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Feb. 26th, 2009

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You don't have to be pretty.

Reading Dress A Day is awesome, but even if it wasn't, it would be worth it for this one quote: Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked "female". .

Jan. 26th, 2009

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Chinese New Year's Yummy Pork

Marinate two bone-in pork loin centre chops in soy sauce with 1 clove garlic and a good bit of fresh ginger, both finely minced (I used a microplane). Leave in fridge for 1-2 hrs.

Start some rice (we did basmati). Chop some baby bok choy, separating the leaves from the stalks.

When rice is sitting off the heat to steam, heat up a cast iron pan and add some butter or oil. Cook the chops for about 4 minutes a side or until nicely browned and cooked through. On the second side, give them a good sprinkle of Chinese 5 spice.

When the chops are half done, start the stalks of the bok choy in another pan with a bit of oyster sauce. When the chops are almost done, add the bok choy leaves and cover to steam.

Once the chops are done, remove to a plate and add a bit of water to the pan and deglaze to make a nice pan sauce. Pour over the rice and chop. Add your finished bok choy. So yummy!
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Jul. 21st, 2008

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yummy

I just made these
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Jul. 15th, 2008

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Lime-Herb White bean dip

I saw a title for a bean dip (Rosemary-Lemon White Bean Dip) and that was enough to inspire me.

In a blender or food processor, mix:
1 can white kidney beans
juice of 1 lime
pinch of salt
enough olive oil to make it go

Once it's blended, optionally mash it through a sieve to make it smoother and remove the skins.

Add finely chopped herbs from the garden. I used basil, thyme, and oregano. Mix well.

It's delicious as a spread in sandwiches or as a dip. I didn't add any garlic and didn't really notice the lack. But as it tastes quite hummus-like, I'm sure garlic would be a yummy addition.
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Jun. 22nd, 2008

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Fringe debrief

Dishpig - Excellent.
I don't know where here is - Uneven and ultimately fell a bit flat.
Shoshinz & Cherry Typhoon - The Shoshinz had some brilliant scenes.
Blastback Babyzap - The Uncalled For gang is always hilarious.
Greed - Funny and awesome use of all-cardboard props.
The Beekeepers - Dark and atmospheric.
Even Steven - Good, but the writing could have been better.
The Cody Rivers Show - Funny and very clever. I loved the charades scene.
Lard - Entertaining but still a few rough edges.
Die Roten Punkte - Hilarious.
Macho Man vs Predator - Terrible.
Zeppelin was a Cover Band - Fascinating and well-presented.
Jem Rolls - Disappointing given the prevailing reviews. Muddled narrative with the best line delivered in the first two minutes.

Jun. 18th, 2008

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summer salads

Summer is a good time to experiment with salads, so here are a few that we've enjoyed recently:

Cucumber-feta: Chop peeled cuke into quarter moons, add crumbled feta, finely chopped dill, and lots of black pepper.

Arugula-pear-cashew: Mix assorted greens with arugula (aka rocket, roquette), pear slices, unsalted, chopped cashews, and shaved parmesan cheese.

Potato-egg: Mix chilled boiled potatoes (chopped) with mayo, dijon, lots of garden herbs, and slices of hard-boiled egg.

Soba-tofu: marinate finely cubed tofu in miso, soy sauce, and sriracha, then mix with soba noodles, thinly sliced mushrooms, green onions, chives and dress lightly with tamari and rice vinegar.

Mango-onion: Mix finely chopped mango, red onion, red pepper, and cilantro with juice of a lime.
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Jun. 16th, 2008

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Ghosts in the city

I wanted to share this wonderful series of photos that were done with a very long exposure time, turning the people into ghostly swirls.

Jun. 13th, 2008

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Magical mystery house

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/garden/12puzzle.html
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May. 18th, 2008

eowyn

the walking continues...

You have walked 347.78 miles.
You have passed The Great East Road again.
It is 0.22 miles to the next landmark.
You have 110.22 miles to reach Rivendell.
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Apr. 29th, 2008

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Sweet potato ravioli

I don't have a picture because we ate it all up and it was yummy. What was it? Why, sweet potato-thyme-feta ravioli.

Peel, chop, and boil sweet potatoes until soft.

Mash until smooth along with a good chunk of crumbled feta, some salt and pepper, and a bunch of fresh thyme (or dried from the garden). Let cool. You'll probably have way more filling than you need, so plan on freezing the leftovers for faster ravioli in the future.

Make pasta, and cut the long banner of pasta into two equal pieces.

On one piece, take a large round, fluted cookie cutter and mark (but don't cut all the way through) circles. Place a bit of filling in each circle. Using a pastry brush, or your finger, draw a circle with water around the outside of each ravioli-to-be, then layer the second piece of pasta over top. Carefully cup your hand around the filling and press the upper layer of pasta down, smooshing out all the air. When you've done them all, cut out with the cookie cutter. (Chop up the extra pasta bits, toss with flour, and freeze for later use.)

Cook your ravioli in salted, boiling water for 4-5 minutes. Dress it with just some salt, pepper, and olive oil or butter. Enjoy!
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