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Tater Tot Waffle, or what happens when I get an idea in my head

June 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Tater Tot Waffle

I love tater tots. However, frying them with oil isn’t something I like to do very often, and baking them kind of dries them out. I’d heard of folks using their waffle irons for savory dishes, and I thought, why not try tots? Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and all I used was cooking spray for the iron.

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • Tater tots (frozen)

Directions: In a bowl, microwave the tots for about 4 minutes. Pre-heat the waffle iron and spray with cooking spray top and bottom. Layer the tots into the waffle iron and really get them squished in there in all edges. In the pic you can see I missed some spots, unfortunately.

My waffle iron is a standard size, and is the type that you can turn over during the cooking process. I had to squash the tots down pretty hard to get it to turn over, and that’s a good thing. Let cook for 8-10 minutes (I did 9).

Mmm mmm good, and none of the extra fat with oil. I’ve seen posts where some folks add bacon and cheese. Knock yourself out with your extra ingredients. Mine is just plain jane, ready for my favorite ingredient, KETCHUP!

Good times.

Legend: A biopic about the Krays starring my boy Tom Hardy (trailer)

June 26, 2015 Leave a comment

I’m so going to watch this when it gets released in the Fall here in the States. Tom Hardy is playing both twins. Seriously. Both.

Ronnie and Reggie Kray ruled the London underground in the 60s. There is another biopic from the 90s called “The Krays” that I also enjoyed, starring Gary and Martin Kemp from the 80s act Spandau Ballet. Check it out if you so please:

This was your Tom Hardy moment for the day 🙂

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Samurai Cat. Why not, right? (movie trailer)

June 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Enjoy:

The cat is pretty cute, after all.

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A quick and easy Egg Drop Soup recipe

June 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Ok, so if you like Egg Drop Soup like I do, then enjoy in five minutes, tops:

Ingredients (yield 2 servings):

  • Sesame oil (about a teaspoon because a little goes a long way)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp or so of water

Instructions:

  1. combine the cornstarch and water in a little cup and stir it up for a bit.
  2. Pour the chicken broth into a pot and let it start to heat up. Add the cornstarch/water mix and sesame oil.
  3. Once the broth is boiling, add the eggs a little at a time. Then, take it off the heat. Add your seasonings.

If you want that deep yellow color, feel free to add a drop of yellow food coloring. And, you can also chop up some chives for a little more flavor.

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What will happen to Jon Snow, some personal theories (Game of Thrones spoilers as always)

June 17, 2015 Leave a comment

You. I like you. Yes, I like you too.

Before I start this, let me answer the question that’s often asked: I’ve read ASOIAF up until A Dance with Dragons, so I will work from a book/show perspective. In that particular book is the scene where Jon gets betrayed by the men of the Night’s Watch (minus Olly who doesn’t exist). In the book, as Jon lays dying, he says the word “Ghost” and then it’s all fade to black. There is no conclusion that he truly died, or what happened. I’m guessing George R.R. Martin is going to address it in The Winds of Winter, but there’s no guarantee even that the book will be out before the next season.

However, remember this little factoid: The showrunners have confirmed time and time again that Martin has told them how it all plays out, and they also most likely know what all is happening in The Winds of Winter. Viewers were up in arms about Shireen and what happens to her because she was still alive in A Dance with Dragons. But, Martin had told D&D that it was eventually going to happen in the books, so they took it in the direction they did to give Stannis some sort of conclusion that he is most definitely not Azor Ahai reborn. Melisandre also realizes this in the season finale (although she was the one to tell him to burn his daughter) and decides to jump ship back to the Wall.

So, you have Melisandre and Davos at the Wall when Jon is stabbed. Remember, Melisandre has the same power that Thoros of Myr has in that they have the power to re-animate. Thoros used it on Catelynn and she became Lady Stoneheart (how I wish she would have appeared in the series, but oh well). So, that can be one conclusion for Jon next season, she re-animates him. This is entirely possible because she has stated before that her power is greatest when she is at the Wall, she showed an obvious interest in Jon and knows he’s got a destiny far greater than almost any other character in ASOIAF. I could see her doing that.

Another theory: remember what I said about Jon saying “Ghost” in ADWD. His direwolf Ghost is still alive, and Jon has the ability to warg, just like the rest of the Stark children (I have my doubts about Sansa, but that’s another story). So, as he lay dying it’s very possible that his soul wargs into Ghost for the time being. Not permanently, mind you, but just until his anima is out of harm’s way.

And yet another theory that’s gaining traction on the interwebs: Remember when the Nights’ King looked at Jon with much interest after he cut down the White Walker? Perhaps Jon is also destined to be a White Walker, and eventual Nights’ King who can create a treaty of peace between the Cold ones beyond the Wall and the southerners, thereby ending Winter. I’m not a fan of that theory myself, but it’s out there.

At any rate, Jon is who he is, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark (if R + L = J holds). As such, he can make a claim to the Iron Throne. Kit Harrington and D&D have said in multiple interviews that Jon Snow is dead dead dead. Sure, that can be true. The Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch can be truly dead. But if he is resurrected, he will be Jon Targaryen, no longer Jon Snow, a man once sworn to the Night’s Watch but is no longer because technically he “died”. The oath dies with Snow, so to speak. He can leave and get on with his real career path, a trueborn Targaryen/Stark who can be both Azor Ahai reborn/ The Prince that was Promised and the rightful King of Westeros.

This is a pretty interesting spot to be in, where the show has caught up to the published books and no one (aside from insiders with Nondisclosure Agreements I’m sure) knows what will happen next. It’s pretty exciting stuff. I for one am looking forward to next season and the release of The Winds of Winter. It’s time for some new reading material 🙂

Review: Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 8: “Hardhome” (spoilers)

June 1, 2015 Leave a comment

The Four Horsemen of the Wight-copalypse

Holy effin crap! To recap:

  1. Tyrion and Dany meet up and have a conversation about their wonderful fathers (just in time for Father’s Day, eh?). Jorah gets banished back to the pits. Dany decides that Tyrion will advise her so long as he can keep sober enough to do so.
  2. Sansa and Theon have a heart to heart. If you think Sansa is a wilting little flower, you’re so wrong. She basically told him that if she had her way, it would be her slicing off his manhood instead of Ramsey. Then, Theon gives up that Rickon and Bran are still alive, which she did not know. Now she has hope to carry on.
  3. Arya is still in her super secret agent spy training and is about to go on her first mission. The grin on her face was epic.
  4. Cersei is getting hers, finally. That biotch has caused so much trouble that it’s very satisfying to see her all imprisoned and what not. But Qyburn stops by and tells her that the experiment continues. If you don’t know what he’s talking about, he means his attempts to “Frankenstein” The Mountain back to life (Gregor Clegane). Perhaps that will factor into Cersei’s upcoming trial. It will also be interesting to find out if her uncle Kevan has anything to do with her imprisonment.
  5. Hardhome. Before this continues, let me say that as a book reader, all of what happens at Hardhome took me by surprise. Wights? White Walkers? The Night’s King? Re-animation? That’s how you do a zombie battle, son! Jon also learns that his Valyrian steel sword of awesome can cut through a White Walker just as well as dragon glass, so that’s good information to take back south. Wun Wun the Giant makes it back also and that makes me happy. I like Wun Wun.

So yeah, “Hardhome” was epic through and through. If I were to guess, the big battle next week will be between Stannis and Ramsey. That’s why I didn’t expect the wight battle at Hardhome as the big one doesn’t usually happen until the penultimate episode.

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