Friday, January 24, 2014

Week 32: Pulp Fiction

Kumquat.

Weird word.  Weird food.

I have always been a little curious about them, so I decided that this week was as good as any to give them a try.  My first question:  What is a kumquat?  It's a strange, little citrus fruit who's peel is edible.  Okay, so what do I do with them?  Most websites recommended making candied kumquats or a marmalade.  Not really my style, folks.  I decided to try a vinaigrette instead.  And wouldn't you know it, there were no kumquat vinaigrette recipes out there.  So I combined a few citrus vinaigrette recipes from Allrecipes.com and this was the result:

Wash about 5 kumquats.  No need to peel or slice.

Toss those babies into a food processor (or blender) and pulverize 'em.

Add about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tsp of white wine vinegar, and 1/2 tsp of poppy seeds (use with care, too many and they will overpower the vinaigrette).

Add some lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.

It makes about 1 cup of dressing, but you really don't need much on your salad.  I think I used about 2-3 tsps.

Here is a baby spring mix salad with the kumquat dressing, grated romano cheese, and caesar croutons.  I recommend using the croutons and cheese to balance out the acid in the vinaigrette.
It actually turned out better than expected.  I don't know that I would say that kumquats are my new favorite food by any means, but this vinaigrette was pretty darn tasty.

Also, this week my husband and I found a list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.  I was surprised at how few, as an English major, I had actually read.  Yes, I had read quite a few of the 1800s books, the occasional book from the 1700s, and of course, anything Toni Morrison has ever written, but in the grand scheme of things, I am severely under-read.  And I would be surprised if my husband had read more than 5 books off of this list.

Well, challenge accepted.  I have convinced David that we should read these books together then watch any movies (as I noticed that many of them had been turned into movies and I knew that would probably motivate him a little bit more than reading alone).

I picked up the first book from the library this week:




Coming Up... Week 33: SQUAT Team, Go!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Week 31: A Musical Interlude

I received a ukulele for Christmas!


This week, I learned how to tune my uke, play a few chords, a little strumming technique, and I can even play a song (almost).  I can play the chords to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".  I can also fumble my way through Sublime's "Santeria" (with the exception of one chord which I have not yet determined is actually necessary for the song) and the intro and chorus to One Republic's "Counting Stars".  If that doesn't show you how schizophrenic my taste in music is...

Anyway, I am going to keep working on it, but I am hoping to eventually be able to post a video.

Coming Up...  Week 32: Pulp Fiction

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Week 30: Legal Libations

My baby brother just turned 21!  

Let me reiterate...

my B-A-B-Y brother.

He's seven years younger than me, and he can now legally come to the bars with us.  My out-of-comfort-zone experience this week was coming to terms with that.

Matt, being carded for his first legal drink (a Bud Light) at the local Elks Lodge.

Matt posing with our Grandpa and his second drink (a Coors Light) at the local Elks Lodge.


Matt posing with our Dad at the local Elks Lodge.

Josh, me, Matt, and David at a real bar--trying out some real beers.
So, it turns out that it's not so bad having Matt around more.  He comes to trivia night with us now, and he is developing a sophisticated beer palate already which David is thrilled about.  Sure people assume I'm younger than him, which is always a little frustrating, but all-in-all it's not so bad that he's growing up.

Also, I tried my first grapefruit this week.  Turns out, I like grapefruit!




Coming Up...  Week 31:  A Musical Interlude