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11 March 2009 @ 09:17 pm
So I've mentioned in several places that I make a MEAN Chicken Tikka Masala, and every time I do, people ask me for my recipe! So! Here it is! If you don't know much about ethnic food, this is Indian. And it's fucking delicious.

Chicken Tikka Masala
Serves Four

1 cup yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ginger
2 tsp salt
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
4 long skewers (optional)
1 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
3 tsp cumin
3 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
2 (8oz) cans tomato sauce
2 cups heavy cream

1.) In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, ginger, and salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for at least one hour.
2.) Preheat grill to high heat (variation: set oven to broil).
3.) Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side. If you have no skewers, grill on something like a cookie sheet to prevent chicken from falling through (variation: broil in oven, about seven minutes on each side)
4.) Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with cumin, paprika, and salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens (about 20 minutes). Add grilled chicken and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter. (optional: garnish with fresh cilantro)

with basmati rice and naan.

PREP TIME: 30 mins
COOK TIME: 50 mins
READY IN: 2hrs 20mins

This is the recipe I follow. The original recipe I took it from was a bit different, but I tweaked it a bit after making it a few times and finding what worked best. This recipe doubles the sauce from the original recipe because you can never have too much. In fact, tonight we ate this and ran out of sauce, and that's with it doubled! Also, the pointier the end of the jalapeno, the spicier it is, just so you're aware. Don't forget to take out the seeds! If you don't like it too spicy you can put less cayenne pepper into the marinade.

And that's it! I'd love to know what you guys think, if you end up making it, and if you come up with any variations that make it even better! :D
08 March 2009 @ 10:19 pm
It rains when I eat anything other than bamboo because I get sad and my tears rain down on mankind.  
I am having such a ridiculously ADD day. I can't concentrate on anything for longer than five minutes and I keep checking and rechecking webpages that I know haven't updated. I think it's because I'm away from school and all the social stimulation I've gotten used to. I've been spending time with my parents, and I love them, and I have a lot of fun with them, but they don't really GET me the way that my friends do, and a lot of the things that I would talk about with my friends they just don't give a shit about. So that's probably why I'm so ridiculously all over the place.

I'm on chapter 109 of One Piece.

Anyone want to play that game where you write a story by going back and forth each writing one word at a time? You start.
08 March 2009 @ 04:19 pm
Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.  
I'm home for spring break! Being home is always excellent, but I miss school too. It sucks to have two places that I want to be at once. I'm sure that a lot of people have that problem. Oh well.

I don't really have all that many plans for this week, other than chilling out with my parents, cooking Indian food (which I am amazing at, btw), trying to get nickelodeon to set aside some time to chill out with me, and possibly heading into Boston with some school friends who live relatively nearby. Sounds like a successful spring break to me!

If anyone didn't see my last post, I've been writing letters to people on my flist, so if anyone would like to become my penpal (and I mean anyone, I don't care if we rarely talk, or even if we've never really talked properly. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know someone, and you get MAIL! REAL MAIL! PAPER AND INK AND HANDWRITING!), then I will write to you! Hahaha but yes, seriously, I will write to ANY of you, and just leave your address HERE, and I will start writing ASAP. :D

I'm up to chapter 84 in One Piece and it's already made me cry. Only 2389472398572 chapters to go!
06 March 2009 @ 11:27 pm
Socks are warm. They go on your feet. Feet go in your socks. They keep movin' on.  

So here's the thing. I love writing letters, and I also love getting letters. I'm already penpals with prpl_pen and snuzzie, but I would love to exchange letters with more of you. Anyone interested? Comments to this post are screened, and if you give me your address and maybe a thing or two that you'd like me to write about (like anything you'd like to know about me or whatever), then I will write you a letter. You don't have to write back, although as I said, I love getting letters. If you write back then I will definitely send you another letter! So...yes! Please give me your addresses and we shall be penpals and it will be excellent.

ETA: I've only gotten one request so far and have written a letter to nakotaco and put it in an envelope with a stamp on it! Who's next???

ETA2: Letter two written to electricsong! Any other takers?
04 March 2009 @ 11:45 am
Nicolle is just plain awesome. She hates to not be awesome. Yeah.  
Sometimes I forget that my updates in this thing are all most of you ever hear from me. So that when something happens, you are completely left in the dark, unless I say something. Most of you are probably content with that, but I think that I still have at least a few people on my flist who give a shit.

A few weeks ago I posted and said that I had a boy, and I don't think I ever expanded on that, and oh. Is there are story to go along with that. So. I joined OkCupid fucking ages ago, mostly for funsies, but when a friend of mine joined eHarmony and started actually going on dates with some of the guys she got matched up with there (and I realized my own ineptitude when it comes to the opposite sex) I decided to actually fill out my profile on OkCupid and I uploaded a new picture, not really expecting any responses or actively searching anyone out.

Apparently my picture and half-assed profile warranted a response, though, because I started getting three or four messages every day. If I sign onto OkCupid I get like six instant messages at once. It's kind of ridiculous and overwhelming, but anyway, one day I was bored and decided to chat with a few of the guys who'd messaged me and I kind of hit it off with one of them. His name was Andrew and he was a huge dork, like me, and from his picture he looked really cute. Plus he was like 6'3" and that's fucking awesome. So that night he and I talked on Skype for like three hours and had a great conversation and it was really fun. The next night we Skyped again and he asked me if I wanted to start a sort of a relationship kind of a thing, and I said okay, because I really enjoyed talking to him and we seemed to really get along well.

This is kind of a saga, so I'll cut the rest.Collapse )

I'm trying to figure out a username for George so I can app her somewhere, but I'm coming up blank. Anyone have any ideas?

Also, I just caught up on all the manga series I've been reading, including Naruto. Lol. I also started reading One Piece, and am really enjoying it so far, although I'm only fifty-something chapters in and have about twenty BILLION to go. It's nice to have so much to read, but at the same time I just want to be caught up and the sheer size of this series is DAUNTING.

Okay, it's about lunch time and then I've got some last minute homework to do before class this afternoon. ♥
24 February 2009 @ 02:31 am
I'm bringing this meme over from Facebook.  
So nakotaco tagged me in this meme on Facebook, and mine came out pretty awesomely, so I wanted to share it with my flist as well as my Facebook friends. So here we go!

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 - Post it to FB with this text in the "caption" or "comment" and TAG the friends you want to join in. Or, alternately, post it to LJ and tag EVERYONE. Which is what I'm doing. This takes literally like five minutes and I made mine in Paint. DO IT!

ETA: Also! I uploaded one of my Computer Science projects onto YouTube, so you can see how amazing I am at programming little 3D animals and shit. This one has a T-Rex in it. Ooh and Ahh.
23 February 2009 @ 04:58 am
Oh noes.  
Sooo. I think I found a character that I really want to RP.

ETA: Does anyone know of a good multifandom RPG with a fairly generic plot? That's not bnf_brawl? I hate that my first instinct is to go back there, where it's familiar. I need somewhere new.
21 February 2009 @ 05:20 pm
So. I haven't properly updated in awhile, so I figured it's about time. Even though I'm fairly certain that 95% of my flist doesn't even read my entries. But whatever, I suppose that's fair enough, considering how inconsistently I update.

Life is good. I've been spending a lot of time with my new friends from my a cappella group. They're awesome. They have the same ridiculous sense of humor as I do, and the same ridiculously messed up sleeping patterns. Last night we stayed up until like 8:30AM watching Dead Like Me and playing cards. Good times galore. The only sad part is that they're freshman, and therefore over four years younger than me, and once I leave they'll have another three years here. That weirds me out. Bleh.

School is going pretty well too. I've been sick this week and missed a few classes, but I feel like in general I'm pretty much on top of things, which is excellent. I'm actually doing my homework this semester, which would have been fairly unheard of for me last year. Hooray for succeeding.

Tonight there's a party at the Women's Concerns house, which we call WoCo, and the theme is "Favorite Color". So basically you have to come all dressed in one and only one color. The only color I have enough of to dress in completely is black, but I feel like that's a lame color, and I'd rather dress in green. So I'm heading to Kohl's to pick up something green to wear. I think I'll also get green nail polish and green eye makeup. I love themed parties.

Also! My friend Tom (purgatorysflame) is coming back to school tonight after being away for a week for surgery! I'm so glad that he'll be back, because I missed him immensely. I'm so lucky to have such excellent friends.

And this entry is kind of all over the place, and I feel like I didn't say anything that I meant to say, but oh well. I'm meeting friends for dinner in about three minutes, so I suppose I should wrap this up.

How's everyone else doing? I've been reading LJ entries, but I've failed at commenting and I feel so detached from my internetly friends in general. How's life, internetly friends?
08 February 2009 @ 04:48 pm
She lives.  
This week has been so draining emotionally, that I finally broke down a little bit today. Well, that was also because I forgot to take my antidepressants for two days (I am ASTOUNDED at the difference it makes when I don't take them), but also it's legitimately been crazy.

I have severe issues with trusting that people care about me. In general I assume that people don't like me very much, and I try harder than any person should have to to be nice and be the kind of person I think they want me to be rather than being myself. Over the last few weeks, I've found friends who I feel comfortable being myself with, and for the first time in my life, I trust that they care about me. It's fucking weird, and I'm having trouble dealing with how that makes me feel.

And in the breakdown I've started realizing how little time I actually have with these people. I graduate on May 16th. That's only 3 1/2 months. And then I go back to the life that I built in MA, and that I loved, but where I was still trying so hard to be someone that people would like.

I'm hoping that this experience will teach me that people really can care about me for who I am, but even through the amazing times of these last few weeks, I've lost a friend who was really important to me for a long time. Realizing that I was the only person who cared in the friendship, and that they really wouldn't care at all if I never spoke to them again was like getting stabbed, but at the same time, kind of a relief. I don't have to try so hard anymore. Sometimes the disappointment is just too much, you know?

Anyway, I probably shouldn't be writing this in the middle of a depressive episode, but I have too many feelings right now. Feel fully free to ignore every last sentence. I won't mind. I don't think I even know any of you anymore. I'd like to, but I don't think many of you even like me very much. And that's probably just my nature springing back to the forefront, but with the shit that's happened in the past few months, do you really blame me?

I think I'll take another nap. Ugh. I watched The Lion King earlier and legitimately sobbed throughout the entire thing. I am a fucking mess.

And the saddest part is that I've never been happier in my entire life.
03 February 2009 @ 04:56 am
I need to do an actual proper update at some point. I went on tour with my a cappella group and it was one of the best weeks of my life. All of us are such a tight knit group of people, and I've never had such a great GROUP of friends as they are. They're amazing and I am so fortunate to have been able to come back this semester and be a part of this.

And school has started and so far it's going well. I'm actually doing homework and going to class (barring today when I had a weird reaction with my meds that caused me to hallucinate all morning wtf), and I really have high hopes for this semester. Yay.

Also, in other news:

I have a boy. :3

That is all. For now.