amand_r: (waaaaaaaa)
The first time I heard of gluten allergies and Celiac Sprue was in 1999, when my co-oping teacher had been diagnosed with it. I remember her freaking out because as an Italian, that discounted about 75 percent of the things she liked to eat (including beer!) Back then, she had corn flour and rice flour to choose from, and man did it suck. I made her some peanut butterscotch rice krispy treats, and she was over the moon.

But man, have options improved since then. I'm sure it's still not easy remaining and eating gluten free, but the baking is sure as hell better. I remember she bringing in all her attempts to make bread with various flours—they sucked. And xanthan gum was unheard of in these parts, at least.

Anyway, I like to try my hand at allergen baking, since I cook for a dude with a poultry/egg allergy, and he's a challenge sometimes (MORE THE POULTRY. STEVE, EAT MY DUCK, DAMMIT!), and gluten free is a challenge I can never resist. I've only ever baked for one person with a gluten allergy, and the whole science of mixing flours for texture caught me. How awesome is that?

It's been a gluten free week!! )

Buy these cookies before I eat them all, dammit.
amand_r: (doctor who/HARRIET JONES)
1. Guess what you can't wipe up with a Clorox wet nap? Baking Soda. Nope, if spills on the floor and you go to wipe it up, but you just end up pushing it around on the lino. Then when you give up and try to scoop as much of it as you can see, you realize you have just thinned it to an invisible coating of baking soda. And then for days when you step in that area in your socks, you get a squidgy feeling as you slide around in it. Then you realize that you put this in your body: A POWDER THAT CANNOT BE DISSOLVED AND PICKED UP BY THE LIQUID IN A CHLOROX WIPE. (Spider has since informed me that I can clean it with vinegar. Thanks, babe.)

2. Squeezing lemons when your hands are chapped to the point of cracking is not the smartest idea in the universe, lightbulb. However, if you put your fingers in baggies and put a rubber band at the base of each finger, you get to race the clock to see if the pain from cracked skin or the pain from listing feeling in the fingers will make you stop first.

The answer is NEITHER BECAUSE I AM THAT BADASS.

3. Me: Viv, are you done pooping?
Her: No. I got to chillax.
Me: What?
Her: Just chillax, mama.

4. I drove behind a Bronco II that had this on a paper taped to the back windshield: I WILLNOT SPEED JUST TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. I SLOW DOWN FOR TAILGATERS.

5. I have many thoughts on Rhianna's S&M. Some of them are not good. Most of them are nonchalant, which as we all know, is the opposite of chalant. Not to be confused with chalet, or Swiss Chalet, which makes me think of Swiss steak, which makes me want steak. Or those onions that come on top of steak sometimes. When you make a bowl of sautéed onions and mushrooms to put on steak and meats, that's called the kitty. I eat the kitty on fried sweetbreads. Now I want to watch Josie and the Pussycats. Dujour means swiss steak!

6. I DID A THING. )
amand_r: (doctor who/HARRIET JONES)
I sent this recipe to [livejournal.com profile] paragraphs, but then I realised that it's the best cure for the winter blues.

2 c. milk
3 eggs
3/4 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 c. cooked rice
1/4 c raisins (OPTIONAL!)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Scald milk. Combine eggs, sugar and salt in a 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish. Stir in milk. Add rice, raisins, vanilla. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 325 until set (about 50-60 minutes).

If you have a big enough casserole dish, it's nice to double.

RT UPDATE

Nov. 7th, 2010 02:24 pm
amand_r: (VSTROYER OF WORLDS)
For those of you who don't know, kidlet has been struggling with some illness or another since the beginning of September, and Friday we had our third doctor's appointment when they finally decided to do a chest x-ray. In the meantime she was started on some prednizone for her crackling chest, and we are continuing to try to use the inhaler.

Saturday morning the doctor called to say that the chest x-ray revealed pneumonia, so she has also been started on a z-pak. So.

I haven't really been on my best game, and I'm sorry. Nano has fallen by the way side. I was up every two hours last night to check on her respiration, and TBH, it wasn't because I set an alarm, but that I just keep waking every 2 hours, have been for the last few weeks.

I'm slightly worried because my insurance, it sucks, so we had to go to an urgent care and they just sent me a bill for 155 bucks, etc, and since her doctor visits aren't preventative care, I have to pay like 100 bucks per visit, not to mention whatever they're going to charge me for the breathing treatments. The bill for her inhaler and last antibiotic (which apparently didn't work) in October was about 80 bucks.

That said, I have the money. I just don't like to dip into it.

I was driving home from the doctor's, worrying because they said that if this doesn't clear up, or if it comes back next year we'll have to have the asthma talk, and I was thinking about what THAT would cost, etc etc, and I realised that this? This is nothing. I have the money to pay. It won't be nice, but I can pay it and it won't be on credit. This is not the end of the world. She has pneumonia, not leukemia or something else. We have a roof over our heads. My job is raising my daughter, and I get paid for it. I have been writing, and my first story is coming out next Monday (non-profit, no biggie, but nice). These bad things will pass, and they're not really a big deal. It's not cholera. It's not a hurricane.

I love my girl. And I am thankful every day that we have each other, and everything will be all right.

I'll be back on track later. For now, experiments in linzer fail and fragolo update. )
amand_r: (this is why we can't have nice things)
**IN THE FRENCH: "IN SEARCH OF LOST GLUTEN-FREE BAKED GOODS"

Okay, so I'm supposed to be doing Nano, and I SWEAR I WILL MAKE IT UP (aka Famous Last Words, copywrite the universe and MCR) but failing that, I do have evidence what I have been doing the last two days (four days, whatever).

I am virtually incapable of even typing a journal report. For srs. )

That'll do, pig. That'll do.
amand_r: (rps/it's barrowman country!)
This past weekend I took my kid to DC to see her family and also the pandas, who are like family. Like the shark the panda had millions of razor sharp teeth, which they use like a hacksaw to cut through bone, candy and fences. The Chinese believe that if you find a discarded panda tooth, you have the power to summons Godzilla!

Ahem.

So yeah, here was our trip, pictoral style:

VIVI AND MANDER GO TO DC (NOT DRAGON*CON) )

STAY TUNED FOR THE HALLOWEEN COOKIE DISASTER.
amand_r: (the asian persuasion)
1. What really happens to a McDonald's Burger when you leave it out proves that time lapse cats are funneh. (h/t [livejournal.com profile] emquilxy)

2. And on that note: IT'S THE MOST, WONDERFUL TIIIIIIIIIIIME OF THE YEAR.

3. PHOTODUMP: Gluten-free black & whites, Snow White and CHILDREN OF THE CORN. )

4. Have become a na-no-wri-mo-ho. Code name: Amand-r.
amand_r: (Default)
1. Shower.
2. Smell towel: clean, downy fresh scent.
3. Smell hands: clean, bodywash scent.
4. Smell hands through towel: YESTERDAY'S ONION CHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA.

EXPLAIN. EXPLAIN.

*Degree should be a BA or higher or equivalent. Assoc. Degree OK.
amand_r: (west wing/mrs landingham)
1. HAAAHAHAAHAHAH. "NAME THE GUN PART".



2. Okay. Uhm. Yeah. I got nothing. Oh wait! PHOTODUMP!

Stout and Cheddar Rarebit with Fried Eggs. )

3. ME: I should just stop you right now before you proceed to the bank with a business plan where you have liberally sprinkled the word “awesome.”
FLAPJACKS: Why don’t banks like things that are awesome?
ME: They just don’t.


Seriously, Flapjacks is Tianyu and Chris is me.

4. I just megauploaded a .rar file of GBS songs. If you want it shoot me an email. It's all shit from The Hard and the Easy and earlier.

5. BOM CHIKA WOW WOW.

eta: OMG ADOPTED SQUIRREL LEARNS TO PURR. (h/t [livejournal.com profile] emquilxy)
amand_r: (YOUR MOM)
I HAD SEX WITH GARETH DAVID LLOYD ON A SINK AT DRAGON*CON AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY MANICURE:



Yes, this sums up my whole D*C experience nicely. )

That was my big fat D*C exp. Seriously, few panels, lots of booze, tonnes of food, great people, EXCELLENT CONVERSATIONS, and a renewed sense of writing. I WILL WRITE THAT FPREG. IT WILL BE AWESOME.

OH AND I THINK I MIGHT HAVE A SEASON TO AIR THIS FALL.

Oh, and Jack and Ianto's post-it D*C adventure )

BUT FOR NOW, my dad is out of surgery, and I'm waiting to hear how he is, and I have plans to make biscotti with cabernet cocoa powder, and possibly some cupcakes.

I dreamt about biscotti last night.

I made a list of shit to do divided by pages: on page per category, house, work, online, general, errands, etc. IT'S NINE PAGES LONG.

See ya'll on the flip side.

EDIT: I bought their Netherworld Blend and the Reanimator Blend. The latter is great. Haven't tasted the firmer. Go there and browse the teas and coffees.
amand_r: (it's a bard!  It's aplane!  it's supersp)
In February, [livejournal.com profile] emquilxy and I tried to take a pierogie making class. Alas it was cancelled due to lack of interest, but that was just as well, because it was scheduled for the day of SNOWPOCALYPSE.

AND NOW, WE REVISIT:

[livejournal.com profile] emquilxy: Gaynor's just posted a Pierogie class for Wednesday 10/27 at 6pm. I know its a ways out there, but should I book it? I would hate for a whole year to go by before you get to cash in your Xmas09 present from me! :)

[livejournal.com profile] amand_r: YES. BOOK IT. Do you have a link? Maybe we can get other people to enroll.

[livejournal.com profile] emquilxy: Here you go:

http://www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com/gaynors/index.php?flag_menu_index=calendar_php

They're not super-savy, so this just links you to the calendar and then you have to scroll down to the date.

I was gonna ask if you wanted it to be just us, or if I should open up the invite to some other peeps? Might be more fun if we can take a majority control of the class!

[livejournal.com profile] amand_r: I THINK WE SHOULD TAKE CONTROL OF THE CLASS.

[livejournal.com profile] emquilxy: Hostile control?

Is there any other kind? :)

[livejournal.com profile] amand_r: MORE LIKE AWESOME CONTROL.

PIIIIIIIITTSBURGH PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPS. DOOOOOOOOOOOOO IT.
amand_r: (paperclip/writing)
1. Most Badass alphabet ever. (h/t [livejournal.com profile] sivatheminty)

2.


3. [livejournal.com profile] adjovi told me about this at lunch Saturday, and Jesus, it's comedy gold: Man tried to revive dead possum; alcohol involved. That last bit—YOU THINK?

4. And because it came up, I remind you once again, LIKE A BOSS.

5. Thursday was cooking night! Steamed pork, souffled mac and cheese, etc. )


6. Saturday was the day for shopping in the Pittsburgh strip district. I documented for posterity. )

7. Spike? It's you. It's really you! My therapist thought I was holding onto false hope, but... I knew you'd come back. You're like... you're like Gandalf the White, resurrected from the pit of the Balrog, more beautiful than ever. Ohh... he's alive, Frodo. He's alive.
amand_r: (spartans dine)


1. God, season 4 of Angel is such a beautiful moral quagmire. On the other hand, the credits to the latest ep came on and the kidlet—

Kid: AR AR ARR!
Me: O_o? Pirates?
Kid: points to Mutant Enemy logo.
Me: Grrr arg.

2. Last night I ate about a pound of Good n Plentys, aka licorice pastilles, and now I can with a fair amount of surety say that I understand why Fred and George call them Puking Pastilles.

3. I wish we could turn more classic comic panels in to mock Jack Chick tracts.

4. There was cooking last Friday! )

5. The Tudors, The Tudors, The Tudors. Okay I never though I would say this, but I felt bad about Thomas Cromwell. I also felt bad for Anne Boleyn, too, so I guess that doesn't say much for me. I can tell that I'll be torrenting season 4 as it airs. DAMN YOU!

6. Dexter, book 3. What a fucking disappointment. )

7. The Sopranos--it's not like I haven't seen it before. But damn, I love that ending. And I'm not allowed to talk about it, because I don't want to spoil it for Little Brother.

8. Speaking of—Little Brother and I are collabing, and it's going to be AWESOME, and read by one person. LOLOR5.
amand_r: (rps/it's barrowman country!)
1. Okay, John Sacrimoni of course is a horrible man, but one thing I will give him is that he, unlike a lot Of the others, he genuinely loves Ginny and the girls. He even gets into planning the seating (granted he's in the can), but I honestly watch the guy in the show and the affection he shows for his wife and daughters is more than I can say for any number of the others.

2. [livejournal.com profile] aster_laevis sent me the link and she told me it was painted just for me. Io9 cals it The Most Self-Explanatory Painting in Human History. THEY ARE CORRECT.

3. While at the salon getting highlights today, the hairdresser next to me was waiting to hear about her dog, who picked a fight with a bigger dog and was pretty badly wounded and in surgery and things. So We're all sitting there and her phone rings and we're all sitting there listening and she says something to her husband and then all of a sudden she says "Really?" in that sobby voice where you know someone's gonna cry. Se says something about how good it is, and you know that the dog's okay, but she's sobbing in those high pitched sobs, and I'm getting watery, and she's covering her face and she can't speak, and the woman in her chair is wiping her eyes, and people are looking over all over the salon. She's talking to her husband and crying and my hair dresser is all teared up, and when it was all over, everyone in the salon was in some sort of tears. She's apologising, and we're all wiping our faces and then she tells us that she was fine, but her husband was crying on the other end, and that set her off. LAWL.

4. I want a mortadella sandwich.

5. COOKING FAIL! PICS INSIDE! )

6. Also, more random pics. )

I made cheddar crust apple pie. IT SMELLS AWESOME.
amand_r: (hp/snape suspects bullshit)
1. Some dipshit took my username and like fifteen permutations thereof, so I am available at amanderama on that ask me anything site. I don't know about you, but I always hesitate to do these or anon memes because I'm always afraid that I'm going to get a bunch of anon questions like, "Why are you such a drama queen?" and "Are you this big an asshat in real life?" But I shall have faith in humanity. Like Bon Jovi I am…living on a prayer, slippery when wet, wanted: dead or alive and shit.

I want to lay you down in a bed of roses. For tonight, I sleep on a bed of nails.

2. I have something I need to get off my chest. It's been bothering me for a long time, and I just repress it, squash it down and hide it so that I don't have to deal with it. But it's been eating the inside of me for ages, and I just can't go on any longer--

Why the hell do they put those wire handles on Chinese take away boxes? I get that it's handy, but it prevents me from microwaving the box. It used to be that in the past I was so set on microwaving it that I would wiggle the ends and pull the wire out, but then the carton, which is like form Hellraiser-inspired puzzle box construction, literally needs the wire to hold it together. Look man, I don't want to get another dish dirty, plus, I love eating out of those containers. It's awesome and I'm like Cher in Suspect, walking around my house and eating out of the peanut butter jar (thanks for that idea, Cher). PLUS. It's bed for the environment or something. You can't recycle those wires and they're not biodegradable and I waste water and soap and shit dirtying a second dish.

Seriously, someone has to solve this problem. Solve it before I go insane.

3. Every week I make something to practice a skill that I haven't learnt yet, or make something I've never had before. So help me pick next week's adventur (thanks, Sam!).

[Poll #1538408]
amand_r: (meat/you had me at bacon)
1. I used to get really mad at the administration when I taught, and I used to tell myself that when I was out of teaching I'd write a bald-faced book about what's really going on, and people would read it and say, "Yeah, that’s fucked up." I never did that (though I should. It'd be like the professional career version of blowing up the Bridge Over the River Kwai), but the other day I just realised that I feel the same way about society in general, and I SHOULD WRITE AN ANGRY TELL-ALL BOOK ABOUT IT, and then I realised that since I'd be writing about all of us on the planet, there'd be no one to read it. Like, Maybe an alien or something. LAWL. THAT'LL SHOW YOU ALL. THE SLITHEEN ARE ON TO YOUR JACKASSERY.

2. OMG I MUST SEE THIS FILM.

3. photodump and shit )

4. I made pickled red onions. Woah mama.


EDIT: I want to add that my kid just ate three small bowlfuls of these with her lunch. W. T. F. :D

RECIPE: Slice RED ONIONS. I used like one large one. Place in bowl. In a small saucepan bring to boil:

1 c. white wine vinegar
1.c. sugar
3 tsp. Kosher salt
3 tsp black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick

Stir until well dissolved and then pour over onions. Refridgerate. Chill overnight. THEN CONSUME.

If you are like me, then you have no white wine vinegar and no black peppercorns because you threw them away like a moron. This is okay. Go Asian and use rice vinegar and szechuan peppercorns.

WHO WAS IT THAT WE TALKED ABOUT "I LOVE CORM"? PERSON—IN THE ABOVE THING, I MISTYPED IT AS "CORM" EVERY SINGLE TIME.

I LOVE CORM.

Why was there no corm in this?

I made a corm puree for under my chicken livers with bacon and red onions in a basalmic-wine reduction. NOM NOM NOM.

PHILISTINES.

OMG SO MANY BIBLE JOKES, SO LITTLE TIME.

5. A little excerpt from the latest body swap. )
amand_r: (jawesome!)
1. Got a postcard from [livejournal.com profile] bluejeans07 in Korea! It was awesome! LOL.

2. Kidlet has a runny nose. Poor kidlet. On the other hand, I am sneezing, so that cannot be a good sign.

3. My kitchen is clean! Tonight—the bathroom! Also cleared the dining room table and scrubbed the walls with the magic eraser. I fucking love the magic eraser.

4. The RPS battle starts tomorrow. Brush up your anon skillz.

5. Random photopicspam. )

6. Made Asiago potatoes last night that I think put me into a coma. But I compensated by drinking some wine and playing Gauntlet: Dark Legacy. I also made the best chicken livers with bacon and corn puree, but I know how most of you feel about organ meats. They were tasty.

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