January 23rd, 2008
Mish Mosh

I’m exhausted. Like as in, if I don’t end up taking a nap it’ll be a miracle. Yesterday was a very weird, very long day. My dh had dental surgery and it turned into an all day affair. We thought we’d get out of the place by 2:30/3:30pm, but didn’t end up leaving until five. Keep in mind, we arrived at 7:30am. I spent the day in the waiting area, editing what I’ve written so far on the book. I didn’t finish the edits, but I did get a chunk of them done. I plan to tackle more today before I get my word count in. I also wrote out some goals, wrote a letter to a friend, read some manga, wrote a Japanese cell-phone story and tweaked a story idea that I’d been playing with.

Heath Ledger’s death. That’s just plan weird, man. Can’t wrap my head around it. Don’t know why, but it’s striking me as unbelievable. Little daughter. So talented. So young. So very sad.

Last night, I was late for my cooking class because we got back so late and dh was so sick. Did make it in time to learn the ins and outs of sauteing and what herbs should be stocked in your kitchen. It’s not as many as you might think. (Basil, Bay Leaf, Capers, Cayenne, Celery Seed, Chili Powder, Coriander, Cumin, Curry Powder, Dill, Fennel Seeds, Garlic (Dry garlic doesn’t burn easy.), Ginger, Mint, Nutmeg, Paprika, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Sage, Sesame, Tarragon, Thyme, Tumeric and Vanilla.) Everything else you buy as you need it.

Tips for sauteing: Get skillet hot first, THEN add fat (ie butter, oil, etc.). Round sided pans are better for flipping items with (ie pancakes, veggies, etc.). Mix oil with butter to prevent butter from burning in a hot skillet. Always use unsalted butter when cooking…unless the recipe says otherwise. When cooking with alcohol, always burn off the alcohol before serving. When dredging meat in flour, always make sure the pan is hot and you can put the meat in the pan right away. If you don’t, the meat will make the flour wet and it’ll get clumpy. Tap meat to shake off excess flour. Can save dry white wine in the fridge for a long time, even after it’s no good for drinking. Always cook with wine that you would drink, not the bottled white cooking wine. Sticking veggies in ice water will curl them and make them crisper. Always cook fish or chicken with the skin side down first. And that ends our lesson for the today. *ggg*

I did receive one surprise yesterday. I was about to run out to my cooking class, when the doorbell rang. I opened it to find a box of books from Harlequin. I now have several copies of OFF LIMITS. I feel a contest coming on. 😀

14 comments to “Mish Mosh”

  1. Hurrah for author copies! Hope your dh is feeling better. Dental surgery is not fun. Heath Ledger’s death is such a sad surprise, I can’t believe it. : (

    Would love to know more about your cell phone story!

  2. If I hear a dental drill, my heart starts pounding. A Knight’s Tale was one of my favorite movies. Too bad the kid didn’t count his blessings. Thank you for the cooking tips, and I will expect my copy of Off Limits to arrive shortly from Amazon.

  3. My dh had dental surgery and it turned into an all day affair.

    Oh for God’s sake! You didn’t happen to hear the dentist muttering, “Is it safe?” :-O

    And yes, the Ledger death is so sad. Too young.

  4. I was broken up about Heath’s death. I even blogged about it shortly after it happened. It’s so very sad, especially for his little girl.

  5. Thanks Charli! It’s definitely odd seeing my name on a Harlequin Blaze. Very full circle stuff. Dh is feeling a little better, thanks! Hopefully tomorrow he’ll be back to his usual self. As for Heath, it’s just really, really sad.

  6. Bernard, A lot of people get like that. I feel the same way when I step into a doctor’s office. I really like A Knight’s Tale too. Don’t know what happened. Definitely bad for his daughter and the loved ones he left behind. Can’t wait to hear what you think of Off Limits. 🙂

  7. Raine, LOL! Nope, didn’t hear her saying that. *ggg* Way too young. It’s even more sad that it was accidental. Sigh.

  8. Vivi, (((Hugs))). I thought I hadn’t heard my mom right when she told me. He was the absolute last person I expected to see on the news. Big bummer. Such a waste.

  9. I’m sorry to hear that your day was so difficult.I hope your husband recovers from his surgery soon.

    These cooking tips are fun! Thanks for sharing them.

  10. Congrats on the author copies!!!! and I hope DH is feeling better.

  11. i hope he feels better, great cover of off limts, cant wait for contest grin

  12. Caryn, Thank you. He’s feeling a little better. Hopefully he’ll be back to normal by the end of this week. Thanks, glad that you enjoy the tips. 🙂

  13. Amie, Thank you! 🙂

  14. Kim, Thanks. He’s definitely on the mend. Hope you enjoy the book.