Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Nothing keeps Baby Zi busy like a set of nested stainless steel measuring cups. He puts them together, takes them apart and bangs like crazy on the tile floor. It's loud enough to bring water to my eyes, but the noise does have a musical quality that makes it tolerable. At least to his mother. Those cups allowed me to season a pork roast with lemon pepper, make a salad and set the table. They also love the precise edge made between knife and steel when leveling a scoop of flour.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
It was a great holiday season, with lots of wonderful meals, many of them prepared by our family and friends. For 8 glorious nights, Mama Zi did not have to stress about how to get dinner on the table, nor how to clean up afterward. Unfortunately, that also meant the Chef and I didn’t get a lot of kitchen time together. But on New Year’s Day, we found ourselves with a few open minutes and a dire need to get busy while awaiting the rest of the family. The Chef was getting antsy watching over his cousin's shoulder as he played his DS, and my mom-dar alerted me that mischief of some sort was about to ensue. I was thinking homemade pretzels would be a good solution, give the kids a chance to be creative and have a tasty snack, too. But there was no yeast in the house; can’t make unleavened pretzels. Unless of course they are pretzel cookies! The Chef’s grandmother saved the day by finding this recipe . We skipped the almond extract. The cousin put down his video game, another cousin took the picture, an aunt joined, us, too, and everyone munched on the cookies.