Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Old lady in the house

"Slow" and "old seem the be the themes of the day. I'm importing pictures on my old desktop and it is taking so long! The computer itself still works perfectly, it just needs a little extra love.

A new Japanese restaurant just opened up in our neighborhood, called Linn. It was soooo yummy: we all know how much I love sushi, and this was so fresh and delicious.

We each got a bottle of Sapporo. This made Ari a little sad...

We split some edamame:

We also split this hot and sweet sesame tofu. I've never had it before; it tastes a little like sweet custard.

For my main, I ordered an appetizer size of tuna or some sort of white porridge type thing. Sorry for the blurry picture; it did not want to be photographed!

Here's what it looks like on its own, out of the "porridge":

I also got a California roll.

They brought out two little liquor chocolates for dessert, Drambuie and Galliano flavored. We split both, but couldn't tell which one was better.

We got home from dinner around 9:30, put on Final Destination, and turned it off about 15 minutes later to go to sleep. Yes, you read correctly: we are officially an old couple. Ari ended up getting up at 2 again to work (he has the perfect schedule to be a scratch baker) but I slept until 8 and feel sooo refreshed. Schoolwork is done, and this girl is ON VACATION! WAHOO!

Leisurely breakfasts are kind of a luxury for us (expense and time-wise), but this was a lucky morning and it worked out.

Coffee with skim milk:

New York Breakfast! Toasted sesame bagel with lox, tomato, and onions (I didn't have the lettuce or olives):

Capers and cream cheese on the side:

Isn't it beautiful? Ahh, I missed this :-)

I came home to get some baking done and type up the soup recipe (read on!). When I got out of the subway, a guy was handing out samples of Cascadian Farms chocolate chip granola bars. Yum! Can't wait to try 'em.

Blurry nutrition facts:

Cowboy Charley, with one very suspicious robo eye.

As promised, here is the recipe for the Armenian Lentil Soup.

Armenian Lentil Soup, from New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant

Serves 6

1/2 cups dried lentils
6 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots (4 oz)
3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onions
2-3 cups cubed eggplant
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned
1 green pepper, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (or another 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, if preferred)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne or crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Rinse the lentils, and then bring them to a boil in the stock or water. Reduce the heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Add the chopped apricots and simmer covered for another 20 minute.

Meanwhile, sauté the onions in the oil until translucent, then add the eggplant and 4 or 5 tablespoons of water. Cook covered on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is almost tender. Add the remaining vegetables, dried spices, and salt. Cover and cook until tender, about 10 minutes

Stir the sautéed vegetables into the cooked lentil-apricot mixture and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the parsley and mint and serve.

I'm going to the store to get some Secret Santa stuff ready. Have a fantastic Tuesday!


ourkitchenadventures said...

mmm bagels, lox, and cream cheese. i love this (obvi---its delicious) but rarely have cream cheese around so when i have it on my own i do lox/laughing cow and it's actually a really good substitute.

yayy for finally being on vacation. enjoy it!

VeggieGirl said...

Your dog is just TOO CUTE!!

Have a lovely winter vacation, Katie!!

megan said...

Your sushi and bagel looks delicious :) and love your little pup!
Have a great Tuesday :)

K said...

Thanks for the recipe - I'm so making it during break!

GIRL ENJOY THIS VACA! We deserve it!!

Cuuuuute puppy!

Pearl said...

have a great vacation! you deserve it! and aren't leisurely breakfasts absolutely amazing? they are even so after you think back and realize that YOU'RE ON VACAY! :)

and little puppy looks soooo cute!

thanks for the recipe!

Laura: Learning to Love said...

Hey! Thank you for commenting on my blog, I'm glad that I'm able to help!

I absolutely LOVE your dog. I have a shih tzu, and when her hair gets long we call her a mop! I have a feeling you can understand that nickname =P