Last weekend was all about food. It was too hot to cook in the kitchen, so I got creative with my grill and microwave, and brought the crock pots, rice cooker, and bread machine upstairs to the bedroom that has the strongest air conditioner. Not everything turned out great, but as I said to Don, what it lacked in quality it made up for in quantity.
The things that did turn out great, though, were handled by E. (That's her at the apex of the Charlie's Angels triangle, along with me and Abigail, all of us geeking out tipsily with our iphones.) She guided me through making an amazing leg of lamb, and her husband Jay grilled it and some asparagus, bless him. Then E wilted some green leafy vegetable I got at the farmer's market, maybe a lettuce, maybe kale of some sort. I wish I knew what it was, because with a bunch of garlic and a little olive oil it was quite lovely.
Saturday I went to PX for Nylonthread's birthday and had the most fabulous drink. The Smoker's Delight was Basil Hayden bourbon, honey, a little lemon, and a couple drops of a highly distilled tobacco tea. As soon as the weather cools down enough for me to use my stove again to boil tobacco leaves for an extended period of time, I'm going to try to make it. Crazy good.
I also made the 5-minute microwave chocolate cake with the kids this weekend. It turned out rubbery, possibly because I microwaved it too long, but the taste was pretty good and the kids had a blast making it.
4 Tablespoons cake flour [I used whole wheat]
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a plate. ... Yep, that's it, though it is greatly improved with powdered sugar or frosting.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008