Monday, December 29, 2008

Cheap and Easy

Money seems to be on everyone's minds these days and things are no different in our house. Less hours for me as catering enters the slow season means that I am trying to be a little more budget aware. Yesterday's dinner fit the bill. All I had to do was raid the freezer for my homemade yam gnocchi, some pork chops and sweet peas. I pounded the pork chops out, seasoned with salt and nutmeg, dredged in egg and then breadcrumbs, and fried in olive oil.
The yam gnocchi were blanched in a pot of boiling salted water. Once the pork was cooked, I tossed the gnocchi into the skillet, sauteed til crispy, then added half a bag of peas, a splash of Zinfandel and a grating of nutmeg. Easy. Cheap. And you know what? It also tasted good.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Menu For Hope

I was disappointed when I discovered that the deadline fro Menu for Hope was looming and I hadn't posted anything. But the deadline has been extended to Dec 31st! Please, check out the wonderful prizes up for grabs and make a donation. I know this is a harder year than previous ones, financially, but I like to remind myself that I am lucky to have a roof over my head and enough to eat when there are so many other without those necessities. Just don't pick the ones I bid on. I particularily want that culinary tour of London ; I will be there in April and would love to take advantage of a prize like that.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cool Find

From Online Edits

I have been snowed under with work (and actual snow), but I had some free time tonight and while editing some photos, stumbled across this one, taken by my dad.

This photo barely survived my parents' fire and my mom scanned it along with over 500 others. I think the fire damage actually enhanced the beauty of this picture....