Friday, September 25, 2009
Yesterday was my first day really out and about, and I had a date with the dentist. I planned to do lots of fun things after my appointment, and take lots of fabulous pictures, but I guess I wasn’t feeling quite that spiffy yet because I had a sort of lackluster afternoon, and my pictures are definitely lackluster as well. I met these two of Seattle’s Finest, and asked them some dumb question about what they were doing there. The one of them explained that they were on a coffee break, and that if an emergency happened, his partner (the human partner, not the horse) would handle it.
This horrible dress was in the window at Nordstrom's, and I am wondering who would ever wear it! It looks like it was knitted by someone on drugs. Actually it looks a little like my first knitting attempt - the shawl for my Grandmother that I knitted in Sister Hilda Marie’s eighth grade class. At the time, I thought it was a pretty cool accomplishment, and Grammer pretended to like it. But needless to say, I never saw her actually using it. It did have its own unique trapezoidal and holey personality. I would probably find these qualities unacceptable in a shawl I knitted these days.
I will let you guess what the third picture is.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
You may have noticed that I have been making many things tapioca lately. A while ago, I read a recipe for tapioca pudding – the ordinary vanilla and utterly yummy kind, and also the ultimate comfort food - on the always reliable 101 Cookbooks blog. I was itching to make it. Last week Ana came to watch Deanna Durbin movies with me and to help make dinner, (she always helps make whatever we are having) and I decided to give it a go. The recipe gave many dire warnings about not having the heat too high, cooking it slooooooowly so it would not burn and turn disgusting. Ana was working on the garlic (this was to go into our entrée, not the pudding) and I was stirring on the pudding. And stirring, and stirring, and stirring. Finally, the suggested time had long passed, and I felt weak from so much stirring. Ana said I maybe should work on the garlic and she would stir. She told me I was being way too wimpy with the heat, and boldly turned it up! And suddenly there was wonderful tapioca pudding – velvety, vanilla-y, and very, very tasty. I had planned to take a picture and tell you all about it, but a certain little person came home and found it, and felt that she too needed some comfort, and so ate it up. Just like Goldilocks!
I woke up this morning in dire need of comfort, so I made it again, this time being bold and turning the heat up right at the start. It was wonderful!
The pudding requires two egg yolks, so I made some cute little meringues with the leftover whites. Would you like the recipe for the meringues? So easy! Beat the two whites until they are very stiff, sprinkle in one cup of sifted powdered sugar slowly while the beater is still going, and continue to beat for ten minutes. (This is the sort of thing I probably would never do if I didn’t have a Kitchenaid to do all the work.) Add a little flavoring – vanilla, lemon extract, a bit of instant coffee, a sprinkle of cocoa – whatever! With a bigger batch, you can divide it and make several flavors. Then, either spoon blobs onto an oiled cookie sheet, or squirt them out of a …… well, what might it be called? a pastry bag with a biggish star tip. Very impressive and very easy. Actually, they are a little culinary miracle!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
To the right is Japanese paper – I always stop and admire it when I am in the Japanese book store. I also have to admire the little office and school gadgets and restrain myself from squandering money on them. Here are lovely pencils, and I think the other things are food shaped erasers, but I’m not really sure.
Lastly, some objects which were floating in little vats in the Asian food market. My questions is, “Animal, mineral, or vegetable?” I think we can probably eliminate mineral. They were situated sort of in between the vegetable and fish section, so their location was not a clue. They don’t really look like either. Or rather, they look a bit like both. Initially, I thought “bamboo shoots,” but they looked a little more fleshly than your run of the mill bamboo shoot. I asked the man what they were, but he didn’t speak English, and just stared at me uncomprehendingly. What do you think?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Once across the bridge, we had a nice time buying yarn, and there were no more terrors.
Also pictured here are some of the trees we passed on our way - while we were still safely on solid ground.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I had a lovely time visiting the twins and looking over their delightful mini-museum of a house. Here is a very small part of a fabulously decorated refrigerator with magnets from everywhere. And some other marvels from their collections. And of course the twins themselves – the most marvelous of all.