Inferior Imitator

ep·i·gone n. A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

General Tso's Chicken

General Tso's Chicken

Diced 1 lb. chicken chicken breast and marinated overnight in a marinade of ginger and garlic paste, turmeric, chili powder, and hoisin sauce.

Stir-fried the chicken in sesame oil. For the sauce, I kinda ran out of stuff (who runs out of hoisin sauce? Isn't that one of those things that lives in your refrigerator forever?) so it consisted of 1 tsp each of ginger and garlic paste, chili powder, curry powder, brown sugar, corn starch, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, 1/4 c. soy sauce and some fresh garlic and ginger. Cooked down and added vegetable broth to thin.

Added brown rice and steamed broccoli (overcooked the broccoli, dammit), and Voila! Urge for Chinese food satisfied!

4 servings: 215 calories (not including rice and veggies)


Monday, September 07, 2009

Cabled Eyelet Baby Blanket

Hopefully this is the last baby blanket I'll need to do for a while, though there are quite a few in my favorites that I'd love to tackle. Eventually.

Now I can concentrate on getting my "wall art" done, and start on my coat. I love starting new projects!


Sunday, September 06, 2009

Curried Lentils

Wow, I am going to make this ALL the time. It's super easy and it tastes fantastic. The curry is not too strong, so if you like curry, add more. I'm eating it over couscous this time around, but I'm sure I can find other uses for it.

Curried Lentils

1 cup raw lentils
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces spinach leaves, fresh, washed and chopped
1 (14 ounce) can plum tomatoes, with, liquid, chopped
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Cook lentils in about 4 cups of water until they are tender but firm. (I think it took about 25 minutes.) Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and saute the garlic. Add spinach leaves and saute over moderately low heat for 1 minute or so until leaves are wilted. Add the lentils and the remaining ingredients to the skillet, cover and simmer over very low heat for 15 minutes.

6 servings: 160 calories


Friday, September 04, 2009

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

August Results


August sucked. I started out well, but the second half went to absolute crap. For the second half of the month, I averaged 2761 daily calorie consumption. Averaged.

So I'm starting over again. The gym is doing a contest for the next twelve weeks, so I'm hoping it will provide the extra kick in the pants I need when I'm tempted to binge. It worked well the first time, but back then I was pretty sure I could place. At my gym, not so much. There's a lot of people with a lot more fat to lose.

But anyway, I had to turn in both my nutrition and my fitness goals in order to participate, so I have some accountability. I think I need to do a little self-reflection to figured out why I went wrong.