So…last weekend we spent some time with some our favorite twins, B.1 and B.2 It was awesome. So awesome, that we took a bunch of pictures from our cooking adventures…and never blogged about them. Oops. So, here we go…playin’ catch up. Also, some other cool things I have done this week during my vacation (J wasn’t too happy because he didn’t have time off like me)…
Agenda: 1. Twin weekend recap, 2. I made applesauce!, and 3. I made lattes!
1. So, like we said B and B were here, having a great time exploring our lovely little part of town. We live in a hippy-esque neighborhood near campus, which is a lot of fun. There are lots of bike-advocacy groups, free-trade coffee clubs, and a lettuce of the month club. Also, we found ice cream in our village that is made from white wine and wheat grass. Watch Portlandia, and you will get a sense of our town.
While they were here, we went to the farmer’s market, had a picnic in the rose gardens, and had a fancy homemade dinner (made by B.2 and myself).
At the market, we bought a lovely mild cheddar, a garlic/asiago loaf, some apples and pie. I also made a nice pitcher of peach iced tea. Because I am Pinterest-happy, I found a cute idea of making ice cubes out of tea, which stops the tea from diluting with regular water ice cubes. For an extra special touch, I put peach slices in the cubes- YUM!
For dinner, I made salisbury steak and french-inspired carrots. The steak recipe was from Skinnytaste, one of my favorite recipe-sites. Here is the finished product:
French-type carrot things:
- In a small-ish pot, saute (J hates that word) 1 onion (smallish chop) and 2 cloves of garlic in some olive oil
- Chop carrots into little slices and add to carrots with rosemary and thyme. Stir and heat until soft (well, not stirring the whole time…that would be a lot of stirring.)
- Swirl in a bit more olive oil at the end
2. Applesauce. Remember when I said we bought a bunch of apples at the market. We ate a total of three at the picnic, which left me with almost 1/2 peck of apples. What to do? Applesauce.
- In a BIG pot (such as the one you make soup in), pour in about 1-2 cups of water (let’s be real, I just put some in under the faucet)
- Wash, chop (I sliced the apples in eighths), and add to pot
- Heat to boil, then simmer.
- This took about twenty minutes.
- When the apples have broken down, add some cinnamon (I just threw some in-not big on measuring apparently), and stirred.
- Now, smart people with food mills would push it through there to make a quick applesauce. I do not own a food mill (yet), and therefore used my noggin and got creative. COLANDER. I pushed the applesauce through the little holes in the colander, separating the sauce from the skins, which I disposed of (in the trash, because our disposal isn’t the greatest)
- I then scooped the thick applesauce into containers, one for eating and one for freezing (it freezes quite well.
3. LATTES! I just had one, which gave me enough energy to write this freakishly-long post! Coffee!
- Make espresso as directions state (we got an espresso maker from my parents last Christmas-best thing ever)
- froth milk
- While espresso is brewing, make own vanilla syrup: 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water in saucepan, bring to boil, turn off heat and add 2 tablespoons of vanilla. Stir and refrigerate leftovers.
- Pour espresso into cup, add in as much syrup as you want (couple of tablespoons), pour milk in, and top with frothiness.
Apologies for the LONGEST POST EVER. We’re still working on this whole blog-everyday-so-you-don’t-have-ridiculously-long-blog-posts-thing.