Sorry for not blogging sooner. My recliner ate my computer.
That was after my recliner ate my Tempur-Pedic® pillow and before it ate my cell phone and DVR remote.
I really don't know why it has such an appetite...
Oh... Let me explain. My husband, who was six-foot-seven, required a much bigger and stronger recliner. That's when I discovered The Beast™ -- a recliner made to tolerate six hundred pounds and is can accommodate guys up to six-foot-ten. And because
of the car accident, it is the most comfortable thing to sleep in. I barely reach the foot rest which is now reserved for Miss Lena, my Maine Coon cat.
I woke up one morning to find more than half of the laptop within the jaws of this recliner, cracking the display, LCD screen, and a few other things. So that meant camping out in Anchorage for five days as they sent for the parts. But I had fun. Spent
half of my meals at a restaurant called "Tempura Kitchen" which has been open for over thirty years and still makes the best hijiki (seaweed) salad I've ever tasted. The other meals were split between "The Sourdough Company" and "Outback". (I simply love
their huckleberry Mai Tai!)
So now I have The Beast™on a diet.
Recently, I bought a great cookbook from Phaidon Press --
The Art of French Baking.
Now I've always been more than a little intimidated by any baking more complicated than a cupcake, but somehow, I was drawn to this cookbook when I saw a few of the excerpts. But ordering... that was a little more difficult. I
originally ordered it, and a day later, I was notified that due to interest in this tome beyond their expectations, they were sold out. Grr.... But four days later, I received a phone call from one of their other locations, and the woman said that they had
plenty there. Within three days, I received a box from UPS. That's speedy service with FREE SHIPPING! I've never had free shipping via UPS up in Alaska before!
The excerpts didn't do this cookbook justice. It is amazing! Lots of pictures which I enjoy. But the recipes of the classics and the not-so-classics are
so simple!!! That's what really surprised me.
Even the pastry recipes are no longer intimidating. So what happened? Why did I feel French baking was difficult??
do highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in conquering his or her fears... and wants to enjoy high quality bakery goods without paying the inflated price, or -- in my case -- a really good bakery is nowhere in the vicinity. We do have "The
Moose Is Loose", but they don't do French baking.
also made a discovery this evening. You know the saying that the cockroaches will inherit the earth after a nuclear fallout? Scratch that. It'll be the fruit fly that will take over the world.
accidentally brought home a colony of fruit flies when I brought groceries from New Sagaya, Anchorage, home. This evening, while I was warming up some mussels and scallops paella I had made the previous evening in the microwave, I saw a fruit fly zoom in.
I tried to shoo it out, but it didn't. So I decided that one less fruit fly in this world wouldn't amount to much... And after one-point-five minutes, I opened the door... and out flew out the fruit fly!!!! HUH!??? What is this? The few that managed
their way in the refrigerator also survived 33 degrees F!! (I love ice-cold milk!) What kind of fruit flies are these things?? Extremely hardy ones, I figure...
is coming up... And so is the shortest day of the year. What does that mean? Any day afterwards means we are getting more light!!
photo above is the sun on Yule -- aka Winter Solstice -- and that's how high the sun gets on the horizon. However, we do get to do a ton of things. First of all, this is the time of year we have our fireworks show -- Thanksgiving, Yule, Christmas, and New
Year's. Why? Because it's pointless to have a Fourth of July Fireworks show in the summer when the sun is up all night.
will also have the ice carving tournament. The artists are usually sponsored by a local business, and we're always wondering what will be the carvings this year. Here's some by the Firth Family:
As you can tell, this family does go all out. I wish I had a photo of the pirates' ship they did last year... That was absolutely stunning!
Time to go to bed... Now that my neighbor overhead has stopped practicing juggling bowling balls, (well, that's what it sounds like when she drops one!), I now can try and get some sleep!