Well, my laptop is pretty much dead (we'll get it fixed eventually, but it's 6 years old and it was time for an upgrade anyway) so today I dropped a fat wad of cash (and by cash, I mean credit) on a new iMac and I feel like I'm driving some futuristic pimp car. Seriously, going without a computer for a week or so was kind of heart-wrenching, but my husband has an iPhone (shut up, shut up! he's on a work plan!) so I could still check my facebook and be a douche on the computer like normal. But using the iPhone to replace a computer is kind of like grubbing around in public ashtrays and stealing all the tiny remnants of unsmoked tobacco from cigarette butts and then rolling them up into a new cigarette- it gets you through the day, but you're not proud of it and it's kind of awful to boot. If you're cringing and shuddering at the very idea of this, you can blow me. Don't front like you've never done something disgusting to feed your habits. LEAVE ME ALONE I WAS LIKE 14 AND NOBODY WOULD BUY ME CIGARETTES. I DON'T SMOKE ANYMORE, OKAY?
Anyway, subsequently, plugging in my new iMac and watching it light up was not quite like finally getting a fresh cigarette after a week of desperately puffing old crushed out butts, but more like SHOOTING UP WITH HEROIN IN A GERMAN UNDERWATER DISCOTHEQUE WHILE GETTING A BACK MASSAGE FROM 2 SEXY MERMAIDS AND EATING BEN & JERRY'S KARAMEL SUTRA AT THE SAME TIME. In a word, the most ecstatic feeling ever. Okay, okay. I'm overdoing it. But it's a pretty cool computer. And I'm trying not to shit my pants about how much I just dropped on my credit card, but whatever- if I shoot a few weddings this summer, it's covered. So hey, if you're in Portland and you're getting married, drop me a line- I have a machine to pay for.
ALSO HEY THIS IS MY FOOD BLOG, I FORGOT. Look up there! Sometimes I loathe cooking on grocery night, because by the end of the week, we're inevitably not as excited about what's written on the list as we thought we'd be, we have a dwindling supply of wilted veggies leftover from the previous week, and we just want to eat something super quick so we can bust out shopping before we put our kid to bed. Such is life. But, sometimes I have everything I need to make something delicious at the last minute, and sometimes I feel like a bad ass if I can pull a handful of crappy veggies out of the crisper and make something tasty out of the whole deal.
I got a copy of Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything from the library last week and I've been perusing it off and on. I haven't committed to making any specific recipes, but a few things caught my eye, and one of them was Pasta with butter, parmesan, and sage. FYI, that's the whole recipe. Pasta? Meet butter, parmesan, and sage. His recipe is slightly more complicated (melting the butter first? something to do with whole dried sage leaves? Whatever.) but basically I boiled noodles, put some butter on them after I drained them, sprinkled them with sage and crumbled parmesan, a little salt & pepper, and a handful of crushed walnuts. It was amazing. For a vegetable side, I just did some pan roasted vegetables, but on a whim, I made some breadcrumbs (by toasting the heels of my bread, then chopping them in my food processor with a little bit of salt and some more dried sage) and sprinkled them on top of the veggies just before they were finished, then tossed the whole thing under a broiler until the top was crispy and brown. I mean, a pan of roasted vegetables is awesome enough, but if you have a little bit of stale bread to get rid of, you should just do this- it was really good.
And god, I love technology. Holy crap.
Oh yeah also seriously, about the wedding photography- here's a portfolio.