Procrastination In Its Finest

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I have been saying this every week “I’m going to start a food blog; I’m going to write in my food blog, food blog food blog. . . . .” Whelp. Hello. I have a passion for cooking, cleaning, Guys show Dinners, Drive In’s and Dives and Sean. In a way I want to completely start over. I may, I may wipe clean most of my old posts, maybe save them in my computer somewhere to get dusty, full of cob webs and start a fresh new slate. I think I will. There is something completely satisfying sitting down at the kitchen table with family and friends and watching them take the first bite of the recipe you just whipped up. Recently my kitchen adventures have been complete failures; I have ruined everything I tried to make. When I say everything, I mean everything. However, this past weekend I think I broke through that lull.

Sean and I took one of our recent trips to the mall to do our exchanging of wrong size presents and catch all the after Christmas deals. As usual, we did our normal circle go through our favorite shops and hit the café for Starbucks Coffee and Hot Coco. We always get the same wraps from the food court; I think it’s the only healthy thing there to eat and I can’t even name it! Sean always orders it and I scout for a table. This time we walked through the book store to see what they had going on and you will never guess what we found! Deals on cook books, I think I died. Half off cook books, 60% off and they were all the ones with the amazing recipes! I instantly melted and Sean of course ushered me towards them where I believe I got lost. After spending twenty minutes simply staring in awe, I finally picked out two books that I could not resist owning. The first one was The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook which I shall be posting my first recipe from it here. The second one was A Year Full of Recipes which as you can gather is 366 recipes (one extra for a leap year). I think I have spent the entire weekend reading through them, gawking at the recipes trying to memorize every single one.

As I have said I have got my mojo back in the kitchen! While my kitchen is not the “perfect” kitchen I desire I make do with everything I have. One day I will have that ideal kitchen with all those gadgets to use! I have told Sean a thousand times that our kitchen will be my domain! He can have the rest of the apartment to do with as he pleases. Those cook books are my first official purchase towards that dream. As the New Year sets in and school begins again hopefully I can begin to save up again for that dream and start gathering those gadgets. That is my plan! It’s always good to have a plan and I like it.

My first recipe I attempted was Smoked Cod Chowder. I have to say it was so delicious!! I am not normally a fan of fish but being determined to cook my way through some cook books I was determined to make everything! This is an easy and fast recipe for any night especially those cold ones. With regards to the vegetables, make sure you chop the potatoes into small cubes because it will help them to cook faster. The first time I made this I cut them into different sizes and it added about 15 minutes to the cooking process! Also, while the recipe said it servers 4 I found that it only was enough for 3 hearty dishes so double this if you would like left overs!

step by step

Smoked Cod Chowder:

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons salted butter

1 Onion, finely chopped

1 Small celery stalk, finely diced

2 Potato’s, diced

1 small carrot, diced

1 ¼ cups boiling water

12 ounces smoked cod fillets skinned and cut into bite-size piece

1 ¼ cups whole milk

Salt and pepper

Fresh flat leaf parsley springs, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat; add the onion and celery, and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until soft but not brown.
  2. Add the potatoes, carrots, water and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the fish to the chowder and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Pour in the milk and heat gently. Taste and adjust the seasoning adding salt and pepper if necessary. Ladle into warm bowls and serve garnished with parsley springs.
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Well now I may have lied . . . . only a little

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I know I know, I said I was going to keep this a a strict food blog! But sorry after finals, then celebrating and with Christmas right around the corner there has not been much time. I did however want to take a moment to show off these card designs. Recently (As of yesterday at 7:00PM) Lucent Playing Cards designed by Sean Whelan officially went live! Now those of you who have not had a chance to take a look at these you should! These are hand designed playing cards that are a limited addition. They are AMAZING! Now WAIT!!

Before you click away, I really urge you to go ahead and check out the cards. Even if you never felt of much of a card collector these are worth taking a look at. I have seen the hard work that went into them and believe me Sean Whelan spent alot of time on them. SO check them out! You will not be sorry there are some amazing deals : D

 

Here is the official link : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1293645903/lucent-playing-cards-by-sean-whelan

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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We begin our journey! Do you ever have those day where you wake up and it seems like the day just passes you by. You turn around and all of the sudden you realize its 9PM already. The day just flies by you with the hustle and bustle of Christmas and work and the holiday seasons. Before you know it its time to sit back, relax, study for some finals and watch some t.v.

Today I ran into one of my old school teachers, I remember her exactly. She was my third grade teacher and I had loved her. For some reason I can remember everything she ever taught me, down to how to write my name in script. We went into the whole dance of catching up and peeking into each others lives. Even now as I write this late at night I am slightly saddened to see what I found. The beautiful smiling women had stage four cancer. They told her two years ago she had 4 weeks to live, yet 2 years have gone bye. I looked at her in disbelief, I can honestly say I did not believe her. I can still picture our conversation in my mind it seemed like the world seemed to move on around us, but we were in our own universe. She was having some old pictures printed, they were beautiful photos of her family. What got me was everyone was smiling, it was truly a memory in a moment. I know they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and i honestly believe that. But what got me most about today was how strong she looked, yet when you really looked at her you could see the edges starting to crumble. I stop and think about everything I have going on in my life, everything my family, my friends has going on and I realize how much we take for granted. I feel that if someone would have taken a picture of that moment when the world slowed down, felt it start to wobble, it would have been one of those pictures. A picture worth a thousand words.

She is added to my list of people who inspire me. For her strength.

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Do you ever get a pounding headache. You know, the one that you get from being up so early that pounds right in the front of your head? Those are the worst additives to the day. It will always hit you at the worst possible moment too. You could be enjoying yourself, maybe visiting someone on their break at work and BAM it hits you. You then realize the positional this headache has over you. It has the power to ruin an entire evening. Even an entire week. Its like the all mighty and powerful because once you have a migraine the world seems to slow down and begin to pound. Its like a throbbing pain that enters on one side of your head and decides its there to stay. I always wonder if people can see the pain, can they see the pulse you are releasing? The power that something so simple has over you? It always scares me how much pain someone can get in because of something so small we cant even see. I wonder what would a headache even look like? On those rainy days like today, with a pounding headache you just want to curl up in bed cuddle with someone and take that cat nap that seems to solve everything. Today was an especially rainy day, one of those misty dark days that makes it seem like its already night time when its only 2:00. My favorite thing to do on these days is to make a cup of tea.

The perfect recipe to ride your self of a headache is a cup of black tea with a tea spoon of honey. I know it may sound bland at first but trust me, it is the perfect relaxer. While hot coco may be more ideal for this cold and stormy weather, there is something about making yourself a cup of tea, sitting back and watching the rain fall. Of course it would be better if it was snowing out, but rain is good too. So if you are ever having one of those days, i recommend this. Have a cup of tea, sit back with someone you love and relax. Enjoy life.

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The Beginning

I AM AND WILL BE BACK! This is my post. One really quick until I have time to write my full post with everything that i want to. I am transforming!! It is official I have decided to turn this into a complete food blog. I figure why not? I have one week left of classes, finals all week. I will have a month off. A WHOLE MONTH. I was think that on my days off i should try and post something, even if I don’t have a large audience (maybe all of 1) but hey you never know right?

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I would like to post at least once to maybe three times a week. If i can do more then hell YEAH! I will hopefully be starting tomorrow (12/16/12).The rules for me? As follows:

1. Post 1-3 times a week

2. Post a recipe (something legit not like peanut butter and bread)

3. Build a audience

4. Always include pretty pictures of the path way and the included dish

5. Have fun : D

This is my plan!! I hope if you are reading this you enjoy it and don’t laugh at me too much : D