Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Asparagus Salad of Splendor

People, I am pigging out on salad. SALAD. Amazing!!

I posted a recipe for salad dressing on June 10th last year (I don't care to figure out how to link to it at this time), and this new salad has many of the same components! Here is what I did:

1. Gathered lettuce from my yard. Yes, my yard! Woot!
2. Gathered mint, cilantro, basil, parsley, also from yard.
3. Went inside! Washed and sort of tore up the above a bit, put it in a bowl.

4. Prepped some asparagus my neighbor gave me yesterday and fried it up!
4a. I put olive oil in a pan.
4b. I sauteed a couple garlic cloves (thanks, Roberto!)
4c. I dumped in the asparagus, snapped in half or thirds
4d. I splashed in some white whine (isn't "splash" such a snooty verb for a recipe? ha!)
4e. I added salt and pepper, and agitated everything.
4f. When it was juuuuust right, I QUICKLY got it out of the pan to cool on, uh, some random (clean!) tupperware dish that was lying around.

5. I added the asparagus to the salad greens along with dried cranberries, shredded parmesan cheese, and my trusty Nakano red-pepper-seasoned rice vinegar.

6. I stirred it up and CAN'T STOP EATING IT! It's kind of my dinner, actually. Till I get hungry again later I guess.

If anyone ever makes this (or my other random recipes), let me know!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

A little Moxie story

Moxie is over a year old now! This means that she has graduated from puppy food to adult food. As she was finishing up her last bag of chicken-y puppy food, A. went out and got her some "Vegetarian" adult food, "as an experiment". (I guess his dog growing up was a big fan of vegetarian dog food.)

Well, we fed her the new food, and the first day she ate it and seemed to like it alright. But over the next few days, she didn't eat very much, and we'd keep putting down the same uneaten portion the next day. She was pretty much eating half of what she usually did. But it was a dutiful sort of eating, a dejected "well, I guess I have to stay alive" sort of eating. We tried sprinkling some olive oil on the food so it'd be more exciting, which helped a bit. After a few days of this continually shrinking appetite, a day passed where she ate nothing at all! It's a big deal for a dog to not EAT!

So we determined this vegetarian dog food was not cutting it; she obviously didn't like it. We went to get a different adult food, a lamb sort of thing. (A clerk at the store suggested Moxie might have worms, and we decided that if she didn't eat the new food, we'd get a dewormer.)

We brought the new lamb food home, poured out a full serving, and she ate the entire thing within 3 minutes. The next morning, put lamb food down, Moxie eats her usual exact half the bowl, and the other half at dinnertime. Now she is back on track!!

So the moral of the story is that our dog is NOT a vegetarian, and I don't blame her! (This may be weird, but I even tried a piece of each dog food myself! The veggie one tasted like a really sorry cardboard excuse for a cracker. The lamb one, while gross, at least had FLAVOR -- sort of a rosemary plus lamb plus fishy dogfood aftertaste.)

If I can swing it, here is a picture of Moxie (out at the coast in Feb.), which is the first photo on my blog!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Feeling great!

* Made peach muffins last night at around 10:30pm (Night Owl 4-Eva!)
* Drew comics all day and stayed on track using timers and persistence (woot!)
* Comics are pretty great (extra woot!)
* You will see them soon, as long as my old web program still works on this computer and I don't have to re-learn everything in a new one and re-do my website, which would certainly take a while . . . or I guess there's this blog . . .
* Just walked with the neighbors, had fun! Got coffee! Mood brightens even more with coffee!
* Doing the usual Tuesday Night Sushi and Finances tonight -- I'm really craving sushi so I'm extra happy. The sushi is a pre-reward, then we go home and log receipts, pay bills, etc. for about an hour or till done for that week. We've been doing it for a couple months, and not only are we always caught up on finances (=less work each time), having a designated restaurant night helps us eat out less overall! I recommend this routine for anyone looking for more consistent control of their finances, with less drudgery!
* Muesli is purring on my lap. He is such a love!!