Posts made in December, 2011

AH Fettuccine Pad Thai

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Blog, Food | 0 comments

Lesson of the day: sometimes being unprepared leads to greatness 😉

Here’s the story. I’m craving Pad Thai…and I figure I probably can’t get all the ingredients it being a holiday. I barely make it to No Frills and accidentally grab rice Fettuccine instead of rice noodles. It’s the same thing, right? I also had no peanuts or peanut oil or sesame oil or lemons (but we had homemade lemonade from the night before) or tamarind paste…but we made do. With my trusty accomplice, Harrison Fine (hence the AH…Ania, Harrison…get it?), we were all set to go.

So, without further ado, here is the recipe…because, frankly, it was delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bag fettuccine (rice, not flour)
  • 1 package stir fry vegetables (mine said “Japanese” on it)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional…good thing because we didn’t have any)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (try not to forget this like we did)

For the sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp peanut oil (vegetable oil works too…really, we tested it)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil (see above…and add like a tablespoon of sesame seeds)
  • 4 1/2 tsp lemon juice (or lemonade works too, trust us)
  • 4 1/2 tsp maple syrup (nothing funny about this one)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar (or balsamic or white…really whatever at this point)
  • 3/4 tsp tabasco (you could also use sriracha sauce because it’s amazing)
  • 1/4 c + 1 tsp creamy peanut butter (really, we just eyeballed the amount and it was fine)
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped fine (almonds work fine too)

Directions:

Boil enough water to cover noodles. Pretend you’re making pasta, because really that’s what it is. Reading the instructions on the pasta package is helpful.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat frozen vegetables and garlic powder (if you have it) until heated through. Make sure to mix or they’ll start to burn.

In a medium bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients until well combined. No matter how gross it looks just trust that it will get better. Seriously…trust us. Once whisked, test out the sauce…add whatever you think is missing…we went with more hot sauce and soy sauce. It was amazing.

Once vegetables are warm and sauce and noodles are ready, remove vegetables from skillet and set aside. Return skillet to medium heat and add sauce and noodles, stirring together until noodles are thoroughly coated. Add vegetables back to skillet and stir to combine everything. Divide amongst 2-4 plates and sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro, if desired.

Eat and enjoy with a loved one…or a friend…or alone or with your invisible friend (Keep in mind, if you feed your invisible friend, you will have a big mess to clean up). Mostly the eating and enjoying part is important.

(this recipe has been modified with the help of this website and the silly creative minds of Ania and Harrison)

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I Was The Girl is #1

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in Music, My songs, News | 0 comments

Thanks to everyone that voted this week! My song made it to number 1 on the Original Soundtrack Top 10. You all rock!!!

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Ania’s Fantastic French Toast

Posted by on Dec 10, 2011 in Blog, Food | 0 comments

You might remember, when back in October I made banana muffins by tweaking a recipe. I do this often, experimental cooking is fun!

So here is a simple and delicious breakfast, a little twist on your traditional French Toast.

What you’ll need

1 egg

1 tbsp yogurt (I used strawberry)

1 tsp vanilla extract

cinnamon (optional)

nutmeg (optional)

1-2 tbsp vegetable oil or butter

2 slices of bread (I’d go for something soft and fluffy vs a pumpernickel rye)

Preheat oil or melt butter on a skillet. Mix the egg, yogurt, vanilla and spices in a shallow bowl. Dip bread in bowl, making sure it’s fully covered. Do not leave to soak for too long. Place bread in hot skillet. Fry for about a minute (you can check if it’s starting to turn golden brown) and turn over to fry on the other side. Repeat with 2nd slice of bread. 

Serve on a plate with fresh fruit and maple syrup.

This recipe makes one serving. My cat doesn’t eat French Toast 😉

Fun twist —-> cut up baguette or a bun to make mini 2 bite French Toast!

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Help make “I Was The Girl” #1

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Music, My songs, News | 0 comments

About 6 months ago, I made it to #1 on the Original Soundtrack Top 10 with “Fade Away” and it became the song of the month in June! Best birthday gift ever!

Now I have another chance to make it to number 1 – this time with the title track from my EP “I Was the Girl” and I need your help. Will you vote? You can do it everyday, right here!

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Gratitude Blog No. 30

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Blog, Life | 0 comments

I am grateful…

…to be home

…for the amazing audience at tonight’s show at C’est What

…to have shared the stage the lovely Stacey Kaniuk and Harrison Fine

…to not have lost my voice and have played a wicked fun set

….that this is my last gratitude blog…not gonna lie, some days haven’t been easy

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Like I said above, this hasn’t been an easy task…some days were much harder than others. I really didn’t want to repeat the same things every day either, even though I am grateful for many things I have each day. Regardless, this was a nice exercise; it made me appreciate the little things in each day. I hope you enjoyed reading some of these and maybe writing out what you are grateful for. Nevertheless, thank you for reading.

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