Balsamic Reduction Lamb and New Careers To Consider

by Eden on May 6, 2011

Bad news. The family I work for as a private chef is moving to somewhere in middle America. I know, who lives in LA and moves?

Maybe they are lying and can’t stand my food anymore. Or, they are getting too fat for LA’s standards. Its a toss up.

Anyhow, as I’m butchering up a 140% percent organic, grass fed, vegan lamb chop, I wonder… should I get a new job? Surely something will make me more money for less effort!  Here are some options I came up with…


Since I’m allergic to dating, maybe I should just force it and reap some money out of it. A non-sexual companion who will buy me dinner and then pay me for my witty quips and superb listening skills. That’s what guys want, right?


What I don’t have is the inhibition to show my goodies in a public forum. I wonder if I could get away with a strip tease down to a tank top and shorts? Plus, my goodies aren’t really worth flaunting. Also, I’ve never been able to walk in heels and although I do yoga, I actually am very stiff for a yogi and I lack acrobatic skills, so I’d probably just run around the pole in circles with no shoes on, attempting to gyrate to the music.

this is more like it

Mailman (or I guess mailwoman in my case)

One thing that I look for in a job is if it requires me to wear a uniform. Having a uniform that I have to wear every day to work saves me the trouble of having to pick my own clothes. The best part? training can’t be that difficult. I don’t really pay attention much, so I can imagine going into a profession that my many years of school have provided me no training for would be daunting. Alas, I’m not so good at legos, so I might have problems putting the mail into the mailbox. I might put it on the top of the box, or stuff it into the mail post. If I don’t find a mailbox I would probably go into some sort of blind panic. That’s part of the job though, and it wouldn’t be a job if there wasn’t some risk involved.

Marijuana Dealer

Since prop 19 didn’t pass, it’s clear this career path still offers plenty of job security. And there’s plenty of stoners I can hit up.  Heck, my own family will probably be my best clientele. My dad’s nurse from the chemo treatments recommended he start smoking joints. The only problem may be that I still can’t figure out the difference between an ounce and a gram.  Also there’s a good chance I’ll smoke away all my product…and then I’ll get the munchies….and then I’ll get fat….and there goes my chance for being an escort!


I’ll be honest on this one. Since I dont drink, the only reason I’d want to be a bartender is because in the movies they’re depicted as so cool. I mean, look at Cocktail, Tom Cruise flips the drink bottles all the time and everyone cheers for him. Everyone holds some sort of reverence for bartenders. And those Coyote Ugly chicks are hot and fearless. Part of me wants to have their confidence and badassness. But if its bad ass I’m going for, I should really consider….


I mostly want this job because I’ve never been a badass before, and this is my big chance.  I can say things like “the juice is running,” or “pay up before I smash in both your knee caps”. Also, I plan to embezzle funds.

What careers are you considering?  

As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, all this came up while I was making these chops. To recreate it you will need:

  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 lamb chops (3/4 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup minced onions
  • 1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • small artichokes (totally optional on the side)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

In a small bowl or cup, mix together the rosemary, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Rub this mixture onto the lamb chops on both sides. Place them on a plate, cover and set aside for 15 minutes to absorb the flavor. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place lamb chops in the skillet, and cook for about 3 1/2 minutes per side for medium rare, or continue to cook to your desired doneness. Remove from the skillet, and keep warm on a serving platter.Add onions and garlic to the skillet, and cook for a few minutes, just until browned. Stir in vinegar, scraping any bits of lamb from the bottom of the skillet, then stir in the chicken broth. You can place the artichokes or whatever veggies you want at this point so they can “get happy” with the sauce as it reduces. Continue to cook and stir over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced by half. If you don’t, the sauce will be runny and not good. Remove from heat, and stir in the butter. Pour over the lamb chops.

Its vegetarian, promise.

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Kristina @ spabettie May 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

how are these lambs vegan? did they eat vegan? :)

one of my good friends is a mail (wo)man – she LOVES it! even here in the Pac NW where she walks around in the sometimes rain, she loves it.

I would love to work at a bakery. Right now I have a CPA firm that wants me to come work for them, and all I want to do is go find a job where I can start at like 4 or 5 am, making breads and croissants and scones all morning…


edenseats May 6, 2011 at 5:46 am

they ate vegan, thats the closest to vegan I get. ;)


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) May 6, 2011 at 5:52 am

Tee hee vegan lamb chops- I see the irony!

That Teddy bear is hilarious. Badassness- hahaha! Were you even old enough to watch ugly coyote when it came out? OMG you could totally work on a cruise ship as an escort- no sex involved- you might have to take dance lessons though (I mean, like BALLROOM) and then you just dance with old geezers and look pretty. EASY!

What would I like to do for a living? Something with animals- but only the happy parts. I couldn’t deal with sickness or death. I could be a cat cuddler or a doggie walker. Big bucks in that.


edenseats May 6, 2011 at 5:57 am

I think I’d be great at babysitting pets because I would come up with fun games for us to play together. I’d dress up all of the dogs and cats in costumes and create complex, soap opera-like story lines for them to act out.

Then I’d sell the DVD and make millions.


BrocStar May 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

Your blog always makes me laugh! That picture of the teddy bear is excellent.


VeggieGirl May 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

HAHAHA oh man, again I love your blog as always :D


Heather (Where's the Beach) May 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

There are so many things I’d prefer to be doing. Though, when I was in the 1st grade, I wanted to be a bus driver. My family is really happy I changed my goals ;-)


Tori May 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Vegetarian lamb chops!

I secretly want to be a bartender too. I think it was watching Coyote Ugly! And they do seem so badass and totally opposite of what someone would expect me to do! Lol

I hope you easily find another job. I dread having to look for another job, even though the one I have is not that great and I should get another one…


edenseats May 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Re Coyote Ugly: I know, right? Like how badass would I be?! Pretty badass, thats what!


S May 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Oh goodness that bear made me laugh. There are 28 grams in an ounce!


Mimi May 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

That is a smexy bear!

Teehee, if you sold MJ, I’d be your first customer. Gaaawd it’s been to long.

But honestly, I think you make a great chef. Your food always looks delish– I love how your meals are both creative but kind of homey. Do you think you will try to find another job as a private chef? Hehe, you could see if The Dish’s Dish needs any new culinistas!


janetha @ meals & moves May 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

bummer they are moving. and why to BFE? that’s odd. i love your ideas. although i say don’t slang the ganja. it is lucrative but illegal and jail sucks. one week!


edenseats May 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm

In all seriousness, my dad WAS given the suggestion to get some weed to help with chemo! Have you seen the movie “saving grace”. its about an old lady from england who becomes a drug dealer to save her house. Its awesome, netflix it!


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) May 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm

One of our all-time fave movies EVER.


missymiller May 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I have always wanted to be a *ahem* postalworkerwhatever mailman.
Work outside, wear the cool uniform (have you ever seen a mailperson uniform catalog? They have some sweet stuff!)
Best part?
You get to drive a car with no door.


edenseats May 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

The best part, you can look at people’s porn subscriptions.


Stephanie May 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I think it would be sweet to be a mail-woman. You’d get to walk around outside and take breaks whenever…listen to music…sounds good to me. My actual preference for work is retirement. I’m ready to be done and just hang out and read by a pool somewhere warm. This from someone who is moving out of L.A. to BFE in one month. Boo.


Jolene ( May 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I think being a heiress would be kind of a perfect job :-)


Jess May 7, 2011 at 12:08 am

That lamb looks fantastic!!

I really would loveee to go into physical therapy/sports medicine!!


Anon May 7, 2011 at 4:16 am

Let me guess, you probably call the “middle” states, or hickville USA as you said, flyover states too right?


edenseats May 7, 2011 at 4:19 am

not at all, I was referring to Hawaii. In all honesty I actually love the middle states. They are moving to a specific town in california actually that I think is kind of hick its about four hours drive from LA.


edenseats May 7, 2011 at 4:32 am

But i realize that may have been rude of me to mock ANY city in the US. Or the world for that matter. So I revised it.


Pure2raw twins May 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm

you will find a new family to cook for, I just know it!


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