Published September 28, 2007
Tags: cooking, pasta, vegetarian
we had this for lunch today, yum.
i really liked this recipe. creamy, but still light (not at all like an alfredo) with lots of zang. i served it with ginger glazed carrots, another favorite. just throw in 1 T brown sugar, 1 t salt, 1 t ground ginger, and 3 T butter into already cooked/drained carrots.
the pasta was easy too. “cook the rigatoni, set it aside. saute garlic over low heat for 30 seconds (do not let brown). add lemon peel and cream, simmer for 8 minutes. add tomatoes, parmesan and cooked pasta. stir and season with salt and pepper. pour lemon juice over top. serve with extra parmesan.”
Published September 28, 2007
Tags: graffiti, kids, recycling, trains
boy took the kids over to play on the boxcars yesterday. other favorite field trips with dad include the recycling center (where they all just hop in the bins and see what they can find), the cemetery, dried up canal beds and culverts, and construction sites. i usually just take them to the park.
or, when worse comes to worse, i pretend like we’re not related.
Published September 27, 2007
Tags: photography, pink
i remember lots of instances growing up, seeing something strange and beautiful, the way the hairs stood up on the inside of an artichoke or rows of antique pinwheels on a pillow, and wanting to take their picture. i’ve always suffered this urge, usually when i didn’t have a camera, so it passed. but yesterday, when i was rinsing tomatos in the colander, i remembered. i think it would be fun if we always noticed the neat little things. so next time i walk by the telephone pole on vista, bristling with nails and staples of yardsales past, i’m going to take it’s picture too.
if any of you want to play, try to collect 5 things, and then post them. the point isn’t to try and be a photographer, but to catch the little things that hop into your day unexpected. i always liked this post of paula’s. she caught a picture of paint gooping, sliced leeks, and then the chartreuse of her skirt. it’s neat what you notice. by the way, the bottom picture was me whisking pancake batter and wondering at how the sides shed liquid and kept perfectly smooth. eventually, i had to make pancakes out of it and stop playing.
Published September 25, 2007
Tags: humor, odd, old ladies
you can almost see it already…
for baby isaac.
i went down the whole brocade aisle looking for something suited to a little boy. this happened to be displayed on the bolt backwards. when i got home i discovered the ‘right’ side. oops. not exactly my first choice.
i have been seeing these blankets in baby boutiques lately and wanted to try and make one. it definitely would have been more fun to make one for a girl, so i will try it again. just to note, it would be cheaper and easier to go with a satin and a more typical fleece. the two i choose wouldn’t even sit still long enough for me to draw a line on them. then when i got out the scissors, they practically ran away. and satin baby binding is evil. you have to pin it every inch (it seems to have escapist tendencies as well). but i am a brave girl, with lots of time on my hands, so there.
i need to decide on the oilcloth i want for my kitchen chairs, so i can have it ordered. or if anyone just likes this here ‘paris rose’, they have it in stock at 20% off. i’m not sure myself.
otherwise, i looked through the catalog and liked pears and apples, bartlett pears, hibiscus, and mums. you might think none of those really match my, so far, staid kitchen, but if you pop open my cupboards you get a better idea of what could be going on someday.
whatever i do my chairs in, i will still probably paint the table itself white, with just a tint of whatever color (i love pink/white and yellow/white). so that’s the plan. let me know if you prefer any of the fabrics and we’ll see what comes. thanks.
Published September 20, 2007
Tags: cooking, tofu, vegetarian
it seems wrong, but i did it anyways.
so thank you stacy, for making me try something new. it tasted good, if you could get over the “i’m eating oranges with red onions? i am? this is wrong.” sensation. all’s well that ends well i guess. it’s a perfect dish for unsuspecting guests. you mostly make it ahead of time and you can put it together without any damage to your kitchen. not to mention, it’s exciting. especially when it comes to cleaning up your plate. “should i scooch the grapefruit over to the avocado or to the spinach? well that tasted good, what about this?” it’s like doing a puzzle. so here is the recipe. you should try it yourself, or have friends over and make them eat it.
Published September 19, 2007
i think jehu is going through separation anxiety. except it’s with his blanket. which is all right by me. i couldn’t go to the bathroom by myself when gideon was that age (although this does make me feel kind of slighted). he also craves pacifiers. we’ve never really given them to him before, so the sudden infatuation is kind of strange (and cruelly not indulged). i’m sure both grandmas will run out and buy him some to make up for my heartless indifference. especially if they heard his pitiful little pleas, “nukers? nukers?”. poor little scrom.
i made this for lunch the other day and it was just right.
if you like that sort of thing, i guess. and i do.
trim heads and tails off okras. fry in 2 tablespoons of oil (don’t overcook or else they get mushy). on the side blend the onion and tomato. fry the onion/tomato puree in 3 tablespoons of oil for 10 to 15 minutes. add the ginger/garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes. add all the spices and cook for another 2 minutes. add the okras and salt and cook for 5 minutes. lastly, add cream, remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes. garnish with cilantro and serve with basmati rice or naan.
oh, by the by, i always substitute paprika for chili powder. it keeps the flavor without the heat. i don’t know what kind of insane person puts a tablespoon of chili in their food anyways.