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Cooking for the Pramas Party

Unbeknownst to Pramas, I was plotting his birthday party for a couple of months before it happened. It all started with me beguiling him into agreeing to put our Belize money into a patio. I wasted no time in getting that started because my secret plan was to have it done in time for a [...]

Cooking and eating

I’ve been getting back in the swing of cooking around here again but not back in the swing of blogging about it. During my recent silent period I did a bunch of work in the back yard of the house, including finally putting in those raised beds that I’ve been talking about installing in the [...]

Freezer Party Postmortem

Jenny’s handiwork Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

Overall I think we can call this little escapade a success. The hardest thing for me personally is always working in someone else’s kitchen, not having my own tools at my disposal. I brought several cutting boards, baking pans, a George Foreman grill, measuring spoons and cups, and [...]

The Freezer Cooking Experiment

Some of our Freezer Cooking Party supplies Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

This weekend is the culmination of several weeks of planning that will bring together four families intent on stocking our freezers with wholesome, homemade food. I’ve posted a few photos of the beginnings of the supplies we’ve stocked up on.

I was [...]

Dinner 2/9/09

Dinner 2/9/09 Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

I haven’t gotten around to doing any posting of new recipes yet, but I’ve tried quite a few new dishes already in 2009. Tonight’s dinner was roasted vegetable couscous (photo here) and which you can find online at MyRecipes.com here. I followed up with some tea-poached pears in [...]

Game Night again

Our game night has been pretty sparse since Jess and Tim both moved to California within a month of each other. The last couple of weeks it’s been down to just three of us getting together, four if we’re lucky. Tonight it was three again.

Luckily for us Kate is getting to that age when [...]

Food is Fuel

Doctors appointment at the crack of dawn tomorrow but today was all about the fennel broth.

Met with the nutritionist today. It’s energizing to be told I’m doing the right things. She seems to find me amusing, she laughs a lot. “Oh Nicole!” she gasps, and writes things down. She asks about my recent cooking [...]

Food Blogging

I’m desperately behind on updating my recipe pages because I’m also desperately behind on a bunch of stuff that is way more important. Still, I’m continuing to try new things. Earlier this week I made seared sea scallops with a side of the tabbouleh we made at Ray’s and some broiled fennel with Parmesan and [...]

Dinner tonight: Otsu

Followed this recipe from Super Natural Cooking. Midway through prepping the ingredients, we got a call that we could pick up a package we’ve been waiting for at DHL but only for another 20 minutes. As the sole driver in the house, I took off to get the package and Pramas finished the dinner prep. [...]

Mark Bittman

Coming clean about my vast collection of too neglected cookbooks, I have to admit that poor Mark Bittman has been among the most neglected. For years I’ve had his cookbooks on my shelf. How to Cook Everything, The Minimalist Cooks Dinner, The Minimalist Cooks at Home. I received How to Cook Everything Vegetarian off my [...]