Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lunch for this entire week:

I just made this Orzo recipe by Giada De Laurentis:

It's really good and i know it will be a great lunch to take out in the field where I don't have to worry about refrigeration. The only things I will change next time I make it is first substitute green onions for the red onion. I am eating it right now and the red onion is definitely the strongest flavor in here. Next I will cut the grape tomatoes in quarters instead of halves. That way the tomato in each bite ratio will be balanced. Finally I would probably add in feta cheese or some equivalent. Between the bland chickpeas and orzo, it could use some more punch of flavor.

  • Orzo Salad
  • Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups red and yellow teardrop tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • About 3/4 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Pour the broth into a heavy large saucepan. Cover the pan and bring the broth to a boil over high heat. Stir in the orzo. Cover partially and cook until the orzo is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Drain the orzo through a strainer. Transfer the orzo to a large wide bowl and toss until the orzo cools slightly. Set aside to cool completely.

Toss the orzo with the beans, tomatoes, onion, basil, mint, and enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper, and serve at room temperature.

Red Wine Vinaigrette

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons honey

2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Yield: 1 3/4 cups

Friday, April 10, 2009

Oh yea,

Also, this week at work I got stuck in somebody's well shed! The owners weren't home and I went in for a second to do my work. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the door slowly shutting with the wind and knew that it was fine because enough light was coming in from cracks in the wall to continue working. Only when I heard the click of the latch did I realize what kind of lock they had: the kind you see on gates that you have to reach over the gate to pull up. Except there was no reaching over this door!

At first I was super embarrassed when I called my boss. Only after I gave him directions to the house so that a coworker could come let me out did I realize how badly it could have been if I didn't constantly wear my work cell phone clipped to my jean pocket. When he came to let me out, I mentioned this to my coworker and he responded that he was surprised I had reception in that area of the county! I was in this shed for 40 minutes, standing the whole time because the floors were covered with straw and dirt and the walls had spiders and webs all over them. I realized that I was also lucky I was still in the county and not 2 hours away like I usually am.

WHEW! What a scare! Definitely learned my lesson.

Estoy practicando mi espanol

Two nights ago I was flipping channels and saw that the Sex and the City movie was on HBOLatino and thought that watching it in spanish might be more entertaining, as the movie was a bit of a let down. Turns out my spanish isn't that great so I put the captions on. It was awesome except I got bored with the movie pretty quickly. Turns out the movie sucks no matter what language it's in. I've seen the movie twice and that is my limit although I can't even count how many reruns of the tv episodes I've seen over and over again without getting tired of them.

Now I'm trying it with Almost Famous and it's much better. I've seen that movie a million times and still love it! I think this was the movie that got Kate Hudson recognition for being such a great actress. I can't understand why every single movie she has done since has been stupid fluff. Yes, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is entertaining and a great movie, but dumb nonetheless, especially when compared to Almost Famous.

Last Tuesday I saw Flight of the Conchords in Tampa. It was the first show of their tour so they were noticably disorganized and kept chastizing the audience for yelling out song requests and witty comments. I don't blame the audience, Brett and Jemaine had too much down-time on stage. Their last encore song was Angels Doing It. I didn't really think it was that great when I saw it in the episode, but it was awesome live! Their voices harmonized so well and they have so much energy.
Here is a link to a live recording that someone else took a different show, but it's still better than the studio-produced version. The best part is at the end where they start ha-ha-haing. I don't know what it's called, but it's great. I took some pictures at the show but am too lazy right now to hook up my camera.

A while ago I went to a local NOW meeting in an effort to meet more girls my age since most of my friends have moved away after graduating college. I realized I am not passionate enough about certain feminist issues to actually write letters to my Representative or poll people on the street. I'm still on their list-serve and found out their "feminist book club" is reading Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver, my favorite author!! I have read that book at least 5 times already and will start it again this weekend in order to freshen up the details for the discussion. I'm so excited! I would never in a million years pick this book for it's pro-feminist qualities. You'd think that would be the main theme for books in this club, but I guess I will find out at the meeting.