Saturday, January 20, 2007

accidentally in love

besides from being one of my favorite songs (and the one i WANTED for the wedding song had josh and i been better dancers) it was the theme for dinner tonight.

so, this morning, i sat down on the couch with my cookbooks to plan the menu for the week. dorkiness aside, it helps me plan out the weeknights and the shopping list. if i dont have a menu in mind, i can't really shop and end up getting things like rice cakes but forgeting things like chicken.

the final list had the week's menu some random things i wrote down as per the brainstorm sessions josh and i had throughout the day ("i feel like sandwiches for lunch this week" or "i need these cleaning supplies") and it ended up being a nice big list, divided up into cateogries and then marked by russo's (R) or shaws (S).

two minutes out the car at stop number one, and the list blows out my jacket pocket! i was lost! no list! disaster! i ran back into the parking lot and retraced my steps. no list. in addition to the wind, it was also about 8 degrees so after a few minutes of looking for a bright yellow piece of paper, i gave up and just tried to remember.

i combed through all of russos to see if viusal cues could clue me into what i needed; i stood in front of the pickles and tried to imagine the list in my head; my eyes glazed over as i tried to recall the items and the menu. then people wanted pickles and i had to get a move on. so off to shaws where the real fun started. if i had the list i would have surely stuck to the game plan. without the list, i wandered off the game plan and bought mussels. now if mussels were on the list, i would have rememered to pick up white wine. i did not. hence the importance of the list. sigh.

so home with mussels but no white wine in which to steam them. so i went online to find an easy recipe that did not require the wine and found one with mainly garlic and butter. oh darn. (note the sarcasm). although i prefer the wine recipe, this mussels in butter and garlic (with shallots and parsley) was superb. after eating the mussels, i soaked some homemade bread in the broth and was in heaven.

i had also bought some strawberries (not on the list) and was ready to make my favorite "roman strawberries" (when we went to rome junior year, the berries were in season and EVERY restaurant we went to had sliced strawberries that had been sitting in a splash of lemon juice and sugar for a few hours. i have never tasted anything so sweet) when i had a flash of inpiration. i had purchased parchment paper (on the list) for some baking this week and i had a white chocolate bar in the fridge for some white chocolate hot cocoa i had been meaning to make.

off to the stove to boil some water for a double boiler and white chocolate covered strawberries! yay! but then i added too much cream to the chocolate mixure (the bar needed some help smoothening out) so in went some milk chcolate chips! yay! but wait, the chocolate wasn't sticking to the berries. they were too wet. a quick towel dry and success! yay!


Anonymous radhika said...

I can't live without planning weekly menus and making shopping lists. However, I frequently lose lists while shopping, so they have now become the hubby's responsibility!

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