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Just putting this down somewhere...

I constantly think in the back of my mind somewhat wistfully that I wish I were doing more of certain activities.

Included amongst them:
- walking (though I do generally do this a fair bit when I'm not freezing)
- reading
- composing
- cooking
- planning (and executing (and oh dear, that is such a project management phrase)) social activities
- sewing (mostly costuming)
- visiting people (somewhat local folks, but also farther afield folks whom I do not see often enough)

I am going to try to keep some sort of notation when I'm doing these things, I think. Theoretically a journal is not a bad idea for a place to put it, and heavens knows I'm not using it for too much else...

So in that spirit:
This weekend I cooked my bastardized (vegetarian) version of chilaquiles (which I should make a note to finish more of off in the next couple days before I leave for NY).
I also read Mastiff (by Tamora Pierce) (which I need to give back to Lynne).
Yesterday I did a small amount of composition (for Stranger Ways as we work on our next album - yay :)) that should be possible to flesh out into a complete song... providing we can lyricsify it, which I am the suck at.
And I've done some walking... maybe I should start trying to carry a pedometer with me or something to work out exactly what I'm doing here.

On the less successful front... I tried to rally a bunch of us to go do a dinner out for Restaurant Week and failed abysmally. Comedically. Ridiculously.

Basic summary:
Last week:
Me (to Beth): We should Restaurant Week.
Beth: We should! Haz free times?
Me: Buh? Um. Next Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, possibly?
Beth: Wednesday could work.
Me: OK! *sends email to five people, asking about freeness on Wednesday*
Person 1: I can't do that!
Person 2: Unfortunately, I'm now sick!
Me: Wait, I actually can't do Wednesday either, now!
Beth: And me neither.

All: Uh. Victory?


So yeah. In the future, I really need to cordon off some Restaurant Week time in advance and actually plan with more than just one possible day available.


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Mar. 28th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3

You are sorry? :P

I am more sorry that I was like:

"Let's do this thing!"
*four days elapse*
"Wait, nevermind, I am incapable of doing this thing!"

Mad skillz: I haz them.
Mar. 28th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
I need to get back to Massachusetts so I can have a face-to-face social life with people again.
Mar. 28th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
I endorse this idea and/or product. ;)

You know, life circumstances permitting, anyhow. I will think positive, Massachusetts-enabling thoughts for you, anyhow!
Mar. 29th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
I need more info on the veggie chilaquiles!
Mar. 29th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
There's a blue million ways people do them, and I went with a pretty simple one. I conceptualise them as a spin on lasagna...

Also, I apologise in advance for my style of recipe writing, which is similar to my style of cooking in general: half to three-quarter assed at best.

Ingredients I used:
Tortillas - a package of 8 or 12 depending on size (I used wheat, and arguably should have used corn and gone to pains to make them stale, but didn't, and am no sorrier for it)
Can of refried pinto beans (8 oz) (which are vegetarian and fat free... basically same effect could be achieved by seasoning and mashing a can of pinto beans)
Can of plain pinto beans (8 oz)
Can of diced tomatoes (16 oz)
Jar of salsa (I think 12 oz)
An onion (medium to large)
Garlic (about two cloves, but arguably should have used more - always more garlic!)
Package of meat substitute (I think 8 oz)
Queso fresco (8 oz)
And spices to taste

My method was:
1) chop an onion, fry in some olive oil until transparent(ish)
2) add meat substitute, garlic, spices to taste (I used chile powder, cumin, coriander, bit of pepper and some oregano) and cook together for 3-5 minutes
3) add can of diced tomatoes (and decide to add more seasoning... because we do things by halves here... and then run your household out of chile powder)
4) add can of pinto beans (rinsed)
5) once all that has cooked for another few minutes, you essentially have a pan full of chili - take it off the heat
5a) realise at this point you should have already pre-heated the oven to 375F... post-facto realisation is *like* planning...
6) grab a baking dish (whatever you use for lasagna is likely suitable... if you don't lasagna, picture a world in which you do :P) and lightly cover the bottom of it with salsa
7) lay out tortillas to cover the bottom (don't worry overmuch about how precisely you can cover a rectangular surface with circular objects - it will be suboptimal, and I just have to get over this, really)
8) spread a layer of the refried beans over the tortillas
9) add a second layer of tortillas, but aim for a different spread... the first layer was like this:

the second layer was like this:
I don't know if that makes any sense. Basically I split things in half and tried to cover bits of the space that weren't covered previously, just alternating between circular and half-moon patterns. And there was usually overlap in places, but that's awfully hard to represent with parentheses and letters. :P
10) ...aaaaanyhow. Layer of chili like stuff, then new tortilla layer
11) layer of salsa and a bit of queso fresco, then new tortilla layer
12) repeat layering steps until you have filled your casserole dish, top off with a happy amount of queso
13) bake for about a half hour to forty five minutes, largely depending on how cooked you like your cheese and how impatient you are.

Resultant servings: at least 8. Probably more like 12. Ideally served (in my world) with sour cream, cilantro and a side vegetable, because I just didn't have anything suitable to put in at the time that Beth doesn't hate (and I need help with this much food!).

If I were doing it again more intentionally (with more supplies), I would dice some squash and add it to the chili part, or if Beth weren't around, I'd add bell peppers the same way.

Edited at 2012-03-29 02:23 pm (UTC)
Mar. 29th, 2012 10:27 am (UTC)
It does make sense! It is uncannily like my own style of cooking.

I make my own tortillas, they are just not as cheap here and it's one of the few things I can make (pastry and stuff seems to be my thing, sadly). But I make so much mess when I do that I like to do interesting things with them to make up to The Boy for the flour half way up the wall, etc.
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
I am unsure why "sadly" re: pastry, as that seems an excellent thing to have skills around, and I'm kinda envious. :)
Mar. 29th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Sadly because it's a time-taking thing - resting and kneading and sitting and pre-baking and blah. I'd be surprised if I actually make pastry 3x a year.
Mar. 30th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
I have been burning out on trying to organize local social activities. The rare times I post availability for hanging out, with advance notice I mean, I hear crickets, and the rare times I host a party we get considerably fewer attendees than somebody with less space at a place without T access. It's enough to make me want to hermit up.
Mar. 30th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
Yeah... I feel like it's a bit hard on all sides, though. I've been in that place where I know I want to go do something social, but the day comes and my brain is pretty much screaming "ENOUGH!" at me, and I certainly know others have been in this same boat.

In general, it seems like weekdays are hard because most folks are burnt out after work/school, so everyone schedules for weekends, which makes weekends hard. Then, pretty soon it's been months and I haven't seen half my friends.

*sigh* If someone comes up with a useful solution, I am sure they will be lauded to the skies.
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