Friday, July 24

Chickpeas & Greens Parmesan Salad, and Braised Potatoes with Garlic

We had a lovely summer dinner tonight--chickpeas & greens parmesan salad, and braised potatoes with garlic.

For the salad, we prepared these chickpeas a la Orangette. Then we prepared a salad of lettuce, sun sweet cherry tomatoes, and cucumber, with more olive oil and lemon juice to boost the dressing, and mixed the chickpeas in.

I've been saving the braised potatoes with garlic recipe for a long time--it just looked good. And it turned out even more delicious than I expected. I did change the recipe slightly though--I minced the garlic, and added it in the middle of the 20 minutes of simmering. I also added the rosemary at the beginning of the boiling down of the sauce. This recipe gets high praise from us--the potatoes reach that luscious point of holding their shape on the plate but dissolving in the mouth. And they're wonderfully lightly flavorful--an excellent mild but still interesting complement to the main dish.

And altogether this was a great combination, an extremely light dinner but with the chickpeas and potatoes still delivering satisfaction.

And for dessert, cherries in whipped cream with a touch of agave nectar.

Monday, July 20

Hassle Free

On the one hand, it's unpleasant to nag and be nagged. On the other hand, it does help get things done. I don't nag my partner, for the most part. But the fact is that he forgets the things I've asked him to do, or certain things he needs to do that I care about more than he does. So we've discovered a great in between solution, Hassle Me emails. Whenever I think of something I want him to do, I write it in, and select a number of days at which it'll repeat the reminder. Then I don't have to think about it anymore, but he will. It's the best of both worlds! So far it's even been working, as he repaired our rickety futon base. But no matter what it fulfills its most important function--it keeps these thoughts awake for him, and then he gets to decide what he wants to do with them at any given point in time.

You can use these emails to remind yourself of things too. I find a to do list application works better for me when it comes to tasks... I'm more likely to tune out emails, but focus on a list. But I have used it to remind myself of thoughts I want to keep around every few months, such as the importance of decreasing heated plastic food containers, and also little inspiring thoughts or links.