So a few weeks ago I really wanted to watch Ted (the movie) but turns out that tickets were sold out. Second choice of the evening was Oliver Stone’s Savages. It was an intense, violent, edge of your seat movie. Oh and did I mention I had serious Blake Lively wavey beach hair, long leg, and overall hotness envy? Thus prompted my search and to my not so surprising find, discovered a lot of before and after pictures of her pre and post nose job. I think the new nose works super well on her!
This looks so cool. Whoever can think to make something like this out of something so boring as blue painters tape is very creative.
Some are still beautiful, some…not so much…
Several years ago, the Nytimes published a recipe for “No Knead Bread” http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html. Last Thursday I got a hankering to make it since the last time I’d done it was about 4 years ago. The plan was to modify it slightly by adding fresh rosemary and garlic. That was the plan…the reality? My crazy life and work schedule made me modify it A LOT more. Usually you let the bread rise for 12-18, then fold it over upon itself and let rise a second time for 2 hours. My version? Letting it rise for 24 hours and then no second resting. All because I’d planned to have dinner by 9:30 (and didn’t get out of work until 8:30!)
I then followed most of the rest of the instructions…that is, I heated my oven to 500 degrees with my Le Creuset and then when it was sufficiently hot, threw the dough in. All great except in my rush I forgot to oil the pot. ARGH! After baking first with the cover on (to steam and get the nice crust) and then the latter part with no cover, out popped a surprisingly nice loaf, albeit a bit hard to get out of the 500 degree pot because it was stuck from lack of oil. The next step, once again I modified by not letting the bread rest and stop “crackling”. We cut into it straight away before letting it cool at all!
End result? The bread still tasted great, the crust was nice and crunchy and chewy and the bread was a hit. The difference in doing it my way was the dough had a little less “chew” given I didn’t let it rise a second time and it was more moist inside because it had been rested. Overall still good and even more flexible than the original recipe which was easy enough to begin with!
BEFORE (after first rise)
Crystal Renn is a relatively well known model who’s known for her past as a “regular sized” model while being anorexic and then moving on to being a “plus sized” model (where she gained 70 pounds). I’m not sure why she had to to vacillate to such extremes except that there seems to be no real modeling ground for regular sized women. You either have to be a size 0 or a size 12….odd isn’t it?
Now she’s lost a bunch of weight again (see blonde photo of her) yet says she did it healthily from exercising and eating healthy. Not sure I really buy all that to be honest…given she was told to lose 1/3 her body weight when she was first scouted, I suspect she is naturally on the bigger side.
I decided I wanted to bake and told the boyfriend I’d make anything his heart desired. The odd part? He requested “the cake thingy that has pears that are dark on top”. I translated this as “Pear Upside Down Cake”. Upon eating it (ok more like devouring it), he said I was spot on in creating the “caky thingy that has pears that are dark on top”. Yay for me? It’s just a basic vanilla cake spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and I threw in pear cubes in the batter. The “top” (also known as the bottom of the cake pan) are red pears, and caramel sauce.
BEFORE (pears + caramel sauce awaiting the cake batter to be poured on top)
I made satay chicken for dinner on Saturday. It was super easy. The hardest part was skewering the chicken without skewering my fingers. I realize cauliflower is a weird item to pair with satay chicken but it was all I had in my fridge! I paired the meal with the other random vegetables I had in my refrigerator, celery and grape tomatoes. It’s ok though - anything drenched in peanut sauce tastes amazing! The key is to marinate the chicken and cauliflower in the satay sauce for several hours before broiling in the oven! (I can’t wait until the summer to actually grill these up!)
BEFORE - raw chicken, ew!
I think I’m just a tad old (ok not a tad….a lot too old) to have followed Amanda Bynes during her height of popularity on Nickelodeon. From what I read, she was seen as a bubbly good girl on her show. Not sure what has happened in that time but from what I can see in the photo and what has been written, she seems to be a bit lost perhaps? For a first step, I’d suggest she add some honey blonde back into her hair and lose the pink/gray…
Anne Hathaway had to cut off her beautiful hair for an upcoming movie! (Les Miserables) Either way, she’s still pretty beautiful isn’t she? I’m lucky my best friend gets mistaken for her all the time (we end up getting all sort of freebies and weird requests as a result of that..haha)