thetofupirate: (itty bitty chairman meow)
This morning we attempted to beat the storm into Toronto, so that we could go to a memorial service for my dad's cousin. (He passed away in early January; he'd been suffering from advanced Parkinson's, as well as Alzheimer's, I believe. It was not unexpected.) We made it to the 401, where there was pretty much only one lane (as opposed to the usual three). We made it as far as the west end of Milton when we decided to turn around. You could barely see 20 feet ahead of you, and at the rate we were going, we'd be lucky to make it into the city in several hours, let alone the 45 minutes we had before the service was to start.

So I've been baking instead. I wish I could say it was in honour of my dad's cousin, but I didn't really know him all that well. He was nice and all, but I have no clue as to whether he'd even like Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies, or white cake. Well, no matter. I'll still eat a slice in Don's memory.

So now my most urgent decision (which isn't urgent at all) is whether to put chocolate or vanilla icing on my white cake. (Cake mix was on sale yesterday at the grocery store. And [livejournal.com profile] listersgirl had written about cake recently, so I'd been kind of craving it. Plus, there was cake at work on Tuesday, but they ran out so I didn't get a piece. I am now making up for it, I suppose.)
thetofupirate: (River: swallowed a bug)
An update of sorts on my request for meal ideas.

So, for a few weeks after that entry, I was really good about prepping my veggies in advance so that I'd use them up. And I did use the vast majority of vegetables before they went bad, which was better than I'd been in a long time!

Then, I bought a cookbook that several people suggested: Moosewood Restaurant Daily Specials: More Than 275 Recipes for Soups, Stews, Salads & Extras. What I've been doing now is picking at least one recipe to make a week (sometimes it's one soup and one salad to make a week; since Scott won't eat anything from this cookbook, they last me at least a couple days. The other days of the week I eat whatever I can find.), and that seems to be working out well. I'm not wasting veggies, since I buy what I need for the recipe, and maybe a small assortment of other veggies to eat on the other days.

I even have a couple pictures of stuff I've made!

Two pics behind here )
So, yes. I'm eating (I've bought those mini cereals to take to work to eat for breakfast; once a week or so I buy a small carton of milk, and keep it in the fridge at work) and it's working out pretty well. I'll potentially continue to post photos, because it's kind of fun.

Tonight, I will buy eggs, and then I can make some delicious cookies from a recipe that [livejournal.com profile] vitaminbootay gave me.
thetofupirate: (Jayne: eating people alive)
Very shortly I will be trying to score some Boxing Week deals with some friends. I need a new pair of jeans. And some shirts that are good for work. Possibly another pair of pants that are good for work, too. We shall see what I find.

I'm trying to eat more healthfully. I always end up buying veggies and such from the grocery store, but they tend to go bad before I get around to eating them. I've got a plan that I put into place last night, after grocery shopping, that I hope will help me. Usually, because I get home from work so late, I don't feel like prepping all the food for a good dinner, so I end up just throwing a veggie burger on the grill. So after grocery shopping last night, I chopped all the veggies into the various shapes that I need them for things, and put them into containers into the fridge. Hopefully having everything ready to throw into a pan or whatever will help me to actually make those things and use the veggies! Now I just have to think of more exciting things to make besides stir frys, burritos and pastas. Suggestions are welcome, vegetarian (or adaptable) ideas preffered.

And what do y'all eat for breakfast? Do you have any fast, simple ideas that one can throw together at 6am without much trouble, or can be prepared the night before? I need to eat breakfast, but I rarely do. I've got yogurt and berries to add to it, which will last me a few days, but I get bored easily and need ideas. Things that are easy to pack and eat later are also a good idea, since it usually takes me a couple hours after waking up to actually want to eat breakfast, and there's no way I'm getting up at 4am so that I'll be hungry before I leave the house at 6:15.
thetofupirate: (itty bitty chairman meow)
While I didn't really read any more of the magazines I have waiting for me, the awesome did continue when I skimmed an article about no-cook meals, and found three meals that I could adapt to make for this week (including instructions for making couscous really quickly without using the stove). And then I went out and bought all the stuff I'd need, and now I'm set! So last night I made (fake) chicken salad in lettuce cups (it was supposed to be raddichio, but 79cents for red leaf lettuce that I could use for a bunch of other stuff verus $2-something for stuff I wouldn't really use sealed the deal). I threw in some ingredients from the other meals I'm going to make, and voila! Dinner last night and today's lunch. Awesome.

Also, thinking to myself, "it would be awesome if there was fake chicken at the grocery store, but I've never seen it before, so I'm not getting my hopes up" (it's not always the best-stocked for fake meat), and then going in and seeing exactly what I wanted was pretty awesome.

As was seeing Halloumi for sale (what I used to call "squeaky Cypriot cheese" but I'm hoping I'll remember the proper name now), and finding out it's supposedly good on the BBQ. I didn't buy any this time (mostly because we STILL don't have a working BBQ. My dad has been totally slack on that - he was going to fix it back in April), but I will in the future. Oh yes.

Not so awesome:

The annoying co-worker, who I'm not supposed to have to deal with until tomorrow, called me this morning, solely to tell me she saw the Harry Potter movie on the weekend. Why couldn't that wait until tomorrow, when she's actually in the office? It's gotten so that the little stupid things like this annoy me. Le sigh.

I think there was some other not so awesome, but I can't remember it now.

ETA more awesome: I just got an email from the place I did my internship at, and they've got another freelance project for me this week. Awesome! (Well, really it's a continuation of stuff I already did, but whatever.)
thetofupirate: (Lenore loves kitty)
I was all productive yesterday, and finally got my vegetable garden in! Weeding, mixing in triple mix and compost, and finally planting. It's pathetic when compared to the amazing vegetable garden next door (where the old italian lady just kicks ass at vegetables), but I am excited for tomatoes and basil, nonetheless. (I am unsure of whether the cucumber, dill and coriander will forgive me for having to live on the porch for so long.)

Today, Scott and I met one-third of our new neighbours. She seems really nice, and we got a tour of their house. Holy shit, do they have their work cut out for them. Also found out that her partner is a guy I know from my second year university - we lived in the same residence. Funny! We weren't great friends or anything, but we hung out sometimes, and he was really nice, so it's pretty cool. And they have a two year old boy, which could be fun. I like kids (especially when they belong to someone else). I think she was worried that I didn't like kids, because Scott and I had told her about the kids who used to live in their house, and I quickly explained that I like them when they're nice, and those kids weren't. All they did was yell at their dog (while swearing), steal my tomatoes, and cut through our yard to steal vegetables out of the italian women's amazing garden. But I said that if her son was nice, then it was okay for him to steal my tomatoes.

Huh. While I was trying to plug the laptop into the battery just now, I somehow minimized the screen. Don't know how I did that, though.

Anyway. For those of you in Canada, I hope you have a wonderful Canada Day long weekend. If you're elsewhere, I still hope you have a great weekend. :)

Scent

Oct. 4th, 2005 09:36 pm
thetofupirate: (Default)
Strangely enough, the smell of boiling apples and cooking onions go well together.

(I'm making applesauce in one pot, and cooking onion, garlic and zucchini in another.)

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