Archive for May, 2010

May 30, 2010

Test kitchen: Prawns w. oven-roasted Tomatos and Haloumi

Photography is an easy hobby to pick up, everything is automatic – you just have to press the button. This was coming from an expert photographer. Heeding his advice I picked up the camera today, switched from the 87mm lens to 50mm lens and hesitantly pressed the button. Little did I know I hadn’t screwed in the lens properly… letting in too much light. Case in example:

Prawns w. oven roasted tomatos and grilled haloumi

I won’t publish the recipe because I’m not entirely happy with the flavour. As Micah puts it, “it needs more…intensity!”

Micah came home and demonstrated how to work a DSLR…

I’ll get there one day. Mark my words.

May 29, 2010

I try and I try and I try… I can’t get no job satisfaction [pg. 12 of The Story]

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I am going through one of those ‘I can’t get no job satisfaction and I want to quit’ phases. Luckily for me, Sophie is absolutely the world’s greatest listener and frequent victim of my emotional unload.

“You sound like when you were back in law school, threatening to drop out every semester” said Sophie.
“Well, yeh I didn’t see myself as a lawyer and…”
“it was boring” Sophie finished my sentence. “Your current job, minding other people’s paperwork is so much better?”
“No, not really…”
“See! Tell me, what is your biggest fear?”
“Hmm… going hungry.”
“Abby…”
“Ok, failure.”
“That’s the only thing stopping you from making the right decision! Just be open minded.”

So, I started chewing the cud on what would motivate me in my work. To the best of my knowledge of myself, I think it is helping and feeding people… I’m a pretty simple girl. Then, I listed things I could imagine myself doing and getting a lot of heart satisfaction.

The list:

  • being an Au pair in France
  • working at a soup kitchen
  • going to chef school
  • making handmade cards
  • being Santa’s little helper in the North Pole

And lastly, ‘working in Human Rights’.

In the spirit of ‘being open minded’, I investigated this absurd, yet at the same time intriguing idea. Somehow, I ended up applying for internships in Hong Kong and New York… It’s silly, I know.

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May 27, 2010

Understanding Food Coma

Food coma is a very real thing and impacts/interrupts/halts the daily lives of millions.

Come post lunch feed you can guarantee my eyes will be glazed, mind unresponsive, all instincts channeled to taking a fat nap.

For those of you who feel the same way I do, you will benefit much from ehow.com’s tips on avoiding food coma:

  1. Eat all 3 meals on time! When you skip/delay meals, your body is more apt to channel all those nutrient starved blood cells straight to your abdomen ON THE DOUBLE which means oxygen deprivation (food coma) for your brain.
  2. Don’t over eat, avoid the feeling of fullness. The more stuffed you become, the more life giving blood must be channeled to your intestines to absorb it.
  3. Avoid excess Carbohydrates. The resulting sugar spike in your body will cause you to feel extremely fatigued and lethargic.
  4. Already Comatose? Take deep breaths, get up and walk around if possible, bend over forwards (put your head below your heart level) to irrigate your brain with oxygen every few minutes, drink a caffeinated beverage (NO Carbs or sugar!)

There isn’t a Post-Prandial Somnolence Awareness Week… but don’t you agree there should be one?