Day in the life of a Food Ninja

A burnt out late 20's something guy tries to get back to normality

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Norman is GONE!

I Just took a trip to our butcher Norman's Meats on Roblin and saw a notice on the door it read Property and contents seized dute to back rent and taxes to the amount of 32000 dollars.

Eek I am sad that they are gone, but the last time I was there I tried to use a coupon for 5% off that we got out of book of savings and they wouldnt honor it because we were buying hamberger and that isnt part of the deal, and they posted a sign on the window stating that fact.

We left feeling a bit hurt that they wouldnt honor the coupon and even more so that we have been shopping there for the last 4 years, and didnt seem to care. and now they are closed...... hmmm did I curse them for giving me a hard time? Do I have hidden super powers? I will have to watch what I say from now on!!!!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Car Day

I was going to go geocaching today when the car wouldnt start with out a boost. This lead me to believe that the battery was toasted by all the boosting I have been doing at work. It was a streassfull morning trying to get colleen to work while every intersection it held the potential of stalling and dying. We got her to work and the car said "Thats it I aint going anywhere with you bub." We had to get a tow to a garrage and $250 later new batter, oil change, and car is running fine. Maybe caching tomorrow?

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Curry Carrot Overload Soup

The end of December there was a 2 week break at Fresh Options where we weren't getting vedgies for the week. We ran out of carrots so we picked up a bag and then the didn't stop coming after the Fresh boxes resumed... I don't really care cause it causes me to be creative with vedgies so this is a soup I threw together

Curry Carrot Overload Soup.

The Hardware
Cup Measure
Chef Knife
Large Size pot, Or a wok,,, I make just about everything in a wok
Small Sauce Pan
Box Grater

The Software
14 med sized Carrots
1L of Vedge Stock
3Tbsp of Curry Powder
1Tbsp of Powder Ginger
2C of Milk or Soy Milk substitute.
2Tbsp of Margarine

The Application.
Chop all but 2 carrots into smallish bits and then boil in the vedge stock till soft, pour the the carrots and all into a blender and Puree till smooth, do it in batches if you don't have a bitchen blender like me. Return the mixture to the pot and continue to heat. Grate the 2 left over carrots on a Box grater and add to the pot.

In the small sauce pan add the margarine and let it melt on low heat. When it is liquid add the curry and ginger powder and cook for 2 min, once done add to the carrot mixture.

Now just add the Milk beverage of your choice, bring to heat and serve.

Witty comments comming soon.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Shoe death and India

Today is a sad day for me I do beleive that My very first pair of Converse shoes are dead. I have worn them hard through out the year. I have climbed many of structures and slugged my way through many of swamps with those Granny smith Green Chuck Taylor high topps. I can only hope that come spring I can afford a new pair. It isnt like we are so poor that I cant afford shoes but we are saving for a new car and that takes all priority... Bloggerbot through hello has been bitchy latley so I dont know if I can post a picture of the shoe-y carnage.. RIP your box will continue to hold my CD's

So Wal-mart has anounce that it will open stores in India within the next year. They have joined forces with Bharti (india's) equivelant to Rogers communication to set up the enterprise. They have put out a survey to see who is interested in going to India for set up. I said that I would go. It would be an adventure and a fantastic experience so .... Will I go or not... Knowing walmart it will either happen right away , 12 months from now, or never.

To night I am doing laundry .... watching HOUSE the tv show and making Brushetta... mmmm...

have a good day all...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Daily Report

I snuck out of work a bit early today, I am tierd I havnt slept for the last 32 hours and I am just ready to crash for a good 6hrs, you see that is a good nights sleep for me I normaly get around 3-4 hs a day it works I run fine on that ... it just that things have been going so good around here (home) and I dont want to sleep right now.

I made really good onion soup yesterday I didnt use much but it tasted good, I post the pictures and recipie in the next few days.

Colleen was a sweetie yesterday and packed me a proper lunch, I usually take like 3 pieces of fruit and some crackers... she made sure that I got all 4 food groups. it was nice, but I ate it all by first coffee break.. damn I forgot how hungry I get when I dont sleep.. guess she didnt forget..

I am contemplating a new job,, maybe withing walmart may be outside. duno .. getting borring at that place now.. may be I will wait a month and see if I am still boared..

I want to hit geocache 400 by the end of the month that only gives me like 6 days to knock off 23 caches.. so lilkly you wont hear from me after the soup post.. untill feb.. so take care all.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Double Chocolate Vegan Cookies

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Double Chocolate Vegan cookies.

This is fab, I just altered it a bit from the original Maida Heatters recipe. I got that cook book in a bloggy food exchange a few years ago and still use it regularly.

The Hardware.
2 Bowls
Cookie Sheet.

The Software
1 3/4 C AP Flour
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 C Margarine
1 C White Sugar
1/2 C Dark Brown Sugar
1/3 C Cocoa
2 tbsp SooNice Soy cream. (or coffee cream 10%MF)
1 Handfull Walnuts
1 1/2 Handfull Vegan Choco chips.

The Application
Heat oven to 350 D. Sift flour and soda together in small bowl. In the larger of the bowls cream the margarine, then add the sugars. Then after your mixmaster has almost had a stroke, add the cocoa and then the cream. Now you have to switch to either the manual spatula or the dough hook on you Kitchen Aid. add the dry flour mixture and mix till good and put together. Now that your apron is covered in fine brown dust from all the cocoa add the walnuts and choco chips mix some more. Roll in your hand into balls and press flat either with your fingers or fork and place on a cookie sheet Bake for 12 min and alls good.

"In my long and checkered career I have been witness to, party to, and even singularly responsible for any number of screw-ups, missteps, and over-reaches."- Anthony Bourdain.
I Love the way this guy writes. There is something so identifiable with his tone, He is an executive chef raking in the dollars, working every living minute that he is awake. And that he is painfuly aware of his mistakes, but doesnt dwell on them. Something I feel I do in my professional life as well. There is nothing that upsets me more than consistently negative people that just live to make other people think that everyone's lives need to suck as much as theres. Forward movement will abolish all sins of the past you are responsible for making your own life better not your boss or your spouse, If your not happy find a new job.

meh.. that is all for today..

Thursday, January 11, 2007

CouscouS apricot and Cashew

Granted the picture isn't very good but it tasted very good.
This is something I threw together for breakfast one day, I am sure it would be more appropriate for a side dish at supper time, but you do what you got to.

The Hardware
Chef Knife
Sauce Pan

The Software
1 C of Water
1/3 C Cashews Chopped
1/3 C Apricots Dried and Chopped
250 Grams of Couscous
2 Tbs olive oil

The Application
Bring water to boil, while it is coming to boil chop nuts and apricots. Add them to the water, now let them Co-mingle for a few 45odd seconds so the water takes on some of the fruitty nutty goodness. Once the water is good and rolling take off the heat and add the couscous. All the water should be absorbed by the couscous. After about 1min add the olive oil and fluff with a fork. Dig in.....

Now playing-> U2 One. This song brings back so many emotions from my childhood. listing to it puts me back to a time when I was living in my parents basement. Saving up for my first car. Learning to be an adult, finding out that they are just winging it too. That time seems so long ago.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Days off to do list

This is something I used to do to make sure I got all my crap done during my days off and I didn't just spend the days sleeping and baking.

1. Hang new mail box. DONE
2. Clean out fridge, I have been doing a good job of keeping the kitchen clean but the fridge is getting yucky.
3. Find out about passports, we may need them to go see blue man group in April
4. Fold laundry AND put it away.
5. Make more food from the Asian cook book I got for Christmas.
6. Shovel more of the side walk out side. I just cleared enough to get from the garage to the house, one shovel width. DONE
7. Spend at least one day caching, but its not like I need to remind myself of this one, but I want to do the nasty stuff on the list before I do this one. DONE
8. Get water. DONE
9. Take down the Christmas tree. DONE
10. Maybe go to the IMAX and watch one of the movies in 3D, possibility for lameness is high but still might be fun. DONE

Now to get busy.

Saturday, December 30, 2006


I got a few cook books from my sister for christmas, and this is one of the attempts from them The Book is called Nita Mehta's Indian Cooking.

The samosa is the perogy of the Indian world. Deep fried in all its glory. I wont post the recipie b/c in needs fiddling. I found it a bit tart and needs more spice in the dough and the filling.

And dontcha love the pink paper towel Sexy eh?

S'all for now.
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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Back to work

I just remember when I go back to work what a mess I walk into, Not that I think I am gods gift to walmart but for pete's sake can someone make a decision with out hand holding for once.

Scarry thing happend, as we were short I assigned myself cardboard duty. This involves compressing empty boxes all night. Also I have to throw out the trash. As I was pitching handfulls of plactic into the garbage shoot my wedding ring flew off my hand into the shoot.... Shit.. I grabbed a flash light and dove right in. It so reminded me of starwars when they were trying to escape from the empire and dove into the the garbage pit... after 30 min of rummaging I turned up the ring and got out of there as fast as possible YUCK....

Now turkey for supper... MMMMmmmm

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