Homemade Gravy

Well, tonight I had some of my left over Roast Beef from last night, which was delicious then, and just as delicious tonight. But, I decided tonight, I needed to add some liquid or extra sauce to it, just to make it off the hook.

To start off, i boiled about a half cup of water. I also took about a half a cup of hot tap water, and put it into a cup with a cap for shaking along with two heaping teaspoons of regular flour. I shook this, in order to mix the flour in with the water (no clumps) and when the pot of water boiled, I poured the mix in. I then added about 1/4 cup of coconut milk, stirring it all together.

Once this was all in, I turned the heat down, so the mixture just barely simmered, and started adding my spices, which all were about 1/2 a teaspoon each:

  • salt
  • pepper
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • tumeric
  • savory
  • coriander

Once those were in, I added 1 chopped into little pieces mushroom, and 1 ring of an onion.

I kept this simmering for 10 minutes or so, stirring the whole time as I steamed my veges and the result was amazing!

I wish I had a picture, but good luck!

Charlotte Gainsbourg

So, I just recently read a SPIN article on Charlotte Gainsbourg, and instantly got on my horse to go get her albums.

Apparently she just did her first ever live show in USA I think?

I’m listening to it now, and I’m a fan. She rocks with electronics just enough to make it funky, and yet still folky, with a silent ambient sort of flavor to it as well, and I’m only three songs in!

I’ve been a giant fan of hers for a while, but the one role that is creeping into my mind right now is her role in I’m Not There, a Bob Dylan movie of sorts… you have to watch it to understand. She plays in a scene with Heath Ledger. Love it. Her style is amazing.

Find her here: http://www.charlottegainsbourg.com/

Beautiful Day in Vancouver: List, Lists, Lists!

Today, as yesterday promised late in the day, is a beautiful day. I look out my window an the sun is shining brightly, I have my window open letting in some much needed fresh air, and life feels good.

I’ve decided today is going to be productive, so I’m going to get alot of things done that I have been waiting a while to do. I usually end up making lists for all sorts of things, lists are my best friend, but today it just seems different.

I heard an angel last night, and it answered all my questions. Life is a happy time, this is what were here to do.

I will not bore you with the exact details of my list, but I will share with you how I make my lists. First off, I sit and think to myself: “What do I need to get done, what do I want to do, and what can I do.” It doesn’t matter to me whether its remedial, tricky, expensive, or laborious, I still write it down. I have, in my bedroom/office, a white board (or rather clear board) I got from IKEA, where I scribble down my list. I take as long as it takes to write the list down, If need be I write in the corners and tiny open spaces, but I find that I usually stay on top of things. Its really hard sometimes to come up with a full list. Sometimes I just put reminders of ongoing things that I have to do, like do homework, or write, but I write it all down on the list so that I can have it there in front of me.

In this way, I can look at the board for things to do. Everybody, I’m sure, has had bouts where they knew they had something they wanted to do, but then forget what it is that they wanted to do. This is why the list is handy! When I finish doing something, and I’m just klunking down onto my chair, I can look over and say, hmm, what can I cross of now.

The fun of it all is that as you accomplish more and more, you get to cross off more and more. And when you started the day with a full board of things to do, and you look and its 1 or 2 in the afternoon and your whole list is clear, trust me: this makes you feel like you accomplished a lot.

Fighting the Flu

A recent study has shown that giving yourself regular exercise will give you a stronger chance of fighting nasty flus or colds (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE59M4H620091023). This makes sense, keeping your health levels up by exercise isn’t something new, although I did find it interesting they did it in mice…. I guess you cannot give this kind of test (infect humans with the flu) without major repercussions.

As anybody that follows what I write will know, I am a very big advocate of keeping healthy through regular exercise. This not only fights short term colds and flus, but it also works over the long term that stretches into your old age and promotes a long life. If your like me and am nervous about getting old, I use this as motivation.

St. Paul’s Hospital, Burrard St. Vancouver, BC

So, I just took a nice evening drive to the wet Vancouver core, to enjoy the lights at St. Paul’s Hospital. It was amazing as ever. The lights are beautiful. To check out more pics go to: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/45425256@N05/)I’m curious though, not to ruin the mood or anything, but I couldn’t help think about the fact that BC’s (and maybe more of Canada?) having quite the problems with lack of health care professionals to fully serve the patients due to cutbacks in the government budget. Seems they put it into the lights…. But, anyways…

I was just setting up my tripod when a fellow came by with a hotdog and started telling me how his life has been on the crazy train for the past little while, and he wanted to know if he was going to live to see tomorrow.  I told him if he keeps eating those hotdogs maybe not. haha. jk.

I told the fellow that I guarantee he will live to see tomorrow, and that hard work is what pays off. I think I provided him my patience and time, and talked to him in a kind manner. My only regret is that I did not get his picture..

I’m not sure if it’s just this time of season, or if its just the weather, or what ever, but…. it’s kind of a sad time for a lot of people. I wonder in times before we had Jesus to celebrate the life of, or Santa to wish for, if the middle of the winter was a very sad and thoughtful time of the year for people. 

I know that in many cultures it was a time where everybody was held indoors because snow removal wasn’t a thing trucks did, and it was a time for story telling, for traditional practice to really shine through. Often these things are seeped in memories and facts from the past.

I was listening to some Megadeth, and they had a Dave Mustane interview. They asked him why all his songs have a morbid approach to them. He responded that death is a part of everybodies life, some people just try to ignore it. To him it is very relevant and not something he needs to ignore… in a nutshell.