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Help Us Support Planned Parenthood
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Originally posted by brenden at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood
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Join us in standing up for reproductive health and education. Planned Parenthood, the organization that delivers reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions of people worldwide, has come under fire in the U.S. lately, with many politicians on both state and federal level seeking to end funding (and in a few cases succeeding).

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A caterpillar at my front porch
June 2011
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June 2011
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I went to the Farmer's Market today.

Bought few veggies: red onions, red bell peppers, spinach, squashes, tomatoes and more.


Blood Oranges

I've heard about blood oranges but I never saw them in real life until today. They smell fantastic.
I am definitely going to make sorbet.

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June 2011
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I was reading Best Life, a men magazine and there was an article about Cheat Sheet. I MUST share with you guys because it's ridiculously funny.

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Cheat Sheet
The 10 worst excuses for cheating on your wife.


10. "Because I could." That is how President Bill Clinton explained away his "sexual relations with that woman" to Dan Rather on 60 Minutes. Which might explain why he's so supportive of Hillary's new job. The secretary of state travels a lot, right?

9. "Because you're too smart." When Billy Bob Thornton left Angelina Jolie, his fifth wife, after an alleged affair with a waitress, he claimed it was out of sheer terror. "I was afraid of her. She was too beautiful for me, she was too smart for me," he told Dateline. "I felt so small next to her. I am a scared person." Someday, this quote will appear in the Guys-Who-Blew-It Hall of Fame.

8. "I was brainwashed by Kabbalah." Technically, this wasn't Alex Rodriguez's excuse for sneaking around with the Material Mom. It is just the only way the Yankee's wife could explain it. "I feel like Madonna is using mind control over him," she told a friend. "I don't recognize the man he's become. He was a sweet, beautiful, loving husband and father. Today he's very cold and calculating." And that new conical jock strap is just so 1990.

7. "I am special." Senator John Edwards issued a press release regarding his affair with former campaign worker Rielle Hunter. It read, "In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly narcissistic." Really? You mean those $400 haircuts weren't just your special way of stimulating the economy?

6. "All women look like Rubik's Cubes to me." Pablo Picasso went through women like he went through paintbrushes, and his longtime companion, Dora Maar, was almost driven mad by his infidelity. One night, while cheating on Dora with his lover Francoise, he defended his many affairs with other women by saying, "There's nothing so similar to one poodle dog as another poodle dog, and that goes for women too." He then went on to cheer up Francoise by telling her how fat she looked.

5. "Just doing my job, ma'am." Legendary Jersey boy Jon Bon Jovi clamined in 2006 that "infidelity is part of the job" for a rocker, through it hasn't scuttled his 19-year marriage to karate instructor Dorothea Hurley. "I've had my lapses with other women, sure," he told a reporter. "Welcome to the music business." What he was trying to say was, "I am a dick."

4. "Umm... Charity?" When Eddie Murphy was busted with a transvestite prostitute in his SUV in 1997 in Hollywood, he claimed he had picked her up because she needed a ride. "It is not the first hooker I've helped out," he told tabloids. "I've seen hookers on corners and I'll pull over and they will go, 'Oh, you're Eddie Murphy, oh my god,' and I'll empty my wallet out to help." and by "wallet" he means..

3. "I forgot the 12th step." It is not that he was addicted to booze or Bolivian marching powder. No. David Duchovny was addicted to love - the intercourse-with-someone-who-is-not-your-wife variety. After a successful 35-day stint in sex rehab, Duchovny reportedly told those close to him that he was ready to tackle some of his other personal demons that no other human could possibly understand ... Like his weaknesses for air and water.

2. "I needed the high five." Though he tried to comfort himself by spending $3,000 a month on internet porn, Peter Cook, the underappreciated husband of Christine Brinkley, eventually broke down for a real live human: his 18-year-old assistant. What could have kept his libido in check? In a 20/20 interview with Barbara Walters, he said, "A little acknowledgment, a little attention, a little thank-you every now and then for my efforts." What about a puppy? Would a little puppy have helped too?

1. "Tonight, honey! I've got a headache!" When Caroline Kennedy opined that Barack Obama would be the kind of president her father was, she didn't say whether that would include a long list of executive affairs. JFK once excused his transgressions to former British prime minister Harold Macmillian by saying that if he didn't enjoy the company of a lady every three days, he got headaches. Just like a politician to put a new spin on the oldest excuse in the book.

Spicy Courgette Fritters with Thai Salsa
June 2011
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Spicy Courgette Fritters with Thai Salsa:

(Thai salsa also goes well with salmon or stir-fried beef.)

two tsp cumin seeds
two tsp coriander seeds
one pound courgettes (known as italian squash or zucchini)
four ounce gram flour --- (i used tempura mix)
half tsp bicarbonate of soda
half cup groundnut oil --- (i used castor oil)


For the Thai Salsa
half cucumber, finely diced
two green onions, chopped
four radishes, finely diced
half inch fresh root ginger, grated
five tbsp fresh lime juice
three tsp sugar


Heat the wok, dry fry the cumin and coriander seeds. Cool them, then grind well, using a pestle and mortar.

Cut the courgettes into bite sizes. Process the flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt and pepper in a food processor or blender. Add four ounce water with one tbsp groundnut oil and process again.

Coat the courgettes in the batter, then leave to stand for ten minutes.

To make the salsa, mix together the cucumber, green onions, radishes, ginger and lime juice in a bowl. Stir in the sugar.

Heat the wok, then add the remaining oil. When oil is hot, stir-fry the courgettes in batches. Drain well on kitchen paper, then serve hot with the Thai salsa.

(I also added jalapeno fritters.)

They are good for lunch meal or appetizers. :D

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June 2011
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It has been over a month since the two apple trees were planted in the backyard. They are in the process of blooming.



I can hardly wait for them to produce crispy and juicy apples. I rarely buy apples at groceries because they always taste old. Recently, I decided to buy some fancy apples at the farmer's market and they were delicious. I almost had an orgasm.

I stopped buying veggies from groceries because prices are going up and their quality/taste is goddamn awful. I definitely don't enjoy thinking their green bell peppers are fresh then after purchase chop it in half and discover they are full of molds. ;P

I've started buying locally grown veggies/fruits since a month and I love how I am able to buy five tomatoes for two dollars.

Two weeks ago, I made jalapeno-cheese sandwich and yes, all veggies are 100% fresh! The bread is also bought from farmer's market.



All you need is:

Jalapeno-cheese bread loaf (Muffin Top Bakery in Riverside, CA)
Brianna's True Blue Cheese Dressing
Tomato
Few Leaves of Romaine Lettuce
Avocado
Small Red Onion
Portabello Mushroom
Swiss Cheese

Balsamic Vinegar
Honey

Sautee red onion first until it becomes soft then add diced mushrooms, cook for two minutes. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and honey and keep cooking until mushrooms absorb vinegar and honey.

And build your sandwich with everything else. :)


Lastly, the lovely easy Vietnamese pho:



I called it easy because you don't have to wait half day or even 24 hours for broth to be simmered. I grew up with a lot of Vietnamese influence. My Aunt Mai is from Vietnam and married to my dad's brother. She was the only babysitter I ever had in my life - She taught me few Eastern things - Religion, culture, language and especially food. I haven't seen her for over twelve years due family rival issues.

I remember her simmering broth for almost 24 hours. I was eight years old and of course I was awfully restless and anxious to eat her pho.

What would you do if you decide you want some pho but you don't have time to roast veggies and you couldn't wait for your broth to be finished in next day, I mean you want it in 20 minutes!

Easy and quick: (Two servings)

Broth:
Two canned beef broth plus two cups of water (vegetable broth is definitely okay to use: I did few times and it's still tasty.)
Chopped ginger (one inch, diced 'em in six pieces)
Garlic, crushed
Two star anise
Four cloves
White onion, diced

Asian rice noodles

Flank steak, thinly sliced (Only for beef broth)

Garnish:
Cilantro, chopped
Green onions, chopped
Basil leaves
Limes, wedged
Jalapenos, diced
Bean sprouts

Put everything in pot for broth ingredient except onion. Cook it in medium high until you are able to smell licorice-like scent then remove star anise, cloves, garlic and ginger. Add onions, simmer until soft.

In a different pot, boil water and add rice noodles until soft and drain. (Never try to cook dried noodles in broth because you definitely don't want rice starch in your broth.)

Put rice noodles in your bowl, add sliced raw flank steak then ladle some hot broth in it. Add all kind of garnishes in your bowl. Enjoy it! :D

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June 2011
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June 2011
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DECEMBER 9TH! DECEMBER 9TH! DECEMBER 9TH!

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June 2011
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C7 Studio's Chuppa stands for TFS's wedding installation.



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