Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spicy Chickpeas

Always trying to be healthy, I need to find snacks that aren't just junkfood.  Making Spicy chickpeas satisfies that crunch thats wanted when you think you're being bad, as does the spicy coating.

Spicy Chickpeas


Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Dash ground cayenne
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • Salt to taste
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In medium bowl, toss all ingredients until chickpeas are coated.
  3. Spread mixture in single layer on ungreased pan or cookie sheet.        
  4. Bake 25 to 35 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time, or until chick peas are dry and toasted.
Stay hungry my friend!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Learning lines

Well, I have been cast as an understudy and need to learn lines for 2 characters.  Ahhhhh, how does that happen? What do I do?  
First, I bought an iPhone app. So far, it's fabulous and a big help.  I bought Line Learner.  So far I'm loving it and it's a great help.  I'll let you know in 2 weeks when I have to be off book!
Here are some other links I've found to help learn your lines:
Learning Lines for Actors
How to memorize lines

It also helps if you go to rehearsals (even if you don't have to) so you can listen to the actors say the lines.  Instead of just listening to your voice over and over on your ipod or through the app you've just bought.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Scalloped potatoes - FAIL

With 3 lbs of potatoes going bad, I needed to do something fast.  I have another recipe that I used in the past, but wanted to keep experimenting. 
This recipe worked, but only after a prolonged time in the oven.  I can't even tell you how long I cooked them for.  If I had to guess, at least an hour and a half.  I'm not sure how to solve the problem, but they're ok...I guess.
 
Scalloped potatoes
Ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 5 lge potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups grated cheese
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a baking dish.
  3. In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat.
  4. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, be careful not to burn.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in milk.
  6. Return pan to heat and bring to a simmer while stirring.
  7. When sauce has thickened remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  8. Spread 1/3 of the white sauce in bottom of baking dish and top with half of the potatoes. And another third of the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Continue layering ingredients, ending with the remaining cheese on top.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
Stay hungry my friend!