Monday, July 25, 2011

Weekend Maximization

Rarely do we relax on the weekends. Usually you will find us flitting from one vegetable garden to the next, fixing up the house and always finding an evening (or two or three!) to make a meal with each other and/or with friends. Weekend maximization is always our goal. When S goes away for the weekend to photograph I usually have a to-do list a mile and a half long. Three quarters of which I will not accomplish. This weekend was one of those where I tried to relax a bit, put some food by, hang with friends and clean some aspect of our home. On top of all that is the wedding invitations that must go out before we leave for Seattle (!!!) on Friday.
Here's a little peak at what I did and a quick lazy weekend recipe:

Eric Waller Bounty

Quick Pickles

Wedding invite assembly (Merci Chris!!!)

Truffle & Parsley PopcornPour enough sunflower oil to coat the bottom of a heavy pot with a tight fitting lid. Add a 1/2 cup of popping corn and a 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.

Cover and set your temp to medium-high. Using both of your biceps and a set of potholders gently shake your pot just a couple of inches over the burner at the first sound of crackling and popping. Continue every 30 seconds until you no longer hear a lot of seeds moving around (about 4 minutes). Turn off your heat and let it finish popping. Hint: popcorn on the stove requires 100% of your time. DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED! Gas works best. It's tricky and a time learned skill to know the right moment to turn off the heat so you don't end up with burned corn. But once you perfect this method you will never make popcorn another way again.
OR pop in your air popper!!!

When the popping subsides toss with:
2-3 teaspoons of truffle oil
Fresh or dried parsley ( I have so much parsley right now I used fresh)
Ghee or butter (to your liking or skip)
Enjoy with a beer, a dog and a movie. My pic for friday night was Woody Allen's