Friday, July 30, 2010

Radio caca

Someone! Please! Remind me to never tune in to mainstream radio again. Check out the lyrics from this little gem that I just heard on WGAC Crap Radio or whatever I was listening to:

Just gonna stand there
And watch me burn
But that's alright
Because I like
The way it hurts
Just gonna stand there
And hear me cry
But that's alright
Because I love
The way you lie

Holy crap! It's from Eminem's Love The Way You Lie. Who likes the way something hurts? Who likes how someone lies? A doormat, that's who. I know, I know, it's just a song, right? So where does it come from, exactly? Where do the internalized messages and the self-loathing come from? What exactly is fueling the many girls and women in my life who continue to engage in brainless, damaging drama in their relationships?

Make no mistake: songs like these, and all pop-culture signposts like these, for that matter, are a key component of the steady junk food diet that continues to be fed to the brains of girls and women by the establishment. This diet ensures that the majority of those girls and women continue to allow themselves to be lied to and abused, and thereby crippled from reaching their full potential.


"It's fun!"
"It's part of the attraction!"
"I can change them."
"I just want to be pretty."

These are my top four favorite lines that have been spoken to me and by me at various times in my life, in regards to relationships with difficult people at best, and abusive people at worst. Notice I said "people" and not "men,"  because I continue to be astounded by the abuse that women loving women allow in their relationships.

What can you do? You can shift your mindset, you can look for people who treat you well and walk away quickly from people who don't. It's really quite simple. Do not pretend to enjoy how someone lies to you or burns you because you are lonely or think it's normal. Don't let anyone push you into raising your limit for bullshit, don't dish out bullshit yourself, and we will all be just fine.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Crockpot gyros!

Inspired by an old friend, I've had the idea for making my own gyros on my mind for sometime. I was saving the idea for summer, when I could do the final stretch of cooking on the grill. When we learned we would be backyard-less for the best weeks of summer, this was one of the many things I lamented.

Until I stumbled on this! It's crockpot gyros!

I made a few minor adjustments:

1. I did not use lamb, only because I could not find it on my way home. I used 2 pounds of lean ground beef.

2. I figured my gyros might be lacking in flavour due to having no lamb, so I put the onion and garlic in the meat in the food processor. I also added a good bit of crushed red chili pepper and rosemary.

3. I did not put onion and garlic in the bottom of the crockpot because I knew we would not eat it.

4. I put one egg in to help it all mix together.

Also, when we ate it, we had it with green salad, tomato, cucumber, tabouli salad and tzaziki on our plates, instead of having it as a sandwich.

It was delicious and I highly recommend crockpot gyros for indoor summer cooking. No oven required, no hotter house.

Monday, July 19, 2010

6 inspirations for summer eating - no BBQ required

Some of us don't have, or want a BBQ. Some of us live in apartments, some of us don't eat meat, some of us don't like the idea of cooking over a fire with any regularity. In any case, we still gotta eat all summer! And the magazines, cooking shows and blogs are all chock full of ideas that most often require a grill. Here are some sources of inspiration for summer eating - no BBQ required.

Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less

This list was published in 2007, and I return to it again and again, whether it's summer, or not. There are plenty of no-grill ideas on this list. Check out numbers 17 and 40 for two of my favourites. See number 41 for a simple idea for what to do with all that zucchini.

Summer Recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake

Now, is that not the prettiest and easiest summer dessert you've ever seen? I bet you have a box of graham crackers in the back of your cupboard. Go for it. I also bet this would be yummy with semi-melted ice cream instead of the whipped cream, and then re-frozen.

Double Broccoli Quinoa Recipe
Heidi Swanson's 101 Cookbooks has been a little lacking in new summery ideas this year. I guess she's busy! Here's a recipe for a Quinoa bowl that I have modified in many ways. Sometimes I use a regular pesto and zucchini, sometimes I omit the pesto and use a chili sauce with other vegetables. You can do it cold as the base of a pasta-esque salad too.

Top summer salad recipes

There is nothing too original on this list of summer salads on Canadian Living, but it's sure to remind you of something you forgot about it. I forgot about chick pea salad!

Spanish Omelette

Try an omelette and a salad for dinner. Better yet, try this lovely Spanish Omelette, and check out the other recipes on Spain Recipes.

Picnic Sandwich Recipes

Martha has a nice collection of summer sandwich ideas. Radishes on a sandwich got me pretty excited. Some do have grilled meats, but you could easily sub in deli meats or poached chicken where it calls for grilled.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

On the road again

Strange guy in rubber pants*: "Hey, do you have 19 cents? I really need to get home. I just f'd up big time and the cops are after me."

Me: "No, sorry."

Guy: "Well, how about $10?"

*They might have been pants for diving? Or perhaps a flood? It's 40 degrees out. I can't wear pants at all. Well, due to the heat and fact I have a really flat butt, but that's another story all together.