Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Sadly, my salsa shoes did not make it to Zanzibar with me. They have served their time, and I now have to find a replacement. I've had the shoes for at least 3 years and they have traveled with me to Puerto Rico, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Philadelphia and New York....great spins and great memories.
Maybe it's time I finally invest in real salsa shoes?
Who knows if the quality of the roses wasn't up to standard, or the water wasn't clean enough, but my roses wilted after one day! Perhaps it was Sweet'N Low??
It leaves me wondering: if Sweet'N Low kills roses, what is it doing to my body? But all this wondering is not enough for me to stop drinking Diet Pepsi, to huge disappointment of Robyn Webb.
Monday, February 25, 2008
...but first, I saw that 6 oz has 170 calories, 15 calories from fat, and 33 grams of sugar: wow!
But, it was oh so worth it!!!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Alas, the Russian animated short, My Love, did not win. But it was absolutely beautiful and enchanting. Unfortunately, whoever translated it, did a poor job. Wonder how I could get into that business!
From the action shorts, my favorite one was Tanghi Argentini because dancing was one of the themes and because of the surprising ending. At Night made me cry. The short that won, Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets), was absolutely adorable, humorous, sentimental and, compared to the other films in the category, "normal."
*flavor the chicken stock with garlic, cilantro and lemongrass
*remove the flavorings, add carrots, cook for a bit
*add flaked cooked halibut, bok choy, a few splashes of soy sauce, sweet chili paste, a bit of oyster sauce, some lime juice, microplane-d ginger
*add coconut milk and let all the flavors come together
*serve with fresh cilantro
For the last several months Stacey has been raving about Smoked salmon and wasabi on onion dill bagel from Au Bon Pain. Yesterday I decided to re-create it using an everything bagel, smeared with wasabi, topped with vegetable cream-cheese, thin slices of Israeli cucumber, red onion and finally smoked salmon (Thanks Edward and Luke!!!). I had it as an open sandwich and just topped everything with a slice of lettuce. My thoughts: having never tried the original, I was quite pleased with what I re-created. I went a bit overboard with wasabi, though...there were a few tears shed.
Jenn came over for dinner last night to try one of the dishes I was testing for Robyn Webb's upcoming Cooking Light submission. That's when Jenn shared with me her own creation: pear/blueberry/lettuce salad! It was a really good combination, and one I've never considered before. I contributed Parmesan cheese, and next time I think it'd be good to add pecans.
When I went to Grand Mart with Wendy last Wednesday, I bought 3 ripe plantains. Last night I fried one of them, and the result was quite good. Laura, I think you'd be proud of me :) Happy upcoming b-day!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The store is absolutely overwhelming. They have everything from Chinese eggplant, to lemon grass, to live blue crab; countless variety of Asian sauces, Indian spices, grains from around the world and relatively inexpensive produce. I was overwhelmed, and my inability to make decisions kicked in at once! So many choices, but limited amount of refrigerator space.
I ended up buying lemon grass, Chinese eggplant, bok choy, plantains, grapes, mango yogurt and nectar, chorizo, bulgur, dried mushrooms, sweet chili paste and a few other random items.
Can't wait to cook something using my new purchases on Friday and over the weekend.
Thanks to Wendy!!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
After a long period of whining and complaining about how I no longer enjoy my rueda practice, I emailed the group and told them I can no longer commit. I so hope I don't regret this decision.
Need to find something else to occupy my time.
Last month Sarah told me about Everybody Wins! DC and it's Power Lunch program where professionals go into local schools and read with or to a child. I signed up right away!
Today was my first day and I'll be working with and mentoring a 2nd grader. It's funny, but we have so much in common: we both have a brother and a sister, we were both born in March, both like sushi and traveling.
Today we read Aladdin and A little mermaid. I did most of the reading and made sure to ask her if she understands the meaning of certain words. When I was leaving, she ran over to me and gave me a hug! That was so sweet!
I hope this will be a great experience for both of us!
Monday, February 18, 2008
I flew from Seattle today and just as I was lacking sleep, my refrigerator was lacking food.
But, I had just enough ingredients to make polenta inspired by one of Rachael Ray's recipes. With a few adjustments, I made polenta using frozen home-made (!!!) chicken stock, fresh oregano*, parmesan cheese*, and chipotle peppers in adobe. To go along with polenta I made a quick salad using bibb lettuce*, walnut oil*, red onion, fresh dill, and a few splashes of balsamic vinegar.
*** left overs from testing Robyn's recipes...I'm amazed they lasted an entire week in my refrigerator!
Friday, February 15, 2008
So here is the challenge for you: look at the two pictures below and figure out where Anna and I are and comment (1st picture: Anna (row and position), Olga (row and position), etc!
If some of you are having trouble leaving comments, you can just email me! Let the games begin!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
On the other topic, just finally finished testing the last recipe for Robyn Webb. I want to stay out of the kitchen for at least 5 days!
Spring Lettuce Rolls:
one of the Chihuli pieces (love!)
these are my shrinky dinks before they were shrunk (earrings and pendants: I drew the trees myself)
these are my shrinky dinks before they were shrunk (I copied the design from a book)
Jenny, the pictures are specifically for you :)
Pictured below are: Romaine lettuce with cherries, blue cheese and walnuts; zucchini and yellow squash medley; baked Italian tomatoes, and vegetable lo mein. I have one more recipe to test tomorrow and then I'm done for a few days!