Sunday, January 31, 2010

Unconcious Mutterings Meme

Furniture....
Furniture polish. Overpriced. When a young person is just starting out and can afford little furniture....the Ramen Days. Wouldn't "The Ramen Days" be a good name for the blog of a college student? I want to look for homemade furniture polish recipes. Furnished and unfurnished apartments. Moving furniture...we keep toying around with switching tables in the kitchen.

Beauty....
Beauty and the Beast. Elle and other magazines. Roses. God made a lot of things of great beauty. I love homemade beauty product recipes. Husband is always telling me that I am beautiful. Miss America. My idea of beauty is often different than other peoples'.

Sip
Sippy cup. Sipping tea....I had some great ice tea that Husband made earlier (Irish Breakfast Tea from Trader Joe's). Taking a small sip...trying something.

Block
Blockhead. Foam wood blocks...I want to buy some for a niece to play with and wouldn't mind playing with them myself. Roadblock. Building blocks. Blocking someone in. A block of Jello. Cellblock. Blocking someone's calls. Blocking in a sport.

Forehead
I do not always like my forehead...it has appeared pretty broad at various points in my life. I like beads and other ornaments that go across the forehead but they don't usually look right on me.

Championship
Championship ring. When there is a winner there is also a loser. Duel. The "Finals" of a series of competitions.

Hurl
To throw. Getting something away from you. Hurling is often done in anger. When one is not strong enough to throw something very far...feeling inadequate at physical activities. Discus and shot put...and javelin.

Whip
Whips and chains. The whip that Anthony Hopkins used in Zorro. Bull whip. Cat-of-nine-tails.Whipped cream. Cool whip. Licorice whip. Pistol whip....Spaghetti Westerns.

Destruction
On the Eve of Destruction. Ruining something. Demolition Man.

Leather
Leather jacket. Fruit leather....Apricot Leather.

This post is a work-in-progress. :-) I might actually work a little on this all week....this Word Association meme is just that kind of fun.

Participate in Unconscious Mutterings Week 366. :-)

Friday, January 29, 2010

"Start every day off with a smile and get it over with."
- W C Fields

"I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison."
- W C Fields
-----Pinto Bean Pie...contains coconut and pecans. Makes several pies.
-----Black Bean Vinaigrette. I love to make my own salad dressings and really enjoy beans. This keeps in the fridge for about a week.
-----Cuban Black Bean and Ham Pilaf
-----Great Northern Bean Stew
-----Black Bean Tamale Pie
-----Old Settler's Bean Pot
-----Real Texas Beans
-----Bean Chalupa
-----Black Bean and Pasta Bowl
-----Bean Pot Chicken
-----Don Rickles Beans
-----Beefy Baked Beans
-----Savory Tomatoes, Beans and Squash
-----Green Bean Moussaka
-----Minted Green Beans in Honey Butter Sauce
-----Lentil and Sausage Casserole
-----Baked Lentils with Cheese
-----Curried Lentils

Adding to The Never Cooked With List.

Licensed Photo. "Farmhouse Fireplace" Taken by Roger Kirby.
I haven't worked on the list of things that I have never cooked with (but intend to try) in a while. I want to get back to working my way through that list.
I have never cooked with:

-----Ada miso (red miso). I cannot eat it myself...soy.
-----Almond milk (reportedly Michael Jackson had it with granola for breakfast)
-----Barley Malt Syrup. The best way to use it is along with other natural sweeteners...I do not know what sweeteners I will use it with yet.
-----Bay scallops...or any scallops. Some of the people on Hell's Kitchen make cooking scallops seem like rocket science.
-----Bean sprouts. I have eaten them. Ham and Bean Sprout Salad sounds interesting.
-----Black sesame seeds. I have seen these mentioned many times and I am really eager to try them.
-----Cashew butter
-----Chipotle Tabasco
-----Curry Powder
-----Dark sesame oil. Also sesame oil itself...seriously, I have not cooked with it or peanut oil.
-----Dry mustard
-----Edamame (though I will not be able to taste/eat due to thyroid issues)
-----Enoki mushrooms.Mild.Crunch. Used for soups and stir fries.
-----Fennel
-----Fleur de Sel (maybe I have had this....haven't paid attention to sea salt labels)
-----Fried squash blossoms
-----Frozen ramen
-----Garlic Tabasco
-----Ground Szechuan peppercorns
-----Haricot Vert. French green beans. We will eventually be growing Haricot Vert.
-----Hoisin sauce. My first recipe candidate for cooking with hoison sauce is Salmon Summer Rolls with Dipping Sauce.....that way I get to learn to use the rice paper for rolling, too. I am also interested in this Beef and Green Bean Stir-fry ( I sometimes break my soy taboo and use soy sauce).
-----Hotel Bar butter. Part of New York cuisine for over a century.
-----Japanese soy sauce. There is a difference between Japanese soy sauce and the stuff we get in The States.
-----Katsoubushi (dried bonito flakes). Bonito flakes are bits of dried bonito fish and they look like wood shavings. They are perfectly edible by humans....but in the United States some companies sell them as cat treats (I do not want to eat the cat treats). Bonito is a type of tuna.
-----Kelp.Supposed to increase thyroid function...and I have thyroid problems.There are some kelp items I will be trying in addition to any recipes.
-----Kombu
-----Leeks. I will be making Julia Child's Potage Parmentier (Potato and Leek Soup). Apparently, you can add green beans to Potage Parmentier....I will likely not like that as I DETEST POTATO SOUP WITH GREEN BEANS IN IT.
-----Maltitol Syrup. A sugar-free corn syrup substitute. 90% as sweet as sugar with about half the calories.
-----Mirin. A co-worker was surprised that I know what it is. I wonder if there are many recipes that one could substitute it for sake.
-----Muscovado Sugar
-----Napa cabbage
-----Nori. I tried my first Nori independent of California Rolls rolls this week. It looked like a papery-green-jerky strip and reminded me of fish skin. I liked it.
-----Peanut oil
-----Pickled ginger. I have eaten it...just never cooked with it myself.
-----Pine Nuts (never tasted one)
-----Pomegranate Molasses.
-----Powdered peanut butter. It has a lot of possible uses...sprinkled as a flavoring on or in a lot of things. I want to use it in a stir fry...perhaps Kung Pao Chicken.

-----Roasted peanut oil
-----Salsify
-----Sansho pepper (Japanese pepper seedpods)
-----Seitan (wonder how this is pronounced and I have never had)
-----Sesame Seeds
-----Soba Noodles. I have had them and had them cooked for me.
-----Sherry Wine Vinegar
-----Shimeji mushrooms. Have to be cooked....otherwise are bitter.
-----Shirojoyu (white soy sauce)
-----Shiro miso (white miso). I cannot eat it myself....soy. I ate shiro miso many times before I knew that it was soy.
-----Shungiku
-----Squid. I love to eat it.....but NOT pickled. Ditto for octopus on not having cooked and the same eating preferences as the squid.
-----Star Anise. Perhaps I will make the Haitian recipe Akasan.
-----Tahini. Tomato Salad with Tahini Sauce....talks about eating it during Ramadan (I am assuming during the non-fasting hours).
-----Tamarind paste
-----Tamari Soy Sauce. Made with more soy beans than regular soy sauce....and I will likely only be able to taste it (no soy for me). It is supposed to be smoother and have a more complex flavor.
-----Tobanjan (Chinese chili paste)
-----Tofu. Have eaten....though I don't count heating up veggie burgers as having cooked with it. I might prepare something from the "This Can't Be Tofu!" cookbook. I can no longer eat tofu myself...soy products and my thyroid problem don't mix.
-----Wakame. If I figured a way to grow it, I would be careful since Wakame is invasive.
-----Wood ear mushrooms. My first cooking with Wood Ear Mushrooms will likely be Chicken and Wood Ear Mushroom Soup. The Chicken and Wood Ear Mushroom Soup uses peanut oil (which I have not cooked with yet).

5,000 Question Survey...Part 1

I am working on answering the "5,000 Question Survey." This will obviously take a while. :-)

1. Who are you? This is a blog...so, I do have a profile. I am a wife and "Mommy" to a precocious Doggie. I am a student of many subjects whose ultimate educational goal is a PhD. in
Environmental Engineering. I suspect I will know more of who I am when I finish this survey.

2. What are the 3 most important things everyone should know about you?
-----I try to have integrity....even when many around me do not and expect that everyone else is like them.
-----I am stubborn. I am passionate about the things I am stubborn about.
-----I like to try everything...as long as I consider it safe and moral.

3. When you aren't filling out 5,000 question surveys like this one what are you doing?
Blogging...a lot. Thinking about blogging...a lot.

4. List your classes in school from the ones you like the most to the ones you like the least (or if you are out of school, think of the classes you did like and didn't like at the time).
I will be taking a Soil Science class that I am really interested in. I dislike Math only because I cannot understand it....I seem to have some sort of Math learning ability to do with how I visualize problems (I have an exotropia problem).

5. What is your biggest goal for this year?
Paying off debt. Making more of a living by blogging.

6. Where do you want to be in 5 years? In the midst of working on my Master's Degree and having become a Mother to our first child.

7. What stage of life are you in right now?

8. Are you more child-like or childish? Child-like. Childish is bad....but I can be that way sometimes, too.

9. What is the last thing you said out loud? "Stop"....to Doggie who really wants my leftover ketchup and mustard from Polish sausages.

10. What song comes closest to how you feel about your life right now?

11. Have you ever taken martial arts classes?

12. Does your life tend to get better or worse or does it just stay the same?

13. Does time really heal all wounds?

14. How do you handle a rainy day?

15. Which is worse...losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights?

16. How is your relationship with your parents?

Will you miss them when they are gone?

17. Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you?

18. What is the truest thing that you know?

19. What did you want to be when you grew up?

20. Have you ever been given a second chance?

21. Are you more of a giver or a taker?

22. Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind?

23. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?

24. What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you?

25. Who have you hugged today?

26. Who has done something today to show they care about you?

27. Do you have a lot to learn?

28. If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would they be?

A

B

C

29. Which do you remember the longest: what other people say, what other people do or how other people make you feel?

30. What are the key ingredients to having a good relationship?

31. What 3 things do you want to do before you die?

A

B

C

32. What three things would you want to die to avoid doing?

A

B

C

33. Is there a cause you believe in more than any other cause?

34. What does each decade make you think of:

The 19..

20's:

30's:

40's:

50's:

60's:

70's:

80's:

90's:

2000 (so far):

2010's:

35. Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why?

36. What is your favorite oldie/classic rock song?

37. What country do you live in and who is the leader of that country?

If you could say any sentence to the current leader of your country what would it be?

38. What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night?

39. What Disney villain are you the most like and why?

40. Have you ever been a girl scout/boy scout?

41. If you were traveling to another continent would you rather fly or take a boat?

42. Why is the sky blue during the day and black at night?

43. What does your name mean?

44. Would you rather explore the deeps of the ocean or outer space?

45. Word association

What is the first word that comes to mind when you see the word:

Air:

Meat:

Different:

Pink:

Deserve:

White:

Elvis:

Magic:

Heart:

Clash:

Pulp:

46. If you could meet any person in the world who is dead who would you want it to be? John Lennon...but I would not want to know about certain parts of his life. I would ask him for his advice about how to make the world a better place....this would be an interesting conversation given the rise of social media.

47. What if you could meet anyone who is alive?

48. Is there a movie that you love so much you could watch it everyday?

49. You are going to be stuck alone in an elevator for a week. What do you bring to do?


50. Have you ever saved someone's life or had your life saved?
51. Make up a definition for the following silly words...

Fruitgoogle:

Ambytime:

Asscactus:

52. What was the last thing you made with your own hands?

53. What was your favorite toy as a child?

54. How many TV’s are in your house?

55. What is your favorite thing to do outside?

56. How do you feel when you see a rainbow?

57. Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true?

58. Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader?

59. What is your idea of paradise?

60. Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like?

61. Do you believe in Hell?

62. What one thing have you done that most people haven't?

63. What is the kindest thing you have ever done?

64. Are you a patient person?

65. What holiday should exist but doesn't?

66. What holiday shouldn't exist but does?

67. What's the best joke you ever heard?

68. Where is the most fun place you have EVER been?

69. Is your hair natural or dyed?

70. Do you have any deep dark secrets or are you pretty much up front?

71. What is under your bed right now?

72. If you were in the Land of Oz would you want to live there or go home?

73. If you drive do you frequently speed?

74. What is the world's best song to dance to?

75. What song was on the last time you danced with someone?

76. Do you prefer Disney or Warner Brothers?

77. What is the first animal you would run to see if you went to the zoo?

78. Would you consider yourself to be romantic?

79. If the earth stopped rotating would we all fly off?

80. What is the one thing that you love to do so much that you would make sacrifices to be able to do it?

81. If you (and everyone) had to lose one right or freedom, but you could pick which one everyone had to lose, what would you pick?

82. If you had to choose would you live on the equator or at the North Pole?

83. Would you rather give up listening to music or watching television?

84. What do you think makes someone a hero?

85. What cartoon would you like to be a character in?

86. Name one thing that turns your stomach:
The bathrooms at my workplace. The second worst restrooms I have ever been in.

87. What was the last thing you paid for? Groceries....including ingredients for a Meatless Minestrone recipe. I ended up making regular minestrone instead. Husband chopped as I am a clutz (vision problems) and our new knives are very sharp. I made an entire stockpot of the minestrone and we ate it for several days.

88. Are you a coupon clipper?

89. Get anything good in the mail recently?

90. Which would you rather take as a gym class...dancing, sailing, karate, or bowling?

91. In Star Trek people 'beam' back and forth between different places. What this means is they stand in a little tube and their molecules are deconstructed and sent to another tube somewhere else where they are reassembled. Only problem is when the molecules are deconstructed the person is dead. When they are put back together it is only a clone that has all the dead person's memories. So...

Is the person who gets beamed the same person on both ends?

92. What insects are you afraid of?

93. If you could print any phrase on a T-shirt, what would it say?

94. What's the most eccentric thing you have ever worn?

95. If you could pick one food that you could eat all you wanted but it would have no effect on how much you weigh, what food would it be?

96. What are your parents interested in?

97. Have you ever caught an insect and kept it as a pet?

Have you ever caught and tamed a wild animal?

98. What is more helpful to you, wishes or plans? Plans.

99. When do you feel your life energy the strongest?

100. You are spending the night alone in the woods and may bring only 3 items with you. What do you bring?
Safety devices. If my safety is ensured and I have a sleeping bag, then I bring a laptop with broadband access,a camera that can see in the dark and a telescope.
-----5,000 Question Survey Something I am going to do. Obviously, it is going to take a long time to complete.
-----Beef Diablo recipe

Thursday, January 28, 2010

In My Life....

-----Spring-Loaded Walking Shoes are kind of pricey for me right now...but I am thinking about buying Spring-Loaded Insoles. I think the new insoles might help some with the swelling that I get from thyroid issues...with the logic being that if weight is more correctly balanced, then there might not be as much swelling. I just wonder if these insoles are comfortable.
-----I had a fever a couple of times and my glands were a little swollen a couple of times yesterday after getting the H1N1 Nasal Mist. Husband said he had a fever for about 10 minutes. I am glad that I got this as I have been around people who have either had this flu or been exposed to someone who had it....and did not seem at all concerned about the fact that it could be spread. I have gotten colds so MANY times from a couple of co-workers this season...the last thing I need is to contract a seasonal or H1N1 flu....especially with Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism.
-----I have decided that AMC is an awesome channel. :-) I will likely be watching their Matrix Marathon on Sunday and have watched a lot of other movies on AMC this week.
-----There is a possibility that our microwave is no longer working. Everything wants to break or be paid for at once. Among other things, I need a new computer battery, new glasses, a mammogram and an endocrinologist visit. Grumble.


-----3 Citrus Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon Jam from L'Epicurien. Imported from France. I like traditional jars and labels. The fruit in this jam the most is the orange."In the 19th Century, l'Epicurien was a delicatessen in Paris, specialized in fine jams and preserves. From this start, emerged in 1982, the current company specializing in jams of course, but also in confits, chutneys and fine preserves.This extraordinary jam is sweetened with Cane sugar, as was done in the old days. Fruit contents are unusually high. No additives, no preservatives."




<<<=====You can buy 10 pounds of one Jelly Belly flavor. :-)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In My Life....

-----Received the Swine Flu Nasal Mist today. I am a bit squeamish with needles...so, this bothered me, too. I jumped before being given the first nostril of mist and actually managed to get myself jabbed to the point I felt like I was going to have a nosebleed with the second nostril. I am glad that Mother-In-Law took us to get this though as I have Hashimoto's Disease and have gotten sick so MANY times this year (due to a couple of co-workers who do not take proper precautions when they are SUPER-FREQUENTLY sick).
-----I hope that I don't get a little sick from the nasal mist today...but guessing, knowing my body's typical reaction to things, that I might.
-----Doggie got to have more kennel practice (half an hour). We need to put a recorder in to find out if Doggie barks the entire time. This is the longest we have ever been able to kennel Doggie....is a very nervous dog.
-----To tell you how nervous Doggie is, there is often upset stomach when Husband (Doggie's favorite person) goes anywhere for longer than 15 minutes. Unbeknownst to us, Doggie had gotten an upset stomach....and it landed on the computer modem (Doggie takes comfort under Husband's desk at times). The Cable-Repair-Guy was a combination of grossed out, amused and "I've-Seen-Worse" when we made the Modem-Vomit-Discovery.

Leather and Eggs :-)

-----Slow-Scrambled Eggs with Sweet Peppers and Onions

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Granitas.....

Easy grapefruit granita recipe. I have never tried a granita. I do not have a gelato machine yet...so can not make a smoother granita. I would assume this granita will be coarse. I wonder how much a gelato machine costs. The granita recipe I referenced is from Everyday Food which I have decided to look through...I am not usually a fan of Martha Stewart(I think that she doesn't take audience into effect by not saying when a recipe/instructions are for beginner or advanced).
-----The recipe sounds like it might make the house smell good when it is heating and boiling.
-----I am "into presentation" as far as food goes...but not generally into garnish (so, I will be skipping the mint leaf on the side). The only garnish I like is edible garnish...and I would not just pick up a mint leaf and eat it.
-----Well maybe I could try the mint leaf on the side. I know that some people chew on mint leaves to help with digestion (the same way they chew on peppermint candies after a meal)...I will have to look into this more.
-----I have never had a Salty Dog.

Other Granita recipes I found:
-----Basic granita...there are several fruit juices that a granita can be made from. This is on the "Cooking for Engineers" site which I really enjoy reading.
-----Coffee Granita. An Alton Brown recipe. Whipped cream and citrus zest on the top sounds like it might be good.
-----Melon with Basil-Lime Granita
-----Apple Granita
-----Blood Orange Granita
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Meteorite crashes through Virginia doctor's office
Would you keep a meteorite if it crashed through your house? The article said that the meteorite may eventually be donated....so, I would assume that keeping it might be an option.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

In My Life....

-----I am very thankful that our friend is now out of the hospital. He had double pneoumonia and breathing problems. This was scary.
-----My Mother's mascetomy has been put off again....the doctor says he does not think he can get all of the cancer if he goes in now. Instead, my Mother is going to start radiation at the beginning of February. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I get to see my Mother on Saturday.
-----One of my Christmas cactus has just given me one bloom....apparently the only flowers that I am going to get this year.
-----Doggie has learned to fetch the newspaper and trade it for a treat. Unfortunately, if Doggie gets hold of the newspaper again after the trade, it will end up shredded. :-)
-----Absolutely ANGRY with my Internet Provider....Mediacom. They had an outage in 22 states this week. While I do not know how to operate a cable company, I can recognize bad service when I see it. They said it was fixed (after about 4 or 5 days)....they were wrong. I have not truly had Internet service for about two weeks (problems started before the outage) and now my battery charger is dying....so I cannot go to a Wi-fi Hot Spot. Since the cable company clearly does not care and their competitors are inadequate or shady, I guess that I will be blogging a lot less. I hope that I do not find myself limited to blogging and answering e-mails when I can get to the library. I DETEST MEDIACOM right now. Husband is on the phone with them right now....I wonder what further joyfulness they can present us with (sarcasm).

The only reason I was able to post this is because I had it already to go in Notepad...I have to catch the windows of Internet when I can.

Update: So glad that there are some people who take there job seriously and do it well. The first lady said she did not think we had a real problem....the man my Husband just talked to was able to see that there is DEFINITELY a problem with our connection which is not staying steady at all.

SO FOR NOW....
I can post to my blog....but cannot answer comments.
I cannot check e-mails at all.
I can Twitter occasionally.
Visiting any webpage other than my blog and Google News is iffy.
I may or may not be able to load all of my blog.

I essentially have no Internet.

I am really upset...and obviously the cable(internet) company does not care. The only other fast cable company that we have in our area that I know of has shady practices....so now we can't switch to them either.

I would say that we have had no or diminished service for about two weeks now. It took me about 10 minutes to get in and write this post. I cannot load more than 3 or 4 pages of my blog and cannot load the sidebar at all. I cannot load e-mail at all. Once-in-a-while I can get access to Twitter.

A spokesperson for the cable company has gone on record as saying that they provide the wire to the house but they are not a "utility."

This is obviously getting us nowhere. I tried resetting DNS to Google....this produced high-speed for a SHORT time. I cannot go to a free wi-fi hotspot because my battery is dying and I do not have enough money to replace it. I cannot go to the library because Husband is away with the car.

If I have a writing deadline with you, need to answer your e-mail or have some other commitment (like ICLW)....I am sorry.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

America's Most Smartest Model (Episode 8)



I do agree that Daniel's modeling is not where it needs to be...but sometimes he does get his look perfect.

I already know who the winner of the series is because the Wikipedia article did not write it at the end but gave it away quickly (disappointing). I just went to Wikipedia looking for Daniel's last name so I could find out what he has been doing in the year's since this series aired.
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Andre Birleanu (official website). I love his choice of background music. :-)

Andre takes patriotism to great levels.
In honor of Andre's patriotism, here are some Russian recipes:
Eggplant Appetizer
Russian Cheesecake
Fresh Apricot-Honey Sponge Cake
Sweet Russian Cabbage Soup
Guluptsie (Cabbage Rolls)
Classic Beef Stroganoff
Aladushki (Zucchini Pancakes)
Koloboki (Russian Cottage Cheese Donuts)
Green Russian-Style Meat Soup
Easy Salad Olivieh
Russian Garden Salad
Russian Cheese Salad
Koulebiaka (Rice and Salmon Pie)
Russian Green Bean and Potato Soup (modified)
Beet,Walnut and Prune Salad
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I don't understand VJ....doesn't he feel guilty for his methods of winning things? Maybe he thinks that he can make himself feel better about it by how hard he works later??

Sunday, January 17, 2010



It was sad that there a comment that the pancakes were so gross....maybe in light of everything else that already been eaten?? I like healthy foods but cannot see myself ever getting to the point where I think this way about a plate of pancakes.

I used to watch/do the Gilad workouts a long time ago. I think maybe I might buy a DVD sometime. :-)

I can understand how Jesse feels upset about body image. I have thyroid issues and would actually look thin if I did not have the distended abdomen that I have read something-like 18% of people with this issue have. I did not get hypothyroidism due to lack of exercise but from treatment of hyperthyroidism. I put myself physically into my day as hard as I can almost every day. I am happy that, through hard work, I am able to at least maintain the weight I am now at.

Come to think of it, I have not seen violence in a lot of fashion magazines lately. Perhaps it really is politically incorrect to show even what is obviously posed violence against women....but what it the photo were a woman dominating a man in a similar manner, what would reaction be then?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Memories.....

January 3rd, 2009:
-----Was the day my Mother came home from the hospital....after a silent heart attack....and finding that she had diabetes and Stage 4 Breast Cancer. This is still a rollercoaster ride....so, keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
-----A man was talking about the Chinese. He said that they believe in Baby Jesus (referring to some Christmas item on clearance). He said Baby Jesus brings the Chinese money. They make Baby Jesus and he brings them money. I wish I had not heard this....people often make me wish that I had not heard them.
-----My mother-in-law sent dinner. There was homemade gravy. I need to start finding some healthy gravies...if there is truly such a thing.
-----I learned that some people use colored glass beads when they go ice fishing to attract fish. The couple who told me this said that the husband had gone fishing with all sorts of fancy equipment (sonar, etc). The man with the fancy equipment was catching nothing but a man by him was catching all sorts of fish. The secret was the colored glass beads used as lures.
-----I was hoping to go to BlogHer. There is a chance that will actually get to be at BlogHer 2010. I would of course enjoy the conference, but I also want to see some of the architecture in New York (things like the details of The Dakota...where John Lennon lived).

Smoked Trout

-----Smoked Trout and Veggie Salad. I like the colors in this dish. The recipe calls for Yellow Crookneck Squash.
-----Smoked Trout Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing. A Bobby Flay recipe. I don't know that I have ever tasted smoked trout.
------Smoked Trout and Beet Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
------Lettuce Wraps with Smoked Trout Looks appetizing. The description says that it is hand-held...but the picture and recipe lead me to think that it may not be. The two reviews say that this gets too watery.

If you have to do it yourself, here is how to smoke trout.


Smoked Pheasant Salad

Ben Stein is very intelligent. I admire that he was a poverty lawyer at one point. The "Edge Challenge" for Episode 2 does not look like something that I would do.

Adding to The Never Cooked With List.

Licensed Photo. "Farmhouse Fireplace" Taken by Roger Kirby.
I haven't worked on the list of things that I have never cooked with (but intend to try) in a while. I want to get back to working my way through that list.
I have never cooked with:
-----Harissa
-----Ada miso (red miso). I cannot eat it myself...soy.
-----Almond milk (reportedly Michael Jackson had it with granola for breakfast)
-----Barley Malt Syrup. The best way to use it is along with other natural sweeteners...I do not know what sweeteners I will use it with yet.
-----Bay scallops...or any scallops. Some of the people on Hell's Kitchen make cooking scallops seem like rocket science.
-----Bean sprouts. I have eaten them. Ham and Bean Sprout Salad sounds interesting.
-----Black sesame seeds. I have seen these mentioned many times and I am really eager to try them.
-----Cashew butter
-----Chipotle Tabasco
-----Curry Powder
-----Dark sesame oil. Also sesame oil itself...seriously, I have not cooked with it or peanut oil.
-----Dry mustard
-----Edamame (though I will not be able to taste/eat due to thyroid issues)
-----Enoki mushrooms.Mild.Crunch. Used for soups and stir fries.
-----Fennel
-----Fleur de Sel (maybe I have had this....haven't paid attention to sea salt labels)
-----Fried squash blossoms
-----Frozen ramen
-----Garlic Tabasco
-----Ground Szechuan peppercorns
-----Haricot Vert. French green beans. We will eventually be growing Haricot Vert.
-----Hoisin sauce. My first recipe candidate for cooking with hoison sauce is Salmon Summer Rolls with Dipping Sauce.....that way I get to learn to use the rice paper for rolling, too. I am also interested in this Beef and Green Bean Stir-fry ( I sometimes break my soy taboo and use soy sauce).
-----Hotel Bar butter. Part of New York cuisine for over a century.
-----Japanese soy sauce. There is a difference between Japanese soy sauce and the stuff we get in The States.
-----Katsoubushi (dried bonito flakes). Bonito flakes are bits of dried bonito fish and they look like wood shavings. They are perfectly edible by humans....but in the United States some companies sell them as cat treats (I do not want to eat the cat treats). Bonito is a type of tuna.
-----Kelp.Supposed to increase thyroid function...and I have thyroid problems.There are some kelp items I will be trying in addition to any recipes.
-----Kombu
-----Leeks. I will be making Julia Child's Potage Parmentier (Potato and Leek Soup). Apparently, you can add green beans to Potage Parmentier....I will likely not like that as I DETEST POTATO SOUP WITH GREEN BEANS IN IT.
-----Mirin. A co-worker was surprised that I know what it is. I wonder if there are many recipes that one could substitute it for sake.
-----Muscovado Sugar
-----Napa cabbage
-----Nori. I tried my first Nori independent of California Rolls rolls this week. It looked like a papery-green-jerky strip and reminded me of fish skin. I liked it.
-----Peanut oil
-----Pickled ginger. I have eaten it...just never cooked with it myself.
-----Pine Nuts (never tasted one)
-----Roasted peanut oil
-----Salsify
-----Sansho pepper (Japanese pepper seedpods)
-----Seitan (wonder how this is pronounced and I have never had)
-----Sesame Seeds
-----Soba Noodles. I have had them and had them cooked for me.
-----Sherry Wine Vinegar
-----Shimeji mushrooms. Have to be cooked....otherwise are bitter.
-----Shirojoyu (white soy sauce)
-----Shiro miso (white miso). I cannot eat it myself....soy. I ate shiro miso many times before I knew that it was soy.
-----Shungiku
-----Squid. I love to eat it.....but NOT pickled. Ditto for octopus on not having cooked and the same eating preferences as the squid.
-----Star Anise. Perhaps I will make the Haitian recipe Akasan.
-----Tahini. Tomato Salad with Tahini Sauce....talks about eating it during Ramadan (I am assuming during the non-fasting hours).
-----Tamarind paste
-----Tamari Soy Sauce. Made with more soy beans than regular soy sauce....and I will likely only be able to taste it (no soy for me). It is supposed to be smoother and have a more complex flavor.
-----Tobanjan (Chinese chili paste)
-----Tofu. Have eaten....though I don't count heating up veggie burgers as having cooked with it. I might prepare something from the "This Can't Be Tofu!" cookbook. I can no longer eat tofu myself...soy products and my thyroid problem don't mix.
-----Wakame. If I figured a way to grow it, I would be careful since Wakame is invasive.
-----Wood ear mushrooms. My first cooking with Wood Ear Mushrooms will likely be Chicken and Wood Ear Mushroom Soup. The Chicken and Wood Ear Mushroom Soup uses peanut oil (which I have not cooked with yet).
-----Yellow Crookneck Squash

Friday, January 15, 2010

Trinidad Saltfish Accra

Haitian Recipes

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Photo by "haitigirl0"

-----Accra I don't know where I would find a malanga. I have read that maybe I could find malanga at a Latin market...though I do not know of one that has produce.
-----Akasan I have not cooked with star anise yet. I should add it to my Never Cooked With List.
-----Chicken in Sauce This one would be more do-able here in the States. All the ingredients can be easily obtained at the supermarket. Putting the sauce at the bottom of the pan on top of rice sounds yummy.
-----Fried Bananas (Beyen). Another recipe that has ingredients that are easy to obtain. Sounds like something Elvis would like. :-)
-----Haitian Potato Salad I have never seen a potato salad that has beet in it.

This list is a work-in-progress. :-)


In My Life....

Above is my current favorite ice cube tray. I also have a brown one that makes teddy bears (which I have not tried). I would like to get a heart ice cube tray before Valentine's Day.



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-----One of the songs that I really like right now is "Tough as John Jacobs" by Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. This song reminds me a bit of Nickelback.
-----I am finding the Bo cheats on Hope with Carly storyline on Days of Our Lives to be a desperate-disturbing-confused-rebound.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

More of my "100 Things About Me"

1.I don't really like The Onion (satire). I don't often find it funny. I have been trying to give the videos a chance as of late...so many people are fans. I do like things that play on words....for instance, The Onion is supposed to have an article somewhere entitled "Drugs Win Drug War."
2.My Doggie is able to say "I love you." Doggie is also able to play dead and to beg....but sometimes does these before you ask (in anticipation of possible treats). When Doggie has played dead for a while, we say "Come Alive" and Doggie jumps up....enjoys this trick a lot because basks in the amazement and attention it gets from people. Another trick is Doggie comes when you call "Tribble"...loves to run. We love our Doggie.
3.I detest superficial people.Be real and enjoy life. I am working on not spending too much time being upset about the way superficial people treat others.
4.Eventually I will have many,many Christmas cacti. Right now, I have three. Make that 2 as I gave one to someone as a part of the Play-It-Forward game Akoha. I was lucky to be given a free starter deck by Akoha. I also print off some cards free online (you can do this,too). I have a hard time getting people to actually Play It Forward. Let me know if you want to play with me. :-)
5. I am impressed by Jarvis' rendering time in Iron Man. I wish creating things really worked that way...at least if you were creating something for a morally-correct purpose.
6. I want the CW series "Valentine" to come back.
7. I wish that there were more kindness and compassion in the world. I see so much that is just the opposite.
8. I also want the Internet series "QuarterLife" back. I was glad to see the actor who played Eric on Quarterlife in an episode of Valentine (which, of course, has also been discontinued).
9. I am a big fan of BlogHer and other things that empower a woman. I am not a militant feminist....just a believer in the fact that women can have a beautiful strength. :-) I would like to attend BlogHer in person at some point...and have a good chance of doing so in 2010. I usually attend the virtual version in Second Life).
10. I play a mean/insane game of Munchkin. Funny moment recently....the GM prohibited me from giving Husband "gifts." I don't usually win.....but I add a lot of humor/death to the game.
11. The only person I ever IM is Husband. I don't like being tied to a conversation for hours anymore. Gone are the days when I can talk to people overseas until dawn....because the person is so nice/interesting (and ignores me when I say that I must sleep sometime). I do Twitter at my own pace.....and manage to talk to about a thousand people.
12. I worry a super-lot....about everyone and everything. Yet, I am one of the strongest people that I know (in the long run).
13. I tried putting cottage cheese in my spaghetti. It really didn't taste like much of anything...neither good nor bad.
14. I wish that there were more time in my days. One thing that I would do if I had more time is photography every day. If it weren't bad for me and the weather permitted, I would also take Doggie out to sit in the sun every day while blogging.
15. I type over 60 words-per-minute but I don't feel that is fast enough.When I take typing tests, I get nervous & seize up...then I only score about 41 words per minute.
16. I wish that Top Chef were viewable online. I have not gotten a chance to start viewing it again...even though we have cable now. Conversely, I do not watch Hulu as much as I used to...which occasionally has FEW Top Chef episodes.
17. I am Christian but I will not force you to be.
18. I collect Chaucer....different versions, critiques, analyis, etc...I appreciate any suggestions for my collection. 19. I put money in a piggy bank.I like to give neice,nephews,friend's children a piggy bank as one of their earliest presents. I send/give coins for the piggy bank as a life-long gift (I do give other gifts).
20. I have crayons & use them.A pet peeve of mine is that new boxes of crayons are always a little hard to open up. I am very picky about my coloring pages (links to good pages are always appreciated).
21. I like George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord"...except when it is annoying.
22. I would like to change a lot of peoples' lives for the better while I am here on earth. This wish is always overhung by the fear of Death that I have.
23. I am a big fan of Random Acts of Kindness.
24. My favorite saint is St. Barnabas who was called "The Encourager." I try to encourage others. I have a very hard time encouraging those who are mean to me (& sometimes I don't encourage them).
25. I wish that I had more people encouraging me.
26. I like toerings but they don't get along well with my feet.
27. My favorite nail polish is a shiny purple color called "Gregarious." I like to put appliques on my nails (though they do not stick for long).
28. My favorite scent is Green Tea. I also like gardenias....but just the real flowers not usually perfumes.
29. I like the book "Love Letters of a Lifetime" whose foreword is written by Dana Reeves. I used to write my husband a lot of love letters but I haven't in a while. I also enjoyed reading a book of Ronald Reagan's love letters to Nancy.
30. I used to read my husband a lot of poetry but I haven't in a while.
31. I usually do at least two floral arrangements a week....usually faux flowers with the economy the way it is right now.
32. I like marriage retreats, workshops, seminars, books, etc. My favorite lecturer on romance is Gary Chapman who wrote "The Five Love Languages."
33. I should burn candles more often. I try a lot of different candle scents. I love having different candle holders. I am not candle obsessed and will not burn the house down. I am approaching being candle-holder-obsessed. I have just set up an area in my living room so that I can especially use some candleholders that my Mother gave me.
34. I can now have full drinks (of alcohol).It used to be that it could interact with my thyroid medicine & put me into a shock which will put me into a coma followed by death....a really good reason not to drink. I have started trying going without the medicine....something that some do with my level of thyroid problems (I just had not because I have goiter problems and am symptomatic). I am trying various natural things to deal with my thyroid. I am actually LOSING weight now that I am off the thyroid medicine. Wish me luck.
35. I like Kosher Blackberry Wine or sweet cherry wine.
36. I have never played lacrosse. It looks difficult.
37. I have a weight bench & various other small excercise equipment.
38. I have a newspaper from the day America declared war on Iraq.
39. I would love to learn how to operate a ham radio.
40. I am going to do podcasts sooner or later.
41. I have seen St. Elmo's Fire....the phenomenon (I have seen the movie too, of course).
42. I used to have lightning on one of my credit cards & a poster of lightning in the living room. The reason for this is that my hair often stands almost straight up when it storms close by.I have come within inches of being struck by lightning on a sunny day (with no storm in sight). Just call me Sparky.
43. We have a "Annual Pumpkin of Sorrows Toss." We write everything that upset us that year on a pumpkin & toss it from really high. It makes a loud exploding sound & is a neat photographic experience.
44. I like to eat frog legs.
45. I am very particular about the size of the spoon that I use. I like to use a Japanese soup spoon once-in-a-while. I do not like using plastic spoons for oriental soups....for some reason your lips eventually hurt (combo of the sharp edges of plastic and ingredients in soup, I think).
46. I use chopsticks at least once a week & even have several non-disposable chopsticks in my silverware drawer.I own sets of stainless steel chopsticks.
47. I want to visit the graves of diseased family more often.
48. I am really good at research.I have a reputation for being able to find the most obscure facts.
49. I do not like to put fresh spinach on pizza at home...only canned spinach....reason being the fresh spinach often wilts too much or becomes slightly crispy in an odd sort of way.
50. I want to build my own teddy bear at some point.
51. If you are cheating on a really nice person & think that it is alright to tell me because I am your friend....I have been known to tell the person being cheated on. Off the top of my head: In one situation where I was forced to do this the person doing the cheating instantly realized they were wrong & forgave me for telling. In another situation, the cheater temporarily convinced them that there was no cheating...temporarily. Don't cheat on a really nice person who does nothing but love you. I have also been known to convince people not to cheat...yes, some people will actually tell their friends when they are considering this.
52. I detest mangoes. I like mango lemonade. Bolthouse Farms makes a good mango lemondade...but I am scared to drink it because of a juice scare a while back. I do not hold Bolthouse responsible for the juice problem...it was determined that it was consumers who did not follow proper storage procedures. During the juice scare though I noticed that some grocers did not refrigerate this juice properly. Sad....since I liked a few of the Bolthouse juices. I will have to look for a recipe for Mango Lemonade and see if I can order from Bolthouse. 53. When I hear a commercial with music that I like, I wish that I could press a button on the TV and get more info or order the song. Please someone make me a music-ordering TV that does not invade my privacy in any way or sell my info. Thanks.
54. I love to make lists. :-)
55. I tried mixing fruit punch and Pepsi. That tasted OK...even good. It needs some sort of alcohol though and I have not decided what.
56. We are slowly collecting the bits and pieces for an amazing and very homemade darkroom.
57. There are two pop culture staples that I both frequent and am wary of......Walmart and Oprah. I am working on writing a series of blog posts about Oprah's recommendations and how I follow some of them....these posts will be titled "Cheap-Rah." When I say Cheap-Rah, I keep picturing She-Ra (Princess of Power) holding her sword up and shouting "I have the power!" I sometimes like to read the Oprah.com Money Newsletter that I get via e-mail....depends on the topics.
58. I think Alison Sweeney has very pretty hair....when it is curly. I do not like when it is so blonde that it is pure yellow from some angles. I would like "Sami" and "EJ" to be a couple...but want EJ to change. Obviously, I watch a lot of "Days of Our Lives."
59. I think that at times Virginia Woolf was a pretty woman.
60. I have never heard anyone speak Esperanto....but I would like to. I wonder how difficult a language it is to learn.
62. I feel very sad for Michael Jackson's children.
63. I really want to see The Dakota. This was the building where John Lennon and Yoko lived. It is also featured in the movie Vanilla Sky. It has some beautiful iron work.
64. I own a dollhouse that Husband and I are working to restore. Right now it is a Victorian with green pastels. I want it to look somewhat reminiscent of the apartment building in "The Crow"....in a pretty not scary way.
65. I can't even do one pull-up. I find this frustrating. I will fix this. I would love to be able to pass the President's Test on Physical Fitness...which I never was able to do because of the pull-ups.
66. I am addicted to the 4chan Food & Cooking threads.
67. We keep mylar balloons from special occasions and sometimes have them blown up again. One balloon has been mainly inflated for four years.
68. I love appetizers.
69. I have never been to a Peet's Coffee...but really want to. I have also never been to Caribou Coffee. I want to try the Caribou Coffee Bars that are sold in the ice cream section of supermarkets (I think that they are sold in supermarkets).
70. I give a LOT of feedback to companies. They say that 1 out of 10 people is a "Promoter"....that would be me. I explore Life...and try to enjoy many facets of it...and I tell others about my experiences.
71. I have never tried canned onions. This is on my list of things to try. I must find a recipe(s) that use canned onions. I guess I will be brave and cook just some plain canned onions, too. Julia Child detested canned onions. If recipes mean pearl onions in a can by "canned onions", I have tried those.
72. Intellect and compassion are the traits that I find most attractive in my Husband.
73. IBS and thyroid issues have a big voice in my life. I have decided to find as many healthy and natural ways as I can to fight back.
74. I am learning to speak French...as of since I just typed this, it is official. I think this will be good for me in my culinary studies. Part of my coffee shop plan is eventually being able to afford attending a culinary school.
75. I really appreciate Michael Jackson's performance of "Come Together" in the "Moonwalker" movie.
76. I love to use the conditioner that comes in boxes of hair coloring. I wish this was sold as normal hair conditioner. Of course, you can't use it all the time....I would imagine that would not be good.
77. I dance a lot....especially if no one is home. I love the game Dance,Dance revolution. We are planning on putting in an area especially for me to dance.
78. I never set up a lemonade stand as a child. I am not sure if I ever saw one as a child either.
79. I have never eaten at a restaurant that has a dessert cart.
80. I have never been to a store that has a "man's bar" in it. Apparently, some less-pricey stores now have these.
81. I wish that I could use a yo-yo well.
82. I like to play Dance Dance Revolution....though I am not good at it yet. Our next purchase somewhat similar is Beatle's Rockband.
83. My favorite food is grilled cheese sandwiches.They have to be perfectly made though...and what is perfect varies for me depending upon the bread used.
84. Another dish I really like is cream of peas with chicken and plenty of black pepper. An old recipe that my Mother used to make when I was growing up.
85. I am always very touched when someone does something kind for me. There are still some amazingly kind people in this world.
86. I like pico de gallo...and love to find new recipes for it. I make it in big batches sometimes....and have to take precautions not to have my fingernails get irritated underneath (from peppers,tomatoes,onions,etc.)..

Still working on this. :-)

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