Sunday, March 21, 2010

St. Patty's Day

Since St. Patrick's Day seems to revolve around beer and corned beef, and I'm a mormon and a vegetarian, I've never done much to celebrate. However, I LOVE food, and trying out new recipes, so this year I tried out some mormon vegetarian recipes.

Dinner was colcannon, fried cabbage, and edamame . . .
(True, edamame isn't exactly Irish, but it is green.)

. . . with soda bread.

(It turned out like a giant biscuit, only slightly sweet.)

And sugar cookies for dessert a la Alton Brown's recipe.

Being a lover of brussel sprouts, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the "fried" cabbage tasted like it's little cousins, only less stinky. The colcannon was pretty good, too, but next time I think I'll try boxty - fried potato pancakes sound tasty!

It took me about two hours to make the royal icing and frost the cookies, but the thick, soft, mildly sweet sugar cookie topped with the crisp, sweet frosting is definitely worth repeating. :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

To the Cats

Dear Sammy, Sunny, Stewart, and Cleo,

There are two litter boxes upstairs and one downstairs. These are where you urinate. If you do not care for these, you are all indoor/outdoor cats, and the entire outdoors is at your disposal if you are so inclined. Regrettably, I must inform you that the carpeting in the hallway, on the stairs, in the living room, and next to my bed are not acceptable places to urinate. Neither are the bathroom rugs or my yoga mat. You have each done such a lovely job of defecating in the correct places, please follow suit with your urination. I'd hate to be forced to contact a violin craftsman.

Thank you.