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Chicken with Black Bean Sauce and Pesto Pasta (II) June 27, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Running — sarahinpvd @ 7:21 pm

Dan came over this weekend and besides beating me in bowling (which everyone else also did), we cooked! We made, or maybe I should say he made… since I really only cut up some vegetables. But anyways, we made chicken with black bean sauce. We cut up some garlic, onions, and broccoli and just basically made a semi stir-fry. We “marinated” the chicken in a little bit of soy sauce, garlic, and black bean sauce and then cooked it and put the vegetables in later. The chicken broth/corn starch sauce combo didn’t quite thicken up like we wanted it to but it’s okay because it still tasted DELICIOUS.

Here’s a picture of how awful I did in bowling. Dan was “Ugly Face” (courtesy of Chris Belcher), I was “Granny” thanks to Josh who calls me that because I go to bed early, Julio was “Julisha”, Chris was “Haole Boy” courtesy of Dan (it means white boy and is an almost derogatory term in Hawaiian), Riz was “Captain” (I have no idea why) and I think Josh was just Josh).

Here’s the chicken with black bean sauce. I’m definitely going to be making this recipe later on in the summer and I’ll try to make the sauce thicker.The drinks that Dan and I had (with mine being very diluted) was Pimms and ginger ale. I’ll have to try Pimms with some apple cider next time.

Today I tried pasta again, this time with some pesto, cherry tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, and avocado. I think there was a little too much avocado even though I really love avocado but the creaminess got to be too much at the end. I’ll have the rest for lunch tomorrow! I definitely am glad I bought some pesto instead of alfredo sauce since we have Bahsil, our basil plant in case I want to add anymore basil. I also like the taste of pesto more than alfredo. Finally, success with pasta!


Green beans, Pesto Pasta, and BBQ (Oh my!) June 25, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Reading,RI Kids Count,Running — sarahinpvd @ 11:09 am

It’s been a while since my last post but I haven’t done much cooking since then. I’ve actually been mooching off of other people like my parents, my friends, and my housemates. However, I’ve decided to come up with a cooking plan for next week so I won’t be mooching off of them. I think I’ll make some curry (green or yellow) and maybe I’ll have another try at pasta, either with pesto or an alfredo sauce.

Since my last post, I did make some green beans and beef… the typical way that I’ve been making all my stir frys but I like it and it’s easy.

I think you can probably tell but I really like green vegetables with some sort of meat with rice. It’s just really very comforting.

Last Thursday, I went over to Devon’s house (which is so amazingly new and shiny) and we tried making some pesto for pasta but it didn’t work out so well because we didn’t have a food processor, only a blender. We also added too much garlic and cheese and not enough basil…. oops!! It still turned out okay though and no one got sick which is always a plus!

Those tomatoes were so good. I really don’t even like tomatoes and they were good. I hear from the other intern that I work with (Courtney) that those tomatoes, pasta, avocado and alfredo sauce work really well together which is what I think I’ll try next week.

I don’t have any pictures of the FABULOUS BBQ that my boys (aka Josh and Riz) put together two days ago but it was amazing! They were so adorable. I got home and and they had gone to East Side Market and were making burgers. The kitchen was of course a disaster zone (and still is) but it’s the price you pay for good food I suppose. The burgers, even though the first batch was a little overdone, were so moist and juicy. I think the boys put in onions, garlic, ground beef (obviously), bleu cheese, and an egg. We also had hot dogs and some grilled vegetables. We and by we I mean Josh, Riz, Itsuka mostly put together the grill and although we didn’t get to eat until maybe 8 at night, it was all worth it. I got so lucky with my apartment-mates this summer. Even though I haven’t seen Putzer in a week, he’s really nice and funny and Josh and Riz are incredibly amusing and fun and CLEAN!

Dan will be here this weekend so we’re going bowling with a bunch of people tonight and then we’re cooking dinner onΒ  Saturday! πŸ™‚ I think I’m finally getting into the swing of things. My internship is going really well, I’m excited to be a part of the RIte care outreach effort because I actually designed a hypothetical intervention to increase Medicaid/CHIP enrollment for Hispanic kids so it’s nice to see real life applications of what I do in school. In other running news, I’m finally up to a half an hour which means that I can officially start a half-marathon training schedule but I think I’ll just slowly ease my way up to 45 minutes. I also want to start weights sometime soon but that means I must first procure some weights. In terms of my summer reading list, I’m making my way through A Short History of Nearly Everything and so far it’s really good. I’d definitely recommend this as a good read too. I love reading about crazy scientists. Other things coming up on my reading list include the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Watchmen, other comics that Riz will hopefully lend me, and some books that Wendy mentioned. I have yet to start crafting but I still have time.

Sorry for the long and delayed entry but hopefully I’ll be blogging more often now that my schedule is nailed down! πŸ™‚


Beef and Broccoli/Soy Sauce and Pasta June 16, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — sarahinpvd @ 12:38 am

On Sunday, I made some beef and broccoli which actually turned out really well except the beef was slightly overdone. I didn’t realize how thinly sliced the beef was. First I “marinated” the beef with garlic, a little bit of veggie oil, and oyster sauce. I let it sit while I boiled the broccoli very briefly. Then I cooked the beef and threw the broccoli in. All in all, it was probably my most successful meal to date. I have some more beef so I’ll probably do the same thing with green beans in a day or two.

My dish today was penne and broccoli with what was supposed to be “garlic-infused olive oil”. However, it didn’t taste like much of anything so I put soy sauce in it which I’ve actually done at home before and Itsuka did yesterday. I know some of you would say “WHY WOULD YOU EVER DO THAT?” but I’m Asian and when things don’t taste good, I add soy sauce. Although the dish overall was bland, the pasta and broccoli were cooked well.

I’m excited for Thursday because that means I get to see Devon!! Which also means that I’ll have real food to eat because she can actually cook. πŸ™‚


Asparagus and Chicken Stir-Fry June 13, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Reading,RI Kids Count,Running — sarahinpvd @ 9:39 pm

This post is way overdue but here are pictures from the asparagus and chicken stir-fry I made on Thursday night. The chicken was just cooked the same way as the other post and the asparagus was boiled first and then put in the pan along with the chicken with a little bit of oyster sauce. I think I’m way better at making stir-frys than I am with other more “American” dishes. Also, it’s pretty hard to mess up a stir-fry. I was so proud of the asparagus since it was perfectly cooked (at least in my opinion).

In other news, I’ve kinda kept up with running. There have been a couple of rainy days here so I haven’t been running those days. I finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and it was FANTASTIC. It was so well-written and there were lots of plot twists. I think next on my list is A Short History of Nearly Everything. My internship has been going well, I haven’t started on any major projects yet. I’m just doing a little bit of research for a community outreach project and regular intern stuff like filing papers etc. I really like everyone at work though, they’re all fun and very casual.


First Cooked Meal of the Summer! June 9, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Reading — sarahinpvd @ 12:06 am

Since I had today off from work, I decided to put some real effort into my lunch and dinner. For lunch, I made a salad with red leaf lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and some pieces of chicken (cooked in a pan). The dressing was just some red wine vinegar with a little bit of sugar. The salad sure made me feel healthy but it was lacking in the “feeling full” category. I’ll probably take out the tomatoes next time since I forgot how much I don’t like tomatoes in my salad and add an egg. Maybe I’ll make a fancier dressing but I really like a vinegar-y taste.

For dinner I made penne with asparagus and chicken. If the chicken pieces look familiar, it’s because they were cooked the same way as for lunch except this time I added some garlic. I’ve never really been that big of a fan of pasta so my pasta cooking skills aren’t that great (not like any of my cooking skills are great). I boiled the pasta and asparagus and cooked the chicken. For a “sauce”, I just put some olive oil and Parmesan cheese like the directions on said to do. I think the best part of this meal was the asparagus.Β  The pasta itself was kinda bland probably from a lack of sauce and tasted like it came from the Ratty…which is always a bad sign.

All in all, it was an okay day for my first foray into cooking things. Hopefully nothing I made makes me sick (so far so good!). I think tomorrow for dinner, I’ll have the rest of my pasta and have the rest of my salad since I’m going to the mall with Itsuka after work. Then on Thursday, I’ll probably make some sort of stir-fry that I can eat with rice like broccoli and asparagus with chicken.

On an entirely different note, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a fantastic read. I just started and I can’t put it down.


First Day of Work! June 8, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Reading,RI Kids Count,Running — sarahinpvd @ 1:16 am

Today was my first day of work and what a long 8:30-5 day it was. I would definitely consider today a success though in terms of my summer plans, with the exception of cooking. I woke up at 6 to go for a (very) short run and then got ready for work which included making my own lunch! The other intern (Courtney) and I ended up observing a “strategic planning meeting” all day which was really interesting but at times rather mundane and tedious… policy formation at its best! I’m really excited to start working on projects that will finally pertain to what I want to do later. Everyone at the office seems really nice and I love the atmosphere of non-profits. Also, lunchtime is great since I can eat outside in Kennedy Plaza. I also really like Courtney, we get along well and she seems really nice. She’s a math and public policy concentrator, an interesting mix to say the least. Overall, today was a good day albeit extremely tiring. I’ll also have most Fridays off with the exception of the next two weeks. I got blisters from my super cute (short) heels though 😦 That will teach me to think that I can walk the hilly streets of Providence in heels.

My run was quite short this morning, I think my body just isn’t used to physical activity right now. I have tomorrow off but I’m gonna try and wake up semi-early like around 7:30 or 8 and run again. I need to get into some sort of schedule. I’m gonna start really slowly but I feel good for starting! πŸ™‚

Itsuka found some magnetic poetry left behind by the previous residents and lo and behold the box was the “dirty” version! Disclaimer: the naked man magnet came with the fridge.

The first sentence says “directions to being happy” and the second sentence says “believe in your dreams.”Β  the next couple of sentences are not so innocent…

In terms of cooking… I haven’t yet! I know I know, don’t yell at me guys! I will be cooking (for sure!) tomorrow though because I won’t have a delicious Whole Foods sandwich to munch on and I won’t have a fantastic boyfriend who visits me and brings me food. Plus I also have really do have time tomorrow to cook. I’m planning to make “Penne with Vegetables.” It seems like a no-fail recipe…hopefully. The picture doesn’t really look that great but maybe mine will turn out better… (haha!)

I think I’ll be doing a lot of reading this summer. I’m finishing up Omnivore’s Dilemma and then Itsuka has graciously let me borrow The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’ll probably read A Short History of Nearly Everything after that. Of course I will also probably be playing Rock Band. I’m also really trying to eat healthy this summer and just do things that a public health major should do… like go to a primary care doctor…

Anyways, this entry was rather long but tomorrow’s should be short and to the point — penne!


Summer Plans June 5, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Crafting — sarahinpvd @ 9:47 pm

Since this is my first entry, I thought I’d start off with a plan for the summer. The list of things I want to accomplish this summer range anywhere from completely feasible to ridiculously absurd:

  1. Learn how to cook
  2. Learn how to crochet
  3. Train for a half marathon
  4. Start thesis work
  5. Learn how to swim

Hopefully I’ll be able to at least accomplish the first task since that one is vital to my survival this summer. I don’t think I can live on just eggs and cereal.

I’ll (officially) be moving into the apartment tomorrow and starting my internship on Monday (eek!) although I’ve already done a lot of unpacking this past Tuesday. My room in the apartment has got some serious sunshine-yellow paint on the bookshelves and around the door. At first, I thought it was rather obnoxious but now I’ve realized it adds some cheer to the 120 year old house. I’d post some pictures on here but they’re already on my facebook and my internet keeps crapping out on me.

I’ve been looking up recipes with Danielle’s help (thanks Danielle!) and I’m excited to start cooking tomorrow although I’m also quite nervous.