Friday, January 19, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
1. Cook 1 cup of rice (I use brown rice).
2. Chop 1 onion and 3 cloves garlic. Fry in olive oil over medium heat until golden brown. Add some ground ginger, coriander, and cumin (about 1 teaspoon each). Stirfry 1 minute.
3. Add 2 cans of black beans, rinsed & drained. Heat through (3 minutes).
4. Add the rice, stir.
5. Add 3 tablespoons of steak sauce, stir to evenly coat.
Pass cilantro, sour cream/yogurt, tomatoes and green onions at the table.
Healthy, high in fiber, low in fat. Yum!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Two hundred and fifty thousand colorful rubber balls bouncing along the streets of San Francisco, to a music track called "Heartbeats" by José González. Enjoy! (provided you have a fast internet connection, or you can, no you HAVE to download the standard 60-second-version as an MPEG-4 movie (10.7mb)). Sniff.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Since SOMEBODY doesn't like tomatoes and cucumbers, I chopped up carrots, zucchini and yellow squash instead and then made the usual dressing with lots of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, chopped parsley, mint and green onions.
This is a filling, healthy meal, which also goes well with seafood - we had the Tabouleh with some baked fish tonight, maybe some shrimp tomorrow.
Here's a more traditional recipe:
1 cup bulgur, 1 cup boiling water, 1 cup chopped parsley, 1 medium onion, diced, 2 cups chopped tomatoes, ¼ cup chopped coriander (optional), sprig fresh mint, chopped, ¾ cup lemon juice, ½ cup oil, salt to taste, pepper to taste
Place bulgur in a large mixing bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water over the bulgur and let stand 30 minutes, or until all water is absorbed. Combine bulgur with vegetables, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.
Refrigerate, covered, a few hours or overnight. Serve cold.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
I love all the handmade stuff you can buy on Etsy. It's like a huge worldwide craft fair (without having to schlep a grumpy husband along). You can get really good deals on things like jewelry or sewn items, and I always get a ton of inspiration from my little shopping "trips".
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
They are SO easy to make - all you need is about 80 cm (32 inches) of thin silver wire (I used 24 gauge wire, any thinner and the stars are too flimsy), and some nice shiny glass beads (large and small round ones, and the long ones called rocailles or bugle beads).
Then you just follow the simple pattern on the website (the first drawing is for the stars in the upper row of the photo, the ones I made), repeat 6 or 7 times, twist the ends together and voilà! All done.
Perfect to work on while you wait for your asthmatic laptop to download something. Or while you're wondering where the hammer is because you'd like to "help" the laptop a little.