May 5 – Kitchen Creation

Have you ever invented your own recipe? Tell us about it (or your favourite one).

There are two ‘creations’ that instantly come to mind when I read this…

Firstly, there’s my cheesy pepper rice concoction.

I first created this when I was poor student. I was doing really long hours dancing full time, and would generally come home feeling completely exhausted, and by time I was ready to have dinner, it was quite late. After going through my six-pieces-of-toast-and-two-cups-of-tea-for-dinner phase, (which at one point also became a breakfast phase!) I moved on to this creation. It all happened one night when I was craving rice. Nothing special, just plain, boring, rice. I don’t know why, but I just was. I would sometimes make a big curry or stew, and a big pot of rice, and then portion it up and that would be lunches or dinners for a week, and I would always make my rice substituting water for stock – usually vegetable or chicken.

I’d make it in the microwave, and it would always cook perfectly.

So this one night, I decided to just make a small single portion of rice. Using chicken stock, I cooked my rice to perfection and took a couple of mouthfuls. It needed something. So I hunted through the cupboards to work out what to add… A-HA! A couple of small tins of tuna. Mixed it into the rice… still needed something… PEPPER!! SO I mixed that in and then added some grated cheese… and it became this gooey, peppery, tuna rice dish that became an instant hit, and a new regular in my repertoire of cooking late at night.

The other ‘creation’ of mine is my watermelon drink. It’s something that I generally only make in summer, because it’s so refreshing – especially here when summer reaches temperatures up to 45 degrees celsius!!

So, in a blender I would put a small amount of juice – I would only ever use a special Apple & Mint juice from the supermarket, then I would cut up a whole bunch of seedless watermelon (enough to fill 2/3 of my giant blender) then a big bunch of fresh mint, a generous handful of ice, and another small amount of juice… and blend.

It takes a little bit for everything to blend and for the ice to crush, and it quickly fills the blender – so if you try it, make sure that you don’t overfill the blender, because once it’s all liquidised, it’ll overflow.

Then in a glass, I put some more ice, pour in my concoction, garnish with some more mint and VOILA… heavenly refreshment!!

Daily Prompt: The Outsiders

Tel us about the experience of being outside, looking in — however you’d like to interpret that.

This is actually quite a great prompt for me to write about right now, as I’m up to my armpits in episodes of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Hulk and I have recently smashed out 3 seasons in about 2 weeks, and currently up to Season 4 and it’s fantastic!

When I was first introduced to the Real Housewives franchise, it was with those lovely respectable ladies of New Jersey,

And, of course, Hotlanta Atlanta:

But for now, we’re dealing with Beverly Hills, and fuck, have those bitches got money!!

Growing up with no money, I have always been fascinated by people and their wealth, and how they choose to display their wealth. Some people are actually humble enough to not parade their wealth around, but they seem to be far and few between. The rest of them, however, are basically like Nene above: “I AM A VERY RICH BITCH” and the great thing about shows like these, are that they give the rest of us peasants an insight into a world that we will never know or experience.

When was the last time you bought your 15yr old daughter a $50,000 car? Or the last time you flew in your friends private jet across the country? Oh, maybe you didn’t have time because you were too busy swimming in your millions of dollars from all the casinos / basketball teams / restaurants you own… I can imagine it would be such a hard life.

All these ‘ladies’ (and I use the term so very loosely) seem to do is throw lunches and dinners and parties and make them all so ridiculously over the top. Didn’t your parents spend $60,000 on your 4th birthday party? No? Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. How are you able to live with yourself? How can you even look at your parents the same anymore with out an overwhelming sense of resentment for not making your day the most elaborate and over-the-top day possible. How selfish of them!!

The thing with shows like this, is that for people like me, there’s rich, but then there’s rich. Just looking at some of the mansions these people live in is simply ridiculous. To have somebody say on camera that ‘being forced to live in anything less than 10,000 square-feet is going to be a complete nightmare’… ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? Some of these bitches have walk-in wardrobes bigger than my 2br apartment. It’s just unbelievable how some of these people live.

But like one of the girls says “Having money doesn’t give you class, it just gives you money” and the show clearly demonstrates this. They all talk about how each other needs to behave like ‘a lady’, and stop getting caught up in petty bullshit, but that’s pretty much ALL they do in every single episode. They may have millions of dollars, live in mansions, have successful husbands etc etc, but at the end of the day, they’re all basic high-school bitches always starting shit, and stirring the pot.

Well, except for Kim Richards. She’s a few sandwiches short of a picnic now. She’s now out of her stint in rehab and ‘sober’ again, but she can barely string a sentence together at the best of times.

Unless of course, she’s lucid enough to get involved in a fight