Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Culinary Bricolage

On my way home last night, I thought I'd stop by the Supremo for some much-needed groceries, but being that it was a little after 9pm when I arrived there, I wasn't surprised to see that they were closed. So I thought to myself that I would place an order at the Chinese place down the street, though that could have been a frivolity considering how I can't seem to stop when selecting things from the menu.

When I got home, I took a look inside the fridge to see what I could nibble on in the meantime. All I saw was the last quarter of a head of romaine lettuce and three carrot sticks. My first intention was to crunch on the carrot sticks as a snack, then I realized I could make a very simple salad with the carrots and lettuce by tossing them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Too bad I didn't have any onions, but I saw some garlic and it occurred to me that I could mince it up and fry it in olive oil as a nice accompaniment to the salad.

As I started chopping up the garlic I figured I'd just throw in the carrots with it and serve it over rice, as I had the Minute brand in the cupboard. So I set a bowl of rice in the microwave while I got the frying pan heated up. I thought it would sure be nice to have some meat with this little stir fry, but found nothing in the fridge except an almost empty jar of bacon bits. Good enough for me!

Once the frying pan was heated up, I poured in some olive oil and threw in a nice dollop of butter. As the ingredients sizzled, I thought what kind of aromatics I could add. I looked in the spice rack and didn't want to mess it up with anything too distinct, but I did find some ground mustard and dried minced onion to sprinkle into the mix. And then I realized I had some ginger paste in the fridge to add a bit of Eastern flare.

Things were coming together into a substantial dinner. Since I had the smokiness of the bacon and the sweetness of the ginger, all I needed was a little nuttiness to round it off - Thai style. So back to the cupboard I went and scraped out the remaining contents of the peanut butter jar and threw that in. Then I took the rice and mixed that in as well, making it nice and dirty. I chopped up the lettuce, tossed it with a little balsamic, ginger paste and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and topped it off with the rice and had myself a nice meal. MacGyver might have been proud :^)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

I have been working tirelessly on this web campaign. Check it out:

Friday, September 12, 2008

You Must Hear This to Believe This!

Believe it or not, Florence Foster Jenkins managed, despite being famously awful, to sell out an entire concert at Carnegie Hall. She had many admirers (among them Enrico Caruso). This has to be heard to be believed. As a particular point of interest, after she recorded this song, she told the sound engineer that no second try was needed as it was perfect. See for yourself. (She is singing Queen of the Night by Mozart, incidentally). Some might argue that singers at this level of talent are the norm in show biz these days.


See the full list of incredible recordings here.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Here is video I edited from some video footage of my Labor Day weekend, last week. This features my brother Chuck's friend Mark, his girlfriend Amy, and his friend, Chuck, who is my brother. It's only two minutes long and features a soundtrack by Gorillaz and Beck.


Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Vacation Bible School Video

My second video project was commissioned by my mother for her church. This summer, scores of little well behaved, God-fearing children came to Vacation Bible School's theme park themed "SonWorld" (where "Son" refers to that of "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit") and learned how to believe, obey and choose Jesus as their savior. I was there with my trusty video camera to capture all the fun. Believe it or not, the voice-over is actually me!