A Week in the Life of the Kitchen
As 2009 approaches its midway point, I’ve decided to make a half-year resolution/determination – that it’s time not just to smell the basil but to stop before and after the whiff. Lately, I’ve noticed that I zoom through my weeks without reflecting on what I’ve tasted, sipped, slurped, mixed, chopped, simmered and chewed. Then I wake up and it’s June.
So, in the interest of being mindful about being mindful, I’ve taken note of my week in the kitchen, at the market and on the road. It’s been a full week but perhaps no fuller than any other – the difference is that now I’m paying attention.
Here’s a recap of this week at the Casa:
* I’ve discovered that sunflower sprouts are my new favorite thing and I want to learn how to grow them myself
* After a year-long hiatus, I made not one, but two batches of garlic scape pesto, first for my mother, who’s been visiting from Pennsylvania, then for a group of volunteers at a Seattle food bank garden.
* In the revisiting-oldies-but-goodies department, I made a batch of cold-brewed coffee concentrate to keep in the fridge for the best fudgey iced coffee on the planet.
* After years of wondering, I finally satisfied my curiosity and made a beer-can chicken on the grill -- twice in one week. Talk about a revelation -- this is some of the best slow-cooked chicken that have passed my lips. (For details, ask away!)
* I found a little slice of heaven at a spunky sandwich joint in Portland called Bunk, where I wanted to move in or start working -- or both.
* I’ve finished reading “The Sweet Life in Paris” by pastry chef David Lebovitz and am about to dive into “An Edible History of Humanity” by Economist editor Tom Standage and Lisa Hamilton’s “Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness”
* I watched “Food, Inc.” for the third time, this time with my mother (stay tuned for a q/a with director Robert Kenner in coming days), and this weekend, will be checking out food docs “End of the Line” and “Meat the Truth.”
* Last but not least, I've been taking stock of my pantry in preparation for the second quarterly Eating Down the Fridge, which kicks off June 20.
What's your week been like? All edible and quaffable notes, great and small, tasty and not so much, are welcome. I'd love to hear about the week in the life of your kitchens.
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