Archive for October, 2010
On my latest Craigslist search I came across an amazing little shop (in San Francisco) called Mid Century Møbler that sells refurbished midcentury furniture. I’m on the lookout for a new coffee table and/or bedside tables but their pieces seem to go quickly, so keep your fingers crossed for me!
homemade granola + raspberries
Oliver, snuggling under the covers
refashioning my prom dress
These photos make my weekend look a lot more boring that it actually was. Not to say there wasn’t plenty of couch-surfing (it did rain allllll weekend) but we did leave our apartment a few times. I just forgot to take my camera to prove it!
Friday night was game night at a friend’s apartment, where I learned that the most off-the-wall answer almost always wins when playing Apples to Apples. Saturday night was the casino-themed birthday party I mentioned earlier this week, and I spent the better part of the afternoon hacking my old prom dress into a 20s-style speakeasy dress. My hair was done in pin-curls and Nolan wore a suit and bow-tie, and I thought we looked pretty swell. The ‘casino’ was set up with tables for roulette, craps, black jack and Texas hold ‘em, and we were each given a bag of poker chips with the birthday boy’s face on them (such a fun idea). It was great fun, and I somehow ended up the big winner at the end of the night! I can’t believe I didn’t take my camera, but I did hijack the hosts’ camera for part of the evening so if and when they upload the photos I will be sure to share a few.
Prints, cards and calendars from the gorgeous illustrations of Peggy Wolf…
I’ve been in a major cooking rut lately, cooking the same few meals over and over or ordering takeout. I’m not proud of it. So to snap out of this rut, my plan is to try (at least) one new recipe a week and share it with you. A chance to add some new recipes to my repertoire and to learn to take better pictures of food.
So last week I made potstickers! They are surprisingly easy to make, once you get the hang of pleating. This video was helpful, although I found that pleating from each side to meet in the middle was much easier. My pleats didn’t turn out perfect, but the potstickers held together and tasted pretty darn good.
1 lb ground pork
1/2 cup napa cabbage, minced
1/4 cup ginger root, minced
2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
3 T soy sauce
2 T sesame oil
1 T corn starch
4 cups flour
1 1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 T red wine vinegar
1/4 t sesame oil
1/4 t chili garlic paste
1/2 t minced ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 t sugar
Combine all filling ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover and store in the fridge.
Combine flour and 3/4 cup of water in a bowl and stir with a fork. Slowly add the rest of the water, one tablespoon at a time, stirring until dough is stiff enough to knead. Keep adding water until it is smooth but not sticky (you likely won’t use all of the water). Cover with a damp towel and let sit for 30 minutes to relax the gluten.
Divide dough into small pieces (roughly the size of a buckeye) and roll into 3-4 inch rounds. With a small bowl of water nearby, place a tablespoon or so of filling in center and use your finger to dampen the outer edge of the dough. Bring up opposite sides of the wrapper and pleat the edges to create a crescent-shaped pouch. Repeat until filling and dough run out.
Heat a splash of oil (peanut or canola) in a pan over high heat. Place potstickers in pan and fry until the bottoms are browned. Shielding your face with the lid, pour in half a cup of water and cover immediately. Lower heat to medium low and cook for 6 minutes. Set potstickers aside to cool for a few minutes while you mix the dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Potstickers freeze wonderfully. Leave them on baking pan for an hour to hardern before transferring to a freezer bag or container. When cooking, add 3-4 minutes when steaming to ensure they are cooked through.
Are you watching the new HBO series Boardwalk Empire? It is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows, and not in small part due to the incredible costume design. Seriously, so much fantastic fashion going on! We’ve been invited to a casino-themed party this weekend, and I’ve been looking through stills and re-watching bits of past episodes to get some costume inspiration. Here are a few photos I’ve bookmarked of Nucky Thompson’s girlfriend Lucy. Isn’t she spectacular?