Friday, January 16, 2009

Dinner For One

Today's shall be a short post, partly because cold fingers don't type well, partly because I'm too lazy to be thoughtful, mostly because it's a cold Friday and I just want to crawl under the covers with a book.

However, I do want to take a few pixels to thank my few dedicated readers--Alix, Fred and that ever so Courteous Chihuahua. I'm quite new to this blogging thing, and have been working on finding my "voice" (as I guess writers say), and it's so wonderful to get feedback! It's fun to see what you find interesting, and how it connects with your own interests and experience. And Alix, you give wonderful compliments! I am still whining that I can't get my own family to read this, but I've got perfect strangers checking in every day. Actually, thinking about Alix's latest post...yeah, that seems about right.

Well, anyway, I'm back to my "single nights" for awhile; the bliss of Miss Chef's evenings off are a warm and fuzzy memory until Sunday. So, of course, my living standards have nosedived.

Wednesday night was Leftover Night, but of course when Miss Chef does leftovers, she still makes them look good!

On the left is her plate (extra veggies), and on the right is my special plate (broccoli being one of the few I like).

I don't know why, but Blogger insists on flipping my plate pics on their sides, and it's really getting annoying. Anyone know how to fix it??

I guess I should mention that the plat du jour was leftover ham turned into BBQ pork, with cheesy cheese grits and, well, l├ęgumes au choix. (That would be French for "whatever veggies you can dig out of the fridge.")

I should also mention that Miss Chef thought I was absolutely nuts for taking these pictures. "All I did was take some stuff out of containers and plop it on a plate." Well, yes, but she plops so artfully. By comparison, see what I came up with my first day on my own:

I needed to finish up the leftover pesto pasta, so that's what you see sprawled all over the plate. Now, I am a little proud of myself for cleverly putting the leftover BBQ on a biscuit (made by ME over the weekend!) to make a mini BBQ sammich. But as for the presentation, it leaves a lot to be desired.

Please note, however, that I did remember to take my medicine!

Which I am also in the process of doing as I type this. So now I take me off to get fuzzy around the edges, and then find that book and those covers I mentioned earlier. Stay warm, everybody!


  1. I laughed out loud when I saw your plate of pasta and what looks like a sausage biscuit with a microscopic suggestion of broccoli. Didn't you say you liked broccoli? Please don't be offended, it's just that you have rare comic timing and it's very much appreciated.

    Now - I can't be sure, but your photo issue might just be the blog template you've chosen. They all act differently. Try changing it up to a different design and see if you have the same problems. I'd bet you money that's the problem.

    Also, you are now my new best friend. Thanks so much for the link to my blog and for the kind comments about my kind comments. I, of course, don't see it that way. I'm not trying to be kind... God, you know me better than that, but I just calls em like I sees em.

    And as for you family not reading your blog - excuse me, but WTF? You are gifted and insanely intelligent and humorous. Maybe they just know that already, but a peek now and then just to confirm it, is not out of line. Get with it Flartus fam.

    And lastly, my word verification is "amort" as in close to amore, but closer to a mortuary. Egads!

  2. Hmmm...nope, different templates didn't help. But I did discover the "fonts and colors" editing tool. Hope it's a little easier to see, now!

  3. I'm assuming the orientation of the photos is correct before you upload them?

  4. Just for giggles, try one of the minima templates. I use those and have no issues with photo orientation.

  5. Remember, if you change templates, they will read the current orientation of photos (as if that's the way you intended for them to be.) When you have time, change templates again, select this post, and re-upload the photos. This is going to make me crazy now until we get it fixed.

    Sorry to be a pain.

  6. Hmm, er, ahh...well, ok, when I get some time. But Miss Chef is off now, so I'm not making any promises!!

  7. I really enjoy the blog, Flartus (and your code name kills me). Lots of fun to read. You and Miss Chef are always welcome up here in Chi-town - but I recommend waiting a bit for warmer weather. -F


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