Thursday, February 5, 2009

excuses, excuses.

soaked

cooked

I feel like ever since the new year, I've been showing up sporadically to make excuses for why I'm not updating this blog. Do I really need to make excuses for why I'm not blogging? How silly. Life gets in the way, of course! I'm working a second job now (nannying for a good friend, it's great!) and preparing for a lot of big things: trying to purchase a home- this is a long way off, practicing drawing every day in anticipation of going to tattoo school, so I can become a tattoo artist- these things are keeping me very busy! When we were in our heyday, Summer & I were churning out baked goods daily, chatting over coffee and updating as much as 3 times a day, but I put a lot of things aside to get this blog going. To be quite frank, I don't get paid to do this, and I don't particularly have the inclination to hassle people to put up ads so I can get paid doing it, it's a LOT of work to churn out all these photographs on a daily basis, especially when I have a lot of other things to do (in the creative sense, and just the general- I'm a mom, after all).

So here, may I offer you these beans? They're lovely, right? I soaked them overnight (2 cups of kidney, 1 cup pinto) and cooked them this morning until they were not quite finished. I cooled them off, popped them in the refrigerator, and tossed them into a huge batch of chili this evening- enough to keep us set for a few days. This was bare-bones chili, the "Oh crap, we're out of food" chili, with half a large red onion, a small white onion, a handful of garlic, a single carrot, one 12 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes, a few bay leaves, and about 2 cups of water. I sauteed the veggies, tossed in the tomatoes and water, dumped in the beans, and let it simmer for about an hour and a half until the liquid reduced, the beans were fully cooked, and the whole thing came together. Seasoned liberally with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, & salt. It was the perfect cool weather dinner (after a few days of sunshine, here we are, back to the dreary grey Portland winter) and it'll be the perfect lunch for me, my son, and our little friend that I'm watching tomorrow afternoon.

So forgive me, readers. Despite being too lazy to update, I'm still checking stats obsessively (of course) so I can see that you are all still coming back every day, hoping for something new. It's not that I want to disappoint anyone, the problem is that I don't really eat anything exciting. We have a pretty solid revolving menu in our house of things like pasta with canned sauce, brown rice & steamed vegetables, salad night, etc. I eat the same thing for breakfast every day, it's kind of pathetic (granola with plain yogurt and honey). But, a light at the end of the tunnel! A friend of mine is planning to make his spectacular beef stew next week, and I can't wait to photograph and eat it. Another good friend has a small backyard flock of chickens, and she's been making fresh pasta with her amazingly fresh eggs. We keep meaning to get together and make a "thousand layer" lasagna. So, don't give up on us. The year is young. (And if you get bored, visit my flickr for daily updates, it's not all food, but it's still something to stare at.)

23 comments:

lady sauce said...

please dont worry! you ladies are fantastic and one of my favorite blogs on the good ol interwebs. life is busy and im sure your fans are just happy that you both are being really successful now. props to you both and ill always come back to check for more. :]

Breezy said...

yay! i'm glad you're back! i feel compelled to tell you that this is my most favorite blog ever, and i am always inspired to try cooking new tasty foods after i see what you guys are up to in the kitchen. when i recently moved away from my parents, i found that all i could make was cake, cookies, brownies, and sandwiches, haha - the other day i made MASHED POTATOES FROM REAL POTATOES! if you knew me, you would know how amazing this is :) so thanks.

Natasha said...

I, too, eat the same thing for breakfast every day: Cheerio's with 1% milk. Hells yeah.

Wendy said...

I've got you on a feed reader so I only come when you post something new. And ya, blogs would be boring if the authors weren't actually out living their lives, so don't worry about it.

Dallas said...

I love dried beans! Such an economical and delicious staple. It looks like you cooked yours up perfectly!

laura said...

I adore the before/after photograph. So simple yet so interesting. The texture is great!

As for the minimal updates - no sweat. Go live your life, lady!

April said...

My grandma told me that you have to let beans sit for about an hour before you pop them in the fridge or they could spoil your milk. Have you ever had that problem?

Blog Artists said...

Just found your most delicious Bog...will definitely be back to see and read more...not to worry, we're exactly the same...2 artists trying to keep a blog but living in 2 differnt countries...we're lucky if we blog a couple of times a month :) BUT it's worth it...

The Puritan Impulse said...

Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere, I love your blog.

Alicia Carrier said...

April, I read your comment over and over again, trying to figure out just how crazy your grandma could possibly be- because i thought you were talking about putting cold, soaking beans in the refrigerator. Then I realized you were talking about the cooked beans, hahaha! Yes, you should let beans cool before you put them in the refrigerator, because the steam can raise the temperature of your fridge and other foods can spoil. Also, you should always cool thick or dense things like beans in a shallow, long pan (2 inches deep or less) to make sure that it cools evenly. I always put mine in a shallow pan, and then stir frequently to make sure a lot of steam evaporates. I try to cool them as quickly as possible so that I can get them in the fridge. Woo hoo, food handler's manual!

13mimosa said...

we're not so easily put off - we'll keep checking in.

April said...

Haha, yeah, my grandma is crazy about lots of things but not about food. I'll definitely have to try cooling my beans off that way!

sisters in black frocks said...

i really am inspired by your blog. let that inspire you! =)

Rebekka said...

So I didn't think I could ever think you were any cooler...your blog is one of my FAVORITES...and now you're going to tatoo school? Amazing!

Alicia Carrier said...

rebekka, i really really WANT to go to tattoo school, i don't know if i can afford it anytime soon, haha!

Knick Knock said...

dude...it's quality not quantity!
xx

The Cook said...

I totally hear you. Life...it's crazy stuff! Don't worry, it's a great blog and we can always look at the old stuff. :)

cinderelly said...

that's o.k., it's fine to be a 'bad blogger' sometimes and get stuff done! it's always there when you are ready for it again! you still have a great blog.

stacey marie garcia said...

I've always really enjoyed your blog. don't fret too much about posting, I think everyone who reads it understands how much time it takes to post such excellent recipes and beautiful photographs.

bunnee said...

i normally never ever read blogs -- except yours for some reason -- maybe cuz it's easy, authentic, not precious in any way! plus was delighted to learn you guyz are from portland. really my favourite city in all of america (use to feel that way about nyc, till we visited your AMAZING CITY! my recent travel goals have been tokyo, the galapagos &... portland! now that i've been, i wanna go back!

joanita said...

i love lentils!!!

Alysia said...

I've missed your postings! I hope you guys come back and show off your amazing baking skillz! PDX represent.

olive said...

When you become a tattoo artist, you should notify me--I looked at your flickr and your drawings are beautiful. I would definitely consider getting a tattoo from you. :]