Sunday, September 12, 2010

personal slow-motion

I'm having a weird twist of time this weekend -- I feel like time is flying by, while I can't seem to get myself motivated to do much of anything! I'm experiencing personal slow-motion, I guess. :)

Even though my brain feels like mush and my feet feel like concrete, I have managed the usual errands and a few projects in my kitchen, like making granola, drying roma tomatoes in the oven, and roasting, pureeing, straining, and freezing butternut squash for future use.

I also cooked! A humble loaf of 100% whole-wheat Artisan Bread:

To go with soup!

I used 12 ounces of the mixed beans/peas/lentils that I bought up north this summer, and made a soup based largely on Moosewood's "Black Bean and Chipotle Soup." (You can find the recipe here, just scroll down.) Yum! A cheap, nutritious, uncomplicated dinner last night.

Even though I didn't make this, I have to tell you about my dessert, too!

I had a coupon for a 4-pack from Natural Brew, and I had never seen this "Chai Cola" until today -- and woo-ee, is it tasty! Imagine all of your favorite chai spices in soda form -- mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

I may have discovered my new favorite Sunday brunch:

Oh Breakfast Burrito, how I love thee! We filled whole-wheat tortillas from the farmer's market with refried black beans (from a can! Gasp!), hash browns, scrambled eggs, queso fresco, salsa, and sour cream. Expect a repeat next week. :)

I did a little baking this weekend, too:

"Orange-Almond Polenta Cake," from Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers. Technically, I made "Lemon-Almond Polenta Cake," since I only bought one orange and I burned my first stab at the cake. (Note to self, if you smell caramelizing sugar, the cake's probably done, regardless of how many minutes are left on the timer or how important your phone conversation with your friend is! Sheesh. I hate wasting food.) Anyhow, I caught cake #2 just in time, (and let me tell you, this cake was done TEN MINUTES earlier than the suggested baking time in the book,) and it is fantastic! Lemony, sweet, with little crunchies throughout from the cornmeal and almonds. Mmmmmmmmm!

Laundry's calling . . .

1 comment:

aimee said...

Wow! You were very busy! Your brunch looks lovely and that loaf of bread looks perfect!