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January 29, 2005

After this moment, my glasses have never been found

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Posted by talia at 10:44 AM

January 28, 2005

Easy Fire Alarm Chili


1 tablespoons vegetable oil or corn oil (or bacon)
1 medium onions chopped fine
1 red bell pepper cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon crushed garlic (about three cloves)
1/8 cup chili powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chocolate powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ kg lean ground beef
2 cans dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
1 jar tomato sauce, puree tomatoes or can crushed tomatoes
table salt

heat oil then add onion, peppers, garlic, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes and cook until softer (I like the peppers to still have a bit of bit and color to them). Add in the chocolate and ground beef and sauté until brown. Add beans and tomatoes sauce and salt (to taste). Bring gently to a boil. Lower heat (all the way down) and simmer for about an hour.

I sometimes add corn at the end. Serve with yogurt, quesadillas, grated cheese or whatever.

The base of the recipe is from Cook's Illustrated.

Posted by talia at 3:43 PM

January 27, 2005


I am, or I was a list maker. I noticed I stopped listing a few months ago though I'm not sure why. I think perhaps because my 2004 Agenda was uninspiring, it wasn't something I wanted to flip back though, so list that were made never were checked off, crossed out, or updated. The 2005 Agenda is fabulous. It has the dates printed on the pages and everything (novel idea, I know!). So, I'm back to making lists. This first list I made was a list of protocols for list, it wasn't intentional (which is against protocol) it just happened that way:

List important things
Make sense
Look for the point
List words, ideas, dreams, thoughts, places
Define the central problem or idea
Look for the point
Be positive
Act with intention
The more words the better
Sum up thoughts
Fit things together
Do analysis
Come up with possibilities
Think how to continue
Think and read things over
Do not miss the point
Cause positive reactions

Posted by talia at 1:40 PM

January 26, 2005


My new favorite food: Cold yogurt soup, Bulgarian Style:

1 large cucumber peeled and diced
500 g plain yogurt, I especially like the Turkish kind, it's thick and nicely sour
2 mashed cloves garlic
1/2 c walnuts crushed fine
2 - 3 T vinegar
2 T olive oil
water or soda to dilute.

stir all the ingredients together in a bowl, serve chilled.

Note: kissing fiancee after eating this soup is allowed.

Posted by talia at 2:37 PM | Comments (1)

January 25, 2005

A damn fine burger

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You know it's a good burger when it requires two hands to eat it and you find yourself licking your fingers even before you've finished.

Posted by talia at 10:48 AM | Comments (1)

January 24, 2005

Winter wonderland in Vondel Park

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Posted by talia at 10:46 AM

January 17, 2005


Hanging laundry to dry on a small boat in the midst of winter just doesn't cut it. Today, it occurred to me to not deal with it, to not have to clean up after the dripping pipes. I forgot how delightfully warm and soft sheets out of the dryer feel.

Posted by talia at 7:35 PM

January 11, 2005

Head of the Table

Last week was a veritable PuPu platter of emotions, PuPu being the operative word. When I dine on such an emotional feast, and never do I do so by choice, my rational self disappears. I am overwhelmed by blues, feeling depressed, lonely, and without ability to achieve desires and dreams. Unfortunately, if you try to reason with me during this ride, I will not be responsive.

As I enter the 2005, I want to be able to see that my life is rich with colors, filled with loved and dear ones, that my goals and desires are interesting and achievable. That right now, this very minute, without any thought of the future, I am loved. I am wanted. I am needed. I love. I am smart. I am funny. I am powerful. I can see that I have so many things to be grateful for! What gets in the way of Appreciation? What will make me feel happy even as I sit at the head of Emotion’s table? I want to find happiness in the now, trust in my ability to succeed, comfort and reliance in an abundance of friends. Happiness comes from a balance of the joy of the process and the end result. I want to celebrate all I have now and to embrace what the future has in store. Surely that can’t be so hard to remember.

Perhaps this is reason I will not be able to see when I am again seated at that table. I have to remind myself everyday to do 40 push-ups. Maybe one day it will become habit. I will, for 2005, think of three things each day for which I am grateful. I am grateful that I have already done 20 push-ups today and have only 20 more to go. I am grateful that I awake each morning to the sound of geese. I am grateful for warm feet.

Dishes typically included in a PuPu Platter:

sweet & sour pork or chicken
shrimp with lobster sauce
pork fried rice
chiken chow mein
seafood exotic fantasy
hunan chicken
mo go guy pan
vegetarian delight
cashew shrimp
pineable glazed pork ribs
sticky honey-soy chicken wings
fried wontons

Posted by talia at 10:09 AM | Comments (1)

January 10, 2005

Guilt feelings

I am feeling guilty about being pleased when the gorgeous, thin, tan and flexible woman next to me in yoga class during savasana snored.

Posted by talia at 11:53 AM

Recipe Conversions

One stick of butter is 1/4 pound or about 117 grams.
Butter in the US is sold in one pound boxes, each box containing 4 sticks.

Pound, cups, tablespoon and teaspoon conversions assume the base weight-volume of water
1 pound = 2 cups
1 ounce = 2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons = 0.5 oz = 15 grams
1 teaspoon = 0.17 oz = 5 grams
pinch is less than 1/8 teaspoon
dl = deciliter = 1/10 of a liter = 1/2 cup

Weight-volume of:
Flour: 1 pound = 3 1/2 cups
Sugar: 1 pound = 2 1/4 cups

Sugar Substitution Charts

What does it mean?
c = cup
t = tsp = teaspoon
T = tbsp = tablespoon
C = Celsius
F = Fahrenheit
g = gr = gram
kg = kilogram

Metric Conversion Chart

1/4 tsp 1 mL
1/2 tsp 2 mL
1 tsp 5 mL
1 Tbl 15 mL
1/4 cup 50 mL
1/3 cup 75 mL
1/2 cup 125 mL
2/3 cup 150 mL
3/4 cup 175 mL
1 cup 250 mL
1 quart 1 liter

1 ounce 30 grams
2 " 55 "
3 " 85 "
4 " 115 "
8 " 225 "
16 " 455 "

Fahrenheit Celsius
32 degrees 0 degrees
212 " 100 "
250 " 120 "
275 " 140 "
300 " 150 "
325 " 160 "
350 " 180 "
375 " 190 "
400 " 200 "
425 " 220 "
450 " 230 "
475 " 240 "
500 " 260 "

Posted by talia at 9:26 AM

January 5, 2005


I won't normally share my dreams in this forum, mostly because what follows is as coherent as they get, here is goes: I was attending JFK's inauguration celebration which was taking place, conveniently, at my friends apartment where I needed to be in the morning to take care of her kid.  He had, in my dream, three daughters dressed in pink and yellow fluffy dresses and they were just about to sing a song.

I have spent the past two days or so incredibly grumpy and fussy.  Feeding a two month old from a bottle, singing to him a song I made up called Hey Cutie Cutie, then having the child fall asleep in my arms, washed all the grumpiness away.  Today, on my mother's birthday, I wish her many moments throughout the year which bring on such serenity.

Posted by talia at 6:03 PM | Comments (1)