apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Team TARDIS - w. BABY!)
I made dill pickles today:



I also started the process of making bread and butter pickles. (They have to brine in salt and ice for 8 hours.)

And now, onto Who News. (Cut for those who don't care. Read more... )

Also: the magic chemical combination for instant happiness? Is apparently tea and chocolate.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Tomatillos + Tomatoes)
I know it's spring and time to move onto spring vegetables, but there were some yummy-looking leeks in the grocery store the other day, and I couldn't resist! So here's a quick recipe:

Leek, New Potato, and Kale Bake



recipe )

Tomorrow, for my friend's graduation BBQ, I'm making an orzo pasta salad with marinated veggies. They had some GORGEOUS-looking eggplants at the grocery store: deep purple, and cream and purple-striped ones. I also bought some zucchini, yellow summer squash, a red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and some marinated olives and feta cheese. I think I'm going to add some oregano from the herb garden. What I can't decide is this: should I cook the veggies? How is eggplant raw? My instinct is to roast the veggies, but: before or after I marinate them? Hmm...conundrums.

(Good lord, is this journal boring! If it's not me complaining, it's me wittering on about food! When do I get my Old Lady badge?)

It was a beautiful sunny day, and I spent the afternoon puttering around in the garden. The cat accompanied me, and spent her time pretending to be a street-savvy Wild Animal. She very nearly went after a bumblebee who was working the hyacinths, but wisely decided he was out of her league.

I then went inside, and re-potted some of the seedlings I'd started that were getting too big for the starter trays. Remember the baby pictures I posted of my seedlings? Well, look at my pumpkins now: Trying to save flist space... )

I also have a FANMIX up at [livejournal.com profile] sherlockmas. Check it out, and feel free to point and laugh at my taste in Angsty Chick Music. :P

In conclusion, SPRING IS FINALLY HERE! OMG, LOOK:



Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' 'bout! Happy weekend, everyone. xx :D

And now, to work on the latest Music Battle Challenge from [livejournal.com profile] evilhippo. This one is FIENDISHLY DIFFICULT: I must tell a story through my song choices, without repeating any artists!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
Oops, forgot to go to the library this morning! Well, there's always tomorrow. It's back to work today! And to entertain myself until I leave (and distract me from the mounting snow storm...), here's a food meme I came across awhile ago and never got around to!

# Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
# Bold all the items you've eaten.
# Cross out any items that you would never consider eating (or eating again)

Foodie ambitions... )

So I didn't cross anything out, because really: there's not much I'm not willing to try at least once. I considered crossing out the Big Mac meal, because I find them vile and haven't eaten one since I first tasted it maybe 15 years ago, but it's not that I won't eat it; I'd just prefer not to. I also wasn't a great fan of raw sea urchin when I tried it, but I've been told so many times since that I'm crazy and so I'm convinced to give it another try.

So, anything I've eaten you'd like to ask me about? What have I not eaten that I should go right out and procure tomorrow? LET'S TALK ABOUT FOOD! :D
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
It's been awhile since I've posted a recipe, and this is a good one! I'm sorta known for my chili. I know everyone says that, but FER REAL, guyz!

This recipe can easily be adapted to a vegetarian or vegan diet: just leave out the steak! The starch from the squash and the beans makes a nice, thick chili, so it's not thin and runny like a lot of vegetarian chilis.

(My apologies for the slightly blurred quality of some of the photos: I need to buy batteries for my camera, and my phone doesn't take the best pictures indoors.)

Chili

Step-by-step instructions here. )

Bon appetit, and thanks for indulging my crazed foodie obsessions!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Tomatillos + Tomatoes)
Bah, I keep meaning to make this post and forgetting to do it!

So, for my Food & Culture class I have an assignment to prepare a recipe for a food that is new to me from a culture that is not part of my ethnic background. Here are some of the guidelines:

This project will provide you with an opportunity to prepare and try one new food that you have not previously integrated into your own diet and that is not a part of your cultural background.

Select a culture that is being studied in this course other than one that is a part of your own cultural background.

Using your textbooks and other resources provided to you through this course, e.g. "Notes" links; or a cookbook that contains recipes from the culture that you selected, locate a recipe that you find to be appealing and that you are willing to prepare and consume.


The only problem with this assignment is that I'm a bit of a foodie and have sampled and incorporated into my diet A LOT of foods from different cultures! I've regularly consumed organ meats, exotic vegetables, and just about everything that swims in the sea (tentacles, anyone?). I have ghee, tahini, tamari, oyster sauce, and sumac powder in my cupboards right now.

So, I'm asking for some suggestions for recipes that I could use to fulfill this assignment. To help out, my ethnic background is German and Polish, so those are out. I'm fairly familiar with a lot of different cultural foods, but just throw some suggestions at me! I don't mind if the dish is fairly confidant, as I love to cook.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

ETA:

From AO3:
This work potentially has adult content. If you proceed you have agreed that you are willing to see such content.

Um, AO3 darling...I WROTE that adult content!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
Today's post is brought to you by drunk!

Well, not exactly drunk, but certainly tipsy: which is surprising, since I've only had 2 (well, one and a half at this point) glasses of Tempranillo, and it usually takes a lot more than that to take me down. (I wasn't kidding when I said my favorite drink was red wine; YUM!)

First things first: I BE JAMMIN'! Behold! Raspberry and mixed berry jam:

JAM

Yesterday my mother and I went to pick apples and raspberries, and today I turned the raspberries into jam. I also bought strawberries and some frozen berries to make into mixed berry jam. Someday soon, the apples will be made into applesauce. (Although my mother has been stricken ill today, so it may have to be done without her help. Which reminds me...I should go check on her soon.)

Still interested in this hot mess? Follow me! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
I've had a chatty life couple of days! So I'm going to try to get everything I want to say into one more post today. I PROMISE! So, let's get started, shall we?

First: I went with my mother out to our garden plot today to gather up our stakes and tomato cages and take down the fence our bean was growing on. (THAT was a workout: the bean vine was all up in that fence, and it took some major cardio-vascular effort to rip it out.) We also harvested the last of our crops. (Though I do have some more leeks I'll go back for this weekend.)

Pictures:

cabbages, pumpkin, and acorn squash

Recipe, book meme, and more pictures. JOIN ME! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Magenta (Rocky Horror))
Went on THE DATE this afternoon, and it was nice: he's a good conversationalist so I didn't have to spend the whole time babbling at him like a fool. (Though I will admit, there was *some* of that; hey, it's what I do!) It went well enough that I've agreed on a second date, but I'm still on the fence for anything beyond that. I'm just happy that it's over, so now I can relax. I seriously thought I was going to have to pull over to puke on my way out there.

(The last first date I went on was a DISASTER. Well, the date itself wasn't that bad, other than being incredibly awkward: we had zero chemistry, and I had to carry the conversation the whole time. Also he kept staring at me. When he called me for a second date, I explained that I didn't think it was going to work between us and wished him well. He wanted specifics as to what was wrong with him. I politely refused, and then hung up when he persisted. He then called me FOUR OR FIVE TIMES in the next few weeks after that to try to get out of me why I wouldn't go out with him anymore. It was rather traumatic, and left me a little wary; so I'm glad I can at least put today's date in the "win" column.)

My dinner party was a lot of fun. I made roast chicken, green beans, and a potato and leak gratin; dessert was peach crisp. The potatoes and the leeks came from my garden, and the dish was a big hit! I was very glad as I'd never made it before. One for the books!

We also played Trivial Pursuit, and I totally dominated. (Father of modern frozen foods? Why, Clarence Birdseye, of course! How/Why do I know that? Beats me.)

Book Meme Days 10-12 )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
I've started harvesting my tomatillos, and I'm so excited! They are just gorgeous!

tomatillos and tomatoes

Also, tonight I made a vegetable stew inspired by a recipe I found at [livejournal.com profile] food_porn. I would post a link, but the post is locked to members only. The stew was delicious, and a big hit in my house!

For the recipe, and more porn-y food pics, click here. )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
bowl of tomatoes

So, I'm a bit obsessed with doing things "from scratch". I like to make things, and I like to work with my hands, and I love the satisfaction of knowing that that I've produced something on my own, from start to finish. (Some might cite this as yet another example of how I'm just a bit of a control freak, but then "some" can shut up!) Yesterday, I took some tomatoes, green peppers, and basil from my garden and made them into tomato sauce. I took pictures of all the steps, and put them together in a little picture tutorial. If you've ever wanted to try making your own homemade tomato sauce, or if, like me, you enjoy the odd bit of food porn, well

read on! )

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