HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
May 2014 bring a ton of happiness for you and all your loved ones!
If you like to set goals for yourself, try to make them realistic, so they won’t turn into a personal ordeal. Remember to enjoy the ride!
I thought a great way to start 2014 would be by joining the virtual party initiated by Celia many moons ago: her “In My Kitchen” series. Stop by her site to see what other bloggers are sharing from their own kitchens.
In our kitchen….
Many gifts to start this virtual tour…
A Cuisinart mini-food processor, great gift from a couple of colleagues at KSU. Works like a charm, and is powerful enough to grind nuts and spices into a nice paste. Love it!
A new pepper grinder, gift from one of my stepsons, I’ve been struggling with our old pepper grinder for 14 years, it’s one very temperamental gadget! This one, from Williams-Sonoma is stylish and functional, I can change the coarseness with a simple twist.
A special cup for hot or cold liquids that my stepson gave me to celebrate my 20 years away from Brazil. Love it! Oscar takes a nap in the background, dreaming with chubby squirrels.
In our kitchen… A box of ultra special pears from Harry & David, sent from our dear friends and former neighbors from Oklahoma. They are by far the best pears I’ve ever had, juicy, and sweet. I even used them in a special salad, a recipe that will be on the blog soon. Stay tuned!
In our kitchen…. My gift to Phil for Christmas and his Birthday (12/27)… a sexy-red Breville espresso maker. Of course, it matches our Supernova stove, and brightens up our mornings!
In our kitchen.. a labor of love from my super-skillful partner… It all started with these: a box of wine corks saved for years and years + a sheet of plywood.
For our home in Oklahoma, Phil made a wine cork board many years ago. He was just waiting for the kitchen hellnovation to be over to build a new one here, bringing to our new kitchen something we missed from the old home. My stepson was visiting us and helped with the final installation.
Can you figure out what his design represents? I can tell you it is very clever…
In our kitchen…. Black Volcanic Salt from Hawaii… ever since I bought the new book by Anne Burrell and saw a recipe using this salt, I wanted to try it. It has a smoky taste on top of the salty flavor. Love it! Plus it looks gorgeous sprinkled over certain foods like asparagus and sea scallops.
In our kitchen... Citrus-Stuffed Olives. These are amazing! I almost passed them by at the grocery store, but one thing I’ve learned living here is that the products labeled as ‘Private Selection” from Krogers are not to be ignored.
In our kitchen… Little glass vials that are perfect to store those loose spices sold in bags. Like the gift from my friend Gabi, a spice mix from Brazil… and some other goodies I had laying around the pantry in a less than ideal “living situation”.
In our kitchen… tapioca chips, something I had never heard of, found them in the great Asian market in town. They are less greasy than potato chips, with a slightly harder texture. They are made from cassava (manioc) flour. A product from India. I wonder if they are available in Brazil, since manioc products are so popular back home.
In our kitchen… a great find by yours truly, on ebay. Have you heard of a Le Creuset-like product from Denmark called Copco? Well, these are not made anymore, they are vintage items that you can only find in auctions like ebay, or garage sales. Their design is super-stylish and the quality of the enamel cast iron supposed to be superior to Le Creuset. After patiently stalking many of these babies on ebay and watching them sell for small fortunes, I managed to snag this little baby for less than 40 bucks. I was happy, happy, happy….
Can you detect an impulse buy when you see it? I have no idea how to cook them (no instructions in the bag or online), or what they taste like. But they were too interesting to leave behind. Another fascinating product found at the Asian Market. They are packaged like soba noodles, but are made from oat flour. I am intrigued.
And now, it’s time for a message from our four-legged friends….
Chief is very happy with his new bed. It is fluffy, a lot more comfortable to rest his tired bones. Two paws up! Well, four paws down, actually. Blissfully down.
Buck believes that elegance and poise will bring good fortune. He is also versed in Geometry & Statistics, and knows how to position his body on the spot with the highest probability of “food-fall”.
Oscar was completely in love with his new friend, and wishes he would still be around to play with him. It’s ok, Osky, we all miss him! Let’s hope he will come back soon… In the meantime, Oscar will have to settle for another of his favorite activities: making sure Mom is ok after her workouts. That Tony Horton guy is one mean master!
I hope you enjoyed this little tour around our kitchen and home! Make sure to stop by Celia’s spot – Fig Jam and Lime Cordial – to visit other kitchens around the blogosphere.
I would like to close this post with a message for the New Year, a text written by Neil Gaiman. I love it, and thank Rosa for sharing it on Facebook.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
ONE YEAR AGO: Tacos with Pork in Green Sauce
TWO YEARS AGO: Maui New Year!
THREE YEARS AGO: Natural Beauty
FOUR YEARS AGO: Sunflower Seed Rye