deni smile

amconway
amconway

Prickly pear is nicer if you cut it in slices–and it can’t be so ripe that it’s totally smushy. It should still be sort of juicy

Ashley RV
Ashley RV

Thanks for all these pictures of the set – though I’d got it into my head that the Destiny set was massive – there must be some epic redressing that goes on between shots :O

Bailey
Bailey

I’m happy about the SG1 rumblings, but mighty sad that no noise on the SGA front. I’d MUCH rather have a SGA movie to complete the story than a third SG1. But I sure hope both will eventually be filmed.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Answer: “It’s been pretty quiet on the SGA movie front. However, there have been rumblings on the SG-1 movie front.”

Yeah, I was afraid of that. I have little hope of ever seeing an SGA movie. Atlantis seems to be the franchise’s red-headed stepchild, which saddens me because I still love the Wraith, and…well…probably not going to see them ever again. I was hoping for one last hurrah. Oh well…at least I still have Elric. wink

I just haven’t been able to get into Universe like I did Atlantis; it’s just a show to me, but not *the* show I look forward to. I sometimes put on a good front, but I’ve never been able to feel the same excitement over this new show, and if I’m not really into something, it’s hard for me to discuss it. I just watch the eps, say a few things (‘Woo! That was fun!’ or ‘No more closet sex!’), but that’s as far as it goes for me. The Stargate ‘thrill’ is gone. Maybe the second half of the season will change that, but right now I have no real passion for the show, and I think it shows in my comments and involvement in discussions relating to it. I want to be excited, but I know I’m forcing that excitement. It feels like I’m 13, trying to fall in love with the 60-year old fat bald guy my parents just arranged for me to marry. razz

It makes me a bit sad because all I need to do is spend a few minutes in the Wraith Defenders Thread at GW, and all my passion and excitement comes right back…then I realize it’s all for naught because the thing I loved most about SG isn’t coming back. Joe, I guess that was the best way to kill the Wraith – just cancel the show, and shelve the movie. sad

Yeah, now I’ve gone and bummed myself out. sad (For you British folks, ‘bummed’ has nothing to do with my behind. wink )

das

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

I stubbled upon this very embarassing pictures of Tiger. Called it ” what a cheating husband looks like after being caught… and the whole planet knows about it”
http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2010/03/report_elin_handed_pill_bottleto_cops_after_the_crash.php

wouldn’t want to be him…

Jimmy
Jimmy

Joe, en ce moment vous publiez plein de dessins de production mais avons nous une chance de voir un jour les premiers dessins du Destiny sur votre blog ?

Anais33

Coucou Joseph! ça va bien? Moi super smile
J’ai appris que vous alliez chez votre mére pour Pâques! C’est chouette!

Merci pour toutes ces photos :)!! J’ n’ai jamais manger ces drôles fruits O_O, je ne suis pas trop fruits exotiques.

Passez une bonne journée!
Bisou
Je vous adore!!!!!! ♥

pastrygirl
pastrygirl

Hey Joe!

Nice to see you experimenting with new foods… most of us in the Southwest don’t EAT prickly pear per se, we use the juice in things. Prickly pear margaritas, syrup, candies, sorbet etc. Waiting for mine in the side yard to actually produce fruit, and hoping it won’t take years….

Are you still taking questions for Jamil? If so:

It’s obvious that Greer has some issues, and perhaps some trouble with anger management…. have they given you the backstory /reasons, or have you had to develop a motivation in your mind for him? Do you have to draw on something that actually makes you angry like in method acting, or can you just produce the desired effect?

Waiting to see if Greer gets to punch out Telford, too….

Lisa

BMc
BMc

Uh… wasn’t Ep4 called Light, not Fire? Or have I lost track completely?