Thursday, January 10, 2013

Food Porn.

Since the boy and I played hooky yesterday, I decided to do a little cookin'.

Hey, Hey, good-looking ... . 

I am proud to say that I finally got off me arse and made some homemade Chair.

CHAI, not chair.

(I wish I'd made a damn homemade chair.)

Finn and I looooove chai so much, but I cringe at the cost because we'll go through a box in no time at all.

Like a day and half.

I got the recipe from Heather over at BEAUTY THAT MOVES.

I've seen a few recipes here and there, but the rains came and it was time, so I just used hers cuz it was handy.

Y'all go on over there if you want it too cuz she has a pretty little blog full of tea and wisdom and whatnot.

First, I must stop and thank my friend Annie for giving me this pitcher that immediately became my milk jug.





Isn't that just something?

Thank you Annie!

Soooo pretty and farmhousey (and heavy as a horse, speaking of farms).

I'm all about equipment that makes me look like I want to be.

Farmy, and all.

OK, then there was the awesomeness of buying all the spices at Whole Paycheck Foods.






Cardamom.
Cinnamon sticks.
Fennel seeds.
Peppercorns.
Allspice.
Cloves.
Anise!



 

Anise.

Are they just magical, or what? 

Finn and I oooed and ahhed over them.

Finn said they were wooden starfish.

Indeed.





The mix of goodness and joy.

Course, I've got no mortar and pestle, BUT I've got a linen cloth, a hammer and an 8-year-old boy.






He busted that stuff right on up.

He also requested honey instead of maple syrup.

Extra honey, to be very clear, and I was happy to oblige cuz y'all know I love honey.





 
The world's best honey.

I am so spoiled to this honey that no other will do.

I wanna write a book on  honey.

I wanna travel the globe tasting honey and writing about it.

Anyone wanna back me monetarily in that venture?

Anyone wanna bust their ass and submit that book idea to a great publisher for me?

Hawwwww.  

Back to chair.

CHAI, dammit.  I keep typing chair.






Spice honey milkylicousness.

We made chia.

Even better this morning after sitting in the fridge all night.

(I tripled the recipe so that we could have concentrate.  We drank it ALL this morning.  Sheesh)

I also made roasted chicken noodle soup.

Watch out or my halo will blind you.

I also juiced.

A lot.  

I told you we've been getting the best oranges from the Valley here in Texas, right?

Didn't I already tell you that?

Hmmm, looks like I told you about them last year.

(Clearly I need to organize this blog.)






They are just tantalizing.

Johnson's Backyard Garden has them on sale for $15 = 20 lbs.

I swear we juice 20 lbs. a day it seems.

And then the blueberries...








SO not local.

SO not in season.

SO good anyway.

There are a few things that I just don't give a crap about whether they're in season or not:

Blueberries
Bananas (instant food for children)
Avocados

There, I've said it.

We eat fruit out of season!!!




All-righty.  The dirty, dirty house awaits the maid.  

Me.

OMG do you watch Downton Abbey?

Holy crap, say you do so we can talk!!!

Did you watch the premier?

We don't have TV hookup so I had to wait until last night and watch it on PBS.org.

It probably went up right after the premier, but I'm a big do-do head and didn't think to go look there until last night.

DYING.  I won't say anything just in case you haven't seen it yet, but did you love it?

I did, I did, I did.

Oh, I just love them all!  The upstairs and the downstairs.

I would make a great maid (I actually was a maid in Los Angeles and looooved it!) and I would make fine heiress to boot.

I could go either way.  (TWSSS)

Have a jolly good day!

22 comments:

  1. Ooooo, I wanna make chai today - there's about 4" of snow on the ground! Yes, I saw Downton Abbey - LOVE that show!!

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    1. SNOWWW! You have SNOW!! Definitely a chai day, love bug.

      YEA, you love DA too!! I am in soooo in love with Lord Grantham. I'm "of the age" whereby he is the cutest one to me.

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  2. Try checking the prices at Natural Grocers or Savory Spice on 6th St. I buy the crystalized ginger at savory spice and it doesn't even make it home. Plus they let you taste things. natural grocers sells bigger pakages of things but it makes more chai. >.>

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    1. Ooo never heard of Savory Spice! I wanna try the new store that has no packaging at all. Do you know of that?

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  3. Since I had never heard of chai before today I can't comment on it but I DID SEE AND LOVED DOWNTON ABBEY. Violet is my very best one and who doesn't love to loathe Thomas? I am tired of the Bates/Anna thing though. Let's get him out of jail and back to "poor" Sir Robert.
    When I get rich I want to buy High Clere Castle complete with the whole cast. If I do, come on over and visit.
    Merrymerry

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    1. Oh, I LOVE Violet too and now the Shirley McClaine character is so wonderful too, also, too.

      I'm actually tired of Thomas and his antics.

      If you buy High Clere, I'll be right over to lounge and eat bon-bons with you!

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    2. Char or Chai or Chair au pair .. love all this spice and nice pictures of fresh food. I love DA and love to hate Thomas. I would like a small cottage on the estate, please. I can come visit and have a coffee. No Tea for Me. And a biscuit (cookie to you). I don't like Shirley Maclaine in this role. I don't believe her for a minute, in a bad way I mean.
      Ms mdd

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  4. I tried to watch DA on Sunday...but never having seen it before it didn't captivate. What's a person to do? I REALLY want some serious vegging in front of the TV and DA seems just the thing. Do I have to go back and watch it from the beginning to catch up? I guess this cold front coming to California might be the time to do such a thing. I'm like this about everything in life it seems: always about two years behind in style, always missing the first or second boat! So what's the verdict, people? Take the time to watch the first two seasons?

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    1. You know, for DA I would say you definitely need to watch from day one. It's streaming free on Netflix and, I think, Hulu. Oh well, you can watch it on PBS.org too, of course as I realized about a year after everyone else. I dont have real TV so I, too, am woefully out of touch on all this. I JUST started watching DA 2 weeks ago when I binged through the whole thing!

      Im not sure if this is your cup of tea, but Modern Family is another show we LOVE and you can jump in anywhere on that one. It's HILARE! and there are several seasons so veg away!

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    2. I feel a binge comin' on! I do watch MF occasionally, but I ALMOST don't have the stomach for it because Claire reminds me of some one here in the OC, Laguna Bch to be exact! Now that my kids are gone I don't have to deal with that sort too often so my sense of humor is coming back.

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  5. Spices=FIESTA. They have big bags of those spices for pennies, seriously. Any tiny Mexican market will serve you so well and the temptation of Whole Paycheckness is so very much less. Unless you are way into peppers, which well...YES. haha

    We looooove Downton Abbey and I stopped watching because of the breast cancer thing, I could not. Ready to pick up again now though! :) So curious about the excitement!

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    1. Oh my gosh, I never even thought about Fiesta!! Holy crap and they have such awesome crap there toO! Tchotskys and such, I mean.

      Ooo yes, I am holding my breath on the breast cancer scare. I am willing it to be benign.

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  6. I LOVE chair and I am totally going to make one. har har

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    1. Hahahah leave it to you.

      Hey, did you ever retile the 2nd bath? did you octagon it?

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  7. Monty and I did honey tasting in Savannah, Georgia a couple years ago. It was so fun, so tasty!

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    1. I bet y'all did. wink wink.

      Heeeeee.

      Mmmm Georgia honey...bet it tasted like peaches, huh?

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  8. i want to come over to your house for tea and you can come over to mine to watch Downton. What would we do without Masterpiece. TV is already a wasteland.

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    1. Oh my gosh, how I would LOVE to come have real tea and watch DA with you at your glorious home. I feel the same way. I don't even feel like Masterpiece is tv. I feel like I'm watching a good play with great sets! hahaha. maybe Im kidding myself, but it's hardly TV.

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  9. I'm a newbie to DA too. Didn't find it until this past fall. And I'm just gonna say it: I was disappointed in the premiere. Maybe I was too tired? Also tired of the Bates story, and Thomas. Felt like the story was rushed. I want an Austen pace with my DA, you know? But I love looking at all of them, just the same. Love the fashions now that they're moving into the 20s.

    And your food pics aren't really porn. It's just real food, beautiful. Instead of making me feel my fruit and spices are inadequate, it makes me feel like, Hey--I could have gorgeous fruit and spice in my kitchen, too.;-)

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  10. Looks awesome and you are hysterical ! I love your sense of humor! Try our Heather's recipe for cardamom BALLS if you haven't already;) They do not disappoint.

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  11. I WANT TO COME OVER FOR CHAIR!
    xoxoxox
    c

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  12. Our favorite drink this month has been hibiscus tea steeped with a stick of cinnamon. If I make a quart, I steep it with about 4 sticks. And I use real cinnamon, not cassia that is often marketed as cinnamon! Real cinnamon is sweet. Cassia is not.

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