Saturday, July 25, 2009

That's It! I Quit!

Was at work today, worked 3-12, just got home. I brought food, but thought I was getting home at 8 which turned to 10 which turned to 12. Not complaining, 40 hours this week, awesome for my bank account.

But going six hours without food, probably not a good idea. Especially since I've changed my eating habits and have been eating healthy and regularly. Apparently bodies don't like change. Haha. I was out smoking on my break when I came in I felt all dizzy and shaky and sick to my stomach. I think it was just the bod saying, "fucking feed me already you psycho!" But at first I thought it was from the cigarettes. Truth be told, they most likely did not help. It was enough to scare me though and I am quitting them for good!!

That's right, you heard it on this blog! Adorably Dead is quitting cigarettes for freaking good! I've said it so many times and it reminds me of a quote from Dr.Cox from Scrubs about last cigarettes " The last cigarette is better then sex, I've had thousands of them." If that's not the right one, it was something to that ilk. But I've made up my mind (how many times have I said that?), plus, I just have to think of all the money I'll be saving.

I'm so excited tonight. Jan, my superior from work, brought in a bunch of jalapenos and tomatoes from her garden. And I have the onion, salt, garlic and chili powder. I'm making salsa tonight! Woohoo! I love fresh salsa. Well, I love salsa.

And I am feeling less shaky after writing this. I think it also had to do with the fact that I've drank nothing at all today. Oy vay. Apparently I must like to feel like I'm going to lose consciousness or something. :p Stupid me.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fucking Sweltering

Somebody help me. It's so damn hot in this house my brain is boiling. I....I can't take it anymore, summer needs to go away, I never liked it anyways; my makeup always melts off. I can not sleep, I wake up and am coated in sweat. It's disgusting. I think even my teeth are sweating. Blech.

So I've been seeing trailers for District 9. Has a pretty cool website for the movie. At first I couldn't figure out if it was a scifi action/comedy ala Men In Black, or just scifi action. Now I'm pretty sure it's an action movie. It seems to be an allegory of some sorts to negative views on foreigners and racism (those seem to go hand in hand). I did like the fact that on the website and in the trailers they showed other foreigners views on the aliens of District 9 that were no living on earth, and it's basically exactly what some jerk ass American has probably said about them and their people at some point in time. It's not overtly cliche and proves a point, nicely done.

Even though it's an action movie, the trailers make it seem sad to me. There are these aliens that land here, and I'm going to assume they crash land here, because if I could be anywhere right now; it would not be on this hot ass planet! I'm thinking Hoth, I would fucking love to be on Hoth right now. Anywho, apparently they have something and our government wants it and now they can't go home which is really all they want to do.

I don't blame them, they probably come from some great, awesome planet where the men and women are served by either topless or bottomless drink servers of their choice of gender and they lounge by a pool where it's neither too sunny nor too cloudy drinking mojitos all day long. And then they land on this crap hole planet where it's so goddamn hot all freaking summer long!

Oh Gods...I want to see this movie, it looks interesting...I think I'm going to see if I can shove myself into our freezer. Goodnight.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

So You Think You Can Cook: Hobo Soup

I think I would like to have a regular foodie thing on here, or as regular as I can keep it; So You Think You Can Cook: The Chronicles of the Kitchen Inept! Haha! I'm not really that horrible at cooking...I just have no practice. Which really sucks on two fronts because I absolutely love to cook! And I love kind of exotic food also and lots of home made things.

I'm making Hobo Soup, the easiest soup I've ever made or heard of in my life. We made it in Girl Scouts before and I've decided to make it for the kids and well, everyone living in the house. My sister has taken to calling it Homo Soup because I flub up my words.

At Girl scouts when we have this we tell the girls to bring in a can of something, but it has to be water based. Like canned vegetables and canned soup and you just put it all together and heat it up. It tastes awesome. Not that you really need a recipe but what would a 'SYTYCC:Kitchen Inept' Post be without one? So here's how I made mine.

Once again, sorry for no pictures; not that you need pictures of soup, but oh well.

I think all in all I used about 4 cans of Vegetable Soup with beef broth and 3-4 of Chicken Noodle Soup, with the correct amount of water thrown in afterwords. I also used a can of Select's Caramelized French Onion Soup. Then I added lots of vegetables: Half a head of Cabbage, Couple of Stalks of Celery, Tinned Tomatoes, Green Beans, Corn, Brown Rice, Lentil Beans, Carrot Slices and Peas. The soup started to be more vegetables then broth so I added a bit more water, like two cans worth. And then there was too much in there so I couldn't add the other thing, Potatoes.

My sister said it tasted awesome at that point, not too salty and not too watery. I just didn't see it as quite done though so I added: Basil, Oregano, Black Pepper and what all Baltimoreans love and can't live without; about 3 tablespoons of Old Bay. And surprisingly enough I felt no need to put any garlic in it. It kind of reminds me slightly of Maryland crab soup right now, only because of the old bay in it though. I swear that's what that soup is though, just vegetable soup, add crabs and old bay and there you go....OK well there's some other stuff too, but that's the gist of it anyways.

I think when people start eating it and it goes down some, I'll add the last two cans of soup I have and then add some potatoes...possibly the rest of the rice and beans too.

So there you have it, quick and easy and awesome. Wow..this turned out to be a huge post. Kudos if you got down this far!

As a last bit of an aside; my sister has gotten me thinking about making something called Homo Soup. I'm thinking something creamy and slightly 'decadent' and....pink!!! Let you know what I come up with....and if it's edible.

Monday, July 20, 2009

I'm Missing Everything!

I'm an anime nut and I love Asian culture, just found out that yesterday was the last day for Otakon. It's an anime convention down at the Baltimore convention center in the inner harbor. I'm so annoyed, I feel like I'm missing everything. I'm almost always working, if not I'm just bored. But every time something happens I'm working and can't go to it. I've missed the Gay Pride parade and Starscape; even the Hon festival!

I've wanted to go to that festival for so long now. I mean, free beehive hairdos! Who could pass that up! Besides it's awesome and kitschy, it's what Baltimore's about.

But now it's Otakon! It makes me feel slightly bored and lonely. It's really sad when a ride to the bank and then to pay a car payment and then to 7-11 is viewed as 'refreshing'. Then again I was with my siblings and they're hilarious, if annoyingly so at some times.

I have a slight headache. I had to deal with my brother Eric and my sister meowing at other cars. But it was hilarious, especially when they did it to a bicycler.

I'm so mad at my scanner. It's not working for some reason and I'm going to have to get my sister to fiddle with it for me. I was going to do a blog post of many pictures since I finally got my two cameras fixed, but, looks like it's a no go...for now. I cannot wait until I have enough money one day to get a digicam. And I mean a good one, not some crappy one like last time.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Coast Guard

Went to my Grandma's for the past two days and found out my cousin is going to join the United States Coast Guard. I'm iffy with the military, but I'm so proud of my cousin. I just hope that this is what he really wants to do, after he signs up he's stuck for the next four years.

I'm just glad he didn't decide to go into the army, I do not want him to go to Iraq.

Any who, it's a really good paying job and if he decides to go back to college they pay for it. He's going to go to boot camp for two months. I'm going to miss him so much. I think it's a good thing though, he'll get to travel and get paid well.

The only thing I'm afraid of is this. My grandma and me were talking about his decision and she looked at me and said, "He's going to change a lot."

I hope he doesn't change too much!

Edit: Completely off topic, but found out from burp and slurp's blog that this blog is having a give away for all the little foodies and wannabe foodies out there. Check them both out.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

So You Think You Can Cook: Turkey Meatloaf

After my turkey burger fiasco and still riding on a false sense of confidence from reading so many of the foodie blogs I seem to be enamored with, I set off to make my first loaf from the meat of turkeys. The little sister's phone will not upload pictures onto the computer, so, sorry. But it was a success. The glaze for it came out tasting like a barbecue sauce and was a tad too sweet, but I'm not sure what else I could have added to it. And for some reason the whole thing tasted like barbecued chicken, but at least it was in the poultry family! I got the genus correct and it was edible and that's all I'm worried about.

So here is the recipe in case anyone is interested:
Meatloaf:
1 pkg. ground turkey
1/4 c. bread crumbs
1/3 c. milk
1 egg
1 small onion chopped
1/2 tsp thyme (I used sage, we have no thyme)
2 tbsp. ketchup

I also chucked in a tablespoon or two of that Heinz 52 stuff that you can add to burgers. Of course after you mix everything and mush it all up together, put it in a pan and form it into a loaf. I was very proud of myself for forming it correctly in the pan (hey, I don't get to cook that often.) and proceeded to enthusiastically shove said raw meat, egg and other things mixture under my mother's nose exclaiming, "Look what I did!"

Glaze:
3 tbsp.brown sugar (♪how come you taste so gooood!♪)
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. dry mustard

And then you mix that all together. I did not have dry mustard so I just added a tablespoon or two of actual yellow mustard. And then it was really sweet so I added a couple of shakes of soy sauce to the mix. Like I said it still wound up being a tad too sweet after that, but I'm not sure what else I could have added.

Bake at 350 degrees, the directions said for 40 minutes but as I looked at the loaf that was still oozing blood into the pan my mother said to put it in for another 40 minutes or so, apparently then was not the time for the glaze. Then add glaze, bake for 10 minutes more.

It came out so good, so happy! I actually think the glaze would be really good on a kebab, thinly brushed over it and then grilled.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

So You Think You Can Cook?

It has just dawned on me that I am possibly horrible at cooking. I cooked turkey burgers last night with cheese in the middle and I just have to ask the people that read this...are they supposed to be slightly soft and pink in the middle? Or can I get crap loads of Salmonella from that?

I was halfway through my burger when I noticed. Oy vay. I wound up slicing them in half horizontally and cooking them again, kind of burnt the cheese but it wasn't to bad.

In all honesty I'm blaming all the neat food blogs I've been reading. I've been trying to get more into cooking anyways and these blogs make everything look so damn easy and awesome. I get so jealous and then start to think I might be a better cook then I really am. I knew I should have followed a recipe.

My mom said that I had the heat up to high. I could have sworn I had it as low as I could. Then again our stove is really decrepit and no matter what level you have it on there's this huge flame on one side, always. It's like it's protecting the food....from being cooked. Just went to stir the macaroni and cheese and now I'm pretty sure I have 3rd degree burns on my wrist.

Tonight I tackle turkey meatloaf. I promise I will goad my sister into taking pictures with the camera phone. If it turns out well, I shall post recipe....if I burn the house down don't expect anything.

A Special Place In Hell

Is being designed for me as we speak, I'm about 70 percent sure of it now. The past two days or so (I'm not sure, I've lost track of time....isn't that a sign of alien abduction?) have been slightly crappy. On the 3rd on my way to pick up a friend, who apparently couldn't hear me knocking on her door, I accidentally hit a dove...with my car. A cute, little, pudgy mourning dove. I even heard the 'thunk' as it made contact. I cried all the way to the store I had to go to, to buy some stupid sodas for the stupid party at work to realize, hey, I'm not off today, I work in an hour.

Good thing is that everyone agrees that the dove is most likely fine, it was in mid flight and I was slowing down to avoid it. I didn't hit it's wings, just the lower part of it's body and it continued flying. It didn't...fall out of the air, so I'm pretty sure that it's fine...I hope.

Then about two hours later I got off for a half hour to take my brother to his new school for his football practice try out thing (which he was mistaken about), and on the way back to take him home I almost run over this tiny sparrow near the stop sign. My brother found this hilarious and asked me if that made two today now and I'm behind the wheel going 'Will nothing end my unholy animal killing rampage!?'.

Worked on the fourth as well. I hate working in the part of the building that's surrounded by trees and other buildings and is at the bottom of hills and such. I didn't see one damn firework...oh but I heard them dammit! My brother was so cute, he said if we had enough tape he was going to record the fireworks for me. He didn't get to but it's still really cute, haha.

I absolutely cannot wait until Thursday. I need money so badly. Poor gas tank's on it's last leg.

On the plus side, I did get to hang out with my friend A-kun yesterday and got shown a really neat park I didn't know was near me. I would love to go back and fish and hike one day. Apparently I need a license.

And speaking of mourning doves....like half a page ago...I found this on youtube. Be warned it does kind of drag on, it's five minutes, but I think it's neat to see the little dove babies grow up. They're so cute and fuzzy! Also the music is really peaceful, I'll admit myself I stopped watching halfway and just let the music play. Apparently doves like to build crappy looking nests in odd places. Who knew.