2007-12-22

loving my new record player


We are convinced that animals is Pink Floyd's finest.

also, can anyone get us Led Zeppelin IV on vinyl?

2007-12-19

unintentionally hysterical


I do not think this shirt conveys what they intended to convey.

2007-12-17

early winter salad

  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • .5 cup grated carrot
  • .25 cup chopped walnuts
  • squeeze fresh orange juice
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  1. blanch parsley and celery in lightly salted water, not so long that celery loses its crunch.
  2. strain veggies and toss everything together in a large bowl.
  3. serve warm.

2007-12-14

coolest thing


Last day in Kauai, taking a morning swim, a little fish only 1 inch, finds us. Away from the reef, lost in open water. I have on a black bathing suit, refuge. The fish follows me around, blending in with my suit. We can't leave now, I have a fish!

Strangely affecting.

2007-12-04

tv

To those who haven't watched the new Battlestar Galactica: you need to, then I won't be alone in my increased blood pressure and heart rate.

To those who recommended I watch it; Damn you! I should never start watching a series until it's completely done, over, off the air. Now I we have to wait for season three to be released (just pretend) and for season four to ever air!
Grrrrrr.

Still suffering from an inability to love any television that does not take place in space.

I do not fear my roomba.

2007-11-29

inspiration


maiko
Lately I've been fascinated by make-up as an art form.

2007-11-28

overwhelming love










A Dedication to my Wife (or Husband)

To whom I owe the leaping delight
That quickens my senses in our walkingtime
And the rhythm that governs the repose of our sleepingtime,
The breathing in unison.

Of lovers whose bodies smell of each other
Who think the same thoughts without need of speech
And babble the same speech without need of meaning.

No peevish winter wind shall chill
No sullen tropic sun shall wither
The roses in the rose-garden which is ours and ours only

But this dedication is for others to read:
These are my private words addressed to you in public.

-ts elliot

used in our wedding programs, and still kinda tears me up; I am such a newlywed.

2007-11-21

What I feel like some days


If anyone hasn't seen this yet,
you really need to.

2007-11-18

new food experiment

I imagined dinner tonight as some sort of North African French immigrant feast.

Rosewater pasta with tuna mousse and cauliflower saute. Start the vegetables first, make the pasta and tuna while they cook.

Starch
  • fresh fettuccine
  • rosewater
  • butter
  • salted water for boiling
  1. Cook pasta 'till al dente
  2. drain, toss with a dash of rosewater and pat of butter
Vegetables
  • cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • lima beans
  • japanese eggplant
  • tofurkey kielbasa, sliced in to thin rounds
  • red bell pepper
  • shallot
  • .25 red onion
  • turmeric
  • coriander seeds
  • cumin
  • walnut oil, for sauteing
  • chickpea flower
  1. Heat oil with shallot and red onion
  2. Toss in and saute vegetables and kielbasa, in whatever proportions please you. Start with cauliflower, end with bell pepper
  3. 1/2 way through add spices
  4. Add .5 tbsp chickpea flower to absorb any excess oil, taste, repeat 'till satisfied
Protein
  • canned albacore
  • mayonnaise
  • capers
  • fresh hot red pepper, like a jalapeño
  1. whip all ingredients together in bowl with a fork until creamy and fluffy. We like lots of capers, do as you please.
We didn't have any on hand, but I imagine the proper dessert to serve afterwards is saffron ice cream with sliced pickled and fresh kumquats.

Serve a small amount of each in a triangle on a large pasta bowl.

2007-11-15

product lust



Something about gomeagan's jewelry calms me, like the blue-green tones in the Harry Potter and LOTR movies.

I'm instantly transported to some Highlands twilight.

Anybody want to get me a present?

2007-11-14

you can't go wrong

These flavors are always delicious together, mix them all up to your taste and toss w/ salad, or pasta (gnocci would be great if you chop the asparagus into small pieces) or anything else your heart desires.

  • Honey
  • Dill
  • Lemon
  • Asparagus
Last week I made this with torn red leaf lettuce, finely chopped red onion (left to marinade in the lemon-honey mixture for a while, I also put in a little champagne vinegar, pine nuts and soaked 'till plump golden raisins), and salt & pepper to taste. Mmmm

Oh yeah, don't forget to blanch the asparagus, unless you like a really green flavor and unique texture.

marriage

I've concluded the main thing about marriage is developing the same neuroses as your spouse. For me this is reflected by my constant irritation at everyone else on the planet, primarily the way they walk/ drive and especially how they ride their bikes.

2007-11-01

Corn!

When there's fresh sweet corn I love to make this:

  • 2 ears fresh raw white corn, cut from the cob
  • 1 green bell pepper, julienned then strips cut in half
  • 1 tsp finely diced ginger
  • 1 clove finely diced garlic
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • .5 tsp sesame oil
  • dash sea salt
  • shake red pepper flakes for color (optional)
  1. toss it all in a bowl

2007-10-31

mexican-ish soup

Dinner last night

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 inch spicy red mystery pepper from the neighbors, finely chopped, leave in seeds for extra heat
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • .25 cup white hominy
  • .25 cup black beans, canned
  • 3 tbsp bean juice (yummmm)
  • 1 can chicken broth (use veggie broth to make this vegan)
  • .5 - 1.5 cans water, as needed for desired consistency
  • .25 cup soyrizo
  • medium bunch spinach
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • tortilla chips you accidentally left open that are half stale
  • sour cream or plain yogurt (optional)
  1. saute garlic & red pepper over med-low heat until flavors start to release
  2. add hominy & saute 2 minutes longer
  3. add taco seasoning
  4. add broth & black beans with juice. turn to med-high heat
  5. add soyrizo & water, cook until satisfied
  6. add spinach, turn off heat, stir several times, and cover. wait for spinach to wilt.
  7. ladle into bowl over some tortilla chips, top w/ the cooling dairy

Slaw

food experiment from last week

the slaw:
  • thinly sliced/ chopped Napa cabbage and 1/4 as much romaine heart -about 3.5 cups total
  • .5 cup shredded carrot
  • .25 cup diced pickled pepperoncini
  • .5 inch diced fresh jalapeño
  • chopped cilantro to taste
  • toss it all in a bowl w/ dressing (below)

the dressing:
  • 1 tbsp mayo
  • 1.5 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice to thin
  • pinch sea salt
  • .5 tbsp olive oil
  • the smallest amount of molasses you can get on a whisk
  • whisk above together in small bowl
Of course everything is really to taste, I just tried to come up w/ proportions. This was surprisingly good & got compliments. Went well w/ chile verde, spanish rice & black beans.

2007-10-26

2007-10-25

Reason

Reason number 3,289 I'm madly in love w/ J: He apologizes to me the morning after I dream he's done something terrible, or even just particularly irritating.
No it was just a dreams, only simple I'm sorrys.

2007-10-24

sensibility

What is it about
this world that appeals to me so much?
It might just be aesthetics, since I can't stand pseudo-anarchists and self-righteous pretentious assholes, even if I am one.
Or that I'd love to be free and in motion, my body moving fast in any direction, hoping my mind will follow. Free to say fuck it all.

Check out the photography anyways, it's beautiful.

2007-10-22

After the wedding

It's taking my brain a while to recover. What do I do with all that left-over (yet very focused) energy? I still have ideas, fabulous wedding related ideas.

There's always Trash the Dress

but it seems a little wasteful, as if throwing a party for so many people wasn't in the first place.

I came across this and love it.

I'm planning on reworking the dress every year, and taking arty photos with J.

Feeling inspired, as soon as I can get the house clean.

until December 15th 2007, wedding pics are here

2007-10-15

anew

let's see if I actually do anything with this!