Archive | September, 2010

back to america playlist

5 Sep

So, here is my back to America playlist. And I think I did a good job, wherein the songs flow together pretty well and you can loop from the last song back to the first without a problem.   



Poor Sophie Dahl, or Halloumi Cheese For Breakfast

1 Sep

Sophie-Dahl-making-Smooth-001 I just want to start off by saying that I severely dislike Nigella Lawson. I think she’s pretty and all, but I am a female and therefore able to mentally separate lessons on cooking and porn. And reviews of Sophie Dahl’s new cooking show were, ahem, mildly abysmal, saying she wasn’t nearly as sexy as Nigella and that her food was lacking as well. So, since I am already very busy watching The Vampire Diaries on my computer whilst I pack up all my belongings into yet another rucksack, I decided not to bother with her show.

Until this morning.

I decided to make myself some breakfast and I took my laptop in the kitchen and put on Sophie Dahl. Now, I fancy myself a tremendous cook. Not because I have a huge ego, although I do, but because I sincerely think I can make a yummy meal out of anything in the cupboard and make people very happy with my food. And the truth is, most people can do that. At least my friends can. Deb whipping up a veggie chili and then topping it with a few slices of avocado, Morgan changing the ingredients on a soup/noodle recipe so that it accommodated everyone’s taste buds and then, on the fly, making a few last minute arrangements to fix problems, or my amazing halloumi cheese breakfast I just made, all make me feel quite sure that cooking is pretty fucking simple.

And so I don’t care that Sophie made an omlette in her first show. I eat simply, she eats simply, most people eat simply. And I actually didn’t think she was overtly sexy in her show. She certainly wasn’t a whiz in the kitchen or standing around in her knickers OR, in a bathtub with some chocolate cake. If anything, she was whimsical. And adorable. But not nearly as inventive of a cook as I am…


Well, I woke up starving this morning. Partially because I fell asleep in front of my computer last night, trying to write, and that was around 7 pm. So, having last eaten at 4 pm yesterday, I staggered into the kitchen, knowing that whatever I was going to eat needed to be completely sourced from what my cupboards offered because there was no way I was going to the shop.

I didn’t have a lot of food. Nor did I have a single breakfast-y type item. But what I made was really beautiful and you can probably eat it for lunch or dinner or a midnight snack….

Halloumi Cheese Salsa Salad for 1

* 4 1/4 slices off of a block of Halloumi cheese

* 1 1/2 slice off a red onion, then diced

* 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

* 5 small tomatoes or 3 large ones, roughly chopped to your liking

* a fist full of cilantro, finely chopped

* half a lemon

* 1/3 a zucchini, shaved, like parmesan cheese on a cheese grater.

* 1/2 an avocado, cut into chunks

* a bit of sea salt

* oil of your choice (I used sunflower, but you could use olive oil, etc…but it is for frying, so remember that heating up olive oil is stupid for many reasons).

1. Slice and chop the onion and put it in a pan to slowly heat up, carmelise if you want to use a fancy word.

2. After a few minutes, when they start to look nice, add the garlic.

3. After another minute, add the slices of cheese and pan fry until golden brown, flipping once.

4. Arrange the avocado, zucchini, and tomatoes in a bowl, mixing with another dash of oil and the salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the halloumi and sprinkle the whole shebang with a healthy handful of cilantro.



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