Monday, July 20, 2015

Five Sisters

Shot this for a friend yesterday

Decisions, Tea, and Yogurt

I couldn't decide which book to read initially so I checked them both out from the library. I started reading Nabokov's "Speak, Memory." King's "On Writing" will have to wait.

Tea: Sadaf Earl Grey
Yogurt: Straus whole milk yogurt, Trader Joe's cherry preserves, and Sprouts vanilla granola
Both sitting atop a Landmade cork bound journal

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Food Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk

Mission: Completed

Yes, chicken in milk! Supposedly, it is a twist on a classic roast chicken. I initially went with a recipe for garlic roast chicken, but all the garlic burned. Yep. Steve suggested this one, and we're pretty happy with the result. The final cooked portion is very ... um, beige. It did not photograph well. I will try again and add that photo another time. I also tried this recipe with lemon juice instead of the rinds, and I like the more subtle flavor. The meat is incredibly moist, and you end up with curdles of milk that taste like sage and lemon and garlic. I can imagine that this flavor is not for everyone though. It is unique, but both my children happily ate it. That's a win win for me.

Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk
Recipe source: Food52
Overall flavor: A
Aesthetics: B
Changes to recipe: Peeled the garlic
Tip: Use tongs for browning the whole chicken and cover the pot for the first half of cooking

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Little Artist: Red Paint

Elsie was painting, and then she suddenly wasn't interested and left the table. I went to check on what mess was left behind, but I found this instead.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

When You Have Kids: Ariel Lego

Things you find around the house when you have kids: A perfectly positioned Ariel lego on the window sill.

Food Challenge: Creamy Leek and Pancetta Pappardelle

Mission: Completed

For several months now, I've been cooking the same handful or so recipes. I finally decided to venture out and try new recipes. I wanted to keep the first challenge fairly simple, but I ended up spending more $$ than I was expecting and taking longer to prepare the dish as well. So far, each one of my food challenges will have either few or poorly taken photographs because I feel like a bad Top Chef contestant during a Quick Fire round. Anywho, so first up:

Creamy Leek and Pancetta Pappardelle
Recipe source: Blogging Over Thyme
Changes made to recipe: Doubled it to yield lunch leftovers
Overall flavor: A-

Aesthetics: D
Verdict: A heavy but rather delicious dish.

Update 3/17/15: I tried this dish again, and I have to say it turned out better just with the practice. I substituted the pappardelle with linguine per Elsie's request. The next time I made this dish, I'll probably go back to the pappardelle though. The chewy egginess of it does add to the overall flavor.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Quote: Life

Source: Pinterest

Gifts from Japan

Now that Christmas is long over, I will finally post a gift I got over the holidays:
Scotch tape in a donut dispenser and a very dainty (yet practical) pencil from Japan. Thanks Marie!