половин българче, половин американче, изцяло мен.
half bulgarian, half american, entirely me.
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Corn spaghetti

And a reminder to always try new things.

This: is corn spaghetti. It’s gluten free, not that that needs to be a thing, but it’s a thing for some people, and it might have benefits for the rest of us. Either way, it’s good to change things up. I was skeptical at first, watching this glob of “noodles” boil in what looked like watered down polenta. I wasn’t sure it would go with the vodka sauce that we also acquired at Trader Joe’s. And yet, lo and behold, when I put that first bite in my mouth, it had a distinct texture that I thought was unique to semolina laden goodness. It had a slight corn taste, but nothing overwhelming, and definitely something that should be kept in the dinner rotation. Two thumbs up.

Other things…. This has been stuck in my head lately, and I really like it. I appreciate the irony of identifying with a song about American Kids while I grew up in a household saturated with Bulgarian traditions, but I did grow up here, and this song does speak to me. I like how it’s unique, too. I can’t really explain it from a musical standpoint, but it seems minor in a different way than typical country songs.

Though Mean Girls was rated PG-13 for “sexual content, language, and some teen partying,” that was a rating Paramount had to fight for, says Waters. “We had lots of battles with the ratings board on the movie. There was the line, ‘Amber D’Lessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,’ which eventually became ‘Amber D’Lessio made out with a hot dog.’ Which is somehow weirder! That’s the thing we found: When you’re trying to make a joke obey the rules and not use any bad words, it can actually become seamier, even.” Still, there were some things that Waters simply refused to change. “The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, ‘We can’t give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because Anchorman had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, ‘You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.’ And they eventually had to back down.”

— don’t fuck with tina fey (via brokenclocksrighttwiceaday)

(Source: helenaoftroy, via rafriki)

Green Soup

So good, I made it twice

I had been meaning to pick the kale that’s been sprouting in the raised bed in the depths of our yard for several weeks now. One weekend, it was cold and rainy; another, I had too much homework. On Saturday morning, however, the sun shone brightly, there was no homework to be had, and I received a prompting newsletter depicting a beautiful green soup. “Today is the day!” I thought, and shoving my fear of earwigs out of my head, I slipped on some garden clogs, grabbed a big bowl, and picked the shit out of that kale and chard.

After I washed it, salad spun it, and chopped it all roughly, I plopped it in the pot with a chopped up potato, doused it all in water, and started it simmering. In a separate pot, I caramelized some onions. This step takes forever but I had to wait it out. I waited for those suckers to reach golden perfection, and I dumped them in the kale pot. Next up, I sautéed some garlic, just until the aroma wafted pleasantly towards my nostrils, and I dumped that in the pot as well.

I let it stew for a few more minutes, and then diluted it to soupy consistency with some chicken broth. I supposed it would be acceptable to use vegetable broth—I might have had it not been for the carnivorous beings that I share my domicile with. At this point, I took out my immersion blender, and I blended the guts out of that thing. Except, not too much, because I didn’t want the potato starch to develop too much.

I flavored the soup with a healthy dash of cayenne pepper, black pepper, the juice of one sad little lemon, and a sprinkle of Vegeta. Absolutely marvelous.

Out with the old, in with the new. Loving my new #timbuk2! #newbagday

Out with the old, in with the new. Loving my new #timbuk2! #newbagday

Water skiing with the Beaver Ski Patrol Sunday crew. Vid creds @yanabogoev (at Bear Hollow Lakes)

Throwback to puppy hugs at Whistler. #vacation #tbt

Throwback to puppy hugs at Whistler. #vacation #tbt

Two more reasons to love Canada. #kinder #surprise

Two more reasons to love Canada. #kinder #surprise

Leftovers are the best, especially from The Front Door. #pizza #leftovers  (at The Front Door)

Leftovers are the best, especially from The Front Door. #pizza #leftovers (at The Front Door)

Fuzzy dinner blankets! #fishandchips #vacation  (at The Local)

Fuzzy dinner blankets! #fishandchips #vacation (at The Local)

Hello, Vancouver! #vacation (at Olympic Cauldron)

Hello, Vancouver! #vacation (at Olympic Cauldron)

My days are so much better when this wonderful guy is here. #love  (at Utah State University)

My days are so much better when this wonderful guy is here. #love (at Utah State University)

Flips and tricks. #badass (at Logan Aquatic Center)

Ran into a triathlon on this morning’s ride. Might account for my aggressive pace. #fixedgear #fixielife  (at Benson Marina)

Ran into a triathlon on this morning’s ride. Might account for my aggressive pace. #fixedgear #fixielife (at Benson Marina)

Hyde Park may be little, but we’re not slacking in the fireworks department. Even if it is 6 days early, happy PieAndBeer day! #pioneerday #utah (at City of Hyde Park)

We have a bit of a love/hate relationship. #kitteh

We have a bit of a love/hate relationship. #kitteh