June 20, 2007

Hello, again

I didn't mean to go away. Really. A week or two hiatus, I thought, and I'd be back at it. Right after the move. I didn't mean for it to be a month!

The move was considerably more exhausting than anticipated, and I thought I was well braced for it. My last move, eight and a half years ago, was a comparative breeze, completed in under two hours, with the house fully set up by the next day. That was before I had so much stuff, of course, and before I had arthritis. I know better, now. Next move (not soon, I hope) I will hire professionals for the whole thing.
Meals have been a bit haphazard in the last while, too. A lot of eating out while packing up dishes, and then unpacking dishes, and of course, exploring our new neighbourhood - blessedly full of little cafes, diners, and coffee shops, with some attractive-looking more upscale places, too. We may no longer be a mere stroll from fine French restaurants, but there's an exciting upscale Mexican place that we're itching to try, and we can still make it to our old favourites by bus.

I'm starting to get into the swing of the new kitchen, and I'll unpacking the digital camera shortly. In the meantime, I'll leave you with two pictures of meals that I made just shortly before we packed up...

a repertoire favourite - Sausage and Hominy Chili

...and a highly experimental baked portobello mushroom, filled with the sort of spinachy-feta-garlicky sort of thing you'd use to fill a spanakopita. 20 minutes in the oven - delicious!

What you can see (almost) in the corner of the mushroom photo: a brand new, soon to be classic - Quinoa Salad (recipe coming soon!)



Sara said...

Glad to see you back! Don't you hate moving? Those mushrooms look excellent, and I've got a ton of spinach in the fridge!

Marusya said...

Welcome back. I was afraid you'd gone under. Like sara, I'm looking forward to the portobello thingy.

Dawna said...

Hi Sara! I'm so glad the move is done. We're even almost "set up" but for hanging a few pictures and a few trips to the hardware store...

The mushrooms were surprisingly good, and I like mushrooms. I did scrape the gills out of them before stuffing, but that was mostly to make room for the spinach filling.

Hi Marusya! Never fear, you won't be rid of me that easily! Sorry I missed your event in Vancouver, but it happened in the throes of moving.

It's good to be back...