10/31/11

Stuffed red peppers

 What started out with me craving rice... then something tomato-y.... and ... warm and cheesy, ended up with me making a late night run to the grocery store and making stuffed red peppers. I only eat things I crave, which makes things very inconvenient sometimes.



You will need
2 cups rice
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
3 italian sausages
5 red peppers
3  mushrooms
1 medium sized onion
2 tbsp chopped black olives
1 egg
cheese of your choice, I used parmesan.
and wine... I don't remember where I put it... but it was there. 

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350
1. Put the rice, chicken broth, and tomatoes in a pot on medium heat, cover and let the rice cook. Stirring occasionally to make sure the rice doesn't burn. If you get burnt rice, save what you can and put it into a new pot.
2. Remove the casing of the sausages and cook the sausages in a frying pan, breaking up the sausage so it looks like ground beef
3. drain some of the fat, and put aside the sausage
4. Dice the onions, red peppers and mushrooms
5. Cook the onions, red peppers and mushrooms in the sausage fat, or olive oil, but I chose the fattier, and more cholesterol filled route. (do this in portions if you need to, so you don't overcrowd the vegetables. If you overcrowd them, they will sit in their juices and not brown and turn mushy)
6. Add the sausage, vegetables, olives, and egg to the rice. (and cheese if you want). Mix
7. Cut the red peppers about an inch from the top, take out the seeds, and rinse well
8. Stuff the red peppers with the rice, and bake in oven
9. Cook until the peppers are browning at the top and becoming wrinkly and soft
10. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve

maybe this is when the wine came into the picture...

10/28/11

DIY leopard print collar



I've been on the hunt for a nice detachable collar for some time now. Not only are they extremely hard to find, they are expensive and most often come as a part of an S&M costume. So one DYI project for a sleeveless button up shirt, lead to another. 


You will need
2 cuffs of a button up shirt you sacrificed or turned into a lovely sleeveless button up top
1 black and 1 brown acrylic paint
1 paintbrush or 2 if you're too lazy to clean the first one
craft glue
needle and thread
enough ribbon to wrap around your neck and tie a bow


Take the cuffs you cut off of the sleeves and paint a leopard print on it. Start with the black


Then fill in the black with brown blotches


Repeat with the second cuff. Then cut the side with the button hole of each cuff to adjust to the size of your neck. Fold, the cut edges, and glue down or sew it down.


Fold the excess fabric neatly over the back of the cuff, and glue it down on the edges. Do not use too much glue.
Slide your ribbon through the folds of both cuffs. You can also just glue the ribbon down on the cuffs, but then it's not as adjustable.  You can obviously sew the ribbon on, but glue worked fine, and I didn't want to deal with stitches showing on the other side.
Reinforce the folds by doing a few stitches on each corner with a needle and thread.


Tada! Peter pan collar on one side or, normal collar with a colonal sanders bow on the other side. Stay tuned for ideas on what to wear with this. 

10/27/11

Carrot Soup







I hate big carrots, I don't even like baby carrots, but some recipes require them, such as my meatball sauce. Carrots also come in GIANT bags, so after I use one for a recipe, I'm left with 56 carrots that I don't want to eat. The best way to get rid of these is to make carrot soup. They don't even taste like carrots after I'm done with them.
I used this recipe
http://www.ledelicieux.com/2011/05/02/roasted-carrot-soup/
but I added
- 2 tsp fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup more white wine to the broth
I used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth and skipped the cream.

    

10/26/11

Pumps and chain mail





You can't really see in the pictures, but the sweater is actually silver. I bought it last summer and I've just been waiting for it to get cold enough to wear it. Which begs the question, why do they sell sweaters in the summer?

10/24/11

Meatballs in sauce






This weekend I made meatballs with sauce. The spaghetti decided to tag along last minute. I really can't think of the recipe. You're welcome to come over for dinner, and I'll make it for you instead. If that offer isn't good enough, here is a recipe that's pretty similar
http://technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com/2011/10/meatballs-jamies-and-mine.html
only I would add 1 tbsp tomato paste, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tbsp oregano and no parsley... but only because I hate parsley. 

10/23/11

Doo Ri collaboration with Macy's

On a side note: designer Doo Ri Chung announced her plans to collaborate with Macy's for their capsule series. The collection will feature her signature draped jersey, art inspired prints, knitwear, and everything else I would ever want. Not only am I totally stoked about actually being able to afford at least one of her draped jersey dresses, I love these sketches.

Backwards


If you ever get sick of your sweaters, try wearing them backwards. This is supposed to be a wide v-neck sweater, but backwards, v-neck no more! Disclaimer: this does not work with all sweaters... ie. turtlenecks.

10/22/11

French toast


 I decided to make some french toast this morning. I don't like having very sweet things in the morning so this is a recipe for slightly sweet french toast so you can skip the syrup at the end. Instead of milk, I use vanilla yogurt (idea I stole from my boyfriend), then instead of regular bread I use raisin bread and add some brown sugar to the butter to make my french toast just slightly sweet without giving me a sugar coma first thing in the morning.

You will need

1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
4- 6 slices of bread
2 tsp brown sugar
2 table spoons butter



Beat 2 eggs in a shallow bowl, then add the yogurt and cinnamon. Mix until you get a nice thick consistency. (Can we just take a moment to observe how hideous my counter top is... )


Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a frying pan and add 1 tsp of brown sugar to the butter


Lightly coat a slice of bread in the yogurt+egg mixture and quickly put it on the frying pan.



 Brown each side. Approximately 3 minutes for each side
.

 Then repeat for the remaining slices of bread.


Serve with some fruit, yogurt and granola. Enjoy!

10/21/11

Grey, black and blue



 The best part about wearing long skirts in cold weather is that you can wear things under it and no one will know. For example, sweat pants. Just kidding, I'm totally not wearing sweatpants under there... or am I.
Like my snood? My sister made it, and then I stole it from her.

Gold brush strokes


More DIY nail design. yay! All you have to do is paint the base coat whatever color you want. Let it dry. Then take the gold nail polish, brush off all the excess nail polish on the brush so it's pretty dry. Then do short light brush strokes horizontally over your base coat. Tada!

10/18/11

Chicken noodle soup


Project: Get rid of this stupid cold. 
As a cruel reminder that winter is just around the corner, I have caught an annoyingly severe cold. My tonsils are the size of golf balls, my sinus are so congested that my head feels like it's going to explode, and I have 0 energy. As an attempt to get rid of his awful cold, I dragged my disease infested body out of my bed, raided the drug store for cold medication, and made chicken noodle soup. 

You will need
Someone to make this for you if you are sick
1 medium sized carrot
2 sticks of celery
1 medium sized onion
4-5 cloves garlic
4 chicken drumsticks, or whatever form of chicken with meat and bones
1 cup of corn
1/2 cup peas
2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup white wine
3 cups water
4-5 bay leaves
1 cup dry pasta, barley, or what ever you want in your soup
2 tsp dried herb of your choice
salt and pepper

once again, do it to taste. If you want more or less of something, just add more or less. 


Chop up the onions, celery and carrots to the size of your liking.


In a pot add the chicken, garlic (peeled), bay leaves in approximately 3 cups of water and bring to boil, for 1-2 hours to make chicken stock.

In a large skillet heat up 1 tbsp of oil and add the onions. Cook until the onions are transparent.

 Repeat with carrots and celery until the carrots are cooked.


Once the chicken looks almost cooked, take it out of the pot and separate the meat from the bones. Put the meat aside and put the bones back into the pot and continue to boil. This is to prevent the meat from getting to dry. Boil the bones until the water is opaque.


Drain the stock into a larger pot, and get rid of the bones, garlic and bay leaves. Add the chicken broth and wine.


Add your vegetables, corn, peas and past and bring to boil until the pasta is cooked. Add your chicken chopped up into smaller pieces.

 and voila! chicken noodle soup.
Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich and your choice of cold medication.

10/17/11

Granny style





Tasseled loafers, elbow patches and high waisted pants to make a simple granny look for fall. Just realizing that those pants and flats do nothing for my short stature, oh well.