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Meatball Tagine

August 6th,2015


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Meatball Tagine

I like to try foods from all over the world, as I am sure I have said many times before (I have a habit of repeating myself incessantly, according to my husband). Does that make me a foodie/hipster/foodster? Well, if it does, oh well. I’ll live with it. My favourite cuisines are pretty much whichever ones use a lot of cumin and garlic. Which, luckily for me, opens up a lot of options! Mexican, Indian, Arabic, African, and I’m sure more, all of which I loooove. Too much!

My “brother and sister” (our mom likes to buy things for us to give as gifts to each other — actually, she just likes to buy things) bought me this cool clay pot, called a tagine I believe, as a wedding gift last year, and I’ve only used it a couple of times. My family is Portuguese, and traditionally, Portuguese people use a lot of clay cookware and dishes, so I have always wanted to try clay pot cooking. My grandma has a bunch of clay pots, but I have yet to use them. I would like this thing even if I didn’t want to try clay pot cooking. I mean, look at it: it’s so pretty to have on display on a shelf. So yeah, most of the time, this tagine is purely decorative. But occasionally, I break it out and use it.

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Mila and Joel

August 5th,2015


Teal-tinted green carpet lined by thin metal bars met with pale pink wallpaper, textured almost like corduroy, though not at all soft, almost like dried dripping paint. Watercolour strokes in softly saturated hues spackled the popcorn walls in geometric patterns, sitting in sharp contrast with the fluorescent tubes above. The suspended ceiling tiles were a subtle, pale aged yellow, stippled with grey. Beneath the buzzing of the industrial lights came the lower hum of laboured breaths, of whispers to ghosts, and of grumbled frustrations. The air contained an ever-present smell that could, with effort and prolonged exposure, be tolerated, but never accepted.

White-washed wicker furniture sparsely adorned the small room: two chairs and a table, a dresser, a twin-size bed, a bed-side table with a small lamp, and a bench for two, perhaps three if they’re small or very friendly. Cushions in a soft cantaloupe orange adorned with yellow triangles and green lines provided little comfort on the chairs and the bench, though they did match the curtains. A small, old tube TV sat on a white shelf, suspended somewhat haphazardly from the ceiling. With the cheap check-out aisle universal remote, the TV could switch from basic cable channel to basic cable channel at will.

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One Year Anniversary

July 20th,2015


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A week ago, on July 14, 2015, the husbear and I had our first wedding anniversary. Crazy, I know. We’ve been together for four and a half years now, but saying “I’ve been married for over one year” is still so weird. I never planned on getting married, ever — actually, neither of us was interested in getting married, and we actually talked about it not too long after we started dating. I’m not exactly sure why we changed our minds — maybe it was the tax breaks, who knows? Regardless, a week ago we had our first anniversary, and we celebrated the same way we celebrated getting married in the first place: taking off for Canada’s Georgian Bay and going camping. My idea. Apparently I am supposed to stress that.

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Easy Tex Mex Beef

July 18th,2015


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Tex Mex Beef
I made nachos for friends.

My mom doesn’t really cook. I’m not saying that she can’t cook, just that she doesn’t. She’s a big fan of take-out. Which is funny, because she went through this cooking phase. Except it wasn’t really a cooking phase, but more of a buying kitchen stuff phase. She got a deep fryer, a bunch of chopping blocks and cutting boards, fancy knives, this cool vegetable peeler that makes peeling potatoes approximately 100% easier, and a whole bunch of other crap that I just don’t remember. This phase was a few years ago now. I inherited a bunch of the stuff when she finally admitted that she was never going to use any of it.

When I was a kid, she cooked more often. One of the things she made the most was chicken fajitas. I loved those fajitas, and when I started cooking for myself, they were what I made pretty much all the time. I hated raw meat back then. It was so gross to me; I couldn’t touch it. I remember one time, I think I was sixteen, I was house- and dog-sitting for her while she was having surgery. I had to make dinner for myself. I was still fairly new to that back then (I don’t know if that was a bit old to just start cooking for myself?), and was actually using precooked chicken breast strips I had gotten from the grocery store. It worked out well enough if I remember correctly. I used that precooked chicken for quite a while before my avó finally chastised me and gave me a raw chicken breast. I did not like touching it. So slimy and gross. But I got over it.

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Easiest Burgers Ever

July 13th,2015


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Easiest Burgers
Cravings satisfied in ten minutes.

My husband loves hamburgers. No, really. I know every guy out there, with some scattered exceptions, loves hamburgers, but my husband really loves hamburgers. Fast food, home-made, or fancy restaurant, it doesn’t matter; he loves them all. The other day, those two pound tubes of lean ground beef were on ridiculous sale (as in, super super cheap) so I bought ten pounds worth of ground beef and brought it home, planning to make burgers for the insatiable Burger Monster. I think he missed his true calling as McDonald’s Hamburgler.

Making burgers is usually a fairly involved process. You have to mix up some egg and breadcrumbs into the beef, portion it out, and shape it into patties. Sometimes people add little mix-ins, like onions or spices (my favourite things to add, personally). For these, though, I was planning to be a burger factory and stock my freezer with enough burgers to keep a hungry man satisfied (with some extra for myself, of course), and I really did not feel like spending hours getting through ten pounds of beef.

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Afghan Kofta Burgers

July 12th,2015


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koftaburg

I was introduced to Afghan food a couple of months ago when my husbear and I went to the only Afghan restaurant nearby. I had driven past it pretty much every day for months and was always curious, but never got around to trying it. That’s too bad, too, because oh man, do I love that restaurant now. The inside is nicely done, with this fancy little raised section that is draped with Persian rugs and has one of those low tables where you sit on pillows instead of chairs. I’m such a sucker for that kind of thing. I was already impressed with the place before the food arrived, but even if I wasn’t, that food would have completely changed my mind. Damn was it delicious. Seriously. They have these fried triangle things, kind of like samosa but better, called sumbosa, and these awesome little meat-filled dumplings topped with more meat called boolani. Add that amazing “White Sauce” that you can find at any Afghan restaurant, I have been assured, and I don’t see any reason to eat any other kind of food ever again. The coriander/cilantro chutney is pretty tasty, too, but pales in comparison to that white sauce.

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Jalapeno Cheddar Meatloaf

June 30th,2015


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Jalapeno Cheddar Meatloaf

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but the Husbear loves meatloaf. You know what else he loves? Jalapeno cheddar anything. All the way home from work this morning, I was wondering what to cook. I knew I would have to go to the grocery store, since I had forgotten to take some meat out from the freezer yesterday and I hate defrosting in the microwave. Chicken breast is on sale, a good price too, but we’ve had a lot of chicken breast lately (since, as I said, it’s been on sale). Ground chicken is on sale, too; a little bit more than whole breasts, believe it or not, but on sale nonetheless. Unfortunately, I did not remember until now that I actually own a meat grinder and could have bought the breasts instead. Oh well. Anyway, I decided to make a jalapeno cheddar chicken loaf. Why? Like I said, the Husbear loves meatloaf, jalapeno, and cheddar. So why not? I had been thinking of making a jalapeno popper meatloaf, but I’m feeling lazy today. I will definitely be trying that soon, since this simpler version turned out so amazingly awesome. Seriously.

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Portuguese Garlic Chicken

June 27th,2015


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Vovo's Chicken

Growing up, my siblings and I spent a lot of time at our grandparents’ homes, and I’m not going to lie, I was not happy about that as a kid. Partially. My dad’s parents’ house was fine, because my cousins used to leave their N64 there all the time, and I didn’t have one and damn did I love that thing. But my mom’s? I love them, really, but there was nothing to play with at that house but old toys from my other cousin. They didn’t even have cable TV, and this was the 90s and early 00s. I spent a lot of time reading there (and watching Maury, but they can never know that), with which I suppose I was fine since I absolutely loved to read then (I still like to read but not as much for some reason). The real redeeming thing about going there (besides quality time with my grandparents, but I didn’t understand that as a little kid!) was my avó’s chicken and rice. All of us, my siblings and my cousins, love that chicken. We also happen to love her pizza, but that’s another story.

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Nachos

June 23rd,2015


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Kitty

June 18th,2015


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