Grams of the Week – Feb 12

Here’s a recap of the best instagrams of last week. If you want the day to day follow me here!

veggie-tacos roasted-peper

My Friend Theo stayed over this weekend and made amazing veggie tacos (Thx u Theo!). These were made with spiced sweet potatoes, caramelized onion, roasted red peppers and ricotta.  Why am I not making tacos once a week?

sleeping-cat

Lefty has been so adorable lately. He likes sleeping on the radiator in the bathroom!

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On the cat note, Fivey has really taken to the new Valentine’s Day blanket I got at Unique the thrift store in Jamacia. He looks so happy in this pic!

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Day-Old Bread

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Previously published in The Wave.

My friend Rob had knee surgery. He’s been homebound on Staten Island* but last weekend he was feeling well enough to visit Rockaway. Since his leg is immobile, his mother Roberta helped out and gave him a lift to our place. Before Rob and his mother crossed the Verrazano, they made a stop at A & C Superette (884 Manor Rd, Staten Island) picking up eggplant parmesan, lasagna, roasted red peppers and  fresh mozzarella. They made a second stop at Pastosa Ravioli (764 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10310) for 6 loaves of bread – food galore! Being an Italian, Rob takes guest etiquette very seriously. You can’t show up to someone’s home empty handed, right?

All weekend we were eating like it was an ancient Roman holiday. In particular, I couldn’t believe how delicious the roasted red peppers were. I’m actually not a huge fan of them but these were wildly good – sliced thin, spiced, marinated in oil with garlic and had ample parsley.

As much as we ate, we ended up with two loaves of Italian bread leftover. On Monday the bread was too hard for sandwich-making. I didn’t want to waste it, so I thought to make breadcrumbs.

The process was pretty simple and the best part about making your own breadcrumbs is experimentation. I wanted to try something different so I made Mexican spiced breadcrumb! You can also try traditional Italian (using garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper, parsley and dried basil leaves) or Indian spiced breadcrumb (try cumin, tarragon, turmeric, salt and curry powder).

Breadcrumbs can be made with any bread: wheat, sourdough, rye, etc. and why not combine them if you have it lying around. The flavors could be interesting together and you’ll be saving space in your organic brown bins for sanitation collection.

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Here’s my recipe for Mexican spiced breadcrumb! Just think about coating cheese filled jalapeno poppers with this breadcrumb and frying them up, I can’t even!

Ingredients:

2 loaves hard bread. (Don’t use stale bread, it will taste as such!)
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chilli pepper
Fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Cut or tear loaves into manageable pieces – about 1 inch
Fill your food processor with the bread pieces, grind. Repeat the process until
all bread is crumbled.
Combine the breadcrumbs in a bowl with all the spices.
Pinch and taste, add more spice if you wish too.
Store in a well sealed tupperware in a dry climate for up to 2 weeks or freeze until needed.

*Shame on me, I’ve only been to Staten Island a handful of times, mostly to eat at the delicious Denino’s Pizzeria. I want to check out all of these Italian specialty shops first hand – mini road trip anyone?

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Grams of the Week – Jan 30

Oh I’ve been slacking on this… sry!

Here’s a recap of the best instagrams of last week. If you want the day to day follow me here!

A train Broad Channel

I picked up a new client (yah!!). But I’ve been going into the city for meetings – it’s a lot of  back and forth. At least I can kill some time by taking sad rainy instagram pictures…

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A few days ago it felt almost like spring. I went outside and took these winter garden photos (above).

beach 91st street Rockaway

Ahhhh but only a few days later the snow was back. We still have two solid months before the real thaw happens. I’m trying not to anticipate summer.  These are the quiet months in Rockaway – a great time to get all the things done we’ve been putting off… right?

 

 

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Adulting is hard.

What-a-mess!

Previously published in The Wave.

Sometimes I wish I could check out of adulthood. It’s hard. I don’t feel like an adult, I feel like I’m a 20 something*, faking it to barely make it.

Last Monday everything was going well. I was caught up with work, the house was in order and I was ready to tackle those home projects that I haven’t had time for – cleaning out boxes in the basement from when we moved four years ago and reorganizing some kitchen cupboards. Then I got called back for a freelance job I applied for. The rest of the week turned to chaos. I couldn’t find my portfolio. I was nervous about negotiating a rate (I’m terrible at it) and next thing I know, after two, one hour and 18 min. trips to midtown, for two, 45 minute meetings, it was Friday. The house was a total wreck, there was no food in the fridge and we had a guest staying the weekend.

It wasn’t just one bad week. I have many unraveling adult moments that I can’t manage to keep up with. And here’s the kicker: I mainly work from home! How is it possible that I can’t keep a handle on things? Am I the only one that’s bad at adulting?

I have trouble remembering to put out the garbage. We often run out of toilet paper and cat food. Frequently, I find myself hovering over the kitchen counter eating lunch using a paper towel as a plate. I probably do this because the dishes are already piled high in the sink, yet I have a dishwasher – this is one of the most perplexing fails. Thank goodness for autopay or the bill collectors would be at the door. Speaking of the door, I hate answering it. Normal adults wouldn’t care or would even get excited when the doorbell rings unexpectedly (DREAD). The interior of the car needed to be cleaned four months ago. The screen on my phone has been cracked since I got too drunk at the Brewery like a month ago. The laundry pile which exists on the floor in the basement is totally out of control and full disclosure… sometimes the cats pee on it.  Do I need a life-coach?

When I was in the city for the interview, I saw many women passing by. You know the ones, their handbags match their high heels and they don’t have cat hair on their black leggings. Leggings, which, by the way, they definitely didn’t buy from Family Dollar because they ran out of clean clothes. Who are these adults and how do they keep their shit together?!

I’ve thought of this a few times on the A train and it popped into my head again on the way on my back and forth trips last week.  “I should just get off at Howard Beach / JFK, by a ticket to someplace warm and beautiful and ditch adulting.” Maybe it’s just the winter blues that’s making me reflect on all this… How many days till summer??

* One could argue I’m on the millennial spectrum!

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