Argh!

Jul. 4th, 2009 12:57 am
zanthess: (Default)
So..... shitty but good things have happened lately.

Bunny has started peeing outside his box, that means hormones are kicking in, and his pockets shall be picked in the next month.

Finally signed up to be a core member of the PFM derby practice group. Monthly dues instead of per practice, and much cheaper.

Had to drive to Seattle to get parts that were missing because GE's factory workers don't speak friggin' English. When I got there my car started making the same noise it made about a month ago when a tube fell off the engine. Had the hub come home to check it out. He took it to the dealership and they found another tube that had come loose. They hooked it up and sent him on his way.

On the way home my car started making whooshing noises and pouring out black smoke from the tailpipe.

Dammit.

Down to one car, and neither of use have the ability to take off work or work from home. So weird to be stuck somewhere without transportation.

Was able to get some aggression out on the skating floor at my first practice, and even pulled off some moves I never thought I could do. Strange how much easier rollerskating becomes when you're not in "don't want to fall" mode.

Other than that, headed down to the folk's tomorrow to cook salmon for my stepdad, and my Dad's famous marinated drumsticks. For over 10 years I've tried to remember what was in the marinade that made it so good, and discovered the secret: Maple Syrup. I have no clue why the brown sugar, or other sweet things I put in it don't work near as well.

Also going to try another fun fireworks project. Tin can rocket. Looks to me like it will be hours of fun blasting an empty can of green beans 50 ft. into the air.



Oh yeah. I got older a few weeks ago too. My back even went out on me ON my birthday just to remind me I'm old.

P.S. Happy 4th everyone. go blow shit up.
zanthess: (strut)
So I decided to "culture" myself and make mochi. OMG....

So freaking tired right now. I have a towel around my neck, and my glasses continue to fall off I am so sweaty.

Reasons why mochi is so labor-intensive and hard to make
1. Mochi is sticky.
2. Mochi is very sticky
3. MOCHI IS (*&)#(&^$*&%^@$ STICKY!

Need I say more?

On the upside, only had one total loss (one burst open completely), I was able to "fudge" it and cover it in sesame seeds (I like them that way). I won't ever use food coloring again unless it's in the water first. I'll post pictures later.

I'm still pretty darn proud of myself ^_^

P.S. I don't know what all the hubbub about azuki bean paste is. I loved my first bite! Only issue I had is the mochi used was a bit sweet and made me sick. I'm thinking I'll go buy some azuki and make some icecream sometime. :D
zanthess: (eat)
The folks over at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk have made a list, called the Omnivore's 100. It's a list of food that every person should try at least once in their life. In my expedition into Mochi and discovering other tasties at the newly found H-Mart, This list will let me know how "cultured" I've become, and goals for the future.

P.S. Don't worry if you have to look up some of the dishes, I used Wikipedia too!


1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Hmm I'm surprised I didn't cross out as many as I thought I would, and it seems I'm quite cultured... 49 items, and I'm only a quarter through my life!

Now time to get busy eating :)
zanthess: (sleepy)
I'm thinking of making mochi this week. Wondering what fillings I should use. I'm already head over heels for mochi ice cream, but am afraid to try the red bean paste.

Anyone else out there tried mochi?

In other news: FINALLY started on my "pleated" skirt I'd been pining over for 4 months or so. Everything is cut, just have to get the gumption to get out my sewing machine and go at it. It's really exciting to make something with a corset-type back, knowing that the more I skate, the tighter I can pull it. :D

'Ta.
zanthess: (sleep)
We were at the grocery store tonight wandering around for snacks, and I saw in the clearance section a bunch of passover stuff, and I happened to see a box of "Extra Moist Passover Choclate Cake".

The first thought I had was "I wonder if I could use that in my bacon cookie recipe"
zanthess: (tired)
Still feeling very weak and tired. It took all my energy just getting out of bed to run to the grocery (forgot my prescription just ran out!)

I'm hoping it's just because I haven't been sleeping well. If it doesn't get any better or gets worse, I'll probably go to the doctor on Saturday.

Other than that. Lots of resting, going back through Zelda 4 swords, an AWESOME episode of Voyager (I'm becoming a HUGE Star Trek freak).

I was able to make a tasty dinner for my hubby when he got home from class. He's been working so hard since this is his second to last day being a college student. I've been wanting to make things more healthy and not so fast food-ish. We are just so busy during the day, it's work to cook something then clean up. But anyway I was talking about this tasty dinner of mine...

So Campbell's has come out with this dinner bake thingy that doesn't already include the meat (we've used complete meals and whatnot before, they are ok, but don't taste like home cookin). They are called Supper Bakes. You buy the box, 4-6 Chicken breast halves, toss everything together and in 30 minutes you have a meal that DOES taste like homecookin' with about 1/10th the effort!

It's also good because I suck horribly at cooking chicken and rice meals, this will get me back into the swing of things.

Oh! And one other sign that my meds/therapy are working. I eyeballed the butter AGAIN tonight! Instead of dirtying our measuring spoons, I pulled out a knife, chunked a couple of bits of butter out of the tub, and was happy with not making sure it was exactly 2 tablespoons.

I didn't realize how relaxing life can be when I don't have to be paranoid that I'm going to mis-measure something.

And... last thing I promise ... I am going to be finished with my second sock in the next 2-3 days! I'm very proud of myself. I have a team lead at work that I think deserves 'em. She takes such good care of us. After those, I'm starting on my husbands tabi. I found a pattern online that is modeled after the traditional cloth version. It even has a simulated seam in the back and charts are included so that you can put their chinese horoscope on the side. It will be fun to finally make something I'll seen worn around the house other than myself :P

Ooogh... that was enough excitement for one night. Time to head back to bed and get ready for the super-awesome-fun-day at work tomorrow.

No.... really.

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