tarts and salad

it’s been a while….

i was busy with papers and midterms and reading week and catching up on sleep lost during reading week. but alas, i am back : )

one of my favourite food groups is savoury tarts. they’ve always been huge in my family. when i lived at home my mom would make leek tart, zucchini tart, ham and cheese tart, spinach tart, quiches…. it was a good thing i liked them so much, because we ate them quite often

but now, i’m all on my own, and my mother no longer cooks for me. and the other day i got a craving for a tart… so i made a red onion and goat cheese tart

and paired it with a simple tomato, lettuce, and onion salad with olive oil as dressing. my favourite

red onion and goat cheese tart (borrowed from a little bit of everything)

[ingredients]
pastry crust
2 medium red onions
2 tablespoons butter
14 oz can of diced tomatoes
goat cheese
fresh chives
salt and pepper

[directions]
slice red onions. in a frying pan, melt the butter and add sliced onions, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and some chives. cook until softened.

in a well-buttered ceramic or glass dish (approximately 9×9), place the dough, fill the tart with onion and tomato mixture. generously crumble goat cheese and chives on top. bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes. cool for 15 minutes.

cambios

no nos atrae vivir apurados
no nos alcanza el hecho de llegar
no nos molesta el camino mas largo
no nos preocupa que pueda pasar
no te va gustar, el camino

cuando hay demasiado estress en la vida, no te va gustar me salva : )

 

p.s. cambie el layout porque estaba demasiado oscuro (no me habia dado cuenta!). ojala ahora este un poco mas “cheery”

a valentine’s exchange

for christmas, my friend and i planned a cookie exchange. however, we failed to realize the fact that christmas is outrageously close to exams, and so had no time to actually follow through with this plan. we thus postponed it til valentine’s day : )

now, i’m not a huge fan of valentine’s day (and it has nothing to do with being a bitter single person – it’s more to do with its promotion of consumerism and unnecessary expectations), but i am an enormous fan of cookies, so i agreed.

i set off to search through cookbooks and the internet to find some awesome recipes and settled on three: strawberry-nutella thumbprint cookies, mint chocolate crinkle cookies, and some cute ice-box cookies.

mmm they are soo good! i kept only 5, but i’m going to be making another batch this week! i was surprised at how easy they were! addictive!

these were also really easy! i love them! mint and chocolate is one of my favourite combinations ever! the recipe said 4 drops of mint, but i added quite a bit more

the icebox cookies were a quite a bit of a challenge, and i still don’t understand why. i’ve made icebox cookies before, but with a different recipe. when i was making these, the dough refused to form. i don’t know why, and i tried fixing it… but it just didn’t want to, it was my last batch, i got frustrated, threw out the dough, and made my trusty sugar cookies : )

pink and plain : )

i made bright blue icing to decorate

i love that little smiley : )

[the purple-iced cookies around it are the only ones that got purple cause i screwed up the icing and made it way too liquidy]

and when i ran out of icing…

nutella sandwiched between two cookies!! yum!

my friend reb made ginger molasses cookies, oatmeal cookies, and lemon shortbread

i love cookies = D

recipes

strawberry nutella cookies from sinfully spicy
chocolate crinkle cookies from love and olive oil

sugar cookies:

[ingredients]
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups + 2 tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

[directions]
sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. in a separate bowl, cream sugar and butter. add egg, milk, and vanilla. mix. add dry ingredients two portions. knead until a dough forms. roll out dough to 1/2 cm thickness. cut into shapes. bake for 10 minutes at 375°F (190°C). makes about 2.5 dozen cookies.

basil and procrastination

it’s that time of the semester again: papers.

as a politics student, i have a lot of these. this does not mean that i enjoy them or that they become easier the more you do them. naturally, the pain of these assignments makes me extremely inclined to procrastinate. my apartment is never cleaner than during these few weeks.

my cooking also gets much more elaborate. lunch today was an exception, however.

when my parents came up last weekend, they brought me about 4 portions of fresh pumpkin ravioli from our favourite pasta shop in toronto. yum!

i froze them (they keep really well) and today had my first taste. with pesto. mmmm.

basil is one of my absolute favourite flavours, thus pesto is my favourite pasta sauce. it’s also sooo easy!

i tend to make pesto without a set recipe, but this is the one i followed the first few times i made it:

pesto (from El Libro del Crandon)

[ingredients]
2/3 cup basil
1/3 cup parsley (i replaced this with chives today)
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts (or any kind of nut, really – also, this is optional)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup finely grated cheese (parmesan works best)
salt
pepper

[directions]
throw all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend. serve with pasta, over crackers with goat cheese, or anything else you feel could use a little pesto ; )

egipto

revolution.

it’s too much to simply be called a demonstration. this is a revolution. and regardless of the results, egypt is going to be a changed country once this is over. it saddens me that it was unable to happen as it did in Tunisia, where Ben Ali realized he wasn’t going to win and fled. but no, there have been deaths and violence and Mubarak refuses to back down. i don’t see this being resolved any time soon, but i hope i’m wrong.

talking to my mom over the weekend, she compared it to the 80s in South America and the fall of the dictatorships there. she and my dad lived through it and it was not pretty. hopefully it’ll be over soon and without many more deaths.

Mubarak, just step down. your people don’t want you as their leader and thus, you are not worthy of being their leader.

I made this point in my political theory discussion group: I am not advocating democracy. It works great in the Western world and I am definitely happy living under the regime that exists in Canada. However, it’s not up to us to decide what’s best for the people of Egypt, or Tunisia, or Iran, or Afghanistan. The people have to decide that for themselves and the process is one that takes time. Imposing democracy upon non-democratic countries is naive. Just because it’s what works in Europe and in North America doesn’t mean it’s what’s best for everyone else. The question asked in my discussion group was “Is democracy good and non-democracy bad?” No. That’s not how it works. Democracy is good for us, but it may very well be that democracy is bad for someone else. I don’t believe in absolutes when it comes to politics. It’s not always good or always bad, simply because there are so many factors (culture, individual, geography, history, etc.) that affect the politics of a country. The people under the influence of a certain regime alone can decide whether or not that regime works for them.

And that’s what has happened in the Middle East: it was not working for them, so they decided to change it. Without help from anyone else.

And that’s the way it should be. If a majority of people are unhappy with their situation, things will change. Now, it’s too late for Afghanistan, all we can do now is let their people decide how they want to be governed, but please, powerful countries of the world (United States. China.), let other countries deal with their own internal affairs. You may not like them. They may not look like yours. But that does not make them unjust or evil. So please, let the people who are affected by the government decide how their country works.

narcissism

i have an amazing friend over at la casita inspirada. i know her back from my colorado days and luckily, we’ve kept in touch 🙂

she awarded me the “stylish blogger award”, and, as a (not so) secret narcissist, i’m thrilled! she’s the only person who i know personally that knows i have this blog, but really, it’s a manifestation of my self-love. i simply adore talking about myself, and i have used this blog as an outlet for doing so in order to not bore the people in my life with excessive chatter about myself.

anyhow, due to this award, i must:

1. Make a post linking back to the blog that nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself.

3. Award 10 recently discovered bloggers.

4. Tell those 10 awesome bloggers just how awesome they are.

alright so

1. post linking me back to the person who nominated me:

possibly one of the best friends a person can ever hope to acquire (and no, this is not flattery, it’s honesty), i’ve known her for 8ish years now. we “baked” together – the reason that is in quotation marks is because of the time we spent in the kitchen, only about 25% of the time was actual baking – in the little club we called the parisian cigarettes. she is the number one most creative person i know and her blog definitely shows that. i wish i lived with her so i could eat all of her delicious creations. and i solemnly swear that once my atm-on-wheels business kicks off i will hire her as my personal chef and pay her solely in chocolate. also, i own her soul. caitlin: je t’aime and i miss you sooo much.

alright, so that’s a love letter more than an actual post about my dear, dear friend, but i will most definitely be talking about her again

number two. seven things about myself

ahhh, my favourite topic. lets see if i can do this quickly and with no rambling:

[1] my favourite colour is white. and don’t bother telling me white isn’t a colour. i don’t care. it’s my favourite and therefore i get to decide what qualifies and what doesn’t.

[2] i’ve lived in canada for only two years, yet i can’t stand the thought of certain words without that extra “u” (favourite, colour, harbour). and, yes, i do say “eh”. all the time. but, no, i do not say “aboot” instead of “about”.

[3] i wish i could split myself into multiple selves so that i could visit multiple places at once for longer periods of time.

[4] if i could, i would spend the rest of my life travelling. damn you, expenses!

[5] although i want to see every inch and corner of the world (except you antarctica. i don’t like you), if i were to plan a trip right now my first choice of destination would be uruguay, country of my birth and not exactly somewhere new and foreign.

[6] i don’t like typed capital letters in informal things, as you may have noticed, but in my handwriting, all my q’s are capitalized regardless of its position in a word or sentence. sorry, lower-case q’s, but you’re kinda ugly. also, this is kinda weird considering i’m kinda neurotic with grammar and spelling and hate e.e. cummings for thinking he could break its rules. does that make me a hypocrite?

[7] i’m a hypochondriac when it comes to appendicitis. slightest pang in my side and i freak out thinking my insides are exploding and i’m going to need some seriously urgent surgery.

seven already?! dammit! alright, alright, moving on:

III. award ten newly discovered bloggers

i’m gonna do favourites rather than newly discovered (sorry, i just don’t read that many!):

{1} la casita inspirada – i don’t care if this is cheating, she deserves it

{2} sparkling ink

{3} love and olive oil

{4} 17 and baking

{5} cake wrecks

{6} dear girls above me

{7} hit RECord

{8} mark hoppus’ blog

{9} mr. today

{10} fell down the rabbit hole

quatre. je vais, je vais

violà, my top ten. enjoy. i’m off to write an outline for my english paper

ta mañana. xx.

ñoquis y los 29

en uruguay (y supongo que también en otras partes de latinoamérica) es tradición comer ñoquis los 29 de cada mes y poner un billete o unas monedas abajo del plato para traer suerte. no se bien por qué (aunque wikipedia dice que es a partir de una leyenda en la que, el 29 de julio, una familia pobre invita a un santo hambriento a comer ñoquis y el santo los bendice con una buena cosecha), pero por lo menos 2 o 3 veces al año, siempre comíamos ñoquis los 29 cuando vivía con mis padres.

ví una receta para ñoquis de boniato, y justo mis padres, mi hermano y su novia van a venir a visitarme el fin de semana que viene (el 29 y 30 de enero). pero al ser media despistada, no mire la receta bien, entonces no me di cuenta que las proporciones eran suficiente para hacer 10-12 porciones de ñoquis. estuve haciéndolos por 3 horas. ¡uf!

y bue, 10-12 porciones para 5 personas no va a dejar tantas sobras, ¿verdad?

hoy de mañana, hablando con mi madre, me dijo, orgullosamente, que compraron ñoquis para traer el 29…. ughhh

por suerte me quedaron riquísimos, y es una comida que se puede congelar por meses.

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