Sunday, August 19, 2012
Steel cut oats with toasted coconut, soaked raisins, and slivered almonds.
Toasted coconut- it really does taste good on everything.
I just threw a handful of it into a small frying pan and set the stove on low heat until golden. I ate most of it out of the pan before any made it into my oatmeal.
So simple, so delicious.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Products from Twig Creative- a local business here in Salt Lake City. I'm such a fan of their woodwork, and particularly their handmade woven chairs. The toy cameras and tablets for children are too cute. I don't think I'll ever grow out of my love for children's toys, especially ones of the wooden variety.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
My mind feels like an immersed sponge right now, leaking bits of my short term memory as it fills up with the endless tasks of my nine to five work day. By the end of each day, I'm in a fog, and I've been pondering how best to deal with the physical and mental stress of my job.
Last night, as I looked at what I had to eat for dinner, I saw a pile of tomatoes, freshly picked from Margherita's garden and suddenly couldn't stop thinking about tomato sauce. I sent her a quick text asking for a recipe, and she replied with an invitation to bring whatever ingredients I had next door to her house.
I packed up the tomatoes, a bit of fresh basil, two shallots, and knocked on her door.
I was greeted with a glass of red wine, a purring orange tabby, and an old-fashioned radio playing NPR-style jazz. She told me in a heavy Italian accent to turn on the burner and began thawing beef to brown. We worked side by side for over an hour, chopping and adding ingredients into a pot on the stove. The sound of us in the kitchen even managed to draw out George, her husband, who more often than not will spend his time away in the attic when I come over.
It may have been the wine, but I felt relaxed and at peace. We spoke like family.
The sauce was wonderfully thick and rich, in that way that food gets when it is carefully prepared.
I brought it home in a large dish to share- and while we ate it, I reflected on how lucky I am to have so many wonderful people in my life.
A meal cooked with love is filling in every sense of the word.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Food is something that is very important to me. I premeditate a lot of what I eat, which involved lots of careful lists and planning to make sure things don't go bad before I get a chance to eat it. I absolutely hate wasting, and my notebooks are full of meal ideas and grocery lists based on what I currently have in the fridge and pantry (and my neighbor's garden!).
My go-to salad right now is simple, and it has all of my favorite flavors and textures packed into one.
Spinach, avocado, tomato and garlic hummus topped with cracked salt and pepper.
The thick dressing packs a punch as far as flavor goes, which I love. To me, spinach is normally pretty bland (unless it's cooked), so this is my way of getting all those good vitamins and antioxidants and still being able to enjoy myself.
It's also really delicious with chopped nuts on top. Right now I'm on an almond kick. I've also been having this weird toasted coconut craving... it seriously tastes good on everything.
If anyone has any awesome salad ideas, I'd love to hear them. I totally have a pinterest board dedicated solely to the art of quick summertime meals.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Golden treasures found amidst the riffraff at the Salt Lake Flea this morning.
I'm delighted with my finds, but was very saddened by an experience I had there.
Someone stole a pair of very beautiful French gold earrings right under my nose.
I was sure they were going to cost more than the cash I had, and turned away for just a moment. After a few moments of thought, I decided to inquire about them anyway, but they were gone. I searched for 10 minutes to make sure they hadn't just been lost among the others, but they were definitely gone. I'm positive they weren't purchased, because the owner was on the other side of where we were at the time. It really saddens me that more people don't hold honesty in higher esteem.
Small and slender, they had tiny, delicate engravings etched into the bar. They deserved to be bought.
Aside from that, I had a lovely, leisurely morning alone wandering the stalls. The next flea is a month from now, on the second Sunday of the month. Maybe I'll see you there?
Saturday, August 11, 2012
My souvenirs from this year's Craft Lake City event.
I wanted to buy everything I saw, but practiced self-control and only allowed myself a few exceptional paper and magnetized goodies.
That amazing cat print is unsigned, and I forgot to ask the artist her name. When I saw it, I immediately thought of Spooky, and couldn't pass it up.
I was told by Michelle, an illustrator, that the little bobbed darling above is a poster from a show in Paris that she brought home with her.
Don't you love it?
I always leave these events inspired by all the beautiful, crafty things I see. Being able to support the artists in my city is fantastic.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Film snapshots from my little Yunon at Utah Lake where Jadie and I did a lifestyle photoshoot for her website.
Isn't film fantastic? I wish I could communicate the colors of the actual prints. The scanned versions just don't compare.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Frary Peak. Nearly 7 miles of gorgeous trail in the middle of the Great Salt Lake on Antelope Island.
It was hot, but the breeze was salty and wonderfully cool.
We ate tomato basil sandwiches and peanut butter cookies in the shade. We swatted at bugs and listened to the deafening silence. I took photographs and let the sun turn me several shades of pink.
We saw herds of giant buffalo and hawks perched on rocks. We were startled by flocks of birds exploding out of bushes. Lizards scurried underfoot.
This is desert Utah.
I treasure these quiet times where I'm completely immersed and connected to my surroundings. I also firmly believe that there is no better way to get to know a girlfriend than a six hour-long hike.
I cannot wait to go back.