I have started about twenty posts since I last posted. The problem I was having prior remains: lots of kitchen fails. Add that to the heat and the baby weight and the fact that I’m not really cooking anything interesting and you get a whole lot of nothing. But I can report that we have had a minor miracle in our house tonight:
It is 9:15 and the baby is asleep in his crib and my daughter is asleep in her bed. This has never happened, ever in the history of, well, ever. We are not a cry-it-out family so it’s been several years of coaching G. to sleep in her bed by herself and we are traveling the same path with baby M. Though, we are trying to let him sleep alone whenever we can. So I finally have time to write but, sadly have nothing about which to blog. Sigh.
I have done some minor entertaining in the last few days. If you’ve been following along at home, you know that last September I started at a new school. This means lots of new work socializing, something we all know I loathe. Not because of the people themselves but because of me- I hate, hate, hate social situations which do not involve people I already know. So it was a nice turn of events that I grew to adore one of the administrators at my school- the one I work with most directly. We agreed that when the year was over, we would need an outside-of-work adult playdate (which sounds so much dirtier than it was) which would involve yummy snacks and wine. That came to fruition this week.
I know I don’t speak about it as often as I could here but my grandparents knew Julia Child. My grandfather was well-known in our area because of his knowledge of wine and his wine shop in our town. My grandmother knew all the gourmet chefs in the area, Julia foremost among them. In my kitchen I have a few pieces of correspondence from Julia and Paul framed and hanging by my oven to remind me of all of this. I have only the vaguest of memories of Julia Child- mostly I remember tall.
At any rate, I tend to forget just how neat it was that my grandparents knew Julia and Paul Child. It’s only in the re-telling that it comes back to life. Which it did this week when my new work friend came over for snacks, wine and gossiping. Turns out she’s a huge Julia fan and we share a love of cooking, reading cookbooks for fun and cooking shows. We also share a love of yummy snacks.
Lady Gouda’s Peppery Cucumber Crackers. To which I added cherry tomatoes which made them even more delicious (and slightly breast-like).
Ina Garten’s Green Herb Dip (I added some garlic and basil as well). Note: if you happened to have a whole bunch of cilantro (yuck! why would you?!) around, it would be good with this dip. I’m just saying.)
It all went nicely with some prosecco and lots of gossip.
This week I also made the Hippo’s Delectable Radish Spread/Dip/Slaw.
I also added some celery seed and a pinch of sugar to sweeten it slightly.
I’m trying to avoid desserts these days which is killing me. I have a few things I’d like to try over the next few weeks but will need to plan carefully so that there are others around to eat my creations. Stay tuned for that.
Meanwhile, I’ll get around to more family recipes, I promise. I plan to flip through Grandma’s recipe box this weekend. Stick with me!