wednesday--cooking class and other stories
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
good morning! well yesterday was a pretty good day. got started in the morning and did 85 minutes with leslie (her new 5 mega miles is a nice change for my routine). then I started a batch of cottage cheese and when it was ready for its "rest time" ran up to the kitchen store with some nylon holiday flags I thought Phyllis might want. Richard came and and chose a couple more of the flags that Phyllis didn't want, so I found homes for the majority of them. then Phyllis asked if I would bake some of my chocolate orange blossom cookies for her open house, so I ran next door to see if they had the dark chocolate bars on sale that you use to make the ganache. they did so I grabbed enough to do her cookies. headed back to let her know in time to meet rosie and sample some of the salad she made to possibly bring to the open house. got home to a message from Patrick and spent the next 2 hours with him on the phone. Patrick has emotional crises from time to time, and this was a bad one. don't know exactly what we talked about (he hadn't slept in about 30 hours and was just rambling on and on) but after 2 hours he was ready to sign off and try to relax. I have dealt with him in these rough times a couple times before, and they haven't happened but once or twice in the years I have known him. he is seeing a psychologist and has been for a long time--so it will pass. I wish he were happier--most of the time he manages fine, but I know he is very lonesome and doesn't really have much of a purpose in life. then he makes some really bad choices and isn't happy with the outcome.
on to cooking class, which as always, was a ton of fun. not a lot for me to eat last night--it was all about ways to use thanksgiving leftovers. we made turkey crouquettes with butternut squash aioli (which was just fabulous) and turkey shepherds pie, using the dressing as the crust. then a roasted root vegetable frittata, which I ate with the aioli and it was very good--lots of beets, carrots, turnips and celery root in it. celery root is new to me, so that was fun. it also had white cheddar cheese and mushrooms in it. rob said it was his favorite of the dishes, so I will have to remember to do frittata from time to time--its not like eggs are ever in short supply for us! dessert was a mascarpone and homemade cranberry sauce tart on a shortbread crust. very nice indeed. had a lot of fun . next month is tapas, and then the new year will be American regional foods.
going to bake bread today, and I have a small piece of watercolor taped to my worktable so I can work on a small painting too! have a great day!