26 June 2008


So it's been a while... My excuse? All my time and creative energy last week was spent on the play, and most of what I ate involved light sandwichs or salads grabbed at the local bar between shows. The show, however, was a huge success! We even had to add two shows to accommodate all the people that wanted to reserve tickets.

Je sais que cela fait un petit moment que je n'ai pas posté, mais j'ai une bonne excuse : toute mon énergie créative était mise dans la pièce la semaine dernière et, loin des plats sympas à la maison, mes repas comprenaient souvent un sandwich ou une salade vite mangé au bar du coin entre deux répresentations. Par contre, la pièce était un vrai succès ! On a même été obligé de rajouter deux répresentations pour accomoder tous les gens qui voulaient venir !

The only real meal I made this week was my first attempt to braise fish from a Moosewood Cooks at Home recipe for salmon with peppers and artichoke hearts, yummy:

Le seul vrai repas que j'ai fait cette semaine : du saumon à l'étouffée avec des coeurs d'artichaut.

Sinon, je n'ai fait que quelques petits apéros, comme ce guacamole pour fêter le premier boulot en France de Camille :

Aside from that, I just put together a couple little things, like this guacamole to celebrate Camille's first job in France :-) And a first try at a recipe for Belgian cookies called speculoos, which I will be tweaking (I think I did something funny when I calculated my measurements) before hopefully posting.

Et une première tentative de speculoos belges qui mérite d'être reprise, car je pense avoir fait quelques erreurs de calculs dans la recette, même si c'était très bon. Je vous tiendrai au courant, ne vous inquiétez pas !

Dernière chose : la cuisine est maintenant officiellement finie ! J'ai déballé les derniers cartons mardi et nous avons monté le dernier meuble, un petit placard au dessus du frigo. Cela fait tellement de bien d'avoir maintenant tout cet espace pour cuisiner tout bien rangé ! Cette semaine, ma soeur, Laney, me rend visite (vous vous souvenez peut-être de ses petites tartes amande/figue) et j'espère qu'on aura le temps de faire quelques bonnes recettes ensemble.

And finally, good news: the kitchen is finally officially finished!!! I unpacked the last couple boxes on Tuesday and we put up the last kitchen element, a little cabinet that goes over the fridge (see above). It's the first room to be all ready with no boxes left to unpack, very fitting, no? I'm so excited to have all the space to cook in now and everything happily put away in the appropriate places. My sister, Laney, is visiting this week (you might remember her from her mini fig/almond tarts) and I hope we'll have some time to whip up some yummy recipes.


Cicero Sings said...

So glad to hear that the play was such a success. Wa-hoo! You go girl.

Your sister is visiting ... how nice for the both of you! Are you painting the town red? My girl friend's niece is named Laney.

Thanks for passing my blog along to your Mom(s) ... I'm glad they like the pictures.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Hhhmmm, I love salmon and Tex-mex food! I love that Speculoos mould...

Cheers and have a nice weekend,


Hopie said...

Cicero Sings - Thanks! My sister's full name is Magdalena, but we call her Laney. She and I are definitely going to be doing some painting the town red! We already hit one of my favorite little clothing shops and each bought a summer dress yesterday because the sales just started in Paris :-)

Rosa - The speculoos mould is pretty, isn't it! It's very hard to use though. I guess I need some practice. Makes good kitchen decoration for now :-) Cheers!

Anonymous said...

You spelled "sandwiches" the French way! I love it!

Have fun with your sister in town - although you don't need me to tell you that, and it sounds like you already are. :)

Hopie said...

Camille - hehe, whoops! I've been so careful with apartment and appartement and I've been brought down by sandwiches! ;-)

sandrine said...

Tiens j'ai eu un soucis de commentaire l'autre jour... Elle est ultra clean ta cuisine ! La mienne est toujours repeinte à la confiture ! d'ailleurs va falloir que je songe à récolter mon dernier pied de rhubarbe...
Voilà un bonhomme de bois qui ne demande qu'à être exploité !;-)

Hopie said...

Sandrine - effectivement, ce petit bonhomme donne des envies de cuisiner comme ce n'est pas permis ! Oui, c'est que je prends des photos que quand c'est bien rangée. :-) Cela dit, une cuisine peint à la confiture me paraît très séduisante.

Katharine said...

Mmm, yum, can you come over here and make that? Yesterday I made a recipe from the Patriot-News, a cantaloupe, peach, yoghurt, jalapeno and (optional for you) cilantro chilled soup. Seemed too simple to be very good, honestly, but turned out to be surprisingly scrumptious. Somehow recipe is not on pennlive so will save hard copy and make you some in exchange for the salmon, deal? Love, Mom

Hopie said...

Mom - wow, that recipe sounds strange but intriguing. I think we can negotiate a swap ;-)