Thursday, September 6, 2012

Problems Solved!

After getting home from work today I tended to the babies for several hours while Jen went to get her nails done. This sounds like it may have been a lot of work but the babies took a great deal of pity on me by sleeping the entire time.

Martin Asleep

Elliott Asleep

This is pretty unprecedented. Elliott slept a record six hour stretch last night as well. Life has become suddenly much more manageable.

The only problem that I can conjure up is that my camera is pretty bad at taking low light photos.

My life knows only struggle.

2012 Stone Ledge Farm Share (Week 13)

Jen went to pick up the farm share this afternoon while I worked. This week we got two pounds of tomatoes, a tiny butternut squash, two Oriental eggplant, two heads of broccoli, purple basil, shallots, red cabbage, Chiogga beets, hot peppers, and tomatillos. The tomatillos were "take if you like" so Jen took two. To me this seems like the most comical quantity of tomatillos possible. It reminds me of why I love my wife.

We also got a bag of donut peaches and a bag of nectarines.

Leonora with Fresh Figs and Marcona Almonds

To start off the night I served up a piece of Leonora from Spain served with fresh Black Mission figs and Marcona almonds.

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Opal Basil

I also served up a salad with some of the tomatoes from the farm, some of the tomatoes from the farmer's market, purple basil, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Once again, not breaking any culinary ground but quite tasty.

Spicy Avocado Marinated Skirt Steak

Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Shallots, Peppadew, and Radish

For dinner I used a leftover piece of skirt steak from the freezer which I marinated in spicy avocado dressing and then pan seared. I served it with a salad I made with broccoli, bacon, peppadew, shallots from the farm, purple basil (which I accidentally dropped into the bowl), and sliced breakfast radishes we'd picked up last weekend at the farmer's market. I added a little mayonnaise, hot sauce, peppadew juice, salt, pepper, and sweet paprika.

Blonde d'Achouffe

For beer we had this Blonde D'Achouffe brewed under contract by Les Brasseurs RJ in Montreal. This was another gift from Jen's father, a fantastic Belgian beer that was right up both of our slightly different alleys. I've had their beer from Belgium but never the version brewed in Quebec. This was the best beer I've had in a long time. My only regret is that there are now none left.

While Jen was at getting her nails done there was a knock on the door.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i

It was my new camera! I've been looking forward to buying this for a while and finally, after several years, I wore Jen down. It took me so long to do it that they even released a newer version of the camera.

Everything works out in the end.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i

Now that all of my problems in the world are solved my life is perfect. Like any pathetic photographer I'm living under the foolish notion that a better camera will make my pictures better. While the low light settings will really help out I'm most excited about the camera's ability to take video. I'll probably not use it very often but, perhaps, there will soon be videos of the guys on YouTube for all to see. More than likely I'm too lazy for that but it's nice to have the feature available.

Well, I've gotta run. I'm going to put the Wombats in a dark closet and take some pictures of them!


Jen said...

Note: "Several hours" was two, exactly.

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Chef Aunt said...

Those babies are so delicious I could eat them with a spoon!!