Monday, February 27, 2012

For a self-professed misanthrope heart feels like it's going to explode sometimes from all my love for my adorable friends.  We received our wedding invites yesterday for H & A's wedding in Cleveland and we are BEYOND pumped.  Those two are the sweetest, most adorablest, most a**-kickingly-awesome-at-making-halloween-costumes pair of doppelgangers, ever.  They're just the best of the best.  My feelings on matrimony aside, nothing warms the cold, black cockles of my heart more than seeing two best people throw their lot together in life and become even MORE best. My only gripe with them is that they insist on living in the United States, when it's so obvious that they're socialist pinkos at heart and should really be living in Canada.  Specifically, Ontario.  More geographically specifically, Toronto.  Preferably, within walking distance, but I'm willing to negotiate a bit on that.  

Then my friends R & R did this recently.  I found the article hilarious because their endearing adorableness shines through.  I can't believe we only started hanging out like, last year.  Best new friends of 2011, hands down.  Also, I can't believe that the first time we hung out socially, was at AYCE Japanese in Markham and they claimed to be lightweights.  Those two are class acts.  Like, every time you go to their house they have tonnes of beer and mutton patties on hand and homemade cookies.  When you come to **our** house, you've scarcely crossed our lil' ugmo threshold before I'm barking at you with all the finesse of a Brigitte Nielson, Eastern-Bloc Gestapo type to take off your shoes before coming in the house and then offering you a drink of either: milk, water, or apple cider that's turned to vinegar.  I will then exhort you to push aside the piles of folded socks and underwear on the couch and "make yourself at home."  I am the definition of déclassé, even though I was born with a gilt spoon in my mouth.  

Then I found out that my friend P got accepted into TUM (that's Toronto Underground Market to you) and I'm so excited for him to do well!  Having tasted his entry (butter chicken) before, I think it's well deserving of being on TUM's illustrious roster and I'm mad jelly that 500 other lucky Torontonians get to taste his wares.  Add to that this week, S (P's partner) is participating in The Artist Project and I'm beyond thrilled for the two of them individually and as a couple.  

There is so much talent, smarts, moxie, and funny in our extended crew that I'm humbled by it all.  It makes me feel like a right slouch but I'm so glad that I get to bask in their reflected glory.  

This week is madness.  After a two week hiatus, class starts on Tuesday night.  Wednesday is the Dotytron's night to do boring music stuff with other music nerds of the highest order.  Thursday is the art opening, but we might duck out.  Friday, I'm having my friend E over.  Saturday is the art show, then dinner with some Supper-Club-y crew.  Sunday is a baby shower in the 'Loo for the cutest, sweetest preggo I know, N.  I'm getting tired and overwhelmed just writing that out.

Tales of a Mama Dread - this is my new favorite Saturday afternoon, it's-too-cold-outside-to-play activity with the Big Yam: a rubbermaid tub, a le creuset pot, some water, some kitchen utensils and some blue food colouring.  Look at him in his undershirt!  He looks like a Chinese worker in Hong Kong - all he's missing is a farmer's blow into the street and a toothpick and a Marlboro.

The Big Yam chowing down on a leftover Chino Loco burrito.

Tonight's dinner was a spinach and feta brown rice casserole with panko topping.  So easy.  I've posted the recipe below.

Bit of a snoozy chapstick post.  I'm feeling kind of tired tonight - I biked to work today and I'm hoping to re-start a yoga regimen of sorts.  Har.



Spinach, Feta and Brown Rice Casserole
serves 4-6

1 T. butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1.5 lbs of spinach, thinly sliced
minced garlic or roasted garlic
4 cups cooked brown rice
2 eggs
1 c. of yoghurt
400 g. of feta cheese
2 c. panko
canola oil

- sauté the onion, in the butter, with a tablespoon of oil until golden.  Add the garlic and the spinach in batches until it's all wilted.  Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- mix the spinach, the brown rice, 2 eggs, the yoghurt together in a large bowl.  Crumble in the feta cheese.  Season again gently with salt and pepper.
- pour into a 9x13" pan or other similar combination of casseroles and top with panko.  Drizzle panko with canola oil and bake the casserole in a 400F oven for about 30 minutes covered with a piece of foil, and then, as soon as the panko is golden brown, covered with foil until heated through.

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