Sunday, July 24, 2011

Romesco and Midnight in Paris

After reading this article in the NY Times,  Food & wine Allure of romesco sauce spreads far beyond Spain Seattle Times Newspaper I was inspired to have a tapas birthday party for our son.  But the ingredients in the recipe from the article sounded too difficult to find in a small Kansas town. So I did more research.  This recipe was so easy and delicious! It will definitely become a regular.
6 roma (plum) tomatoes, halved
1 large red bell pepper, quartered
12 cloves garlic
2/3 cup olive oil
kosher salt to taste
1 slice bread
1/2 cup toasted whole almonds
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1.Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2.Place the tomatoes, bell pepper, and garlic cloves onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush the
vegetables with some of the olive oil, then sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake in the preheated oven
until the garlic has turned golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow to
cool for 10 minutes. While the vegetables are cooling, bake the bread slice on one of the oven
racks until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool.
3.Scrape the vegetables and any juices from the pan into a food processor or blender. Break the
bread into pieces, and add to the food processor along with the toasted almonds, vinegar,
paprika, and red pepper flakes. Puree until finely ground, then drizzle in the remaining olive oil with
the machine running. Season to taste with additional salt if necessary.
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A couple of weeks ago I saw Midnight in Paris with my daughter.  We've both been researching books, art and music ever since.  I love it when a movie/book inspires me to research.  I found this article today,
Hemingway Said What? A Cultural Cheat Sheet for 'Midnight In Paris' - The Atlantic  Great music, great inspiration, fun movie!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Escaping the heat at the Nelson Atkins

No photos allowed in the Monet exhibit.

Unless, of course, you're doing hot yoga!  :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Look who came for breakfast!

I think she likes our apples!

What a wonderful way to start the day!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Repurposed Birdhouse To Dollhouse

When I was a girl, my babysitter made me a dollhouse out of a cardboard box and magazine photos.  I loved it and played with it until it was in tatters.  I came across this birdhouse sometime ago and thought it could easily be turned into a dollhouse for Olivia using the same method.

I gave its interior a fresh coat of grey paint and started going through my magazines.  Mostly the photos are from British Country Living and Anthropology and Toast's catalogues.  The beauty is, you can have anything you want, as long as you find find a glossy.

The living room has a front door, hearth, and plenty of seating.

The kitchen has a back door and stairway leading up.

The bedroom has lots of beds for all ages, a lovely view, and a tiny door leading to a secret place.

This lovely bath has three tubs, plus lovely artwork and a fireplace!

Yes, this country home has everything, including chickens!  Now it needs a nice family to move in and then Olivia and I will have lots of fun coming up with stories for them!

Happy Friday!