Monday, December 10, 2007
Ok. So I know I haven't been the best at keeping up with this blog. No excuses. But I'm back!
Suffice to say things have been very busy. But I'm not going to try to blog what's been going on for the past few (okay almost 10) weeks. Well not right now anyway. I have some desserts I may revisit...
So what's been happening most recently? Oh! I joined a gym. With classes and a lockerroom AND (the best part!) freshly brewed Gloria Jeans coffee when you leave! Some mornings it's the only thing that gets me through the workouts. Oh who am I kidding - most mornings it's the only thing that gets me through the workouts.
This morning I had a training session at 6 and much to my surprise (and mr. roshbosh's) - I did 10 girl pushups! A small feat for many I'm sure but for those who know me it's almost unbelievable.
But then I came home from work and prompty finished off a container of fortune cookies.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Magnolia has one - a very good one I might add. Buttercup has one. Sprinkles has lots of them.
And now I have mine!
I've got a signature cupcake and frosting recipe! It's not the best looking in the picture but it's nummy! I was in too much of hurry to taste it to bring out the decorating tool kit but mr. roshbosh did say it was the best he's ever had! The cupcake is fluffy and soft inside with just very slight crunchy give on the outside. And the frosting is a chocolate buttercream but the butter isn't overpowering. Just lots of nummy chocolateyness.
We're having a football watching party Sunday afternoon (Cowboys vs. Patriots) and I'm making the most-cute mini bite-size versions with blue and white sprinkles. And I will be covering them in stars with piping tip #5. Of course it's in honor of the Cowboys. A baker's gotta do what a baker's gotta do.
I've always wanted to stuff my face with an entire cupcake.
Monday, October 1, 2007
that means sweaters and coats and boots!
I always get excited about the cold weather this time of year. But then end up cursing it come January when I want to wear flip flops. I can't help it. I'm a woman driven by sartorial urges.
And I know fall officially began September 23 but Happy Fall anyway!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
So mr. roshbosh and I fell asleep last night at nine. On accident. We were supposed to have gone out with friends but didn't quite make it out. I thought I would take a nap and the next thing I know we were both waking up to the sun coming in through the windows.
The view outside was just beautiful - the sun was just coming out and the buildings seemed to go from black-and-white to color. I tried to capture what I could in the picture - the buildings in the front look awake while the ones in the back haven't quite had their morning coffee.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
By the end of the evening about half of our party had gotten temporary tattoos. Including me. I got a pair of dice. And you know - I kind of liked it. Not the dice per se, but the thought of having a tat.
The rest of the weekend was spent with more friend time - we actually spent Friday AND Saturday AND Sunday evening with Kiwi612 and her Hubs and Guns. Had to get our time in with Kiwi612 and her hubs before October when they'll be gone every weekend. :-(
You know it's amazing how many errands I run. Even this past weekend - I had errands on Saturday AND Sunday. And I don't know if it just seems like a lot because I don't run any during the week. Huh.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
AmeeShah bought me two new Jeebitzs for my crocs! The open book and the lady bug! Crocs truly are the most hideous of shoes but let me tell you - it's like walking on clouds. And in light of all the headlines concerning the safety of Crocs, just be careful on escalators and always stand in the middle of the step.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Snow Cake - with the nummy Alan Rickman
Sense & Sensibility - again with the nummy Alan Rickman
Thursday, August 9, 2007
This dish is one of my favorites. I only make it once a year though. Well, I may make it twice this year since I didn't get to make it last year. The original recipe is for a risotto dish but I don't like the texture of risotto and it's just too mushy and too starchy to have at one go - it's the same reason I can't have just fried rice for dinner - so I use Orzo pasta instead. Yes I know it's a starch as well but at least my stomach has to expend itself a bit to get it digested. Risotto just zips through and ends up sticking to undesirable places. Anyway, I digress. I was a little worried about what mr. roshbosh and cusack would think of the dish. Neither one really likes fancy food and this dish has an unusual woodsy taste to it from the porcini mushrooms, and you use wine and fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano. The original recipe also doesn't include spinach but I throw it in for some color and nutrients. I think Mo gave me that tip? Anyway, they liked the dish. And it wasn't a pacifying "it was good!" sentiment - they mentioned it a few times and for them both that's a sign that they really enjoyed it. My office mate Tiffanee joined us for dinner as well so it was a nice little evening - while the boys watched the preseason Cowboys game Tiffanee and I gabbed. Oh and we had apple crisp for dessert. Nummy!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
From everything I can or attempt to cook or make or bake - do you know what I have the HARDEST time with? And it's a dear shame because it's one of mr. roshbosh's most favorite things in the world to eat...
I cannot for the life of me and my loved ones cook peas! They always a) still taste frozen and/or b) don't cook all the way. And I always, always follow the directions when I cook peas - I can't say that for many other things. And I have tried everything! It's the funniest and oddest thing.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Game night was a lot of fun - we had about 12 people over and lots of beer and wine. It was nice to do something different. I forgot how competitive mr. roshbosh can get. It's not enough for him to win - he has to win BIG! I was also reminded how uncomfortable I get with charade type things - no matter what I have to act out I am convinced I look like a washed- dolphin flapping around everywhere - which would be great if that's what my team had to guess. I envy people who can get up and are comfortable enough to just go for it.
hmmm...I should have taken pictures.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Our one-seater arrived yesterday evening. I don't know how I feel about it. I thought it would be a few shades lighter - it looks more tan than "cream" and in certain light it looks as though we tried to match the sofa and failed miserably. Maybe we'll just keep the lights off and the blinds drawn when we have company over. On the bright side though it is very comfy. I had breakfast in it this morning with my legs swung over the side.
I'm going to refinish the peg-feet in an antique black - not really loving the brown.
Might get a red throw to add some color. I was really kicking myslef for not getting the seat in red but now that I've had a chance to sleep on it, red would have been too much. "Hey! Look at me! I'm a one-seater and I'm RED!"
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I just couldn't force myself to get on the elliptical again this morning so I got on the treadmill and did the cardio/fat burning walk for 30 minutes. I'm not supposed to run right now because of my knee but I gave in for 2 minutes towards the end and Oh. My. God. it felt so so good. I've been craving that feeling I get from running for so long now I had to cheat a little bit - I couldn't get on the 'mil and not run even a little bit. I made sure to ice though when I got home. I'll ice again when go home this evening.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Not much going on this weekend. We're having game night at our place on Saturday night. And I'm hoping the weather holds up so we can make it to the pool. I also made Thai food tonight - masuman curry and fresh spring rolls - so nummy but so full of starch and carbs. Cusack and I worked out this morning and I am so proud of myself! Now if I can only get myself downstairs Monday morning. I've promised myself a fountain Coke if I can get to the gym 4 times next week. woohoo!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Let me tell you...they are a b*tch to make!
First, I had to make almond flour. That took a good 2-episodes of "what I like about you". The combining of the ingredients after that wasn't difficult but the baking was interesting. The delicate cookies had to bake in the oven with the oven door slightly ajar and then rotated every couple of minutes to ensure even baking. By the end of it, the kitchen felt like Hades, looked like science experiment gone bad, and I had 6 coffee-flavored cookies. That's it from a recipe that was to yield 16.
I will definitely make the cookies again. They're too nummy not too. But the filling needs tweaking. Instead of a buttercream, which was too sweet for the delicate cookie, I think I'll try a Swiss meringue instead.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I was going to take a picture of the grapes but before I realized it they were all in my belly!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
My two next baking projects are Parisian macaroons (need to do a bit more research on almond flour) and tiramisu - I've got two tubs of marscopone cheese in the freezer just waiting to fulfil their destiny!
So the Cusack and I just returned from the "the Fray" concert. I want to say that the show was awesome but that's just not the right word. I've used that word to describe so many other things - other things deservedly awesome in their own way - but it's just not right in this instance. Too trite a word for what it was. Amazing? Wonderful? Maybe I'm feeling a tad too sentimental - it was my first concert in 18 months and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed going to concerts.
The show ended with "look after you" - my most favorite song on the album. The song on its own is enough to take my breath away but when they mixed in oasis's "wonderwall" I was smitten and head-over-heels.
I miss the day of "real" tickets i.e. the 2"x 6" slat of card stock with an embossed marque that you could slip in between the pages of a book and come across years later with all the letters and numbers still alive and that would give you the same butterflies you got the night of the concert. Today you have 2 options. One, it's either printed on thermal paper and inevitably fades, or two, the ticket is sent to you electronically for you to print. So unromantic. The lovely picture above is a photograph of my ticket lest the imprint fades or melts or cracks. And no it's not saving my spot in a book. That's what this blog is for. ;-)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
mr. roshbosh assembled the bookshelf last night. It's the one on the right. And yes. That is a box of Wheaties on the top and a 6-pack of Coke right below it - both commemorating UT's Rose Bowl Championship win. In case you missed it, an oil painting (a wedding gift for mr. roshbosh) of the UT Tower in the center. (Mo! We found it a home!)
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
so my to-shop-for list for the weekend...
*butt cushion for the new chair
*pretty mirror for desk top
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I didn't check the weather last night. And well, it rained today and I am without boots.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
We'll try this again next Thursday.
Two of the four May weddings we attended were for two of my most favorite people - Lauren and Amee. Lauren's was Friday - May 4th in Austin , TX. The picture on the left is of the reception - the wedding and brunch reception were both at Laguna Gloria. It was so incredibly picturesque - an outdoor morning ceremony, perfectly overcast, overlooking the water. They had a dinner reception that night at Capital Grill. I don't have very many pictures from any of the events but I guess that's expected when you're a bridesmaid!
The second wedding was one weekend later - May 10-12th. Amee had a mendhi Thursday night, a dinner Friday night, and the wedding ceremony and reception Saturday. Again, I don't have any pictures (will post some once I've bummed some off someone) but one of the highlights of the festivities was a skit that we ( me, mr. roshbosh, Annie, Daven, Sumant, and Shilpa) put on about Amee and Ankur's first date. The set-up was "blind date" with a little "24" mixed in and was based loosely on their actual first date. We had so much fun putting it together and performing. Because I don't do well in front of crowds I was a "bubble girl" - I held up Amee's (a.k.a Shilpa) thought bubbles and Annie held up Ankur's (a.k.a Daven) bubbles.
A BIG congrats to Sumant and his honey who got engaged last weekend in NYC! Baldy's getting married!
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The sofa was delivered that day so we thought we would break it in with a movie and enchiladas! It was the first real meal that I cooked in the kitchen. The oven gave off a funny smell while the enchiladas were cooking but no one died. On the menu - enchiladas, spanish rice, refried beans, avocado-tomato salad, and a cold Chardonnay - for dessert - baked graham cracker crust with grilled pineapple and honey whipped cream.
The movie was so bad there just aren't words...
Anyway, Mo really liked the enchiladas and asked for the recipe (that's her plate above)...here it is Mo! Enjoy!
Bhula Enchiladas (perfected by my mother and my sheester and moi)
*2 cans will feed 4-6 people
1-2 cans enchilada sauce
1-2 cans vegetarian refried beans
1 packet taco seasoning
3/4 cup milk
1 medium block medium sharp cheddar cheese (sometimes I add Monterrey jack cheese as well)
1/2 cup white onions (if preferred inside the enchiladas)
1/2 cup green onions (for garnish)
1/4 cup cilantro (for garnish)
12-24 extra thin corn tortillas
it's all in the filling...
warm 1 -2 cans of refried beans on stove on medium heat
as the beans warm, add 1 pack taco seasoning (I like Taco Bell's) to 3/4 cup milk and mix
add the milk mixture to the beans
continue to stir
removed from stove as bubble start to form
set aside to cool
extra thin corn tortillas...
you can heat them one of two ways:
individually on the stove if you plan on heating them in the microwave
wetting 2 paper towels, wrapping the stack of tortillas in them, and heating in the microwave for 60 seconds.
assembling the enchiladas...
take an oven-safe casserole dish
add enchilada sauce - just enough to coat the bottom
take a plate - add sauce - just enough to dip and coat a corn tortilla (this will be your assembly plate)
coat a tortilla in the sauce on both sides
at a tablespoon of beans (more or less for taste)
at a tablespoon of cheese (more or less for taste)
add white onions (if preferred)
roll tightly! and add to casserole dish
continue until dish is full
once you have filled the casserole dish, add remaining enchilada sauce (make sure each enchilada is coated), sprinkle cheese on top and add green onion garnish
bake for 400 degrees until cheese starts to bubble - about 30 minutes
remove from oven - add cilantro before serving
Monday, May 28, 2007
Now we just have to wait until next Thursday for the delivery.