Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Transition into old lady 90% complete

Lately I have been what I call a real good "old lady" kick. I get home after work and do not socialize and go to the gym and take a shower and cook a meal and read a little and go to sleep. On nights when I am feeling frisky I might even write an e-mail or two. About once a week I'll venture out into the real world and talk to people, but for the most part my weekdays are spent in the silent comforts of my Calgary apartment while my weekends are reserved for booze and debauchery.

But I digress. The point of all this is that I've had the chance to start experimenting with some new recipes. I've been using Stonesoup, an excellent and free e-cookbook. (Get the pdf here) Each recipe uses five or less ingredients excluding S&P and olive oil and also promises the meal is ready in approximately ten minutes. The ingredients are more or less healthy, too. What I like about it is that because each dish is so simple, I have room to play around a little and make it to my own liking. Or on days when I am feeling really lazy, I just follow the instructions as-is and it hasn't let me down yet.

Today I chose to make the chorizo with chickpea and tomato dish, which can be found on page 74. I subbed out the chorizo for turkey sausage, a much healthier but still flavorful alternative, and added a small diced Spanish onion to the pan before browning the sausage. I also added a splash of lime, seasoned with banana instead of black pepper, and reduced the parsley to just a large pinch - I find that too much parsley makes me feel like I'm eating grass.

The final result? Pretty tasty! And as promised, it didn't take more than ten minutes to throw together either. I have enough left over for lunch as well, and then at night I might tackle the salmon with broccolini - stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

i can't quit you

hi! just poppin' in to say hello and that i'm not quitting this blog/i have not forgotten about it/i have not died. life has just never been busier and while i sure am enjoying the ride, i have been relatively neglectful of a bunch o stuff, this bloggity blog blog included.

one good/bad (depending on how you look at it!) bit of news i can share is that my roll-off date from this client in calgary is scheduled for april 29th! that would put me at 8 months in calgary. i'm both hoppin' around with ants in my pants, eager to change things up (put me in san francisco, thoughtworks! i'll be your slave forever) and really, really nervous about leaving the people and the places and the memories i've grown to love here in calgary.

five weeks-ish left. i'm determined to make them unforgettable - and to share them here!