This post is a series of items jotted down before I forget. I’ve been so busy lately: we’ve been doing a lot of entertaining so I’ve been doing a lot of cooking & cleaning; twice daily dog walks; workouts 3 times each week; some visiting; some exploring; oh yes, and now there’s yard work too; and so on. Just a few reasons for taking so long to say “hi”.
Jot One. In the last post I promised to share some of those recipes. I’m going to have to delay that until the next posting: I’m afraid I have my blog set so that people cannot right click the text or photos and help themselves (photo theft is a big problem online, as many of you may be aware). I’ve learned that I can provide you with a nice pdf of the recipes but first I need to type them up into pdf format and then load them to my dropbox so you can easily access the links — that way you can help yourself to the recipes. You will only have to wait no more than a day for the recipe post so stand by!
Jot Two. My postcards and the rest of the package for Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art 2013 project are completed. I chose 5 pieces of art, on postcards, wrote a little something on each one, and the works are in-the-mail! I can hardly wait to begin receiving works of art from the other participants to begin rolling in.
Jot Three. It’s about food, again. It means I need to share more recipes. I make my own pizza dough from scratch, my own Italian pan bread, and cinnamon buns, but I came across a recipe for dinner buns that I knew I must try. Try I did, and they were so amazing, I gave half a dozen to one of the neighbours and now I’m sharing the recipe with you. Credit for the recipe goes to Mary Marshall for her Easy Big Fat Yeast Rolls — easy for sure and incredibly delicious. It’s the addition of an egg and butter to the dough that amps up the flavour. PS: Since I wrote this part a couple weeks ago, I’ve made them again since then and they were equally amazing the second time, so give ’em a try! That’s them up there.
Jot Four. I have also been READING up a storm. The last novel I read was one that’s been out for ages, Chocolat, and although I did read it all the way through I didn’t find it all that satisfying. The book that is currently holding my bookmark definitely has my interest. I have around a half dozen books that have been sitting in abeyance waiting their turn to be enjoyed and I have to share with you that this one I definitely recommend, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fryby Rachel Joyce. I’m nearly at the end and can hardly wait to see how it finishes up and what happens to Harold. I don’t write reviews here since there are hundreds of them online but I will say that the subject matter is definitely unique, the characters and plot are interesting, and I really enjoy the use of imagery in her prose.
We had a lovely Easter. I made an entirely non-traditional meal this Easter because I knew our guests would appreciate something a bit different. I went boring and simple on the appetizers because the rest of the meal was two days in the making. Appies included: cognac pate with sesame rice crackers; a couple (real) cheeses; and a variety of olives & pickles (that was the store-bought portion of the meal). First course was Spanish Pea soup that was really fresh and spring-like with a great flavour. Entree included fantastic (even if I say so myself) Braised Lamb Shanks, Carrot spears with Dukkah, Celery & Radish Salad, homemade Pan Bread, and Couscous with Mint & Peas. Then for dessert because I knew I’d miss my traditional lemon meringue pie, I made a spritely lemon parfait (always homemade) using my own shortbread crumbs to simulate the flavours of the missing pie. I think that’s the first time in my entire life I’ve gone non-traditional for the holiday meal. What about you? What do you make for Easter and do you like to go non-traditional at times?