Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Nicetitties


Accidentally just got sloshed from my coconut rum and pepsi float. Craaaapppp.. ha. Haha. Hahaha. Showers are very nice. Bike rides are very nice. Thai food is very nice. Coconut rum is alright. MEGAN HAVING HER BABY IS VERY NICE!!!

Congrats Megan!!! Hope it takes the shorter end of two days to get that thing out of you! Its about bloody feckin' time!

Also this Amp Live remix of Radiohead is nice too, as well.

Radiohead ft. Del The Funkee Homosapien - Videotape (Amp Live Remix).mp3

Julee Cruise - Falling.mp3

The Wombats - Let's Dance to Joy Division.mp3


Sex Gang Children - Dieche.mp3


Laura Marling - Night Terror.mp3


The Watson Twins - Just Like Heaven (Cure cover).mp3

P.S - Dont google pictures of "fetus". Gross.

Frog'n it Up


So, Ive been baking a bit. I meant to do like a proper post on the Madeleines I made but I wasnt thrilled with the results of the recipe. Also I didnt get any pictures for that nice bloggy touch because I furiously shoved the first batch into my face before the second batch even went into the oven. So obviously they werent inedible. The problem was the lack of nice shell, they were pretty cakey all round, and it lacked the quintessential Madeleine bump in the back. And that simply SHALL NOT DO! I will keep working on this until I have the ULTIMATE MADELEINES!! Anyway here's the recipe I tried, for memory's sake.



“She sent out for one of those short, plump little cakes called petites madeleines, which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted scallop of a pilgrim's shell. And soon, mechanically, weary after a dull day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place…at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory…”

- Marcel Proust, Volume 1: Swann's Way

Madeleines Recipe

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter for greasing pan
3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
a pinch salt
2/3 cups fine sugar

zest of one large orange and a squeeze of the juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a bit of extra flour for dusting the pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Clarify the butter! CLARIFY! Melt the 1 1/2 sticks of butter in a small pot over medium heat, just under boiling, until it's brown and gives off a deliciously nutty aroma and you can see the casein deposits on the bottom. This should take roughly 20 minutes. Strain (using a paper towel over a mesh strainer or a coffee filter over a jar or in my case a Golden Griddle napkin over a tea strainer). Make sure to leave the solids behind. Cool the butter to room temperature. By doing the butter first you can complete the rest of the steps while it is cooling.

While the melted butter is cooling, use the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to grease the madeleine molds - get in there and make sure you get in all the ridges. Dust with flour and invert the pan tapping out any excess flour. Lanha uses "cooking spray" with flour to simplify this part.

Put the eggs with the salt in the bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until thick - you are looking for the eggs to roughly double or triple in volume - approximately 3 minutes. Continuing to mix on high speed, slowly add the sugar in a steady stream. Whip for 2 minutes or until mixture is thick and ribbony. Now with a spatula fold in the lemon zest and vanilla (just until mixed).

Sprinkle the flour on top of the egg batter, and gently fold in. Now fold in the butter mixture. Only stirring enough to bring everything together.

Spoon the batter into the molds, filling each mold 2/3 –3/4 full. I use a small cup filled with batter to keep things clean and manageable, it is easier than using a spoon.

Bake the madeleines for 12 - 14 minutes (7-10 minutes for smaller cookies), or until the edges of the madeleines are golden brown. Remove from oven and unmold immediately. Cool on racks and dust with powdered sugar.

Makes 2 -3 dozen regular madeleines.

Last night after a long bike ride I came home too PUMPED to sleep so I decided to make Cory something he could eat after work. Surveying the fridge and finding a few eggs and some serioulsy sad green onions we bought at the farmers market I decided quiche was the only way to go. And I got to use my new $5 tart pan! WeeeeEeeeEE!

I just used a simple pat in the pan dough from The Joy of Cooking which took about 5 seconds to pull together and it was soft, golden and delicious. For the inside I decided I would pluck a few leaves from my Cinnamon Basil plant. It looked so nice when I poured the egg mixture into the crust with all the little purple and green onion ringlets floating it looked like the background of a Klimt painting. I'm a nerd. The entire quich was gone by the time I got off for lunch today so I guess it was good! The bastard!

Kara's Cheddar, Onion and Cinnamon Basil Quiche

Dough:

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or shortening, softened and cut into 8 pieces
2-3 tbsp milk or cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Whisk the flour and salt together in a bowl or process in a food processor for 10 seconds. Add the butter and mash or process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle milk or cream over the top and stir or process until crumbs look damp.

To shap the curst for a pie or tart, pat the dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan. To bake, thouroughly prick the bottom and sides with a fork. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. If you will be filling the crust with an uncooked mixture that requires further baking, whisk together 1 large egg yolk and a pinch of salt and brush the warm crust with this glaze, then return to the oven until glaze sets, about 2 minutes.

Quiche:

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1/2 small onion, chopped fine
6 small green onions, chopped fine
6 small cinnamon basil leaves, sliced very fine, a chiffonade if you will
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
Hearty amount of black pepper!

Turn oven down to 375.

Sprinkle cheese onto the bottom of the crust. Whisk together all the rest of the ingredients until no streaks of egg white remain. Pour the mixture evenly over the cheese in the pastry shell. Bake until the filling is puffed around the sides and a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean, 30-40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sunny Day Happenins in T.O


Tuesday, oh To-Do-List Tuesday!

Today was a great day. It was so sunny and everything smelled like apple blossoms or good food cooking somewhere. I did so many things I have been wanting to do for SO LONG all together in one single day. Firstly I slept in, which is always on the To Do list. Then I had a Pantless Cupboard Organization Party for One until Cory got up and we promptly rode our bikes to the Danforth. We walked along and looked in shops and I FINALLY BOUGHT A MADELEIN
E PAN! So that is what Im doing tonight. BakinnnnNNng!


AND THEN for lunch we went to a restaurant that has eluded us for so long, a fish'n chips joint, Deep Blue. Freaking delicious. Definitely one of the best places Ive ever eaten.

Then we rode around for a bit, the day was beautiful. Stopped in at the Tuesday Farmers Market at Riverdale Farm before heading home. We bought some strawberries (from ONTARIO, gasp!) and munched them while looking for some tiny new potatoes. No luck, but I did buy a Cinnamon Basil plant for $3. It really does smell like basil and cinnamon. Sounds vomitous, I know, but it has this great peppery taste that I think will be awesome in Thai or Indian food.


Anyway.. and then on the way to get groceries I completed another quest: getting a Toronto Library Card. The doors of Knowledge have been opened to me, man! My first check out shall beeee The Cats Pajamas by Ray Bradbury.

Excellent.

Anyway, I just wanted to write this all down while I remembered it. It was a great day.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Garbage Disposal of your Dreams


Cory and I finally dragged our asses down to Play De Record, in the rain, to buy him his birthday present. A portable record player! Weee!


The first thing he did was come home, crack a beer, put on Johnny Cash, and make a face like a contented cat. Now that I'm alone and cant be made fun of, Im listening to the Bauhaus single he bought me for myyyy birthday. At last! Wahahah, it sounds sexable.


So I dont have any big plans for the evening, sitting here squint eyed listening to excellent music pretty much covers it. I have been thinking about some stuff though. Namely, my stuff. I'm not a girl who likes having a lot of things. Sometimes I look around and feel responsible for every book and every paper clip I see, like I am tied to them. I just want to throw everything out. If anyone wants or knows anyone who wants a decent HP Desktop computer (120 gig hardrive, 512 RAM, somewhat dodgy dvd burner), a vga monitor, an old frankenstein clunker of a bike that runs okay and looks like that but with a busted orange leather seat and rams horn bars Cory
made himself, some crappy paintings, or enough books to keep them reading for a lifetime, let me know. Or an unopened package of paper clips? Any takers?

Also, if anyone is interested in some mint, rhubarb, black or red currant, spider plant or bleeding heart seedlings I can hook you up.



And there's a redbull thats been hanging out like some hooligan in the back of my fridge since halloween. Someone please come drink it. Or collect a whole bunch and make me a pair of these sweet redbull dancin boots! O the dancing times I would have!



TAKE MY SHIT!

Bauhaus - She's in Parties.mp3

Big Town Boy - Big Town Boy.mp3


James Ray and the Performance - Mountain Voices (remix).mp3

Johnny Cash - Delia's Gone.mp3


Fuck me, do I ever crave grape Hubba Bubba really bad all of a sudden.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Banana Chip Cookies


WATCH OUT!

Just took these out of the oven. They are soft, chewy and very delicious. I didnt follow the recipe exactly due to the lack of toasted wheat germ laying around the apartment. Here is what I used. Amy's were prettier though...

Photo from 101Cookbooks.com

Banana Chip Cookies
amended from 101 Cookbooks

2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1cup banana chips, crunched into smallish pieces
1 or 2 Cadbury Fruit and Nut chocolate bars, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, racks in middle/upper middle. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, or stand mixer, beat the butter until lightly and fluffy, then beat in the sugar until it is the consistency of a thick frosting. Beat in the eggs one at a time, incorporating each fully before adding the next, and scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times along the way (important!). Stir in the vanilla. Add the reserved flour mix in two increments, stirring/mixing a bit between each addition (but not too much). By hand, stir in the banana chips, chocolate chips and walnuts - mix just until everything is evenly distributed.

Drop 1 heaping tablespoon of dough for each cookie onto the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart and bake for about 7 - 8 minutes, until barely golden on top and bottom. Resist over baking, they will come out dry and not as tasty. Cook on racks.

Make about 24 cookies.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Musical Fruit


Alright.

Cory and I made the best food ever.


Ever. In the world.

Of all time.

Remember eons ago, of course you don't, when
I posted recipes for Louis Armstrongs favourite meal? Well I finally made that, and holy fucking hell is it ever good. Its almost TOO tasty. Here is the recipe again with my amendments, cause I think if you have the time, its definitely absolutely for sure worth making.

Louis Armstrong's
Red Beans and Rice

2 cups kidney beans (sorted, rinsed and soaked)

6 thick slices of good quality bacon
1/2 16 oz can of tomato sauce.. or an 8 oz can I guess

1 big ol' ham hock, quartered, or 3-6 small ones
1 vidalia onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped

Cumin,
red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper and salt to taste

Wash beans thoroughly, then soak overnight in cold water. Be sure to cover beans. To cook, pour water off beans, add fresh water to cover. Add bacon and let come to a boil over full flame in (5-quart) covered pot [or dutch oven]. Turn flame down to slightly higher than low and let cook 1 1/2 hours. Add diced onions, bell pepper, garlic, dried peppers, and salt.

Cook 3 hours.


Add tomato sauce and let simmer until it thickens into a delicious sauce, about 2-6 hours. Beans and meat should always be just covered with liquid, never dry. Remove ham hock pieces.

We just heaped this onto
rice and buttered bread. Cory was talking to some people from the southern United States and their serving suggestions were to "put it on everything". Could maybe add some sausage next time. Could maybe also fart myself to death if I dont die of a heart attack first.

I also made the cornbread r
ecipe, which didnt turn out bad, but I reckon I dont much care for cornbread. I was going to include a picture but it's not the most photogenic food in the world. It should look like chili when its finished.

Here's a cute song sung by two of the cutest people to ever live.

Lous Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald - Let's Call The Whole Thing Off.mp3



Speaking of delicious, check out these Gummilights. Rubber Gummi Bear Lights with LEDS in their bums so they light up! How sweet is that. This company, Jellio, also has some cool kitchy shit like...


Rubik's Cube coffee tables


Cap gun mirror!

Cool... anyway.. thats all, Im going to bed!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Don't Grow A Wishbone, Daughter, Where Your Backbone Aught To Be



Trudging home with bags of bread, beans and beer slung around my arthritic hands. Half hour conversation with a dude who, I find out at the end of the conversation, thought I was someone completely different and not even me at all. Didnt bother to correct him and ensured that my sister Kim did indeed remember him. Toast and tea for dinner. Making up some chocolate chip cookies and blueberry muffins. Stack of cookies and a peach tea toddy with coconut rum. Might go to bed soon, been tired and hazy all day. Ive been reading 100 Years of Solitude before bed for months now. Its going to take me 100 years of solitude to read the fecking thing.

I declared to my sister while brushing my teeth that "This is good poos taste!" instead of "this is good toothpaste". Ha ha ha what a dumb bitch I am. WANT COOKIES!



Handsome Boy Modelling School ft Pharrell Williams and Julee Cruise - Class System.mp3


Holy Fuck - Super Inuit.mp3

Adam and the Ants - Deutscher Girls.mp3

The Velvet Underground - Oh! Sweet Nuthin'.mp3


Wild Beasts - She Prr'd While I Grr'd.mp

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Peep B'Jeep


OMGGGG!!!!!!!!!1111

My weekend in series of bullets:

* Family Good Times
* Megan's Baby Shower
* Tiny Cupcake Shoes
* Eating Ice Cream in the Mustang

* Drinking Beer in the Pool
* Used Book Store with Dad in Sci-Fi Hunt
* Night Driving and Midnight Pizza Picnics
* Romantic Times By The Lake At Sunset with My Bike
* Mom's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
* BEATING YOU BITCHES AT STOCK TICKER I RUUUUUULE YOOOOOU!!!!!

Today though, was just a day. Just a Wednesday, to be more specific in a general sort of way. It is Wednesday, isnt it? After work I rode my beloved bicycle to Chinatown and met Cory and Jordan for some good ol' Chinese Bar-Be-Que. Mmm MM my favourite! (In my head I put the emphasis in Chinese on the CHI, like CHYneez, TEEvee, BEEbeeque... Im not sure why. Does'nt much MAtter).


It was actually delicious to an extreme degree. Cory ordered his meal to be cloned so he could have his BBQ Pork and eat it too. My fortune cookie informed me that I am forever welcomed by society and that Cory inspires others with his enthusiasm. Obviously these cookies were experiencing some sort of malfunction. We had a beer and watched Gangs of New York, which rocked until that bug-eyed bint and Leonardo Di Forehead showed up. It was still pretty damn good though. You know Im a sucker for gratuitous violence.

Im bored and laying about in my Fruit Loop jimjams while the One Eyed Kitten engages in a losing but none-the-less FIERCE battle with our beer bottle caps. Here's a few songs, chirped by chicks.


Chirping, cheeping, peeping, chirruping, warbling, trilling, twitter....birdsong!

The Hot Toddies - Wet Dream.mp3

He scraped his knee and no one jerked him off or rubbed his back for free
And someone might never love me

She was stung by a bee but she still had to make them toast with honey

And how can I sleep when nobody loves me

We are lost at sea and no one jerked us off and somebody thinks it's funny

That we will never agree

Salt water makes crappy chai tea


Kristin Hersh - Stained.mp3

You have nerves of steel,
you're just like me
Two spiders hanging from one tree
We're sunny now, us lucky things
We're smiling down one endless day

Laura Veirs - Galaxies.mp3

When we kiss, when we kiss
Bears and boulders vibrate through the air
Gravity is dead you see
No gravity…all I need is beating red
No gravity…

Shelby Sifers - Six Refills of Coffee.mp3

I don't want to drive in my car
with no one in the passenger seat
except for my sweater and some Kerouac novel
No, I need you next to me


And I don't want to take me out for breakfast:
order, eat my oatmeal, leave a tip
Crying through six refills of coffee,

wishing you could take every other sip


And I don't want to sleep all through the night

and wake up in the morning to myself

I think I'd rather sleep out in the rain


And I leave you with KITTENSSSS!!



Thursday, June 12, 2008

Feed Me, Seymour!


In the last 15 minutes I have accidentally called Mexico, blew out the fuses in my entire apartment, electrocuted myself, and made a very questionable curry. Now I am sitting in the dark not touching anything. AND NOW!

I'm curious about you...

Your eyes on these words tell me that you are bored, so please copy and paste these questions into the comment form and answer them. It will amuse me!

I just puked these questions up spur of the moment so they arent stunning, but I will spend the next 2 and a half minutes answering them in my comments myself. Because I know you're all dying to know.

Kara's Superfluous 20 Question Quiz for All-Stars

1. Hi?

2. Describe yourself with 3 nouns.

3. What is the first thing you're going to buy with your next paycheck?

4. What's wrong with you?

5. Would you rather someone's finger in your mouth or someone's toe?

6. If you accidentally farted in front of a stranger, how would you react?

7. How would they react?

8. Time is?

9. Which comic book super hero/villian would you rather do?

10. If you could give me, Kara, anything in the world, what would it be?

11. What's your favourite song RIGHT THIS SECOND?

12. Do you look at peoples bums more often than not?

13. After reading this, clear your head. What's the first thing you think of?

14. What smell makes you the sickest?

15. If you could have any animal as a pet what would it be?

16. What is your most strongest food craving most of the time?

17. If you had all the money in the world but still had to have a job, what would it be?

18. Whats one physical characteristic you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

19. Do you like the taste of blood?

20. When you walk by a mirror or a reflective building do you check yourself out?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Singular Blog


Cod is a disgusting, nasty little fish and I hate it's guts. Literally. Its guts are not good.

I'm sitting here with the a/c just cranked like a motherfucker because Cory isn't home to remind me how David Suzuki would think I'm a chump. Wah ha ha ha. I am a wild stallion. Filly! I mean filly!

Mmm... cream cheeeeeese.. Anyway, I've been fuck boring blogwise this month, yeah even more than usual. I have a couple things I wanted to do, like audience participation-wise. I also want to so an Ultimate Summer Song blog. So maybe I'll do that tonight. Or I'll drink all my beers and fall asleep in the bathtub. It's still up in the air. And I can tell by the faint sound of beak tapping impatiently on glass that now its time to feed my pigeon. See you suckers later!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

My Pretty Pony


I'm in love.



Saturday, June 7, 2008

You're welcome, you son of a bitch

Does anyone else sometimes hear "Thanks slut" when people should be by all rights and reasons be saying "Thanks alot"? All I hear now all day long is "Thanks Slut!". Maybe Im just hearing what I want to hear. Atleast Im a slut who isnt taken for granted, and theres not many of those.

Look at this lego parrot! Fucking epic!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Boo Hiss

Up at five, at work from 11 til' 11, je suis tires. Blog Tomorrow.

Caution

I'll do a blog tonight. Watch out.