Mon, 21 Feb 2011
Couscous with poached eggs
Thanks to my boss Andrew for the idea for this one. Bring 1 cup of water to boil in a lidded bowl, dump in 1/3 cup couscous and some chopped celery leaves (any other kind of herb would probably work here, I just happened to have celery leaves on hand). Let it sit until all the water is absorbed, around five minutes or so. Add a pinch of salt, some pepper, drizzle on a bit of olive oil. Place on a plate. Poach two eggs, put on top. Enjoy.
Wed, 16 Feb 2011
2011 Coffeeshop of Record Report
Ever since May of 2005 I've had the habit of designating a local coffeeshop as my "Coffeeshop of Record" — it's the place I always hang out at, and my favorite local caffeine establishment. Or, as I sometimes put it, "my drug dealers". Because I'm also that kind of person, I keep statistics of how much I spend there.
Shortly after moving to Ypsilanti I designated the Ugly Mug Cafe as my CsoR. This previous year's statistics (16 February 2010 - 15 February 2011) are:
- Total Spent: $345.50
- Days Visited: 128
- Items Noted: 196
- Avg/Visit: $2.70
- Avg/Item: $1.76
- Avg/Week: $6.74
It adds up, doesn't it? (This is the reason I keep track of it). But, the way I figure it hanging out at the Ugly Mug is my primary form of entertainment, and $7 a week is relatively cheap as those things go.
Notes for those who care: supplies I purchase at the CsoR do not count, e.g. beans I purchase at the Mug for use at home or at work are not counted.
Sun, 06 Feb 2011
Or porridge, as some folks might say.
- Melt one tsp butter in a pot until it is nice and foamy. Add 1-1/2 cups steel cut oats.
- Stir over medium high heat until the oatmeal smells nice and takes on some color.
- Add 3 cups of water, bring to boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Throw in a pinch of salt.
- Peel and chop up an apple, and throw that in. Add 4 tbspns ground flax seed.
- Stir occasionally for 20 minutes or so. If it looks like it is getting dry before the oats are done, add 1/4 cup of water.
- Add a couple tablespoons brown sugar, some nutmeg and cinnamon, a tsp vanilla. Enjoy.