Cauliflower’s mistaken identity

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It was my turn to be in charge of movie night snacks. I was, however, easily distracted by the cauliflower that had only a few days left of shelf life. Therefore, I decided to roast it. This is not popcorn; but, hey- if the individuals in your home keep coming back to the pan to grab a few, don’t stop them. After all, it is yummy, cheesy, and delicious.

  •  1 head cauliflower
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan

Preparation: Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large mixing bowl combine cut 1 head cauliflower into florets; with 1 minced medium onion, 4 thyme sprigs,  4 garlic cloves minced, and 3 tablespoons olive oil; season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mixed together well in bowl. Toss on a large rim baking sheet. Roast, tossing occasionally, until almost tender, 35-40 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, toss to combine, and roast until cauliflower is golden brown.

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Kids meet Corncakes

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I eyed my coworker, smiling and walking through the youth garden with arm loads of corn. Behind him was a trail of kids with various vegetables. My coworker stopped at our patch and cheerfully said, bring some vegetables, we’re making corn cakes (Yes, I had a déjà vu moment of the children’s book Stone Soup). Like many of the youth that day I had never had a corn cake (I was, however, wise to know it wasn’t cake), but it was something I truly enjoyed making as much as I enjoyed eating. To echo the youth “Yummy”, “Delicious”, and “Man, this is good”!

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (preferably aluminum-free)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chile powder or cayenne (I bought a spice blend at the farmers market, but these ingredients will work)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced (about 6 Tbsp.)
  • Bell pepper
  • Half jalapeno
  • Handful of basil
  • 3 cups corn kernels (from 4 to 5 ears corn)
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • *Cheddar cheese- my garden youth loved this, but at home I never added it

Directions :Whisk together the corn flour, baking powder, salt, and chile powder in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the butter with the milk and honey, until the butter is melted. Set aside until tepid, then make a well in the center of the corn and the dry ingredients, and stir in the milk mixture, and the eggs. Place scallions, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic in the food processor for a fine chop (and the chopped jalapeno, if using). Add ingredients to bowl with corn. Spray your grill. When hot, spoon batter in mounds into the pan, spaced apart – making as many as will comfortably fit in the pan. Let the corn cakes cook until browned on the bottom and starting to bubble around the edges. Flip the corn cakes with a spatula and cook on the other side for about a minute, until lightly browned on the reverse side.

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Real Life moment :This new range makes me feel like a chef! The flat griddle  is so great.

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Jailed Over Court Fines

“Little Jake asked, “Did you hear what happened to me? I was panning in front of the pharmacy. This fat woman panhandler told me to move. Lots of people pan there. It’s not her spot, so I waved her away and said, ‘Fuck off. get out of my face. Anyone can pan here.’ That was one day. The next day when she saw me she flagged down a cop. She said that I had verbally assaulted her then stood up and kicked her in the stomach. I didn’t lay a finger on her. Now I have to go to court. Can you imagine that, a panhandler calling the cops on another panhandler. That’s just wrong.”- Court Appearances

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Who the hell thought this was a good idea? Using jail or the threat of jail to collect debts from individuals who are too poor to pay? Incarcerating individuals does not address the bigger issues of individuals sleeping in parks, their unemployment, or their level of education. I also can’t help but wonder if giving these individuals money without providing resources to help them find low income housing, employment or understand the basic fundamentals of budgeting and banking causes that cycle of homelessness to just continue.

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Real Life Rants

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I love happy mail, but sometime a rant isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes, we need to vent.Then sometimes, we just need to rant. We need to stomp our feet, form our hands into fists and scream. So, let’s rant but me first, I pulled up to my driveway  and there was water coming out the garage . Yep, a busted water heater. Fucking Murphy. I called my plumber (yes, he is on speed dial) and he was kind enough to come out and confirm my suspicions. He also provided me with measurements and info on buying a new one. I hope you don’t have to buy a new one; but if you do, this article  is extremely helpful. I also found a few rant clippings in my journal and though this would be a great time to share them.

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Rant To my little brother’s adopted mother, who promised she wouldn’t shut his siblings out of his life and now has. We did nothing to hurt our baby brother yet you deny us pictures and updates about him. Don’t judge us for our mother’s sins.

RANT To the Washington State Department of Health for the fees to renew my license as a nurse, not only a mandatory renewal fee of $76, but also a $2 “convenience” fee, a $5 Center for Nursing Surcharge fee and a $16 fee to pay for a website, so my $76 license is now a mandatory $99 renewal. That’s gouging Washington state nurses; what a racket.

 RANT AND RAVE I’m eight months pregnant and took the Light Rail during a busy rush hour. Rant to the two men who literally cut in front of me to get the designated seating for riders with disabilities, leaving me to stand! However, big rave to the young gentleman who was already sitting in the third designated seating spot, saw what the two men did and quickly got up, insisting I take his seat. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated it! Hopefully the other men took note of his impeccable manners.

RANT To the local candidate’s campaign who called my phone number 10 times within two hours Sunday. Guess who didn’t get my vote?

RANT To people who criticize others who don’t keep up their yards. Maybe they’re sick, temporarily or permanently disabled, suffering from depression, or a loved one recently passed away, or working two jobs to make ends meet. Maybe they’d like nothing more than to be able to work in their yard, but, for whatever reason, cannot. Not everyone can afford to hire someone. So, please, instead of judging, show some compassion.

What’s your rant?. Just let it out . You’ll feel better getting it out and I will feel better knowing  I am not alone.

 

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Caprese salad meets Salumi (cured meats)

I came across this great post on how to put a twist on the classic caperse salad. My first thought was were is the meat?  Then I thought  what if  caprese salad and Salumi had a summer love child, it would be this this simple stunner of a summer dish. Best served on a patio with good conversation and a nice glass Sangria or a glass of wine. Bon Appetit.

Ingredients

Directions :Arrange tomatoes slices, chunks of mozzarella, and slices of Italian meats, and basil. Repeat steps and remember to alternate Italian meats until all ingredients have been artfully arranged. Drizzle generously with balsamic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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