What have I been up to? As much as I can, in little snippets of time here and there. I take my victories wherever I can get them, no matter how small they might be! Some mini-highlights from the past couple weeks:
That’s right, y’all! The very first canning of the year. I’d love to say I used awesome organic, local lemons or whatever, but I live in Ontario. Those don’t exist. Instead I used a bundle of sunny-looking lemons from the grocery store’s reject vegetable shelves. (For those about to warn me that non-perfect fruit is not good for canning, I’ll say that this store tends to have pretty good “reject” produce.)
I actually had more lemons than I wanted for my curd (I pretty much made this version, but with 4 yolks instead) so I also made up — finally! — a tiny jar of preserved lemon segments. (And with those lingering 4 egg whites? Maple meringues! I confess to being disappointed at their not-very-mapleyness though.)
Back to the salty lemons: I have been wanting to make myself a jar of preserved lemon for so long now, I can’t even remember the first time I’d read about it. Very excited for these lemons to cure so I can try some in a tagine!
* Yes that’s right. There are cakes that he likes! By which I mean he’ll eat a whole two slices, before leaving the rest of the cake up to me to be eaten. Oh, such a hard life I lead…
I’d like to have posted this on Friday, but obviously that didn’t happen. This one was made up for a Thursday that involved a lot of running around for errands, without a good way to stop home for lunch. It’s super simple: a lazy bentosizing (see what I did there?) of dinner leftovers (grilled chicken and veggie skewers! I love spring!), rice, my beloved mushrooms, and a healthy sprinkling of gomashio over everything because lately, it seems, I also love salt.
I ate this in the driver’s seat of my vehicle, parked in the Costco lot. Keeping it classy up here, folks.
On the topic of mushrooms, whilst prepping a packet of them to keep in the fridge as lunch fodder, I came across this guy:
…or guys? I haven’t shown The Boy lest it give him yet more reason to avoid “digging on fungus”, as he puts it. The plant world is weird.
The Boy has been spoiling me with random (usually food- or beverage-related) surprises for several months now. He surprised me on Friday of this weekend with some flowers — an early gift for Mother’s Day! The two bouquets (pink daisies and purple ranunculus) were huge — enough for me to create four separate vases. It has been wonderful to have flowers all over the house reminding me how lucky I am to have The Boy as a sidekick on our adventures together!
Neither of us are particularly into holidays: we’re pretty low-key about gifts even at birthdays and Christmas. So I was extra surprised when Sunday morning The Boy handed me a bag full of more foodie treats, along with a very sweet card. The gifts involved some very tasty-sounding (caffeine-free) teas from the fancy tea store, and various dark chocolate snacketies (including chocolate-covered ginger; The Boy knows his wife!).
The whole weekend was everything I could have asked for: sunshine, garage saleing, the season’s first walk to (and patronage of) our local ice cream place, dim sum with friends (first time in months!), and a mellow ladies’ book club meeting to wind things up.
Pretty great way to kick off this week!