Sunday, February 27, 2011

North African Chicken

We served this over Israeli couscous - which is a bigger grain than "normal" couscous and which we prefer.

North African Chicken
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tbsp honey
28oz crushed tomatoes (I prefer Pomi)
1 lb chicken breast, cubed

Heat oil in a wide, deep pan over medium heat. Add onion - cook, stirring occasionally, until golden - 5-10minutes.
Add spices, salt, pepper, honey, and tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 min.
Add chicken & cook 5-10min more, until chicken chunks are cooked through.

- 380 calories per serving. 15g fat, 39g protein, 23g carb, 5 g fiber

For the first time in, well, ever, I am going to "decorate" a room. I'm most likely not going to paint or change the ceiling fixture or do anything major to the layout, but I'm going to do a bunch of the finishing things I too often ignore. I'll post before and after pics here soon!

I have a couple of books, but will blog them together tomorrow night, after a book club discussion.

Otherwise, I'm going back to the 30day shred workout. I'm continuing to try new recipes (also made cheesy, spicy, popcorn corn bread this am). And I'm whittling away at my massive at home to-do and organizing list. Things are good.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Quick bits

Times are exciting - the new job is ramping up, ROC City Roller Derby volunteering is also ramping up, other projects and mental buckets are filling in nicely. J is deep in thesis work. Danny and Sonny both have stuff brewing that's quite cool, but I don't know if I'm authorized to share yet. Sooner or later, you'll hear about it.

The weeks that I make lots of good food are better. Recent successful experiments include Ginger Spelt cookies, Deep dish greens w/ amaranth/ millet crust, Chicken "sausage" burgers w/ stuffing type flavorings.....

Winter, though, has got to go. I hate being cold. My hair tangling into rats' nests from scarves and high collars and hats. My pants soggy from snow. Getting stuck in the drive, you know, all that winter nonsense.

I've been listening to some audio books on the long commute. I wonder about some of these narrators. They're considered "talent". Man, the fake women's voices the one guy did were just so BAD!

Book #3:The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll. Shortly into this I wondered where it could possibly go? Everything in the description & on the audiobook package was covered in the first two chapters. Not much else to do. And then Carroll took a left turn and led me on a trip into some really interesting spaces related to how much control we truly have over our own destiny and what other aspects of life can be affected when we take the reins. Not bad.