kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Dorky Kitten)
Toby, stop staring at me plaintively with those big blue siamese eyes and tapping my arm. Writing is finally happening! Just because I am up stupidly early that doesn't mean it is time for breakfast and pettings.

Now with photos:



And of course anytime the laptop is, open, Oz gets jealous.

kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Yuzuru)
[Error: unknown template qotd]This here picture I took back when I had delusions of going to culinary school.

http://pics.livejournal.com/kat_nic/pic/0002t5z6
kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (JW Viacheslav Romanov)


DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I WANTED TO--NEVERMIND. You don't need to know how filthy my mind is. XD
kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Text Strange Girls)
Tuesday after my dentist appointment, while I was freaking the fuck out, I glanced toward the back door and saw this: )

I feel a lot better today, and I'm sorry to be dumping all my issues on my friends. ): So, a great big thank you to everyone for offering encouragement and advice and putting up with me when I'm sick and whiny.
kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Dorky Kitten)
I hate that everything I've been posting lately is so depressing. :( Have some kitty pics. )

NOM

Jul. 2nd, 2011 01:15 pm
kat_nic: (Nerdy Cooking)


Eggplant Parmesan.

Actually Eggplant Romano, as the pecorino romano was four dollars cheaper than the parmigiano reggiano. Anyway. It was good.

I sliced the eggplant about a quarter of an inch thick, dredged the slices in heavy cream (it’s what I had on hand, but a milk and egg wash would do as well) and bread crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper, dried basil, and some of the romano, and pan fried them for about a minute and half, two minutes per side. Then I layered the slices in a casserole dish with more romano, and some tomato sauce, and baked it at 400 degrees for twelve minutes. I served it on top of some whole wheat linguine; guh. Delicious.

For the record, my tomato sauce recipe is as follows:

1 carrot, grated
1 small onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 large clove of garlic, or 2 small, minced
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 tablespoon of dried basil
About ten or twelve fresh basil leaves
One 28 oz can of crushed, pureed, or diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Grate the carrot, chop the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté the carrot, onion, and bell pepper in some olive oil with a couple of pinches of salt and pepper until they’re soft, then add the garlic, dried basil, and tomato paste. Cook until the tomato paste is a rusty color (eh, maybe five minutes), then add the canned tomatoes. Let it simmer (with the lid on the pot) for about fifteen or twenty minutes, and when you’re ready to eat, slice the fresh basil and sprinkle it on top. Ta-fucking-da.

This amount of sauce is just enough to dress one pound of pasta. I like to add in some chopped spinach, and/or chick peas, and/or diced zucchini if I’m just having pasta without a delightful eggplant parmesanromano on top of it.

Who needs meat anyway. (I say this tongue-in-cheek because I am totally planning to fall off the wagon this afternoon at my uncle’s 4th of July party. He makes THE BEST barbeque chicken you will ever eat, anywhere. THE. BEST.)
kat_nic: (Nerdy Cooking)
Hey you guys. I've been quiet lately; I guess I just didn't have anything to say. Anyway, here, have some pixilated blueberry muffin bread pudding:



Echo, can I please have this blueberry muffin recipe of yours that you say is OMG THE BEST, because this one sucks donkey dick. I made two batches thinking I may have just fucked the first one up, but nope. They were dense and dry and totally blah, which is why I ended up making bread pudding out of them, lol. Oh well. At least the pudding was (surprisingly) good, considering I haven't made bread pudding in a long time, and it turns out that of the bajillion recipes I have, none of them are for bread pudding. So I just threw together an egg yolk and one whole egg, tempered with some scalded milk, melted butter, vanilla and almond extract, and poured it over the muffins, along with some extra blueberries. It was quite yummy.
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'Scuse the mess; we had another storm and it blew crap everywhere.  Knocked a tree branch down and it came close to hitting my building (but not my unit).

Anyway, the newest addition over on the far left is Rocky the yellow pear heirloom tomato plant.  I don't even know why I named it; I was driving home from the store and I just thought of the name Rocky.  And then I thought, I can't name only one of them.   So the other two are Harry and Chuck.  I don't know what I'm going to name the herbs.  o.O

kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Pushing Daisies Ned and Chuck)
Basil:


Thyme:


Rosemary:


The parsley is just beginning to grow, but I couldn't get any good photos of it. But it will catch up with the others pretty soon, I'm sure. :)

It's funny how little things can brighten your mood. This morning I was grumpy and groggy, as per usual, until I remembered I bought new socks last night when I had to make a quick trip to the dollar store for cat litter and cleaning supplies. It took a ridiculously long time to decide which pair to wear first, the stripes or the polka dots. lol
kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Default)
Awe, what the hell, have a picture of Oz, too. He always knows when I've been talking about Toby and not him, I swear. Old jealous butt.




He spent all of five minutes in that thing before deciding to ignore it in favor of a cardboard box.
kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Default)
WILL THIS NEVER END???

She only gave me part of the money. Supposedly she will give me the rest Friday. I had to ask my current, awesome roommate to make up the difference, since all my extra money this month went towards rent. This bitch can't even pay the money she owes me even after I agreed to pay an extra hundred dollars of my share! Ugh.

Well. At least we're finally CURRENT on out rent. For the first time since we signed the lease.

And here's the pic of Toby I was going to post the other day, before the internet connection went all wonky:

kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Default)

Because what else have I got to do?  Work?  Agh, speak not of work to me.  Hours cut dramatically.  Blegh.  But I'm still making more money that I did at Chick-fucking-fil-a, so I truly can't complain. 

 
  

 

Such a hard life.... )
kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Eddie Izzard)


 
The toy is battery operated, and when you turn it on, it wiggles and spins and drives Olive and Toby nuts.  Oz mostly ignores it--he'll bat at it for a minute, and then get bored and go away.  Like he's saying he's too old for such nonsense.  I have a funny video but I'm too lazy right now to post it.
kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Books)


Olive is a bookworm, too.



I just think this is funny.  He always sits like that.  Even when it's obvious I want to sit in the chair, he won't budge until I actually sit on him.  Not all the way, you know, just enough to make a point.  Sometimes he won't get up even after that, so I just tilt the chair forward and he slides off.
kat_nic: A cat wearing glasses (Poppies)

Forgot this picture.

 
Oz believes in locally sourcing, too.

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