Saturday, January 13, 2007

People read this?

holy shit, i have readers. and they, like, comment n' stuff. i thought i'd have to beg and plead to get people to read this blog. but wow. very nifty.

alright readers, go check out the review for Flynn's Eifelheim. I trashed it. i doubt i will ever pick up a Flynn book again.

that Tokyo Babylon manga? yeah, i had no idea it was shojo . Not that i have a problem with shojo, it's just not my thing. i should have seen it coming though, seeing as how the story was created by four female manga artists. the Cowboy Bepotp was a lot of fun though. and much funnier than the anime version.

let's see. . what's on the reading list this week? i ventured into the biography area of the library, and gots me a copy of Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain. i love this man, and the book is hilarious. i'm suddenly really scared to ever eat in a 4 star restaurant. I'll take my local greasy spoon where i know the short order cook is smoking a cig with the same hand he just cupped my burger with. i liked his show on travel channel, No Reservations, but then the owners of Travel Channel realized people were actually watching the show, and they wrecked it.

i got some other fun goodies at the library, but i'll bore you with those once i actually start reading them.

what books did i actually *gasp* buy recently? surprisingly, quite a few. thanks to Multiverse Reviews for sending me the ARC of Hell's Belles, by Jackie Kessler to read & review. Paranormal Romance? i never read anything like that before, but I expect to have a fun time with it. thanks to the Friends of the Library bookstore, i'm also the proud owner of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (i remember loving book when i was a teenager!!), Greg Bear's Blood Music, and Gregory Benford's Foundation's Fear, which could either be a rip-off fanboy peice of crap, or something fun. I trust Gregory Benford. I've read him before, and I like him. when i told my husband i bought more books, he laughed his ass off, then said "great! more books! just what we need around here!"

okay, on to the food.

hot damn, have i been doing only vegetarian dishes on here so far? what?? that needs to stop! like right now!

i hope you like olives. lots and lots of really strong mediterranean olives. if not, thanks for playing, please exit stage left, I'll see you next week for something different. i got this out of a world cookbook, it was in the "north african" section.

Chicken & Olives:

you'll need:
2-3 pounds chicken parts, cut into peices
a large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp ground ginger
one 14oz can diced tomatoes
salt & pepper
8-10oz pitted olives (get the jarred kind in brine, not the mushy canned ones in water)
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp chopped cilantro

this dish is best served with rice that's been spiced with black pepper, cardamon, and a pinch of ginger.

you will also need a large non-stick skillet.

how to make:

fry chopped onion in some oil till soft. Stir in garlic & ginger. add the chicken peices, and turn them as they begin to get some color. then add the tomatoes, some salt & pepper, and enough water to half cover everything. get it hot enough to so it begins to bubble, then turn the temp down to a low simmer. cook on low for about a half hour (if you're going to make rice, now is the time to get it started so everything is done at the same time), adding some water if it gets too dry. drain the olives of their brine and stir them in. 10 minutes later, stir in the lemon juice and cilantro. serve hot, over rice.

super yummy, super olive-y, and if you put the leftover chicken n' olives in with the leftover rice, it tastes heavenly the next day.


Sandusky said...

Dags, I was totally going to recommend you read some of Bourdain's stuff. I think he has a couple of books out. What a way to live, eh?!

sciffy kitchen elf said...

Sinfultictacs had mentioned the book on Haven (maybe you did too??), and a few months ago, my Mom was going to crazy over it (this is my mom, who doesn't smoke, doesn't swear. . . .). i'm about half way through, and i'm laughing so hard I can't breathe!

MJOD said...

Course you got readers. You do good reviews. And while, as I'm not much of a chef, the recipes are lost on me when I'm feeling normal. But they're kinda like reading porn when I'm starving.