Friday, July 30, 2010

I'm back!

Well, sort of. I'm in my office because while I was away, several keys on my home computer keyboard decided not to work. That's why I haven't updated before now.

The trip with my uncle was all right but I am happy to be finished with a tour of the country. He is still in Turkey. We will go back to the U.S. Aug. 5 and I will return here Aug. 29. If I decide to come back, that is. I just don't know. I can't go into too much detail here because I just can't figure out how to spill my brains upon this virtual page.

The U of Tennessee offered me a job, dangling it in front of me like a carrot. I was so excited! I started packing my shit, ready to move back to the U.S. Then I got an e-mail saying it wasn't possible to offer me the position. What the hell, people? Shouldn't you know this BEFORE? I wonder if someone here isn't saying something untrue... Again, best not to go into too much detail. I just don't know. I was very sad and still am rather disappointed.

So much to do, so much to say. Just add me on Facebook if you haven't already and I'll answer your questions there. Find me at hariscruff at yahoo dot com.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Vacation, all I ever wanted

My uncle is here and I am on vacation until the end of August. August 5 I will return to the U.S. for a few weeks. My updates will be pretty sparse until I get back. IF I come back! The assistant director at the school I applied to in TN is trying to get ahold of me, probably for an interview. The problem is, he didn't contact me until late (my time) yesterday, and Monday my uncle and I are leaving Istanbul for 9 days. I gave him my mobile number and shall hope for the best.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Eggplant Bacon

I love bacon. I live in a Muslim country. Guess what that means? That's right - no bacon! It's hard to find and prohibitively expensive. Sometimes my mom sends me some packages of pre-cooked bacon but lately I've had a problem of packages not arriving, so scratch THAT idea.

I've seen some raw eggplant bacon recipes on a couple of vegan recipe sites, so I decided to give it a whirl. I don't have a dehydrator and I don't give a shit if my food is raw or cooked (unless it's meat, of course), so I decided to make my own version, as usual.

We have long, skinny eggplants here, not like the corpulent, football-shaped ones in the U.S., but those will also do.

What I did:

sliced 1 eggplant into thin strips, lengthwise (use a veggie peeler if you can)
Fried until crispy on both sides

Then I mixed:
1 tablespoon (an actual tablespoon, not a measuring spoon) of brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cap full of liquid smoke

I coated the crispy eggplant slices and let them glaze. Oh my gods. Gooooood! Try it try it try it!

Have a happy Saturday!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Kitchen Remedies for Sunburns

Most of you probably already know about these, but if you get a sunburn there are items in the kitchen that you can use for relief.

Aloe. A lot of people grow aloe plants. Keep yours in the kitchen. The sap is good for all sorts of burns and skin irritations.

Vinegar. Put about an inch of water in the bathtub and add 1/2 white vinegar. Soak the biggest towel you have in this mixture and wrap it around your body. Leave until the towel feels hot, re-wet and repeat.

Baking soda. A paste of baking soda and water rubbed onto the sunburn will also help cool it.

Milk, cream or yogurt. Dairy products will moisturize your skin while removing the burn. This could be pricey and smelly, however.

Vinegar is the remedy I have found most effective. You can use an after sun cream on your skin after the treatment. You'll smell like a pickle, but the heat in your skin will be gone!

Music for Your Kitchen Witchin'

Working on a protection spell? Heavy metal and hard rock all the way, babies. AC/DC "Stiff Upper Lip" comes to mind.

Love? Atlanta Rhythm Section "So Into You" or Bobby Darin's version of "If I Were a Carpenter".

Working on a loaf of bread for Lammas? "John Barleycorn" is the only song that I can think of.

Other kitchen witch inspiring artists for me include The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Ravi Shankar, Led Zeppelin and Tori Amos.

Let music be part of the magic in your food. Use the energy from the music to help you infuse the food with your intent. Thoughts? Share them with me in the comments! What do you listen to and why do you listen to it?

I am Currently in Love with This Song

Oh, and to TheBlakkDuchess: I love Frida Kahlo too! :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Who can...

turn this picture into a button? I cannot because I am dumb.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I don't want to jinx it, but...

Another U.S. university will be considering my application next week.

In other news, my kitchen is a disaster area! I need to give it a good cleaning this weekend. I have plans for a kitchen god/goddess meditation that I want to work up and share with you all!

Happy Friday! It's chocolate sheet cake with chocolate buttercream frosting day at work. (Not my original recipes, or I'd post them. I'll post links later. )