Day 26

Tonight was Tuesday Night Dinner! Mike’s birthday was a couple of days ago so we baked him a spice cake and there were so many candles we had to put them on both cakes!

Mike's 25th Birthday Inferno

Day 25

This morning my parents left to return to Florida. I waved goodbye and then headed back to the apartment. Charlotte’s mom took the two of us out for breakfast to a neat little diner/dive called Prairie Joe’s. It’s on central street. The breakfast ham was wonderful and the banana pancakes were to die for.

Classic Breakfast Diner

Day 24

This morning I went to the farmer’s market with my parents. They were very impressed by the produce. I am a huge fan of the farmer’s market.

These were goose-necked zucchini and they seemed like they wanted to escape their container!

Don't they look like little dinosaurs or something?

Day 23

Dinner at Tru with my parents was really delightful. Dad and I came here five years ago and it was wonderful. He came back with my Mom a year later and it was awful. So it was off the list for a while.  But we were down in the city for a 1985 and 1986 Bordeaux retrospective tasting with most of the first growths and a lot of the second growths as well. True is only about a block from where the wine tasting was so we decided to give it another try. I’m so glad we did! A large percentage of the courses were home-runs, including dessert, served by “George,” a monkey holding up a banana gateaux.

That is the most three dimensional plate I've ever been served in a restaurant...

Day 21

Two years ago I got this “magic message bean” growing kit as a stocking stuffer. It got stuck in a closet and forgotten about. I wasn’t sure it would grow (or what it would be if it did) but I added some water and this is what happened!

Aw! Thank you mommy 🙂

Day 20

Today I got a tabletop lighting kit for photographing small objects. This  was the result after fiddling with it for a few moments. Look at that nice even soft lighting…

Day 19 – Masala Chickpea Burger Recipe

Masala Chickpea Burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • I carrot, grated
  • 1/2 large zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup grated uncooked sweet potato
  • 1/2 white cabbage, chopped/grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 nub of ginger root, minced
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (for burgers)
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • extra oil (for frying)
  • whole wheat buns

1. Drain and rinse canned chickpeas. Place in a covered microwave safe bowel with a tablespoon of water and microwave on high for two minutes.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine brown rice and chickpeas. Use an immersion blender to mix until achieving a pasty consistency.
3. Add grated carrot, zucchini, sweet potato, white cabbage, cilantro, ginger, and spices. Continue blending with immersion blender.
4. Add whole wheat flour and oil and stir with a wooden spoon.
5. Add minced onion and stir with a wooden spoon.
6. Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet.
7. Form palm-sized patties and place in the skillet. Cook about five minutes on each side, or until golden brown. You may want to cover the pan while cooking to ensure the sweet potato and flour are thoroughly cooked.
8. For non-vegans you can add a slice of colby cheese during the last minute of cooking.
9. Serve on toasted whole wheat buns. These are great with ketchup, mustard, and pickle relish. Also consider adding a slice of onion or tomato. If you’re feeling adventurous spicy dressings like jalapeño mustard also go well.

Day 18

Have you ever wondered what happens if you put a banana in the oven at 300 degrees for an hour? This is the answer. Supposedly this is supposed to ripen them faster but the jury is still out…

Day 17

Tonight Dad and I went to SPACE, one of our favorite concert venues, to see Griffin House. I actually discovered Griffin House at SPACE a few months ago. I actually went to see the band who was warming up for him, Ellery, but then fell in love with his music.

We had a really neat opportunity to go to a smaller concert back in the Studios at SPACE, a very intimate acoustic/unplugged experience. The room is a recording studio, and SPACE always records the shows back there. There are comfy couches, chairs, and poufs scattered around, and candles dot the space. Griffin House basically sat four feet from us, played his guitar and sang, all without amplification, and answered questions about his music.

My contribution to the art turned out to be the gift of a water bottle. He had no water on stage with him and I had an unopened bottle from the bar. I feel I donated it to a good cause!

After that show there was a break, so we had some Pizza at Union Square (the restaurant in front of SPACE) and then went back into the main room for the warm-up act, Marc Scibilia, who was a delightful surprise! His music was fantastic. He’s got an EP out, but unfortunately my favorite song, “Summer Clothes,” isn’t on it. There are some really great songs though! I also like “Better Man” a lot.

Official Picture of the Day

Griffin House’s set was equally fantastic. The entire audience was really into his music and knew all the words. We gave a very rousing chorus during “Volkswagon” and he truly seemed blown away by the crowd’s positive response (and volume). We also knew all the words to “The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind,” which seems to be his big hit, but which he is very gracious about playing.

Griffin House told some very funny stories about his music and his life, including the bit of trivia that the grandfather in the music video for “I Remember (It’s Happening Again)” is really his grandfather!

All in all, it was a really wonderful evening.