"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Friday, February 27, 2015

Everybody's Working For The Weekend

I went to a  Loverboy concert in 1982 and I haven't been able to get that song out of my head since.  I was only 12 at the time, just so you understand the length of the mental torture.  Still, it's not a bad tune, and it makes a point: we're all searching for something to look forward to.

I've been looking forward to this weekend because House of Cards Season 3 is up on Netflix, that's an obvious one.  But I'm also planning to cook with vermouth and butter, a delicious combination if ever there was one.
Chicken, mushrooms, tarragon, vermouth and butter.  Try it.

The Staub Simmer: it's a beautiful sight.
 I bought a book because Wendy told me about the author:
Wendy recommended.  It's excellent of course, she does not lie.
 Even though I am a gluten-free person I make pizza for MrBP and The Rascals, I'm not asking for a medal or anything but I think we can all agree that it is a selfless act.
Pizza dough.  The Martha recipe.

Pizza dough "resting" or hiding, really.
 I'm not sure why I find this Italian tomato paste in a tube so pleasing but I just do.  It's economical, stays fresh, has intense flavour...win win win.
Italian tomato paste in a tube. 5*

 I recommend harissa as a pizza spice, it has a little heat which is slightly unexpected.
 This weekend we're planning to binge-watch some Netflix (of course), drink some wine, take Scout on snowy walks, NOT wear sweater pants, host a lunch for MrBP's parents, drink some coffee while reading the paper and generally take on the feeling of a mini-holiday, which the weekend should be, don't you think?
Finished pizza compliments of the Selfless Baker.

Mmmm coffee... just add New York Times.
What are you looking forward to?
xoxDani

48 comments:

  1. Love it! No house of cards for us for a couple of weeks till after the trip. I'm still binging on orphan black. Tomorrow is housework and a dinner party and sometime I have to pack before we leave Sunday. Your weekend sounds wonderful!

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    1. Oh I meant to say - I am CRAZY about tomato paste in a tube as well!!! In Holland they sold Heinz catsup that way!

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    2. Oh - I saw loverboy in 1979 in a double bill with Bryan Adams, who kicked their ass!

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    3. WMM, yes I don't know why the tube is not a staple in NA supermarkets? In Holland and the Scandi countries it is the smaller purchase size for so many things, ketchup, pesto, curry paste, aioli, anchovy paste (not for you!) So easy to store and better than digging things out of a tin or awkward jar.

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    4. Wish I could buy ketchup in a tube instead of a giant plastic vat. They don't even make those charming Heinz glass bottles anymore.

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  2. Looks like you are making excellent use of the beautiful new kitchen! And I have come to the conclusions that I have to start cooking more simply, less fuss and mess. It's almost like starting at the beginning! Are the recipes in that book of the 5-ingredients sort?

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    1. Lisa simple is best, these recipes don't necessarily stick to 5 ingredients but the layout is very visual which I find so useful.

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  3. Ah looks like you're enjoying your new cooker and kitchen and with the cold weather what could be better than something hot to drink and eat? A new cookbook is a great way to reinvigorate one's culinary repertoire which as we cooks know all too well can get a wee bit stale.
    Will watch HOC after we finish the BBC series Land Girls that we are currently glued to on Netflix

    This weekend we have a house guest and are having a catered birthday celebration...a 60th.
    Enjoy your relaxing weekend!

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    1. Dani, I am with Hostess, you would like the Land Girls series, similar setting overtones to ACG&S, which I know is a family fave your way.

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    2. H and GF I haven't heard of that series but I'll look it up straightaway thanks :)

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  4. I lack the attention span required for television. I'm too antsy!

    I was lucky enough to come home after work to a clean house courtesy of DH who was off today. That changes my game plan for tomorrow, half of which would have been spent cleaning. We're having some friends around for a barbecue. This is the perfect time of year in the desert to enjoy a meal on the patio.

    The color of that Staub is glorious. I'm sure anything you cook looks better just by being in it. I plan some cooking for freezing meals for weekdays. The old slow cooker does not look so nice but it works very well.

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    1. Desert Flower - a barbecue in Feb? Oh the envy.

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    2. I know, that sounds decadent! Have fun!

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    3. DF I could go for a BBQ right about now. That DH of yours is a keeper :)

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  5. Nothing better than a quiet weekend with a bit of cooking. Love the look of the chicken and tarragon combo, and that Staub pot is fab- love the little rooster on top!
    We're waiting on a cool change to arrive this afternoon. We're out with client's of my husband's tonight to the Fringe Festival that is on, and then tomorrow I'll be home as husband is off to a big car race which is a street circuit through the city and close enough to my home that the noise is really intrusive… that and the F-18s that are doing flyovers causing the windows to rattle… it's all very peaceful around here!

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    1. Heidi I hope things have quieted down for you ;)

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  6. Dear Dani.
    Isn't it funny? Now I can't get the tune out of my head.
    I remember it being a catchy tune in my youth too. You'd wake up to it in the morning, and there it would stick. In your head - the whooooole day!

    Chicken looks delish. Mushrooms are always a successful combo with poultry. And it does look wonderfully fresh and appetising in your gorgeous pot.
    The only way to go when feeding large numbers, or big eaters, is purely simple and wholesome. No time to fuss in the kitchen. But what a difference simple fresh ingredients make to flavour.
    A medal for making your own pizza! And another for resisting the temptation to eat it! Have you tried using spelt flour as a gluten free alternative on the pizza base? That way you won't miss out on the deliciousness as it comes straight out of your oven.

    Sounds like a perfect weekend to me. Enjoy the comforts of home. Helen :)

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    1. Helen I haven't tried spelt which I typically avoid but maybe I can tolerate it, thanks for the tip!

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  7. So selfless Dani, I will award you a medal for that, I used to make hubs pizza from scratch every Friday night but no more, I don't like cooking and have now given it up -so freeing! He loathes cooking too, so we really need to win the lottery to hire a cook.
    I don't know that song, off to google it.

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    1. Tabs thanks I actually did want a medal!

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  8. I remember that song lol. Today will be getting clothes out of the house. I have piles, boxes, and hanging clothes that are all on their way out and have to be bagged for donation or taken to consignment stores. It will feel good to get it out of here. I'm on a diet so trying to distract myself from food by keeping busy!

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    1. Hear you Cate, away from fridge, kitchen, couch whenever meal prep is done to curb the winter munchies. I also have to avoid wine and beer as that seems to bring olives, nuts... Well done on the clear out; I still have one room and a storage space to do. But the storage is in the basement, which has been super chilly given our temps, so have avoided it.

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    2. Cate I hope those distractions worked and you ended up with clear cupboards as a result :)

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  9. Hello Dani,

    It sounds like you are making the very best of your new kitchen. For us, all of this time at the cooker sounds like a prison sentence rather than a holiday but,it is variety that is the spice of life.

    Snowy walks with Scout sound perfect but, then, we have not had any snow here to speak of which is mist unusual. And, films watched back to back, coffee and reading.....now, we are absolutely in agreement there.

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    1. Jane and Lance films and snacks, we can't go wrong :)

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  10. Am hooked on new israeli show called hostage which is like a movie! But will watch house of cards bc I am now emotionally invested. Have you seen original bbc version? Brilliant. Am getting ready to go to Korea so sm sound errands and dog sitting. Have a lovely weekend x

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    1. Naomi I have to get my paws on the original BBC version! Safe travels to you.

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  11. Enjoy binge watching HoC. I hope to get caught up soon. Slugger is in a big basketball game tonight so we'll be cheering for him and the team. Sonoma tomorrow for more rehearsal dinner scouting...busy here and thankfully sunny outside. BTW-I must take a look at that cookbook.

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  12. You get a hero badge for making pizza you can't eat!! My mouth watered just looking at it, but I'm gluten free also.
    Heading up to see my grandson so no TV on my agenda.
    xx Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer he's the cutest baby, hope you had a good visit.:)

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  13. Blogger ate my comment!
    Anyway, enjoy your weekend, sounds perfect. We went for a quick walk, 2 minutes of sun, 4 minutes of wind gusts, done.

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    1. My kind of walk WFF -- home. ;-)

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    2. Fred that sound about right!

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  14. We are hoping for a sunny ski day. I keep thinking (optimistically) that we don't have many more snowy days left.

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    1. So hoping your prediction is correct Jen!

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    2. Jen I think that is very optimistic!

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  15. "Everybody's going off the deep end..." With the weather at least? Dani does indeed sound like an ideal weekend. Funny how we can remember every lyric from songs of our youth, but not something we were supposed to do this morning, ah the mental filing cabinet. Robin looks good with his friends. Yes to NYT Sundays. And glad you have tucked away the woolly pants -- at least until the next time that Scout needs a quick ramble. Happy Monday to you too. We have nixed bread or pasta except one day a week (Sunday breakfast must have toast.) Three weeks in, still missing it, but does help with cutting back generally. And yay on the Jane Hornby acquisition, isn't she great.

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    1. GF she is and I hate to tell but the sweater pants have returned on an almost daily basis: see new post!

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  16. You're making your own pizza dough? I didn't dare to give it a try so far... I really want to try with other flour than wheat...
    I have been able to send back my assignment for my lesson #6, so I have reached the main goal of the weekend... I hope yours was rather good!

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    1. Steph it could be healthier, I'm curious to see how you would alter the recipe!

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  17. Dani sounds like a perfect weekend. Love your little pizzas. That is good of you to make them when you cannot even partake. I will check out that cookbook...Oh to have that Staub with the chicken!!!! SO cute. Your new kitchen must be so pretty with all these accessories. xo Kim

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    1. Kim that Staub is a real centrepiece of the range which itself is the centrepiece, they suit each other to a T. :)

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  18. Well, the weekend is almost over and yes, home alone today I hav been binging on HOC, it's so good. I feel justified because I went skiing yesterday and glad since it was a perfect day for it.
    Of course it is selfless Dani, I think I want to marry you...

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    1. AJK thank you that is the biggest compliment! ;)

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  19. Oh making pizza dough when you can't enjoy it is selfless indeed. How are you feeling about HoC? I love Claire so much. I also give the show a lot of credit for sort of slowing things back down. It would have been impossible to keep the pace of the end of s2. My weekend was much like yours. My sister took my brother and me to brunch sat morning and we got laughing trying to remember the last time we had a meal that I hadn't cooked?! I enjoyed a kir royale and then a "bottomless" mimosa and the most fabulous shrimp and grits and now I may need some sweater pants of my own to go with my 400lb cabled navy sweater. It was a lovely weekend as 8 more inches of snow fell! I did need a ride to Tims on Sunday morning as my car didn't have a hope.

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  20. Stephen Andrew that brunch sounds perfect. I should find a 400lb cabled sweater to match my hideous sweater pants, which I have somehow gone back to wearing nearly every day, I've got a real situation here.
    I also love Claire isn't her wardrobe fabulous? HoC is perfect, did you see the Russian episode: brilliant and over the top.

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