The first ride I took last week was Dexter (that doesn't sound right). Why has it taken me 7 years??! I needed a new television addiction and decided to go with Dexter from the beginning. It's sooooo good! I mean, you probably already know that because you're down with the kids and know what's going on. I live a sheltered life with basic freeview and series from the States take longer to appear. Even if they are played merely a week later than North America, Facebook "friends" will have posted a spoiler or two.
I'm making good progress here - 3 days and onto the 3rd season. And it's making me more productive - I've ironed pretty much everything in the house (though I've ignored the husbands request to iron his underpants); fixed 2 pairs of broken earrings; finished my first complete item of clothing, a skirt I started at a sewing class 2 years ago; hemmed the husbands pants he bought 4 years ago; sewed the missing 4 buttons on my winter coat and embroidered the beads on shirt that fell off. Make do and mend - or watch Dexter and mend.
I've been a little less productive with the blogging though since I use my laptop to stream the episodes to my television and only managed this one post last week. I haven't slacked on the cooking part though - a girl's gotta eat to keep up her television and mending stamina! So I have a back log of recipes to share that I hope to get through but with 4 seasons left to watch, I can't make any promises - but really I should savour the Dexter experience and take my time - plus for the last two nights, I've been in cahoots with a serial killer and dismembered bodies are not what I would call "sweet dreams".
One of the recipes I got to during a brief Dexter intermission was for kale chips (or crisps in the UK). Over the holidays I read this article about the trends in food blogging that should go - I wasn't aware there were trends, I just share what I like - and I know this was meant to be a little tongue and cheek but when she said that everyone has made kale chips, I wondered where I was when THAT bandwagon went by?! I had to try them - everyone else has. Sometimes I like to be a sheep. And the bonus of being the last to know is that there are plenty of people out there who can tell you how to do it. I used a combination of this blog and this video (skipping the nutritional yeast) to point me in the right direction.
I could only find pre-washed, pre-chopped (can we not do anything ourselves anymore?) kale at my supermarket. I layered it between some paper towels, pressed down gently and left them there for one Dexter episode to dry them out. I then massaged some olive oil into the leaves and made sure every inch of the kale was covered, sprinkled with sea salt and spread them evenly on a baking sheet. The pieces were small and so took only about 10 minutes in a hot oven to crisp up.
Right, off to eat kale chips (crisps, whatever) and watch more Dexter - I'm going to need to find some other television friendly crafts to make - who knows, by season 7 I could have a full on king sized quilt made. I should learn to knit.