Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Let's just have it be Thursday. Why not?

Good Idea Monday
Creative Tuesday
Indecent Wednesday

Wednesdays are historically not a fun day of the week. Nothing happens aside from work, and then it's as though nothing fun is allowed to happen at work. I've tried to combat this evil in the past, only to be thwarted by the negative energies of the day. Example: Last week I really wanted something particular for dinner, only to find out that the place I wanted it from closed earlier than usual on Wednesdays. The Wednesday Blahs are best left unchallenged, so as to avoid further pain and anguish.

All that having been said, Creative Tuesday was a blast! Usually, I tend to be the most prolific baker of the Oops! team. Always trying to invent something to expand the waistline. Tragically, I've had to cut down on my grocery bills, which means not buying so much of the things I don't need to survive--chocolate chips, unreasonable amounts of flour, vanilla, sugar. Every night now, I go through my cupboards seeking a bite of chocolate that isn't there. Then I'm reduced to eating an orange while crying.

So to get creative yesterday, I went to the fabric store and spent a grand total of $5 on supplies to make this:

A brand new chalkbag. My old chalkbag is bonded to me--I've had it ever since I started climbing almost six years ago. It's special, and I'll still use it, but it is rather small and I wanted one that carried a bit more chalk and that had a cool pattern. The old one is plain teal. I set up the laptop, put in a movie, sewed it up, and went right to the ol' climbing warehouse to give it a test run. It was swell.

What to sew next? Ideas? Anyone else out there sewn something totally fucking rad lately?

There was good food yesterday, too. I whipped up a quick dinner before going to see Black Swan last night. It was nothing elaborate or special, but it was very quick and delicious. I'll give you the gist of the thing.

Tomato-Asparagus Pasta

3/4 package of %100 Whole Grain Udon
3 small cloves of garlic, chopped
5-6 stalks of asparagus, chopped into 1 1/2 inch pieces
Grape tomatoes, halved
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
Lemon Pepper

While preparing the noodles according to the package instructions, I threw the asparagus into my cast iron skillet to cook down a bit. They were asparagus that I froze over the summer from the farmer's market, so I needed to thaw them. When they were no longer frozen, I put them on a plate, and drizzled about a tablespoon or so of olive oil into the pan to warm over low-medium heat. The garlic followed the oil into the pan to brown. Make sure to stir the garlic around so it doesn't burn or stick to the bottom of the pan anywhere. When the garlic was nicely browned, I put the asparagus back in to cook down with it, and drizzled a bit more olive oil on. As the asparagus starts to get soft and delicious, season with a teaspoon of lemon pepper, salt to your taste, and a few squirts of lemon juice. After the asparagus is tender, remove from heat. In a medium bowl, I mixed the asparagus-garlic goodness with the noodles, as well as the grape tomatoes (mine weren't halved, but they should have been). At this point, I adjusted the seasoning with a little more lemon pepper, another squirt of lemon juice, and a bit more olive oil. The result was a delightfus dinner.

The next post is the Oops! one-hundredth! Celebrations will be had.

1 comment:

  1. The chalk bag looks great! I like the fabric you chose. Your meal looks terrific too. Wish I could eat some.

    PS: Really enjoying your recent posts.