Friday, October 30, 2009

Next stop: Swiss Army knife for foodies!


I was so very excited to see that my fork & spoon necklace arrived yesterday (finally!). Ordered it in early September and when it hadn't shown up by mid-October, I sent a pretty nice but firm "kindly send me another or refund my money" letter. They sent me another. Yeahhhh, that's right!

This is who I'm going to be tonight


Thursday, October 29, 2009

I don't know if you are the sentimental sort but this will make you cry


Leave Me from Daros Films on Vimeo.

It would never happen to me though because I clear my memory once I upload. Aww.
That or I'll be trapped in a food photo. At least I'll never go hungry.
Total tearjerker.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The "Doesn't this smell like Popeye's coleslaw?" mustard slaw


Mustard slaw will go over nicely with those with an aversion to mayonnaise. It smells, I kid you not, just like Popeye's coleslaw. This recipe will make coleslaw for at least forty people. I know this because I had two large Ziplock bags full and we only went through half of one bag.

Ingredients:
2 heads of cabbage, cored and finely chopped. I used red and green.
1 green apple, peeled and finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled and grated.
1/2 cup of Dijon mustard
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 to 4 Tbsp. hot sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

- In a bowl, whisk the Dijon with the sugar.
- Whisk in the vinegar.
- In a slow stream, whisk in the vegetable oil.
- Add the hot sauce and s&p. I added a good amount of pepper. Dressing should be highly seasoned.
- Add the cabbage, apple and carrots to the dressing and toss thoroughly. You can serve immediately but I find it better to let the slaw sit for at least six hours so the flavors could incorporate thoroughly.

Liz's quinoa and black bean salad


Liz first made this salad for the August GMU Printmakers Guild meeting.  It was so refreshing and light ― perfect for a hot summer's day. I was so happy when she brought it to the Ketchup with you soon picnic.

1 1/2 cups quinoa
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed if canned
1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (cut from about 2 large ears)
3/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 pickled jalapeƱo chilies, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander

for dressing
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

- In a bowl wash quinoa in at least 5 changes cold water, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off most of water, until water runs clear and drain in a large fine sieve.
- In a saucepan of salted boiling water cook quinoa 10 minutes. Drain quinoa in sieve and rinse under cold water. Set sieve over a saucepan of boiling water (quinoa should not touch water) and steam quinoa, covered with a kitchen towel and lid, until fluffy and dry, about 10 minutes (check water level in kettle occasionally, adding water if necessary).
- While quinoa is cooking, in a small bowl toss beans with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and cool. Add beans, corn, bell pepper, jalapeƱos, and coriander and toss well.

dressing:
- In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt, and cumin and add oil in a stream, whisking.
Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well with salt and pepper to taste. Salad may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring salad to room temperature before serving.

adapted from Gourmet Magazine, July 1994

I've had dreams before. They're fun, and exciting, and sometimes a little scary.

Last night I dreamt about an animation called Teeny Little Super Guy last night. I had completely forgotten about this little gem from my childhood. Am I the only one who remembers him? Spent the better part of twenty minutes googling keywords such as tiny man, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, cupboard, kitchen, drinking glass and cup. The winning combination was "Nickelodeon, little kitchen man, animation". Huzzah!


NYC...



sounds like: Chelsea Market fish vendors yelling out orders, honking cabbies (the yellow ones don't stop!), subway conductors announcing the stations, Buena Vista Social Club blasting while I'm trying to sleep. Bob Dylan/"I'm Not There".

tastes like: 4 AM chamomile tea, chicken club sandwich (bacon. avocado. yes.), New England clam chowder (that I had to eat really fast and I'm the slowest eater ever), a sirloin burger and burnt fries from Uptown Bar. I requested the burning because Sofia's fries were soggy. Sofia's cracked pepper kettle chips. Vita Coco water from a bodega in Brooklyn.

feels like: red chenille blanket (Boek: it looks like you skinned Elmo), plastic protective cases at Selina's studio containing cutouts from vintage books, charcoal on my fingers from drawing on a Rorschach print.

smells like: earthy hardwood floors in that one gallery with the drawings I liked, robust coffee at Starbucks at Chesapeake House, ice cream store smell, commercial cherry-scented bathroom deodorizer, the subway.

Side note ― this post, in all its short & simple glory, took me more than two hours to write because someone convinced me to watch Paranormal Activity. I don't..I can't even...why did I even...I'm not even sure what...why did I think...too scared.

Double side note ― yayyyy 100th post!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

You're moving it! No, YOU'RE moving it!

[via gtalk]
me: hiiii, you need to help me and tell yathrib not to buy a Ouija board for Saturday.
Steph: huh?
me: thrib's all "I want to do something scary"
Steph: we can all look at credit card bills.
I just want to sleep.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Razor Charlie, really?

TJ: Danny Trejo was hot circa Dusk Before Dawn (1996).
me: yeah and now he's Uncle Machete on Spy Kids.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

We can be like Tom Hanks in Big!

Thursday the fifteenth...




sounds like the clickety-clack of keyboards, the hum of the exhaust vent over the acid tray, the steady fall of rain against the window, helen's print one class critique.

tastes like warm peas with cracked pepper and olive oil, green tea with mint, and thinly-sliced cucumber with cream cheese and dill in a flour tortilla. Side note, I just realized how green today's meals have been.

feels like the warmth and comfort of my favorite navy hoodie and that I wish I were still in bed with a bowl of soup, flannel pajama bottoms and some TLC Haunted reruns.

smells like chlorine from the pool, B&BW's Country Apple body spray, Ann's latte from Jazzman's.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pa: oh man, my friend got drunk and peed on his best friend and I asked "what made you pee on your best friend? I bet they were pissed, no pun intended."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dreaded drunk dial? I think you mean dynamite drunk dial!

Birthday voicemails from Sohe

02:14
"vina...(hiccup)...I'm drunk...(hiccup)...mumble mumble...(hiccup).."

02:18
"vina...(hiccup)...mumble mumble...this is my second message...(hiccup)...call me back...(hiccup)...mumble mumble mumble...(hiccup)...(hiccup)...(hiccup)...(hiccup)..."

Friday, October 9, 2009



Steph: Will you be awfully mad if i change my dish last minute?
Me: Mmnope. We're in art, remember? You can show me three drafts and show up with an entirely different concept on the day of critique and I'll be okay.
Steph: It's true.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hey, hipsters need money too.


 via here

Just don't take your hat off



Me: You should have a costume (for Halloween).
Me: I'm going to be Charlie Chaplin.
Brett: hmmm
Brett: wasn't that what that girl did on The Office
Brett: but no one else dressed up
Brett: so she took her hat off and everyone thought she was Hitler
Brett: just don't take your hat off.

There's space for us to shake, and hey, I like this tune

Lists sans lemonade

Creative endeavors that Stephanie T. and I plan to embark on:
1. coconut pancakes stand (me) and lumpia stand (her)
2. revamp and sell furniture and such from yard sales.
3. start a separate blog for all our private jokes so we have something to refer to when we forget what they mean. "Oh, THAT'S what that is!"
4. perfect the mexicocoa frosting recipe. 
5. learn how to make our own aprons.
6. see Andrew Bird on every continent.
7. that photoshoot for that one girl's birthday. 

Creative endeavors that Sohe and I plan to embark on: 
1. learn how to design & sew our own clothes. 
(side note to sohe: you can't have a list with only one point but I know you enjoy being mentioned in blogs)

Things I need to buy for the "Ketchup with you soon!" picnic: 
1. charcoal/lighter fluid
2. eggplant (3-4)
3. bottled water
4. yellow mustard
5. cabbage for slaw
6. canned tomatoes (two 28 oz. cans)
7. soda and such
8. ice (2-4 bags)
9. chicken (two 10 lb. bags)
10. kosher salt

Things Meekus and I plan to do over winter break: 
1. True Blood marathon (I don't care what he says, I'm getting a nap in there somewhere)
2. Pushing Daisies marathon
3. learn how to make apple butter
4. teach him how to make fried rice
5. generation kill (whatever the hell that is)
6. finish (him anyway) watching Amelie
7. sledding
8. zoo

Things I need to design and screenprint: 
1. spoons w/moustache aprons
2. tshirts for three to four different people, including myself (which is funny because I rarely wear crew neck shirts)
3. something for that black messenger bag I never use anymore
4. something for the black tote I use for my AM workout
5. new logo & poster for Chateau Gateau
6. a choo-choo train poster for Nicholas's room

Upcoming artsy fartsy things that I am excited about: 
1. Pre-game Halloween party at "."
2. the Green Springs Garden print for mid-November
3. out-n-about cubscouts with the honors kids in NYC
4. my next typography project
5. Marian's show at ".", any show at "."

The tentative menu for the "Ketchup with you soon!" picnic:
me: grilled chicken (Carolina bbq sauce recipe courtesy of La), some kind of slaw situation, that Turkish eggplant dish (recipe courtesy of Toui) 
steph: bread, cheese, grapes
la: coconut/carrot cupcakes
thrib: sweet tea
liz: quinoa salad and maybe veg to grill
bates: hotdogs 
stella: potato salad
g: noodle dish
mariam: cornbread

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Boy meets Whale

It just occurred to me how much Charlie of Noah and the Whale reminds me of Shaun (Rider Strong) from Boy Meets World.



Sunday, October 4, 2009

The building is alive!

COMBO a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis (2 times loop) from blu on Vimeo.

Things I need to accomplish today

1. Clean my room hardcore. I have four baskets of clean laundry to put away. I can no longer think clearly with such a mess.
2. Wash & line-dry my bedding. Sunny days make for crisp sheets. Well, that and ironing but I'm lazy.
3. Make corn & chicken chowder. Try out that recipe for mayo biscuits.
4. Gym.
5. Finish typography project.
6. Catch up on all correspondence.
7. Finish lists for the "Ketchup with you soon!" picnic.
8. Edit & upload Navigation Press/William T. Wiley and FLC/Cafritz opening photos.
9. Prep self for the crazy "two crits, one essay, one quiz, I need to pick up the cake on friday, buy some charcoal, when do I have time to do all of this, I still don't know what I'm going to make for the picnic" week of hell/awesomeness.

Friday, October 2, 2009

You know what's on the challenging side?

Planning a meal for:
Two vegetarians
Two non-pork eaters
One lactose intolerant
One "no beans"
One low-carbs

and a partridge in a pear tree.

"I love you,
even if this world is a dream,
even if it isn't."


- William T. Wiley & Michael Hannon "Love Poem"