My eyes are beyond sensitive to onions. I get one cut into those little tear-gas bombs of doom and I’m all sniffling and got waterfalls running down my face and everyone in my family makes fun of me. It’s miserable. But onions are such a lovely ingredient in so many things I cook that I just put up with the pain and crying and chop a little faster while praying that I don’t cut something vital off.
I’ve been running a booth for the University’s Career Fair today so I’m both starving and crying on the inside for so many many reasons. So when I saw this I figured, what the heck! I’ll at least be able to cry for a reason when I finally manage to get my hands on a decent sized onion (the last bag we go they were like baby onions or something because they were T-I-N-Y).
I might have mentioned this before but my mother loves durian. A lot of people think it’s the grossest thing since ever and I’m neither for nor against it but this post isn’t for me. It’s for my mother who is currently having a day off at home (I hope) enjoying some time with her “baby” (my brother) who is hopefully awake at this point and working hard to make us all proud by doing his math and English homework.
“Green Goddess Salad Bowl” from Grass, Roots, & Grains
So for those of you who still don’t know (or are just tuning in) I have this job thing that I do. I come into my little corner office four days a week (one day for 14 hours thus the 3-day weekends) and I “work”. As one of those unfortunately productive people in the land of the Vogon-human hybrids I usually get the bulk of my physical work done in the span of about an hour. Then I sit around waiting for all the students that aren’t “making it” that are supposed to come see me. As is evidenced by this blog and its Pinterest and Facebook siblings, they don’t seem to feel as passionately about their education as I’m paid to. You’d think they’d want to get the best out of what they paid for but it’s like spending a ton of money on some fancy exercise machine that you use like twice a year. I use mine a little more often than that but I’ve had my equipment since high school and I ain’t losing much weight so clearly that ain’t working’ all that great. Sorry, I’ve been watching “True Blood” while working up a tentative orientation schedule for August. The accents gets in your head after 4 straight seasons.
And at lunch I close my office door so I can eat while doing… well the exact same thing. But today I took a look at some of the other bloggers out there and found this: “Green Goddess Salad Bowl | Grass, Roots & Grains“. While I do usually bring in something more along the lines of a salad for lunch this past week has been a train wreck and there is currently nothing green in my fridge. There were, however, a couple tomatoes in the kitchen so yay! My mom hasn’t been home for a few days and so scrounging happens (my dad doesn’t like buying food and expects us to live off the condiment bottles in the fridge until is is completely empty).
If you read this morning’s post you’ll know that I happened to have enough energy to mix together and bake up some cornbread to go with some chili (canned vegetarian kind. Oh yeah.) and of course, my tomato. That is not salad but I’m fed and now I can be more logical about my frustrations. Speaking this morning was a task of great magnitude so I opted for sneaking down into the English department to visit my friend who is a professor down there and eat chocolate and have some tea. Their hot water making device is much better than the one in my office.
But my mother returns to us this evening and so she will probably get to go grocery shopping this week and that means healthy food!
For those of you confused how someone with a master’s degree and a full time job still needs her mother to help buy groceries it’s okay. You’re not alone. But this is what happens. It’s hard to explain. But as some form of justification I don’t drive and I live just far enough into the suburban sprawl that not driving means not having access to much besides the super cool playground.
And now I should probably reopen my office door and get back to “work”.
“Vanilla Bean & Almond French Toast” from The Naptime Chef
I really want to try using the crock pot for more than soups because sometimes I feel like it needs to pull its weight around the kitchen a little more. Also, I’ve been forgetting to eat breakfast a lot with needing sleep and trying to remember to bring my bag to work and wearing appropriate shoes for the weather. I feel like having something like this would definitely remind me to eat in the morning and that would make my day so much better.
Last night I got my self together enough to make cornbread from memory. I think I got the temperature wrong, though. This recipe makes a rather dry and crumbly cornbread that is good for serving with chili or stew. I happen to have chili for lunch today. If I can’t get a good breakfast I at least need there to be a proper lunch.
Cornbread: Simple enough to make that I did it practically asleep
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup Crisco or butter
1 cup milk
Dump all ingredients into a bowl and mix until the shortening/butter isn’t in massive clumps.
“Spinach Pistachio Pesto” from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
In honor of the recent post and discussion with a fan (who also happens to work for me and I think he might just me sucking up for a raise or something. Sorry A— but our department is B-R-O-K-E) I have found this recipe. It also happens to be National Pistachio Day so I feel like this works.
Check out videos like this one titled “Beer” by Luke Goodman in the “Under 60 seconds” Category.
So in between filling out pre-approvals, check requests, co-teaching a class, budgeting and planning for a DC field trip and trying to figure out the best location for my attempt at growing plants in the office I discover fun things like this: The SAVEUR Video Festival.
I rarely remember to have my camera on hand to take photos of the food I actually make at home. I NEVER make videos because when I do it doesn’t matter how fancy my equipment… those videos are just unappetizing.
But here are some people who got their stuff together and made some fantastic videos. And all about food! Check them out and share your favorites with us.