The world is not ready for it, yet

Red Velvet Wine Cake, Winter Rose Semifreddo, Pomegranate Glaze, Rioja Pearls, Toasted Almonds
Red Velvet Wine Cake, Winter Rose Semifreddo, Pomegranate Glaze, Rioja Pearls, Toasted Almonds

I love this dessert.  I think its super cool, hip, and refreshing.  It is described as every girls dream: red wine, dark chocolate, red roses. It is served during valentines, for a sexy and sophisticated way to share a sensual experience.

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Breakfast, my favorite meal

Sweet hash brown -n- egg

It all started with the sweet potato. And not wanting to cut the large starchy football into tiny squares, and not wanting to wait for the hard cubes to soften in the skillet.  The cheese grater, or sponge shredded, depending on what you call it, became my very good friend and did the work pretty much for me.  No, no, do not bother to peel the brown wrapping, leave it be and grate away.

Hash brown style cook those shoe string sized starch nuggets in a cast iron pan, over moderate heat, in a good amount of fat.  I prefer olive oil (not extra virgin, that is not good for high heat cooking), add a dollop of butter or bacon fat if you have it lying around.  Place the shreds of orange potato in the hot skillet, spread evenly covering the whole surface of the pan.  Sprinkle with salt, and let fry for 10 minutes.  Move the pan around and see if the disk of congruent strings moves easily and together, like a raft on an ocean.  If so, time to invert.  Place a large dinner plate over the circle of sweet potato, and carefully turn  the skillet upside down, landing the potato Frisbee on the plate,  like a flipping a cake out of its pan.  Grease the hot skillet once again, and slide the hash brown disc back into the hot pool of fat, raw side down.  Finish cooking for 10 minutes more, over low to medium heat.  The sweet potato hash with start to smell charred and sweet.  Finish with a dusting of salt.

Sweet Brown Skillet Hash

Proceed to top the golden deliciousness with more examples of fine ingredients found on the countertop and in the nearby fridge.  For this particular meal I added avocado, arugula, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, 2 sunshine eggs.  This is a simple meal, one that you can tailor depending on what is in the house.  Don’t go to the store with a list of ingredients to make up a nice breakfast for yourself, use what you have and experiment with your favorite toppings.

To think that for a long time I never ate breakfast, and wasn’t all that nuts about eggs.  I guess that I was a fool then. Man, I can’t wait to have some breakfast tomorrow.

Remember Me?

Sometimes I get so distracted and excited and sidetracked that I get overwhelmed and confused and forget who I am.  Those little details the describe oneself, that you take for granted if you don’t work at keeping them trim and proper.  When you work too much it’s easy to forget what types of things you like to do in your spare time, what are the songs that consistently make you dance, that favorite scented shampoo, how and why to paint your toenails, how to find enjoyment in whatever it is you choose to do.  When you spend too much of your spare time chasing beer or boys, the battery in your camera dies, all your good drawing pens get lost, you don’t have a good book to read, and you have no idea what is going on in politics.

I joined a dating website and you have to sell yourself to strangers, make yourself seem cool, intelligent, good looking but not fucking hot, charming, nonchalant.  It’s about nit picking trivial details to try and describe the entirely of your strange and stretching personality in a few words to an invisible room full mostly of ugly men.  But hell, there might be a cute one out there looking for a weird, but kinda cute, extremely witty, sorta young lady.

Its making me feel introspective that I cannot round out in a few sentences what I am about.  I am not sure myself.  I mean I sorta forgot.  With chasing a career goal and filling in the free time with matters of the physical and the heart, I squeezed out that slice of pie that is devoted to self-experimentation.  When I hustle and bustle too much, the adornments are kept very simple; I travel light.  Anything can get reacquired, remembered, reconceived, but sometimes I forget where I left the notes.

Struggling with self-doubt and simultaneously anger at not trusting my abilities.  You have to remain humble, but why am I so god damn scared?  Confidence is the key, hesitation under bakes the cake.  I used to trust myself, but keep disappointing myself  because I set my standards to the moon high.  Where did that trust go?  Its should be around here somewhere.

I am working on becoming my self again.  Doing the things that I feel like doing, not letting the outside world sway me quite so much.  I am constantly inspired, but I need to remember to stay focused on matters that directly relate to the health and welfare of the personal empire.

Chukandar Gosht

Beef and Beet curry:

2# beef, cut into large cubes- sear in salt

2 large onions and 2 carrots, diced.  Sauté, add spices: toast coriander, cumin, and anise, purée with garlic and ginger.   Garam Masala, clove, cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon, salt and pepper.  Deglaze with wine.

2 large beets, small dice, 1 fennel bulb, chicken stock to cover (ok preferably beef, but that’s what I got in the house.  Made from leftover chicken bones).

Boil then simmer 2 hours.

Taste.

Eat with mashed cauliflower, for a Palo version.

A Rant for Owen Meany

WHY DON’T WE TAX OIL THE SAME WAY WE TAX CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL?

THAT TAX SHOULD GO FOR EDUCATION. USING CIG AND ALCOHOL MONEY FOR THE CHICDREN IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE.

OIL IS CHEAP NOW, BUT IT SHOULDN’T BE. KEEP IT EXPENSIVE NO MATTER THE MARKET DEMAND.

IF THE PRICE FALLS, GIVE IT TO HELP THE FUTURE.

A Poem for Mum

I love my mum-

she is the only one

with so much heart,

and so much spunk,

to lift a flat note soul

out of baritone blues

into a sharp chord heart

like a falsetto chime in early spring.

Her energetic eyes

spray ultra-violet light

of compassion that melts

the midnight shadow snow.

Massaman Curry with Chicken and Sweet potatoes

For a giant batch, enough for the household and your mother:

Boiled chicken and stock:

2 organic chickens, cut into 8 piece

2 large onion

3 large carrots

4 stalks of celery

2 stalk lemongrass, smashed and chopped

Bay leaf, salt, pepper

Bring to a simmer, cook 45 min.  Shred chicken

Curry:

Onion and Sweet Potato, small diced

Stir fry with massaman curry paste, granted galangal (or ginger), 1 head garlic, cumin seeds, coriander, cardamom, Chinese 5 spice, turmeric

Degrade with white wine

Add tamarind paste, fish sauce, soy sauce, cashew butter

Coconut milk, more smashed lemon grass, stock from the boiled chicken, salt and pepper

When potatoes are soft, add diced bell pepper and diced tomato

Finish with pulled meat and fresh chopped cilantro and lime juice