Saturday, March 15, 2014
(Please note, I was not actually offended by this, and I only see this guy MAYBE twice a year, so I thought it was kind of funny.)
I've made it to my sexy size! I just had a man say the following to me:
"If you lose anymore weight there'll be nothing left to play with!"
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I signed up a while back for e-mails from THE UNIVERSE (it's a mostly silly life affirming e-mail) but today's struck me:
Andrea, do you think it's just a coincidence that you look exactly as you do?
Do you think your height, the color of your eyes, or the sound of your voice were accidents?
Do you think your insights into life, your gifts of perception, or your sense of humor were the result of random genetics?
No. You are exactly as you now are, with every freckle, trait, and charm, because they all added up to how you could make the biggest difference with your life in time and space, while having the most fun.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
I've never cooked a whole fish before. I've cooked fillets, steaks, chunks, salt cod, fish stick, etc, but never a whole fish. So imagine my delight when I saw Norwegian cod on sale at H Mart (Korean Grocery Store) for $4.49/lb. Now I love cod, and so does my Azorean husband. Cod is my #1 fish! So we hauled our butts to H Mart and poked around the fish department.
What I love about H Mart is most of their seafood department is self serve. The cod were sitting on a low case in a center aisle buried in ice. Of the 3 available, only the middle one was a size reasonable for 2 people for 2 meals. We bagged it and tossed it in our cart! After browsing the beautiful head-on shrimp, and poking around the meat department to grab some bulgogi beef for later in the week, we had a little fun checking out the exotic meats.
I was thrilled to see duck breast, duck legs, frogs legs (ironically the label called them "FLOGS LEGS" - I kid you NOT), pork hearts, chicken hearts and chicken feet! Yum! They also had big bags of frozen marrow beef bones for 99 cents a pound, so we grabbed a big package of them for later. I was disappointed to find I could not buy a single red chile for dinner, so I skipped spending $4.79 for a package of them.
We grabbed some king oyster mushrooms, scallions and ginger in the produce section before leaving and stopped in the sauce aisle to grab some bulgogi marinade and high tailed it out of there!
When dinner rolled around, I got a little nervous. I had a recipe in mind but a whole fish is INTIMIDATING!
It had been cleaned and scaled so I just rinsed it and cut it open a bit more so it would lay flat. I wasn't worried about the skin being crisp, so I laid it skin side down and scattered the flesh with grated ginger and scallions and popped it in a 425 degree oven for 30 minutes. It came out smelling so yummy!
I served it up on a plate with white rice, snow peas and king oyster mushrooms stir fried in a bit of oil and a pinch of salt, and a dipping sauce made of soy sauce, shao shing rice wine, a sliced jalapeno and a pinch of sugar. I didn't even remember to take a pic before I started eating!
OM NOM NOM so YUMMY!
Are YOU scared to try something new? Sometimes it's not as scary as you think! (Ok except for the fish eyes, I did NOT try the fish eyes!
Friday, March 07, 2014
Turmeric, from The Spice House:
Turmeric, essential to curry powder, is a member of the ginger family. It has a light, musky flavor along with a brilliant golden-orange color for which it is famous throughout the world. It contains the compound curcumin, which is a strong anti-inflammatory. In Asia, its main use for thousands of years was as a dyestuff. At one time, sun worshippers, whose sacred color was yellow, dyed their textiles with the very expensive saffron. When it was discovered that the very inexpensive turmeric produced the same brilliant color, the sacred saffron was guarded for special culinary dishes.
Turmeric can replace the golden color with which saffron graces foods, but not saffron's distinctive flavor! For a while, turmeric was also used as a fabric dye in this country, until it was replaced by newer coal-tar compounds. To this day, some Hindu brides paint themselves with turmeric as part of the wedding ceremony, while married women rub it into their cheeks to give off an attractive golden glow. In Asia, turmeric is considered a good luck charm; newborn babies might have it rubbed on their forehead, or a bit of the root may be made into a necklace for them to wear.
Turmeric also has antiseptic qualities.
Turmeric is rarely used solo in any dish. It is used frequently in Indian curry powders and spice mixes, and used often in Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines.
One of my favorite dishes is Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Almonds:
The turmeric gives it a beautiful golden color!
My husband hates turmeric, but he only knows it's in something if I tell him!
Be careful: turmeric can stain countertops and skin!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
No, I did not binge. I've just had really awful luck.
Yesterday I got home from work to find raw chicken sitting in my crockpot. The crockpot was on and plugged in, but it had never heated up. I was mad because I had really been looking forward to chicken enchilada casserole. I had to throw away a pound and a half of chicken. I hate wasting food!
We managed to scrounge up some leftover Italian bread, bottom round roast, cheddar cheese and some grapes for a makeshift "Ploughman's Lunch". It was yummy.
This morning I unzipped my banana and removed it's jacket, and promptly dropped the naked banana on the floor between the garbage and recycling bins, where it picked up all sort of nasty crumbs so I threw it away. *sigh* Then I scrounge through the fridge to find something for lunch. Leftover chicken fiesta cups! Yum! I toss it in a bag with a yogurt and an apple....and leave it sitting on the coffee table at home. Argh.
The good news is I have a shelf-stable Barilla pasta dinner in my desk drawer at work, but now I need extra protein, so I need to go to the Acme and grab a yogurt. No biggie I guess except this Acme's prices are exorbitant.
Speaking of prices, what's up with the price of beef lately? I've been craving red meat but it's never on good sales! Not even hamburger! So ridiculous.
It's TOM here so I'm not worried about the scale, but I'm tired and anxious because of the hormones.
Hubby decided we're going to his 20th high school reunion (he's 6 years older than I am, cradle robber) so I'm a little anxious about that, but his grad class was only 40 people. (Alanis Morissette went to his high school, btw, before he went there and when it was an all-girls school.)
Not much going on here. Not feeling much like writing.
Hope you are all doing well!
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