Tuesday, May 24, 2011

FiveFingers, fusilli & cheese, pig nipples and tamtams

On Friday I was looking around online for new running shoes to buy and came across the Vibram FiveFingers and after some thought decided to buy them on Saturday. Here's a pic my sister took with my phone while I tried them on in the store:

Here's a pic I took in the grass outside after I bought them:

They're super comfy, although they take some getting used to because you're not used to using all the muscles in your legs and feet when you walk. I had stiff calves this morning cause I went to the tams with them yesterday and danced and ran around all day in them even though you're supposed to start wearing them gradually lol. I don't wanna take them off though cause they're so comfy :P

I've always liked toe socks and these are even better, toe SHOES! I nicknamed them my frog feet when I noticed the resemblance, a few people at the tams yesterday remarked they looked like frog feet too :P That's ok, I love frogs :D They're a bit too long for me, but 37 was the smallest size they had. Hopefully they'll come out with a 36 next time I have to buy a pair. Comments on these from my friends have ranged from "ummm not my style" to "whoa those are awesome!" :P I haven't gotten any comments/questions from strangers yet though. I'm planning on wearing these everywhere, I'm wondering if people at work or at the gym will say anything :P

Carlo and I made some fusilli and cheese this weekend:

500g fusilli
A lot of grated cheddar
~750ml milk?
1 tsp freshly ground white pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp powdered chicken broth
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 package of bacon
1 medium onion

Dice the onion and bacon and fry together on med-low heat till golden and starting to crisp while the water for the pasta is heating. Melt the butter in a saucepan and mix with the flour. Add the milk a little at a time, whisking constantly till incorporated. Add the chicken broth, garlic salt and white pepper on med-low heat, whisking often till it's simmering, it should thicken once it has started simmering. If it's too thin, add more flour and simmer a while longer, if too thick add milk. Add the pasta to the water when it starts boiling and cook according to instructions and/or taste, drain and set aside. Drain the bacon fat from the bacon and onions once they're done, and set them aside. Once the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat and add the cheese a handful at a time while whisking it in till it's completely melted and incorporated. Add the bacon and onions and stir till incorporated. Add the pasta and stir till incorporated. Eat!!!

I buy double-smoked bacon at the Charcuterie de Tours at the Atwater market, and they sell it in whole slabs with the skin on so you have to ask them to skin and slice it for you. They give you back the skin in the package to use for soup and stews and things. I took this piece of skin out of a pot of hamburger helper with bacon I was cooking and noticed it had nipples on it lol. My bacon has nipples!! XD

Here's a snail that was crawling across the sidewalk towards the road. I took this pic and then tossed him into someone's yard. I love snails!

Oh, and speaking of slimy things, on Saturday at 4am as me and Carlo were walking home we saw a skunk out hunting worms since it had rained a while before. I tried to take a pic of the skunk but I was too far and I wasn't gonna get any closer!. I did have fun catching some worms myself though, they're surprisingly hard to catch, they keep their tail in the ground and as soon as you touch them the snap back into the ground like an elastic. You have to grab them really quick and yank hard. At first I thought I'd rip them in half when I pulled, but they don't. I collected a handful of nice long ones which I tried to show off to Carlo but he apparently finds them disgusting lol. Oops... XD

Here's the tams this weekend, I didn't take any pics at the larping field though. This was earlier on in the day so there weren't as many people, me and my sister went to dance later at around 4pm and it was packed:

My sister wearing someone's cosplay goggles:


  1. Bacon with nipples! LOL! Seriously, I'm going to have to find a meat market that has double smoked bacon. I had a friend tell me he makes hamburgers with half ground up smoked bacon and half hamburger with gorgonzola cheese in the middle of the patty. I don't know if I could get used to the Vibrams. Having something between my toes would drive me nuts I think.

  2. Definitely find a place that sells double-smoked bacon if you can! It's the best! That hamburger recipe sounds amazing, I'll have to borrow my parents meat grinder and try it sometime.

    Still getting used to the FivFingers, you use a different set of muscles when walking barefoot so you're supposed to start wearing them gradually. I ran around with them all day last Sunday and Monday and my calves were stiff and a bit sore for a day or two after that. I wore my regular shoes to work a few days this week to give my legs a rest.