Friday, August 26, 2011

Banana Carrot Almond Muffins

On a lazy afternoon, nothing seems like a better way to pass the time than baking a fresh batch of muffins. These muffins sneak in a bunch of secret healthy stuff like carrots and raw almonds, too, so you don't have to feel as guilty about eating something so incredibly delicious.

Banana Carrot Almond Muffins
1 cup mashed bananas (~3 very ripe bananas)
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup canola oil
2 eggs
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground ginger
1 cup finely grated carrots
¾ cup of chopped raw almonds 
Combine bananas, brown sugar, salad oil and eggs in mixer. Mix until the batter begins to resemble the most disgusting case of diarrhea you have seen.


Sift flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg together in large bowl.

Stir in banana mixture. Fold in carrots.

Spoon into muffin tray. Bake at 350 F for about 30 minute. Toothpick test it, then adjust time accordingly. When done, enjoy ASAP.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Resurrection of a Cat Freak

 Ok guys, I have literally died and fallen off the face of the interweb. Fortunately for you, I (finally got internet in my apartment) have risen from the dead, just like Zombie Jesus!

All Hail Thee Holy Undead
I would like to say that I have have gone on crazy adventures and done super awesome great things since writing to the interweb last, but like most people that spend more time with cats than humans, I have led a moderately boring life. I have a steady income now doing two jobs I really like, so at least that's something. I also got sick at one point. Now that I'm back and more powerful than ever before, I will use this great responsibility to rant about some things that have been on my mind this week:
  1. Wild Fires: Is this the straw that broke the global-warming non-believer's back? Fires have been blazing not only all over north and central Florida, but have also been burning through other parts of the United States for over a week now. Can they deny the blatant consequences of climate change? Let us also remember that we are a species that has figured out how to walk on the moon, send robots to mars, make phones that have revolutionized communication and daily life, and we invented the internet. And we can't figure out how to stop these fires? Who's the bigger bitch now, us or Nature?
  2. Cash Cab: I was watching this show yesterday, thinking about how awesome it was. Not only do they have some of the most interesting trivia ever, but it's a show that ANYONE from any walk of life can accidentally stumble on and win some major cash-o-la!! ..... Or is it? The fact is, Cash Cab trolls the streets of Manhatten and picks up people on their way to Waldorf Astoria or a party at MoMA. Not to mention that the averagely educated American would NOT make it past the first round of questions. With those two facts in mind, what is the purpose of a show like Cash Cab? To make middle to upper class individuals just slightly better off? I can't help thinking that the money these contestants earned will be blown on an expensive bar tab that very same night or maybe another louis vitton wallet for the collection. Not to say that Cash Cab is claiming to "make a difference"... I just think it's a pointless and embarrassing circulation of currency. Why do we have to have shows like that, throwing millions of dollars weekly at well off individuals? What if one season of Cash Cab was canceled, and instead that money was used to fund the construction and maintenance of a grade school in an impoverished African village?
  3. The "great" factor bestowed recently on our president by many adoring fans for Obama's plan to remove troops from the Middle-East: Wow. What a surprise. Now that it's almost time for campaign season, you are finally trying to appeal to those who elected you in the first place. Getting 10 thousand troops of the 250000+ troops out (conveniently planned to happen in the month prior to elections) may placate many of the sheep, but not I. How does everyone else not immediately see this as a move to manipulate people into re-electing a crappy leader?
  4. Boyfriends who work too much and on an opposite schedule than you: THEY SUCK!! QUITE YOUR JOB AND LET ME BE YOUR SUGAAAA MOMMMAAA!!!

COMING SOON: The first episode of "Cooking With Cat Freaks" featuring Shara Lunon! 

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Bye Bye Gainesville

    So now that I have officially become an alumni for the University of Florida, I have begun the process of moving back to Jacksonville. I can now live with my best friend (of 8 years but who's counting?!), take the "long-distance" out of my relationship status, eat dinner with my family, and go to the beach whenever I feel LIKE IT BITCHEZZZ!! I'm really excited to explore the urban mecca that is downtown Jacksonville (a whole 2,000 of it's 1,000,000+ residents claim residency in downtown!) and hang out in all the cute coffee shops in my new neighborhood on the river. This also means that I have a whole new smorgasbord of local music to go check out, so get ready to start hearing about it in future posts.
    With that said, I am going to miss Gainesville so much :( It is this adorable little town all jammed packed full of culture and hippies and hipsters and crusties (side note, do you have crusties where YOU live? I recently discovered that this may be a central/north florida phenomenon only...) and cute places to hang out/eat/get tipsy and soooo many talented artists and musicians! Right before I began packing up to leave town, we had a birthday for our dear dear friend, Tristan. Here is some footage from the night, my homage to Gainesville, FL:

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Stuff I like Right Now

    1. Xray Eyeballs
    I'm not all that great is "genre"-atizing music like so many people enjoy doing this days ("Glitch-folk" "Post-grunge" "Septic Metal"; Jesus christ people, how am I supposed to know what that means? Just tell me if it sucks or not?!?!)
    Well I am here to say that Xray Eyeballs does not suck. My attempt to describe them is: they are a lo-fi pop band from Brooklyn, with a sort of 80's goth feel. Plus, this music video is awesome. Who doesn't love voodoo dolls, girls with tattoos in bubble baths, and excuses to puke blood?

    2. The Cute Show
    The Cute Show basically embodies everything that I believe in. It is a product of Vice TV, and the premise of the show is to go around and get footage of cute stuff! Then, adorable quirky music is added on top of the footage, and voila! And episode of The Cute Show!! They have many episodes about cats, of course, but also have baby pot-bellied pigs, baby walruses, puppies, bunnies, cupcakes, ice cream, and best of all, sloths!

    This is one of my all time favorites, about a Japanese cat-fashion designer.

    3. Slutever


    Slutever, aka Karley Sciortino, is pretty much the coolest girl I stalk on the internet. I started reading her blog when she was squatting in London and have been hooked ever since. She talk about lots of super interesting things like crazy sex fetishes (she's training to be a pro-domme right now, the post about it is hilarious.), dating, gay boyfriends, and her super awesome life running around NY/America/London with artists and bands. You can soak in her words of wisdom here.

    4. Mugsy The Cat
    All around Bad-Ass. 

    5. The Seldom Seem
     The Seldom Seem is a long distance project between photographer's Felix Werbowy and Boy Loyd. What happens is Felix sends a photo to Boy, Boy finds a photo from his collection, then they are posted on their tumblr.

    I loved having pen-pals when I was a kid, and I think this is a really cool idea for a modern version of that. The excitement of the pen pal was what you didn't know about them, trying to piece together who they really are through what they wrote to you. With the advent of such joyous things as the internet and social networking sites, very little information is kept form each other these days. 
    I don't think that internet friends you have never met are quite the same thing as a pen pal. Although they choose what information to present on the internet, there is inevitably much more information about them presented in front of you at any given moment. Not the same as a pen pal. A pen pal is a person you have never seen, you have never heard their voice, you don't know what high school their sister goes too, or whether or not "Pirate" is a language they speak. 
    These two artists are conversing through their snapshots, not through skype or facebook chat. It is so beautiful to me that the internet can provide a pathway for people to communicate in a way that they stay removed from each other, reminiscent of a more "primitive" day and age. 

    Sunday, April 17, 2011

    Irish Soda Bread

    So if you logged on today expecting to see pictures of people you don't know holding their cats, well I'm sorry. I don't think I'm going to post those every week, because I realized when I'm not spending all day studying, I tend not to spend any time on facebook, either. 
    In other words, I haven't found enough pictures of people with their cats because this past week. I've had more of a life and haven't been lurking the facebook world as much, so you really should be proud of me, not disappointed!! I promise I will post another edition of "People With Cats" again, but maybe not on a weekly basis.
    Instead, I'm sure you will enjoy this recipe for Irish Soda Bread, passed down to me from my irish mother (who may or may not have adapted it from the joy of cooking, and not her own irish mother...). 
     Even though this bread is made from scratch, there is no yeast in it. The baking soda is what makes it rise! I recommend eating a slice of it toasted with some butter or cream cheese. And maybe a hot toddy, too, for good measure. yumz.

    Irish Soda Bread

    2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
    ½ teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 Tablespoon sugar
    ¼ cup chilled butter
    ½ to 1 cup raisins or currants
    2 teaspoons caraway seeds (1 tsp caraway 1 tsp fennel seeds works well, too)
    1 beaten egg
    2/3 cup buttermilk
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees
    Sift together in a large bowl: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar
    Add butter and cut into the flour with a pastry blender (fork + elbow grease= perfect substitute), until the mixture has the consistency of course cornmeal, sort of like this:

    Stir in: raisins/currant & caraway/fennel seeds (just skip this step if you don't want seeds in your bread)

    Mix together: beaten egg & buttermilk
    Then, add to dry ingredients and stir well
    Knead briefly and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper
      Cut a bold cross or criss-cross pattern over the top and sides so the bread will not crack in baking (I did not make the incision bold enough, and the bread cracked!) 
    Brush the top with milk (I used soy, cow milk would probably have given it a better sheen)
    Bake 35 to 40 minutes.

    Vegan Substitutions: Substitute just about any kind of vegetable based shortening for butter. Smart Balance makes baking sticks with vegetable oil, and those work quite nicely.  
    Soy yogurt or vegan sour cream can substitute for buttermilk.  
    The egg can be replaced with a vegan egg substitute. A friend recently introduced me to this.  It's this powder that you mix with a few teaspoons of water to replace eggs in baking, cooking, etc. etc.
    You can skip the milk on top, or use soy like I did.  It is only for looks, though, so not really necessary either way. 

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    People With Cats

    Sorry it's a day late, I took a last minute trip to tally last night to see the illustrious Elizabeth Miller and also see The Books play. It will be on Sunday next week, I swear!

    Jay Leno and his kitty!!