Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I turned 39 yesterday, and celebrated with a little dessert party. Over the weekend my kind spouse brought home a dozen of Miss Sue's eggs (I'm on record as being crazy about those eggs). Naturally I was thrilled, but since we already had four dozen eggs in the house, I was also a little abashed about how they'd ever get eaten. Then it came to me: cake and ice cream. Specifically, Frank Stitt's strawberry ice cream (six yolks) and an angel food cake (twelve whites). Both were successful, very delicious. The angel food cake brought back childhood memories to me, since that was the last time I'd had angel food; it's very, very good. I made two batches of ice cream base, one of which worked, the other of which didn't (I overcooked the custard and ended up with scrambled eggs). I regretted the second batch, but the first was perfect so I suppose I don't need to ask for more.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
One of my favorite signs of spring (actually, it's a sign of late spring) is the appearance of sage flowers in the garden. I can take sage or leave it alone, for the most part, but I love how pretty its periwinkle flowers look in a salad. They taste mildly sage-y. For dinner we had the salad, rye berries, and the last two nights' leftovers (meatballs in soup).
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
of sweet potatoes and kale, using a Christmas lima bean soup base. The Christmas lima beans were my first booty from ranchogordo.com, a website that will make you want to order beans. They were beautiful and delicious. So was the soup, which I served with a dollop of pesto, and toast with a spread I made with ricotta, plain yogurt, scallions, and dill.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
with brown rice and sauteed red cabbage. The cabbage was particularly good, though I didn't do anything special: sliced it fine, and sauteed in olive oil. The key, in my opinion, is to brown it a little bit. This takes a while, but is worth it.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Half the pair done, and normally I'd wait to post until they both were, except that I'm so excited about how well the yardage worked out. See that little coil at the bottom, under the sole? That is the foot or two left from the skein. If you don't knit you will not maybe be as thrilled about this as a knitter would. Usually, you see, one either doesn't have enough in the skein or ends up with lots leftover; rarely does the Yardage Goddess smile and allow you exactly as much as you need for the project. (This sock, for example, used exactly one 135 yd. skein, so you can see how finely cut it was to have only a foot or two left.)
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
This was my second attempt at this dish; this time I had the nigella seeds (thanks Mom!) the recipe calls for. They are also called black cumin, as well they might be, since that's what they taste like. I served it with rye berries and no vegetable, because I just couldn't get it together to make one. Very delish, and lots of leftovers for lunch.