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When the Poptart was about 4 months old, I was having lunch with my parents at Boston Pizza and she grabbed salad off my plate and stuffed it in her mouth. Then she grabbed my water glass and insisted on drinking out of it.

So we decided to start her on solids. We got a bag of rice cereal that she ate about three spoonfuls of, and then I gave her some pears.

She is not shy about eating. Ask Amber if you don’t believe me. She’ll eat pretty much anything and everything you put in front of her. She’ll only object if it’s too hot or dry (as I found out with her chicken tonight).

Among the weirder things she eats are:

  • bacon
  • ham (regular, not honey)
  • olives (black)
  • spicy black beans
  • spicy meatballs (made with Rooster sauce – you know the stuff I’m talking about)
  • prunes (which I am not a fan of)
  • spinach

I suppose we’ll find out if she’s really my daughter at Christmas when we’re at my parents’ place. If she likes brussels sprouts, I’ll have to question if she is actually mine.

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A week or so ago, Katie introduced me to 101 Cookbooks. And I spotted this recipe for Cottage Cheese Muffins. And I thought they’d be good to have on hand during the week for quick breakfasts, since we’re up at you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me-thirty and out the door at oh-my-god-thirty (well before the rooster crows).

So this morning I (attempted) to make them. I preheated the oven, set out all the ingredients, measured them, ground the almonds in the blender, chopped up the sundried tomatoes in the food processor, mixed up the eggs, threw the whole shebang into a bowl and started mixing.

Hm, I thought to myself, this looks awfully dry. But oh well, maybe it’s supposed to look like that.

So I spooned the mixture into the cups, put the muffin tray on a cookie sheet (because I just cleaned the oven last week, you know) put them in the oven for 30 minutes and started cleaning up.

When I turned around, I realized why the mixture was so dry. The bowl where I had put the eggs? Was still sitting there. With the eggs in it.

So I yanked the muffins out of the oven, put the mixture back in the bowl, mixed the mess up and put  in the oven.

And this is why I shouldn’t be allowed to bake.

I have a confession to make. I haven’t been watching the news lately. But today I turned on CTV at 6pm because the season finale of LOST is on, and its two hours so who knows when it starts (7? 8? Who knows?! It’s a mystery! Just like the rest of LOST!), and I saw this story on bisphenol-A on the news.

Now everyone knows that bisphenol-A is in plastic water bottles, baby bottles, etc. The folks over at the BlogHers ACT Canada have quite a bit on this. Oh hell, just google it. It’ll pop up.

But cans?

According to the Environmental Working Group:

Independent laboratory tests found a toxic food-can lining ingredient associated with birth defects of the male and female reproductive systems in over half of 97 cans of name-brand fruit, vegetables, soda, and other commonly eaten canned goods. The study was spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and targeted the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic and resin ingredient used to line metal food and drink cans. There are no government safety standards limiting the amount of BPA in canned food.

Well. How do you like them tomatoes?

So because this wee blog is just getting back on its feet after being hacked, I have a question: anyone got a recipe for spaghetti/tomato sauce? And another question: is it possible to blanche and freeze tomatoes?

I have a reason. I get numerous tomatoes from Darren’s mom every summer – most of them I end up giving away because its just too many for me to eat (he will not touch a tomato unless its in sauce form. And sundried, sometimes).

I foresee much tomato sauce in my future.

And LOST. Mmm. Sawyer.

I have to give props to pole-dancers. Really. That shit is HARD. My calves and abs are killing me today. And its fun. A lot of fun. To the point that I’m thinking of finding a class to attend regularly.

In other news, I never made it to Rona yesterday to get the starting stuff for my herb garden. I’d had a glass or five too many of wine the night before and was feeling rather poorly. So when it was time to get ready for pole dancing, I decided to alleviate my suffering with a glass of hair of the dog instead. And then the focus needed for the pole dancing and the spontaneous sweating really made my aching head go away.

So this morning, I am running to Rona to get that stuff. I thought I might try a few vegetables too – some radishes and carrots. Which means I need pots, soil (which I also need for my silly jade plant which no matter how much neglect I lavish on it, it does not die), gravel for drainage, and some sort of nutrient solution.

Oh and seeds and seedlings and shit.

After I suck back a third cup of coffee. Because what is the weekend for if its not to drink too much coffee?

*No, I am not growing potatoes. I just needed a vegetable that begins with a “p” – I don’t even really like potatoes unless they’re deep fried.

 After my somewhat snivelly post yesterday, and a shower where I wept copious amounts of crocodile tears in a fit of feeling sorry for myself, I got off my ass and did things. I can’t change current circumstances, but things are looking up.Yesterday, we went to the chicken farm. The chickens weren’t out and about, and it seems they had a run on chicken breasts, so I couldn’t get any of those.

So I got a box of whole chickens. Fresh whole chickens. I like these chickens because they’re quite lean from running around all the time. I find if I get chickens at the supermarket, they’re quite fatty; when I dress them, I end up with chicken fat under my nails and all over the place. These ones, not so much – or at least substantially less. I ended up getting 8 chickens for $90. That’ll last us awhile. And they are sizeable – their “small” chickens are in the 5-6 lb range.

While we were out, Darren had his iPod playing in the car with one of his personal development things on it. Written and read by this guy. And I liked it so much, and it made me feel so much better and have some hope that I have some control over what’s going on, that we went to London Drugs and I bought one of these so I can listen to these things rather effortlessly while I’m on my two hours of commuting every day.

On this program, the author was talking about not listening or watching the news because its depressing, angrifying (that is so a word), and etc. I’m usually dreading going to the office anyways, so the last thing I need is to listen to anything that might make me more upset. I also have a habit of turning on the tv in the bedroom to the local news station while I’m getting ready – probably a bad idea. So we got a rain check for a speaker dock for my iPod.

I usually listen to one of the local radio stations on my way in and out. While I enjoy the morning show (the deejay is quite amusing), the news itself is rather depressing. The general idea is that I’ll be listening to more uplifting stuff than I have been.

In the evening, we cleaned out the cupboard under the stairs. No, there are no small magical boys there (although, that might be kind of cool :)) and I’ll have a full post about it later once I fix wordpress so I can actually upload photos.

So yesterday, I relaxed. I was feeling pretty mellow and finally slept well last night for the first time in a couple of weeks. Add to that the contract I was supposed to be teaching has been postponed due to administrative issues and it makes for a relaxing weekend.

Today, I got up early – the clock hadn’t even hit 7am (although when a person gets up at 5:30 every weekday, 7am is sleeping in). Made coffee, futzed around on the internet and wrapped Sunshine’s wedding gifts. Darren got up a bit later, finished off the coffee. I ran the dishwasher and then set about cleaning the upstairs patio.

The upstairs patio was in a sorry state. I didn’t clean it last year (although I had 12 weeks in which to do it but I have an aversion to wasps and we had quite the infestation last year). Quite honestly, I don’t think it had ever been cleaned. Even if I had a picture of it, I wouldn’t post it because I’m that ashamed of it. The floor of it was black.

While I was cleaning it, I found out that if I hit the grime with a bit of water pressure, it would come clean. Unfortunately, my neighbour’s power washer is broken, so I ended up scrubbing. It looks a helluva lot better now and is actually usable. I also drowned about 8 wasps out there. They’re just out of hibernation so they’re kind of stupid at the moment and its easy enough to drown them when I have the hose going.

And now, the laundry is going, I have a glass of wine and and have the new Def Leppard album* playing. Life is good.

Later: making hamburger soup to freeze and a chicken for dinner tonight.

And incidentally, I don’t just chuck the chicken bones. I cook them up into stock. The marrow in the bones provides the tastiest stock around. I don’t follow a recipe – I just throw some stuff in a pot with a lot of water and then leave it to cook for 3 hours. If you have a chicken carcass, just put it in a bag/container and shove it in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.

Recipe follows, although chicken stock is so easy it barely requires a recipe.

What you’ll need:

1 chicken carcass
1 large stock pot
various herbs (whatever you like, really – I use Italian Seasoning since that covers a whole bunch of herbs all at once)
Garlic (unless you don’t like it – I buy the bigass container of diced garlic at costco and then put in however much I like)
Other veggies (onions – dehydrated works – , carrots, celery, leeks if you have them and aren’t using them)
Water

How to do it:

If using garlic/onions: spray your stock pot with cooking spray (or heat a tablespoon of olive oil in it) and cook the onions/garlic over medium heat until the onions are transluscent or the garlic releases its flavour (you’ll smell it). Throw the chicken carcass with the veggies in the pot and cover with as much water as you can. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Skim the foam off the top. Add your herbs and if you’re like me add the dehydrated onions. Lower the heat and simmer for 3 or 4 hours. Or however long. It doesn’t matter, but if the chicken carcass isn’t covered by water any more, add more.

When done, remove from heat, remove bones and veggies and let cool. Strain through a cheesecloth (make sure you put a bowl below it. Not that I would know anything through personal experience about this. Really). Put a couple of cups in ziplocs (they are reusable if you wash them) and freeze, upright or flat until solid. If you have limited freezer space, freeze them flat (this will maximize your freezer space). Oh and squeeze as much air out before you freeze it (again, I wouldn’t know about this from personal experience. Really).

To thaw: submerge bags of chicken stock in warm water for awhile for a quick defrost. If you’re in a rush, put some warm water in the sink (you can use it for dishes or your plants later) and put the bags in for a few minutes just to soften them so you can dump them into a pot on the stove and and reheat. Cook your brown or wild rice in it. Add some beans to the rice for fibre, or chickpeas for…whatever chickpeas give you (protein? fibre?). Toss a bit of low-fat romano and parmigiano on there. Yum.

*I am sorely disappointed with the new Def Leppard album. Way too poppish. They tried to go back to their ballads on a couple of tracks, but its just not the same as Bringin’ on the Heartbreak or Hysteria. I understand having to change your marketing approach, but really. I should have known that it would be disappointing when I found out its primarily for for Guitar Hero.

 

Fall has settled in over the last couple of days. Its not cold, per se, but there’s this bone-chilling dampness in the air that requires me to put on socks and a sweatshirt when I get up.

Its the kind of dampness that makes me switch my cold-water-and-lemon in my water bottle for hot-water-and-lemon in a mug or herbal teas (Rooibos Vanilla – yum).

Its the kind of cold and dampness that inspires me to make this:

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