Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Osso Bucco Lamb Shank

A tasty alternative to lamb.

Ingredients:
2-3 lbs lamb shank
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of carrots, rough chopped
1/2 cup of celery, rough chopped
1 medium onion, rough chopped
2 medium roma tomatoes, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp fresh thyme
1 cup of white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 dried bay leaf
1 tbsp of oil
Directions:
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper.
In a large ovenproof pot, heat oil and brown each lamb shank on all sides.
Set aside.
In same pot, place carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes, garlic and thyme in large pot.
Stir mixture until they begin to soften.
Pour wine and chicken stock over veggie mixture.
Reduce heat to low and  deglaze.
When mixture begins to simmer, place lamb shank(s) on top with bay leaf.
Place the ovenproof pot in the oven for 2 to 2.5 hours or until meat easily falls from the bone.


Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Stay hungry my friend!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Simple Margarita

The one perk of having a job are the happy hours.  I mean, I have a job, but I work from home, so my happy hours are a little lonely.  The good thing is that I know the bartender and everybody knows my name.  The bad thing, not much socializing.  I was so happy to find byRegina.com just in time for the #VirtualHH.  This month the drink is a Mango Margarita.  I'm not big on mango, so here is my recipe for a basic margarita.

Ingredients:

2 oz of fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz of good tequila
3/4 oz of Triple Sec*
1/4 oz of agave or simple syrup (more or less to taste)

Directions:
Grab your chilled shaker with ice and
Combine lime juice, tequila, triple sec and syrup.
Shake it up
Pour over ice
 
*What is Triple Sec?
Orange flavoured liquor

If you want more recipes, check out my Pinterest Board.  

Stay Thirsty my friend!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Crockpot pork shoulder

Lately I've been eating junk.  So I recently started a new eating plan, along with a weight training program.  It's helped make my life simpler.  I know what I have to eat to achieve my healthy goals.  To accomplish that, I try to cook all the meals for the week on Sunday.  Meal plans are simple.  Eat from a particular list of protein, vegetables and starch.  No sugar.  No dairy.  No wheat.   This leaves for bland steamed vegetables and meals.  So I've been trying to find simple crockpot meals that can add flavor to the pork and chicken that I will be eating this entire 4 weeks.

Ingredients:
2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast
kosher salt, to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


Directions:
Sprinkle the pork with salt, garlic powder and red pepper flakes.
Place in slow cooker
Mix broth, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.
Pour over pork.

Cook on high for 6-8 hours on Low. 

When done, pork should be tender and easy to pull apart.
Stay hungry my friend!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I feel official!

As I've told you before, I'm attempting to document my journey with this play.  Granted, it's also helping procrastinate from not finishing my play.  The following is from the 2nd interview I've done regarding my epic tale (as I like to call it).  

It was very cool going to 7-11 and picking up the L.A. Times and finding the local section.  There I was on the fold on page A-10 of the Burbank Leader and online at Glendale News-Press.





Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Just like El Pollo Loco Chicken

Ingredients:
1 Chicken -- cut pieces w/skin

Broiler Basting Sauce:
1/3 cup Lemon juice
1/3 cup Lime juice
1/3 cup Canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon Ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper

Basting Mixture:
Mix juices, oil, turmeric, salt and pepper. This makes enough to baste nine pieces.

Directions:
Simmer chicken in a deep-sided skillet. 
Keep the chicken in a single layer and cook until the meat looks milky white and the juices run clear.
Allow to cool.  Make basting mixture.
Arrange the chicken on a broiler pan and baste with enough basting mixture to evenly coat.
Turn and baste and other side.
Turn again and broil 6" from the heat, brushing with additional sauce every few minutes, until skin is golden brown, approximately 5 to 8 minutes for large pieces.

Stay hungry my friend.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Statistics and Numbers

I have a new character.  Mr. Frederick (his names comes from watching too much Warehouse 13 while writing, he's a MR. because I needed a male character).
He works for Indian Affairs.
He is a man of numbers.  Statistics.
Here are some numbers that are being thrown around.

Urban Aboriginal People
Indian Status
Stats Canada
The Indian Register
Aboriginal People

More than one million people in Canada identify themselves as an Aboriginal person, or 4% of the population (as of 2006). Fifty-three percent are registered Indians, 30% are Métis, 11% are Non-status Indians and 4% are Inuit. Over half (54%) of Aboriginal people live in urban areas.

"First Nations people" refers to Status and Non-Status "Indian" peoples in Canada. Many communities also use the term "First Nation" in the name of their community. Currently, there are 617 First Nation communities, which represent more than 50 nations or cultural groups and 50 Aboriginal languages.

A total of 1,172,790 people identified themselves as an Aboriginal person, that is, North American Indian (hereafter referred to as First Nations people in this report), Métis or Inuit in the 2006 Census of Population. The census counted 976,305 Aboriginal people in 2001 and 799,010 in 1996. There were nearly 700,000 First Nations people identified in 2006 as well as approximately 390,000 Métis and just over 50,00 Inuit.

I'm a postcard

Sometimes you need to think things out before you say yes.   That weird moment you pick up your mail and you see yourself looking back.


50 Things to do in L.A.

I've lived in L.A. for some time now and am constantly feeling like I should be out exploring the city.  When I first moved to Los Angeles, I bought all the tour books and went on adventures every weekend.   Within a week of arriving I found Central Casting and was on the set of a studio movie the next day.  #31 DONE.  As the months and years have passed I have gotten complacent about my new city, but am still able to cross off several.  This list gives me a renewed vigor.  I'm hoping to find new food and drink along the way.
  1. Stroll the Venice Canals
  2. Catch the Maltese Falcon at Hollywood Forever
  3. Spot a Celebrity
  4. Go Noir at Union Station
  5. Compete on The Price Is Right 
  6. Explore the Museum of Jurassic Technology
  7. Visit the Getty Villa
  8. Croon with Marty and Elayne at the Dresden
  9. Check Out the Central Library 
  10. Nosh on a Corned Beef Sandwich at Canter’s 
  11. Build a Bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach
  12. Pick Up Fresh Morels from Clearwater Farms
  13. Tour the Stahl House
  14. Ride CicLAvia
  15. Go West to the Autry National Center
  16. See How the Other Half Lived at Greystone Mansion
  17. Hunt Down Replicants at the Bradbury Building
  18. Imbibe on a DTLA Wine Tour
  19. Hike Runyon Canyon
  20. Order a Pink’s Hot Dog
  21. Break the Waves at Dawn
  22. Get Close to the Mars Rover
  23. Learn Improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade
  24. Power-Lunch at the Ivy
  25. Decorate a Rose Parade Float
  26. Sail the Santa Monica Bay
  27. Book Face Time with the Mayor
  28. Have Tea at the Huntington
  29. Hit Boyle Heights for Tamales
  30. Make a Pilgrimage to the Hollywood Sign
  31. Audition to Be an Extra
  32. Bird-watch in Brentwood
  33. Gaze at Downtown from City Hall
  34. Sleep Under the Stars 
  35. Walk from East to West
  36. Head to the San Gabriel Valley for Szechuan
  37. Wake Up and Smell the Flower Market
  38. Seek Out a Natural Stream in North Atwater Park
  39. Roller Boogie in Glendale
  40. Snorkel off Catalina
  41. Live It Up in a Chateau Marmont Bungalow
  42. Surf and Ski in a Single Day
  43. Indulge in a Kaiseki Dinner at Urasawa
  44. Find a Way into Disneyland’s Club 33
  45. Take a Road Trip from the Film Drive
  46. Hover Above L.A. in a Helicopter
  47. Discover a Secret Garden
  48. Watch the Dodgers from Home Plate
  49. Buy a Box at the Hollywood Bowl
  50. Spend an Evening at the Magic Castle
Now lets get going on this list.
Stay hungry/thirsty my friend!

List courtesy of L.A. Magazine!  

Monday, May 5, 2014

About Me

When I find a new blog, I always look for the "About Me" page.  I am always intrigued by the people who write the blog and their motivations for doing it.   Also, having been in the blogosphere since 2004, and being the "proud" owner of 10+ blog names (yes they are all in use), I am always trying to define my space on the internet.  But how to do that?

1. What is your blog about?  Sure you write the blog, but I'm reading your blog for it's content first, then I want to know about you.  Tell me how you came up with the fun name, what it's about and why should I continue to read.

2. Ok, I'm still reading.  Now tell me about you. I want to know why you're writing this blog, what makes it fun for you.  Have fun with it.

3.  Post your picture. Take your time and take a nice picture.  Smile.  I want to see the person behind the blog.  It makes it more personal.

4. Place your contact info here.  I have just read all about you and I'm still reading.  Now I want to know how I can follow you.  Don't make me search for it, because I may just forget what I was doing as I'm looking at the all the tabs I have open.  Let people know they should follow you!

Think about using Google Forms, that way you have a spreadsheet full of information.

5.  More!  Are you in the press? Did you win some awards (that are related to your blog, that 5th grade spelling bee win is more of a fun fact), a short video.