Sunday, March 29, 2009

Return of Real Cooking

Today was my first day off in a little over two weeks and I was going to do some cookin' and eatin' if it killed me. Overall it went pretty well though I could have done with far less laundry.

For lunch we had a visitor. When she's not busy kicking our asses at Wii Bowling, sometimes Heather will meet us for lunch (or my nemesis, brunch). Today she came up to visit the still immobile Jen. Selfishly, I prepared my favorite lunch of smoked salmon, bagels from Mike's Bagels, leftover pizza, and mimosas.

Like some sort of greedy little hog I ate as much smoked salmon as I could, then made tea and had two cupcakes before lying on the couch in shock and eventually falling asleep for a brief nap.

We spent most of the afternoon watching the remaining episodes of Firefly which we started watching the other day. After running out of episodes of Chuck we decided to branch out and watch the complete works of Adam Baldwin, which I believe is the standard reaction for anyone who sees Chuck.

For dinner I cleared some shrimp out of the freezer by making a spicy shrimp boil. I used the remaining champagne, lemon, coriander seed, black peppercorns, bay leaf, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt, and lemon to flavor the boil then quickly cooked and chilled the shrimp.

To accompany the shrimp I served greens, cocktail sauce, sour cream, avocado, sliced tomato, and diced red onion.

For the main course I carmelized some spring onions with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper then seared some duck breast with the same seasoning. I also made a tiny amount of balsamic glaze for the onions.

At the current moment, I have enjoyed smoked salmon, duck, and a good healthy amount of chocolate. We have one more episode of Firefly as I eat a generous portion of yogurt straight out of the container and follow that up with some delicious See's chocolates.

If it wasn't for the return to work tomorrow this would be the perfect night.

But I'm not going to let my imminent return to work spoil the Adam Baldwin for me.

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