Friday Feast of the Week #3

enchilada Click pic for source (not actual recipe).

Spicy Potato Burritos with Red Mole Sauce


6 potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 cup shredded cheese (I use a cheddar blend)

1/2 cup frozen corn,thawed (or 1/2 can of niblets)

4 diced red chili peppers

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp. cumin

3 cloves of garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup red mole sauce (see below)

6-8 tortillas (I use whole wheat and flax)

fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)


Boil potatoes until tender – about 15 mins. Drain, cool and mash. Mix in chilis, spice mix, 3/4 cup of cheese and corn. Spoon evenly into tortillas, roll up and place in 8 x 8 or 13 x 9 pan. Spread enchilada sauce over top. Sprinkle with rest of cheese (add more if you like). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the potato filling tests hot.

Red Mole Sauce


1 Tbsp. oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. minced onion

1/2 tsp. oregano

21/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. basil

1/8 tsp. each pepper and salt

1/4 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. parsley

6 oz. tomato sauce

1-1/2 cups water

1 square semi-sweet chocolate


Heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute. Add onion, herbs and spices and tomato sauce. Add chocolate and stir until it melts. Slowly add water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 – 20 minutes. Serve over Potato Burritos. Enjoy with a salad. Serves 4 hungry people.


Theme Thursday: “button”

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Jam-jar of buttons

High atop the Frigidaire–

Most from winter coats.


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I’ve come a long way, baby!

Poetikat does not endorse smoking, but these girls “came a long way” first.
It’s my one year anniversary on July 29, for Blasts From the Past, so I thought I’d dig up some earlier posts and let you all have a peek at some of my favourites and some that have been well-received.
When I began this blog as an off-shoot of Poetikat’s Invisible Keepsakes, it was to keep my alter-ego separate from my poetry. I struggle with this in any case, since you can often find film reviews and recipes on my main blog, but this blog was started with the intention of exploring merely video clips that were mementoes of my past. I was hopeful that others would find them of interest as well.
What started out as a YouTube fest, soon became a delving into my personal history, the failures and foibles of a somewhat faulted young girl/woman in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario. This took off rather, as it appears my faults and foibles were not unique to me, but also to all of you. When I write anecdotes of my blunders and experiences, you too have similar stories to share and I look forward to every one of your comments so I can laugh along with you and we can all feel better. That’s what this lark is all about, isn’t it? Remembering the pain and knowing we conquered it all; we are triumphant and can look back and chuckle at our childhood angst.
Since the outset, I have realized I am a Generation Jones member, although I still feel a strong affinity for the Generation X set. I can be both, right?
Please have a look below. Maybe read a few (or more) and don’t forget to leave your thoughts.
I now present the Best of Blasts From the Past:
The very first post (just so you can see how much my formula has evolved):
Bugs Bunny – A Whole Lot of Bull!
The introductory post (once I had a sense of the direction I was taking):
You Are Entering a Zone…
An example of a post about a well-known television show:
By Request: Classic Catwomen
Another t.v. show memory:
The Hardy Boys- Hardy=har=har!
Getting a little more personal now:
Burnt Offerings: Why I hate sleepovers.
This one brought an old beau out of hiding!:
All By Myself: Slow dancing at parties
On the sheer humiliation front:
Roller Derby Queen? As if!
Memories of independence:
Trivial Pursuit and a Taste of Freedom
Remembering a longed-for toy:
The Easy-bake Oven Mystery
How dolls defined us:
A Doll’s House
Thanks for being part of the journey and stick around; there’s way more to tell!

OSI: fragrance (at the diner).

brekky Click pic for source.

Cleopatra, Waits

Cleopatra, daily

makes her way to work

at the Family Circle


She wears only

formal black, but

sneaks in

a flash of gold

with slippers

borrowed from

her mother’s hold

from trips back home.

Smiling ever

at her customers,

Cleo tops up cups

of coffee, endlessly,

the fragrance

of olive oil

permeating her hair

and skin.

She longs to

get away

to a Grecian isle,

where she’s free

to step out

in gilded sandals

and dance

the syrto

beside a white-washed


where sunnyside

means something more

than egg yolks.


Cleopatra’s fair

with bottled-blonde

hair, but there lurks

something eternal

beneath her dark lashes–

behind that smile:

something like

those maidens, loth

on that Attic urn.

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Show Your Hand: Here’s Mine!

Leah of “The Weather In the Streets” has challenged us to present a sample of our handwriting for the cyber-world to see. This definitely was a challenge! My right hand is aching from the exertion! It just goes to show you how comfortable we get with using our keyboards. One might say we have become incredibly lazy.

It wasn’t always this way. Growing up and going to school, I had the flat pink notebooks and the huge red pencils and then graduated to the slim, yellow HBs and on to Bic pens. Nobody ever even heard of a personal computer when I was going to school. Computers were room-sized behemoths that ate up rectangular hole-punched cards and spit them out the other end!

In university, we took pages and pages of notes, by HAND! Then, if we were lucky, we’d arduously type them up on portable Smith-Coronas, white-outing as we went and praying nobody in authority would dock us marks on our essays– otherwise, we’d have to rewrite them from the drafts, once more, by hand.

Is it any wonder that I have fallen into the lax habit of simply rattling off my words on the keypad? Part of me would like to find an old typewriter to regain some of that historic feel of the true artist, plucking merrily (or anxiously) away, churning out reams of masterworks. The other part of me is quite content in my lassitude– whipping off post after post at record speed (albeit, with Blogger’s co-operation).

So thank you Leah, for compelling me to try my hand at hand-writing again. It’s been interesting, but now I’m going to go rub some Tiger Balm in my wrist for my pains!

Here’s a sample of my handiwork (below). This meme is courtesy of The Wife of Riley. Feel free to swipe it and adapt to an artist of your choosing. I hope you’ll forgive me for some obtuse responses.



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Friday Feast of the Week #2

chickcur click pic for source

We love curry in the Hyggehus and this dish is fast, easy and spicy (just the way we like it)! I looked high and low for a quick way to cook basmati rice that doesn’t interfere with my stovetop cooking and I finally found one that is consistently good. You do it in the microwave, but don’t be afraid; it works!

Slow-cooker Curried Chicken and Tomatoes with Fool-proof Basmati Rice

Curried Chicken Ingredients:

1 package boneless chicken thighs

3-4 white onions, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

2 Tbsp curry powder

1 tsp. ginger

21/2 tsp. minced garlic (or 3 cloves)

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 can diced tomatoes, drained

1 cup sultana raisins

1/4 cup flaked, unsweetened coconut

1 tsp. garam masala

1/8 tsp. coriander

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. ketchup


Brown chicken pieces in a bit of margarine or butter. Remove and place in slow cooker (crock-pot). Saute onions and green pepper with 1/4 cup water, garlic and spices. Add tomatoes, raisins and coconut. Pour over chicken in crockpot. Add ketchup and sugar (water may also be added if mixture appears too dry). Cook on high for 3 hours and low for 1 hour, or on low for 7-8 hours. Serve with Basmati rice (see below) and mango chutney.

Fool-proof Basmati Rice


2 cups basmati rice

3 cups cold water

1 tsp. butter or margarine


Rinse rice, 1 cup at a time and drain as much of the water off as possible ( I use a metal sieve and shake the rice to get the water and starch off). Put rice in a 3L Corning Ware or Pyrex dish. Add tsp. of margarine. Pour over 3 cups water.

Place uncovered in microwave. Heat on High Power (10) for 15 minutes. Put the cover on the dish and heat on High Power (10) for another 5 minutes. Let stand, covered for a further 5 minutes.

Fluff with a fork and serve with Curried Chicken (above) or your favourite dish.

Theme Thursday: “shoe”


Kat’s shoes: Crocs, Adidas, Pink Puffies,Golden Glads (for KK-B) (Please don’t look at my dirty floors!)

Waiting For the Other Shoe…

I’ve heard that some women go gaga

for cobbled goods– Manolos and Gucci shoes

Fendi’s and Jimmy Choos.

There’s that old joke about Imelda Marcos

that crops up when a lady collects

too many.

All these stereotypes:

Closets full of shoes and handbags–

another myth like that infamous line:

“Do I look fat in this?”

I don’t really care about shoes.

Less than 10 pair resides

in my closet–

Crocs, runners,sandals and slippers …

if the shoe fits … I’ll wear it.

What’s of much more interest to me,

are those isolated roadside runaways —

the pair of plimsoles dangling from a tree

or telephone wire, the old boot

rotting on the beach, the luxury-loafer

on the freeway verge.

How does a person lose one shoe? (It’s

inevitably a man’s, have you noticed?)

Is it tossed casually from an open car-window?

Perhaps, dapper drunk dude dangled

his foot over the edge?

Or maybe something more sinister

is afoot?

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