I Don't Eat My Friends

{31/10/2009}   Aprons

With all the time I spend in the kitchen it’s no surprise how many shirts and pants have fallen victim to splashes and stains. So I’ve been thinking that its time I get my very own apron! I had one when I was 8. My grandma and I took a plain white one and put some iron ons on it.  But this time I was thinking something cuter. After sorting through THOUSANDS of internet pages I found 20 I liked. And have since narrowed that 20 down to 7 (…4 of them were sold out, thats the only reason they didnt make it). Here are the finalists (in no order):
Retro 50s BLACK POLKA DOT full APRON with fifties ric rac details make a sexy hostess and is vintage inspiredCherry Red Polka Dot - Scarlett  - Southern Belle Chic Half ApronThe BELLA Vintage Inspired Red Hot Chili Full ApronThe Rose Tatoo -  Scarlett Chic -  Sassy Apron with Bib111-JS-68 Jessie Steele Aprons Bib Josephine Red & Pink Polka Dots 

So what do you think? Which one should be the winner?

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{28/10/2009}   Kidneys and ACT testing

Mom had surgery today. Shes been having some REALLyY bad kidney stones. (some may find these next sentences gross): You know those two inner lips? (girls have this  boys dont) well in those two lips are a bunch of invisible to the naked eye holes. Thats where your pee escapes from. well imagine one of those tiny holes being STRETCHED to make it a bigger whole, big enough to stick a stick like thing up there. All they way to you kidney. And everytime you moved it hurt like F*** because of the stick thing in you pee hole? Imagine a UTI time 2000. Yeah, thats mama’s pain. Poor mama.

Anyway last Saturday I had my ACT test. Mostly good. Except for the science part. Now Im usually great at science. But 40 questions and every set of 4 questions has 3 paragraphs and 4 diagrams that must be read in order to ansewer said questions in under 30 minutes? Yeah, they want us to fail. But at least the writting question wasnt “write about a person who changed your life forever”. I always have to make something up.

{13/10/2009}   Southern Chili

Being from the south I’d have to say the thing I miss the most (since moving to the north) is the flavors. You could walk into any restaurant and be greeted with delicious food that (even in chain stores like “waffle house”) you cannot get in the north. No, not even a Waffle House up north comes close to one in the south. It’s also sad to say that I am the only one in my house who can cook southern food (I learned from Granny M (May she rest in peace) and my dad whenever I go down to visit him). It also sucks that a lot of southern food ….ok ALL southern food uses a lot of animal products. So it’s a little painstaking to try and “Veganize” every recipe, but oh sooo worth it when it comes out right. Right now, as I put of my biology homework, Im making southern chili. One of my favorite winter foods.

Having learned to cook from my Granny M (who would prepare so much food we had to invite the neighbors to finish. Forget leftovers, since she cooked like that every meal, it would be impossible to ever finish it all) I tend to cook waaay too much food. So I usually just ‘eyeball’ and ‘to taste’ everything. It’s also nice because (having school and work) I dont alway have time to cook so I can just pull leftovers out for some of my meals.
(I usually make 4-5 times this since my family gulps half of it down right after (and sometimes before) its cooked, and like I said, I like leftovers.) I also prefer spicier foods then most people (my mom and dad for example) so I’ll turn down the spiceyness for you.

First get a chili pot…..A big pot. One that can hold at least 6-8 cups of water. No…First soak your beans overnight and cook in the morning (unless your one of those canned beans people. Then ignore this step and go get some canned beans after you get the pot) Then get the pot.
Then heat up about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add in one…medium (or so) chopped onion, 2 cloves chopped garlic, and 1-2 jalapeno pepper (chopped). Stirring occasionally for 2 minutes (or until soft). Then add 1-2 teaspoons cumin (I add more cause I LOOOVE cumin), 1/4 (or more you wimps) of chili powder, one 6 ounce can tomato past and one 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes (I prefer whole peeled tomatoes and then just dice them myself but whatever, be lazy :P). Now here is the part you do on your own. I like to add 3 different kinds of beans, some okra, some corn, cilantro, and whatever else sounds good. (the more you add the more “meaty” it gets) But it’s really up to you. Throw in however much of it you want. Oh! But if you arent using any frozen or fresh vegetables add in a bit of water instead. Stir and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer and cover.

Now the hard part, simmer for at least 2-3 hours and stir occasionally. The longer it cooks the better it gets, the more the flavors mix, the better it gets, the better it gets, the better it gets, ect. I call this the hard part becaues….well lets face it, soon your house will fill with a delicious aroma that you cant eat. And you’ll be soo tempted to eat some before it reaches its peak (like mom and Pat….They steal some of the food/ingredients before the foods ready all the time…I HATE that).
Just an fyi: I have never used measurments when making my chili, so it always turns out slightly different. Anywhere from spiceyness to slightly different tastes (depending on what and how much I add) But its always delicious! So results may vary.

And now I have about…another 3 hours untill I go to taste test the chili…..and a bio test to study for, and a few pappers to write. Damn, who even needs to KNOW the in depth workings of sexual reproductive cell meiosis? Im going to be a dietition not a geneticist.

…oh! And if there is anyone out there who has a veganized version of a southern classic I would LOOVE to give that recipie a try.

{13/10/2009}   Potato enchiladas

I have to say these were awsome! I took some to school the next day in my bento and the girl sitting next to me kept stealing some. Haha, but me and her were friends and I like seeing people enjoy my cooking, so it was alright.
Also I LOOOVE potatos. Prepared nearly anyway or even raw. So potato recipies from me will nearly ALWAYS be recomended. Its very easy to!

The sauce:
In a large sauce pan put about two tablespoons worth of oil (I use olive oil but whatever you have). After its heated throw in 1 chopped onion. After its nice and soft (about 5 minutes) mix in chili powder (two takes…roughly 2 teaspoons) 1 and 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp sugar, 1-2tsp salt, 28 ounce can of diced tomatos, and some kind of hot peppers. Bring it to a simmer then remove from heat. Let it cool then place it in a blender until smooth (I had no blender so I used a hand blender…it came out a little chunky but it was fine)

The filling:
Peal and dice about a pound of potatos and boil them until soft. Drain and set aside. Take about three tablespoons oil and 4 cloves of minced garlic and put in a pot. Cook until garlic turns a light brown (stir occasionally). Add whatever vegetable you want (Kale, broccoli, anything be creative!) and a little salt. Raise heat and stir constantly until cover in oil and garlic. Then partially cover pot for 5 minutes.
Remove lid add potatos 1/4 or so (depending on the vegetables you added) cup of vegetable stock, 3 tablespoons (or to taste) lime juice, and salt. Mash the potatos and mix together. Cook until the stock is all absorbed.

Take some of the sauce and put it in a casorole dish. Put filling in tortillas roll and place in casorole dish. Cover with the rest of the sauce. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 min at 375. Then (optional) remove foil and bake for another 15 min.


GOOD NEWS! I now have a blender!!! FINALLY! Whist digging through the basement for halloween decorations I stumbled upon one. Ive cleaned it up and it seems to be working fine. I couldnt be more thrilled! Just think of all the new recipies I can make now that require a blender!

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