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|Tuesday, February 17th, 2009|
Kids, rice pudding. That is what is on my mind. It has been all winter long. Unfortunately, due to my minor lactose intolerance, I never have milk in the house! Oh crisis! how to resolve thee? Mainly I have been content with contemplating rice pudding then realizing that I don't have any milk in the house and then not wanting to buy milk. Then my mind wanders off to kitties or hand lotion or Lupe Fiasco. But last week my favorite food blog, Chocolate & Zucchini, chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2009/02/simple_rice_pudding.php#more
, posted a recipe for rice pudding!
I really like that Clotilde made the pudding the way that I like to, no ovens! A lot of recipes call for you to cook the rice and then combine it with the milk and sugar, etc. and then bake it. Blurg, I say, too many dirty dishes! And I don't really care for a crust on my rice pudding. So stovetop it is! However, Clotilde's recipe calls for 1 quart (ie 4 cups) of milk to 3/4 c. rice. That is far too much milk, I'll be doing 2 cups to 3/4 rice as another recipe that I have recommends.
I love the simple comfort of rice pudding, but I consider a think layer of cinnamon on top to be a necessity! Once I added raisins that I had rehydrated in some port, those were heavenly. I also love Indian-style rice pudding, so I've been thinking about flavoring this batch with cardamom and ground almonds.
Of course, none of this actually means that I will be making rice pudding, but those are my thoughts on the matter. What think you, gentle folk?
|Sunday, January 11th, 2009|
Well, this idea of posting more has really worked out, hasn't it? It's been over a month since my first and last post. woo for dedication!
This morning I woke up and decided to make an omelet. Actually, I think I went to bed thinking about making one, but the decision was fully formed when I woke up this morning. Also, I had all the appropriate fixin's: lunchmeat ham, part of a red bell pepper, an onion, and a smallish bit of cheddar.
So I chopped all that junk up real fine (except the cheese!), sauteed them in olive oil, and seasoned with salt and herbes de provence. [side note: I got a gift card to whole foods for christmas from my work and I used it to buy extravagant things I don't normally buy, like herbes de provence and fancy cheese] [other side note: herbes de provence always sound so exotic to me]
Then I added 2 beaten eggs, cooked that shit up. I feel I should add that even though I've been making omelets for years now, I'm still shit at flipping my omelets. I think it's because I put in too much filling, but they're so good!
Anyway, I totally destroyed the omelet flipping it, but whatevs, it still takes good. So I topped it with some shredded cheddar and a few drops of hot sauce.
|Monday, November 24th, 2008|
|Food food food
I have decided to follow the inspiration of the dear Allison and refocus this blog. I do a lot of thinking about food and cooking. I also like to do a lot of internet research before making a new recipe. But who out there will listen to my wandering thoughts? The blogpublic, that's who. Also, I hope to use this as a memory aid for future recipes.
Et voila, on commence!
Tonight for dinner I made one of my favorite fast, and few dirty dish creating, meals: pasta with pesto and shrimp.
Ingredients: your favorite shaped pasta, frozen shrimp (I like the uncooked because they're cheaper and I feel like I'm actually cooking), frozen peas, pre-made pesto.
I usually take out a portion of frozen shrimp and put them in a bowl of water to defrost, then I putter of the internet for a while. 10-15 min is usually enough. Then I start boiling the pasta, but! Because I am lazy, I set the timer for a few minutes longer than recommended. When there are about 4 min left I throw in the peas and shrimp. Everything cooks together and I strain it all in the colander. Then a few hearty spoonfuls of pesto (the good refrigerated kind, not the bottled, I got that kind once and it had a bizarre straw-like texture, not cool), mixed usually on the plate. Et voila! A yummy one-plate dinner. If I have a lemon in the fridge, I will sometimes do a nice little squeeze of juice, but it's not necessary.
I considered using different veg. I have a nice mix of green beans, yellow beans and carrots from Trader Joe's that I thought of using, but I didn't want to chance it not working out. Tonight was all about comfort food not experimentation.
|Tuesday, November 4th, 2008|
|Election night drinkies
I had thought of having a few Moscow Mules (vodka, lime juice, ginger beer) tonight but then I got the to liquor store and, boy howdy!, hard liquor is expensive. So instead I got a nice Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. I will either be celebrating or mourning tonight. Here's hoping for celebration with the Big O.
OMG! dirty! Barack Obama. Jeez, get your minds out of the gutter.
|Thursday, September 18th, 2008|
|A book found
Success! The book has been identified. And by one of my Facebook friends. tsk tsk LJ friends, I'm afraid that you just lost a point in the ongoing "best online friends" competition.
The book is: Being of Two Minds by Pamela F. Service. I highly recommend that you read it.
|Friday, September 12th, 2008|
|A book request
Hello LJ friends,
For a long time I have been trying to remember the title of a book that I read in middle or high school and I can't for the life of me.
It was about an American high school girl who was psychically/mentally connected with this boy who was a prince in a small European country. They would each, like, astrally project into the other's body at different times. And the one who astrally projected would appear to be in a coma while projecting. Or something like that. Then the girl gets the chance to travel to this European country and she helps the boy avoid an assassination attempt. Also, the boy and girl never told anyone else about this connection they had.
It was very exciting and very good. But no one has ever heard of this book! I'd love to read it again.
Can you help? Thanks.
|Thursday, August 21st, 2008|
|Nothing Gold Can Stay
Shall I tell you a secret? All right, lean in. I'm a poetry girl. I swoon for a well written poem. And here is one of my favorites:
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
It's by Robert Frost. Short and sweet and lovely.
|Wednesday, August 6th, 2008|
|Wikipedia date meme
Wikipedia Date Meme, nicked from
Instructions: Go over to Wikipedia and enter your birth date and then pick 3 events, 2 births and 1 holiday that occurred on the day of your birthday.
1828 - Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
1889 - Opening of the first Eiffel Tower elevator to the public.
1978 - In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens.
1920 - Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
1955 - Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
Australia - National Sorry Day
|Wednesday, June 25th, 2008|
I love it when I see cute guys wearing my favorite jacket. it is a navy blue with white trim zip up warm-up jacket from Americal Apparel. It is actually from the men's section, but I'd been wanting one in this style for so long that I bought it anyway. The sleeves are deliciously too long.
I've met maybe one or two guys who were wearing the same style jacket and I was all, eee! that's ma jacket, ho! hee hee
But today, while interneting I came across this lovely photo: http://cuteboysmakemenervous.blogspot.com/2008/06/david-rue-des-pyrenees.html
A cute boy, in Paris, is wearing my jacket! hee hee. I'm going off to giggle to myself.
|Sunday, June 22nd, 2008|
I moved today. It's 9:41 pm and I am sooooo tired. it's kind of ridiculous. Also, my roommate goes to bed at 9:30 so it feels really late.
I did not move far, only a mile or just under. but now I'm living in North Cambridge, ie North Cambo or NoCambo. I'm trying to get the last one started as a thing, but I'm not sure if it'll work.
Also, we drove to the grocery store tonight! To a car-less person this is amazing. I should have gotten more heavy things but the tiredness affects me mightily.
Also, am "liberating" internet from an unprotected wireless signal. Seriously people, I'm not hacker, just a password would flummox me.
Ok, lying in bed and watching dvds until I fall asleep.
Also, if you want my new address, please make a comment and I'll add you to the email list.
|Wednesday, June 4th, 2008|
I just found a giant ant crawling up my bed. I killed it. but now I'm freaked out. What if its ant brothers come back in the night and crawl all over me. Yick! I'm afraid. god damn summer time and its goddamn lack of closed windows and shit waking up and crawling everywhere. Also goddamn landlords not replacing missing window screens.
And now to bed.
|Friday, April 25th, 2008|
At work we frequently get book catalogs which I have the fun of reading. "Look I'm doing work and I get to buy books!"
Recently we got one from the Johns Hopkins University Press and it came with a post-it note that said:
I am using this sticky note as a:
I literally burst out laughing when I read this. How can you use it as an eye patch and a coaster at the same time? Mysterious!
|Monday, April 7th, 2008|
My current roommates are graduating in June from their masters programs and moving on to phd thingys out of town. So I've had to get a new roommate and a new apartment. I've got the roommate, he's the brother of a friend of mine and he just moved to the area a few months ago. and tonight we started looking for apartments on craigslist. It should be okay, right?
But I'm feeling anxious and like i'm about to cry. Why? So it hasn't been the most "up" day for Susan. Work is slow and boring right now. Not a lot of challenges. And I've felt tired and run down all day. And new things are scary (which is a continuing susan theme). And I'm going to miss the boys when they're gone. And I haven't felt like grocery shopping recently so I haven't been eating as much fresh fruit. It's going to be ok, right? Everything is going to be fine. I'm just feeling really overwhelmed right now.
So. This is what susan is going to do. She will comb her hair (it's wet from a shower), she will snuggle into bed and read her english mystery novel, she will go to bed and everything will seem more like molehills and less like mountains in the morning.
Ok. here goes.
|Friday, February 22nd, 2008|
Yesterday I got an awesome haircut and when I got home I found that the awesomest shoes in the history of the world had been delivered. Pictures will come later.
On the negative side, this horrible snow is ruining my dinner plans for tonight. No mussels for Susy!
Also, why can't my boss pronounce the French city of Nancy? It's Nahncy, not Nancay. jeezum.
|Monday, February 4th, 2008|
Friends! The magical, fabulous wonderful blender/food processor combo has finally arrived! The one which Dadums bought for me at Christmas (I always feel I must be extra-WASPy when speaking of expensive gifts that my parents buy me). It is wonderful! Hooray! Of course, I'm still at work but the box is really super.
In other news, I'm going to England tomorrow! Hooray! And while I am there I will spend lovely time with the sister. and also figure out if this thing is a "thing" with a very nice gentleman who lives in Winchester.
The two towns named Winchester that I have been to (VA and UK) have both been lovely, maybe the moniker "Winchester" really means "super lovely place that Susan will like a lot" in some kind of universal language. Hmm.
|Wednesday, January 16th, 2008|
|LoC, yeah you know me
Are you aware of how cool the Library of Congress is? I mean seriously. they have set up their own flickr account and are uploading copyright free images. Jeezum crow! They've added over 3000 already.
A link to serve your inquisitive minds: http://flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/
This is so cool. Remember when a few years ago they started uploading videos to Google Video thing (what was that called?)?
|Wednesday, December 26th, 2007|
Here I am, home again. I got back this afternoon from Christmas with the parents.
Best presents: food processor/blender combo (unfortunately back ordered!), make-up from sister, and fleece glove mitten things. Oh, and very good tea.
Worst presents: crappy homemade ornaments from a cousin (why lord why?)and a really bad allergy attack because my aunt has two cats and a small yappy dog.
But it was a pretty good holiday. Next year in Jerusalem! (or at least with Betsy at home).
And now I am at home all alone. The roommates are both gone on vacation until January 6! Oh, it is so empty here at the apartment. I miss having people here to talk to and keep me company. Sigh. But I will be strong! I am a strong woman! I will not be sad and mopey.
|Sunday, December 16th, 2007|
|Friday, December 14th, 2007|
Ever have one of those Fridays where people keep flaking on plans and then canceling outright and you just feel lame and angry at the loserish-ness of the whole world. and why do people always choose their sig. others over their friends?! and you just feel lame and sad and so so so single. and you feel like crying but you don't because big girls can be happy all on their own, but you still feel like crying.
And then! out of the blue a friend of a friend calls to invite you over for movies! at their house! people like you! people want to spend time with you! Life is getting better. It is. Just a little bit at a time.
|Thursday, December 6th, 2007|
|Roommates = Awesome
I just officially "witnessed" a pact between my two roommates wherein they agreed to shave their heads if they both get into the doctoral programs of their choice (Princeton and Harvard). How awesome are they? Ha ha ha. I am amused. I'll keep you posted as events develop.
Also, it has been quite cold here for the past week. And we've been getting snow! Hooray for snow! Boo for the ice that covers sidewalks where the snow melted and froze!