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Apps and “baby” carrots!

Most days, I prepare a food plate at work and set it on my desk to graze all day. It usually contains fruit, veggies, cheese, and usually a sandwich or other main dish. It’s nice and easy to keep at my desk, and I’m never hungry! I often take pictures of my food and usually post them on facebook 😉 Today’s plate contained a special surprise, I HAD to create a video of my experience. I had a specific image in my mind of how I wanted to make the video look, and naturally went to the iTunes app store to hunt around. Within 1 minute, I found the app I needed: Classic Cam! I find that in most situations, there is an app for what you need. This one happens to be free – but you can purchase a premium version to get more features. I love apps! Anyhoodle – here’s this morning’s documentary of my food!

Here’s this morning’s plate of food:

And here is the interesting surprise I found!

They make ’em BIG these days!

Chopped – Home Edition (Part 3)

Welcome to the third and last installment of Chopped – Home Edition! Today’s post is the last course – dessert – prepared by my girlfriend’s amazing twin! I think it may have been a little unfair that she got the dessert round, considering she’s a regular Betty Crocker, and can make the most amazing cake poppers ever… but that’s the way the chips fell. Maybe it’s a good thing – because the dessert turned out to be very tasty. WIN!

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 to see the appetizer and main course. Not only that, but check out this dessert chef’s hilarious website: Outdoor Voice Blog! On with the photo journal of this cooking adventure…

The dessert round - and the basket is revealed!
The dessert round – and the basket is revealed!
I think that smile means she's not too pleased about the ingredients...
I think that smile means she’s not too pleased about the ingredients…
The basket - Pomegranate juice, marmalade, and pre-formed cakes!
The basket – Pomegranate juice, marmalade, and pre-formed cakes!
Wasting no time, the chef gets started. Looks like she has a direction already!
Wasting no time, the chef gets started. Looks like she has a direction already!
The pomegranate juice and marmalade are combined in a pot to be reduced.
The pomegranate juice and marmalade are combined in a pot to be reduced.
Strawberries and chocolate have been procured from the pantry, and are being chopped and shaved!
Strawberries and chocolate have been procured from the pantry, and are being chopped and shaved!
She's plating already! Looks like some kind of parfait or trifle is being assembled.
She’s plating already! Looks like some kind of parfait or trifle is being assembled.
The cake cubes are now being drenched in that reduction...
The cake cubes are now being drenched in that reduction… Some booze would have been a nice addition here.
A special technique is being applied to the dessert in these glasses.
A special technique is being applied to the dessert in these glasses.
Another layer is being added to the parfaits... fresh strawberry!
Another layer is being added to the parfaits… fresh strawberry! A drizzle of
Drambuie or orange liqueur? Unfortunately, no.
The finishing touch of shaved chocolate on top of some ice cream round out this dessert nicely. How will it taste?
The finishing touch of shaved chocolate on top of some ice cream round out this dessert nicely. How will it taste?
The finished product! These desserts definitely tasted as good as they looked!
The finished product! These desserts definitely tasted as good as they looked! (Still not booze-y enough for me, but everyone has their own taste 😉 )

What a great adventure in cooking! What have you done differently in the kitchen lately???

Chopped – Home edition (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of Chopped – Home Edition! You can read all about how this came to be in Part 1!

Today’s post features a photo diary of the main course, which I was fated to create from mystery ingredients purchased by my lovely girlfriend’s identical (and perhaps evil) twin! OK, so her ingredients weren’t all that evil, but she does write a mean blog.

Here’s the main course!

Ready for the challenge - two thumbs up!
Ready for the challenge – two thumbs up!
The ingredients: Chicken, coconut milk, and hot banana peppers
The ingredients: Chicken, coconut milk, and hot banana peppers
Let the cooking begin! Slicing the chicken into thin fingers
Let the cooking begin! Slicing the chicken into thin fingers
Coconut milk goes in a sauce pan with milk, dill, and other seasonings.
Coconut milk goes in a sauce pan with milk, dill, and other seasonings. Looks like some kind of sauce!
Flour going into what looks like a hospital vomit tray
Flour going into what looks like a hospital vomit tray
Apparently the tray was sterlized... Looks like a flour-based coating for the chicken!
Apparently the tray was sterlized… Looks like a flour-based coating for the chicken!
The chicken is being lightly floured before going into hot oil!
The chicken is being lightly floured before going into hot oil!
Close attention must be paid to the chicken, or it might burn!
Close attention must be paid to the chicken, or it might burn!
The sauce is ready, the banana peppers have been sauteed together with red peppers in bacon fat!
The sauce is ready, the banana peppers have been sauteed together with red peppers in bacon fat! But what’s this? There seems to be sabotage afoot in the kitchen – someone has turned off the burner for the boiling water!!!
Dill chicken spears with sauteed peppers on a bed of penne with dill coconut sauce!
The pasta did get done after all! Dill chicken spears with sauteed peppers on a bed of penne with dill coconut sauce!
The finished meal!
The finished meal! I think I rose to the challenge quite well, especially since it was stipulated that I couldn’t go with the obvious thai curry recipe! The only flaw? Too much food! 🙂

Don’t miss Part 3 – the dessert round!!!

Dreams, meditation, the food-funk, and influences

dreamsWhen we dream, everything is so vivid and real. What capacity for detail our brains have! All of our senses seem to be able to be mimicked from within the mind. Our brains are the firmament for our reality. Whatever goes on in our heads is what we perceive to be real! Scary, interesting…

I’ve been struggling with meditation lately. It’s difficult for me to gain focus, and the monkey chatter keeps sneaking in. I try not to force thoughts out, but to welcome focus and calm. I think the point is to keep practicing. I’ve managed to find a time of day that works well for hunkering down, but I’m still not quite there yet.

Do you ever get sick of a certain food or foods? We tend to eat the same or similar foods all the time. There have been times where seem to be sick of just about every food I could imagine, and nothing will satisfy my craving. The only solution, I’ve found, is to try something completely new. That usually snaps me out of my food-funk.

I wonder how things around us affect our subconscious. If I’m designing a graphic for something and a certain song is playing – does it influence me? Does the song get my creative juices flowing? Do the lyrics plant ideas in my head that get translated to the image? I often wonder, but suspect that everything we sense affects every thought we have…

I’m not so great at sports – but they are fun!

I am terrible at sports… I was always picked last in school for any sport. The neighbourhood kids let me be their ‘equipment girl.’ They all knew not to let me on their team so they could win. Thank goodness for some fun competition!!!

Today we had our company picnic! It was fun, there was lots of food, and good company (ha ha). For the past few years we have had a company croquet game, from with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners get a trophy and a prize. I think I won three or four years ago, but that’s only because I cheated 😉

This year I didn’t do so well, but I had fun playing!

I think it’s important for companies to have team building exercises. It promotes comradeship (?) within the office. It oils the cogs, so to speak 🙂  Luckily, I work with a great bunch of people at our small-ish company. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone – as long as nobody takes it personally!

Here’s a photo of me and my croquet mallet! Maybe I can win next year?

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