Saturday, November 28, 2009

another short post

When I whined to Jessica that I had nothing to write about tonight, she assured me I would find something. But what? AHA - food! (but sorry, no pix) It was a long day of excitement spent primarily in the kitchen paying bills and cooking. Yesterday, I baked another pecan pie for my distraught husband who was bemoaning the fact that I had left the first one with our hosts. Jeesh! Am I a saint, or what? This afternoon, I made curried butternut sqash soup and it was pretty good, but not great because the recipe (The Silver Palate Cookbook) had called for apple juice and I didn't have any. I added an extra apple, but something is missing and I can't decide what. So I threw in some ginger and tomorrow, I will reheat it and see if it is better. Tonight's dinner, crab cakes -- from scratch (Mark Bittman - How to Cook Everything), spinach salad with red peppers, calamata olives, artichoke hearts; potatoes dressed with oil, garlic, salt, rosemary and served warm. After dinner, which included pecan pie and the extra apple-cranberry I had left at home, our two house guests each claimed the other looked like Java the Hutt.Then they agreed to pose, looking happy and satisfied so I would have a better picture to post than the one above. After they retired, I put my feet up and read all the iPhone user blogs, FAQs, and forums to see what can be done about my battery life beyond leaving the phone off permanently. Now I have discovered that I can put my phone to sleep for the night (is this different from just shutting it off?) and I'll see what happens when I do that. One more picture I have meant to post but it got lost in the shuffle (whatever that means). The other morning, as I picked my head up from the pillow, I saw this slice through the window where the shade was up a bit. It spoke to me, so a day or two later, with some difficulty, I got a picture of what I had seen. I have both this fuzzy picture and a clearer one that is similar but not exactly the same. I prefer the fuzzy one and will see what becomes of it as inspiration. All I need is time and solitude: both are rare commodities around here. Maybe the week after next. Enjoy what's left of your weekend.

7 comments:

Eva said...

Yummy cooking! Ginger is so good in the cold time to warm you from inside. But not too much for an expecting mother. Whereas, for the days after giving birth, the the Chinese tradition recommends a chicken soup which has been simmering for 2 days (in words: 48 hours). That goes beyond the shabbes soup, doesn't it?

kathy said...

Aahhh, you are a better woman than me...the last time I left a cheesecake with friends and endured hateful looks all the way home...I didn't make another one! At least not until his next birthday.

Judy said...

Your dinner sounds fantastic! I love Marc Bittman but don't have a single one of his cookbooks. I left all of a pumpkin cheesecake with our hostess on Thanksgiving evening and was not very popular at our house either...too bad! We don't need the fat or the calories!

xo

Susan Ettl said...

When can I come for dinner

Judy said...

Yes, you are a saint.

jcaldoretta said...

I am stuffed and I ate our leftover pumpkin pie for an appetizer and then, just had to have the last piece after dinner (just so it would not go to waste)! Last piece of the year -- DIET starts back on Tuesday! Very unusual for me to even have one dessert a month.
Your food sounds soo gourmet Rayna!! Spoiling your family I'll say!

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