New Year’s Eve is tomorrow!! This year has flown by in chaos, and I can’t believe it’s been six months since I’ve created this site! I’m bringing it back to some of favorite moments of 2014:
1) When my friends threw me a surprise 17th birthday party- I was astonished that my whole family was in on it, and they hadn’t said a word!
2) When I got an iPhone. I was never the I-need-to-have-the-newest-gadget-now type of person, but after my iPod had an unfixable hardware issue, my parents got me an iPhone, which I now use for everything, especially for taking pictures of food and uploading them to WordPress straight from the WordPress app (WordPress is the platform this site was created on.)
3) Halloween. It was the first time I didn’t go out, so I brought my brother around the neighborhood. We found some of his friends, so my dad (who was behind us in the car the whole time we walked), left, and told me to give him a call when we were done. Unluckily, my phone ran out of battery, and I had to push my brother to run the couple blocks with me to my house. We shouted into the wind, and I told him he was Superman (it was incentive to get home as fast as we could because it was FREEZING.)
4) The creation of peanutpalate.com! Finally putting all the touches on the site, to the header with the peanuts, the slideshow, the side bar with the “try these” heading, the ads, the layout-everything was done in a couple weeks, and after that it was baking/cooking as many things as I could, all the time. About a third of them don’t make the cut, so I’m constantly experimenting.
5) Getting accepted to university! I didn’t think I’d get in (everyone has that doubt), but I did, and I’m stoked for college life next year!
6) My Christmas gifts this year: a MacBook Air, julienne/swivel/serrated peeler set (here I come, carrot pasta!), and a double ear piercing! Those were thoughtful gifts from my parents, so thanks mom and dad! Plus, when my parents went shopping in the States, my mom took the time to pick out different types of gourmet chocolate for me (like Green & Black’s Dark Chocolate with candied ginger pieces!) My sister, on the other hand, found items from around the house, stole them from various rooms, wrapped them up again, and gave it back to each of us as a gift (and I wondered why I could’t find the perfume…) She found LED lights in the garage and threw them into my brother’s stocking, along with some super glue and chap stick she had found lying around. Very thoughtful *cough cough*
Those are some of my highlights of 2014-what are yours? Leave a comment below!
Quote of the Day
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every new year find you a better man.” -Benjamin Franklin
Word of the Day
Vibrissa (n.) : any of the long stiff hairs growing on the face of many mammals, used as whiskers (each bump has a hair sticking out of it called a vibrissa.)
-1 tablespoon soy sauce
-1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
-1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon coconut sugar
-1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
-1 tablespoon orange juice
-1 tablespoon sesame seeds
-1 tablespoon oil, for pan
-1 medium block of tofu
Mix together everything in a shallow bowl, except the last two ingredients and the sesame seeds. Cut the tofu into 20 rectangular strips, like in the picture. Put 3 slices of tofu for a couple minutes in the soy sauce mixture, flipping it to make sure both sides of the tofu are marinaded. While waiting for the tofu, put a skillet over medium heat on the stove. Put a half teaspoon of oil in the skillet once it is warm, swirling it around to coat the pan (you will know the pan is warm when you throw a drop of water on the pan and it sizzles and evaporates.) Once the 3 pieces of tofu are marinaded, use a slotted spoon to drip any remaining mixture into the bowl, and then put the pieces of tofu on the skillet, turning them over to grill both sides. Once this is done, put another half teaspoon of oil, and another 3 pieces of tofu. Repeat until all the tofu is done. If you run out of oil, or need more than a half teaspoon to coat your pan, feel free to add more oil to the pan (not the marinade mixture.) Once all the tofu is done, sprinkle the sesame seeds over them, coating it evenly. Lay them in the oven to bake at 375 degrees, and broil until the edges are crispy. It shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you want it. If you don’t want it crispier, or don’t have time, you can skip the broiling step. Serve warm, preferably with salad.
Makes: 4 servings
Nutrition Info (per one serving):
Fat: 7.2 g
Carbs: 2.9 g
Sodium: 210.8 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 2.1 g
Protein: 5.9 g