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Gwenerrella’s Larv-Egg Greenies Recipe

Posted in Everday Living, Family History, Gwenerella, Misspent Youth, Munchable Memories, Playin' with my PSP XI with tags , , , , on 05/10/2010 by gwenguin1

 

 

A lot of you already know our Gwenerrella, and her often un-childlike thought processes.  She also does not have a child’s taste in food as evidenced by some of her favourites.  She loves V-8 juice hot with cheese, Ginger Beer floats, and Dolmas.  Her mother doesn’t like the Dolmas, claiming they look like gory maggots; which only delights Gwenerrella and made her like them even more.  She now refers to them as her ‘Larv-Egg Greenies’ and delights in grossing out her entire family.  Her brothers are thrilled when she can divert their father’s anger by playing ‘see-food’ with her ‘Larv-Egg Greenies’.  ‘See-Food’ is nothing more than talking with your mouth full; in this case it is Grape leaves and rice filling.

We, Gwenerrella and myself, would love to hear of your gross-out recipes.  Whether it be edible faux vomit for a Halloween Party, or a disgusting dessert we would love to hear of your faves.

Gwenerrella’s Larv-Egg Greenies

 

Okay everbuddy!!  If ya don’ts lissen I can’t tell you how ta make my Larv-Egg Greenies!!

Ya need –

Slimey green leaves- lotsadem

Dried up larv-eggs- 2 liddle glass cup fulls

Evil Lemon Juice-too many squirts

Oil from da French fryer

Water from da hose

Leaves from da garden- two kinds

A Grody Grunion

Bird juice

 

 

Put da larv-eggs inna pan wif da garden leaves, chopped-up grunion, lemon juice. Cook dem for one cartoon an’ den, turn the fire to a liddle blue line and put in haffa de bird juice, finda top fer de pan.  Let the larv-egg stuffin’s cook for a whole cartoon show.

Get a good diggin’ spoon, and put one a’ dose full on every one a dem slimey leaves; wrap ‘em up like a liddle blurrito.  Put all a’ dem back inna pan real close togedder, so they can’t get their backs apart.

 

 

Put the rest a da Evil Lemon Juice, an’ da bird juice on top a’ da Larv-Egg Greenies.  Put ‘em onna stove with the liddle blue line o fire and cook for a whole grown-up show.

 

 

For those of you that would like the grown-up version of that recipe, I included that below:

Traditional Greek Dolmas

 

 
   
 
Prep Time:
40 Min
Cook Time:
1 Hr
Ready In:
1 Hr 40 Min

Servings  (Help)

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Original Recipe Yield 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 60 grape leaves, drained and rinsed
  • hot water as needed
  • 1 cup olive oil

Directions

1.       In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté the rice, onion, dill, and mint for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Pour in 1 quart of broth, reduce heat to low and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until rice is almost cooked. Stir in 1/2 of lemon juice and remove from heat.

2.       Take one leaf, shiny side down, and place 1 teaspoon of the rice mixture at the bottom (stem) end of the leaf. Fold both sides of the leaf towards the centre, roll up from the broad bottom to the top, and place into a 4-quart pot. Repeat with all leaves, leaving no gaps as leaves are placed in pot (to prevent from opening while cooking). Sprinkle with remaining lemon juice and with olive oil.

3.       Pour chicken broth over all to cover grape leaves. Cover pot and simmer for about 1 hour (do not boil, because this will make the stuffing burst out of the leaves). Remove from heat, remove cover and let cool for 1/2 hour. Transfer to serving dish and serve.

Footnotes

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FOOTNOTE

  • If using fresh grape leaves, plunge into a deep container of very hot water for about 10 seconds, to soften (don’t let the leaves lose their fresh green colour).
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Snake Oil Saleswoman?

Posted in Call Me The Seeker, Critter Tails, Everday Living, Munchable Memories, Soul Food Cafe Fun, Stuff And Nonsense with tags , , , on 29/06/2010 by gwenguin1

 

Snake Oil

 

comes from the 19th-century American practice of selling cure-all elixirs in traveling medicine shows. Snake oil salesmen would falsely claim that the potions would cure any ailments. now-a-days it refers to fake products.

“why did you buy that snake oil? it does absolutely nothing!”

 

Medicine or therapy that doesn’t work.

Most of the stuff sold at health food stores are snake oil products.

 

any dubious or fraudulent remedy or cure (The route of the fraud the word is derived from resulted from a misunderstanding of a traditional Chinese joint and muscle painkiller derived from the skin of the Chinese water snake)

That snake oil is so obvious. When will people learn?

con faker snake-oil snake oil salesman snakeoil
 

A woman that likes to cause mischief and sexual deviance

Stay away from her, shes a real snake oil girl

jezebel jade trollop vamp wench
 

 

 

 

Steve Earle Snake Oil Lyrics

Ladies and gentlemen, attention please
Come in close so everyone can see
I got a tale to tell
A listen don’t cost a dime
And if you believe that we’re gonna get along just fine

Now I’ve been travelin’ all around
I heard trouble’s come to your town
Well I’ve got a little somethin’
Guaranteed to ease your mind
It’s call Snake Oil y’all
It’s been around for a long, long time

Say, your crops’ll burn if it don’t rain soon
Ain’t seen a drop since the tenth of June
Well I can open up the sky
People never fear
If you ain’t impressed yet, just tell me what you wanna hear

Well you lost your farm so you moved to town
You get a job, they shut the factory down
Now you sit around all day long feelin’ sad and blue
You need Snake Oil y’all, tell you what I’m gonna do

I can heal the sick, I can mend the lame
And the blind shall see again, it’s all the same

Well ain’t your President good to you
Knocked ’em dead in Libya, Grenada too
Now he’s taking his show a little further down the line
Well, ‘tween me and him people, you’re gonna get along just fine
 

 

Those of you that have known me for more than a few month know my abiding interest in ‘Alternative Medicine’ .  My family has come to love and accept that part of me, so much so, that they will choose my herbals over prescription medications for pain relief.  My brother Matt, has taken to calling my Bay Leaf Massage Oil ‘Snake Oil’.  Bay Leaf Oil is good for so much more than sore muscles, it kicks migraines right out of my head, soothes allergies, and you can use it (from a seperate bottle of course) to braise a beef roast before popping it in the Crock=Pot to simmer all day.

Both my Mum and brother Matt ask for that oil frequently, and when I say I can make them up a small bottle to use when they need it, they both say, “It only works when you do it!”

I also keep a tiny spray bottle of Bay Leaf oil handy for our cats, I use that instead of a poison treatment for ear mites.  It washes all of the ear mites out of their ears, and it isn’t dangerous to the cats’ health, in fact, it helps them pass hairballs easily.

Another way to use the bay leaf oil is to soak it into the wood of cupboards and drawers, bay leaf oil is an amazing insect repellant, and is safe for food, kids and pets.

 Mum, in particular, appreciates it enough to spring for the oil and herbs to make my different oils.  She especially appreciates the Sage Oil I make for her psoriasis, and the Arthritis Oil of Bay Leaf and Chillie Peppers.

 

The marvellous thing about these herbals is how easy they are to make and use.  All you do is take a quart bottle of extra-virgin olive oil, add 12-18 large Bay Leaves (Laurus nobilis), and sit the jar or bottle on a sunny windowsill for 4-6 weeks.  Be sure to label the bottle without covering up the sides.  It is safest to use both the common and scientific name when labelling herbals; the common name may change from region to region, but the scientific name remains the same all over the world.

 

A Very Hestia Hobby

Posted in Everday Living, Family History, Hestia's Hearth, Munchable Memories, Old Deep Roots, Soul Food Cafe Fun with tags , , , , , , on 07/03/2010 by gwenguin1

Not too long ago, Christmas 2009 to be exact; my family made our infamous Rice and Tomato soup.

 No need to shudder, it isn’t a cream soup!!

We sent these as Christmas gifts to family members, since a kettle of soup really doesn’t work as a gift, we also canned the soup and gave the cans as gifts.

In a perfect world I would have sent the jars of soup through the pressure canner for 2 hours at 25 p.s.i., this world is far from perfect so we didn’t trek down to the storage unit and dig until we found the pressure canner, drag it back to the house, wash it inside and out, and then set it up.

RICE AND TOMATO SOUP

 1-2 quart bottles of V-8 vegetable juice

2 or 3 large cans of petite diced tomatoes

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 ham steaks, cut in 1-1/2 inch cubes

1 pound of carrots, thinly sliced

3-4 bay leaves

Water

Lemon Pepper to taste

2-3 cups of instant rice

In a large kettle combine all the ingredients except the rice, use 2-3 inches of water in an empty bottle of the V-8 to rinse the last of the liquid from the juice and tomatoes into the soup. Simmer for 4-6 hours, or until the carrots are tender.

Add equal amounts of water and instant rice, and simmer for 1-2 hours or until the rice pops. Serve with fresh baked bread and cheese, or good ol’ grilled cheese sandwiches.

The soup, when all the cooking is done.

Soup, ready to be et.

 

To can the soup, fill clean, hot quart-size jars to within 1 inch of the top. Remove any air bubbles and wipe off the jar before placing the lid and ring on and tightening the ring. When you have a canner load ready re-tighten the rings and fill the canner.

Cover the jars in boiling water.

Jars in hot water. (Iwonder what they did?)

 

Special tool, vital to job.

This is Special Tool # such-and-such.

 

Does a great job I tell ya.

Does a great job I tell ya.

 

Fill to within 1 inch oh the top.

I think this one may be a... just a tad... overfull.

 

Jar, ready for the pressure canner.

I'm almost ready for the jacuzzi guys.

 

Cleaned up and ready to can.

Just a quick wash before the jacuzzi.

 

Set the canner for 25 pounds per square inch, once the pressure canner has sealed itself keep a constant temperature and p.s.i. for 2 hours. Allow the canner to cool naturally( do not run cold water over it), once it has unsealed itself carefully remove the jars and set them in a cool, dry place for 24 hours.

Jars, after being canned.

Brrrrrr!! Anyone gotta towel?

 

Remove all of the bands and check the seals on the jars by lifting them about an inch off the counter by the metal lids. Wash the outside of the jars, label with contents and the date.

Another fun little quiz

Posted in Everday Living, Munchable Memories, Stuff And Nonsense, You can do these! with tags , , , on 13/01/2009 by gwenguin1

My friend Shiloh had this fun little quiz on her blog (http://sunnydreamer.net/janu-dec2009/easy-fill-ins.shtml), so I thought it would be fun to give it a whirl myself.

 

Copy and paste this quiz to your blog, and then fill in your own answers! It’s fun! (So they say…)

Five names you go by:
1) Gwen
2) Miss Gwen
3) GwenGuin
4) Gwenerrella

5) Gwennie

Three things you are wearing right now:
1) Plaid flannel boxers
2) Faded blue tank top
3) My tortoise shell banana clip.

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1) For Mum to feel better
2) To be able to meet my special online friends face-to-face.

Three people who may fill this out:
1) Jo
2) Lynda

3) Chrys

Two things you did last night:
1) Waded thr0gh 100+ pieces of mail in my AOL inbox.
2) Started work on a post for this blog.l

Two things you ate today:
1) A breakfast Sandwich from Wendy’s.
2) These round little tater tot creatures, also from Wendy’s

People you last talked to on the phone:
1) Matt
2) My Psychiatrist’d office.

Two things you are going to do (or already did) today:
1) Add a new post to my personal blog.

2) Finish the post I started last night.

Two of the longest road trips:
1) Phoenix AZ. to Flint MI.
2) Tempe AZ. to Corvallis, OR.

Three of your favorite beverages:
1) Classic Coke
2) Bottled Water (preferably Dasani)
3) Ice cold 2% Milk

Inspiration From Shiloh

Posted in Everday Living, Family History, Munchable Memories, My Inspirations, Photo Phun, Reviews and Previews, Stuff And Nonsense, You can do these! with tags , , , , , on 30/11/2008 by gwenguin1
Fourth from Fourth

Fourth from Fourth

 

 

 

Shiloh ( http://sunnydreamer.net/octo-dec2008/tagged.shtml ) posted this meme on her blog recently and I decided to go for it.

 

First, post the fourth picture from the fourth folder on your computer.  I went to the fourth folder on my computer and it only had 2 pictures.  I tried going one forward and one backward, and those folders contained copyrighted images.  Since that wasn’t working I went to the fourth folder of my photos and found this pic.  Since I am always ready to show off my kitty-girl I was pleased.

 

Then come the lists of eight!

 

8 Favourite TV Shows:

1)    Star Trek

2)    The X Files

3)    Night Gallery

4)    Animal Police

5)    The Pink Panther (the original animated series)

6)    Monty Python’s Flying Circus

7)      Planet Earth

8)    Most Evil

 

8 Things I did Yesterday:

1)    Made Thanksgiving Dinner

2)    Learned to Play Mexican Train Dominoes

3)    Laughed until my sides hurt

4)    Managed to get some of Skye’s feltings removed

5)    Gave Kryssi a small gift

6)    Got awesome hugs from Kryssi and Troy

7)    Had so much fun in the here and now that I forgot I have 2 cameras

8)    Slept for 12 hours straight

 

8 Things I look forward to:

1)    The next family get-together

2)    Watching Kryssi and Troy’s marriage prosper and grow

3)    Having a book published (someday)

4)    Watching the family young’uns grow up

5)    Continuing to enjoy my partnership with Shiloh

6)    Continuing to work with Soul Food Café

7)    Growing old with Skye

8)    Learning more cool stuff

 

8 Favourite Restaurants:

1)    Filibertos (what’s not to like about ‘real’ Mexican food?)

2)    Red Lobster (of course)

3)    Good ol’ Kentucky Fried Chicken (they make the best cole slaw- bar none)

4)    Chompies Bagel Factory and Deli

5)    Olive Garden (pretty close to homemade Italian)

6)    Barro’s Chicago Style Pizza (clean restaurant, quality food, and excellent service)

7)    China China  (I love good Chinese food)

8)    Tom’s BBQ (they make these incredible fried onions)

 

8 things on my ‘Wish List’:

1)                To travel ‘round the world and give my online friends ‘real’ hugs.

2)                To have a number of books published.

3)                To spend days in the Louvre.

4)                To celebrate my Birthday (the Summer Solstice) at Stonehenge.

5)                To reach further back with my family tree, to see of we really are descendants of Petosegay of the Ottowa Peoples.

6)                Hear Bagpipes played in the Scottish Highlands.

7)                Visit Ireland to see where my Irish ancestors came from.

8)                To meet the members of my favourite band.  (Rush)

What I Am Grateful For

Posted in Bombazilla, Bookworm Tales, Critter Tails, Everday Living, Family History, Gwenerella, Misspent Youth, Munchable Memories, My Inspirations, My Soapboxes, Old Deep Roots, You can do these! with tags , , , , on 22/11/2008 by gwenguin1

I would be poor indeed if I did not list the things I am grateful for:

The 10 Things I am grateful for:
1) Hope
2) Loving and being loved
3) Friends
4) Family
5) Laughter
6) Pets of any kind
7) Music
8) Books
9) Colours
10) Faith

4th of July Fireworks

Posted in Munchable Memories, Reviews and Previews on 09/07/2007 by gwenguin1

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Here in the States, 4th of July is celebrated with picnics, marching bands, and lots of fireworks, the never-get-tired-of wonder of night skies.

happy-4th-of-july-111a.jpgWhere I live with Mum, and my brother Matt, we can sit on the back porch to watch the fireworks show at the local high school.  This year Mum and Matt suffered a severe ‘food coma’ after munching on the spicy BBQ pork ribs, with fixin’s a-plenty.

happy-4th-of-july-115a.jpgSo, there I was, just me and my camera when the fireworks actually began.  I popped out to the ‘back yard’ that faces an 8-lane superhighway. 

happy-4th-of-july-096a.jpgStanding on rough paving tiles, still hot from the 110+ degree, and playing with camera; all by my lonesome and snapping pics as fast as I could.

happy-4th-of-july-061a.jpgI didn’t waste any time finding out how to time my shots with the fireworks, so that the fireworks would be caught at their brightest moment of glory.

happy-4th-of-july-079a.jpgHopping from foot to foot early on and able to stand still by midpoint as I flashed ny way through 2 new sets of batteries!  happy-4th-of-july-085a.jpg

happy-4th-of-july-122a.jpgAnywhoo, my dear regular readers, here is my 4th of July, shared with you, so my ‘Oooooooo’s and Aaaaahhh’s’ weren’t alone. 

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