January 31st, 2010

Sea dragon

Saturday recap and: my inverse twin, in NYC

I've spent five minutes at least laughing my head off over this article in Cracked about the mysteries of being an English person in New York City. It's funny because I've had nearly all of his problems in reverse. Where's my kettle? What's a vest? How come I can't find any of the medicine I want when I'm sick? What do fairies have to do with washing dishes? The list goes on.

Anyway, yesterday mostly consisted of lazing around the house, with bouts of cleaning the bathroom and reorganizing the mysterious contents of "the shelves that used to be in the bathroom" back when we had a bathroom big enough to have shelves under the sink. Much later we overcame our tremendous inertia and went to the Royal Opera House to see the Stravinsky version of "The Rake's Progress," which we both found dull despite the really remarkable stage design. I wound up wishing I'd gone to the BFI to watch the Ozu movie I'm not going to be able to easily fit in to the next month's schedule, though since we split at intermission we were at least able to have nice pints at Chando's Opera House.

What I did not do was write at all. I now have not just the review of Silence (from Friday) to write up but also now the show from last night. I don't feel motivated. What I do want to do is write up My Life in 100 Words or Less, which is due today. I know I'm not going to get Alan Cumming to do this, but I can at least ask, right? And in order to dream about it I have to actually write it. Anyone else (in the UK) gonna give this a try? It's way more accomplishable than NaNoWriMo and has a much more immediate reward ...

Writing goals on track!

Okay, today I've finished off my review for Silence: The Musical at the Above the Stag theater and also the "My Life in 100 Words" competition that the Soho Theatre is running in conjunction with the Bette Bourne show they're doing. I don't think that Alan Cumming (or even Nick Garrison) will perform "my life," or that it's really even artistically written, but I've made a stab at it based on several rough drafts I've written in the chemical connections of my brain while falling asleep. This means the only thing left is my brilliant review of Rake's Progress, which, I suspect, will have to wait until tomorrow.

Had a girlie day in with J and L today: we gossiped, drank Madeira, and ate a baked-from-scratch Devil's Food cake I whipped up after they arrived. I have a freshly dyed forelock. Despite the gloom and doom of the "my life" I sent off to the Soho Theater, I'm feeling rather chipper. Time for dinner now!
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Simple and yummy recipes: garbanzo bean pasta

This is a really hearty recipe that's really easy and cheap to make and ... bonus ... it works for vegans, too. And you can fake it pretty well with canned goods.

2 cans garbanzo beans (or 1 cup dried, soaked and cooked, if you want to be hardcore)
1 T olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 fresh rosemary sprig (or no rosemary if you don't want)
9 oz tomatoes, peeled and chopped (I used one "box," or one can, but it seemed to want more) - est 5-6 medium
5 oz fresh tagliatelle, cut into short lengths (or whatever pasta you like, something chunky is best)

Drain half of your cooked beans, put into the blender and puree. Sautee garlic and rosemary in oil, then add tomatoes, and cook for ten minutes. Put puree and rest of beans into tomatoes, add a bit of salt, and cook down for a while. The recipe recommends cooking the pasta right in the tomato, but when I made it I cooked the pasta separately and ladled the mix on top. Drizzle with yummy olive oil and sprinkle some cheese on top if you like it.

For this recipe, I'll note the fresher the ingredients, the better it tastes. It also likes to have time for the ingredients to meld together in the pot. You can probably get nice results with basil instead of rosemary. It's a very forgiving recipe. Have fun with it!