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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Playing Catch Up

Right. First off, I have to give myself props for being a domestic goddess. I mean, I'm aware that I'm a pretty good cook (you would be, too, if you grew up with my mother), but last night I kind of blew myself away. Oh yeah, and Chris was pretty impressed too.

I had actually stayed home from work yesterday- a combination of allergies and sore throat and swollen glands and eyes convinced me I'd best not enter the den of mold I call my office. But by noon I was feeling fine, flying high on a cocktail of coffee and benadryl, and decided to put my newfound energy to good use and catch up on things I never find time to do. I power cleaned, cleared out all my old summer clothes to make room for new ones, did loads and loads of laundry, paid a bunch of bills, rearranged my Netflix queue, emailed a bunch of people I never get to talk to, scrubbed out the tub, and even found time to watch The Last King of Scotland. Which, by the way, was amazing.

And then I started to put together dinner. We bought two tilapia filets at Whole Foods the other day and marinated them in coconut milk. I dredged them in flour and black pepper, coated them with more coconut milk, and dragged them through panko and coconut flakes, and threw them in a super hot wok with olive oil.

Then I cut up red potatoes and mango chunks with allspice, sea salt, black pepper, fresh parsley, and a touch of cayenne and baked them in the oven for 45 minutes until they were all crisped up.

I mixed the last of the coconut milk, some orange juice, brown sugar, and kosher salt and simmered it to a reduction glaze for the finished fish.

Seriously, who wouldn't want me as their personal chef? And don't say people that don't like fish. My skillz range to all manner of consumable goods, not just the oceanic variety. Anyway, that delicious meal convinced me that I must join Boston Organics, at least for the summer. I love fresh food. It also made me realize I absolutely need a grill. Because fish on the grill in the summertime? Love.

Moving on from my crazy cooking, there have been things in the works here in Beantown. I signed up for an actual Ultimate Frisbee league for the spring. This means two things: one, they will probably keep an actual score and there will probably be an actual winner (as opposed to the pick up league I played with last year, where the girls mostly skipped down the field singing show tunes while the dudes tackled each other to the ground for the frisbee). Two, although they are likely going to be more competitive, I have the feeling that they will also be better, more experienced players, which means I hopefully will not incur quite so many injuries as last year.

Another sign that it's spring, the Christopher got invited to the Red Sox game at Fenway this evening. I am insanely jealous, but happy he gets to go. While he's down there, I am going to meet a friend at the newly opened Wagamama's in Faneuil Hall. Hooray!

I'll leave you with a quick recap of last weekend:
  • Went to a charity BBQ. Did not win the raffle for the ipod video.
  • Proceeded to the liquor store to buy cachacas- a Brazilian rum-type liquor made from distilled sugar cane. Hung out with some other friends drinking caipirinhas for the remainder of the night.
  • Saw Hot Fuzz. Was hilarious. I liked it as much as Shaun of the Dead, and that's saying a lot. And speaking of Shaun of the Dead, who's up for zombies next weekend?
Hope you all had a pleasant start to your week. Only four days left till Friday: we can do this.


Blogger moogan rocks hardcore!

that drinks looks yummy!
I saw Hot Fuzz a few weekends past, it was brilliant!
Speaking of zombies, 28 weeks later come out very soon!

9:06 AM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

By "zombies next weekend", are you talking about 28 Weeks Later? Or the drink? Or the sixties band? So many potential "zombies".

Also, way to go on scrubbing the tub. Every time I get in the shower, I think, "Man, I really need to clean this."

9:08 AM

Anonymous megan rocks hardcore!

Now there's a Wagamama's in Boston. Damn...

9:55 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Moogan- it looks SO effin SCARY! God, I love zombies.

Ace- 28 Weeks Later, duh! Although, there's a place in Brookline that does great mai tais and zombies.

Meg- See? Time to move back! There's a whole world of noodles just waiting for you here!

11:01 AM

Blogger L Sass rocks hardcore!

Dude, I am hungry (and thirsty) now! I hope your productive vibes rub off on me.

1:54 PM

Blogger Noelle rocks hardcore!

You lost me at "marinate." But then you won me again at "Hot Fuzz." What a great movie, although between the final scenes of that movie and of Last King of Scotland and my tetanus shot, I've had enough horribly pierced skin for a while.

2:45 PM

Anonymous megan rocks hardcore!

here's your job.

4:15 PM

Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

Will you come cook for me? I planned on cooking flank steak tonight, but the dog stole it out of the sink.

We're eating hot dogs.

I'm down to really cooking once a week. But I made some KILLER lamb chops last week.

8:36 PM

Blogger stefanie rocks hardcore!

Wow. That is a way more productive day than I ever have, and this was all on a sick day?? I am impressed.

Also, I don't like fish, but even to me, that meal sounds amazing. You can be my personal chef any time.

That said, I actually COOKED TWO DAYS IN A ROW!! I realize you don't know me very well and this therefore might not be too impressive to you, but seriously, it is a big deal. Also, I baked banana bread tonight. Frankly I don't know what's gotten into me. I never use my oven three nights in a row.

OK, I thought I had something else to say, but this comment is already way longer than necessary. I'll leave you alone now. :-)

8:58 PM

Blogger briliantdonkey rocks hardcore!

You had me at cooking and more so at tilapia, but you lost me with coconut since I am allergic to it. Good for them to be able to go to the Bosox game though I think I would risk even coconut for that opportunity so I am jealous too.


10:15 PM

Anonymous alyndabear rocks hardcore!

Okay, so I don't even eat fish but MAN that sounds good. Anything with coconut in it HAS to be good. Come cook for me one day? *bats eyelashes*

Psst - Hope you're feeling better!

3:54 AM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

I just wanted to steer the conversation back to zombies.

Zombies are awesome.

Thank you.

7:32 AM

Blogger stilettoheights rocks hardcore!

I am very impressed with you domestic goddess ability!!!

though if you want a real buzz, try benadryl and lo-carb monster...way better than mixing it with coffee!!

7:54 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

l sass- If you ever come to the Boston area, I would be happy to make caipirinhas for you and AS. And also some for me, and a couple more for me.

noelle- that last scene in the Last King of Scotland made me sweat with fear and anxiety. For reals.

meg- no way! I learned from you never to drive vehicles for a living (i.e. the Bookmobile)!

W- Umm, yum, lamb chops! Maybe I'll make those next week. Really, the offer still stands: anyone visiting may request a delicious meal at my place.

Stef- Am very proud of you. I usually enjoy cooking so it's not such a big deal, but I HATE dishes. I'd rather clean the toilet than do dishes. Unfortunately, C would leave them in there a week and not even notice if I didn't do them. Good job with the continued meal-making though! :)

BD- It also would've been good with lime instead of coconut. Just sayin'.

Aly- next time I'm in Sydney on a lark I'll give you a jingle! :)

Ace- Yes. Yes, they are. Even ones that run really fast and creep me the hell out.

Jenn- Hmm, lo-carb monster? What if I had benadryl, coffee, AND a lo-carb monster?

Scratch that. My heart would probably stop.

11:20 AM

Blogger CarpeDM rocks hardcore!

I am looking forward to seeing Hot Fuzz.

What a great weekend. I am so looking forward to this upcoming one. No trips to Boston though, maybe next year.

1:42 PM

Blogger Lisa rocks hardcore!

I only like fish in the raw form (sushi) not the cooked but dang that sounded good!

8:08 PM


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