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Untitled IX

A tale untold in words
Made known in actions of love or hate
This story will unfold
Until its hero shall meet his fate

He walks through life unseen
So he tries to make those who don’t see him
See who he really is
But his choices become his trap

Living each day in fear now
He tries to understand why he must
Undo every wrong he has committed
And still be no one at all.

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Rachelle gets creative in the kitchen

So my mom asked me to cook dinner for 13 people. Of course, being that I love cooking, I obliged. The cuisine she picked happened to be my favourite to cook: Mediterranean. The menu: Greek salad, Greek-style carrots, spanakopita, another type of spanakopita made of mushrooms and parmesan, a Mediterranean chicken dish, and dolmades. After acquiring all the ingredients, I began my quest at 11:30pm last night. I went to bed just before 4am and continued cooking for a couple hours in the afternoon. All in all, it was a fun and easy job, mostly because it was very organized. Everyone enjoyed the food immensely, and there are plenty of leftovers which makes me very pleased (my mom had me make enough food for 25 people instead of 13…).

For this particular cooking adventure I invented two recipes. The first is a form of spanakopita, but instead of spinach and feta it has mushrooms and parmesan and a very interesting flavour due to the sundried tomatoes. The second is a Mediterranean-style chicken dish, which ironically I can’t fully eat because I recently decided to change my diet to vegetarian. Nonetheless, it results in quite possibly the moistest chicken you’ve ever tasted.


Mushroom & Parmesan Phyllo

  • 1 pkg phyllo sheets
  • 1 pkg frozen spinach, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 med onion, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, julienned
  • 6 cups various mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Sauté onions until tender. Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Add spinach and cook until tender.
  2. Remove from heat. When cooled, stir in parsley, sundried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and eggs.
  3. Melt the butter and grease the bottom of a 12 x 8 casserole dish.
  4. Cut phyllo sheets in half. Place one sheet of phyllo in the dish and spread butter on top. Continue placing another sheet on top, spreading butter until half of the sheets are used up.
  5. Pour the mushroom mixture on top.
  6. Continue layering phyllo and butter until the remaining half of the sheets are used up.
  7. Cut into sections, without cutting all the way through to the bottom of the pan.
  8. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, or until top is golden.
  9. Makes 10-12 medium servings.


Mediterranean-style Chicken

  • 16 chicken thighs or 8 chicken breasts, deboned and de-skinned
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 each red and yellow potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 pepper, red or yellow or orange, not green, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1/4  large red onion, sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 650g container plain Greek/Balkan style yogurt
  • juice of one lemon
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • chopped herbs: Italian flat-leaf parsley, rosemary, sage (about 4 sprigs parsley, 2 sprigs rosemary, 2 sprigs sage)
  1. Pour 1/4 cup of the olive oil on the bottom of a large casserole dish, at least 13×9, bigger might be necessary depending on the size of the chicken pieces.
  2. Arrange the chicken into four rows (either four rows of four thighs or four rows of two breasts).
  3. Arrange the potato wedges between the rows of chicken, alternating red and yellow pieces.
  4. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil over top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  5. Arrange the onion slices on top of the chicken. Scatter the pepper pieces.
  6. In a bowl mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs. Pour the sauce evenly on top of everything.
  7. Sprinkle the crumbled feta on top of everything.
  8. Bake, covered, in preheated oven at 400 degrees for about an hour, or until the potatoes are cooked through (the chicken should be fully cooked at this point, but double check it to make sure).
  9. Serves 8.

Tips: Prepare this dish beforehand and allow it to sit overnight to give the flavours a chance to blend together. Also, precooking the potatoes until they are half-way done can speed up the cook time in the oven. I did this once and only cooked it in the oven for about 40 minutes instead of the full hour.

More pictures here.

Untitled VIII

The transformation begins:
Slowly at first,
Painful and new,
Previously unexplored territory
Waiting for things to settle in,
Become familiar
But they don’t
It is an unending process
One which unravels the soul
Leaving vulnerabilities
Out in the open for any to see

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See me for who I am
Love me for who I’m not
Make me into something new
Someone I can never become

Show me how I am wrong
Tell me to change it all
Give me a life to live
So I can choose not to live at all

Untitled VII

Colour fades to grey
Memories of yesterday
Putting everything away
Never knowing what to say

Floating down a rushing stream
Driven by a faded dream
Consuming everything we knew
Becoming something far from true

You are slipping away
Haunting my memories
Becoming unfamiliar
Like an unknown summer breeze

I breathe you in
Nothing remains though,
Except pain and this gaping hole
I cannot fill

Fill me with your sweet words and make me new again

Untitled VI

when the world has almost reached a close
you are frightened and alone
the past haunting your mind
guiding your steps
allowing true self to fade away
becoming mist among the graves
of long-lost accomplishments and ambition
that have passed on and are no longer held in high regard
everything you choose is self-infliction
breathing life into pain and despair

through it all you hold the power to turn it all around
yet you cry yourself into a troubled sleep
with the realization that waking up
will force you to approach an unknown reality

resignedly choosing to remain in the dark
will allow sad familiarity to become a compass
instead of trying to break out of your bonds
and through painful restoration emerge to a new life