Our Christmas tree seems to get bigger every year (funny, because our apartment doesn’t). We’ve upped the bar on hot chocolate this winter, too; we’re now drinking our cocoa with freshly whipped cream and crumbled peppermints. And here’s our newest craft…in a wine tumbler: moss + miniature fake trees + kosher salt. We’ll definitely re-use the wine tumblers, but probably won’t re-use the salt.
Eggpiphany! I’ve always considered it one of my great failings in life that I can’t flip eggs well (which is tragic, since I like my eggs over-easy). But I’ve now realized flipping eggs is completely unnecessary! At the point when you would normally flip them, just put the pan under the broiler for 2 minutes! The yolk comes out perfectly runny, and the white is perfectly not runny.
During an unusually cold week (for Charleston), we had to make some wintry foods to stay warm and full:
-Wheatberry salad: Boiled wheat, sweet potato, cranberries, lettuce, toasted mixed nuts, and warm honey-maple vinaigrette
- Orange juice mixed with leftover cranberry juice (from boiling down cranberries for salad)
- Acorn squash salad with squash, black beans, corn, and kale
- Pomegranate seeds
- Trader Joe’s creamy polenta with spinach and carrots
T’s wonderful mom gave us kale, pre-cooked acorn squash (delicious!), and pomegranates. We’re lucky people!
Recent budget-friendly things I love:
2. Yard sales! At the end of my morning run, I found these boots for $10.
3. The Charleston County Public Library system! I joined the public library (for free) and am wondering why I didn’t do this years ago. They have a GREAT selection of audio books that make driving so much more enjoyable. And, they have tons of online downloadable magazines. These are just some of the magazines I downloaded to my iPad.
So, I’m headed into another night shift, hoping things get slow enough at some point that I can read.
Yes, this post seems a little macabre, but bear with me…We went to this amazing goat farm outside of Durham called Prodigal Goat Farm. It is all about sustainability— the owners use every single bit of the milk, whey, meat, bones, and manure for their farming practices, and the goats live a pretty sweet life on this beautiful open-air farm. We met the goats, saw their cute living arrangements (in an old school bus!), toured the dairy farm and cheese-making facility, and then did tastings of goat cheese, cheesecake, and feta. We also bought some goat meat and made this delicious curry when we got home:
1. Marinate goat in yogurt, curry powder, turmeric, salt, and chili powder.
2. Sauté onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and peas in a saucepan.
3. Add the marinated goat meat and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes until well done but still tender.
4. Top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime.