aceofkittens: (yay)
Happy World Vegan Day, everybody! Start of World Vegan Month. Find out more!
aceofkittens: (fuckyeah)
Long ago, I said I was going to cook more and post the resulting photos in this LJ. Obviously, like with most things I promise, it takes anywhere between three and five years for me to actually deliver on it. It's not that I haven't been cooking; I'm just too lazy to post about it.

However, this latest culinary adventure was just too awesome not to chronicle in LJ! Over the weekend, I made the "kitty litter" cake in Chip's honor. This is a novelty cake that essentially looks like a "used" kitty litter box (complete with cat poop). A recipe for this wondrous (yet disgusting-looking) cake can be found here. I changed things up a bit, because my cake had to be vegan. It was challenging to find box mixes that didn't already have milk products cunningly concealed within! Also, for the same reason, I used licorice instead of Tootsie Rolls. In any case, it was, in my opinion, quite delicious. Of course, I managed to burn my left forearm quite severely while pulling the glass baking dish out of the oven, but I don't think I'm going to lose that arm. ;)

Unfortunately, the cake was a hard sell in terms of people actually trying it. It went a little something like this: Potential cake-eater sees cake: "That is DISGUSTING!!!" (pause) "What IS that? What's in it?" (pause) "I think I'll pass." One of the people who did try it said, "It's good... for a vegan cake. But that's not saying much. That's like saying, "I'm the world's tallest midget!" :D I forgave him because he was drunk.

Well, I know you really want photos, so here they are:
Chip's kitty litter cake )

Coming soon: The Adventures of Sluggy Hat! Stay tuned!

Lentils

Oct. 8th, 2007 07:15 pm
aceofkittens: (pie)
You know, I'm not a big foodie, but these lentils that [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf made for dinner on Saturday night are so amazingly good that I just have to give him another shout-out. I just had thirds.
aceofkittens: (hmm)
Conversation from a few moments ago:

[livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens: You should get a LJ, you know...
MIB: Uh huh... yeah, yeah.
[livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens: That way you can read all my locked posts...
MIB: Uh huh, yeah...
[livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens: Especially when you're gone this summer.
MIB: Couldn't I just talk to you?
[livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens: ...
[livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens: I'm going to have to post about this!
MIB: That's pathetic.

Accomplishments of the weekend include: I unpacked my Mr. Bento & set up my Sansa MP3 player — instead of doing anything that actually needed doing, of course! :)

ETA: Photo of #1 Mr. Bento lunch. The lunchbox was a lot less roomy on the inside than I thought it would be.
photo! )
aceofkittens: (do not want!)
The good news is, apparently Trader Joe's madeleines are made of the finest fresh ingredients and do not contain any preservatives.

The bad news is, if you buy them, but then don't eat them for a few months, they go off and taste like rancid butter.

AAAAAUGH!!!

On an unrelated note, sometimes when I am falling asleep, I will have very random conversations that are somehow related to whatever is happening in my brain. Last night at 4 am, after I started dozing off while online, I managed to make it into the bed. MIB asked me something, and I responded: "You brought snacks!" He said, "...WHAT?" I replied, "Don't worry, it's all from the same bottle."

It's cracking me up, so I thought I would record it for posterity. :)
aceofkittens: (mustard)
Oddly enough, last year at this time, I was in the same exact place I am now: sick with a nasty phlegmy illness (and whining about it!). In that same entry, I vowed that I would start cooking more and start posting more about it.

Obviously, I got over last year's nasty illness (so that gives me hope for this year's). But I didn't really post all that much about my culinary adventures and I certainly never offered up any photos of these degustatory delights. That's because I am lazy. I actually have been cooking a lot more lately, mostly soups (as evidenced by my recent romp with Botulism Soup).

My signature soup right now is what I call "The soup that is too hot for anyone else to eat." [livejournal.com profile] plumb_crazy tried a slightly less spicy version of this soup on his last trip to LA. I have since enhanced the recipe, by which I mean that I tripled the amount of cayenne pepper I put in there and started using jabanero peppers instead of jalapeno peppers. I also like to dump chili powder and dry mustard into the pot, just for a bit of kick. The soup contains random other vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, zucchini, carrots, onions, and various peppers. I don't get bored of eating this soup. It definitely clears the sinuses.

Now I have all these mangoes that I bought during a Costco frenzy. I already found a recipe for mango & jabanero chutney that I will probably make. But in trying to get rid of the mangoes, I've decided I want to know how you — yes, you, my loyal readers — eat your mangoes!

Thus, The Mango Poll: (Shoutout to [livejournal.com profile] mango_king)
Mango Poll )
aceofkittens: (poison apple)
I guess the post-Thanksgiving thrall is still upon me, because today's post is also about food.
Dark culinary confessions )
aceofkittens: (marzipan)
When asked to describe my Thanksgiving weekend, I've said something like: "I ate and drank my way to oblivion." That's pretty much true.

I gave up eating poultry last January and I have never looked back. It wasn't such a huge sacrifice, to be honest, because I didn't eat all that much to begin with. It had been years since I'd had any beef, pork, or lamb, etc. I never really liked the taste/texture of meat anyway. So really, my only intake of animal flesh (from the land and sky) was via the unidentified mystery sausages and cold cuts from the Russian deli. And frankly, those mystery cold cuts is the only thing I ever occasionally miss about meat. (Though I did enjoy turkey, esp. at Thanksgiving!)

But you should have heard some people fussing when I told them I was going to cut out poultry and make a conscious effort to steer clear of the mystery meats. "Wah wah, what about protein?" Well, what ABOUT protein? Did I eat that much before? No, no I didn't. Meanwhile, I have continued to ingest dairy, as well as fish, fish eggs, sprats, and gummy animals: all great sources of protein.

So, to make a long story short, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had wondered if I would have a hard time not eating the turkey, but it wasn't an issue at all. I wasn't even tempted. On the day itself, I gorged on sweet potatoes with bourbon, sauerkraut, pumpkin blini, and cranberry sauce, washing it all down with cranberry vodka. And I refrained from lecturing about the fact that everyone should adopt a turkey rather than eating one. I'm not quite at that level of activism — yet.
aceofkittens: (cheap vodka)
I haven't updated lately because I haven't had much I've felt like talking about.

However, I've been living it up this weekend. First, I went to a restaurant with a great view. That was Friday night. Today, I saw the new opera Grendel and I am still trying to decide if I liked it or not. It was certainly a grand spectacle. Then I had dinner at another 5-star restaurant and I'm pretty sure I did like that. Boy, if I had a million dollars, I'd spend it all.

Also, I went to [livejournal.com profile] toastmantom's crazy BBQ last weekend. Yay!

Also, I have a new car. Yay!

Also, I'm thinking of cracking open that very special bottle of Night Train Express to get back to my typical lowbrow life.

Ho hum

Feb. 27th, 2006 01:06 am
aceofkittens: (heron 2)
I'm glad I'm not the type of person who makes written to-do lists. It feels like the weekend zipped past with nothing to show for it and nothing got done. I didn't even make any of the phone calls I was going to make. (Hey, Canadian and/or European, Antipodean, etc. etc. people, who wants me to give you a call? I've got a pre-paid int'l calling card that's going to go to waste unless I use it in the next week. ;)

I will let myself off the hook for today, because for most of the day, I had the worst headache I've ever had in my entire life. It felt like someone was poking into my eyes with knitting needles. I pretty much had to lie in a darkened room with my eyes closed until about 8 pm.

Other weekend excitement includes:
  • watched Bride & Prejudice on cable — loved it!
  • played newly purchased games: Mario Double Dash & DDR Max 2
  • ate Chinese food, drank rum & OJ
  • buttocks hurt from going to the gym

    If I were smart, I'd go to bed right now to avoid destroying the work week. Nah...
  • aceofkittens: (consumer whore)
    My favorite slogan right now is on my box of crackers: "Triscuit fills you, but not with regret!"

    Hmm, I beg to differ. I would totally regret eating that whole box of Triscuits! :) And Wheat Thins... just because it has "Thin" in the name, doesn't mean I should eat the whole box either. I'm just saying. But I'm not listening!

    Stupid crackers.

    Oh well. Let's discuss all our favorite ads, commercials, and slogans. I want to hear about funny things. Dance, monkeys, dance!
    aceofkittens: (woohoo!)
    Coffee... coffee flavored Coke!

    When they expand to coffee flavored Diet Coke, I believe I will spontaneously combust from sheer bliss.
    aceofkittens: (chip)
    It has been determined that [livejournal.com profile] omakase loves cupcakes.

    You know who else loves cupcakes?

    My cat!

    He just ate almost an entire cupcake (yellow cupcake with white frosting). I thought cats didn't have a sweet tooth. Man, I hope he doesn't start puking at 3 a.m.! :)

    CUPCAKES!
    aceofkittens: (medusa)
    I am so full. I ate at Souplantation. It's the Southern Californian version of Fresh Choice. So very full, so very happy.

    For those who didn't see it in person, here's what my Halloween costume looked like:
    AoK's costume revealed! )

    All I want to do is take a nap. Perhaps I can do that later under my desk. I mean, what are they going to do, fire me?! HAHAHA.
    aceofkittens: (consumer whore)
    After a recent post by [livejournal.com profile] sweetbums about food waste, I decided to take a figurative hatchet to my fridge (unlike the literal ice axe which once defrosted the freezer). During the excavation, I discovered a Glad container with a slice of cake and some chocolates. Based on the nature of these items, I believe they were brought by my mother during one of her visits. That means that they've been there either since November or since January. What's sicker than that: the cake was still good! :)

    I keep discovering houseware items I didn't remember having, so that assuages my desire to go shopping. But, oh, how I want to! Good thing I also don't have any money to spare!
    aceofkittens: (hmm)
    I'm having very odd cravings. Yesterday, I wanted to feast on peas in the pod — snow peas, sugar peas, anything like that. Right now, I desperately want whiskey and cigarettes.

    I wonder what this means...
    aceofkittens: (marzipan)
    I've been stuffing my cheek pouches all day. First, I was grazing at the craft service table of the TV production which is currently occupying my workplace. Then, I went to a giant staff holiday party. Then, I went out to dinner. I'm melting into the couch, digesting the day's events as I slip into a food coma, and mulling things over. Really, I'd like to make another quiz, but for the moment, this poll will do. So:

    [Poll #404754]

    *Yawn*

    Mar. 11th, 2004 02:45 pm
    aceofkittens: (Default)
    I've eaten way too many Girl Scout cookies today (made from real Girl Scouts, naturally), and I feel like I'm going to be sick.

    Actually, I don't feel all that great -- all tired and drained and like someone took a big piece of sandpaper and rubbed the inside of my lungs & throat with it.

    Must remember to buy Benadryl. And maybe fill Albuterol prescription...
    aceofkittens: (Default)
    Before she left, my roommate baked me an apple pie. She also gave me 3 SpongeBob DVDs. I do not deserve this woman!

    Really, what I ought to be doing is watching the DVDs -- hey, it's research! But that would involve getting out into the living room and that seems like too much work.

    I am very lethargic, possibly because it's raining; possibly because I've eaten nothing but apple pie since Friday. Apple pie -- not just for dessert anymore. Apple pie for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Apple pie!
    aceofkittens: (Default)
    Another has fallen to the Dark Side; [livejournal.com profile] cardoon is now among us. Soon, soon, the Toast will crumble... yes.

    So, it's been a fun-filled few days, but boy, am I ever tired for some reason. I guess I'm not used to all this "leaving the house."

    Friday, [livejournal.com profile] cardoon drove up from visiting her grandparents and a fun-packed day ensued. I find that I really enjoy having visitors, now that I have my fabulous guest room. There's just something about being able to give people their own space. Anyway, first, I dragged her to Venice to feed my precious ducks and see my darling Black-crowned night heron. Then we wandered all over Venice Beach. I was hoping that the freaks would be out in full force, but it was so windy, we were eating sand and grit & the freaks were in hiding. So, after a coup purchase of some shoes, and dinner at Junior's Deli, we went on to Santa Monica.

    How Skee-Ball is Dangerous To Your Health! )

    Why did she take Jessminder's shoes? )

    This entry is so full of links! Kind of makes you sick, doesn't it!

    Well, I am not sure what is on the agenda for tonight and tomorrow. [livejournal.com profile] cardoon has left and that means I can retreat back into my Fortress of Solitude.

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