Thursday, June 28, 2012

a few little things lately

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Strawberries fresh in my backyard. These babies could really use a bit more sunshine. (hint hint vancouver)

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We got our buddy Mingus a new kitty toy. It really tuckers him out.

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Farmers market eggs. These are so huge. They're in a reused egg carton, but they are so big that I can't even close it properly. Gorgeous marigold yolks.

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The book I just finished (left) and the book I'm just starting (right). It's a funny transition.

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A couple houseplants got some new homes. The aloe had previously been in the white pot on the left, along with several babies and space was becoming limited. Also —I have quite a few aloe babies if anyone wants one.

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And one more shot of this guy, for good measure.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

mac and cheese with sage

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I wanted to take a minute here to talk about mac and cheese — because it's important. Mac and cheese and sage: this is one of the greatest things I have come across in my short life.

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There's a big beautiful sage bush that grows right outside my bedroom window and I have been pinching off bits here and there all spring. In my mind sage goes with just about anything and especially things with cheese. So tasty. I love the smell, the taste, the colour, the flowers.

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But a good mac and cheese is a fine art and needs a few key ingredients to really come together. I use a combo of mustard, cayenne, sage, freshly ground nutmeg, and salt and pepper that never fails me. Oh and the cheese! I like to make a standard bechamel sauce and add part gruyere, part sharp cheddar and it's so good.

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Make sure you save some of your pasta water to add to the sauce so it stays nice and creamy, but not too thick. Also I guess I should call this tortiglioni and cheese, but that would be weird, wouldn't it?

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Ruby HATES when I make mac and cheese. (because she can't have any)
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You got any secret recipes for mac and cheese? Maybe you make it special sometimes and simple other times? Maybe you've successfully cut such decadent things as mac and cheese from your diet — I never intend to do something so dangerous.

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