STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN Our list is fairly short. We revisited places a few times and we struck out a few times but hopefully this is helpful.
I am comfortable here in Southern California. We have pretty moderate temperatures, the air smells clean from the coastal breeze, we have family close, friends around we've had for decades, we live in a safe area and have jobs we like which support the life we've built in this place (it's a privilege to write things like that, that is not lost on me, especially these days).
My sister in law made these for a family picnic last weekend and Hugh hasn't stopped talking about them.
I'm doing what I swore I would never do and cooking three versions of one meal. Hugh has been doing a super zero sugar/carb/happiness diet and my kids already require limitations because, well, they're toddlery, so cooking has not been that fun lately. I don't have a big enough ego to keep from you that I've actually been angry about it at times.
Curran (3) starts preschool next week and I know some of you have been in a few weeks or are approaching your start as well.
Are you summering well? I see you people who make summer bucket lists and I imagine that helps one to optimize their time this season.
My bounty of summer zucchini has regrettably not been very exciting lately. I have been grilling it or grating it into the kids morning muffins, neither of which has been particularly tasty.
There was a recent article in Bon Appetite with some recipes for making perfect cookies for ice cream sams.
I actually don't buy fancy drinks often but I love them. We spend a large part of our income on food and it seems like one place I can tighten things up.
I'm reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist very slowly. Slowly because I honestly don't read for pleasure that often, and I like to savor the self-help/spiritual sort of books instead of plow through them.
There is a recipe for a vegan mushroom tartlet in our first book that I can’t say I make often. How’s that for salesmanship?
Weeknight dinners. Humpf. Actually most dinners lately. It's tough to not be making two different meals with toddlers whose utensil skills are questionable. Sometimes we all eat the same thing but often times it’s a different version of the same thing.
We’re both pretty exhausted. In an effort to be the “fun mom” and burn up the last of the 3-day So-Cal Disneyland passes we bought to use this spring, I took Curran there on a date last night.
I called my best friend at 9pm Friday evening on my way home from the airport. I wish I could say I was coming home from vacation, but I was picking up 20lbs of wild Copper River salmon that was so generously donated for our fundraiser dinner last weekend.
My oven currently smells like it's burning off oil that had dripped to the bottom at some point. I should clean it; it really does interrupt the beautiful waft that comes from a springy cake in the oven.
Per request, I am including a recipe for these broccoli balls I've been making for the kids. I love hearing that you guys actually make the things in this series and find it helpful.
More cauliflower! Oops. But I do love it and it didn't cross my mind we had cauliflower on here for the last post as I was thumbing through Laura's new book.
I don't always love cooking. I have my moments; usually when it's quiet or late at night, but some days I just have to get people nourished and it doesn't need to be beautiful.
So this started as a ripped page from Food&Wine. The piece was called All Well & Good, covering Sakara, the fancy plant-based meal delivery service popular in the Los Angeles area.
A friend brought me this loaf after I had Cleo, over a year ago now, and I still think about it. She was very much a fast food girl in a season of taking care of herself - in part by learning to cook and eat cleaner, so it felt even more special. A loaf made of mostly ground almonds, flaxmeal, eggs, a few other pantry staples and studded with bits of fresh herbs.