Thanks for all the comments on my culinary school post! I got lots of questions regarding it and I will answer them in a seperate post some time this week. I really do encourage those of you who “dream” of going to actually do some research and make it happen! It’s kind of mind blowing because it will be a lot of hard work, but you will want to do every ounce of it. Thats very rare. If you have more questions, feel free to ask. I’ll either address it in a future post or email you.
I know I promised to write about going to treatment and what you should think about if you are considering it, but I totally forgot it is my birthday next Wednesday.
I’m terrible at receiving gifts, so I’m giving YOU one!
A lot of bloggers do CSN giveaways. Nothing against those bloggers, but I thought that instead of usual spiel about their products, I would post some cool new and different uses for some of their products.
Product #1: Creme Brulee Torch: besides creating that beautiful, classic, crunchy custard topping, you can use the torch for all sorts of cool culinary creations!
-Exhibit A: make a “floating” roasted marshmallow for your hot chocolate.
-Exhibit B: use it for this fabulous breakfast idea, grapefruit brulee! You simple cut a grapefruit in half sprinkle raw sugar (that brown kind, it makes a better crunch) and torch it! I usually dont like grapefruit, but it made me a believer!
-Exhibit C: toast that floating piece of cheesy bread aatop a french onion soup
-Exhibit D: Of course, you can also use it for household DIY projects, like soldering…handy for lighting candles and conducting hard-core seances.
Product #2: Colander. There’s more to this tool than simple washing produce or draining pasta! You can….
-Use it as a “bug tent” for picnics. Simply cover you edibles with the colander to keep pesky bugs way
-Ice bucket for a Party: I hate nothing more than fishing for a solid piece of ice in a pool of water. At your next fete (haha, I love that word!), simply place a bowl underneath the colander and fill it with ice. Yay! Drip-free ice!
-DIY lie detector: this is a total urban legend. Apparently, in the late eighties, police interrogators wired a metal colander to a Xerox machine and convinced a suspect it’s a lie detector, thereby extracting a confession. Thats a pretty awesome and creative use!
Product #3: muffin tins. Besides baking up a batch of your favorite muffins, you can also….
-a desk organizer. You can fill up the cups with rubber bands, paperclips, whatever you need, to keep all of your supplies neat and handy.
-Soap mold. There are loads of recipes online for making your own sweet smelling soaps. Use the muffin tins as molds.
–Centerpiece: Place a votive candle in each cup and tie a ribbon or raffia around the edge of the muffin pan. Sounds a little outrageous, but it can look really awesome.
Product #3: Waffel Iron: Besides the crunchy breakfast staple, you can…..
-make grilled cheese sandwiches or pannini.
-make falafel! yep! Just use your basic falafel recipe and add a little flour and eggs (or flax eggs) and voila! Perfect with a salad and tahini dressing on top!
-make french toast. Simply make an egg/milk bater, dip the bread, and let it be smacked by the iron.
-crimp your hair, Belgian style! self explanitory. Just remember, don’t leave it in too long. Unless you’r going for that “singed” look.
Product #5: Dining Table: Some think the importance of dining tables is used only for meals. While this might be true, there are other uses as well:
-Many women find the dining table as a sort of meeting grounds. I think all the women in my family recall a time that around that table we sat until we were numb.
-a folding laundry station
-a workstation (for children and adults, hey, it beat a cubicle!)
Ok so heres how to enter to win a 35$ gift certificate!
Leave a comment about a new use for an item (you can totally steal something from Real Simple which I hate to admit is one of my bibles. They tend to always have new uses for old things)
Spread the word about the giveaway and tell me you have done so OR if you don’t have a blog, leave a comment telling me what I should do for my birthday. Every year its always dull and unexciting. I’m not aiming high this year, but something kind of interesting would be nice. Remember, I dont drink so bars kind of bore me and its a weekday.
And for today’s food…..
We have oatmeal stuffed golden nugget squash! Its totally gluten free and vegan too! Makes one serving!
-1/2 cup oats
-1 small or half large medium ripe banana
-handful of frozen cherries (or any frozen berry)
-1 tsp canola oil
-1 tbs flaxmeal
-dash of cinnamon
-a roasted golden nugget squash (yummy, but essentially a garnish)
simple mash all the ingredients in a bowl and bake at 400 degrees for twenty minuets. Allow it to cool and transport it into the squash and let it bake for another 5 or 10 minutes at about 350. Enjoy! I love this because its sweet without being too overly sweet!