Sunday Funday

April 14, 2013

Tonight I made a very pretty dinner. I learned that very pretty does not always mean very tasty. I like to make hearty meals on Sundays. So, I made a roasted chicken and twice baked mashed cauliflower.

Doesn't it look pretty?
I’ve made the roasted chicken several times and it always turns out good. In fact, I've made this exact recipe several times. Except my chicken was only halfway thawed tonight, so the outside was nice and crisp (just how we like it) and the inside was pink (not how we like it). Fail. So I carved the half done chicken and put the pieces back in the oven and let it cook that way. (Did not taste as good as it normally does but my husband lied and said it was great. I appreciate his white lies about my cooking.) The cauliflower was a new recipe I created while browsing Pinterest. The original recipe is here. Of course, I tried to make it paleo and left out all of the dairy and substituted with butter and almond milk. I don’t know why I continue to make mashed cauliflower when I know my husband and I both don’t like it. It looked pretty in the dish but as Jonathan put it, “biggest let down ever.” I couldn’t have agreed more. (He never lies about mashed cauliflower.) If this was a year ago (pre-marriage) I would have had a small breakdown for making a fail dinner. But tonight, I just wrote it off as a miss and went on with my life. I’m glad I don’t feel the need to impress Jonathan with my cooking skills every night, because sometimes (like tonight) I do a big fail (like not letting the chicken properly thaw all the way) and he still eats it anyways (everything but the cauliflower).

My husband did something awful today. And it was not insulting the mashed cauliflower. It was the most awful thing someone could ever do. I was enjoying a nice hot shower and he came into the bathroom and said “Hey! Have you ever been shower pranked?!” Before I could answer, he was dumping ice cold water over me. Imagine enjoying a nice hot rain shower and then it turns into an ice cold waterfall. I was mad and stunned all at the same time so I just started laughing. He explained to me later that this was not a trick unique to himself. He learned this trick from his dad. (He is a replica of his father, which is usually a great thing, except when he does his dad’s pranks on me.) So, thanks Shayne, for dumping ice cold water on me while I was taking a nice hot shower today. I’ll be getting you and Jonathan back, eventually.

I don’t have a recipe post tonight. It was going to be the twice baked mashed cauliflower but I’m not going to give y’all a recipe for something I don’t eat. On the positive note: I did lots of fun fermented things this weekend. I’ve got three new kombucha flavors brewing right now. Citrus, Strawberry Mint, and Mint. I am so excited to give them a try. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with flavoring kombucha, you brew your batch per usual then you take out what you want to flavor. Next, store it in an airtight container for 3-5 days while a “second fermentation” happens and the bucha is flavored and carbonated at this point.)
We use Sodastream bottles to flavor our bucha. From what I've tried so far, these hold in the carbonation best.
I love trying new things. (Like the beets I had in my salad this past week, not too bad! I will be giving them another try.) I’ve also started a batch of sauerkraut. Last time I tried this, last summer, it made my one bedroom apartment smell like poo and it didn’t taste that great. I’m doing a few things differently now, I’m using purple cabbage, which I prefer the taste of that over green, and I’m passing the jars off to my dear friend Lindsay so she can let them ferment at her house. She lives out in the woods, and has a patio and a spare bedroom she can let them sit in. I made a trade for her allowing me to use her space by promising her a jar. I know she’s scared of sauerkarut, but she was also skeptical of my homemade kombucha before she tried it. I usually force feed her things I make until she likes them. She’s a good friend.
Yep, that's an old pickle jar.
Lately, my husband has been asking me, more frequently, to make his lunch for him. I know the hospital doesn't have awesome food (although he said he's become fond of the salad bar) and when he has class there isn't much to eat on his campus that's gluten free. So I'm trying to be better about making his lunch and he is trying to be better about remembering to take it with him. Here's how I'm reminding him to take his lunch tomorrow (I think this is fool proof):







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