Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Daily Haiku - November 11th, 2014

Time to sing some songs
A holiday cabaret
by Larry O'Keefe

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Well, there goes all my free time for the next month! :P

I auditioned and got cast in a holiday cabaret celebrating the music of Larry O'Keefe. In case you aren't familiar with him, he's the guy who composed the music and lyrics for Bat Boy: The Musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical, and, just this year, Heathers: The Musical. He's got more shows under his belt, but those are his most well known ones.

I'm super excited to be doing this because it's with the same group I did Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Pokemusical with, but it does mean I'm probably going to fail a number of my New Year resolutions I've been procrastinating on. Ah well, there's always next year!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Daily Haiku - November 6th, 2014

Gaming in large groups
Invariably leads to
Unbridled chaos.

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One of my friends set up a Moishe House recently, and one of the ongoing events he's set up is a game night. The first time I went I brought a ton of games with me but only some of them saw play as we had so many people the evening festivities leaned more towards party games like Telephone Pictionary and Mafia.

Because of this the second time I went I didn't bring the games, only to be greeting with disappointment and demands that I bring them next time. Which brings us to last night.

I show up with a handful of games in tow and we end up never playing them because, you guessed it, there were too many people. But at least I got to play telephone Pictionary again. :P

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Daily Haiku - November 5th, 2014

I am the cheetah
Stalking cardio machines
Waiting for my chance.

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I arrived at the gym this morning only to find every elliptical machine already taken, the fear of every time-crunched gym rat. I did my weight training first, with one eye always on the prize, ready to carelessly fling my barbells to the side and gun it for the first open slot. Thankfully the cardio gods looked upon me favorably this day and I managed to get in before I had to run home for work. #firstworldproblems

Monday, November 3, 2014

What I'm Cooking - Moroccan Pot Roast



With Fall upon us I figured it was time I could start cooking hearty, hot meals again and was fortune enough to stumble across this pot roast recipe on Serious Eats. While it wasn't perfect, I think with a couple of changes it'll be a lot better then next time I make it.

Right off the back, I'm excluding the couscous that was originally paired with this recipe. Instead, try this Herby couscous with citrus & pomegranate dressing that I found last year. Pomegranates are only in seasons for a short while so best use them while you got them!

Secondly, I'm adding more carrots because this recipe was woefully lacking in the vegetable department, though there wasn't much room for anything in the crock pot besides the meat itself.

And one last note before we jump into the recipe itself. This recipe requires a Moroccan spice blend, ras-el-hanout, that will require access to a Whole Foods or equivalent high end grocery store to find. I went to four different stores first as there wasn't a Whole Foods nearby and struck out on all of them.

Thankfully, not only did Whole Foods have it, but they sold it in a generously small amount (about 3 tablespoons for $3) so I didn't have to blow a ton of money on a giant bottle that I might never use again.



Moroccan Pot Roast With Dried Cherry Couscous

1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 pound boneless beef chuck roast
  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion, quartered
3 large carrots, peeled and cut into big chunks
1 stalk of celery, cut into large chunks
1 cup beef stock or low-sodium beef broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon ras-el-hanout
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
3 medium cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 whole lemon, pierced several times with a fork
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 bay leaves

LET'S MAKE SOME MEAT:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 325°F and adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position.

2. Season your pot roast with salt and pepper and then add the oil to your Dutch oven over high heat until nearly smoking. Add the roast and brown for about 4 minutes on each side.

3. While this is happening, combine your lemon juice, ras-el-hanout, paprika, mint, garlic, 1 ¼ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper in a blender and puree until smooth.

4. Once the roast is browned remove it from the Dutch oven and set it aside on a plate. Add the beef stock, tomatoes, and ras-el-hanout and scrape all those delicious brown bits off the bottom of the pan before adding the roast back into the pan. Then add the onion, carrots, celery, lemon, thyme, and bay leaves. Cover the pot and transfer it to the oven to cook for about 2.5 hours, removing the lid during the last 30 minutes of the cooking time.

5. Remove the bay leaves, thyme springs, and the whole lemon and then dig in.

I will say there wasn't a ton of sauce, but it was flavorful enough that I didn't really need more. And I think this would also go well with egg noodles if you prefer that over couscous.

Daily Haiku - November 3rd, 2014

Ovation Awards
Drunken choreographer
Friends filming it all

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While my theatre did not come up as big as I had hoped in the awards ceremony, it was still an enjoyable evening. It was your standard mix of humor, failed humor, touching speeches, boring speeches, strange choices for guest presenters, and the unexpectedly drunk woman mentioned above.

I thought for sure was going to face-plant before she got to the stage but she made it there in one piece and proceed to ramble on somewhat incoherently until well after the pianist tried to play her off.

Also, good Lord, people, do not make the backdrop of your stage a wall of super reflective silver circles and then blast said backdrop with bright lights. If I want to go blind I'll spend time outside. :P

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Success!

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I ain't gonna lie, I'm pretty proud of my costume this year and everyone really loved it. I kind of regret now not having gone somewhere public to show it off. Ah well, next year! :P

Friday, October 31, 2014

Daily Haiku - October 31st, 2014

Blue screen photo shoot
Has me squating, legs on fire.
Just call me Steel Quads