May 4, 2010

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Sorry for the delay, I don't know what's gotten into me? I've been having a little bit of an identity crisis, well not really "crisis," maybe more of a lost identity situation. There is so much time in the day I just don't really know what to do with it all. I've put a little bit of pressure on myself to make sure that I at least do something with my time. That has resulted in a few different projects. A cabinet re-organization which resulted in a much better use of my space. My pots and pans are more accessible and my breadmaker and other less frequently used stuff is back in the corner where the pans used to reside. I have so much more room I am easily able to fit my two new le crueset enamled pans and my two new stainless steel le crueset pans that I bought for myself. (A little retail therapy : )) I've also done a little bit of cooking.

Boeuf Bourguignon
I made Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon and followed the recipe exactly. It's as good as everyone says, it's fabulous, the best beef stew I've ever had, hands down. It also took about 4 hours to make. Not 4 straight hours, but there are two other recipes referenced in the main recipe so it is a bit of work.

Roast Leg of Lamb with Minty Bernaise
I roasted the lamb the way I always do, with a rosemary, garlic and salt rub. Instead of a mint jelly I made a bernaise with mint instead of tarragon which was super tasty! I also made ratatouille, which was a suggested dish to go with the lamb, and after having them together I'm still not sure why.

My favorite time in the kitchen has been making desserts! I made a fabulous apple tart, a creamy raspberry filled victoria sponge cake, loads of different flavored meringues, sponge cake bites... I have taken 0 pictures of all of this which is a shame because some of it has been quite fanciful.

Frankie finally got his first hair cut. He absolutely would not sit still AT ALL! but Jamie (my hairdresser who I enlisted to cut his hair) muscled through with a smile on her face the whole time which is much more than I would have been able to do. He looks adoreable!!

Lastly, I finally caved and fertilized my garden. It's two weeks later and I don't care that it's not 100% organic because some stuff has really started to grow, FINALLY!! I had hoped that I wouldn't have to fertilize but so many of my plants were just staying the same size, not producing anything and the ones with buds had the smallest veggies on them we would have to mix them with storebought anyway. So hopefully I will get some decent pictures up soon of what the garden is looking like.

Anywho, sorry for the ramble but that's what we've been up to. And I know I will get a hang of this new no schedule, schedule and figure out how to fit everything into the day without going crazy. Hope all is well! XOXO -Amber


Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Well, I also wish sometimes that the day would have more hours in it to fit all I need to do!:-))) Wonderful post written by a happy and loving person. :-) Wishin you wonderful the rest of the week.:-)

Ryan Bell said...

I just watched that movie last night with Jess. Super good and funny! I think Jess and I are going to have a cook off tonight