Friday, June 27, 2008
This will be the first time I'm taking a bus to NYC: I typically take Amtrak train or fly, so this should be interesting. More importantly, this will be the first time in more than a year that Anna, Misha and I are all in the same place at the same time.
So far we only have a few things planned:
1) dinner with Jenny and her boyfriend Chris at Pio Maya
2) Jazz at Blue Note: something Misha really wanted to do being a jazz enthusiast and all
3) Brunch with Jenny in Brooklyn at Bubby's
Other than that, just some walking around, eating some good food, and maybe a bit of sightseeing and shopping!
I will most likely have no access to Internet till Sunday night, but I will write updates and post pictures then!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
It was so unexpected: turned out it was a little boy sitting in a stroller :) His mom was very apologetic and slightly embarrassed, but I thought the whole thing was hilarious and had a mini laughing attack: I don't think I've laughed so much in a long time.
This little boy is definitely going to grow up to be a "legs" man.
On Monday, I went grocery shopping and saw Calla plants on sale for $3!!! Of course I could not pass that by. I removed two of the flowers and they are now standing in a vase on my desk at work. The remaining plant is at home. LOVE the yellow color and the speckled leafs.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I was honestly quite terrified because haven't seen Misha in about a year and a half, and how often do I have a boy staying over?! (sigh)
I picked him up at the airport yesterday and today I was playing a tour guide. Oh, at first I was a great sister and made breakfast.
Day of touring
1) United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: I still think that Yad Vashem in Israel is more emotional, however, I got a bit chocked up when I saw all the shoes and hair left from the people that the Nazis cremated, and photos of peple's arms tatooed with the numbers
2) Washington Monument
3) Lincoln Memorial (it was super hot and I thought we will never make it there, but we did)
4) Vietnam Memorial & Korean Memorial
5) White House (randomly ran into Lisa, who I haven't seen in at least a year)
6) Natural History Museum (I just sat on the bench while Misha walked around)
7) Lunch at an Indian place (quite delicious!!!)
8) The National Portrait Gallery: great exhibits!
9) Old Town Alexandria: coffee and Scrabble at Misha's Coffeehouse and Coffee Roaster with Jenn
10) Home, sweet Home: just before the thunder started
Saturday, June 21, 2008
On Bittman's show, the guest was Jose Andres. Bittman asked him how he knew the dessert will taste good, and Jose said "Because I can eat with my brain."
I think that's a great idea: that's how I know intuitively what foods will go well together: it's a gift :)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tools: cardstock, cake-shaped hole-puncher, Post-it flags, and Fiskars scissors
Directions: punch the holes (one for each year), cover the holes with colorful Post-it flags underneath, use Fiskars to make decorative edge. Done!
Hope she's going to like it.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Why? Because as I was getting ready for bed and putting away my jewelry I saw this on my wall:
And being single, I obviously did not have a man around and had to deal with it on my own. I trapped this spider in an envelope, folded the envelope a few times and put a rubberband around it. And off it went into the trash. I hope it's not as evil as just smashing the spider....or is it? Oh god!
PS: yes, I stopped to take a picture. I'm hopeless.
For those of you who are interested in food only, check out Mango & Tomato for my original recipes, and of course Bittman In My Kitchen for recipes from Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I've had these Bandolino slides for at least 3 years! Jenny was the first one to buy them, and generous enough to "allow" me to buy a matching pair. I absolutely loved these shoes, which is visible by how much I've worn them out.
Time for a new pair. I have no idea how I went from not owning any patent leather shoes to owning five pairs now!
I had to make dinner with whatever was in my refrigerator. And you know what? The dinner turned out pretty darn good!
Saute garlic scape with yellow squash in some hot oil (I used the oil from a jar of spicy olives). Season with salt. Once the vegetables are almost done, add the beets' greens. Saute a few more minutes. Season again with salt if necessary, and serve over bulghur. Done!
Notes: Sauteed garlic scape tastes almost like sauteed green beans or asparagus: delicious!
P.S. This is the second time I've cooked bulghur. I came up with a little trick: put uncooked bulghur in a fine sieve, cover with hot water, and once the bulghur is cooked, you can press it with your hand or a wooden spoon to get rid of the access water. Fluff with a fork, and you are done!
There were several wonderful mosaic pieces by Lisa Osgood-Dano. Check out her website to see a few of the projects up close and personal. This really makes me want to try mosaics...anyone wants to join me?
I also liked whimsical porcelain pieces by Laura Peery.
Another exhibit that I absolutely loved was by John Pack, who created food sculptures from shells! Check out his pictures here.
One of the most intricate works that I saw at Artomatic was done by Sherill Anne Gross. At first, her work appears as a simple picture, but on closer examination, you can see that it's layers upon layers of cut out paper that form different images. LOVED!
Matthew Langley also had a few of his modern designs on display in Artomatic. His art reminds me of blocks my dad made for Anna and me when we were little. We used those wooden blocks to make larger designs: what fun!
I also really enjoyed contemporary work by Shannon McCarty. Who knew you could make art usinng only fabric and an iron?
Another very cool exhibit in Artomatic was Leaves by Martin Hahn. Unfortunately the artist doesn't have a website, but maybe in the future?
I really wish more of the artists would create a website displaying their art. Even a little blog maybe? It's really not that hard and would be a great publicity tool.
Till next year!
Below are some of my favorite "pieces;" there would have been more, but my camera died after 15 minutes. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to write down the artists' information for all of them (if available, the names appear below the art pieces).
This woman collects old pairs of eyeglasses and makes them into pieces of art
Amanda Engels (Its Time)
Very cheeful and pretty.
There were 5 dresses and this one was my favorite.
This was a very cool project: the artist, Vick Fisher, took one photo and manipulated it so that the final product looks like a mandala
There was an entire exhibit composed of peeps!
Of course I had to take a few pictures of jewelry!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
1. In neutral oil, cook cumin seeds (be careful not to burn them)
2. Add minced ginger and garlic; cook for a few minutes until the aroma of the two ingredients comes out
3. Add chopped red onion and chopped tomatoes; cook for a few more minutes
4. Pour in a few beaten eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper
5. Once the eggs are set, so are you (ha, ha, funny).
This is a super easy and flavorful dish. Top the eggs with fresh cilantro, and you are ready for a breakfast with an Indian twist.
Confession: as soon as I started cooking, I realized I was out of ginger. It was too late to go to the grocery store: I made the same recipe without ginger and it was still great with the flavor from the cumin seeds.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I'll also paste it here for easier access.
Alas, I was out of mayonnaise (shocker!), but still wanted to make a warm potato salad last night. And then I had an idea: why not use the garlic scape pesto I made a few days ago as a "salad dressing"?
Ingredients and Directions:
1) Peel and cube Yukon Gold potatoes. Cook the potatoes until tender in salted water, but be careful not to overcook
2) Combine cooked and drained (and still hot) potatoes with garlic scape pesto (the cheese in the pesto will start to melt a bit...what could be better?)
3) Add cubed cucumbers, chopped red onions, fresh dill, capers and chopped boiled egg to the salad
4) Season with salt and pepper, combine all the ingredients and eat the salad warm
I'm also sad because I did not write down the websites of some of my favorite food bloggers, who I discovered through TasteSpotting.
Guess it's time to find something else!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Ingredients and Directions (serves 1):
1 piece of tilapia
2 T garlic scape pesto
2 thick slices of tomato
1 T dill
1 T Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste
Place tilapia on a large piece of parchment paper, top with pesto, tomatoes, sprinkle with salt & pepper, dill and Parmesan cheese. Fold the edges of the parchment paper to form an envelope around the fish and microwave for 2-4 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
Ready to eat!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
All this is thanks to Anna's friend Barbara Ann who told Anna about TasteSpotting, who then told me about it, which has become a latest obsession.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Note: I am not providing the amounts, because everything depends on how many people you are feeding, and your preference for each of the ingredients: beets, beet greens, cucumbers, green onions, eggs, buttermilk and dill.
Do ahead: 1) peel, slice and cook beets in salted water 2) once the beets are almost tender, add sliced beet greens and cook for a few more minutes 3) let the mixture cool 4) separately hard-boil eggs, and let them cool too
1) Place cubed cucumbers and sliced green onions on the bottom of the bowl
2) Add cooked beets, beet greens, and some of the liquid
3) Add a few pieces of a hard boiled egg
4) Pour in some buttermilk
5) Mix everything, add dill, and season with salt & pepper
1. Put a piece of tilapia on a large piece of parchment paper. Lightly salt and pepper.
2. Cover tilapia with garlic scape pesto.
3. Add a few slices of thin yellow squash and red onion.
4. Fold the parchment into a pocket.