Friday, February 10, 2006

Nerds, Green Peppers and Sprouts

So I took the test and here is where I stand:

You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of:
Modern, Cool Nerd
You scored higher than 44% on nerdiness
You scored higher than 80% on geekosity
You scored higher than 38% on dork points

What concerns me is that so far this is where EVERYONE stands! I don’t want to be on par with Chris Palmer! Or wait…maybe I do? I don’t know. The test says he’s cool…but...
I like “geekosity” though. That’s a good word.

I am kind of a dork sometimes though. This morning I was going to check my email. Mind you, it was a little early for me and I didn’t have my glasses on but I read the announcement of “Chat is coming soon” as “Christ is coming soon” and I started to wonder why I hadn’t heard anything about that on the radio this morning. And if he was coming soon, do you think he would actually use Google to announce it? I just hope he wouldn’t use AOL. I mean you could make the announcement but then you couldn’t email any attachments of it to other…never mind. Personal bias.

OH! Hey, in my attempt to broaden my dinner horizons (but broaden my bum) I made something last night that I don’t like. I like vegetables and I only ever put two exceptions on that statement. I HATE bell peppers, just the smell of them will make me leave a room. I find it endlessly frustrating that they are a filler in so many things. I will eat stuff that other people find ungodly but just the mention of green peppers will make me queasy. I just won’t eat them. And I can be flexible about other things; if you serve beef I will politely decline and just eat sides. But bell peppers…yeeesh, don’t even invite me over if you are going to make those.

But I didn’t cook bell peppers last night. So that’s not really the point here. The only other vegetable that I use as an exception to my “I like vegetables” statement is brussel sprouts. I have tried them many ways and I just don’t like them but last night, armed with a sense of adventure and a new cookbook, I attempted to make “Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Garlic” and they were…completely edible. Good even. I won’t go as far to say that I loooooved them but I did eat a full serving. That was my limit, I tried to eat one more and that was sprout overload but in general…very good. So here is the recipe (more or less as I am reproducing it from memory). I say try them. I also say that Vegan with a Vengeance is a very nice cookbook. This is the first recipe I have tried from it, but the book itself is well written, nicely put together, not at all exclusionary (lots of things non-vegans (like me) will enjoy, I think) and just entertaining.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Garlic

1lb. Brussel Sprouts
1 tbs. Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp. Sea salt.

Halve Brussel sprouts and toss in olive oil. Roast at 400° for 10 minutes. Add garlic and salt and toss around a bit (in the pan). Roast for 5 more minutes and serve.

I hope I don’t have to add the stuff like using potholders and for you people. But hey, these were really good (for brussel sprouts) so I say give them a try. The only thing I have noted in my cookbook about the recipe is that I liked the parts of the sprouts that browned a bit, so I would make sure to put them all in the pan cut side down next time.


Brenda Griffith said...

Hah. DORK! chuckle, chuckle, chuckle. I am far less a dork than you are. Hey about food: I was going to put up Dave's Chicken recipes (which I think would also be great with seitan--it's all just sauce substrate anyway) assuming you might want them, but now I can't find the original post. Are you interested? Be truthful, not nice . If yes, I will type them up tomorrow to take a break from studio angst.

Jodi said...

Where's the test??? I want to take it!

Jodi said...

I dug through your comments and found the test. It's been deleted. Oh well.

Brenda Griffith said...

stupid html. the link is and the test is still there. Go for it nerd girl. :-)

Jodi said...

How did Brenda know I was a nerd? I tested as "Pure Nerd." Kind of depressing. I was hoping to be a "Cool Nerd," but I should have known I'm not cool. Sigh.

Chris said...

My wife scored as "Joe Normal" - and was proud of it (I thought it was kind of embarassing) :-)

Joe Normal
47 % Nerd, 43% Geek, 21% Dork

dave (ren's brother) said...

another "pure nerd" here (73n/43g/39d). don't be depressed jodi, those "cool modern nerds" are just poseurs in nerd-dom. stay pure!