Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Enjoying Relish

This is Mexican Relish. I'm not sure if it's a "real" dish to be found in other cookbooks nor am I sure if it's actually Mexican in origin. But it does have tomato sauce and corn, so that does make it seem rather Mexican, right? At the end of the day, it's a recipe that has been floating around among my family and we all love the dish.

I am not a chef by any means, but in the years that Tobie and I have been living together, I've learned to decently navigate my way around the kitchen. I know a few decent base pasta sauces and I have some soups always in mind for rainy days. And there are the few other odd dishes that I can either prepare with the aid of various recipe mixes from the grocery. And then you have specific recipes like this that I learned from my mom or more likely my sister.

More importantly, Tobie loves it and would probably be even happier if I cooked it more often. But I try to space it out given it's a very meaty dish and we really ought to be careful about that much red meat.

So today I just want to talk about the process of preparing this dish - but this is not quite an official recipe just yet. I think the dish changes just a little bit every time I prepare it.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Finding the one who makes things work

Relationships are about finding the person who makes things work.  And that means for both of those involved.   Too many people keep obsessing over who is looking for the one who is perfect for them, or looking for the one who fulfills their checklist of what the perfect partner should be... when what they really should be doing is finding someone who is willing to give as much as they get.

Love is a two-way street when it works best.

Both communicate their happiness and sadness.  Both share their joys and passions.  Both whisper their anxieties and fears.   And through such communication, any obstacles that need to be surmounted can be tackled together.  Any trials that need to be overcome can be triumphed over as one.

Today is August, and in a few more days, Rocky will soon be celebrating his Birthday.  Admittedly, I haven't planned out anything yet since I still am waiting to hear as well from Rocky on what he would want to do to celebrate it.  There's always O bar, where we can invite our friends to join us as we geek out and enjoy the fantastic music and fabulous drag queens.  There's also having a tiny gathering at the house, perhaps maybe even cooking for guests to join us for some meals.  Lastly, there's the choice of renting a place perhaps - may a room or a restaurant private room - to be able to accommodate even more guests.    The options are many, and ultimately its up to Rocky what he feels he'd want to do.  And from there, I can work out something that would be fun.

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