Friday, January 22, 2010

As usual, this has been a busy week. To make matters worse, our computer is acting weirdly thanks to the memory being almost topped out. So Mike is trying to strip all of Anna and Sarah's documents off and install them on their own computers. Slow and painful. Meanwhile, I want to show you my latest thrift shop cookbook. I found several recipes worth trying.

Naturally, the first recipe I want to try has an odd ingredient. Ever hear of tamarind pulp? The recipe is called Avocado Eggrolls from the Cheesecake Factory. I've never had it but I can tell it's a winner. The eggrolls are simple...avocados, sundried tomatoes, red onion and cilantro...yummy! It's the sauce that is complex: cashews, cilantro, garlic, green onions, honey, 2 vinegars, spices, and the tamarind. I've had tamarind once before...enough to tell that it would be worth finding.

I asked my Egyptian friend, Peter, where I could find the tamarind and he suggested this Mexican, market and video/bookstore. A little bit of everything...but no tamarind! Such a cute little place that was blasting Mexican music. I have a feeling this is a busy place on Friday nights. Our town has a growing group of Mexicans.

I think I need to go visit a place I've been once before...the Asian Market over in Great Mills. I'll go there Monday after I drop Maggie off at her appt.

This past week we went over to my parents' home to watch the exciting political race in Massachusetts. We muted the commercials.
We were surprised at how early the losing Senator gave her concession speech.
This was our week to help my brother cook dinner for Dad's church. All six children went, so I took a match to our large burnpile outside. The pile had gotten to be an eyesore and I wanted it gone. I felt strange being by myself! I would like to say that I enjoyed a peaceful time in front of the fire...but the dog kept barking, the goats kept baa-ing, the rooster crowed, and the cat wanted me to hold her (I'm allergic to her). What a racket!
Anna and Lizzie are busy sewing. Anna is sewing a baby quilt and Lizzie is sewing a cute baby dress. I am thinking about buying the above Stitch in the Ditch foot. According to several blogs I've read, this foot is excellent for separating the seams. I wish I could try it first.

Mom and Dad have one more week in Texas. Thankfully the weather has finally warmed up where they are. Maggie has finished 20 of her 40-60 treatments...and her numbers are improving! PTL

Hopefully we will get lots done this weekend. Today has been bitterly cold...we have the fireplace blazing and the pellet stove burning. If it's not going to snow...might as well be spring!

Enjoy your weekend. Many blessings ~ Kathie

1 comment:

Deb said...

Avocado eggrolls....Kathie, as like-minded as I think we are, I'm thinking food may be something that we are quite different on!! LOL!! I'm not sure I would say it would be a winner! On another note...I'd sure love to try a stitch in the ditch foot, too. I have quite the habit of stitching anyplace BUT the ditch! If you end up getting one, give a blog update on how it works! Have a good weekend.