It’s been a while

But I just haven’t felt like spending much time on the computer. I’ve been working some overtime, and the last thing I want to do is look at a computer screen when I get home. What have I been doing other than working?

I’ve finished the rest of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Each book was better than the previous! I’m not sure if I’ll get around to posting reviews of the other two, but my review of the first book can be found here.

I’ve also read The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. Another great read. I may post a review next week sometime.

And just to show that I don’t love every book I’ve ever read…this weekend I read Stuck in Downward Dog by Chantel Simmons. I’m not sure why I didn’t like it. I enjoy some nice light chicklit. I enjoy yoga, which plays a dominate role in the novel. But really, a waste of my Sunday. Mara has got to be the most whiny and annoying character I’ve read in a loooong time.

After a brief hiatus, I am knitting. Work seems to have messed up my wrists a bit, but they are on the mend as things begin to slow down at work. I am slowly working on a pair of socks for Blair. Consolation socks, since I can’t seem to get a sweater to work. Picture to come.

What else is going on? Oh we started to get a fresh fruit and veg delivery from fresh options. We’ve received two weekly deliveries so far and I’m just loving it. I do love to cook, but I hate deciding what to make. The weekly delivery means that I just plan menus around what we get. No decisions. I just can’t rave enough about how wonderful that is! I’ve been meaning to take a picture of the lovely fruit and veg delivery, but the days are just not long enough yet to capture the loveliness in the natural light. Maybe in another week or two. The delivery varies each week and is full of organic and, when available, local fruit and vegetables. Yum!

And I curled. Yep. I did. And we won. Those of you who know me can stop laughing now. I’m serious. I did curl. And we did win. I even have the pictures to prove it. So there.

Will post properly soon. With photos of knitting. Or food. Or at least a proper book review. Or something.

Success!

The dinner experiment was successful! Yay! I would highly recommend Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m going to purchase it. The level of detail in the instructions and descriptions is wonderful.

I was thrilled that my parents really seemed to enjoy the meal. Some of the flavours in Japanese food can be quite strange if you’re not used to them. I can’t think of anything that they would eat on a regular basis that’s anything like dashi or wakame, both of which were in the miso soup. But they enjoyed it enough that my mom even asked for the donburi recipe. We don’t have them over very often, so I’m glad it all went well.

I served the food in two courses. The first course was miso soup and an eggplant dengaku. Then I left Blair and my folks to chat and visit while I prepared the donburi and the vinegared cucumber. I can’t believe how quick and easy it was to make the donburi! I think donburi would be a wonderfully quick week night dinner. I think this will be in heavy rotation on the nights that I cook.

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of everything before we began eating. I was hungry! I’m really not one for fussy food displays, so it wouldn’t have been much to look at anyway. The cookbook does have wonderful instructions on how to make pretty food arrangements though.

Published in: on January 15, 2008 at 9:37 pm  Comments (2)  
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Dinner Experiment

I’m going to conduct a bit of a dinner experiment today. My folks are joining us for dinner and I’m going to attempt to make some Japanese food. The menu will include miso soup, eggplant dengaku, vinegared cucumber and chicken donburi. Not sure about dessert yet. Perhaps just some vanilla yogurt with fruit, or a simple cake.

I’m using a book from the library. Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art by Shizuo Tsuji. The book is very detailed! There is a lot of information about dining in proper Japanese style, such as the order the dishes should be served in and the types of dishes to use. Loads of information about the ingredients and possible western substitutes. So far, I’d highly recommend the book for anyone interested in learning about Japanese cuisine. But perhaps I should reserve judgment until after the dinner!

I’ll likely post again tomorrow with some pictures of the food. Wish me luck!

Published in: on January 12, 2008 at 11:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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Too hot to handle

I was feeling a bit under the weather today, so I decided that I needed soup for supper. I made Moroccan Mixed Bean Soup with Pasta from Bonnie Stern’s Hearth Smart cook book. Unfortunately I’m a bit careless in measuring ingredients and accidentally doubled the amount of cayenne pepper called for in the recipe. I think it would be a lovely soup with just a bit of a bite to it, if the instructions were followed. Doubling the amount of cayenne pepper made the soup pretty much too hot to handle.

Note: A dollop of plain yogurt eased the heat to a reasonable level.

Moroccan Mixed Bean Soup

Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 10:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Soup for supper

Blair made udon soup for supper one night this past week. It was so yummy looking that I just had to take a picture. I’m not sure what is in the stock. I think it’s a mixture of chicken and fish stock. The green leafy looking things are some type of seaweed. Wakame perhaps? Udon soup is a nice way to Udon Soupuse up leftover meat that’s lingering in the fridge. This time we used some leftover sirloin steak. My favorite way to have udon soup would be with prawns and some fish cake.

Published in: on November 3, 2007 at 9:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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