Wednesday, July 30, 2008

coffee break....



Boy do I love my coffee... and there's so many kinds, you can never get board! Coconut coffee would have to be my absolute fav! You can never go wrong with a good espresso either. I will admit, but probably like most people, when I start a new day its the first thing I do in the morning, I leap... well maybe not so much leap but drag myself out of bed and turn the coffee on. But you gotta have something to wake you up on those early days!
Funny I was never much of a coffee drinker, until I headed to New Zealand a while back. It was the thing to do, grab a coffee, chat (well that's nothing new, we all do it here, but it was just different.  Was it because I was way on the other side of the world? Perhaps). Plus it didn't help that my job over there was working as a barista. But if you've ever been there, you'll know that kiwi's have some weird names for they're coffee, most of the cafes don't even serve filter coffee. So here I am one day staring at a menu in a shop and see: flat white, long black, short black?? Total confusion, of course there was the familiar latte` and cappuccino and what have you... but apparently flat white, long black and so on are just variations of how much milk you put into the espresso. Amused either way, I became a frequent orderer of the flat white, and some of they're coffee has been the best I've ever had!  Right now I'm a huge fan of the coffee press. Its so fresh and fast, you get all the flavor! Try putting cinnamon in with the grounds or adding some vanilla extract to you're cup!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

...the old man is snoring



Wow, has this week been a soaker or what!  I think its rained almost everyday.  I do love it though, in moderation that is.  Not  only does everything get a little greener and well cleaner, its a day to spend time watching some good ol' movies and cooking up something special to make the grey haze disappear.  I think baking might hit the spot, some cookies for the rest of the week, a cake I've been dying to try or even a crazy muffin concoction. You never know... Just something to break the blah. I do sorta attempt to follow a recipe, but then I see something eyeing me in the cupboard that could just maybe work, then well that's just gotta go in too!  ie. My attempt at strawberry muffins turned into chocolate strawberry nut muffins... damn that chocolate for peaking out at me from the cupboard! But hey, those were good!  
Rainy days are always a tool for getting stuff done you've been meaning to, or willing to try. Get out those cookbooks and look at that food porn for inspiration for the next rainy day!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

sundays...


Sunday's are the one day of the week to relax and unwind, unless you're stuck working of course, but for most people its a lazy day.  I do enjoy those lazy days where you can just putter around the house and finally get all those things done you've been meaning to do earlier in the week.  But for me, after a good little sleep in, I love to make a big breakfast.  Its really the highlight of the morning, the anticipation  of what new spin will have on breakfast today.  Will it be chocolate french toast, pancakes with lemon and honey, or a good English style eggs and bacon with the lot? The smells alone will wake you out of bed and send you down stairs in you're pj's and roughed up bed head, too excited to even check yourself out in the mirror.