Larissa and I are really excited to become parents, and, Lord willing, we will be, come early April 2012. As a way to celebrate our anticipation, I’m going to write a series of blog posts about who our first child might become. We don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl, so I’m going to alternate between posts.
What if our baby grows up to be a master chef?
As our budding restaurateur familiarizes herself with our kitchen, it’s likely there will be a few cuts and a burn or two. We’d better make sure to keep some bandaids and balms handy, just in case. And I expect it will be important to practice suppressing our gag reflexes for the inevitable disastrous flavour combos we’ll have to endure as the primary guinea pigs for our daughter’s culinary experimentation.
Think of the payoff, though! I can’t wait to get free meals at our little girl’s fancy restaurant, and see the looks on all the other guests’ faces as they enjoy their food. We’ll be so proud, and we’ll tell everyone we know to go and try our daughter’s signature dish, whatever that turns out to be.
It will be really awesome if our baby grows up to be a master chef. I can’t wait to watch it happen!
Yesterday was a good day for food. I didn’t actually prepare any of this food myself, but I still wanted to share it, because it really topped off the weekend.
Larissa and I started our Monday with waffles. We received a waffle iron as a wedding gift, and have been putting it to good use. When I was a kid, we used to have waffles every Saturday morning, and that’s a tradition I’d like to carry on some day. Larissa made a double batch and we put the leftovers in the freezer.
Later that afternoon, my sister Lisa came over for a visit. She and my other younger sister, Catherine, have both just moved to Victoria for the start of the new school year. Lisa is attending UVic, and Catherine is doing a program at the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
We welcomed Lisa with some apple-and-rhubarb crisp and ice cream. I don’t know if there’s a better combo out there than apple and rhubarb. Maybe chocolate and peanut butter, but it’s a close race.
There’s some crisp left in the fridge, but I’m exercising all of my willpower so it’ll still be there when Larissa gets home from work.
That evening we were watching Season 2 of 30 Rock, a show I recently introduced Larissa to, and some of the characters were eating pizza. We’d been talking about having a pizza night for almost a week, and the temptation became too much for us, so we looked up the deals at Dominos and ordered some delivery. Most of it is waiting in the fridge for tonight, and probably for the next day’s lunch, as well. I didn’t take a picture, because pizza is pizza, but… Pizza!
I love leftovers, and we have lots of them right now, so I’m looking forward to revisiting yesterday’s food over the course of tonight and tomorrow. Leftover pizza is especially awesome.
In my life outside of food, I’m making some progress on various projects. My novel is sitting at about 21,000 words right now, and I just received some more feedback on my thesis, so I’ll be doing a few more revisions before I can submit it and schedule my defense. I also have some more short story ideas to work out.
Also, if you follow FiftyWordStories.com you’ll know that this week is a “Special Guest” week, so I’ve been lining those stories up while I prepare to put in the print order on the Volume Two book and the 50-word story t-shirts. If you’re interested in buying your own book or shirt, head over to the store and get your order in or let me know through some other form of message. A comment, a Facebook message, or even a tweet will do! I’ll be printing extras beyond the preorder numbers, but if you want to guarantee availability it’s best that you preorder. Thanks!
Last night my sister came over to hang out, drop off a late wedding present, and watch the season finale of The Office. I decided I wanted to put together something special for dinner, so I did a bit of googling and came up with a recipe for Mexican stuffed peppers.
Here’s the end result. I would’ve liked to do something more interesting with the presentation, at least to the extent of not having a bunch of juices running all over the plate, but c’est la vie.
The basic concept is half a pepper stuffed with monterey jack cheese and a mixture of ground beef and rice which has been flavoured with chili powder and taco seasoning.
It turned out really delicious, and as you can see from the picture I served it with just a basic green salad. If I make this again, I’ll probably try to think of something more to serve as a side dish, maybe chips and salsa as a sort of appetizer.
Making this involved a couple of firsts for me. I’d never steamed anything before (I steamed the peppers before stuffing and baking them) and, believe it or not, I’d never cooked rice before. I’m a potato guy, so I’ve always made potatoes as my starch if given any sort of choice. Live and learn, right?