Yesterday we had a soba noodle salad, which was awesome.
|Photo from Blue Apron|
I did make one substitution, based on comments made by others (Blue Apron has a great comment section on each recipe, and it's so helpful to read what worked or didn't for others before you cook the meal). The spice mix that came with this recipe included a ground szechuan pepper. In reading the comments under the recipe, I found out that this pepper is called "numbing pepper" in China because it makes your mouth tingly and numb. That didn't really appeal to us, so we substituted some sesame oil and sesame seeds in the miso/vinegar/soy-glaze dressing. With fresh corn, lightly sauteed with minced ginger, it was just fabulous. This was another one we shared with Emma, so we split it three ways instead of two. We all liked it so much I'm probably going to buy the ingredients and make it again.
Today I'll be making Fontina and basil grilled cheese sandwiches with an endive salad. And the last two weeks have included blue potatoes, which impressed Emma quite a bit (they are hard to find in grocery stores here).
There has been only one failure so far, a barley risotto. I thought this recipe contradicted itself --you were supposed to cook the barley until it was al dente, but risotta is supposed to be creamy and soft. Plus, who likes barley al dente? I love barley in soup, so I overcooked this and tried to eat it. It also had Romano beans in it, which are really big.
The size of the beans wasn't the problem; I cut them into bite-size pieces to add them to the risotto. However, some of them turned out to be woody, which I didn't realize until I was eating them. That turned me off to the meal, but it was also really flavorless. So after eating a bit of it, the rest was thrown out. It's the only meal that hasn't turned out well.
Summer has also included lots of pool time for me. When the water is really cold, I walk in the pool. Now that its warming up a bit I've been able to swim. I love this time of year, when I can be in the yard (in the pool) and hear the cicadas. There is something about their sound that tells my psyche it's high summer.
I've been the only person really using our pool, because Emma has been doing other things that usually involve her boyfriend. One of the things she's been working on is painting the bottom of a longboard as a birthday present for Drew. In addition to enjoying longboarding, she and Drew share a love of certain bands, one of which is Pink Floyd. Drew's favorite album is The Division Bell.
I was really impressed with her persistence on this project --it was not an easy thing to plan out or complete, but she figured it out and worked carefully.
I have also found time to make some jewelry, and listen to the newest Jason Isbel album. Ah, summer :-)