Saturday, February 20, 2010

Word on the street

H. and I have just come back from that book sale - and we have a nice little haul.

Most of these are H's (that's probably obvious). But $9! That's a pretty good deal, don't you think? This dollar store cat thinks so.

One of those books that is mine is that Under the Tuscan Sun. It's not normally a book that I would read, but it is set in Cortona, the town in Tuscany where H. and I are set to spend the second week of the moneymoon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

An Idea for Saving, with Overheads

This is a very sad bag of basil.

It was also ridiculously expensive for how sad it is. $3.99. Eeps. I'm embarrassed to admit that I bought a sad expensive bag of basil, but I had an immediate need for it.

Basil is so easy to grow, isn't it? And cilantro - which we use like it was going out of style (or "coriander" as H. calls it). I wish I could have a garden, but I live on the top floor of a walk-up in Brooklyn. What I do have is lots of beautiful sunshiney windows.

And I mean, LOTS of SUNSHINEY windows.

So, it occurs to me that I could be growing my own herbs in my share of sunshine, and saving my money for important things like credenzas, and not sad things like bags of unhappy basil. And that is my plan - indoor herb gardening, but that involves overheads - pots, soil, seeds. Because of the overheads, I won't start this delicious indoor jungle until after we're back from the honeymoon. But I'm excited! About window basil! It will smell delicious. What else can I grow indoors in my sunshine? Maybe a lemon tree?

Tomorrow, H. and I are planning to visit the very exciting Park Slope Book sale - no books over $2! Well holy vajayjays, that's awesome. Hope for good finds!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Friday was my birthday, and my lovely husband got me something I really wanted. And my parents got me a new little camera, which we immediately put to good use:

Anyway. For lunch this week I've roasted some eggplants and will have them in pitas this week with some other veggies, and with some Hot Ajvar that I found at the Turkish grocery store. I hope Merve doesn't get jealous.

Have you ever noticed that eggplants are the most attractive vegetables? I won't say they're the tastiest - I'm only new to the eggplant acceptance club, and I still have to smother them in other things (see Hot Ajvar) to enjoy them. But, damn - they are one pretty veg.

Even sliced and diced:

Maybe cooked they lose their good looks a bit.

Anyhou. I've been watching the Olympics for the past 27 minutes, and it will probably be the only 27 minutes I devote to them, and so far they've managed to trot out a number of "proud Canadian" stars in that short time. The world is watching, so it becomes the ultimate game of identifying which celebrities are Canadian. Kim Cattrall! Will from Will & Grace! Last summer we heard a podcast (from NPR, if I remember correctly) that hilariously summarized the way Canadians will immediately identify other Canadians in conversation. (i.e. You say "Neil Young", your Canadian friend interjects "He's Canadian.") Well, anyway, the Olympics are doing it right now on tv. I wish I could find that podcast.

Finally, H. would like to share what he made us for dinner - a chicken curry in a tomato-based sauce.

Hot Ajvar!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

And while I'm at it...

This guy is way out of my price-range, even when I'm not saving all my pennies, but I love the weirdness something bad:

From Etsy.

Wall to Wall

It's looking a lot like Christmas out there!

Of all the things I want, posters and prints tend to dominate my list of coveted items. So Poster Cabaret is a very dangerous website. Because I love this Yo La Tengo poster, and also this Klimt-esque Charley Harper loon, this creepy whale, this moody North by Northwest poster, all of these - but especially these guys, and I also like what's going on here. It's a good thing I have so many walls.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Single-handedly Making 2010 the Year of the Coupon

There's a story in the NY Times about how coupon-clipping was in decline for 17 years until 2009. Now its on the up-and-up! I'll be doing my part to make 2010 a stellar year for coupon manufacturers.

Read all about it here.

About those goop burgers...

I have to admit that I had some doubts about those black bean burgers the other day - so let me say this: they are delicious! And way more satisfying than I could have imagined, so I thought I might just connect you to the recipe at Epicurious. We've been eating them with some make-shift salsa.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bean Goo

I've been busy completely ignoring the Super Bowl, and making our lunch for the week. I tried to make some black bean burger patties, but I ended up making some black bean goop lumps. Tasty goop lumps, but goop lumps nonetheless.

That's a blurry photo, where I've formed them to look like patties - but in real life their goop lumps. Oh well.

H. made a tasty curry, haleem. This photo doesn't do it any justice - it's a lentilly treat:

And now I'll go back to ignoring the Super Bowl.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Oh Dear

H. and I watched Food, Inc. the other night. I'd like to think that I'm not easily swayed by these sorts of things, but this movie really got to me. I felt almost teary by the end - by the seeming helplessness I felt at the entire nasty mess of factory farming. It's just... bad stuff. I'd say that a lot of the meat stuff - about the chickens and the pigs and the cows, wasn't a big surprise. The saddest part to me was the soy farmers - the corporate bullying of farmers by Monsanto was heartbreaking. And then I read today that along with such admirable acts as bullying farmers, they also produced Agent Orange and that nasty rBGH. Not really the kind of company whose products I'm keen to purchase or put into my body. But anyhou, the movie worked and I will be trying harder to buy better food, including grass-fed meat, even though I said last month that I wasn't made of money and wouldn't be doing that sort of thing. It might be worth paying a few dollars extra now and there.

And that's so easy when I have my beloved Target. Did you know that if you bring your own bags they take $0.05 off your purchase? I didn't know that until today, when I went to buy my cheap organic milk! $0.05! That's like a mini-coupon.

In other news this week (and just because I've taken to posting all my lunches), once we ran out of delightful(!) salmon cakes, we finished off the week on egg salad sandwiches in pita. They were yummy, but no salmon cakes.

From blog

From blog

I'll have to give a think to what's on the menu next week.

And last, but not least - how much do I love this cute Pennsylvania print from JHill Design!

A lot, is how much.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fab Chairs


Is a tremendously fab chair.

And by the way, that yogurt and cilantro chutney concoction with the delightful(!) salmon cakes was fantastic(!).
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