Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fava Bean Dip

An original recipe:

One can fava beans
Ricotta cheese
Olive Oil
Yogurt (a few spoonfuls, plain)
Vinegar (just a splash, to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Start with a small amount of olive oil and add more if necessary to blend. Adjust ingredients to taste.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

February 2010 - catching up

I have not written much lately, which is a shame because a lot has been going on in my life. I want to keep up this journal as a chronicle of my life and my thoughts. Generally, I only write about cooking and gardening here, but I want to include more of my life, because those are only two aspects of me, and two aspects which have not been a major part of my life recently, which probably accounts for my long absence.

To recap the 6 months:

JULY – won third place in my division at a sprint triathlon; received my personal best time and


1. Went to Alaska and had a blast: overnight kayaking trip in Homer; overnight camping/kayaking trip to Bear Glacier near Seward; three-day trip to Denali National Park, including a hike, an all-day bus trip into the park, and a flight-seeing trip to the mountain and landing on a glacier.

2. Turned 31!

3. Also learned to do trad lead climbing at Donner Pass the last two weekends of August

SEPTEMBER – had knee surgery on the third – spent the rest of the month in bed or hobbling around on crutches – NOT FUN!

OCTOBER – had some major fertility treatments after almost two years of struggling; overcame some major fears of needles and gave myself about 40-50 injections.

NOVEMBER – found out I was pregnant!

DECEMBER – with twins!

Went to Italy for Christmas, where I spent three weeks mostly on the couch due to knee surgery recovery and morning sickness; the last week, I started recovery and spent some time cross-country skiing

JANUARY – started rock climbing again; saw two beautiful babies on ultrasound.

FEBRUARY – so far, found out we’re having a boy and probably a girl! Spent a beautiful day snowshoeing in the mountains; trying to spend some time rock climbing and biking before it’s no longer possible; trying to figure out how to get ready for two babies in June or July; wondering where we’re going to live or how we’ll manage in our apartment with two babies.

So, things will probably change around here. Now that I’m not terribly sick with nausea and vomiting, and I can walk (yay!), my life is returning to normal as much as possible. I’m hoping to get a garden in the ground before my activities become too limited, and I’m doing some cooking again. I’m working on lots of craft ideas, too, even if they’re just percolating in my head. There will be lots of things going on here in the upcoming days, weeks, and months.

One of my first projects to start thinking about – baby books!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Crab sauce

Loris created this delicious sauce for the fresh crabs we bought at the Farmer's Market last Saturday. I promised him I'd write it down, although I don't know what the amounts or ratios are.

The ingredients were, simply:

White wine

Since we use unsalted butter, I'm guessing he also added some salt.