Monthly Archives: November 2008

Beef and Broccoli

We don’t normally eat beef in my house. It’s not that I don’t like beef, I love hamburgers to death, it’s just that it’s so fatty I would rather replace it with a leaner meat and eat an Oreo. In many recipes, ground turkey tastes just the same, especially when there is any kind of sauce and cheese involved, and is actually cheaper. However, Sweet Man loves beef, and feels like I deprive him of his manly right to meat, so I make it on occasion. Beef with broccoli is a way to use a small amount of meat and feel like you are getting all the flavor of the beef in the whole dish. I adapted this recipe from Simply Recipes, but with some modifications.

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli

  • 3/4 pound flank steak thinly sliced the long way
  • 3/4 pound broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons veggie oil
  • 2 tablespoons or 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

To Marinade the Beef

  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper

To Make the Sauce

  • 2 teaspoon Chinese rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • a few drops of chili oil

Mix together the marinade ingredients in a shallow bowl and submerge meat for at least 1/2 an hour. I don’t think that marinading works unless it’s for over four hours, but I forgot ahead of time and the meat did have a little flavor. Steam the broccoli until slightly underdone, either in the microwave or on the stove. Mix the sauce ingredients with the left over marinade. Heat the oil on the stove over medium heat, and add the beef. Cook for two minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Pour in the sauce mix and the broccoli, and stir until the sauce thickens to the texture you desire. Serve with brown rice.

Grrrr….

Wow, so I tried to be all cool and just use this short cut to write posts off my toolbar, and it ate three separate posts. And I am angry. I’ve been trying to post everyday, but its hard when I want to kill the very thing that I need to work with. So for now I’m just going to write an update and deal with the real post at a later date.

School is really getting to me at this point, I just need a vacation and though Thanksgiving is coming up, I need to do so much work over the break that I don’t think it counts anymore. It will be nice not to have to drag my butt on to campus, but I don’t really get all that much work done at home where I am a slave to my television. I have one last test today, which I need to do well on, and then I’ve got clinical and lab tomorrow before my vacation officially begins. We’re having Thanksgiving at our house for the first time this year, and I need to do a but load of cleaning so my brother doesn’t think that I’m the slob that I really am. Its not that my house is really dirty right now, its just that I’ve been carrying around a huge amount of clutter from college and I’ve only cleaned about half of it out. I’ve just stuck everything else in our guest room and have shut the door, but I need to have people be able to sleep in this room so cleaning it has suddenly become a priority. So, after writing all of these things to do in my planner I’ve realized that is more a time to catch up on my life as apposed to an actual vacation and that just sucks. We should get to have time for both since we’ve given up so much for this program, but at least I have a month off for Christmas coming up.

In other amazing news, two of my favorite blogs, Dooce and Motherhood is Not for Wimps have announced their pregnant recently and it makes me incredibly excited, which I just realized is weird. Dooce just posted last night, and I actually called Sweet Man at juggling club, and yes I’ll tell you about this later, and had to let him know. Is it weird to get so attached to the people who’s blog you’ve read if you have never met them? I don’t really reach out to these people and write comments, but I feel as though I know them really really well. I think its a weird relationship that we are going to see more off now that blogging has become such and Olympic sport and people start living more on the internet and less in real life.

I’m off to class now though, and I’ll work on re-writing those posts when Med/Surg gets to be too much for me.

While I’m at it… Alex Pasta!

Since I’m doing so well in posting, and because community class is really really boring, I thought I would post one of our favorite recipes. We call it Alex pasta, after our best friend who made this recipe for us out of a Giada De Laurentis recipe book… I think. We don’t measure, we don’t scoff at the calories, we just eat with wild abandonment.

Alex Pasta

Alex Pasta


  • Most of a bag of frozen petite peas
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Bow tie pasta
  • Three or four sweet sausages
  • Salt, Pepper and Olive Oil if you are healthy.

When we make this recipe, I make the pasta as directed, and bow tie really is the best, and then cook the sausage in a frying pan with a little Pam to get it started. I throw the peas in to cook through when the sausage is mostly done, and then pour everything into a big bowl. I find the sausage grease makes a wonderful and free coating of yum over the pasta, but if you really care you can drain it and use olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add a good amount of grated cheddar cheese over the top. Its just so wonderful I can eat it hot or cold and for breakfast or a late night snack. Enjoy!

So Not Expecting This

Wow, I had three really amazing and different clinical experiences this week and I really want to write about them but its going to take really really long time, so I guess I’ll start with my Tuesday clinical. Normally, I do community nursing which involves riding around in my preceptors little blue mini cooper and visiting old smelly wounded people. But, this week I was able to shadow at a women’s prison for what I thought was OB work, becuase that is what I want to do. I get there and find out the OBGYN isn’t in on this day, so I’m going to work with the nurse practitioner who does the GYN exams, which is fine with me but not what I was mentally prepared for. Apparently, every prisoner who comes gets a pap smear a year, two if they have HIV, a mammogram every year after 50, and can make appointements when they need to. All for free, with my tax money. I have nursing school friends with famalies who are trying to go to school and better themselves and having killed someone or had three DUI’s who can’t afford to even get their birth control perscriptions filled, and these women get the best meds for free. I love our health care system.

Anyway, its very weird being the observer when you have only ever played this game with you and your health care provider. I kept feeling like it was going to be my turn to take my pants off next, which is really the weirdest thing at 7am when you have just been locked into a building with 300 other women. Anyway. It was a really wonderful experience being able to see how this is done from the other side, and let me tell you ladies, the person holding the duck lips can see a lot more than you would ever guess. It really is a strait shot up in there. We ended up seeing about ten patients, who had complaints from “my herpes is acting up” to “I was really high and stuck a cell phone up my cooch and don’t know if it all came out.” It was really hard to keep a straight face for that one. I ended up seeing four different types of lady part problems including some STD’s that I didn’t know existed, and I’m very proud of my self for not judging these people. I actually got really into it at one point when a prisoner found out she had an STD and had only slept with one person for a year and got very very angry. I wanted to jump the guy too, and I was actually a little fearful for his life when she gets out.

So, the moral of my day is: if you need really good health care, end up in prison and our tax dollars will pay for yourtune up.

Soooo…

So, its been a few months since I started this blog with one post and got really busy.  I’ve started nursing school, and its taken over my life in ways I’d never thought possible.  We are in school two days a week, but then spend three days a week in clinical which ends up being more work than class because of the travel time, actions and then paperwork at the end. I moved from upstate NY to CT the day after I graduated and the day before I started school again, which as also been crazy, but its amazing to have an appartment where we have no other roomates and can have our own schedual. Andy finally got a job in a cafe, which has the nice perk of free muffins and coffee, though its not helping either of us as we have both been adding a little insulation on our bodies recently.  I didn’t really expect this post to be an update of my life, but its amazing how much as gone in nine months.  I also now have a niece, which is a big thing and little Magnolia (so not her real name) is getting very big and a real personality of her own.  As for my love of hummus, it is still there but I know have no time to make it AND to add insult to injury I have lost the blade for my food processor.  The store bought kind is making due, but the bill is killing me.  As for my love of blogs, that has only gotten worst, and I’ve updated my fav’s many of whom I’ve been reading from the very begining.  I promise to actually write frequently this time, so see you all soon.