The Doctor, Part 37

Facebook
says
we’re friends
but I’m not
convinced:

when we met
I was thirty
running from
expectations,
responsibilities
I needed
didn’t want,

you were
nineteen, learning to
shoot stick,
to drink
in the pool bars
on the lower east side
like Lucy’s,
you were
part of a
sloppy rock and roll song
ready to play
anywhere,
a frustrated gymnast
happy to cartwheel
in the trembling rafters
of the most dangerous places,

on 91,
my mom driving,
you dragged me
into the backseat on the highway
and then
into the
way back,
your freckles
tickling the rearview,
the road
lit up
ahead,

later,
after we all ate some mushrooms
you made out with my mom
in the front seat
and it was far away
and beautiful

but it put me off
and I ran past the locked gate out onto the
private property
and the beautiful cliffs along the coast
peeling my clothes off,
thinking the sun going down
and the exploding ocean
would take me in
now the mushrooms have changed me,
I’m more like them
than what was going on in the car,

I flashed barefoot naked a good mile,
a foggy string tied from my mind
to the pile of my clothes
back there,
I stopped
to itch my ass against
the top
of a good, sharp rock
jutting up,
I turned my head and smiled it felt so good
and saw a man
dressed for golf standing on his lawn
smoking his pipe
about the length of a golf club away from me
and my wild ass,

as the waves exploded behind my back
I turned away
like some kind of invisible bear I was driving
and in the cockpit I was saying,
I sure hope he doesn’t call the cops
and holds onto this instead as some kind of
wild moment for him to share
over plates of trout
at dinner tonight
and the next summer

and all these summers later

we talk
because I’m sick,
you are an older
sloppy rock and roll song
and I can tell
when we talked today
I don’t think we’d get along,
but, from here,
I can still
admire
your stupid American
anywhere redneck way.

The Doctor, Part 36

You do terrible things,
one does
terrible things,
I have done terrible
things, made terrible
choices,
a clumsy storm,

there are the things I have survived
and the things
that have survived me,

there are also
amazing, beautiful,
loving things:
there is my
luck,
my unconditional
irreverence,
my child, my friends,
more
luck –

all of it
has to
add up,
it has to fit
into this
cancer
I have.

 

The entire The Doctor series can be found here.

Sponsored post: BoConcept & Mads Mikkelsen #THEGUEST

BoConcept & Mads Mikkelsen #THEGUEST

Part 2 of the Mads Mikkelsen short film series for BoConcept is now ready for viewing. In this installment, THE GUEST, which premiered yesterday, Mads' houseguest gets a bit confused about the surprise that Mads has waiting for him. This one features a lighter tone than THE CALL, both literally & figuratively, while featuring the multi-functionality and adaptability of BoConcept furniture. Beauty & function. 

What's in the bed? BoConcept & Mads Mikkelsen #THEGUEST

Shot on location again at BoConcept designer, Morten Georgsen's home in Valencia, Mads only has eyes for the finer features of his furniture, despite the fact that the house is overrun with bikini-clad young ladies. His guest, however, does not seem to share his compulsion and keeps hoping Mads' focus will shift. Watch the video below to see Mads Mikkelsen, Furniture Geek.

You can see part 1 here or visit BoConcept for more information on how to enter to win a BoConcept interior makeover worth $5,000.

 

*This post has been sponsored by BoConcept the video may also be viewed here..

 

At the Green Table: Beef & Ale Pie With Mushrooms and Herbs

At the Green Table: Beef & Ale Pie With Mushrooms and Herbs

At the Green Table: Beef & Ale Pie With Mushrooms and Herbs

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

Filling:

2 to 2 1/2 pounds of beef, such as chuck roast, or a mixture of chuck roast, bottom round and beef short ribs, excess fat removed and cut into chunks approximately 1 1/2” to 2”

1/4 pound of pancetta cut into cubes, you can substitute bacon

1 12 oz bottle New Castle Brown Ale or ale of your choice

4 cups of beef stock, homemade or low sodium, you may not need all of the stock

3 medium onions, peeled and diced

4 medium carrots, peeled, cleaned and cut into 1” pieces

2 stalks of celery, cleaned and roughly chopped

1 pound of cremini, shiitake or similar mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

stems from a bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

6 stems of fresh thyme, leaves removed and finely chopped

6 stems of fresh sage, leaves removed and finely chopped

2 bay leaves

4 to 6 cloves of garlic, or to taste, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons of tomato paste unsalted butter extra-virgin olive oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

At the Green Table: Beef & Ale Pie With Mushrooms and Herbs

At the Green Table: Beef & Ale Pie With Mushrooms and Herbs

Crust:

1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed

all purpose flour for rolling dough

several sprigs of sage and several sliced mushrooms for decoration

1 large egg beaten with a tbsp of milk or water for egg wash

Method:

Season the beef well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, sprinkle with several tbsp of flour and toss until coated.

Heat several tablespoons of olive oil in a large Dutch oven or casserole over medium heat and fry the meat until it is caramelized on all sides. It is important to avoid crowding the meat, so you will probably need to do this in batches. When there is a dark brown color on all sides, about 10 minutes, remove the meat from the pan and set aside. When all of the meat has been cooked, add a splash of the ale or water to the pan and scrape up all of the brown bits. Add the liquid and brown bits to the meat.

At the Green Table: Beef & Ale Pie With Mushrooms and Herbs

At the Green Table: Beef & Ale Pie With Mushrooms and Herbs

Next add the pancetta to the pan, over medium heat,with a bit more olive oil and cook for about 2 minutes, then add the onions with a pinch of salt and cook for about 2 minutes, add the carrots and celery, mix to combine and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for several minutes until they start to give up some liquid and the onions are soft and starting to caramelize. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally Add the sliced garlic, fresh herbs and bay leaves, then stir to combine. Continue to cook for another minute. Slowly add the New Castle Brown Ale, and allow it to reduce a bit before adding the stock, about 5 minutes. Add the beef and enough of the stock to cover the beef. This will help prevent the meat from drying out. Bring the stock to a boil, stir well, then reduce to a simmer. (Add additional stock, if needed as the beef cooks.)

Cover with a lid and continue to cook until the beef is almost tender and the sauce is thickened and flavorful,about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.

At this point you can either proceed with the pie or allow it to cool a bit, and refrigerate it overnight. The final flavor will improve if you keep it overnight.

At the Green Table: Beef & Ale Pie With Mushrooms and Herbs

At the Green Table: Beef & Ale Pie With Mushrooms and Herbs

If the stew is too liquid, leave on the stove over medium heat for several minutes with the top off until it thickens up. If you are leaving it overnight, you can do this the next day when you reheat the stew.

Preheat the oven to 400oF.

If you are using sliced mushrooms to decorate the top of the pie, you can lightly sauté them in some butter or olive oil for several minutes until they just start to develop some color. Remove from the pan and let cool.

Next place the beef, mushrooms, vegetables and sauce into your pie dish. (see note below for free standing pie) It is important to fill up the pie dish with the beef and other ingredients to make sure that the pastry lid does not sink in when you put it on.

Flour your work surface and roll out the pastry so it will cover your pie dish. Brush the edge of the pie dish with the beaten egg to help the pastry stick. Place the pastry lid on the dish and press down gently with the back of a fork to seal. Trim the excess pastry of the edge of the dish and brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg and a tablespoon of milk or water. Avoid the edges of the pastry with the egg wash as it may prevent the puff pastry from rising

Cut several small slits in the top of the pie to release the steam. You can also decorate the top with leaves using any excess puff pastry or add sliced mushrooms sautéed for a few minutes in a some butter and a few sprigs of fresh sage or other herbs used in the pie. Chill the pie in the refrigerator until the pastry is firm, about 10 minutes.

Bake until the filling is bubbling and the puff pastry is golden brown and puffed all over, about 30 to 40 minutes.

You can also make a raised pie with a double crust using a pie mold such as this one found on Etsy. Molds like this can be difficult to locate and are rather expensive. But you can also use a tart mold, such as this chicken and mushroom pie inspired by Maggie Beer or a springform mold, or even a loaf pan or a ramekin.

You only need to roll out 2 sheets of puff pastry or short crust pastry and cut 2 circles. The first one should be large enough to line the bottom and sides of the pan and the second slightly larger than the top of the pan. The mold and the top should be refrigerated until the dough is firm, about 10 minutes. The mold should then removed from the refrigerator and filled with the beef and ale mixture. Next place the top on the pie, crimp, seal and proceed as described above.

things we're looking at: dinnerware {things that actually break}

heath ceramics

heath ceramics

We have 4 children plus 1 clumsy mommy in our house which means that we have been living with plastic everything (with a bit of silicone mixed in for good measure) for a very, very long time. We have not been thrilled with that reality, but it was our reality and we made the best of it. We are just now hitting the point where the 4 children are old enough to (mostly) not be a 24 hour a day break hazard, which means we are nearly down to 1 breakable-challenged person (me). Pretty much all of our remaining plastic plates and cups are in horrible shape and just need to go. It is time to be brave and start chucking all of that plastic into the recycling bin and go fully and bravely into breakables- plates, bowls, mugs, glasses. We've been looking at all of our many options and have decided on simple, white and sturdy. Because at least one of us is still and always will be a clutz, we want to keep the cost down as well. After considering color options, we have gone with white for the most part. My 9 year old thinks we should keep everything solidly white, but the final plan will allow for a few individually chosen color options for those who really need it. Here's what we've been looking at. 

heath ceramics-Finley

heath ceramics-Finley

heath ceramics-Finley

heath ceramics-Finley

heath ceramics- Spring Basic

heath ceramics- Spring Basic

heath ceramics- Spring Basic

heath ceramics- Spring Basic

Sheath ceramics- pring Basic

Sheath ceramics- pring Basic

I love Heath Ceramics. If I had a much higher budget and much lower potential for breakage ratio, these would probably already be in our house, even just sitting on the shelf looking lovely. I love how solidly beautiful they are. The Finley Rim Line (1960's design) and Spring Basic Coupe Line (1940's design) sets are gorgeously simple with lovely color options that you can mix and match as you wish. For both sets, though I'm pretty much set on Moonstone and Opaque White. The variety of sizes and options make this an option well suited to family use. All pieces are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe which is great.

kaufman mercantile- kentucky stoneware

kaufman mercantile- kentucky stoneware

kaufman mercantile- kentucky stoneware

kaufman mercantile- kentucky stoneware

kaufman mercantile- kentucky stoneware

kaufman mercantile- kentucky stoneware

Kaufman Mercantile has so very, very many amazing things. Besides having some very beautiful Jadeite pressed-glass plates, they have an amazing line of Kentucky Stoneware. Produced by the same company since 1815 these pieces are created on a potter's wheel using natural stoneware clay mined in Kentucky and Indiana. They are simple and beautiful while being durable and versatile. Despite their near-precious status, these plates are mincrowave, freezer, dishwasher and oven safe. 

canvas home also produces beautiful dinnerware with the simple lines and lovely colors that I prefer. These have a very quite and lovely, yet stunning feel that just make me happy. My problem here would be way too may beautiful choices. The Tinware line is beautiful and fun- stoneware made to look just like vintage tin pieces. I adore the white with blue and the teal and yellow mugs will make anyone smile. The Abbesses line offers a similar look in porcelain with a hand-painted color edge, Seagate and Shell Bisque are lovely with gorgeous blue glazes. And, of course, I love the white & blues. I especially love that I can have both white and blue together in such beautiful options. When I graduate the real grown up plates, bowls and mugs, this will probably be my first stop. The handmade, hand-glazed pieces are a bit more delicate than we'd need for daily dishes at the moment. Many pieces can go anywhere- from freezer to oven- but quite a few require hand-washing and are not microwave safe. All, however, are beautiful.

 

crate & barrel-marin

crate & barrel-marin

crate & barrel- welcome

crate & barrel- welcome

crate & barrel- lake

crate & barrel- lake

crate & barrel-marin

crate & barrel-marin

crate & barrel has oodles of great dinnerware lines. I used to work about a block from Crate & Barrel in SoHo, so it was were I did pretty much all of my pre-baby dinnerware shopping. And, with me being clumsy me, most of it is no longer with us, shall we say. I think I'm down to 1 glass cereal bowl. There are so many options that I really like, it's almost too much for me to choose from. The colors, styles & price ranges offer something for just about anyone.  The selection of simple, pleasing whites is extensive and there are quite a few lovely blues too. You'll find a stoneware, porcelain and even bone china, all are microwave & dishwasher safe, many are oven safe too. My favorites are Marin, Welcome, Toben, Mercer, Essential, Verge & Bennet Whites with Marin, Baltic, Lake and Olson for colors. (Marin, Welcome & Lake shown above)

IKEA 365+

IKEA 365+

IKEA Pokal

IKEA Pokal

IKEA FÄRGRIK

IKEA FÄRGRIK

IKEA was not on my original list, but it quickly pulled itself ahead. While I was working out what we would get, I picked up 2 very pretty pale blue mugs at IKEA. They have made me very happy in every way, so I decided to take a look at what IKEA has to offer elsewhere. I also have 2 very pretty FORSLA bowls, which I love, but I hadn't really looked at IKEA as an option for every day dinnerware. The look, price and durability for daily use that we need right now plus are readily accessible for easy pick up quickly made IKEA a top option. My immediate favorites were the STOKHOLM & IKEA 365+ lines. The mugs we have are IKEA 365+ and are super solid feldspar porcelain plus they are used in the restaurant, so I figured they could stand up to all of us on a daily basis. The price is great, especially because I figured I'd worry less about actually using them. We decided go with the IKEA 365+ white with a few extra POKAL bowls for child-sized cereal servings. The bowls are supe cute, with a cafe au lait bowl look and are very stable for little ones  However, when we went to look at everything in person, I decided on the spot to go with the white FÄRGRIK set. They are stoneware instead of feldspar, but they have the flatter coupe style that I prefer. They are super solid and have a great, clean look. The price is ridiculously low at $19.99 for an 18 piece set. Everything is also available open stock, so we were able to quickly pick up the set of 18, 6 additional side plates and 4 POKAL bowls (3 white and 1 pale pink). We didn't really need many mugs, mostly for the ocassional hot chocolate, so we let each child pick their own  FÄRGRIK mug in the color of their choice. Another plus these mugs are well sized for little hands. So, while looking, we liked IKEA enough to just stop looking and buy. Everything has been here for about a week and it's been great. Nothing broken yet and it's so much better eating off of pretty white plates.

The Doctor, Part 35

It is vicious, chemical vomiting,
the urge is not
like being sick,
drunk sick
fever sick,
you rise from your chamber sleep,
mouth agape,
frankensteining
purposefully to the opera pot,

it is an urgent suddenness,
the type of
human, animal trigger
belonging only
to medicine
and its darts,

the lack of control,
of participation
can be quite sad
unless you
adjust your perception
10x out,

this morning:
loud, round angry yawns of clear
bubbly
mucus and clear
bile,
spasms
exorcising
toxins,

lightheaded,
less Frankenstein
I take
one Zofran
for nausea,
one Atavan
for anxiety
and nausea,
roll two sizable cigarettes
selecting some sticky indica
to roll into the gumless rice paper
as opposed to a drier, headier strain
that could tap
the focus I need
to
teach the bull the cape
and at 4:15 I am
my eyes rocketing away from my body
as high into the sky as they can fly
looking for the moon,
I have propped the black metal door to our building
wide
casting the light
from the hallway fluorescents
onto the black bags of garbage and the clear bags of recycling
lined up to be collected on the pale sidewalk
open,

I am looking for the moon
or any planet
behind the clouds
exhaling long, elegant plumes
from my leonine mouth and nose
like the exhaust from an old factory
shooting lonely fire chimneys
reaching from their long into the dark sky
over Zug Island in Michigan
waiting to be
shut down for the night. v

 

The entire The Doctor series can be found here.

Fashion: Zoolander, Hansel and Valentino {video}

{Where Zoolander and Hansel precede the very fabulous Valentino on the way to Zoolander2}

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 10: Derek Zoolander and Hansel walk the runway at the Valentino Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on March 10, 2015 in Paris, France. ZOOLANDER 2 will open in theaters in the U.S. on February 12, 2016. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount Pictures)

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 10: Derek Zoolander and Hansel walk the runway at the Valentino Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on March 10, 2015 in Paris, France. ZOOLANDER 2 will open in theaters in the U.S. on February 12, 2016. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount Pictures)

I received an email Tuesday about available images for Zoolander 2 of Zoolander & Hansel walking the Runway in Paris to announce Zoolander 2 and because I really like both Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson, I logged into Getty to take a look. I'd already seen a still, but I decided to take a look at the additional footage for some fortuitous reason. All day I had missed, repeatedly, that this runway walk had taken place at the Valentino show. I was watching the video of the event footage when I finally realized what was coming up after Derek Zoolander and Hansel shed their coats and left the frame. Just after it finally registered what exactly it was that they were wearing, as I was staring at an empty runway, wondering what was coming next, the first stunning dress of the final walk appeared. The files I have are too large to upload here, so instead of spending way too long prepping a file to upload (because I'd rather spend my time looking at the pretty dresses), I've just linked into the Paramount version on YouTube to embed it below.

Derek & Hansel blaze down the Maison Valentino runway, ‪Zoolander 2‬ announced. In theaters February 12, 2016.

Valentino is, of course, my current favorite and even Zoolander and Hansel cannot upstage this gorgeous collection. I usually just try to ignore Fall because there's just way too much fur for me, so it was a nice surprise to see each gorgeous piece in all of their Zoolander-led glory. (Honestly, I would have snuck a peek at the show anyway. I cannot resist Valentino.) By the way, Zoolander 2 opens in the US February 16, 2016.