Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Lord Guide Me Soft

I had an accident at work the day before and fell 6ft off a ladder while reaching to stretch a bungee onto a grid just above 8ft.  Falling is a wild happening because on one hand it happens so fast that your eyes and mind cannot comprehend or put together the sequence and then on the other, you recall these moments that seem to freeze in time, like screen shots in your mind.  I looked down and I saw my left leg falling straight down and I screamed, ooooooh shit!  Then I was on the ground but right before and what I don't remember, like a pinball, I pinged and ponged off the stone countertop, the ladder, my coworker (who was my spotter) and God knows what else.  Right before I was sure to black out, I stood right up and said some gibberish before sitting down on a bar stool.  My coworker after asking if I was okay, began talking nervously, a mile a minute, as I began to sweat profusely until finally, I think I'm gonna, I think I need to, um, I better go.....and off I went.  Not to the hospital, not to urgent care, but like a sick cat, I went home and hid.  

The next night I hadn't yet felt the seriousness of the injury although it was getting there.  I proceeded to make a quick, ground pork stew with small diced potatoes, shaved Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.  This, with my good arm, the only one bruised up at the time.  Sour cream stirred into the chicken stock, along with a bit of corn starch and a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper.  I kept this basic, but it was warm and nourishing. 

Sunday, February 25, 2024

How Can a Loser, Ever Win

Taco's again but featured on my new taco plates.  I sat down a few weeks ago and drew out what I thought would be the coolest invention, a colorful plate that would house tacos but give enough room for sides and salsa.  As usual with most good ideas, a quick Amazon search took me to these gorgeous plates.  And of course, they are stackable and have probably existed for millennia.  All my best ideas have been taken already.
Nothing could I improve upon. Dishwasher & microwave safe, hard plastic, no drip sides whatever, whatever...
Sometimes Amazon gadgets really can change your life.  This below was actually from Temu, for $1.79.  A ground meat masher.  It's been a game changer.  One of my least favorite tasks is to break up ground meat.  This is worth every cent. I had the idea to gift these to everyone I know.  Even vegetarians could use it to squash whole tomatoes in the pan, which is another dreaded task of mine. 
ground beef separator
cord organizers
As are these cord organizers.  Do you struggle with pushing these cords into cupboards and find yourself wrestling to get them tucked away?  I put them on my toaster, Cuisinart, blender, coffee grinder, slow cooker and mixer.  You can get all three of these for less than 25 dollars. Check out the links if you want to change your life. 

Tacos presented festively

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Don't Sweat the Technique

At Italian restaurants in New York, the menu often features spaghetti as a side dish.  I decided if it's good enough for the Italians, it's appropriate for my plate.  I served it alongside a cheeseburger patty and asparagus. Because sometimes you can make dinner, but you can't make sense.. 
I feel strongly about using up leftovers, but also to make them fun to eat, not out of obligation.

My omelets never come out consistently, although I'm a big fan of these buttery, cheesy soft kind that don't see any pan browning.  There's a time and place for all types of eggs in my opinion. 
In the end, if you're the primary cook in the situation, there is a chance you may make over 43,000 meals in your lifetime.  So, I think it's best not to sweat the technique. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

I've Seen That Road Before

Grey Dog Breakfast
Grey Dog Omelet 
Union Square morning

Washington Square Park

Back to the Museum of Natural History, this time with my mate to catch all the exhibits I missed previously and because the MET was closed.  And because I think I oversold how fun this place could be. 

Walking through Central Park in winter is serene.  There is something koo koo about this man built nature oasis being smack dab in the middle of chaos that always leaves me with a feeling of awe.  

I still LOVE NYC!

subway people

We stopped by Black Forest Brooklyn for a snack and a Guinness for P. 
Later I concocted a braised chicken dish with mushrooms and peppers that could be served with spaghetti.
 Fresher than a hunter's chicken, Not cheesy enough to be a chicken Parmesan. But stewie enough to build tons of flavor.