Friday, February 26, 2010

Something fun and a shiny thing

Courtesy of Maggie, whose blog you really should be following. Go now, I'll wait...

An award, to be passed on to six other bloggers I would like to know more about. But first, my turn in the hot seat.

  1. Where is your cell phone? Somewhere.
  2. Your hair? Dire.
  3. Your mother? Excellent grandmother.
  4. Your father? In the great beyond with a crossword puzzle, a beer, and bigass TV.
  5. Your favourite food? Noodles.
  6. Your dream last night? Involved a log cabin.
  7. Your favourite drink? Beer.
  8. Your dream/goal? To be a proper food blogger.
  9. What room are you in? Computer.
  10. Your hobby? Cooking.
  11. Your fear? Fire.
  12. Where do you want to be in six years? Here.
  13. Where were you last night? Here.
  14. Something that you aren’t? Quiet.
  15. Muffins? Corn.
  16. Wish list item? Handbags.
  17. Where did you grow up? Philadelphia.
  18. Last thing you did? Got the chittlins to sleep.
  19. What are you wearing? Clothes.
  20. Your TV? Travel Channel.
  21. Your pets? Dog, bird.
  22. Friends? Few.
  23. Your life? Good.
  24. Your mood? Relaxed.
  25. Missing someone? See #4.
  26. Vehicle? Simon, my Mitsubishi Lancer.
  27. Something you’re not wearing? Makeup.
  28. Your favourite store? Grocery.
  29. Your favourite colour? Yellow.
  30. When was the last time you laughed? Facebook.
  31. Last time you cried? Last epi of "Spaced."
  32. Your best friend? Separated at birth.
  33. One place that I go to over and over? Altomontes.
  34. One person who emails me regularly? Cousin.
  35. Favourite place to eat? Outdoor barbecue.
I'd like to pass this on to

That's all she wrote.

Friday, February 19, 2010

In the kitchen with Bridget

I was saving this for my 100th entry but, at the rate I'm going, that may be a bit down the road. So here is a recipe by my friend Bridget, whom I've known since time began. We bonded over a love of ethnic cuisine and and a fear of Munchee and would treat ourselves often to veggie lunches on South Street at the hole-in-the-wall Mexican place and South St. Souvlaki. She was also always kind enough to take home quarts of leftover curries and other dishes that I made the night before and shared her recipe for the world-famous Holiday Cheese Ball. Bridget's love of food rivals my own and it pleases me greatly to share this recipe with you.

Barley Chorizo Soup

I recently bought some soy chorizo at Trader Joe’s, because back when I was a meat-eater, I loved chorizo, and thought it was worth trying the veggie version. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with it, but during a cold weather snap here in Philadelphia, got the urge to make a nice, hearty soup.

It turned out so well, I decided to write down the recipe, both for my own purposes, and also to share with anyone who might be interested.


2 T. olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes (reserve the liquid)
1-2 T. cumin
Dash of salt and pepper
1 cup vegetable broth
½ cup wine (red or white)
3 cups water
1 package soy chorizo
½ bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup barley
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained (or other kinds – I had black beans on hand)

In a large stockpot, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil; when the onions are nearly transparent, add drained tomatoes, along with the enough of the reserved liquid to equal 1 cup. Add cumin, salt, and pepper, and let cook for approximately 5 minutes.

Add vegetable broth, wine, and
2 cups of water, and bring to a boil; add chorizo and barley. Stir and then cover the pot and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add beans and parsley, and
1 cup of water,* then cover the pot again and simmer for 20 minutes.

Ladle into bowls, add a dollop of sour cream (if desired), and serve with bread (if you have freshly baked bread, it really adds to the whole experience!).

This makes approximately 6-8 servings, and freezes well.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snownami 2010

I was way too amused by this squirrel.

Around noon it got very dark; the kidney-shaped ice pond is our pool.

Several hours later, no ice pond, no pool.

This is from Saturday, the first storm.

This was about 4pm. It's now just after 7:30 and you can't see either bush.

Poor Remy can barely make it around the yard. I shovelled out the cars twice just to get a head start but let's be real. I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, tiramisu, an enormous antipasti platter, meatballs, and I'm going to bang out a cauliflower-buttersquash curry tomorrow that I have been jonesing for. I'll weigh 300lbs by the time all is said and done but at least I'll be warm. :-)

I love winter and we're very lucky to have power, food, and plenty of booze. And, as this is a once-in-a-lifetime storm, I'm not going to complain. Granted, it's not a boatload of fun, but it's still very pretty and I'm going to enjoy the beauty before it turns to slush.