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 🙂