Rocket, Strawberries & Chicken Salad

I don’t know if i’ve said this before but where i’m staying right now, there is bound to be a steak or a chicken sizzling in the pan everyday. If you’re wondering why…

Guys(who can’t really cook) who are body builders = go figure.

Okay, actually they’re not too bad. Heh. They can fry a steak…tell me, how many can fry a good juicy steak which is not overdone? They’ve learned how to cook pasta (with bottled sauce) and fry broken eggs. They’ve learned how to boil rice. Steam chicken. Mash potatoes. So not too bad ey? So proud of them lol!

So i guess after staying with them for sooo many months, i’ve mastered how to cook steaks and chicken breast really really really well. Having to cook it nearly everyday makes you the master of it all. Heh. But it gets boring after awhile. There’s only so much you can do with chicken breast. And because i was dining alone tonight, i decided to whip up a salad…the word vegetables in NOT in their vocabulary.

Rocket, Strawberries & Chicken Salad
Serves 1 (entree size)

1 Chicken breast/thigh deboned
Handful of strawberries, sliced
2 Handful of rocket(arugula)
Shavings of parmesan/pecorino(optional)
Toasted almond/walnut (optional)

Extra virgin olive oil
Lemon/balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper

Like what a salad is supposed to be, its simple and classy. That is one densed bowl of salad, but if you’re serving it as an entree, you could plate it up elegantly on a little plate. If the pepperiness of rocket isnt your cup of tea, feel free to use your favorite leaves, or mix them up a little. Its also serves as a “using up all the nearly gone bad veg” dish, in this case, my leftover tomatoes.

Roast or pan fry your chicky and slice into thin strips. You can also shred it, whatever rocks your boat. Place into a bowl of rocket and strawberries. Drizzle a little EVOO (just enough to lightly coat), a squeeze of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar and season to taste. Toss it all, or serve as it is. Shave over some cheese if you’d like or top with a sprinkle of nuts.

Dig in!

Dum Dee Dee Dum!

You know how its like when you go to a club…the bass is always so freaking loud..oh scrap that..EVERYTHING is so loud? You heart starts to thump to the bass, your ears start ringing and then your head starts banging.

I’m feeling that now.

Except its really quiet here.

This migraine irks me.

😦

Eating Ethically And Going Organic

For the month of September, i will be venturing on a project to eat ethically and to go organic in every way possible. The aim of it all:-

  • Find out how exactly how much more it costs do go organic
  • Discover ways to go organic on a real life budget

I’ve recently read the book Ethics of what we eat by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. If you’ve not read it, you should. A life changing book, i must say. It might not make you go vego, but it does make you more aware of our food choices and how ethical they are. The impacts on the environment, animal sufferings, global warning etc.

Its kind of annoying that while we are all urged to buy organic products, the range is so limited and they often cost a hell lot more than the usual stuff we’re used to buying. But just how much more is more?

Starting 1st September i’ll be documenting the process of it all and just how much it costs, and of course, doing the comparisons. I’ll be going organic wherever possible. This includes using bicarb and vinegar as cleaning products, buying organic fruits, veg and meat, and if possible, from the farmers market. I’m already using organic shampoo, so thats okay. Oh, limiting the use of plastic bags…

Yay to an ethical September for me. 🙂

THE Series Calendar For All Your Favs

If you follow dozens of TV series like me, you’re most probably confused/wondering when your favorite TV series are returning to the screens.

So to make it easier for everyone, i’ve compiled a list (at least of those which i watch).

Monday, Sept. 1
Gossip Girl
One Tree Hill
Prison Break

Wednesday, Sept. 3
America’s Next Top Model
Bones

Thursday, Sept. 11
Kitchen Nightmares

Friday, Sept. 12
Don’t Forget the Lyrics

Tuesday, Sept. 16
House

Thursday, Sept. 18
Smallville
Supernatural

Monday, Sept. 22
CSI: Miami
Dancing with the Stars
Heroes
How I Met Your Mother

Tuesday, Sept. 23
NCIS

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Criminal Minds
CSI: NY
Lipstick Jungle

Thursday, Sept. 25
Grey’s Anatomy
Ugly Betty

Sunday, Sept. 28
Amazing Race
Californication
Desperate Housewives

Wednesday, Oct. 1
Private Practice

Friday, Oct. 3
Ghost Whisperer
Life

Thursday, Oct. 9
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Ugh, sometimes i amaze myself at the number of series i watch. But anyhoo….aren’t you counting down till Sept 1 already?!?!

Its sad that they all have their season breaks at the same time. The only series there is to watch now is The Secret Life of an American Teenager.

1 more week yo!

The Gruen Transfer

All advertising/marketing/media students should watch The Gruen Transfer. It’s so freaking hilarious. You can watch it here.

Will Anderson is the bomb!

I only came across it when we had to watch it in lectures (So yeah, you know what i’m learning in uni every week).

We’re exposed to an average of 300 ads each day. What we don’t realise is the amount of work and research being done to produce an ad.

Did you know those Cadbury ads or the Koko Crunch ads with the flowy chocolate are actually brown paint? They’ve got a better consistency and they’re better to film. Eew.

And why do we think 9.99 is cheaper than something which is 10 dollars? We’re not that dumb to think its actually cheaper, but our self conscious mind actually thinks that the supermarket put more thoughts into the pricing of a product. -_-

And they are experts/professionals in the world who specialises in advertising like, the pulling of the cheese on a pizza, the froth of the beer, the breaking of a chocolate bar…

I can’t wait to graduate and con people with advertising. Yay!

Oven Baked Potato Chips

Everyone loves potato chips. Overladen with salt, trans fats (artery clogging fat), and neurotoxin from baking/frying at a high temperature. We all know this for a fact, but its still so so addictive!

So why not make your own chips?

It may not be the easiest and fastest recipe in the world, and it may not be as convenient as buying a pack of 2 dollar chips, but they save you on hospital bills in the long run.

Homemade Potato Chips
Serves 2 (or 1 snack monster)

3 large unpeeled potatoes
Cooking spray/oil
Favorite seasonings

  1. Scrub potatoes and using a mandoline, slice them thinly. I don’t have one here, so what i did was very carefully slice them as uniform as you can with a knife. Takes a bit of patience and skills, but you’ll get there.
  2. Gently pat them dry with a kitchen towel and line them on a lightly greased tray.
  3. Flick seasonings of your choice. Mine was chicken salt and chilli flakes. If you like, you can brush a thin layer of teriyaki sauce for more gourmet chips, or a simple salt and pepper seasoning will do.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees (C) for 15-20 minutes.

Be careful to watch them very closely in the oven, as they brown quite quickly and will taste burnt. I used Royal Blue potatoes for these, because they’re always in the pantry. Good for roasting, baking, mashed or whatsoever…but you can use whatever you have at home. The chips will be done at an uneven time, but you can always take the done ones out first. Also, make sure you let them cool down on a single layer to prevent them from ‘sweating’ and becoming soggy.

Be sure to pass the bowl around.