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Lunches this week are... well, they're not a dismal failure, but I certainly made several miscalculations. I wanted to keep it simple, so I planned:

* Chicken, tomato, and cheddar sandwiches
* Baby carrots
* Pasta with a little olive oil and italian seasoning
* Rice crispy treats

Only the bread got soggy super quick and there isn't enough chicken, I never actually made the pasta (been subbing with Kashi's wonderful hummus chips, but those just ran out) and I. ate most of the rice crispy treats. There's only one square left.

I can save it, I think, with more chips, some cookies or something, and pretzel rolls, but the original plan is shot :( you win some, you lose some.

On the upside, tonight's 'what have I got in the pantry' dinner turned out super well - pasta, peas, ranch beans (with a little added brown sugar), and meatballs piled together in a bowl is much better than I was expecting.
effex: Lazy daze (Lazy daze)
This week's lunches are going to be:

* Mac and cheese (Annie's aged cheddar, with peas in)
* Baked chicken strips
* Roasted broccoli
* A rice crispy treat

I don't have to do much other than stick the chicken and broccoli in the oven, mix the mac and cheese in the pot, and put together the rice crispies (which I finally have marshmallows for), which is good, because I spent most of the weekend feeling like shit.

Also working my way through Orange is the New Black, which is not shit. And finding things like this on tumblr, which is Bad Ass.

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Aw yeah, it's Monday again! And Fall! I fucking love Fall, you guys, I am so ready for this.

I'm doing the same breakfast as last week, minus the apricots and plus a banana.

For lunches:

* Cashew ginger carrot soup (Pacific Food's soup + bisque, 'cause the box of soup alone wasn't enough for five servings).
* Roasted potatoes, carrots, kielbasa, and spinach again
* Roasted asparagus
* Two chocolate covered caramels

I'm doing a test run of the roasted stuff for dinner, plus a can of hard cider. NOM NOM NOM NOM.

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Next time I'm going to double the amount of kielbasa/potatoes/carrots/spinach I make, so it stretches the week better (I can always freeze the leftovers). I'm also going to roast the kielbasa, potatoes, and carrots together and sauté the spinach separately so it doesn't wilt as much.

On the whole, though, I'm happy with it - it heats up fine in the microwave and tastes good, which is all you can really ask.

The pumpkin spice cake turned out amazing, although it's more of a bread than a cake. A moist, dense, spicy bread-cake. I think one of the Allrecipe commenters said it improves after resting overnight, which is 100% true. NOM.
effex: Lightbulb! (Lightbulb!)
I just finished planning my menu for the week!

For breakfasts:

* A hardboiled egg
* A banana nut bread bar*
* Fruit, whatever looks good (maybe apricots again?)

For lunches:

* Garlic roasted potatoes and carrots
* Skillet cooked kielbasa and spinach (like this, minus the potato. I want to do them separately)
* Apple slices
* Pumpkin spice cake (this one, with canned pumpkin instead of apple)

Dinner's a fend for myself type deal. Usually cereal or pasta.

Now I just gotta get to the store, make everything, and bag it up.

* Normally I make bran muffins, but I don't want to bake more than one thing tonight.
effex: Kid tested (Kid tested)
My local grocery - la Casa del Pueblo in Pilsen, which is possibly the best grocery in Chicago - has a large rack of discounted produce. It's packs of whatever's about to go bad; peppers, stew mixes, last week a shit ton of apples that I'm still kicking myself for not buying (apple sauce!), all for one or two dollars. Yesterday they had lemons (8 for a dollar), so I got a bunch and grabbed a box of strawberries. Spent the evening juicing lemons and watching Veronica Mars. Ended up with two quarts of lemonade and another two of strawberry-lemonade. Mmmmm.

Today I'm making another batch of oat maple-bacon muffins. Weekends (shush, Monday is totally my weekend) when I feel like making shit are the best.
effex: Kid tested (Kid tested)
My go-to breakfast (plus yogurt and a banana) this week, slightly altered from this recipe.

Deliciousness under the cut )
effex: Something doesn't make sense (Something doesn't make sense)
Do you know what you can't get in Dallas? Hawaiian sweet bread. Well, technically you can get rolls at some of the grocery store delis, but it's always squished and stale. I'd forgotten loaves of the stuff existed until [personal profile] nepenthe and I saw it in San Diego (turns out it makes amazing turkey sandwiches/con fuel). I keep look for it here and nada. Not even at the fancy stores.

Which means I'll have to make it. Will let you know how that goes...
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Happy Friday, everyone! This has been a crappy, anxious, slice your thumb open on a can of hash kind of week, but either Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook or an uptick in brain chemistry has me full of joie de vivre.

Speaking of food! I made a batch of granola last night, loosely based off of this (Food Network, ha) recipe. I swapped the maple syrup (being out) for equal parts honey and molasses, swapped the vegetable oil for olive oil, and added a large dash of cinnamon. Burnt it a little (being slightly damp in the oven doesn't mean it needs to cook longer), but it's still delicious with plain yogurt and honey. Also dirt cheap - the rolled oats cost me $.27 from Kroger's bulk food bins and I had everything else on hand.

I also made an apple/gouda/prosciutto sandwich for lunch today. It was difficult to not eat it on the spot.

Excellent things on the internet:

* The art of Shintaro Ohata.

* [personal profile] ephemere's gorgeous book of calligraphy. Pre-orders are closed, but she says it'll be available for regular purchase early next year.

* GMHC's I Love My Boo campaign.

* Amanda Conner And Jan Duursema Create Female Superheroes For Nike. On one hand, Nike. On the other, awesome women in practical clothing!

* Kaleidoscope! Signups close tomorrow, so if you're thinking about participating now would be the time.

* The life of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth, Freedom Fighter

* Music! )
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This weekend I:

* Slept

* Watched Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge with [personal profile] sitara.

* Watched Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! with [personal profile] sitara.

* Ordered and ate delicious lamb masala and mutter paneer masala with naan and aloo paratha.

* Attempted to watch Ouran High School Host Club with Sitara. )

In between all of that I read all of book 3 and half of book 4 of the Sacrifices Arc by Lightening on the Water. And got no work done. Uh.

(I have a 500 word story and an illustration due at the end of the week, shiiiiit. Better get on that.)

In other news, my roommate [personal profile] sitara got a DW account! She's fantastic and smart and says smart things, you should say hi if you see her around.

I need a food icon.
effex: Why? (Why?)
* So Neil Gaiman has started his own round of fail, which is exciting. I have been a big fan for a very long time (and also I strongly associate him with my dad) and, while I knew he'd screw up eventually (everybody does, after all), I had hoped he'd acquit himself with grace. Fucking hell.

* Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells their possessions. Because, among other people, our culture still hates people who are gay and/or elderly. Warning: Chances are good this will make you cry or break things.

* In separate, less heartbreaking news - the wholesome, heartwarming story of a girl and a fish.

* New equations say that every black hole could contain another universe (aka Reality is always stranger than fiction or, Science, Fuck Yeah).

* [personal profile] copperbadge has been voted Best unpublished author blog in the Author Blog Awards! YAY SAM!


I have been cooking like a great cooking thing the past week: recipes and blather under the cut. )


Recipe box

Mar. 1st, 2010 10:20 am
effex: Jarvis does not approve (Jarvis does not approve)
I've been trying to cook more and eat out less, something that's been paying off both financially and health-wise (although our kitchen is a constant mess). Last night we had a bit of a party (To reiterate - Dee's friend Salma was visiting, a couple more folks dropped in, we watched Dostana and Salma practiced doing mehndi on us) and I spent most of it cooking (and running into the living area, pans in hand, to see what everyone was laughing about). End result: 12 tuna filled onigiri, 1 pan of lamb meatloaf (with cannoli beans), 4 egg sandwiches (frozen to eat during the week) and 30 chocolate-mint cookies. There was... a lot of washing up, after.

Recipe links for these and a few others )

This is probably gonna turn into a regular thing. Do I have any food icons? [checks] No. Well, sort of. Need to get on that.


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