Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Can We Really Believe the Tarted-Up Weather Guy on KOMO? Really? Sunny Weekend? In Seattle?

I think the constantly-pregnant weather girl picks out his ties.

But aye, they have predicted no rain for the weekend, which means that Lou can get sailing time in on Sunday, and Mom, Bev, and I can do some gardening.  I have a sun-deprived herb garden trying to grow in a mostly-shaded north-facing window.  We don't actually have any windows with southern exposure.  It's how you build houses in Seattle nowadays - pick your best view and spend all of your window budget there.  So, I have a bright, sunny kitchen to cook in, even though there is an annoying buzz from the fluorescent lights.  What crackhead put those in?!

Speaking of cooking...  I spent all day dealing with fabrics and dyes and trim and patterns that the only thing I could muster up was a bottle of wine and ramen noodles.  Seriously, that was my dinner.  Lou, as usual, made use of tortillas, cheese, and his comal.  He's going to turn into a quesadilla one day.

My big yellow bowl is calling to me from atop the toaster oven, so I need to make something special.  Lentils and pecans are sounding good to me, but I've been neglecting Lebanese Night, which might turn into Moroccan Night or Persian Night.  It's Middle Eastern or Lasagne Rolls tonight.  I'll decide AFTER I get back from my errands.

I'll be posting some photos that some of you have seen - food that I've already made.  There must be a slideshow "gadget" in here somewhere...

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Recent Meals

  • Grilled (in the rain) marinated top sirloin w/my Steak Frite and London Pub Sauce
  • Fried chayote
  • Roasted aubergine, zucchini, and yellow squash
  • Soft garlic sandwich rolls, and we made meatball sandwiches
  • Sirloin rubbed with cardamom-laced Turkish coffee
  • Chocolate truffles w/rum and bourbon
  • Petit fours
  • Florentine cookies drizzled with chocolate
  • 13-Bean soup w/parmesan rind and leftover ham
  • Apple spice cardamom muffins
  • Guinnes-injected pot roast
  • Cran-blueberry corn muffins
  • Spaghetti and meatballs - basic, but always a hit in this house
  • Hummus w/roasted garlic, olive, red pepper, and smoked paprika
  • Veggie stirfry w/julienned baby carrots, green peppers, garlic, chickpeas, and balsamic, served over Chinese Black Forbidden Rice
  • Ginger-carrot cake
  • Ginger cranberry mojito
  • Lime-cranberry-mint-strawberry seltzer
  • Lavender-mint iced tea
  • Trip to Beirut: Shish taouk, shish kebab, halvah, garlic naan, rice pilaf w/figs, raisins, and pecans, w/my famous lemon-mint-garlic Lebanese potatoes
  • London Broil w/a wilted spinach and mustard green salad with a bacon, balsamic, and mustard dressing
  • Sweet and red potato pancakes w/zucchini and peppers w/chicken apple sausage
  • Italian wedding soup w/homemade croutons and meatballs
  • "Rock the Casbah" Cardamom, Ginger, Apple Pork Roast w/Armadillo Rice (for you fans of The Clash who remember the cover of Combat Rock)
  • Individual Quiche Lorraine
  • Prosciutto-wrapped beef cubes w/mustard pan sauce
  • Chicken Sausage w/garlic naan and dijon mustard - Lou and I were really drunk.
  • Salt potatoes, mixed fingerlings, lightly mashed, with lot of butter
  • Focaccia w/garlic, onions, mozarella and cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary and lavender bread
  • Spicy greens and spinach salad w/fresh mozzarella pearls, strawberries, and a strawberry vinegarette
  • Polenta casserole w/cheese and squash baked IN acorn squash halves