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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.

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.