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Dinner tonight

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

If I were a gifted food blogger & photographer, like my friend, Ms JayPee, you would be treated to a luscious picture of what I ate for dinner tonght.

But no, I’m a total oinker, and I ate it all up before it even occurred to me to take a picture of it. (How does she do it?)

Anyway, you’ll have to imagine a salad plate covered with sliced ripe tomatoes, fresh from the garden, with slivered basil, ditto, dressed with olive oil & garnished with chunks of gorgonzola cheese & grated carrots.

Does life get any better than this? Methinks not.

Yogurt!

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

I’ve been a huge fan of yogurt for many years. So much you can do with it. That little parfait is probably my favorite breakfast: plain yogurt w/fresh fruit & granola.

But it took cousin S to remind me that making my own yogurt isn’t really rocket science, especially now that I have a gas range w/a pilot light.

Reasons to make my own:

  • It costs about 1/2 as much
  • No plastic containers piling up
  • It’s kind of fun in a Little House/Waltons kind of way

I googled for instructions, and then kind of went my own way, as per usual.

  1. I heated a qt of organic milk + 1/3 C dry instant milk to 150 degrees in a very clean saucepan.
  2. While it was heating, I took out a 1/2 C of good commercial organic yogurt (Stony Field) and put it in a bowl to warm up a little.
  3. Cooled the saucepan of milk back down to 110 degrees.
  4. Stirred about 1/2 C of the 110 degree milk into the little bowl of yogurt, to warm it up.
  5. Stirred the little bowl of yogurt into the saucepan of milk.
  6. Poured the saucepan into a sterilized canning jar & popped it into the oven overnight.
  7. That’s it!

So I’m feeling very farmgirl-ish today. The granola was made here, the raspberries are from here, and after breakfast, I pinned a load of clothes out on the line. Surest way I know to bring rain…

Rainy Day Fun

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

cristinasWell, today was a rainy day, so while the crops (and the weeds unfortunately) are growing like gangbusters, I got an unscheduled day off.

Decided to take myself on an Artist’s Date & explore downtown S’burg, with the goal of finding a good hangout.

First, I went to the local Antique Mall & messed around for a while. Didn’t see anything I couldn’t live w/out, especially since I’ll be living out of a suitcase for the forseeable future.

Then I decided to check out the “new” Cristina’s. The old one had been a really good Oaxacan-style Mexican restaurant, but they’ve moved & changed to more of a coffee shop/bistro format.

Well, I’ve found my new hangout, all right. They’re next door to the library, have wireless AND espresso AND comfy couches to sit & read in… Could I ask for more? They also create food from local organic food when possible, so I’m going to see if they’ll be a possble customer, too.

My online Spanish classes started today, so I’m excited about that. Cain has taught me to say Bad Cats and I figured out how to say “I’m a gypsy.” (Soy gitana- I think. I’ll check w/him on that. It may mean something really rude.) But in my Spanish online class, I’m learning to say “It’s important that you help me with this.” “I want to buy a chair.” and other vital phrases.

Hasta maƱana…

Horchata!

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

One of my favorite things in this area is the huge Double Tollgate Swap Meet/Flea Market every wkend. There are some vendors who go there every wkend, and some who are doing a version of a yard sale. And it’s the size of a fairgrounds.

What’s changed in the two yrs since I’ve been there is that the Hispanic population is much more visible, if not larger (probably both.) And now the Double Tollgate has not just a taco wagon (I’m totally addicted to taco wagons.) but a kind of co-op going on. There’s a really good taco wagon, flanked by a fresh fruit (served in big plastic cups w/lime juice & chili powder & salt) and a liquado stand. First, I got a huarache (kind of a tostada, but shaped like an oblong- like the sandals) and an elotes, a roasted corn on a wooden stick smeared w/mayo & spices. Yumm! Then of course I had to have a fruit salad (which included: watermelon, pineapple, oranges, papaya, mango & lots of jicama.)

The liquado stand has huge big jars of beautiful juices. This time, they had canteloupe, pineapple, watermelon, lime and HORCHATA. Liquados aren’t like juices, really. They’re fruit blended & then mixed w/sugar and water. (Also called agua fresca.) But horchata is basically cinnamon rice milk. And boy, is it GOOD. I think I could have drunk that entire vat. The vendors thought I was pretty funny. The mom, who probably makes them all, kept grinning at me & commenting to her son in machine-gun Spanish, and really cracked up when I asked her what was in horchata (between my lip-smacking & generally looking like a cat in a jug of cream.) Evidently everybody but me knows all about horchata.

So upon arriving home, I immediately hit the internet. Here’s the recipe I’m going to try: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lolas-Horchata/Detail.aspx

Oh, and Cain, our landscape guy who’s from Mexico & eats @ McDonald’s, as he prepares for citizenship, thinks it’s hysterical that I came all the way across the country & my mom served me quesadillas (and I was excited about it.) As my mom says, he’s learning a lot here, but most of it may not be useful to his assimilation. BTW, Cain has a twin brother named Abel. Really.