Thursday, February 26, 2009

I'm doing it! RAOK

Random Acts of kindness.   Something you do for nothin'.

Today I'm going to buy a random person lunch.  I plan on hitting the road later on today, and as I pick up my lunch, I'm going to pay for the person behind me.  A drive-thru will be more inconspicuous--my vehicle quickly whisking away as the person reaches for their wallet, only to hear, "the lady ahead of you treated you today."
Because, why not?
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Split Pea Lentil Curry

Super easy, hearty, and great as leftovers!!! Add chopped celery and spinach if ya got it. ..

Split Pea Lentil Curry
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2-3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup lentils (I used brown)
  • 1/2 cup dried split peas
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
Saute the onions and carrots in 2 Tbs olive oil until the onions begin to turn translucent--about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and continue sauteing for another few minutes. Add the spices, lentils, veg stock and seasonings.

Bring to a boil and turn the heat down. Cover and allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes or more, or until the lentils are soft enough to your liking.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Whole Wheat Poppyseed Bagels

Last weekend I made some of my favorite bread. I love to use this recipe for wheat bread since it's really soft and delicious. The only change I made was to use melted butter instead of melted shortening--cuz who the hell wants to eat that? It makes two loaves, so I decided to make half bagels and half cinnamon walnut bread.
The bread was soooo freaking good! We ended up eating it for dessert and breakfast with some fruit salad when my girlfriends came to visit me last weekend. Most of the bread was gone before trying it any other way, but I bet toasting it up and slathering with some butter, that bread would be drool-worthy!

All of the bagels had poppy seeds, and some had some dried onion flakes and garlic salt, for sort of an everything bagel. I'm still on the look-out for fennel seeds. I'd like to try to make Vegan Dad's lunch meat again--which I wasn't that thrilled with, but with a few modifications, I might like it better. These were big bagels--too large for my liking. It feels like you'll gain 10 pounds eating a full bagel, so I've been cutting them in half. Next time I will form them smaller, but still wide enough to make sammies out of.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Just for the FLOCK of it!

I wanted to let you know how kick-ass the Flock browser is. For some reason, Mozilla Firefox has been giving me shit lately. It will freeze up, and I can't do anything on my computer. I have to reboot, and, well, who the hell wants to do that?

What I love about the Flock browser:
  • A sidebar that can load up your myspace, facebook, flickr, also loads up e-mail alerts, and, one of my favorite, has a blog browser. Each time you get new mail, RSS feeds, comments, friend requests, etc, a little icon turns orange on the side-bar tab.
  • A media stream you can load up above your browser viewing window. You can easily scroll thru pics for a smile or inspiration while you surf
  • easier screen shots. Oh gawd, I love those things.
  • Faster loading times (for both web pages and the program itself)
  • Each time you open a new window, you can view a series of mini screen shots of your most frequently visted websites. Just click on it and BAM! you're there! Also has a column for recently closed windows, in case you wanna go back.

Now if I could only get a little flashing alert that lights up on my laptop so I won't have to sit down here, even just to check for new stuff. Cuz that's when I get distracted and start stumbling and google-image-searching and you-tubing.

Sorry to bore you with no pics today.
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Empanada Throwdown

Last weekend my family gathered for an early birthday party for my dad, and an empanada cook-off. We all brought different ones, 6 in total. My mom made her traditional empanadas, using ground turkey, chopped hard boiled eggs, raisins, olives and spices, and another kind with smoked mozzarella. I love how mom brushes hers with egg and sprinkles sugar on top.

My sister-in-law brought two kinds, spicy turkey, and (my favorite) spinach and feta. My brother-in-law brought the winning chicken, corn and cheese empanadas (which I obviously didn't try). It was interesting to see the differences in shapes and textures. My mom used frozen puff pastry sheets. Pie crust was used from both in-laws, but I chose to use a can of Grands biscuits.

I carefully peeled each biscuit into two, getting 16 pieces from one can. I rolled each round out to about 6 inches, and filled with some mashed up black beans that I'd sauteed with garlic and spices. I added a pinch of shredded cheddar, then topped it with a small spoonful of chopped bananas, which I'd also cooked briefly in some olive oil and salt. After folding them over and sealing, I also brushed mine with beaten egg, but they are just as good without.

The sauce was a mixture of sour cream, mayo, a splash of milk, lemon juice, chopped garlic, and a pinch of thyme, basil, and savory.

The possibilites are endless with these little delicious savory treats! Pin It
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