A little cool and blustery gray today, so I don't feel too bad about not being outside in the garden (excuses, excuses). I did decide to cook up a storm today, however. We've been cooking on and off since about 7 am this morning, and I'm not sure the kids know what they are in for, although they helped with bits and pieces of it :)
First we needed a trip to the market to stock up on a few things I was missing, and it turned into the shock of a lifetime...
I needed tahini... needless to say I did not buy it at the natural foods market - check out the price... $22.69! What??? I went here to save myself the 15 minute trip to an ethnic store that keeps several varieties, duh... I ended up going there anyways and buying it for the more normal price of $6.59 which will give me enough to last for months.
Another gem at the natural foods market... I just had to get a picture of this - individually wrapped turnips, has everyone lost their d@mn mind?!
I was able to stock up on a variety of dried beans and whole grains, what a savings over buying canned/prepared stuff.
Luckily all my herbs for tonight came right from the garden: rosemary, parsley & mint. Also from the garden for tonight is the garlic and peppers. I also pressed my own olive oil... gotcha! :)
I made pitas first thing this morning, this was my first time making them from scratch and I'm really happy with the way they came out. Next time I think I'll try whole wheat.
The kids helped me with the marinade by peeling garlic, I hate that job :)
I then decided to sub beef in for lamb due to the ridiculous price of it at the store. I really need to be raising a few of my own for meat, or at least get an order in locally, but it won't happen in this area. Ideally, what I'm cooking tonight would have lamb or goat ('chevon' for the trendy folks), neither of which is something sold very much around here.
I'm finally getting this dry bean thing and remembering to soak them! Sooooo much cheaper and healthier.
Finn helped with draining cucumber
Here he is cleaning up my mess... what a strange child...
An hour ago, as I prepared the "dip", they couldn't keep their hands off it. This is due to them not seeing what went into the food processor, and me making up a fake name for it... can you guess what it is?
None of this kitchen flurry means I have any real energy for outside chores, I am stumped by this latest behavior of mine - I seem to be constantly moving inside and am really enjoying cooking again, but the thought of pulling weeds and building garden contraptions instantly has me depressed. Maybe just a cyclical thing? At least I am dealing with it by cooking and not gambling some other destructive avoidance technique LOL. Although I've been having such a good time in the kitchen today I kept looking at the clock wondering if I could yet imbibe in a glass of wine or homebrewed ale...not very mom-like but my favorite time to enjoy an adult beverage is while I'm cooking. If I would have started at 7 am though my kids would have walked to McDon@lds by now, stepping over me to get to the door. Hubby is at work now so this is for him: don't worry, I'm waiting for you! :)
So who can guess where our dinner table is taking us tonight?
I'll post the dinner and the answer later this evening...