7 ounces of red lentils (uncooked)
4 cloves of garlic
4 to 6 small fresh green chillies
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
4 cups water
Salt to taste
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Equal parts flour, beer; pinch of mustard, baking powder, salt; 1 yolk in with rest of ingredients, stir in whipped egg whites at end to make fluffy
For sauce: sour cream with taco seasoning
Very simple summation would be: to win the job you have to do the job. Go into an interview and present yourself as doing the job; have an understanding of the problem the manager is trying to solve by hiring you, and solve the problem, or walk through the steps you would take to solve.
1. what do you do best?
2. what value do you offer?
3. basic research on the industry
4. identify companies you want to work for
5. gather information on those companies
6. make inside contacts
7. become an insider
8. map your skills onto a company’s needs
9. ask & answer the four questions: (understand the work that needs to be done? demonstrate you can do the job? show you can do the job as the employer wants it done? prove you can do the job profitably for employer and yourself)
10. talk with hiring manager to find out her problems/challenges
11. plan how you’ll do the job in the interview
12. meet with the hiring manager/do the job in the interview/answer the 4 questions in the interview
13. do you want an offer? is the job right for you?
14. ASK FOR THE JOB
15. win an offer, negotiate the offer and the job
16. interview the company
17. accept the offer
Continue reading “Ask the Headhunter”
Nothing like a foodie book to make you want to cook more! Grains of paradise? Sure thing. I’m tempted to copy some of the recipes into the blog to share with all.
Well written journal interspersed with recipes for the food lover. I originally found Ms. Hesser thru an article in the New Yorker (I think) for food to bring on a plane– that essay is also in this book. Mouth watering, and interesting perspective on other foodies (Steingarten, etc).
Continue reading “Cooking for Mr. Latte”
This is a list of my recent favorites; also check out the list of annual Best-ofs.
(Updated Aug 2014, just covering the best books I’ve read over last 8 months)
Dwight MacDonal’s collection of essays are stunning
Masha Tupisyn’s Beauty Talk & Monsters
Barbara Tuchman’s history of the 14th century
Renata Alder’s Speedboat
Really anything by Virginia Woolf, but Death of the Moth is a good place to start.
Doris Lessing’s Golden Notebook
Megan Marshall’s bio of Margaret Fuller
As of June 2011:
Yarborough by B.H. Friedman
The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
Consider the Oyster by MFK Fisher
You Can’t Win by Jack Black
Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammer
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Pacific by Mark Helprin
Women by Charles Bukowski
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
The Tanners by Robert Walser
The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald
What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup packed fresh herbs (basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano)
1/4 cup peanut oil
2 shallots thinly sliced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt & freshly ground pepper
5 handfuls of young lettuces (arugula, peppercress, etc)
1/4 cup chervil & tarragon leaves
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2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. flour
2 cups milk
1.5 cups Monterey Jack, grated
3.5 cups cooked macaroni
1 cup canned plum tomatoes, (reserve the juice)
3/4 cup coarse breadcrumbs
freshly ground black pepper
350 degree oven, butter a casserole dish; in saucepan, heat the butter until foamy, sprinkle flour in, whisk until it turns golden, slowly pour in milk & continue whisking. Simmer over medium & let thicken. Stir in cheese, remove from heat. Fold in macaroni, add tomatoes by squeezing them thru fingers into small pieces. Mixture should be loose like thin batter, if too thick add milk or drained tomato juice.
Pour into casserole, spread breadcrumbs over surface, sprinkle more cheese (1/4 cup), & grind pepper over top. Bake 25 minutes.
From: Cooking for Mr. Latte
1/3 cup walnuts
3/4 lb. haricots verts, trim stems
3 Tbs. walnut oil/good olive oil
Coarsely ground black pepper/grains of paradise
350 degree oven, bake walnuts for 5 minutes, chop coarsely. Boil large pot water with salt, add verts & cook until tender but firm (4 mins). Drain, toss in bowl with warm walnuts & walnut oil. Season with pepper/salt.
From: Cooking for Mr. Latte
Bleak and soft emotional underpinings of the granite city. Enjoyable, but not preferred. The unfinished sentences conveyed the hollowness of NYC, a bit mournful, lonely look into city souls.
A glimpse inside–
Hipsters seek refuge in church, Our Lady of Perpetual Subculture. There is some discussion as to whether or not they are still cool but then they are calmed by the obscure location and the arrival of their kind. Keep the address to yourself, let the rabble find it for themselves. Wow, this crappy performance art is really making me feel not so terrible about my various emotional issues. He has to duck out early to get back to his bad art. Three cheers for your rich interior life, may it serve you well come rent day. Beer before liquor never sicker. This one’s on me. Somehow he always ends up buying every round. Hour by hour the customers change, grow humps horns scales. The little noises they make: her boyfriend’s out of town, his college roommate is in town, my friend’s band is playing downtown. He made too many plans with too many people and things will not turn out okay. She’s a little worried because at midnight the new legislation goes into effect and the draconian Save the Drama for Your Mama laws are really going to cramp her style. Hit the town. It hits back.
Continue reading “The Colossus of New York”
Here are my top picks for 2003.
1. Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
2. The Widow’s Children by Paula Fox
3. Consider the Oyster by M.F.K Fisher
4. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
5. Birds of America by Mary McCarthy
The Honorable Mentions
1. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
2. The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
3. Why Girls are Weird by Pamela Ribon
4. One up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch
7. Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi
A peek under the veil of life in Iran; Dr. Nafisi teaches a secret class on Thursday mornings to her most devoted literature students, reading Nabokov (Lolita), F Scott Fitzgerald (Gatsby), James, and Austen (which are the 4 sections of the book), and Mark Twain, Saul Bellow. Nicely done interweaving of Nafisi’s conflicts with the Islamic revolution with the literature analysis. Students setting themselves on fire, being executed secretly in jail, the adoption of the veil against her will, meeting her “magician” in a cafe to exchange books and having to move tables when it was raided b/c they weren’t related (women can’t consort with unrelated men), the deep red nail polish of one of her students’ nails covered by gloves, the blind film censor, putting Great Gatsby on trial, her former student naming her daughter Daisy for James’ Daisy Miller, the stories from her selected students (Azin, Yassi, Sanaz, Mitra, Mahshid, Manna, Nassrin), the Iraqi missile attacks on Tehran, the painful decision to leave Iran for the US, the covert satellite dishes, bootlegged vodka, the bus story: Iranian writers encouraged by the regime to travel to Armenia to a conference only to have their bus precariously stop atop a precipice to be toppled over if it weren’t for the quick reflexes of an insomniac onboard.
Nafisi is an excellent writer, and seems to be an amazing lit teacher, with a unique perspective on Iranian life.
Continue reading “Reading Lolita in Tehran”
Zzzzzz. Sleepy book with pointless footnotes. I gave it a 50 page chance then abandoned it.
Continue reading “The Middle Mind”
An exquisitely crafted mystery, my favorite of the Lew Archer variety. Each chapter was a delicious morsel.
Quick synopsis: Archer’s hired by the young, 3rd generationly rich Peter, to find out who Ginny Fablon’s pseudo French lover Martel was. (He was Panamanian). Taps, the French teacher, and his wife who has a crush on Archer; the ladies at the country club, the receptionist at the club. An unknown murderer kills Ginny’s dad first (blamed as suicide: dead body washed up on shore, death by drowning, and body chewed up by sharks), then 7 years later kills her mom and husband (Martel).
Continue reading “Black Money”
Gold box with war letters in it, stolen by Nick to give to Jean Trask, who’s searching for her father who was long ago killed by an 8 year old Nick.
Continue reading “The Goodbye Look”
Read this and the Moon handbook edited by Christopher Baker throughout Costa Rica, and ended up relying much more on the Moon, or “Bakes” as we fondly named it. The Adventures book was more of a amateur travel companion, without much of use.
Continue reading “Adventures in Nature: Costa Rica”