Monthly Archives: October 2012

South Western Salad

I am a big fan of salads. I love vegetables & fruit. I love them all diced up and mixed with a little dressing! I love how there’s a million possibilities.

But this… this is my new favorite salad. I’ve already made it three times just in the past few weeks. And it’s SOOO easy.

Southwestern Salad

1 can black beans (15-19 oz)

1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

1/4 cup chopped red onion

2 green onions

1 large tomato, or 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

Cilantro

1 lime, juice of

3 tbsp EVOO

1 large avocado

Rinse beans under cold water. Combine corn, onions and tomatoes. Combine lime juice and olive oil. Coat salad. Add salt and pepper. Chop some fresh cilantro (how much you want to use will really depend on your personal preference. I use a couple tablespoons worth. Let salad sit at least 30 minutes (overnight is best). Add chopped avocado just before serving,

Serve as a side dish, or as a main dish with tortilla chips.

My Neurosis

I like to think that by nature I’m not a jealous person; I’m not an anxious, or needy person. I don’t get stressed out or annoyed if I call or text someone and they don’t respond within 10 or 15 minutes… or even a few hours. I understand that people have lives, things are going on, or maybe… someone just DOESN’T want to talk to me at that particular moment (or ever… for that matter). And that’s OK! My biggest pet peeve is when someone sends me a text that says “What’s up?” and then sends me a follow up text five minutes later that simply says “??”. Fuck off already! I’ll get to you when I get to you! I’m pretty much attached to my phone when I want to be… so if I’m not answering, there’s most likely a reason. And continuing to text me shit like that… just irritates me.

Having said that… some days I feel like the internet is trying to make me neurotic! I hate Facebook and BBM and all the dumb things that tell you if someone has or hasn’t looked at the last thing you said. I hate to be that person. Suddenly I’ve been chatting with someone for a while, and they stop answering. After ten minutes, I look and think “Oh… they haven’t seen my last message.” No big deal! But then… I can’t help myself. Every ten minutes for the next hour (or two), I’m now checking to see if they’ve looked at it!

If that option was not there… I wouldn’t even be aware of it. I would move on and carry on. I might think about it once in a while… but I am definitely not a person who would send a follow-up of any sort anyway. So… why do I care so much?

It makes me want to kick my OWN ass! LOL. And whoever invented this dumb shit!

Pamela

Nice To Meet You

Hello. If you’ve found your way to this blog/site/whatever, let me just start by saying… I’m sorry. Just kidding!

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time, but my neurosis and complete inability to make an actual decision have led me to put it off time and time again. The problem? I couldn’t decided on a “theme” or topic, if you will. And I still haven’t.

You see, when I was a youngster, I always wanted to be an author. Back in those days, I really like writing fiction. I always thought I’d grow up and write grossly graphic murder mystery novels. Pretty disturbing shit for an eight year old.

Then by the time I hit high school, I was more convinced that non-fiction semi-autobiographical was the way to go. Until I realized that my life is boring and no one gives a shit. That realization was followed by another realization. Being an writer or an author is kind of like being a singer and/or actor. Really nice idea… but very hard to do. A small percentage of people actually manage to do these things as a full time career and make a decent living.

Or at least that was my understanding, and what people seemed to try and drill into my head. I’d guess that in this age of the internet… the chances of succeeding and “being discovered” are increasing. But I’d guess it’s still not that high.

So ANYWAY… back to my lack of theme. I really like cooking; I REALLY like eating. So, I imagine this is going to contain a lot of pictures of food and recipes. I’m fairly certain though, that some of my general ramblings will find their way in here too.

Why don’t I tell you a little bit about myself? Oh? You don’t care? Well… stop reading then!

My name is Pamela. Most people call me “Pam”… but I prefer writing “Pamela” (I know, I’m weird), so I will probably refer to myself as such most of the time.

I’m from Saskatchewan (which is in CANADA… in case… well, I’ll just stop there). I’m in my mid-twenties (or late-twenties… that’s really a matter of opinion I guess). I’m recently single, and loving it. I work as an assistant to some realtors.

I really overuse “…” so, I apologize in advance. It’s a really annoying habit, but I can’t help myself. This post is me using great restraint. I also curse here and there. You will undoubtedly see some “F-bombs” in here. I don’t have the greatest filter, but I figure if I can’t be myself while hiding behind the internet then where CAN I be myself? 😀

So, enough about me. Not that you’re probably still reading anyway…
Well, internet, so long for today!


Pamela

Cream of Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Winter gets pretty darn cold in Saskatchewan. I’d say from about early-mid November until the end of February, our “average” temperature is about -15 degrees Celsius (that’s just a rough guess based on the 20+ years I’ve lived here… not a fact). But at the height of winter, the temperate can dip as far as 30-35 degrees below zero. Not. Too. Fricken. Warm.

So, how do I keep warm? A lot of layers and a lot of soup! Soups and stews are one of my favorite things to eat AND make. Soup is nice because it’s soooo easy. It really doesn’t require a recipe at all. It’s so easy to just throw in a little bit of this, and a little bit of that!

This is something I whipped up a couple weeks ago.

1-2 tbs EVOO
3 boneless skinless chicken thighs, in bite size pieces
3/4-1 small white onion, finely chopped
5-6 white mushrooms, sliced

2 ribs celery
1/2 cup frozen green beans (chopped)
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup fresh or frozen carrots (match sticks)

1L low sodium chicken broth
1-2 cans evaporated milk

Fresh dill
Salt
Pepper

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high. Toss in chicken, onion and mushrooms. Meanwhile, bring chicken broth to a boil. Once boiling, add celery, beans, corn and carrots. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken mixture. And dill, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
Slowly add evaporated milk until desired level of deliciousness (aka creaminess!)


And voila… 3-4 servings of SOUPer goodness!

Yes, this is a little simple. I know my directions are brief. And forgive me… because my photo also sucks. But I’m at work, and quite honestly, am just trying to add a little content. So, had to work with what was in my head/on my phone! 😀

Later Gators.

Pamela