Monthly Archives: November 2011

Things that make you go………mmmmm

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I’ve had some great food fantabulous even! (is that a word?) I love food and I love to eat even more. Not greasy, empty calorie, heart attack inducive but gourmet, complex yet simple, classy, creative, delicious and visually stimulating. In four words food should be like  great SEX IN MY MOUTH!

grrrrr………

In no particular order, one of the best things I’ve had is banana pancakes topped with exotic mango cubes drizzled with a special homemade syrup…ahhhhh 🙂

First up the pancakes…what you need is:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 ripe bananas, mashed

Directions

  1. Combine flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and bananas.
  2. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture; batter will be slightly lumpy.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides.

And tadah….goodness

Not time to eat yet, I know it looks good – taste good too 🙂

Let’s get the mangoes..

Now all we need is the homemade syrup. Sorry can’t tell you the secret but regular supermarket syrup is great!

And the finished product……..

OMG!!! tell ya….goodness on a plate 🙂

On to the next serving

The next magnificent meal I’ve had is pasta with creme sauce and chicken strips topped with a generous amount of the cheese of your choice and a sprinkle of parsley (or whatever herb you like/have)

This meal requires muti-tasking or an extra set of hands.

First the sauce……

2 cups cream (heavy, or 35% cream is best)
1/4 cup cold butter
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper (ideally white pepper)
pasta (fettucini, penne or tortellini are great)
fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
1 clove garlic, chopped (optional)
extra parmesan cheese or any cheese you got!

Heat a large saucepan over high heat until very hot. Add just enough cold water to cover the bottom of the pan. Let the water evaporate (it will do this quickly) but make sure there are a few drops left in the pan. This will keep the cream from scorching and burning on the bottom of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.

Add the cream to the pan and return it to the heat. When the cream comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium/ medium high and continue to boil and consistently stir until it is reduced by half. During that time, add the garlic.

In the meantime, cook pasta in well salted water according to package directions. Drain well when cooked.

When the cream is reduced remove it from the heat. Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time and whisk it in. The cream should thicken and turn glossy.

Like this…… 

   Preparing the chicken……

After the chicken is done, combine  with cheese, hot pasta and cream. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with  chopped fresh parsley and………

                     Serve immediately (with added parmesan cheese for me!).

And last for now is homemade cake of your choice topped generously  with ambrosia. 

Ambrosia is very closely related to the gods’ other form of sustenance, nectar. In ancient Greek mythology, ambrosia  is sometimes the food or drink of the Greek gods (or demigods), often depicted as conferring ageless immortality upon whoever consumes it.  It was brought to the gods in Olympus by dove so it may have been thought of in the Homeric tradition as a kind of divine exhalation of the Earth.

Having said that if you haven’t had this then you are probably going to hell….

You will need:

1 cup whipping or heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar (or taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, well drained
2 (11-ounce) cans mandarin oranges, well drained
2 cups seedless red or green grapes, washed and dried (or a combination of both)
2 teaspoons fresh grated orange zest (optional)
  1. In large mixing bowl, beat together whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  2. Fold sour cream into whipped cream just until blended.
  3. Fold in coconut and marshmallows, then fold in remaining ingredients.
  4. Transfer ambrosia to serving dish. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

The ambrosia…….

Served with a delectable slice of lemon vanilla cake is simply……..mmmm

Ok stop signing and get cooking……….:)

What makes you go mmmm?

Saying Goodbye……the ‘exes and ohs’ of a relationship

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I mean everything is great, you and your partner have been together for a year and a half. You share the same interest, feel at ease with each other, spend holidays together and even make future plans.

These are signs of a normal relationship. And then it happens…..

Break ups are rough, some amicable, but no matter what no one really likes going through them no matter which side of the fence you are on. I have been through the gamut of break up scenarios. I used to don’t wanna let go and being a Caprician does not help because I wanted to fix things or wait it out or weigh the options and so on.
Then I moved on to riding it out. So it would be like, yea I’m gonna just wait and eventually the other person will get the point that I don’t want to be there anymore or we don’t make sense together and just spare me the headache of checking out. It’s hard when that person looks at you with the puss eyes or all the love you don’t have anymore for them and you have to tell them its over (hopefully they are not psycho…but thats another blog).

At that time, I usually pray for a big flood to happen, they get washed to the other side of the earth and you send the break up note with a dove (what…. it could happen!!).Or the ever popular ‘its not you, its me’ line (by the way if that line ever worked for you let me know, maybe I’m not saying it right). Or I would subconsciously try to sabotage it by fueling arguments or hoping my partner would cheat. Ok, so this is obviously not the way to break up with somebody. Which leaves the question:

   How do you get out of the relationship?

Unless you are a heartless b—-, you would want to be let down as easy as possible. There are nice ways (if there is ever) to exit as well as bad ways. The former is kinda tricky because you don’t want to send mixed signals. But for the latter you should not be like ‘take your s— and get the f— out!”, unless warranted.

  • Try to be as honest with the person as possible
  • Don’t drag it out, delaying the inevitable only makes it worse.
  •  No we can’t be friends after, well not immediately after anyway.
  • I try to give little warning signs prior to. Like maybe having the “we need to talk moments more often” or just disinterest in intimacy.
  • I also try to think of the other person feelings when I’m considering break up. Like how would I feel if I were in their shoes. Then again I would still think I’m hot so …….
  • And most importantly, do it face to face. Don’t send an email or a card saying the last two years have been great but I can’t imagine another two with you.
So its over now and you are wondering how are you going to cope.Whether you are the breakuper or the breakupee, it’s not easy. It is said that the first five days are the worse especially if you were in one of those u-haul type relationships but it will get better – eventually.

What’s in a number? 11.11.11

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Today is November 11 2011 or 11.11.11…..

Some say it is a symbolic day, and for others it is a special day for celebration while others are just happy it’s Friday. For me it is a day God made so I’m glad.

Dates like 11.11.11 don’t happen very often which is the reason why it has gotten a lot of attention besides an obvious lottery pick. According to astrologers, this date does not signify anything to either time or space. It is viewed as a cultural marker and not cosmic.

The numerical sequence of November 11 holds a special significance in the binary numeral system. The number eleven has a special characteristic in mathematics where it is a prime number. It contains some interesting peculiarities where the number eleven times itself equals a palindrome (reads the same in both directions).

Eleven signifies Revelation and calls us to find our spiritual mastery within ourselves. The doubled ones indicate raising our leadership abilities to a higher spiritual level and seem to call people to their spiritual destiny. Then we have the fact that there are three sets of 11s.

Three moves things forward. Three wants something new to happen. Three breaks out of impasses and forges new paths. Three is the number of process, of working out something in time and space.

So we could say that 11.11.11 indicates an experience of incarnating our unique spiritual identity and assuming responsibility for our world and unite with others for global unity.

11.11.11 is special because the day comes around once every 100 years, meaning tomorrow is the only time many people will be alive to experience the unique date.

The movie 11.11.11 will be released on the 11.11.11. It follows a famed American author whose wife and child are killed. He keeps seeing the number 11 and soon realizes 11.11.11 is more than just a date, it’s a warning.

The date is seen as being  lucky and many people around the world have chosen to make it their wedding date.

The number 11.11.11 is a classic example of apothecia, the human urge to see patterns in essentially random events. This is kind of what I’m doing now.

A group from the Netherlands has declared the 11.11.11 the third world day of interconnectedness and has a number of events.

Being on the cusp of another supposedly cosmic phenom and Jamaica’s 50th Independence anniversary tongues next year will be even more epic. Whether or not you believe in the predictions, the time, date or day it  will come and go without effort so I suggest we do the same.

So I ask, what’s in a number? Apparently a lot.

Until then TGIF!