Thursday, August 23, 2012

What is it Wednesday? Ok it may be Thursday at this point.

Coming to you live from the island of Cyprus. I have a bit of wifi during the day though not a lot of patience for auto spellcheck.
So far this week I have been bored out of my mind a lot, I do not know what we did before there were computers, I have to travel with someone at all times, I need the company.
I'm burnt, it hurts I'll get over it, but still burnt.
Every time I come here it's more international, they have sushi now. Though almost everything was cooked. :-)
I have eaten everything on the island traditional at this point, all that is missing is a trip to the bakery, maybe I can squeeze that in tomorrow morning before going to the airport.
This is what happens when you get stuck with your grandmother and it is so damn hot and they drive on the other side. Next time I come I'll start in nicosia a couple of days and see more people, saw quite a few but there are more and I was only here during the week and everyone works, oh well Greece next where hopefully we will do something during day this time. Though I pretty much never have, except during last year's insane trip with ex and his mother.
But I'll see the girls, all the girls, in just over 24 hours. woohoo, nothing better than that.
Ok I'm signing off typing on this thing is driving me crazy. I have lots of photos to show you all but that will have to wait til I get back.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What is it Wednesday already?

Ok crazy, crazy week, first off all I am home alone, which means if I cook it. I have to eat, let me tell you that is not easy.

Everyone else is in New York, apartment hunting in the heat and humidity, and I keep getting reports on how much I would not like that city. I kept telling them I don't want to go to New York in the summer.

Meanwhile I fly out on Friday! Friday! Like two days from now, there are still a couple things on the to-do list, like returning shoes, and the back up dress I bought online that looked cute in the picture and was awful, awful in real life, and buying boxes for all the gifts I'm taking with me, which took me a really long time to figure out where I can buy something like that and then wrapping all the gifts I'm taking with me.

For the girls I bought earrings, cause they are small. and I can fit them in the luggage easily. honestly, I was going to try and get something very fashionable, then just settled for LA fashion cause I actually know what that is. still not sure what people want from the US, clothes that's only sold here? As in lesser known brands, that seems a little crazy to me.

Plus it's been so hot in West LA this last week, (yet another reason to avoid the kitchen) which is very rare for beach cities, we don't even have an A/C at home, like hot enough I actually went looking for the huge fan I bought 3 years ago, back when we used to have summers and then never used. It is awesome, like if I ever am putting together a movie set, wind is taken care of.

I have so many blog entries where the photos are just locked in the camera I have to find the wire for, I may have them post while I'm away. Just cause there are so many of them.

I looked up the weather in Cyprus and Greece, July is hotter there, unlike here, so it shouldn't be that bad. I may not need every sleeveless top I own.

Last Wednesday was the Predator Keirin Classic Race, that was awesome, I worked registration, it felt like the old days running the canteen at school, so many people all at once, and all this cash. It's a real high when you get that rush, I miss that, getting all the math right, ok it was easy math, but still, fun. The races were fun to watch as well, keirin racing is a spectator sport, It's fast, but not too fast, and plus there were a whole lot of girls and juniors mixed in, including some that totally kicked ass. I'll link to the race video and report once it's up.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Olympics Snack: Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches

I have another vegan recipe almost ready to go, just have to clean up the photos a bit, until then here's something quick, and perfect for watching the games, I would make tea, but it's 78 right now in Santa Monica, and that is hot, really hot.

Over the years I've made dozens of different tea sandwiches, crusts off and everything, but the truth is the simple ones are sometimes the best. All this is is cream cheese hothouse cucumbers (which are my favorite cucumbers and really only available in the summers), partially peeled, and multi-grain bread, simple and great.

Cucumber cream cheese sandwich
1/4 Hothouse Cucumber
2 oz. Cream Cheese
multi-grain bread

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hard to Believe it was a year ago

We did a big road trip, that one day needs to become a sitcom. We made half a dozen of these little videos, this was my favorite one, mainly due to the ending, this was in Greece, but there's another great one in the mountains in Bulgaria, But watching one is already a lot for anyone to take on, maybe one day I'll add some music to it. So much has changed since then, it's to the point that I don't even own this camera anymore.

All I can think about is the upcoming trip, so much prep work involved. One of which is find an ATM card that is still valid, that's going to bite me again, I just know it. Why do I always forget that?

I am not looking forward to Cyprus though, Larnaca is so far away from everyone, I still haven't figured out how much blogging I can do on the road. There really isn't internet access anywhere, how crazy is that, so the whole thing depends on getting local phone numbers. Which I think I can figure out tin Greece, but in Cyprus no idea. Til then I may have to stick to text posts, and those are so much fun. Oh well there's still a couple weeks til then, I can't wait to post all the great food from over there, the Greeks are pretty obsessive to great tasting food. There is such an amazing array on offer. The Cypriots, their strengths lie in fish and the bakeries, there are a few other things here and there, but there is also some fairly strong weakness.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Melted: White Cheddar and Tomato Panini

Cheddar and Tomato Panini
After what felt like a very long weekend, let's start the week off simple. white cheddar and tomato, plus just a little olive oil cooking spray.

Less juicy tomatoes are best, you can always drain them a little on peper towels.

White Cheddar and Tomato Panini
Place in a foreman grill, olive oil side down, spray top side with olive oil and press for around 5 to 7 minutes.

Cheddar and Tomato Panini
Whole wheat bread
white cheddar
olive oil cooking spray

Friday, August 3, 2012

Quick Quick Paprika Chicken

What's great about chicken tenders is that it's soft white meat cooked quick quick. The white meat choice for zombies.
In fact I like to give them a bit of a pounding before I cook these, but if you skip that step, this could be done in 10 minutes.

Start with a simple spicy mix or dry rub

Pound out chicken. I use my mallet sideways so it doesn't actually punch holes.

Place chicken in bag with spice mix

Place on an oven sheet top with a little cooking spray,

Then broil 5 minutes on one side and 3 on the other.


Serve with veg of choice, or use as you would a roasted chicken.

So fast

Spice mix
2 tbsp sweet paprika
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp celery salt

1 1/2 lb chicken tenders
olive oil cooking spray

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Slow cooked Green Beans with Chilis

slow cooked green beans with chilis

Ok so this isn't really intended to be a spicy dish, it's just supposed to be homey, but I had a can of tomato with chili, and if any dish can use a pick me up, it's green beans,

Saute onion in olive oil, on med low heat til golden in color
Add garlic, and cook 30 seconds.
Stir in tomato paste
Stir in chopped tomato with chili, you can of course use something not spicy
Add green beans, I like them thin and long, but go with your own preference.
Add water so the beans are mostly submerged. Bring to a boil and simmer. Cook until very tender, this will take a really long time, this one pot cook for just over 3 hours, to get it really tender, but still holding it's own. Your looking for the color of green olives, You can taste to see if it's right.

Serve warm on rice with yogurt or sour cream, to cut some of the heat. This can also be served as a salad.

1 large onion, chopped
olive oil
3-5 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 14 oz can chopped tomato with chili (or without)_
1 bag frozen green beans
salt and pepper