Monthly Archives: November 2008

CSA Box 6 for 11/22/2008

CSA Box 6
CSA Box 6 for 11/22/2008

Included in the box:

  • red cabbage
  • carrots
  • daikon
  • cilantro
  • specialty onion mix
  • kohlrabi
  • red potatoes
  • chard
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • persimmon

The cabbage may become part of some eggrolls. The daikon will get tossed into eggrolls too, what I don’t eat in a salad. B could eat nothing but cilantro, I’d be surprised if I get any or if there is any left today.

The specialty onion mix has been fun. I’ve tossed them into a few things. I roasted brussel sprouts with the red potatoes and tossed some chunks of the onion in there. Drizzled some lemon butter after it was all done with some salt and pepper, mmmmm.

Also used them in Winter squash, chevre and black bean manicotti, with white sauce, which I’ll post pictures of later. The onions are great, even though I honestly don’t know what kind they are.

The kohlrabi will be a snack, I just can’t bring myself to eat more salad right now.

The chard is beautiful, and I’m going to cook it with some garlic, onion and feta and brown rice for dinner tonight.

Both B and I are suspicious of the persimmons, having never had them. I’m glad Groundwork Organics sent instructions on how to eat them. We are going to try one today, I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m not sure why they have a funny glow in the picture.

I’ve said it a few thousand times, but I love my new oven/stove. We upgraded to gas, and I’m loving cooking again, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Sophie also reminded us this week that we have only two more boxes until the end of this year’s Fall farmshare. I can remember years where I was completely worn out with trying to keep up with using the boxes and happy to see it end; this year, I know already that we will miss it terribly until the summer one starts up again. Thanks again, Groundwork Organics, we can’t wait to see what you bring us next summer!

CSA box 5 for 11/15/2008

CSA Box 5
CSA Box 5 for 11/15/2008

Included:

  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Carrots
  • Copra Onions
  • Collard Greens
  • Romanesco
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Braeburn Apples

Most of the longer lasting vegetables were saved for after the stove was installed. The lettuce and peppers were eaten in tortilla wraps. The apples were eaten on walks.

No meal pictures, I was too down about not being able to cook on a stove or oven.

Duchess Clothier

Let me start by saying that I have no real need for a man’s suit.

However, I am going to link to a really awesome men’s tailor I just found so that if I ever manage to convince B that he needs another suit, hopefully it will be through Duchess Clothier out of Portland (of course).

Check out these pages.

They have more pictures on their Facebook account, if you are curious to see some more suits. I’m not actually sure if you can see them if you don’t have a Facebook account, but I’m feeling a bit too lazy to find out right now.

Completely lustworthy.

GRE

Have any of you taken the GRE recently? I’m thinking about taking it in February, but it’s been at least 14 years since my last math class, and I’m wondering if that’s enough time to get back up to speed. I’ll need to have at least okay scores in the math section.

Birthday weekend

My birthday weekend was great.

Doug Fir
Per Se at Doug Fir

I had won tickets to a show at Doug Fir on Friday. We got there early enough to get seats behind the bar, which is our favorite place to be. You can see the show, you have access to the bartenders, and you don’t have someone right in front of you. I always seem to end up with some strange smelly jock college guy who is trying to get down someone’s pants right in front of me, and it makes me cranky. So behind the bar rocks for me. Our bartender was great too.

The first band (Scissors for Lefty from San Francisco) was really good, but the sound was off after that for the rest of the night. We weren’t fond of the second band at all, and only our awesome seating kept us there (and even that was close, I had B nearly talked into heading upstairs). We’ve seen Another Cynthia probably five times now, and have both albums, but they must have had an argument with the sound guy because the vocals were way too soft, and everything else was off too. We stayed for a few songs and then went upstairs to have a midnight snack.

Saturday morning our new stove was delivered. We have to get an electrician to move the outlet, and then it will be done. So far I’ve loved cooking in it, and it’s such a relief to be able to prepare food for ourselves again. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

Picked up the farmshare, and mostly just hung out and worked on the house the rest of the day.

My birthday proper, B let me sleep in. He was gone when I got up so I drank coffee and played videogames. He came back with my birthday cake:

Voodoo Doughnut birthday cake
Voodoo Doughnut birthday cake with nickel for size comparison.

Two Tex-Ass Voodoo Doughnuts glued together with frosting, then frosted, with Oreos on top. OMG. It’s slightly terrifying and very, very good. And sweet. We are eating slices of it as cake at this point.

He also went totally overboard with presents – he bought a cord for my Casio keyboard so I can start playing piano again, the full 40-DVD set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, puffy Japanese stickers, a stuffed animal Nekobus with a tiny Totoro inside you can take in and out, and a $50 gift card to Powells. Waaaaaaay overboard, I love all of it.

The other oversized thing that happened is that we went to Rogue because I heard that you get something on your birthday. I got a really nice Rogue t-shirt, and a yard of beer. I had to use two hands to drink it! I also discovered you can’t get the I2PA that way, which is good. I2PA has a much higher alcohol content than regular beer, and holy frijole, that’d be just nuts. I went for the Juniper Pale Ale, which tasted creamy after the small glass of I2PA I got.

beer
One yard of Rogue beer, Juniper Pale Ale style, with nickel and a pint for size comparison.

Monday, predictably, was quiet.

I’ll post the CSA box pictures later – I know I’m behind, but I was disillusioned with food when the oven was out of commission.

The Horror

Dr Evermor sculpture
Dr. Evermor sculpture of a spider. Or bug.

A few weeks ago, when I was driving around town, I noticed some weird little white dots on the rubber on the driver’s side mirror on my car. When they were perhaps half a centimeter or so. When I had a chance, I rolled down the window and took a closer look at them, and realized they were some sort of egg. Ewwwwwww. The passenger’s side had them too. I took a small stick and scraped them off and then jumped up and down on the stick until I felt better. Whew.

The next day, there was one more. Didn’t stress about it, scraped it off and all is good.

Yesterday, when we were opening the trunk to put away groceries from Fubonn, Brian suddenly said sharply, “Watch out!”

It took me a minute to realize that there was a spider a few inches from my hand. It was a mean looking one – about the size of a big toe’s toenail, and it was brown, and patterned, and a little furry. It was the largest spider I’ve seen outside of a pet store, I think.

Brian quickly grabbed a leaf, handily stored in the crevase between my trunk and the outside of my car and squashed it.

And then he said (I actually don’t remember his exact exclamation, but I’ll say it was this), “Oh my god…” and pointed. To the hundreds and hundreds of little white eggs all around the rim of my trunk door on the rubber. So many of them.

And then he pointed out that they were all around the seals on the backseat doors.

And then, and somehow just compounding the horror, he slowly opened the passenger door on the front seat. And pointed out how they were all over the door on the metal (so maybe not inside? I’m going with that, so don’t disabuse me of that notion).

It took everything he had to prevent me from calling a cab and abandoning my much-beloved (until now!) car in the Fubonn parking lot. He also had to talk me out of perching on the armrest in the center of the front seat and making him drive home. And that talk was followed by a long lecture about how I couldn’t sell my nice dependable paid-off car just because of a few thousand spider eggs.

ARRRRRGH.

This is definitely filed under the “things I didn’t know were a possibility, and would have been better off never learning.”

I know I’ve put off washing my car for a while (I need to find supplies that won’t kill everything in sight, and I didn’t want to spend the money on going to a car wash) but holy shit. Not. cool.

Brian, on the other hand, is much braver and cooler than I am. He is currently at the car wash, having called them and talked them into cleaning all the spider eggs off my car.

*whimper*

An essay on appliances and grocery stores

I still need to write about all the awesomeness of last weekend (paid for on Sunday, oops) when we went to Mortified and to some friends’ party, but I’m just going to write for a few minutes about today.

We have to replace our oven / stove as I mentioned earlier, so we went to several appliance stores to begin research. I think we are going to upgrade to a gas stove, which I’m very excited about doing. The only real question is whether to get a dual one or not (i.e., electric convection oven with a gas range).

Arguments for a dual one are that I have a minor tenancy (which is a major one in Brian’s mind) of occasionally lighting things on fire when I bake in a gas oven. Well, really, it was just the garlic bread incident. I guess Brian thinks once is enough, heh. And Brian’s mom was very badly burned once when she was baking and there was a gas leak problem with the oven that exploded when she opened the oven door, permanently burning her legs and knocking her out of commission for quite a while. We’ll see.

I didn’t realize how much you have to consider with these things. I thought it boiled down to electric vs. gas. Huh.

The fun part of the day is when we went to Fubonn, which has been on my list for a while. I’m not sure why Brian agreed to it – his theory with grocery shopping is in-and-out as quickly as possible, while mine is more exploratory. I get cooking ideas that way. However, even he was won over by the happiness that is shopping at Fubonn! Fubonn is an asian market that has really lovely vegetables, sauces, fish, meat, snacks, and cooking equipment.

We explored every aisle, talking about every dish we could make when we have a stove again. We bought a good number of things, some of which we don’t actually entirely know what they are (but they look good)! I can’t wait to go back again, and I am going to definitely give things from here to our nieces and nephew for Christmas. I told Brian if we ever get Amanda here, she will never, ever leave Portland (which would be very fine by me). Fubonn is one of the reasons I need to live in a city and not a small town. Without a doubt.

After all that, we went to Wong King’s Seafood for lunch. I had been there for dim sum a few weeks ago with friends, and want to take Brian to try it. This time we were too late for dim sum (3 p.m. is such a weird time to go out for food, but we had a late breakfast and no lunch). We were the only ones there in the stillness between dim sum and dinner. Great food all together, this is definitely our favorite Chinese restaurant in Portland.

82nd is such a great cluster of Asian restaurants and stores.

We still have to find our favorite Chinese-American (yeah, I know, but I crave it sometimes) in Portland so if you have any suggestions, they’d be gratefully received. I’m kinda going restaurant by restaurant, but there are some pretty lousy ones here, and I seem to be finding them. I think the next one we are planning on trying is Chin’s Kitchen on the basis of its great sign and its location near us.

Alright, I was also going to type up the horror (and I mean the Horror) that happened when we were putting the groceries in my trunk, but I’ve already typed for way too long. How exciting is all this? Appliance comparisons! Grocery store reviews! Heh.

Box 4 from last week (11/8/2008)

Box 4
Box 4 from Groundwork Organics’ Fall CSA

Sorry for the lack of CSA posting on here this week. I know I’m posting the picture of the box the night before the next one is going to be picked up at the farmers’ market, but I’ve been a little disheartened. Right after we got this box, our oven and stove broke!

For someone like me, it’s been driving me crazy to not be able to cook anytime I want to cook – I use cooking as stress reduction, and it’s something I genuinely enjoy, so I’m struggling. Due to having to deal with bureaucracy with a home warranty company, we are still stove- and oven-less a week later. I’m watching too much food go to waste. We are eating as much as we can as salads.

Doesn’t this box look great, too?

In the box was:

  • Salad Mix
  • Spinach
  • Rainbow Carrots
  • Red Onions
  • Red Russian Kale
  • White Turnips
  • Red Beets
  • Delicata Squash
  • Leeks
  • Chanterelle Mushrooms

I’m hoping most of it keeps until we have a stove and oven again :( It’s supposed to be a pretty clear weekend too so we will grill out when possible.

Fish
Panko-pecan encrusted cod with scallop, steak fries and broccoli

The one way we were able to use some CSA ingredients up this week was to have some former neighbors over for dinner.

I picked up some fresh cod and some great scallops. The crust was made from panko, paprika, bay seasoning, and ground pecans (man, I love the silly chopping device I got at Pampered Chef one year, I use it for all sorts of things. Wouldn’t have predicted that). Dredged the fish in some beaten egg, then patted the crust into it. Baked for, oh, 20 minutes or so.

Also used up some of the potatoes to make steak fries, and the broccoli was sauted with garlic and red pepper flake in olive oil. Mmmmm.

Brian makes awesome scallops, so we each had one on the side, and some nice crusty french bread finished it off.

I enjoyed the last meal my oven would make :)

Hope to have more for you next week, but I’m also not holding my breath. This is clearly one of those things where the home warranty company is hoping we’ll give up and repair it on our own, and I’m pretty stubborn about getting what was paid for.

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I’m a bit flummoxed. I just asked my former university to no longer send emails to me. Specifically, I checked the box that said “Send no email to this email address.” and clicked Save.

And the school’s website said to me “Your change has been successfully saved. An email will be sent to you confirming this.”

!!

Quick notes

Alright, today was fun.

I went to dim sum with former neighbors and now friends. It was at Wong King’s Seafood, and it was completely awesome. I can’t wait to take Brian there. From my experience, if you are vegetarian only, maybe don’t go for dim sum, go for dinner, but I really liked the dim sum (I ate a lot of shrimp today).

We went to Penzey’s to get some spices I’ve been missing, yay! I got two new curry mixes I can’t wait to try out. On the way back, we drove by Hung Far Low. I wondered where that moved to, and now I know. Awkward to explain why it was notable to a 10 year old (oops).

Came home, played some Wii (young Michelle is getting one for Christmas, and is very excited about it).

Tonight, due to a completely broken oven / stove, we walked up to Alberta St for dinner / happy hour. Bye and Bye was really awesome, that will become our local bar without a doubt. It not only had Hopworks on tap, but Amnesia, and it was really cool to look at a menu and to be able to order anything on it and think I’d be content. We both ended up with the Eastern Tofu bowl which made my mouth tingle in a happy way (yes, I meant that exactly as it sounded). It reminded me of every place that has ever made me comfortable and happy, and the music was great.

On the way home we stopped off at Random Order coffee shop and got a coffee, a cappachino and a cranberry oatmeal cookie, and I am so completely content with where we live. I can walk to a myriad of place that make me happy.

so there. I miss my Madison friends on a daily basis, and I’d really like more people to hang out with here, but I am so happy here.