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February 26, 2004

The Big Out Doors

Alec and I are planning a trip to Japan. I will be there for one month! While there I hope to include some time in nature, a thing i dearly miss here in the Netherlands where there is NOT ONE SINGLE THING that anyone from California would consider nature.

Posted by talia at 11:34 AM

February 24, 2004

Too Wound up to Title

I find myself doing things for people I think they want or need. I should stop since it seems I’m not so good at it. Or maybe it’s not exactly that but that people do want things done for them or to have others assume they know things about them. So they end up resenting me. Or maybe it’s that I’m really just doing it for myself and that’s why there is resentment? Oh darkness revealed! Instead I’m going to ask them first. Or let them know they can tell me what they want.

A former housemate once said that on your birthday, you should start each sentence with “It’s my birthday and I want…” Why can it be our birthdays more often?

Posted by talia at 11:33 AM | Comments (1)

February 10, 2004

Chinese Chicken Parcels

Chinese Chicken Parcels

Jay wrote this (I touched it up)

While Talia and I gagged at the thought of Naked Chef, aka Jamie Oliver, has been knighted we were both impressed with the ease of preparation and flavor of this dish. These little tastey packages would perfect for starters, sides, or the main meal. We still don’t see him as the heart-throb he purports to be.

Serves 4
1 savoy or Chinese cabbage
pinch of sea salt
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 thumb size piece of ginger, peeled (talia liked the ginger pieces But think perhaps juice might be nice too, we’ll let you know if we try that)
2-3 green onions
one handful of fresh coriander
1-2 red fresh chilies
1 T fish sauce
4 trimmed boneless chicken thighs/ skins removed, roughly chopped (we used ground chicken and it saved us a lot of hassle since Talia’s blender is broken)
7 water chestnuts
juice of half a lime (he called for the juice & zest of two limes, but we modified)
1 tsp. sesame seed oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVO)

Sauce:
Sweet chili jam
Soy sauce
Rooster sauce

Remove & discard core and outer leaves of cabbage. Place them in pan of salted boiling water for 2 minutes to soften. Cool in bowl of cold water. Drain & put aside.

In food processor (we did all the chopping by hand and it worked fine), whiz the garlic, ginger, onion parsley, chili and fish sauce w/ pinch of salt. Then add remaining ingredients until mince meat consistency is reached.

Place heaping spoonful of mixture and wrap in lettuce. Oil the steamer and steam for 6 minutes with lid. Serve in bamboo steamer with sauce.

Posted by talia at 11:30 AM

February 4, 2004

Tarot Card of the Year

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13 is my Tarot Card of the Year. it's Death in case you aren't up on your Major Arcana. I just found out today. While i'm not so big into things that i need more than your basic five senses to access, I'll admit reading that damn book and seeing that skeleton cloaked in black with something that looks like a nuclear power plant in the background made me quite upset.

If you too want bad news, ask me to calculate your card of the year.

Posted by talia at 11:28 AM

February 2, 2004

Lagging

There's a hold up and the hold up is me. It's like when you are playing the most addictive game in the world and you’re stuck playing a robot and the robot just lags and lags and stalls and stalls except that now I am that robot. I'm stuck or rather I'm caught up with wanting it to be this and that and in the end it is neither this nor that because I am lagging and stalling and stalling and lagging.

I’ve come up with about 10 ways to organize and title and sort all the things I might want to someday write, meanwhile those files remain empty.

I had a dream the other day where among other things that were going on, I was waiting on a plane that was delayed and perhaps not going to leave at all because of terrible weather. It did leave in the end and instead on going down a runway it was going down one of those super highways you see in the US but you don’t see here. But that’s beside the point. The point being that I was in a deserted airport staring out the large glass windows at the nasty weather just waiting for the plane to maybe not leave.

Posted by talia at 11:26 AM | Comments (1)