Easter Sunday Shenanigans

23 03 2008

Easter Sunday was a cold and rainy one to start, thank goodness we got some yard work done on Saturday! We got up, had some brunch, and planned to go play downtown and at Seattle Center. Well, it was reeeeeeeeeally rainy, so we went to Blockbuster, picked up a movie and came home, lit a fire and snuggled up to watch movies. We watched Into the Wild, I cried, as expected, and we’ve both been kind of mellow all day because of it. I recommend seeing it, but it’s not a light movie. By the end of the movie a big wind storm came in and blew out the rain.

We decided to go out to fix Scott’s geocaches as originally planned in the day, so we ventured out into the windstorm downtown and in Seattle Center. Some pics from the day…

Columbia Tower…Scott climbed *all stairs* up this tower last weekend in The Big Climb for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (76 stories):

Columbia Tower

This is me, getting blown over by the wind. My favorite building, Smith Tower, in the background:

Blowin in the wind

The view from Scott’s favorite bench in the city:

International Fountain

And, hip hip HOORAY! Spring has sprung!! Beautiful spring bulbs are flowering all over the city:

Spring FlowersSpring

Lastly, two dorks trying to self photo at a park. My sweet hubby blocked the sun from my eyes so I could look at the camera….needless to say, not the best picture we’ve ever taken. PS – have you guys noticed his beautiful teeth??? I’m trying to find some before and after photos to share, it’s so amazing!

Kinnear Park

Sunday Supper: Grilled Whole Rainbow Trout

23 03 2008

Scott was the master of the grill tonight. I made some wild rice and a beet and asparagus salad, but the highlight was certainly the fish. Fresh whole rainbow trout were on sale at the store today, so we picked up a couple. Scott stuffed them with lemon slices and cilantro, sprinkled a little salt and threw them on the grill. The outcome was really good, the meal was simple and healthy!

I roasted some fresh beets and asparagus and tossed them with lemon & olive oil and some butter lettuce. Healthy & tasty Easter Sunday meal for our house.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday.

Much love…

Sweet chef

Sunday Supper: Eggs en Cocotte with Bolognese Meat Sauce

16 03 2008

Oh. Yum.

We planned to have grilled Gorgonzola burgers tonight, but it got stormy just about the time Scott was ready to fire up the grill. So what are we to do with a pound of ground beef and no other plans? Scott pulled out The Silver Spoon (I equate this book to be Italy’s version  of Joy of Cooking, another of my all time favorites) to search for something interesting. He came to the Egg section and came up with tonight’s delicious dinner. Recipe follows, enjoy!

Eggs En Cocotte With Bolognese Meat Sauce
Uova in Cocotte al Ragu

Activity time: 30 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
Servings: 4

1 quantity Bolognese Meat Sauce (recipe follows)
8 eggs
butter for greasing

Preheat the oven to 350° if you wish to bake the eggs. Grease four ramekins with butter and pour a layer of meat sauce into each. Break the eggs on top, season lightly with salt and cover with another layer of meat sauce. Place the ramekins in a roasting pan, add boiling water to come about halfway up the sides and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Note: I drained off some oil when placing it in the ramekins to prevent it from being too runny. I also had to bake for 12 minutes until the egg whites were set.

Bolognese Meat Sauce
Ragu alla Bolognese

3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 Tbsp concentrated tomato paste
salt and pepper

Heat the butter and olive oil in a small pan and add the onion, celery, carrot and ground steak. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until the vegetables have softened and the meat starts to brown. Mix the tomato paste with a little water to dilute it and add to the pan. Cover and cook over a very low heat for 1 1/2 hours, adding a little hot water if the sauce seems to be drying out. This ragu may be made with mixed meats and flavored with mushrooms.

 We ate with some crusty bread and a simple green salad. Bolognese is quite different than a regular meat sauce, it has very little acidic tomaoto and is quite savory. Mixed with the egg, it was a very savory, filling dish!

Eggs de Yummy

Orca Update: Albino Orcas?

15 03 2008

My friend Slatrat sent me a very interesting article that indicates scientists have finally spotted and managed to photograph the elusive white orca in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands! Just one more reason to get up to the Anchorburg again sometime soon. As if hanging out with slatrat & skiboy and maybe getting a dose of Chicken & Sea Scallops from Sack’s isn’t enough reason.

 You can read more about the scientist’s findings on whether or not the whale is in fact albino or just a little differently colored from his more standard black & white buddies at the Anchorage Daily News’s website. The image below is from the article, compliments of adn.com.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recall

4 03 2008

Ok, I’ve been informed by Pam first and now my sister that the cookie recipe I provided might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Example A:

Saddest Pictures Ever

So….bake at your own risk, but click the link above just in case you want to see how pretty mine were 🙂

O Canada!

3 03 2008

 Kim and Scott at Whistler

We try to get up to Canada a few times a year, at least one of those trips being to Whistler (site of the 2010 Winter Olympics). We headed up on Friday afternoon for a quick trip of skiing, apres ski, fine dining, hot tubbing in freezing temperatures, and a lot of driving!

When we checked in to our hotel on Friday evening, the desk clerk was going on and on  about (cue your best British accent) the “brilliant powder” and the “epic season.” All weekend we tried to use the word brilliant when describing things. I think it’s my new favorite word.

The powder atop Blackcomb mountain was, in fact, BRILLIANT! What great snow. We had a wonderful trip and certainly didn’t want to come home so soon. We might have to squeeze in one more trip before the snow melts and mountain biking takes over the mountains.

Brilliant Powder!

Brilliant Powder

Shooshing down the hill (that’s Scott):


Taking a break, stream side (mom, you can see that I still have my pigtails flapping in the wind, but I’m not nearly as fearless as that little 8 year old with a tulip on her jacket):

Nice Stream

Little kiddos helping each other off the lift. So little!!!

Little ones

A nice village stroll before dinner at Umberto’s Il Caminetto (oh my, so delicious):

Village Stroll

Sunday Supper: Vij’s

2 03 2008

On our way home from Whistler, we decided to make a stop in Vancouver for dinner. Some friends of ours have suggested on more than one occasion that we stop in the South Granville neighborhood at an Indian fusion restaurant called Vij’s.

We got to Vancouver a few hours before they opened, so we wandered through Robson street (unfortunately no shopping was done, the US $ is weaker than the Loonie and those credit card companies charge exorbitant fees to process a foreign currency transaction – it no longer makes sense to go on a shopping spree) and then through South Granville.

We showed up at the restaurant at 5:20 to a long line out front. We thought we’d be waiting for an hour for a table, but this restaurant is so efficient that we were seated immediately, served with warm chai and a few samples of potato nibbles. Yum!

Team service is very interesting. Each person in the restaurant has one job and they focus on that one task, so your water is never empty, your food is promptly delivered, the whole process is extremely efficient! The food is amazing. Our selections:

Lamb, beef, and paneer (paneer is a cheese) samosas over lime and coconut chutney
Paneer and brussel sprouts in a yogurt curry sauce
Lamb lollipops in a fenu greek yogurt curry
Chicken breast in a red bell pepper curry

We brought home leftovers and an extra order of the samosas to savor for lunch this week. Thanks for the restaurant recommendation, friends…so delicious!