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Oh, great good gods...I am going to quit watching the news.  Maybe I'm burying my head in the sand, but I cannot hear tRump, Guliani, AND Omorosa on a 24 hour loop.  Hell, in my desire to escape, the spousebeast woke up yesterday to me watching The Great British Baking Show...and did not object.

His first wife is a pastry chef (and ex-Army--she made a gingerbread replica of Rammstein for the kids' Christmas party when she was stationed there.  And an EMT.  This woman is HARD CORE.  And I adore her...aside from the part where she threw the madeline pan at him.  He still has the scar.  I have the pan with the dent.  However, that WAS the start of the long journey of his getting off coke, soo..).  He gets twitchy around baking, but he loved the show.  It's endearing in a way that US baking shows just seem to miss.

Of course, now I'm getting puppy dog eyes from the guy who claims he doesn't like sweets.  And is scared of bakers.

But never fear..as my frenemie once said "Alicia can make anything out of a box.  I can only make cakes from scratch"  (Evil person.  Yeah, my homemade cake for my then husband's birthday was a total fail after you had done a 5 layer cocoa-mocha  two weeks earlier...that was the BEST way to console me).  But, a friend elsenet talked about making boxed brownies, adding some cinnamon to the mix, and topping with finely minced Hatch chiles.  Spicy brownies!  I'll report back.

Speaking of foodie things, I found out that Carla Hall is coming to the Terra Vita food festival in October.  *bounce*  A ticket gets her talk, the new cookbook, and a meet and greet where you can get your book signed.  I am buying my ticket next payday.  And praying I don't fangirl flail too much.  I've loved her since she lost it when she got to make chicken pot pie on Top Chef.

Kent says I need to bring her some of my 3 can, $5 chicken pot pie.  I made it again this weekend (we're trying to clear out the pantry for the big fall grocery buy.  I also think we are both hoping if we invoke enough cozy comfort foods, this damnable heat and humidity will go away).  I've been tinkering with it, and I think the addition of Penzey's Mural of Flavor made it.

It didn't last long, I'll tell y'all that.  It's simple:  a can of chicken, drained (or shredded rotisserie or leftover chicken would work, too), a can of mixed veggies, drained and rinsed, a can of cream of chicken soup (I guess you could use cream of mushroom if you're weird that way.  I've also used cream of celery and no one has died or required psychiatric treatment).  Mix the whole mess together and pour into a pie plate lined with a refrigerated pie crust (I reccommend Pillsbury, but the Harris Teeter brand isn't bad.  And, of course, you can make your own.  But this is an inelegant and quick recipe).  I've generally sprinkled it with dried rosemary, thyme, and cracked black pepper.  With the cream soup, it is plenty salty on its own.  I'm not sure what is in Penzey's MoF, but it is quite the wow factor.)  Pop the top crust on, crimp the edges, and remember to vent the top  (and, if you're a bit weird like me and having a rough week, your can always use swears as your vents).  Cook at 375F until brown on top.  Wrap aluminium foil or use pie sheilds around the edges unless you like to dip the over browned bits in the gravy.  Which I do.

Before I get too down on myself, I did somethig yesterday. reposted from FB:

Okay, so I just did A Thing.

I was picking up a couple of things from the grocery store (Hatch pepper time comes but once a year! And I think my inner pirate is fearing scurvy, because I need orange juice in the house at all times now).

I hopped the NS home and sat up front, because it was just me and the driver is one who always wants to know what Kent and I are cooking (he and his GF have set a challenge to go a month without ordering in or using pre-made frozen dinners, Hot Pockets, etc).

Cue the next stop. This skinny punk gets on, makes an ugly face and all but spits on the driver. Shaved head. Nazi tats. And we won't even begin to discuss the patches on his backpack. The whole pre-made White Pride wanna be kit.

He sat across from me, tipped his ballcap, and said "Ma'am."

I wanted to throw up.

Something inside me said "No." So I smiled sweetly and leaned forward and said, "So what about that protest in DC this weekend?"

"Yeah. That was cool."

"Certainly for *my* side. Two dozen to HOW many?"

I will not repeat the names he called me (while I'm thinking if he lays a hand on me, he is gonna end up on the wrong end of a can of Raid like the bug he is). He stomps to the back, and I holler "Yep! Go to the back of the bus where you belong, Nazi scum!"

He got off at the next stop. Coward.

After my bus driver friend and I stopped the half-hysterical adrenaline-fueled giggling, he said "You didn't have to do that. That could have gone down really bad."

Yeah, well...if I don't then who is? I'm just disappointed that he's probably too ignorant to get my brilliant back of the bus reference.


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Aug. 14th, 2018 05:33 pm (UTC)
Go you!!!! You're awesome. ^_^
Aug. 17th, 2018 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Aug. 14th, 2018 05:55 pm (UTC)
Holy shit, Alicia! You tell him!
Aug. 14th, 2018 06:18 pm (UTC)
I am fucking tired of what's going on in this country, and what too many people seem to want to accept (or worse, embrace!) as the new normal. Not happening on my watch. My ancestors would haunt me until the end of my days if I kept silent.

Also, a five pound block of frozen cod is a mighty weapon against a kneecap if I feel that my personal safety is in question.
Aug. 14th, 2018 08:50 pm (UTC)
We need more people like you. *hugs*
Aug. 15th, 2018 05:04 am (UTC)
You mentioned chicken pot pies... I have to post this... Sorry, union rules...


Good on you for humbling the nazi scumbag on the bus! Around here everybody jumped on some woman that worked in Jenkinsons Aquarium in Point Pleasant NJ. One of the kid's chaperones took a video of this nasty old racist woman that worked there, and the video went viral. And the woman got fired! I guarantee that woman won't be able to leave her house for the next year or two.
Aug. 15th, 2018 11:34 am (UTC)
Well done you!
Aug. 15th, 2018 12:20 pm (UTC)
I admire your resourcefulness. You really can make dimes cry, whihc is a good thing...

Aug. 15th, 2018 01:57 pm (UTC)

(And, good grief, child.)
Aug. 17th, 2018 07:00 pm (UTC)
It's scary what some people seem to think is okay.
Aug. 16th, 2018 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ha! He deserved that!
Aug. 17th, 2018 07:11 pm (UTC)
He's lucky it wasn't this time LAST year. My FB memories reminded me that I was on a packed bus and someone grabbed my ass...and he caught a case of beer in the nuts. And was picked up by the cops at the next stop.

I hate that I *still* have people (some of whom I love and trust) who say "Wellll….maybe you shouldn't have done that. You need to respect everyone's humanity." No. Sorry. I don't have to respect your "humanity" if you don't respect that of others.
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