Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Cold weather and my hands and feet are official enemies. I have Reynaud's. So does my mom. And sister.
This means that my fingers and toes loose circulation and turn white in the cold. And by cold I mean 50˚. It progressively gets worse. My mom's fingers loose circulation in the 60s.
Gloves for us are sacred. I usually double up and layer thin, knit gloves and bulky mittens. This year I want leather gloves. Preferably opera length. I had a perfect pair a couple years ago that I accidentally left in a cab in NY. Oops.
Hopefully I can find something this year.
Vintage ($20.00) Ruffle Gloves ($49.50) Polka Dots $68
Elbow Length Cashmere (€98,00) Zip Leather ($48)
Posted by jess r. at 9:11 AM
The past two weekends the boy and I went out mushroom hunting in the coast range.
Chanterelles are everywhere!
So far I have made:
Pasta with Tarragon and Chaterelles
Omellette with Chevre and Chanterelles
Winter Vegetable Potpie
Cream of Chanterelle Soup
Pizza with Gruyere, Carmelized Shallot and Chanterelles
Chanterelle Eggs Benedict
We might go again this weekend.
Posted by jess r. at 9:02 AM
This weekend there was a minor adventure that included trying on JCrew, ankle, toothpick jeans.
Neither myself nor my shopping compatriot were impressed. She might have even gone as far to refer to them as the new "mom jean." I know. Mean! Right?
AND, completely true!
The waist fit was off. They gave us saddle bags in the thighs and knees. Yep, baggy saddle bag knees.
It was in one word, tragic.
At risk of being slightly controversial i'm just going to say, I got a pair at F21 and they are soooo much better.
Do what you like with that information.
Posted by jess r. at 8:44 AM
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
White & Fluffy.
I hope it is true. That is pretty good.
And just for fun:
Vegan Marshmallow Recipe
4 teaspoons agar-agar, powder
1 cup cold water
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Soak agar-agar in ½ cup cold water until water is absorbed and powder is saturated.
Combine ½ cup cold water, 1¾ cup granulated sugar and ¾ cup corn syrup in saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and continue cooking and stirring until sugar mixture thickens and forms a strand or ball in cold water. Immediately remove from heat -set aside.
Heat agar over medium heat and stir until dissolves.
Spoon into mixer bowl. Add vanilla extract and with beaters on high speed, slowly pour hot sugar
mixture onto agar-agar. Continue beating on high speed for about 10 minutes, or until mixture
turns white and resembles well-beaten egg whites.
Combine arrowroot and confectioner's sugar in bowl. Generously sprinkle a 9 x9 pan with the mixture and pour agar mixture into pan.
Sprinkle top with more cornstarch and sugar to coat well.
After "marshmallows" firm up, slice into squares and wrap in plastic or serve immediately.
Oh yeah, and a video:
Image from the marshmallow test
Posted by jess r. at 1:22 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sometimes working from home is the pits. I try to get up at a reasonable hour, shower and put something respectable on.
Today Portland started to rain. Working from home, alone, under the veil of Oregon greyness takes a special amount of courage and a good playlist.
I would like to wear this dress today. It would be a mood lifter.
Posted by jess r. at 10:30 AM