Sunday, December 13, 2009

Status Update

Will EFAW be rising from the ashes of crappy schedules and malfunctioning technology?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Still not dead yet...

I'm terribly sorry for the lack of updates here lately. On top of having some issues with my video camera, I've also been distracted by some musical projects. Once I've got a properly functioning camera back in the house, I really do hope to get back into this full-swing.

Until then, I'd appreciate your support on the musical side of things. I've entered a track for The Hybiscus Journals into a remix contest being sponsored by The Crystal Method. All I ask is that you either use the widget embedded below or head over to and give the track a listen. If you like what you hear, I'd love it if you'd toss a vote my way. You won't have to create an account with indabamusic, though they will ask for your email address to confirm your vote.

What's in it for me? Grand prize is a MicroKorg XL, which would be a welcome addition to my music rig. And a tour of The Crystal Method's studio. And some promotional stuff. The ranking of my track has been hovering in the 20-30 range (out of nearly 400 entries) which makes me pretty happy. But of course, it would be awesome if my rank were higher.

Voting ends September 28th, 2009 at 5:00 PM EDT.

Thanks much, and hopefully this gap won't last much longer!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Eat For A Week, Episode 17: Last Flight for the Bird (remix)

The first family recipe I've decided to "remix" for this is one called Last Flight for the Bird. My grocery bill for this one was just shy of $22. I had to get everything but the rice.


large bowl
oven-save baking dish


4 chicken breasts
1 16 oz. packet of bacon
16 oz. potato leek soup
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
8 oz. swiss cheese, grated,
1 head of broccoli, chopped into bite-sized bits
6 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
about 3/4 Cup uncooked rice


Preheat oven to 375°.
Wrap each chicken breast in a slice of bacon then return them to the refrigerator until needed.
Chop remaining bacon into about 1" bits and cook in skillet until crispy.
In a large bowl combine rice, soups, garlic, broccoli, cooked bacon, and about 2/3 of the swiss cheese. *
Mix well.
Transfer mixture to an oven-save baking dish. Nestle the bacon-wrapped chicken into the dish
Top with remaining swiss cheese.
Cover with foil and bake in 375° oven for 45 minutes.
Remove foil and return to oven for 20-30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Let cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Music for this episode was "Breakfast of Champions" by The Hybiscus Journals.

* If I'd had it on hand, I would have included a couple tablespoons of spicy mustard in this mix.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hi there!

No, I'm not dead and neither is this blog. I've just been stupidly busy and the blog has been hibernating. I'm actually cooking up the next installment right now. (Well okay, the oven is doing the cooking. I'm just waiting for the timer to go off at the moment.)

So, where am I going now that I've run out of all those fantastic secret ingredients? That's an excellent question. Glad you asked. Years ago, my mom gave my sister & I cook books of our favourite family recipes. Sadly, many of those recipes call for things which contain MSG, which is something I can no longer consume without experiencing crippling migraines. What has MSG? Many canned soups, dried soup mixes, processed meats, and those damn seasoning packets - which I now "affectionately" call "death packets". (Thanks for that one, Cy!) Because of this, many of these meals I haven't eaten in years. This makes me sad because, damn, they're tasty. So I got this brilliant idea...

Rather than just trying to recreate these recipes while substituting a couple of ingredients - which I've learned rarely produces satisfactory results - I'll completely recreate them. I'll use the methods and major concepts from the recipes but with a whole new flavour pallette. I've tested this with a few recipes, and the results have so far been spectacular, if I may say so.

So that's where I'm going for now. No, they won't always last a week, but they will at least go for a few days for those of us living alone. Or provide dinner one night for four, which also isn't too shabby for around $20.

That's another thing... I've considered hedging my price baseline up a bit more since things are seeming to cost more now. I've decided against that. Sure, that may make things a bit more challenging, but I like a challenge. At the same time, I'm not going to rake myself over the coals for going over $20, so I'd appreciate it muchly if you wouldn't as well.

I've also considered asking the local grocery store how they'd feel about me video taping my shopping process so that I might be able to offer some additional tips in that direction. So far I haven't had the guts to ask for a manager and bring it up, but I've been shopping there for nearly 5 years now. Most of the staff know me at least by sight. I'd like to think it wouldn't be an issue.

So there you have it. That's where I'm at for now.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Eat For A Week, Episode 16: Chicken with Rice and Steamed Veggies

This is a cheap, easy, versatile, light meal.

Rice cooker with steamer basket

1 can baby corn, drained
1 zucchini, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 yellow squash, sliced
1 large sweet onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups jasmine rice (dry)
1 lb chicken tenders
dehydrated minced garlic
2 Tbsps olive oil
soy sauce

Put vegetables into rice cooker's steamer basket. Season with salt & pepper. Add dry rice & water to the base of the rice cooker according to your directions. Assemble cooker and turn on.

Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion & garlic. When onion has become translucent, add chicken. Season with salt & pepper. Cook until done.

Serve chicken over rice and veggies. Sprinkle on some soy sauce if you like.

One of the great things about this is that it's really more of a method than a recipe. Don't feel constrained to stick to the veggie assortment that I chose. Get what's in season and looks good. Get what's on sale. Get what you like.

The same can be said for the meat. Prefer chicken breasts? Then use those instead. This would also work very well with pork, beef, or turkey. I've never used tofu, but I'd imagine you could use that as well if you prefer to go the vegetarian route. Or hell, just leave out the meat all together, choose some other veggies and pan-sear them to go with the rice & steamed veggies.

Music for this episode is "Why Do You Always Cry? (No More Tears remix)" by The Hybiscus Journals, available at their myspace page.