We have made a second trip to the restaurant Squid Row on a Sunday afternoon to take advantage of the 2 for 1 pot of mussels and happy hour drink specials. This is a terrific deal and the big pot of mussels is delicious. We've also returned to the Kumeu Beer, Wine, and Food Festival. This year, it rained, but it was clearing by the time we went. Though bad for the event, the rain made us happy because it wasn't crowded or hot. We enjoyed visiting with the brewers of Croucher and Epic beers. The Auckland Beer Festival is comming up, but I don't know if we'll go- we also have the Kumeu A & P show, CheeseFest, and the Northland Field Days, where we intend to shop for a water tank for our new garage.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Saturday, February 07, 2009
One thing about the windows in this room: This is a very old house, and the windows are pretty worn out. Darin had to replace the ONE that opens, because the frame cracked and was in danger of falling off. Fortunately, we had a spare in the lounge because of the rumpus room add-on. Unfortunately, the frame is warped so the window required major effort from Darin to plane it down to fit properly.
The tomatoes are ripe! I'm eating them every day, yum! I planted two varieties, and of the two, the cherry tomatoes are doing best. They are prolific producers, and the fruit is sweet.
So what have I been reading lately? I read Merchants of Fear, which was interesting but too text-book-ish. Again, the Waitakere Library got a book at my request: Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food. This is a really good reference, and I've used several of the recipes. One we enjoyed while camping in our new garage was Herb Butter, specifically, basil from my garden. I made it, chilled it into a log, then cut it into pieces and froze them. I used it last night over steamed green beans, with, you guessed it, cut up cherry tomatoes. Delicious. The other book I'm currently reading is The Tortilla Curtain, recommended by my friend Roberta. It is SO GOOD, very compelling. I also LOVED The Kite Runner, so I've been doing well lately. I had to wait quite awhile to get The Kite Runner from the library, and I didn't see the movie. No wonder it is popular.
Two movies I've seen recently are worth mentioning: Kenny, an Australian pseudo-documentary about a port-a-loo maintenence man, and Zac and Miri Make A Porno, a Kevin Smith film that reminds you that Seth Rogan is a really good imitator of Kevin Smith. This movie was really funny, the sort that you find yourself chuckling when you remember scenes from the film.
By the way, I just have to bitch about My Sky, which is the only NZ option for digital recording. It cut off not only the end of the freakin' super bowl (and you know it was close), it also cut off the end of the movie Fright Night, which is an ok 80's vampire movie. I never got to see if the boy saved the girl from the vampire.