Monthly Archives: January 2013

Coffee? Tea? What to do!

This is not a post about which one I prefer, because I really like them both in different circumstances.

First of all, I believe that people who think coffee tastes bad just have never had good coffee. And that is sad. By the way, instant coffee is terrible. It tastes like death’s ass. Seriously.

This post was brought on by some happenings of today. Let me explain…

Without boring you with the details, I didn’t have time for coffee before work this morning. It was very sad. I don’t have coffee every morning, but I do have it often and it’s a nice way to perk up. It’s also quite delicious. It was clear I would have to settle on tea today, so I thought, there’s Irish Breakfast in the kitchen if I remember correctly, I’ll have some of that.

When I got to work and went to make my tea, I read the “decaf” label on the box just in time to stop opening the individual teabag package. I hope it’s clear by now: I was incredibly disappointed. While I do really like the taste of Irish Breakfast, the whole point was really the caffeine.

“Fine, I’ll just have PG Tips.” I acquired a box of 40 or 50 PG Tips black tea bags a while ago from someone who didn’t want it. I said that I would take it so that it wouldn’t be wasted. It’s sitting on a shelf in my office right now. So I went back to my desk and dropped one of their little pyramids in it.

It has now been officially decided: I hate PG Tips. I don’t know what it is about this tea, but it makes me feel physically sick when I drink it. Before today I had only noticed it happening when I had a cup of coffee soon before, so I thought it was just the combination that didn’t agree with me. Now I know that was not the case. Rather, some quality of PG Tips black tea makes me feel like throwing up about 80% of the times I drink it.

I hate to give bad reviews; the stuff I want to complain about always seems so circumstantial. If I’ve been to a restaurant several times and it’s sucked every time, I just don’t go there or recommend it to my friends. I’m not going to waste time slamming them on yelp or in a blog post. What does that actually accomplish? Do yelp reviews actually affect a place’s business? I’m seriously asking. Anyone know?

Well, that was a digression. As I was saying, I hate to give bad reviews, but I am completely done with this product. I still have a fair number of teabags left in this box and I’m pretty sure I’m going to throw them away. I can’t drink that stuff anymore, I hate the sensation I get afterward — and I’m not going to keep it if I’m not going to drink it. I would offer it to someone else, but … considering how little I like it, why would I want to make someone else experience that?

Although the monkey guy on their website, if you go to it, is pretty funny.


I’m just going to stick to what I know. Trader Joe’s brand tea, Twinings, Stash, Adagio. Give me some Lapsang Souchong.

Procrastination ramble.

I’m going to tell you something. …I sometimes blog when I’m at work.

I really shouldn’t be, because (unfortunately) this is not what I’m getting paid for. However, like just about everyone I need to take breaks from staring at my editing work sometimes, and when all I can think about is writing a blog post, it’s better to just do it than to be distracted by thinking about it all day. I try to make sure I’m actually getting my work done as well.

As I was going through my corrections on a manuscript, my mind kept wandering to what I’m going to make for dinner. I was stumped for a while. My chicken is frozen, pasta is too plain, I piled on veggies for lunch and I don’t want breakfast food, because I’m planning to have that for breakfast. I remembered then that I have a can of chicken noodle soup I bought, and it is the winning option for tonight. It has a good mix of flavors, only requires about a minute of prep, and might inspire this cold to hurry up and go away.

I’ve been suffering through my worst cold for a very long time, as anyone who’s friends with me on facebook has seen. All my status updates last week were about how much my cold sucked… mostly was a horrible cough that kept keeping me from falling asleep. It has now mostly gone away, but it’s sort of hanging on by its fingernails. I hate it when my colds have fingernails.

I also remembered that I still have most of the kale chips I made still waiting to be eaten, at least four days later. It was my first attempt at them, and I think they came out pretty well, although they might have been cooked  a little too much. Lower temp next time, and hopefully they won’t get so brown. And maybe I’ll use my run-of-the-mill olive oil instead of the good stuff next time. I don’t think that really makes a difference.

This basically means that dinner is soup and kale chips. I know I’ve had worse dinners before. Maybe I’ll have some toast with peanut or almond butter and an apple for dessert. Most of the apples I got are tiny, but that’s ok.

Pasta with cheese sauce – multiple successes!

Time to play catch-up (not ketchup, or catsup, which I have run out of, unfortunately for me that time I made burgers…) and post a few experiments that I’ve done over the past few months that I’ve been too lazy to post. I feel a little bit bad about it, but hopefully this will make up for it.

I don’t know why I did this, but I decided I’d like to try to make a creamy cheese sauce for my pasta one night. My first try went very well, although I definitely think I overdid the red pepper flakes – it’s so easy to do because they look so festive! – and as a result it was a bit spicier than intended. It was still delicious though, so I count it as a win.

It’s been a while since I made this, so I can’t recall exactly how it was done. I can you a vague idea, though, in case you want to try a recipe-less cream sauce… It’s a great dish. The way I made it was quick and easy, resulting in a tasty meal. I have pictures from two separate times preparing it.

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Of course I made too much pasta as usual. Part of the problem with cooking for one person is that it’s hard to cook single portions when you learned to cook for at least two people originally. There’s nothing wrong with leftovers, of course, although this dish is definitely much better when fresh. There’s probably a way to make cheese sauce that keeps better, but then I’d have to follow a recipe. Plus, I used angel hair this time, which is never as good in leftovers form. My recommendation would be linguine, regular spaghetti, or some fun shaped pasta like penne or rotini. I love rotini! The little corkscrew kind. It’s the most awesome pasta shape.  Read the rest of this entry

My beautiful breakfast


Cheesy scrambled eggs with smoked paprika and pepper, tomatoes, a bit of mango (kind of old), some aloo paratha, and coffee!

Anybody else make a beautiful breakfast recently?

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