Monday, September 8th, 2008

Hurricane a Comin’

What with the hurricane a comin’ this past weekend, I booked myself solid with stuff to do.   I splurged a little on some books I’ve been wanting for a while.  I FINALLY picked up The Omnivore’s Dilemma and can’t put it down.  Although it’s eye-opening I can’t say that there’s anything in here that a good dose of common sense couldn’t tell you but it does chronicle all of the gory details for the morbidly curious.  I also picked up Barabara Kingsolver’s Animal , Vegetable, Miracle.  That’s next on my list.  

By far the most exciting purchase however was Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  Have you heard of this book yet?  It’s great.  I’ve already mixed up our first batch of the master recipe and we’ve baked off two loaves.  Which leads to my next point which is a throwback to a recipe I posted some time ago.  Since I decided that tomatoes were probably what was causing Chase’s hive we’ve stopped eating them cold turkey.  Up to that point we were eating tomatoes at breakneck speed.  Of course I had this epiphany the day after I picked up a new load at the farmer’s market… and so there they sat languishing until one day one went bad.  Apparently one bad tomato was enough to put me off the whole lot and so there they sat and there they stayed.  Until today that is, when Erin reminded me about this recipe for fresh tomato sauce that I posted here last year.  Tomatoes are taken care of, scratch it off the list.  Oh, and it was super delicious with fresh bread.  If you have any interest in baking, bread in particular you should absolutely check out this book.  What a great concept, and I’ve only just scratched the surface.  Montreal bagels are what we’re really after.  

I did some sewing over the weekend too.  I revamped and made another play tent.  This time I used sail cloth.  It’s really sunny and nice but I think it still needs to be tweaked a bit.  That being said, Chase loves it.  She likes yellow but in retrospect I should have made it blue.  

I also made a hideous monstrosity of an orange curtain for the kitchen.  It’s just a big rectangle but I still managed to mangle it somehow.  

I don’t know where this week is going but I took a few seconds today to tend my badly neglected basil.  Truth be told I just needed some for dinner but the flowers make a for a lovely little arrangement.

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