Friday, April 27, 2012

Movie: The Iron Lady

1. Maryl Streep....need I say more.

2. Not at all what I expected, to see Lady Thatcher in contrast between her strength as prime minister and frailty later in life.

3. Inspiring lady.

Some memorable quotes from the movie (ones that might strike home for any young women looking to rise in a make dominated field....academia for instance)

"I will never be one of those women, who stay silent and pretty on the arm of her husband. Or remote and alone in the kitchen doing the washing up for that matter. One’s life must matter, Denis, beyond all the cooking and the cleaning and the children. One’s life must mean more than that. I cannot die washing up a teacup."
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t."
"With all due respect, sir, I have done battle every single day of my life and many men have underestimated me before. This lot seem bound to do the same, but they will rue the day."
And finally this last one, which maybe everyone should hold closely.

"Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become...habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become."

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Just like Nana does it: Cullurielli Attempt 1

Alright, so Cullurielli are a traditional Calabrian potato doughnut, and one of my absolute favourite things in the world to eat. In our family, however, for some reason we call the gulluti's (no idea how to spell it, since my mom's not even convinced it's a real word...but sounds like a combination of the word cullurielli and gluttony so works for me).

Living so far away from Nana, I've been craving these bad boys and ventured to make them myself, with only the knowledge that they're bassically just mashed potatoes, flour and yeast.

Ingredients I used:

3 medium russet potatoes
     -peel, boil in salted water, mashed with 1tbsp butter and 1/3cup milk cause they seemed dry to me
2 cups all purpose flour
1 egg (just felt like adding it)
2tsp dry activated yeast
pinch salt

I used my bread machine on the dough cycle to do the kneading and the first rise. During the kneading the dough was waaayyyyy tooo sticky, and so I probably added another 3/4 cup flour. Next time I'm going to skip on the milk going into the potatoes, and trust that they will be moist enough on their own.

Once the dough rose, I knocked it down and shaped it into ~20  loop shapes.
And let them rise again under a tea towel for as long as it took me to wash my dishes.

Turns out I should have just cooked right away... I ended up re-shaping all of them before they went into the pan.

Alright, tips for frying things (Italian style)

  1. If you haven't used about half a jug of oil, you're not doing it right.
  2. Deep fryers are for mungiacakes, be fearless and do this stove top in a frying pan.
  3. The oil needs to be hot...but not too hot...I like 7 on my stove... but I also think my stove runs to hot. these guys should cook in like a min per side...maybe even less
  4. To avoid oil splashes on your hands... I like to use two wooden spoons to manipulate things in the oil.
  5. Everything that comes out of the oil goes right onto paper towel... do not skip this step.
So how does this look?

 Oh I know.... I reaaalllyyyy need to clean my stove top.

Anyways, drop them in to oil, flip when you can start to see the sides getting golden, cook the other side, then right back out of the oil.

When you're done it'll look a little like this

Now I like to eat these guys hot, with small pieces of cheese, but some people think they're a desert item and will sprinkly cinamon and powdered sugar on them. To each his own.

You can keep them in the fridge (wrapped in paper towel and bagged) or freeze em.

If you freeze them, pop them in the oven real quick to get them all toasty before you eat them.

Did they taste just like my nana's?

  • the have the right look and feel
  • they were a little bland.... I think I should have used brewer's yeast instead of bakers... it's supposed to give a unique taste
  • Also I think I should have used a heck of alot more salt...must consult Nana
Enjoy! Ciao

oh if you want to see how it should be really done, check out this video!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mingle Monday -01

Today I'm linking in at Mingle Monday with Meg.

Mingle 240

Sooo you should click on over and see some of the other loverly ladies who are also linking up there.

We're supposed to answer today's question:

 What are you looking forward to this summer?

Well first of all (if you saw the weather we've been having lately) I'm looking forward to just plain summer.

Recently on my way home from work (along Memorial) I saw a banner for Calgary's Beer Fest coming up in May.

And I guess I could say I'm looking forward to that (went a couple years ago, and it was good times), so I'll have to remind the boy about it, see if he wants to go (likely).

But really I'm looking forward to doing some serious traveling this summer, specifically:

Amantea, Italy... which is were my family hails from, and where I'll be visiting early in June.

Snowmass, Colorado...where I will be attending a Smooth Muscle Research Confrence late in June.

Honolulu and Hawaii.... where I will be headed early in July with my friend Sarah, to really enjoy some sun.

New York, New York... where I will be headed back to early in August for my cousin's bachelorette party weekend.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekend Wishbook: Free People

It's still not summer here, in fact, it's winter again.
Gross isn't it, I mean we're half way through April....a week ago I was thinking about taking my winter tires off my car, glad I didn't.

But in dreaming that summer might come soon, here's two things I found on the Free People site, and want.

Tape Yarn Vest, 77.99, I've been looking everywhere on the interweb for a patter to crochet something like this myself.
This one appears to be Macrame'd and potentially a do-able pattern... I might give it a try. I'll let you kow how it goes, just need an appropriate yarn...maybe black cotton?

While I was browsing, I noticed these cute little footies...that would be awesome for the beaches in hawaii.

 Crochet Sun Foot Tie, 57.99
Fun eh? Once again, I'm pretty sure I could pull this off myself. I mean it's basically just a doily.

I may give it a try tonight!

Hope your weekend was as good as mine (despite the weather).


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Weekend Wishbook: Nasty Gal

Crossed Skater Dress - $48
Laced Chiffon Tank-Black - $38
Free Ride Tank - White - $48
Twiggy Flare Jeans - $160

Anyways, it's been a good weekend, happy april 1st, spring's happening any time now in Calgary, I can feel it. As such, I probably need some pretty new things to wear. All images above from the Nasty Gal site.