Posts Tagged ‘cabbage’

Mr. Sunshine

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Yesterday I tried two new things.

Thing one: I made lemon curd in the microwave.

Except that I used half grapefruit juice.

You know, because of the great grapefruit overpurchase of 2011.

I have made a lot of curd in my life. When I was in pastry school, I made it virtually every day. Lemon curd, lime curd, mixed citrus curd, orange curd (this needs lemon in it, if you’re going to try it – orange juice isn’t acidic enough to carry a curd on it’s own).

I will never again make it outside a microwave.

The recipe at the link makes about 2 cups.

If you try it, be aware that you are going to have to strain it. Because you can’t stir it for ever second while it’s cooking, little pieces of eggs will get cooked. They just will.

This morning I put my new curd on my muesli.

The word curd is starting to sound gross.

But it still tastes good.

Because I’ve started eating yogurt with lunch, I thought perhaps I would mix up my muesli by using cottage cheese and walnuts instead of almonds.

It was interesting.

But probably won’t be repeated.

In case you’re wondering, all the dairy I consume is low fat or fat free.

Except cheese.

Because low fat cheese isn’t really cheese.

Crockett went to Paul’s, our local coffee shop that roasts beans on the premises, yesterday.

We’ve been drinking grocery store beans.

I don’t necessarily mind, but Crockett does, and when we make the Paul’s, I can tell the difference.

Mm. Fresh roasted.

The other new thing I tried was suspiciously delicious cabbage, from food52.

I wanted it to be suspiciously delicious, I did.

Perhaps if I’d used heavy cream instead of half and half, I would be able to say that it was.

However, I would say that I ate close to half of a cabbage’s worth myself.

So… delicious, yes. Suspiciously so? Eh.

Sixty

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

My momma turned 60 years old yesterday!

Wait, let’s back up.

I sort of feel like I’ve been all cookies all the time since Valentines day, so yesterday I decided to start off with a nice fruitful smoothie instead.

Mmmm, smoothie. I finally bought Grape Nuts, so I’m back to my yogurt/milk/frozen banana/blueberries/Grape Nuts combination. Crunchy and delicious.

Crockett left last night for two ski trips. It’s all very exciting – first he’s going to Vail with some old friends, and then he’s driving to Crested Butte with some other old friends. All of these friends are men, so if you’re picturing nine days of snowboarding, cigars, and scotch, you’re probably not far off. At least, that’s how I picture it. Perhaps right now they’re sitting around discussing how much they miss their girlfriends. Who knows.

We had some crucial Costco shopping to do before he left, so we ended up nibbling on Costco snacks and eating a late lunch.

We’re still working our way through the Asian Cabbage Casserole from Sunday. I swear to god it’s actually multiplying in the fridge, and now that he’s gone the remaining servings are up to me. Making an appropriate amount of food for two people is proving to be something of a challenge – more than twice what I needed alone, but less than a full family size.

Then, it was BIRTHDAY TIME!


That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. My wonderful mother turned 60 years old yesterday.

See her, there towards the right, already getting ready to walk away and welcome more guests?

One of her good friends put together this great party in the back room of The Cactus Wheel in downtown Louisville. There were 30+ people there, and we had margaritas and all sorts of fun. My mom is a competitive sprinter and cyclist, and most of her friends are as well, so this was a room full of athletic fabulousness.

She got all kinds of fun cards and presents.

That’s my hand-drawn hilarity in the top right corner.

In case you were wondering.

Crockett came by to say happy birthday to my mom, before he took off to pick up his friends from the airport. He and my dad had a beer and talked about all the crazy athletes in the room.

I had tilapia tacos, which were great. I think we overwhelmed the Cactus Wheel’s tiny kitchen, because the food came out in fits and spurts and mine took an awfully long time. It’s a small restaurant, and 30 people ordering at once must’ve hit them hard. Everything was good, though.

We had cake (also courtesy of my  mom’s lovely friend Valerie). And then? Things started to get a little goofy.

Like, helium sucking goofy.

I gave my mom a new updo, appropriate for her new age, and, then I went home. You know, sometimes grown ups don’t want their kids around to witness their goofiness.

Happy Birthday Mom!