The Actor and The Photographer (Chris Evans x Reader)
Evans x Reader
Swearing, Fluff, Awkwardness?
Word Count: 2,148
Summary: You are a
freelance photographer who happens to photograph Chris Evans.
You were sat on the couch, your laptop nestled gently on
your lap as you scrolled through your most recent photoshoot photos, trying to
pick the best ones. The curtains were
drawn letting in the warm New England sun on this bright Sunday late
morning. The hum of the announcers for
the New England Patriots swept through your apartment as birds sang happily
Your phone rang making you quickly swipe it open and
answer. “This is Y/N.”
“Hi Y/N, this is Zach from GQ magazine. I was hoping to book you for a shoot this
Wednesday if you are available,” Zach said from the other line as you smiled to
yourself. Zach was always a pleasure to
work with and you never had any problems with him.
“Let me just check my schedule real quick, hold on” you remarked,
setting your phone down before hastily grabbing your planner from your purse. “Nope, I’m all free. What are the details?”
Salt breaks down the proteins that make certain cuts of dry, lean meat so tough. This is called denaturizing. If you’ve ever had a ceviche or used a wet marinade, you’re probably already familiar with what this can do to meat.
2.) It seasons the meat.
Because food doesn’t deserve to be bland. The chicken will also absorb any seasoning as it soaks in the mixture.
3.) Salt brines can be used while defrosting turkey.
In fact it helps the ice melt faster because of all the salt. So you’re doing several steps in one swoop. Depending on the size, I would do this three to five days before cooking it. Of course, if your bird is already thawed, just leave it in for 12-24 hours.
4.) Brines are super simple and cheap to make.
God I hate those overpriced gourmet spice mixes that do nothing but burn in the oven. They’re usually not as flavorful and you can make them yourself using spices you probably already have. All you need for a basic brine is roughly 2 cups of salt per gallon of hot water (though you may need more salt if you use kosher like I do). Make sure your brine is cooled down before adding your bird, though. It’s not safe to defrost in hot water.
5.) You still have plenty of room to get creative.
Got any spices or herbs sitting around in your kitchen? Maybe scraps from chopping onions or peeling carrots? Do you want to empty that pickle juice from the jar? Great! Toss it in the brine mix! Granted, you have to make sure what you use still match, but I also love brines because you can season them however you like. Just be sure to toast any spices you use to draw out the oils and fragrance.
So there you have it. Salt brines are the way to go. Afterwards you can pat it dry with paper towels and either rub some fat and seasoning on to the skin for the oven or deep fry it. It’s up to you!
Here’s a list of things nobody told me before I got my bird. You’re welcome to fact check and add your own experiences! I hope this helps someone!
Possibly disturbing images of animal neglect below.
NEVER get a pet bird who lives alone a mirror for their cage. They can choose their own reflection as a mate, which needless to say isn’t healthy and can be extremely sexually frustrating. It’s much healthier to get even small birds foraging toys to entertain them.
ALL birds need lots of social interaction if they’re going to remain mentally healthy! This is especially important for birds that live in large groups in the wild like cockatoos, finches, and parakeets, but also true for “loner” birds like Senegals and African Greys. Without the proper social interactions (hours a day with people or other birds) birds can get bored and pick up destructive habits like feather pulling, biting, and screaming, and even develop mental illnesses like depression or anxiety. Yes, even parakeets.
Feather pulling removes a bird’s main way of staying warm, which can lead to life threatening things like hypothermia.
Parrot’s body temperatures are around 103 degrees Fahrenheit, much higher than humans, and largely thermoregulate through their feet. Because of that and their small body size, they can get hyper or hypothermia fairly easily when compared to humans. In hot months it’s important to provide them with a shallow dish of water they can cool off in, and in cold months, a heating pad or perch they can sit on to keep warm. Parrots do best in a stable, relatively warm environment; while they can take slight changes, drastic changes in temperature can be very detrimental. Non-tropical/arid birds are a bit different from what I hear, so can’t really talk about them.
Parrot beaks constantly grow, so it’s important to provide lots of chewing fodder (I like to call them sacrifices) for your parrot to chew on or get their beaks trimmed by a professional.
These can be hard calcium treats, wood, and other natural materials. Some can be plastic but I wouldn’t recommend those as they can be swallowed and impede digestion or become a choking hazard.
Birds are prey animals! They’re typically very nervous because they’ve been hardwired for centuries to be on the lookout for things that want to eat them. They’ll get nervous around new things, strange noises, and new people. They can learn to overcome some fears by careful desensitization, lots of social interaction, and a calm, careful owner. It’s VERY important to keep them away from predatory animals (dogs, cats, etc.), as it can cause unnecessary stress on the animals. If they absolutely have to interact, do so in a controlled environment and with one or both in separate carriers, cages, or pens. Know your animals, pay careful attention to their body language, and be prepared to step in if either looks stressed or aggressive.
My parrot Apollo meeting my friend’s cat, the right way.
Just like humans, birds have dietary needs that must be met if they’re to remain healthy. A few of the most important are Vitamin D (sunlight!), calcium (especially important in hens), and protein (required to grow healthy beaks, claws, and feathers). The easiest ways to take care of the first two is to provide your bird with lots of sunlight (direct or indirect depends on the bird) and a constant supply of cuttlebones or calcium treats. There are several different diet plans out there for all kinds of birds, but all agree that birds CANNOT live off nothing but seeds. This can cause fatty liver disease and early death, even in otherwise healthy birds. All parrots are usually fed a diet of pellets, fruits, and vegetables, but the ratios really depend on who you ask.
Here’s a few food pyramids for parrots:
Birds absolutely CANNOT be fed:
Any greasy, salty chips/popcorn or any processed “human food”
Alcohol (I shouldn’t have to say this)
Feel free to add on
Before you feed your bird ANYTHING, please look it up and make sure it’s safe!
Need something to get you through Monday? Here’s a pic of an adorable clutch of baby peregrine falcons on banding day at Cabrillo National Monument in California. At birth, peregrine chicks weigh about 1.5 ounces, but they grow quickly – they can double their weight in just six days. They reach nearly full size after only seven weeks. Cool fact about peregrine falcons: They are among the fastest birds, flying at up to 55 mph and diving at more than 200 mph when striking avian prey in mid-air. Photo by National Park Service.