Thursday, August 30, 2012

Meals on Wheels...

Since my little art and vintage shop space is just a short hop across the river from my downtown office, I’ve fallen into a habit of tending to it quite often on my lunch hour.  This has prompted a number of takeout lunches back at the desk.  Unfortunately, ever since I started reading the nutritional data on fast food websites (and that, in turn, sucked all the joy out of my beloved bean burritos) I’ve been hard-pressed to find a “healthier” on-the-go option.  Fortunately, an amazing Chinese restaurant opened right next door to the shop.  Yum!  I know... I know... before you start rolling your eyes over the fat and sodium… just wait… because my usual order is Moo Goo Gai Pan steamed, no sauce and no rice… with one ala cart spring roll (a girl’s gotta live a little!)  I top it with some hot pepper flakes and lightly sea-salted nuts from my desk drawer pantry and it’s actually very tasty.  Bottom line… never shy away from asking your favorite restaurant for some healthful tweaking… most chefs I’ve found are happy to accommodate.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rainy Days and Mondays...


I have a terrible time choosing paint colors… Right now I’m painting my house… well, not me personally… but my house is being painted. It’s making the transition from plain old boring white to November Rain… that’s the name of the color I eventually chose… sounds nice, yes?… and it is… or was, actually, in the store… where it looked more gray… unlike on my house… where it looks more purple… to me, anyway. Gray complements the brickwork… whereas purple… ah, not so much.  So far, I have solicited the opinions of my next door neighbor (who is a professional artist), an office mate who thought she was just joining me for lunch (until I took the long route… past my house… to the restaurant), the odd dog walker or two, a FedEx guy, the newspaper boy, the mailman and a rather reticent stray little cat. They all say gray… and they can’t all be lying to be nice… well, except maybe that cat.

…your turn…

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Julia...

I was reading through some vintage recipes online when I came across... this.  And because it just happens to be Julia Child's 100th birthday, I thought I'd share this blast from the past culinary delight.  Who knows, it might even be one of her recipes... maybe... or not. 

Behold the Lemon Thing...


 bon app├ętit!!