This week we got two pounds of beets (which ended up being one giant beet), carrots, two Brussels sprouts stalks, a bunch of kale, garlic, sage, boc choi, celeriac, turnips, pop corn cobs, Winesap Stamen Apples, Golden Delicious Apples, Bosc Pears, and a jug of apple cider.
The doctor said to monitor the babies for interest in solid food. She said once they showed interest we could start feeding them solids. We started putting them onto the dinner table in their Bumbos while we eat dinner. At this point they have shown less interest in solid food than just about anything else we've ever exposed them to.
Martin, however, did enjoy sucking on my finger after I ate short ribs the other night. He enjoyed it so much that he has since tried sucking on me and Jen's fingers a few times only to give us a look of skepticism and disappointment when he has discovered a distinct lack of short rib flavor.
For salad tonight I made this salad with leftover Boston Bibb lettuce, avocado, red onion, sesame oil, lime juice, and soy sauce.
After getting the Wombats home from daycare and dealing with their post-daycare freak out (well, mostly Martin's) there isn't a lot of time to cook dinner these days. I have started a daily routine whereby I put them into a dimly lit room and play soothing music.
This does nothing.
So while they freak out I jump into the kitchen, hastily chop up some vegetables, and then throw it in a pot to simmer while I tend to them.
Tonight I chopped up some onion, carrot, ginger, turnip, bok choy, and ground pork and threw them unceremoniously into a pan with some sesame oil, soy sauce, and the remainder of the short rib braising liquid from the other night. I cooked up some soba noodles which I served the dish over with some sliced radishes and freshly squeezed lime juice.
For beer we ended our 2012 pumpkin beer season with this beer called The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Flying Dog Brewery. This was the most unique of the batch for sure. It was dark and had a coffee and chocolate bitterness to it, something unlike anything I've experienced in a pumpkin beer before. I hesitate to list it with the rest of the beers because I feel like it was in a glass all by itself. However, in terms of how much I enjoyed it I can slot it in below.
It's misleading though because I'd highly recommend this beer if you're looking to try something very different from your standard pumpkin ale.
2012 Pumpkin Beer Standings (Final Results)
- River Horse Brewing Company Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin - subtle flavors, perfect balance
- Shipyard Brewing Company Smashed Pumpkin - more pumpkin than spice
- Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale - rich maltiness
- Southern Tier Brewing Company Pumking - fresh pumpkin muffin batter
- Long Trail Brewmasters Series Imperial Pumpkin - dubbel-style malt
- Harpoon UFO Unfiltered Pumpkin - wheaty and balanced
- Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale - good malt, heavy spice
- Flying Dog The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale - coffee bitterness and spice
- Saranac Brewery Pumpkin Ale - light vanilla finish
- Uinta Brewing Company Punk'n - nicely balanced
- Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - creamy head and molasses
- New Holland Brewing Company Ichabod Ale - heavy spice
- Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale - slightly sour
- Fire Island Beer Company Pumpkin Barrel Ale - too much cinnamon