Saturday, September 29, 2012

yummy lunch

Home grown veggies and home made tortillas...

Basil Garlic Oil

 Basil and Garlic Oil


Last weekend was a lazy one. It was the first time I've have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off in over two years. Sure I took that one Friday off because I had such a badly sun burnt bottom, but not the whole weekend. I started off my lazy weekend with a red box trip.  Usually I try to get one funny movie and one moving movie but this time I picked The Raid: Redemption, Bernie and Friends With Kids. I had seen the previews for the first two and was hearing some chatter online and in my podcasts about how awesome Raid Redemption was so I wasn't going in blind. I choose Friends With Kids because it was written and directed by Jon Hamms long time girlfriend and if Don Draper loves her than I'm willing to give her a chance. All three movies were really good in different ways...
  Movie Reviews and Spoilers After The Jump...

Friday, September 21, 2012

For Lunch Today

Fish Taco

Homemade tortilla, avocado, sour cream and salsa mix, tempura fish and green onions. . .

ON A (sushi) ROLL

The fine art of making sushi is something that can take years to master but I tried it anyway. A friend just went on a fishing trip and brought back huge fresh fish. He gave us three big pieces of yellowtail, otherwise known as Hamachi. The first night was messy (especially after that first bottle of Sake).  I had the nori sheets wrong and when I cut the roll it just fell apart but it tasted good so I carried on.

On night two we made long rolls, hand rolls and Nigiri and they turned out great!
Most of the rolls had Hamachi, crab, shrimp, avocado and green onions... so good...

Big Dead Fish (not to be confused with Reel Big Fish)
Watching Ryan hack this guy up was pretty cool. He had two whole bait fish in his belly and there was enough blood for a horror movie. This picture doesn't make the fish look that big until you notice that it's on two full size cutting boards.

Most of my sushi experience has been just eating it and then asking the chef what it was I ate and why was it so good. I got one book and went to these sites: Make My Sushi and Eat Sushi

The book had chapters about how the basic elements of Japanese cuisine are less in quantity and excellent in quality. It focused on things like elegant presentation and using the freshest ingredients.

We ended up doing tempura with our sushi (on night three) and fried one of these long rolls, it was yummy!
This post is making me hungry...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Okay. . . . Okay . . .

There are times in a person's life that make them think that it's time to start a blog. For me that time is now. I have spent time writing little things for websites and sharing my (many) opinions in chat room and forums, but other than that old Myspace account that sits there waiting for me to return and update it's never ending screens of pictures and Mobwars invites, I have yet to divide the interwebs into my own little corner of crazy. Sure I have a facebook page (so do all humanity) and I'm a member of the Nerdest community The Node and I have a Tumbler and Twitter account, but I have not started and really took the time to write a Blog.
Yesterday a friend of mine was looking for a distraction from her life so she posted as her facebook status that she was awake early and did anyone want to go to breakfast. I (also being up early and like to eat breakfast) responded and she headed on over. There's nothing I needed more than a little conversation over hash-browns. She ended up hanging out longer than just breakfast and we rubbed elbows with the elderly at the local thrift store and my ten year old son got to show her all the wonderful things we have growing in our garden. It was in the middle of this friend-date that I was trying to justify my unhealthy compulsions of not being able to throw anything away by showing her all the crafty things I make with the things that everyone else just tosses, that she said "Why don't you have a Blog?"  My reply was that I'm to busy not throwing things away to blog about it.
This not being the first time that I've been asked this question, I had my snappy answer ready for the draw but the real reason that I've started and never kept up a blog wasn't because I didn't have anything to blog about but more that I didn't want to worry about who is reading my blog. I thought I would have to start a separate blog for each one of my interests for anyone who stumbles across it to really be able to be engaged enough to keep reading. Then I came to the conclusion that I'm not writing a book that I need to market to 28-40 year olds. I can write without wondering who is reading and if they enjoy, that is after all what everyone else is doing online. If the internet had a constitution then there would be an article that says:
thou shall post of freewill and never ending comments . . .  
Okay maybe that's more like a commandment then something in a constitution.