chaiya: (cooking and medieval oddities)
I may or may not have worried that we'd run out of food. ;)

The obligatory food orgy is behind the cut! )
chaiya: (cooking and medieval oddities)
Deviled eggs & challah to start.
Stuffed hubbard squash with homemade fruit compote.
Ginger-saffron carrot soup.
Baked asparagus with balsamic. (by [livejournal.com profile] hotpoint)
Baked potatoes. (by [livejournal.com profile] eldrad)
Roasted cauliflower with garlic and lemon juice.
Bagel-fruit-nut stuffing.
Saute'd greens with garlic. (by [livejournal.com profile] metahacker and co.)
Morrocan carrots.
We're roasting 2 or 3 ducks on the rotisserie, plus a large turkey.

Finally, for dessert, we have PIES (by [livejournal.com profile] olivetree): pumpkin coconut, pear butterscotch, blueberry with almond crumble, and pecan maple. And 5 kinds of sorbet made by [livejournal.com profile] eldrad: lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and beet-ginger.

I know we're having tons of leftovers, but that's part of the plan. We're hosting a small "fancy leftovers" Shabbat dinner Friday night. My plan is to make some roasted vegetables if we run low on food. ;)
chaiya: (fancy)
We had the most amazing brunch today. A brunch almost entirely of chocolate. It was incredible. My most heartfelt thanks to [livejournal.com profile] paradoox and [livejournal.com profile] smozz for bringing us along for the party! I took a ton of pictures with the iPhone of all the various yummy stuff on my plate. It was also very serendipitous to run into [livejournal.com profile] its_just_me and co. while there.

It also made me long for "real" tea service at home. Something along these lines, I think. When I was growing up, I collected assorted teacups and saucers, saying I would have a varied tea service when I had my own home. After I went kosher, of course, these got sold at a church yard sale or something -- there was no way they could be rekashered.

There's just something about the aesthetics of teacups and saucers that appeals to me. We have great mugs in the house now, but they're not nearly so delicate or charming as real teacups and saucers.
chaiya: (cooking and medieval oddities)
[livejournal.com profile] awfief, don't peek! (Rescheduled birthday present.)

Tonight's dinner plan... )

Update-y

Sep. 9th, 2007 02:17 pm
chaiya: (brown hat)
Wonderful [livejournal.com profile] goldsquare gave me his boyhood dressers after all, so I have stopped scouring Craigslist. I was going to sand and refinish them today, but it's chilly and looking rain-like. We'll see. They are exactly what I was looking for, though, which makes me happy.

The house is still very much under construction. OMG. It will be an entirely new house by the time we're done. Y'all should come see it then. Not now. I should post pictures now, but don't have brain.

My inbox is back down to 900ish. This is awesome, and represents a bit of work. I know, I know, not done yet.

We do have a new housemate for the short-to-medium term, Kirsten. She's in her last semester at college. Seems to be going well so far, and that's saying something, given the stress the construction has added to our household.

[livejournal.com profile] lightfixer might come over soon and finish setting up the music server. Then I might be able to upload all my new music from Falconridge and Campfire. I have so much good music to catch up on! Yay!

There was brunch this morning, sort of. It was nice, despite the construction dust factor. I think I hang out a lot with the Arisia geeks, lately. And I talk a lot about Arisia stuff. I swear, it's not my whole life. :P

I went to the Big Party yesterday. I swam, and hugged lots and lots and lots of people. Saw tons & tons of y'all. Then I left with [livejournal.com profile] noeltheone to go see a drag king show in the evening. Which was also awesome. :)

Going backward, went to [livejournal.com profile] naufiel and [livejournal.com profile] mtolan's for Shabbat dinner Friday night. Fabulousness. We had some good geeking and some spectacular eating, and it was midnight before I realized it. Given how tiring my week was, that's saying a lot.

In general, I think I like being social again. I wish we could do it more at home, though. Soon!
chaiya: (meeting of the minds)
I've been thinking a lot about what kind of home I want to have, to be a part of. This weekend went a long way to solidifying in my head what I like most about my home, the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

We had [livejournal.com profile] rosefox and [livejournal.com profile] sinboy over for the weekend, essentially. They wanted to go to the beginning of the summer party ("Lefcon," as [livejournal.com profile] ringel so aptly put it), and needed accomodations, and I love having a guest room that gets used from time to time. I love having folks in my own setting, where I'm comfortable, and making sure that they're comfortable too. I am either becoming a Jewish Mother, or a Homebody. Or both. :P

Socialization, home-building, and my brain. Yum. )

But mostly? I love my husband, I love my house, I love my housemates (including my imminent housemate [livejournal.com profile] clara_girl), and I'm pretty fond of my life in general. I'm looking forward to improving the house, despite its impending doominess of construction dust, etc. In general, life is good. :)
chaiya: (hippie)
Just when you think you can't handle people because they're complicated, difficult, and unhelpful ... you get to take a ride on an LED-lit merry-go-round. Well, if you're me, and you're lucky, you do. It was made by [livejournal.com profile] sensesurfer, with help from lots of Susboids, and it was fucking fabulous. I look forward to another ride next weekend. :)

Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse and [livejournal.com profile] iabervon. That was just what I needed. :)
chaiya: (wine)
I am totally going to buy [livejournal.com profile] civic_oracle a drink tonight in honor of Jerry Falwell's death. Like [livejournal.com profile] mactavish, I assume his family misses him, but I'm feeling safer already in the post-Falwell world. :P
chaiya: (cooking and medieval oddities)
Well, we really did drown in squash last season. We're still bringing it up from the freezer, six months after the last dropoff from the farm share!

Today's (vegan) squash/tomato/chick pea soup is to feed my Grampa and Pat, who're coming over for dinner tonight. It's inspired by a recent "soup of the week" at Veggie Planet in Harvard Square. Recipe Here. )

I like adding chick peas, pureed, to soups like this. Adds protein and stuff. I also like adding cloves to just about anything -- I feel cloves are an excellent taste-improver to any food, in very small quantities. And I tend to be a wuss about pepper. ;)

Other things on the menu: pasta salad made with [livejournal.com profile] eclectician and [livejournal.com profile] latvianchick's garlic aoili, regular vegetable salad, homemade purple carrot pickles, homemade hummus, pita, and the finale ... [livejournal.com profile] eclectician's amazing chocolate/coffee butter cake, with Drambui-enhanced ganache.

Life is good. :)
chaiya: (dvn attacks fangirl!)
I'm going. [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare is going. Even [livejournal.com profile] noeltheone is going! Don't you want to go, too?

If you do, [livejournal.com profile] liamstliam has an extra ticket. And he bought his way before we bought ours, so it's likely better than what I got. Cost around $40 with the fees, and the show is worth *far* more than that. Join us! Email bill at goonbox dot com now! :)

Also? Despite not going to the chumetzfest last night, I am so, so happy to have chumetz back. I am eating *cheesecake* for lunch, dammit!
chaiya: (meeting of the minds)
Steve is home sick today with food poisoning for his 30th birthday. He was rather violently ill last night.

I think his birthday's going to have to be rescheduled. Sorry, folks. I'll be calling those I can, but just in case, I'm also posting here.

'Fess up!

Jan. 17th, 2007 09:32 pm
chaiya: (dvn attacks fangirl!)
Okay, folks. I am a bit overwhelmed by the number of new folks reading my LJ lately. I think I might know some of you, and might never have met others. Feel free to tell me how we met. Or, for that matter, how we haven't met yet!

Comments are screened in case I can't recognize you by anything other than your real name or something.
chaiya: (nonsequitur)
[livejournal.com profile] malkaesther and I have been talking about doing this for a while, and now that she's going to be in town next weekend, we're gonna go ahead and do it! Malka is a Pampered Chef person with lots of assorted cooking experience. She's gonna make us food next Sunday, and show off some of the nifty gizmos PC has to offer. Malka isn't a pressure sort of person, so if you want to join us, you can count on some fun, laughter, and good food -- no salesman speak or anything like that. If you do find something you want to buy, that's cool, but not imperative. :)

Malka writes: Read more... )


She's also going to do a kosher kitchen demo on our kitchen Monday night, to show different methods for keeping a kosher kitchen and telling which set is what, some pointers for how to work with different situations and when it is or isn't necessary to rekasher the kitchen, etc. If you can't make Sunday night but want to take a look at Pampered Chef stuff, she'll also have it available for Monday night. I'm looking forward to Malka's hints on our kitchen, myself. I have a feeling we've been retoiveling when we didn't need to, or possibly not toiveling when we should have.
chaiya: Photo of me under the Japanese maple tree in our yard (spring tree serenity)
Today, [livejournal.com profile] crazybone, [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare, and I really earned our stripes.

See, [livejournal.com profile] crazybone wants to have his friends over for dinner. Prove to them that he's living in a civilized house and all that. (We still haven't managed to have a housewarming, which is the traditional vehicle for this kind of message.) So we're gonna really impress them, right? What is really yummy, really impressive food to make for guests? You know what our answer to that is ... We made Indian food! )

In summary, though, it was a fantastic dinner. Yay, food! :)

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