Hi guys! As you may have noticed, I have decided to remove the “weekly” from the title of this series for the time being, since I’ve been such a flake about regularly posting these bits once per week. I’m hoping I will improve on this as time goes by, but I won’t try to fool you with false adjectives in the meantime!
And now let’s talk about a few things that I love from the past couple weeks. (Oh but first, just a couple crazy bits from the past few days. #1: Holy freakin’ meteor, right?! If, once the amazement wore off, you were left wondering why so many Russians have dashboard cameras, you can read about that here. #2: If noroviruses and the thought of simply being on a vessel in the middle of the ocean with thousands of other people wasn’t enough to make cruises seem rather unappealing, I’d guess that the events that unfolded on the Carnival ship Triumph will probably make you think twice about setting foot on one anytime soon. Those poor people! And then, adding insult to injury, one of the buses transporting the rescued passengers to New Orleans apparently broke down en route. But at least this didn’t happen.)
1. I am a lover of rooibos tea. So the idea of adding it to fudge is kind of amazing.
2. While we’re on the topic of rooibos, I must mention Alanna’s blog, which is one of my new favorites. This lovely drink caught my eye, and before I knew it, I’d been browsing through her posts for the better part of an hour. It’s so nice to happen upon a new food site and quickly feel a connection to the writer, both to the way they write and to the things they choose to make. In the case of Alanna’s blog, that’s things like quinoa, beet, & chickpea burgers and masala chai snickerdoodles. (I’ll say that last one again: MASALA CHAI SNICKERDOODLES. There’s some evidence of my chai obsession kicking around on this space, but nothing to ever let on that snickerdoodles are my all-time favorite cookie. So yeah, snickerdoodles + chai = best thing ever.) Oh wait, so my rooibos lead-in — I almost forgot! She also made her own Irish cream liqueur, 100% from scratch (we’re talking making condensed milk and everything), and mentioned combining it with rooibos tea. I would have never thought to do that in a million years, but now that I’ve heard it, I can totally imagine how delicious it is. [END GIANT CRAZY PARAGRAPH]
3. And now, going back to the topic of cookies. I made these double-chocolate cookies. And then Linda made them with peanut butter chips instead of chocolate. And then I got really excited, because that’s a genius substitution, especially considering how much J LOVES peanut butter + chocolate. I intended to make them for Valentine’s Day, but I’m lazy, so I finally put the batter together last night, and let J have a taste before I stuck it in the fridge. When he got up this morning, one of his first questions was, “can I have some more cookie dough?” I made them this morning and just had a taste, and these things are over-the-top good. If you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, you should definitely try these cookies with peanut butter chips. You will not be disappointed!
4. I am already loving Eva’s new side project series. While it’s always great to see delicious foods, it’s also really nice to get a glimpse at the other creative, inspiring things that people are doing. And you can’t not love a globe filled with plants.
5. I want some of this gorgeous hibiscus syrup (and that beautiful cocktail too).
6. I’m also totally lusting after this cocktail, and birch syrup in general.
7. Happy Birthday, Izy! I’m hard pressed to imagine something more delicious than brownie batter frosting.
8. This is a non-food bit, but it’s Star Wars + Legos, you guys.
9. I kind of freaked when Erin of Naturally Ella shared my cauliflower gnocchi on her Facebook page a couple of weeks ago. And then I was pretty much over the moon when she included me in her Lovely Food Sites round-up. Eeee!
10. On a final note, I got a pretty exciting email last week, and it sent me in search of a decent picture of myself. It was a semi-desperate search, since I know that, despite the thousands upon thousands of pictures that fill my computer, there are very few of me. (A problem shared by many of us who prefer to be behind the lens rather than in front of it.) Luckily, my friend Whitney came to the rescue with some pictures she had from last summer, one of which stood out from all the other options. And I thought I’d take the opportunity to share it with all of you first, since it’s a rare glimpse of me at work in my kitchen (a place that hardly ever makes it into the my photos, thanks to terrible lighting).
Although I’m not a big fan of pictures of myself, I have to say that this one perfectly captures the chaos that tends to occur when I’m in the kitchen. On this particular day, we were heading to an outdoor party at a friend’s house later that afternoon. (Actually, not really “later,” more like as soon as I finished the three different food/drink projects I’d decided to undertake for the party and cleaned up after myself, all while already wearing my party dress, sans apron.) Project 1: Homemade vanilla ice cream (evidence peeking in at the bottom left-hand corner of the photo). Project 2: Carbonating and bottling cocktails (bottling in progress). Project 3: A delicious, fresh-baked rhubarb pie (not pictured). Project 3 met an untimely end en route to the party when it slipped off the roof of the car while things were being rearranged inside to make seating easier.