So, I find that when one's wife is pregnant and one does all the cooking, one tends to want to overfeed, overnurture, overeat, or something to compensate. Here's what happened when I set out to make a little spanish rice and realized it was going to get out of hand if I kept on adding stuff that sounded good (but I did it anyway):
In a 7 1/2 qt. dutch oven (or your huge-ass oven-safe dish of choice), mix:
1c raw white rice
1c wild rice mix
4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground red (cayenne) pepper
1/4 tsp creole seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
some fresh ground black pepper
8 baby carrots (or 2 medium) cut in 1/4" dice
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded & minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/4c fresh cilantro snipped to bits, including most stems
2 slices of a large sweet onion, chopped
2 fresh ears of corn -- pull or slice off kernels to add
1 15 oz can black beans, undrained
1 medium potato, peeled & cut in 1/2" dice
1 ripe avocado, peeled/pitted & cut in 3/4" wedges
3 to 4c water (just enough to cover veggies)
cook in a 350-ish oven for about an hour, stirring periodically and adding water in 1/2c increments when the edges are drying. This would be a fine recipe by itself.
Since we're not vegetarians, though, meanwhile around the 45-minute mark, fry in a skillet with as little oil as possible:
1 lb chicken breast tenders cut in 1" pieces
plenty of fresh ground black pepper
When chicken is nearly done (golden on one side), tear pieces in the skillet with plastic spatula / wooden spoon / what have you. Stir the chicken into the rice dish about 5 minutes from the end of the hour and put it back in the oven.
kareila insists on adding grated cheddar, similarly to the black bean chili.
Makes god only knows how many servings, probably 12-15.
So anyway, on a night when I need to do homework, those leftovers are looking pretty good. I am officially back in school, getting all the bureaucratic requirements and deadlines met without too much trouble. I had one really bad day when I had to make the actual decision of whether to agree to pay tuition without yet knowing whether I'd be allowed to do what I wanted to do. But other than that, things are looking so good my advisor asked if I wanted to recommend any lottery numbers.
What I've ended up taking:
6.170 -- Software Engineering Lab
24.200 -- Ancient Philosophy
6.199 -- Advanced Undergraduate Project
I'm going to be able to use the AUP proposal to meet the phase two writing requirement, provided it's one heck of a proposal and doesn't need a ton of revision (been there, done that, see application essay). I have yet to deal with P.E., which is on my list for tomorrow. And I have Fridays completely free for work.
Anyway, enough LJ for a while.