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Dinner and a movie- quick ‘n’ dirty

My Man had a work dinner tonight, which meant Grandíssimo, Puppy, and I were left to our own culinary devices. Do I even need to mention that I decided to make something super-easy?

Let me summarize:
This led to this:


I watched Bruce and Marie (Um Casal Surreal here in Portugal), which was a downer, and then balanced things out with an episode of Castle and some brownies.

Oh, yeah…I finally got around to making some experimental brownies this afternoon.



For a quinoa-based experiment, they aren’t bad…they turned out a little too ‘Asian’ for my liking, meaning they taste as though they were made with rice flour… Still, there is plenty of chocolate involved, and if you think you’d enjoy tapioca pudding brownies, they might be your thing…

Meanwhile, Grandíssimo is overtired and upset, so this post is getting cut short….

Thinking…Posts to Come, Instapaper, and Pinterest

My Darling Gangstas,

I’ve been thinking of you a lot lately… thinking, in general…and definitely thinking far more than I’ve been doing.

It’s been one of those weeks.

Still, I’ve been making mental lists of posts to share:

  1. Strawberry Tart a.l.G. Redux
  2. WTFarro
  3. TVP and Soy nugget explainer
  4. Cinnamon Rolls – no yeast, no egg, no butter…not bad. (I’m still perfecting this with “research” and “experimentation” :P)
  5. Other collected nerdiness that I will filter through 🙂

I’m going to resist doing my pseudo-Ike Turner impression (baby, I love you… I’ve just been so (whatever) I didn’t blog. C’mon baby…) and leave you with something more constructive…


For real.

I’m a hyper-researcher. I just made that word up. Now it means this:

A hyper-researcher is someone who, being always online, automatically looks up everything he or she does not understand, doesn’t know, or wants to understand more fully. All the time. The hyper-researcher looks up recipes, random craft techniques, word definitions, jargon (say, from crime shows, medical shows, comedic and cultural references, academic disciplines, slang) from tv shows or movies as the show is being viewed. This often results in an obscene number of browser windows or tabs being open at any given time.

This is why Instapaper is awesome:

It’s free. They don’t spam you. You add a bookmark to your browser window, and whenever you find an article you want to read (but not now), press the “Read Later” button. The webpage is saved in your Instapaper account in a handy, easily sortable, archivable list. You won’t forget about the info. You can read it whenever. Your computer will thank you.

You can also download the articles/webpages in printable form or in a format readable on your Kindle , iPhone, and iPad so you can read later, offline. You can even forward long email messages to your own Instapaper email address (unique to you) and read them later offline.

Every student should use Instapaper. So should every Gradissima-like nerd. Super-awesome computer nerds probably use something so much cooler I wouldn’t even know about it. That’s their business. For you and I, however, Instapaper rocks 😉

Check it out.

For real 🙂

A little post-script here-

I just stumbled upon this post about Pinterest for those visual folks, and I thought you might like it as an alternative to Instapaper. Check it out if you have the time.

New Site Is the Pretty Alternative to Bookmark Blah

Posted by Amy Keyishian

on May 20, 2011 at 2:09 PM

PinterestI don’t know about you, but I have about 40 kabillion bookmarks that I can never find when I need them. Even when I organize them into folders like “crafts I want to make,” “apartment ideas,” “cute baby gifts,” and “amazing art,” I end up forgetting where I put stuff.

So when my craft-ninja friend Lisa told me about her favorite new procrastination tool, I threw several deadlines out the window and headed over. It’s called Pinterest, and it’s going to revolutionize your design life.

…Keep on reading at:

Another post to make you laugh…

Hey, I didn’t say I’d be writing the humor. I just said it’ll make you laugh. And cry a little inside for the sweet, stoopid dog involved.

If you’ve never read Hyperbole and a Half, now is a good time to start. Why? It’s resonantly funny, and sometimes you want to challenge yourself to see if you can silently laugh while not peeing your pants while at work in a crowded office.

Greenpeace via The Adventures of Superbaby

Greenpeace. (Check out the cute pics)

Why it makes me happy? “Superbaby and Mr. Penguin were both fired for misuse of company time, as they did nothing but play with the whales…”

This also makes me happy because, had I the skill and creativity (and the baby), I could see myself doing this stuff to amuse myself 🙂

Slightly more happily insane? We got that:


Last-Minute ‘Mexican’ pie, from scratch

I’ve gotten lazy with the pastry dough. I realized this yesterday. Pastry dough is easy to make, and when I make it myself, it always tastes better than the store-bought kind. Plus, I’m in control of the ingredients, which means healthier fats and quality ingredients.

I’ll admit, I was entirely uninspired to cook yesterday. We had odds and ends leftover in the fridge, and none of them cried out as a central ingredient for anything tempting. Unfortunately, we were also out of frozen pizza. I kept avoiding the issue, thinking that inspiration would strike closer to dinner time. That’s why this is last-minute food 🙂


Still lacking inspiration, I figured I’d make pastry dough for a quiche/pie/something and sort out the details of the filling later. I used (as my starting point) the delightful Easy Olive Oil Tart Crust from Chocolate and Zucchini. The crust is a breeze, and I added about a tablespoon of flax-seed/linseed, a healthy dose of cumin and garlic powder, plus some oregano for looks 🙂 (I like my dough sexy.) I added these flavors because of the filling I’d settled on… you should tweak yours according to your own tastes 🙂

What follows is a truly rag-tag list of ingredients that were sitting in my refrigerator. Many of these things were about to go bad and had to be used. Because of the beans, I decided to go “Mexican” (I know, this is nothing like actual “Mexican” food, whatever that might be. It does, however, involve cumin, garlic, and spicy red pepper, which means “Mexican” to Midwesterners.)

I combined, in a large bowl:

  • 1/2 large red capsicum, diced
  • 1/2 c white beans
  • 1/4 c sliced carrot
  • 1/4-1/3 c chopped leeks
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 1/4-1/3 c tomato pulp
  • salt to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • red pepper (ground, spicy) to taste
  • 1 crumbled fresh cheese (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 c dried polenta (to bind ingredients)

Mix the ingredients well, then spread into the tart crust. Bake until crust is golden brown.

Honestly, I didn’t have high expectations on this one, but it turned out to be delicious. My Man loved it. I loved it. I’m about to have another slice as my afternoon snack. As always, this can be hacked/tweaked at will. Use whatever you have on hand. The key elements, for me, are the beans and tomato pulp with the cumin and garlic flavors…plus the crust, of course! The rest of the veggies should be interchangeable with any number of other things. Leave out the cheese, and the dish is vegan– so easy! (See, vegans aren’t hard to cook for!)

Carrot Ginger Soup via Bethenny Frankel (via Gal Pal)

Gal Pal sent me this link the other day, bless her. Carrot Ginger Soup from Bethenny Frankel. I haven’t tried it, but here’s what Gal Pal had to say:

This is a high maintenance soup, but oh my god.  Amazing rainy-day goodness!  Replace the chicken broth with vegetable base and it is the perfect veggie snack.

And now, here’s the link to the recipe (again, it has chicken broth, but I’d definitely go vegan on this one!)…Let me know if you try it, what you think, and if you would make it again!