Part I: It's Getting Hot Up in Here
So on Monday, my dad used his old school tactics of adding water to the radiator, keeping the top off, and turning on the heat (which the fan wasn't working anyways, but apparently that doesn't matter). These were his tricks to keep the car from overheating and it worked. Doing those things lowers the pressure, he said. In the end, the car was fixed in total even though my dad had to take a trip to the salvage center (but what we call around here "the junk yard") to find a wire that had burned out in my car. Since when did having a 1999 car mean that you were driving something obsolete?
In the end, they did a sneak attack on the wasps (good thing I had a jug of that bug spray and they had on long sleeves), the air conditioner unit has been serviced, the new part has been ordered and since my unit is under warranty, I only have to pay for the shipping fee.
Life goes on. :-)
Part II: Moving On
So, if you wondered why I had so many recipes posted lately, all of the above will give you insight on what I could manage to do during all of this drama. As soon as both the car and house a/c were fixed I decided to get out of town. Run, Forest, Run!!!
I decided to visit some family and do a little cooking there. You want to know Thursday's dinner? Parmesan crusted tilapia, green beans with tomatoes, and coconut rice. A very light dinner, but they liked it. Sorry, no pictures. But, the recipe for the Parmesan crusted tilapia can be found here.
I know we all have dreams and sometimes we tend to dream big. You want to know another thing I'd like to do? I'd like to pull out a map of the world and learn to cook something from each part of the world. I don't mean everything their cuisine has to offer but a dish or two that I would enjoy. I would call my experience "Cooking across the Continents." Apparently I'm not the only one with this idea. I just found a website where a girl is doing that same thing: Global Table Adventure.
What is the newest spice currently on my mind? Ras el Hanout. Never had it, sounds amazing, and meanwhile my brother found it at a superfantabulous international market in his area. So we have agreed that he will ship me spices I can't find and I'll ship him the old fashion spices and mixes that can be found here. Win-win.
Well, that was a mouthful, and that was my week in a nutshell! Oh yeah, they'll be even more recipes on next week. Like I said, cooking was about all I could manage to do. :-)
BTW, in my haste of scheduling posts before I left (that's why you haven't heard from me), I scheduled yesterday's for 8 p.m. instead of a.m. If you missed it, it's a recipe for spiced blueberry oatmeal.
p.s. Going to do some fast cleaning up now. I've got dinner guests arriving soon...
Until next time,