Monday, March 30, 2009

How I Spent My Spring Vacation: A Photo


This would be much cuter if I ever took a photo that wasn't with my cell phone. It's just that I can't find the cord to my camera. If it had an SD card, I could plug it straight into my computer. But it doesn't. I think it's Compact Flash, which really isn't very compact at all.
Anyway. The chicks. I got the idea from Bakerella, and they turned out pretty darn cute. Not as cute as hers, of course, but I was making the eyes with a toothpick and black food coloring. And I'd never done it before. So I am satisfied.

Friday, March 20, 2009

If you can't find it on the internet, it doesn't exist

Two days ago, I found a website that offered a particular product that I've been wanting, in a variety of sizes. I had to measure something at home before I ordered. Now, when I go back to the site, they don't sell them anymore! Grr!

And what was I looking for, you ask? A Batman logo sticker less than 4 inches wide. Why? To put on some doors in my house. Why? So that when people ask to use my bathroom, I can tell them, "It's around the corner. Just look for the Bat Signal."

Why? Because one of my favorite jokes when I was a kid was about Batman:
Q: What does Batman do when he first wakes up in the morning?
A: He goes to the batroom.
Q: What does he do in the batroom?
A: Do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do! (Remember the old theme song? The joke works a lot better in person.)

Anyway. Moral of the story is that I can't find a sticker to fit on my door, because it's panelled, so i want to put it in the middle at eye level. I could use a bigger one at waist level, but...it diminishes the joke. But never fear. I will find it.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Road to hell is paved in unbought stuffed dogs

The subject has nothing to do with this post. It's a line from "The Sun Also Rises," and it caught my fancy.
Here, ladies and...well, Dad...is my dining room:

Please note the bread machine sitting on the floor. Ostensibly, when I am done making bread, I pop it back on the shelf behind it. I last made bread on Saturday, so clearly that's working really well for me. But I'll need to make bread again this weekend, so why bother?

Eventually, there will be some sort of curtainry, as I don't find this a particularly appealing view for the dining room. Not that I ever eat at the table. There's something pathetic about eating alone at the table, but less so about eating while watching TV. I don't know why.

In other news, there is no other news.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The famous Spicy Chicken Soup!

I smell like lime. Which could be much worse, because usually when I make Spicy Chicken Soup, I end up smelling like oil and/or cooked chicken. So...yeah. I'll take the lime. I thought I had posted the recipe before, but now I'm thinking I haven't. Anyway, I don't have much of a recipe. I can give you Rachael Ray's version, but it's actually only vaguely like what I make. And what I make is clearly better, because two, TWO people really like it.

If you'd like to attempt it yourself, here are the instructions. I have no ingredient amounts, because I just do whatever strikes me, depending on how much chicken I have and how hot I want it.

Heat some cumin and coriander in olive oil (Rachael doesn't do this, but it's actually the key to cooking with cumin). Add garlic and chicken. (I'm all about jarred garlic.) Cook it a bit, throw in jalapeno and celery if you're using it, I don't usually have it, but it's a nice addition. When the chicken is done, add chicken bouillon cubes and the appropriate amount of water. You can use chicken broth or stock, but a) I rarely have it 2) bouillon is cheaper d) I like it better. Anyway, you have so many other strong flavors, you don't need much in the way of fancy expensive broths. Add some Frank's Red Hot sauce and a few handfuls of egg noodles. The last minute or so, squeeze in a lime (which you have already zested). I throw the halves in to steep for a while. Garnish with lime zest, cilantro, a healthy blob of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips.

I threw in a few frozen zucchini pieces to see how they tasted, and you actually can't really taste them. Which is good for those who don't love zucchini. For the record, Rachael Ray's version omits the noodles and crushes the bag of chips and puts them in the soup, but that creeps me out. It also has green bell pepper and onions, both of which I hate.

You're not still insisting on specific measurements, are you?

Fine.

According to the cookbook:
2 T EVOO
1.5 lbs chicken
3 cloves garlic
1 green bell pepper
1 large onion
1 jalapeno
2 celery ribs
.5 T cumin
1 T coriander
2 c tortilla chips, crushed
2 t hot sauce "such as Tabasco"
1 qt chicken stock or broth
.5 c sour cream
Zest and juice of 2 limes
.5 c fresh cilantro
4 scallions

I forgot she garnishes it with scallions, too. Gross. And that's a heckuva lot of cilantro. And the recipe never does say what to do with the lime juice, heh.

But there you have it. Build from there.