Archive for June, 2010

Faux Updating: Video of the Day

Oh, Hi.

I’m a little behind here, I know. And I totally wrote 5 more posts, except they were in my head, which is where you never want to store ideas. I’ve kind of been cheating on you, Creative Endeavour. I’ve been acting. And oh my goodness, I missed it so.

You can see me starting July 21st either in the park, or August 21/22 in the Hanover Theatre. The play is Taming of the Shrew.

Jenn-ism #8

Conversation with a coworker in the bathroom, as Wild Wild West has just come on.

Jenn: I love this song!

Coworker: I’ve never heard this song. Who is it?

Jenn: Escape Club.

Coworker: (blank stare)

Jenn: This song was big in 1987 or so.

Coworker: Oh, 1987. That’s when I was 3.

Jenn: (glares)

Twitterpost: Fun with #Hashtags

Ok, technically, I’ve been writing this post all day. The first one was an actual complaint…after that, I got a little silly. I know, shocking.

  1. Some days I love the 8-hour break called work. Then I feel bad for feeling good about leaving the whining. Fun! #motherhoodsuckssometimes
  2. I find it a little disturbing how I can hear my skin sigh with relief when I put on moisturizer. #havingdryskinsuckssometimes
  3. It’s so hard to lay out the plastic sheeting just right…there’s always that tell-tale leak. #beingaserialkillersuckssometimes
  4. Craving s’mores… #beingavegetariansuckssometimes
  5. Just found the bobby pin I was using as a stylus behind a pen. And I’ve been dating things 6/18 all day. #beingditzysuckssometimes
  6. How does it feel? #sucksucksuck
  7. FYI…If you don’t know me that well, I have a dark kind of humor. And sarcastic. And I’m listening to #NIN now.
  8. I’ll spare you the story behind this one… #beingmaturesuuckssometimes
  9. I was talking to those who might be concerned about my emo-sounding tweets today. Obviously not you @litdreamer. 😉
  10. Because secretly I want to be Queen of The Army of Sarcastic Bitches. #aspirationsiamnotthinkingthrough
  11. #beingundeadsucks:RT @MikeWas -Go to http://www.newsweek.com Perform Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Enter)
  12. Last RT via @litdreamer – Even Ethan went AAAAHHH!! over it!

And if you don’t follow me on Twitter, you’re not really my friend. And if your friends don’t follow me on Twitter, they’re not really your friends. Or something like that.

Jenn’s Falafel Recipe

One great thing about John is how he’s gotten me hooked on all kinds of delicious food I hadn’t eaten before. Falafel is one of them…mostly thanks to visits to The Falafel Palace in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. After a couple visits, we wanted our own falafel at home, so I got to learn to make it. It’s actually quite easy, particularly starting off with this recipe, which I’ve modified a little bit in the year or so since I’ve been making it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. coriander
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley
  • at least 3 Tbsp. white flour

First quarter the onions and toss into a food processor. Give them a bit of a whirl to start mincing them, then add your garlic. Whir again to mix the two together. Add your spices and whirl until everything is mixed well. These measurements are for dried spices, which are easier for us to buy in bulk. If you are using fresh spices, you should only need about half. Add your chickpeas, then whir until everything is mixed fairly well.

Take everything out of the food processor and transfer to a  large bowl. This starts the trickiest part: getting the consistency just right. You’ll want to add flour until you get a moist dough you can roll into small balls. I’ll usually start with 2 heaping tablespoons of white flour, but will sometimes add 2 more, one at a time. With some experimentation, you’ll get the hang of it. Your goal will be to make about a dozed golf-ball sized dough balls, which you should squish down slightly so they’re like little patties.

In a big frying pan, pour about 1.5 inches of olive oil. Heat the oil, then add the falafel balls. Fry on one side for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and fry on the other side for an additional 4 minutes. Drain on a paper lunch bag. Wrap in Syrian bread or a lavash rollup, or stuff inside a pita pocket with lettuce, tomato, hummus, pickles, onion, and feta cheese. Also makes great leftovers heated up and over a salad with hummus for dressing.

Now, I make the recipe with a food processor, because it is sooo much easier on me. Prior to using the food processor, however, we used an old school potato masher, which also helps to build up your arm muscles. If you’re doing it that way, you’ll want to make sure to finely mince your onions and garlic, as well as heating up (then cooling) your chickpeas to help them mash better. I’ve also experimented with wheat flour, which did not help to hold them together very well, and frying in peanut oil, which definitely gave them a different flavor. I also don’t make them more than once or twice a month, so I’ll usually double the recipe, as they do make very good leftovers.

Ethan-ism #9

This weekend’s weather forecast; take it away, Meteorologist Ethan:

Saturday: PM Showers, 58 – 71 (Mom, what does F mean?), 40 perhaps chance of rain.

Sunday: Scattered T-Storms, 40 perhaps chance of rain?!

Let’s skip to Spree Day on Friday – 81 and Sunny, 0 perhaps chance of rain, woo-hoo!!

Open Mic Tonight!

For those of you who don’t know, John and I are also a band, Reverend Reacharound. We call it irreverent folk-punk, done in costume as a priest and a nun. Tonight we’ll be doing our first open mic at Hotel Vernon in Worcester. I expect to be there around 8, and go on sometime after that. Come on down if you’re in the area!

A mini-taste… My favorite cover we’re currently doing:

Two Flowers

This is another picture I took in the evening. I did have to do a lot of Photoshop work with it, as the massive shadows from the flash were really annoying me.

Two Flowers

Vine

With this one, I want to go back at some point during the day to take pictures. It is quite a bit photoshopped, as I had to use a flash to get the flowers.

Vine

Running Ethan

So while I think I could do this in Photoshop, I like getting pictures like this with just the camera! For this one, Ethan was running in front of me. I didn’t aim or anything, so that was luck. It was also dusk, with the sun having just gone behind the trees, so the exposure was a couple seconds.

Running Ethan