Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snow Day Soup

I found this delicious recipe but of course I had to change it.

Barley stew with mushrooms and leeks

I do not care for barley so I substituted chick peas.  I also added andouille sausage.  Tomorrow when I venture out again (too much snow today) I will get spinach instead of kale.  Although it was on my list yesterday, I forgot it, only to remember when walking out of the shop.
It already smells delicious.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

And Life As It Is

Three months on the new job and I am still trying to organise my time off.  After three years of unemployment and able to do what I want to do (or need to do) when I want, I now need to develop new habits.  It is ok, I will eventually get to it.
I had my probation hearing (frightening I know) and they do love me and what I am bringing to the job.  They had no idea of what a professional assistant was capable.  Imagine asking for office supplies and actually getting them without waiting a month.  Paying invoices?  Oh you can do that?  It is satisfactory and sad at the same time.  I am working way below my abilities (and pay grade) but I sense that by the end of my first year I will be back on top again.  I feel sorry that these poor people put up with subpar assistance for so long but then again it makes me look supernatural!  ha!
Working around office politics is not my favourite game.. I really hate it and am trying to teach the naysayers and gossips new habits.
So now you know why I have been quiet lately.  I get up at 4.30 am and am usually in bed by 8.30 pm.   Who has time for anything?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To Swear or Not To Swear

"In a business meeting that you might have in the South or in the Midwest there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the 'f bomb' and use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting," he explained. "In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women do it! And you just are looking around, saying, 'My gosh, this is worse than lockerroom talk.'"
"This would be considered totally inappropriate to say these things in front of a woman," he added. "And for a woman to say them in a professional setting, we would only assume that this is a very - as we would say in the South, that's just trashy."
So sayeth Mike Huckabee on a radio show.
Quite frankly, although I would not vote for him, nor do I think I will have to, I think he is right.  I am not moralizing here; I can make a sailor blush on occasion.  But I don't like it when those words come out of my mouth, even when I am just with a close friend.   So I try not to.  I do think it is demeaning and not at all lady like.  It is also laziness.
Surely I can come  up with something more creative.  Like the names of German cities.   What in the Frankenau is that?  Darmstadt, he took the last of the haggis.  That Butzow Budingen is such a gossip, bless her heart.  Bonus: I can say them with the proper accent!
It's just trashy

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

A song in my head

This song has been circulating inside my head for days.  Lovely
The Bachelors

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Oh Those Wacky Guys at the NYT

Sometimes a mistake is so embarrassing, it cycles all the away around the shame circle and becomes kind of awesome.  
Those bastions of printing the truth Accidentally created a new country.

And then came this:

It is certainly giving me giggles this morning!

My holiday home in Kyrzbekistan

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Recipe of the year

Last night I made Bobotie. There are so many different recipes out there I just created my own from several, using my preferred choice of ingredients. All except the lamb. Could not find minced lamb, let alone any lamb at my grocers. They usually have it.  Next time I am sure. But then I have never tasted bobotie or even heard of it until a week ago so I have no idea how it is supposed to taste. It does smell good. Just another 10 minutes.....
And I had a bit for lunch today as well... even better
I must say that the custard topping and the soaked bread really gave this dish a WOW.
This is the recipe I chose.  I eliminated the sugar and cinnamon, used apple not carrot, have no idea what their herb and garlic seasoning is so I just added garlic with the onion.  Because I couldn't find lamb I used beef and pork.
Oh and I added a spoonful of apricot jam.