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Posted on May 27, 2011 in Food, Recipes | 20 comments

Oh, Woe!

Let us please take a moment of shame and reflection for this:


I don’t know if you can see it clearly, but that is a spiderweb of cracks in the monitor of my Macbook. ::sob:: I accidentally kicked it and now it has cracks and fractures that from the black border at the top near the camera (point of impact) all the way down through the bottom of the screen. :'(

It’s still fully functional, for now, so I guess I’ll count my blessings. ‘Cause goodness knows I can’t afford a new Macbook or the $$$$ Apple would ask for to fix this one. Might put a damper on my photo editing abilities though… we’ll just have to see. Le sigh.

Okay. Let us please move onto happier things. Specifically, the recipe for my BBQ Baked Tofu that I made for dinner last night!


I did up a homemade BBQ-inspired marinade, roasted some tofu in it and threw together a quick and easy Whasian noodle salad (hehe) to serve on the side. It was delicious! And it just occurred to me, it’s also vegan (I think?) Guess that Lent rubbed off on me after all, huh?


Gretchen’s BBQ Marinade:
– 1/4 cup organic ketchup
– 2 tbsp vegan worcestershire sauce
– 1 tbsp mustard
– 1/2 tsp paprika
– 1/4 tsp chipotle pepper (or less, mine turned out pretty darn spicy!)
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– Pinch of salt, couple grinds of fresh pepper
– Red wine vinegar, for thinning


Measure out your ingredients, and combine! Nothing more to it than that. When it’s ready it should look something like this:


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and go ahead and slice up your tofu. You’re looking for fairly substantial pieces to hold up to the strong flavors of this marinade (which incidentally would work great with chicken, too!)


I was lazy and chose not to press my tofu before slicing it but if you have the time or disposition I would suggest doing so, otherwise the delicate tofu is likely to break in the marinading process (as mine did!) Then make sure you coat each piece well:


Marinate as long as you like (longer = better), then lay out on a sprayed baking sheet:


And pop into the 400 degree oven for 35 – 40 minutes. Easy peasy! While it’s cooking, you can prep your noodle salad.


Whasian Noodle Salad:
– 1/2 box of whole wheat angel hair pasta
– 2 carrots
– 1/2 cup snow peas
– 1 cup steamed green beans
– 3 tbsp Asian dipping oil (Purchased at wine festival: mixture of sesame oil, olive oil, and spices)
– Heaping amount of white sesame seeds
– 1/4 cup chopped cashews
– Salt & pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box. While it’s cooking, cut your veggies into matchsticks (you can leave the green beans whole if desired, as I did.) When the pasta cools (run under cold water to expedite), toss all the ingredients together! Have you ever heard of anything easier?


Ta-da! Totally delicious, fairly nutritious and you will have tons of leftovers, uh, left… over. I think I ate about a quarter of each dish, so lunch tomorrow is gonna be awesommmme.

Well whaddya know? That did successfully distract me from the woes of noticing the screen cracks in front of my face for a while. Unfortunately… we’re back to being sad about the state of my monitor. Sigh. I was talking with my brother about my options and basically came up with two ideas:

1. Get a new PC laptop or desktop.

In the grand scheme of things, PCs aren’t that expensive, and between my nerdy brother and my nerdy friends I’m sure they can wrangle me up something pretty great for a good value, haha. Note that I’m specifically saying it would be a PC because A) I can’t afford another Mac right now (sad!) and B) I would like to be able to utilize Windows Live Writer for blogging because I hear it’s amazeballs.

2. Get a converter cable, mouse, and wireless keyboard and turn my TV into a computer monitor.

I like this idea, but it is really only feasible if nothing else ends up being wrong with my Mac after this, er, incident. This is also beneficial because we just got rid of cable (waah!) so I’ll be doing a lot more internet TV-watching and would like to continue to have the full-size Vampire Diaries experience come Fall, hehehe. However, I also have a giant TV, so I’m not sure if navigation would be difficult (and I’d have to sit faaaaar away!)

Dilemma, dilemma…

What do you guys think? Have any other solutions to my current computer woes? I know that if nothing else ends up being wrong with this computer, another “solution” might be just to try to get used to have little hairline fractures all up in my grill. But I really do worry this will seriously impact my photo editing, so in all reality I think it’s just better (and less ghetto) to figure out another way — even if it ends up costing me some moolah.


    • Yeah, I have, and I probably will try to bring it in. But I don’t have high hopes because I’m pretty positive it’s not under warranty anymore, and everything I read online about getting Apple to replace the screen says anything from $500 to $1000 to fix. Blech.

  1. You sure that Apple would replace the screen for more money than buying a new PC would cost? Ask them! There are also guides for doing it yourself (the glass only costs $100), but it look unbelievably complicated and harrowing (http://www.ifixit.com/MacBook-Parts/MacBook-Pro-13-Inch-Unibody-Front-Display-Glass/IF163-017). Using your TV as a monitor would work; I assume you’ll only use it for big-style TV watching, not all the time, right? Also, talk to your brother about Boxee if you haven’t already…

    Also, you haven’t found good blogging software for a Mac? I bet there are literally dozens…? I used to use a Firefox extension for blogging, I bet there are tons now for Chrome (https://chrome.google.com/webstore?category=ext%2F10-blogging), etc. You do use Chrome, right? Chrome > Safari > Firefox…


    • Yeppp, I read all about how to do it yourself. And quickly decided I would NOT attempt it. Heaven only knows how much more damage I’d do, hahaha. Everything I read online about other people bringing theirs in for Apple to fix quotes prices of anywhere from $500 to $1000 for an LCD replacement (I’m sure the $1000 is for like, 19-in Pros, but still!) So if I could get a PC for like… $400, that’d still be a better deal.

      And I mean if I got a converter cable I would use it to watch TV but if I got a wireless keyboard I could sit far back on my bed and use it as my regular computer too, I guess?

      • Do you use anything on your computer besides a web browser? Maybe you should check out Chromebooks (http://www.google.com/chromebook/#) … they come out on June 15th and I’m going to be first in line to order one (well, they’ll be available to order on Amazon on the 15th). Basically it’s a Chrome laptop. Awesome. The two initial models will be $350 or $430 (though the $430 one looks much better, it doesn’t have HDMI like the $350 one does, which is annoying), and more models will be coming out over time (Google doesn’t make the actual laptops, just the OS).

  2. What do I think. I think that effing sucks and that you’re stronger than I am because I would be losing my sh*t. I would take it to the Mac store and see what is covered under your warranty. If you neglect to explain how that happened, well than so be it. 😉 Let me know how it goes!

    • Hahahaha, that’s kind of what I did with my iPhone when I brought it in. I just told them that the hold/power button stopped working (which it did!) but I neglected to tell them about the 50 times I had dropped it prior to that. Hey, they didn’t ask! 😉 I know I’ll end up bringing it in anyway to see what they say, but my hopes aren’t high. I got the computer my senior year of college so it’s already like 3 years old.

  3. That dinner looks amazing first off. Secondly I’m bummed for you about your laptop- we have a couple extras around our house but they are pretty old and slow. However if you want to check one out let me know!!

  4. You’ve already got good advice above, but having been given a brand new iPhone4, for free, when I wasn’t expecting anything, the #1 thing I suggest to people now is to at least take it to the store. At the worst, you get nothing. But on the other hand… you could also get a lot more than you were expecting.

  5. I’m a PC girl so obviously I’m going to say get a PC and WLW is amazing!!! Seriously it makes blogging 10000% easier.

    I am making that noodle salad for sure. It looks delicious!

  6. Your dinner looked really good, I’m not good with tofu, yet. I’d see what apple will do, but if you have someone who knows what they are doing they can get parts from New Egg (or another online store like it) and build you a new PC for around $400 and up depending what you want to do with it (I have a geek husband otherwise I wouldn’t know this much).

  7. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about your computer! I had a similar situation with my old mac not good at all.

    I actually have a mac and a PC lab top because I had to get a PC when I was in school. Although my toshiba satellite isn’t nearly as awesome as the MAC I got a great deal it’s a very reasonable computer. If you thought that you might want another MAC in the next few years then you may want to just go with a cheap monitor until then :). Also used/refurbished PCs tend to to be pretty inexpensive 🙂

    Love the BBQ tofu! 🙂

  8. WLW is amazing, but I think first just check with the mac folks and see what you’d really be dealing with price wise & go from there about getting a replacement or whatever.

  9. My husband was pretty hell bent on getting a Macbook last year when he was in the market for a new laptop. But after a tonne of research he found that a PC that had even more features than he needed/wanted and was a LOT cheaper.

  10. Sorry to hear about the Macbook, Gretchen! I’m not even sure what it’s like to use anything other than WLW, but it works for me. Maybe a brief affair with an affordable PC…

  11. OH NO your poor computer :(!! I just made some tofu the other night and I really liked how it turned out!

  12. Ouch, that sucks!

    It’s not our primary computer (Husband and I both have laptops), but we have a computer hooked up to our TV, since we don’t have TV service. We have a wireless keyboard and mouse, so it’s not bad sitting back far enough to see, but I will say that the connection isn’t perfect. There may be better systems, but I think a laptop would be a better idea. I’d definitely go in to see if they could fix it, but if not, I’d go with a PC.

  13. Oyyy, why do things have to breakkkkk. Ummm running date? Next weekend??? Let’s DO this.

    • I wanna see yoooou, but I’ll be in NYC next weekend. The weekend after though? Or the weekend after that! We have limitless weekends! 😛

  14. Yummy, I made the Whasian Noodle Salad for dinner tonight… So good!!


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