Thursday, May 14, 2009

Flower water

The beautiful Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons cookbook by Diana Henry features several recipes that use rose water. When I first was reading through the book, I thought — wherever does one find rose water? Well, now I know: Foods of India at 1143 Broadway St in Ann Arbor. I discovered this little gem while shopping for our Korean feast last weekend and bought this bottle of rose water and some paneer. The glass of the bottle itself is so pretty, too — I can't wait to use it as a little bud vase.

I would love to make Henry's recipe for what is called "Ice in Heaven," seen above. Who wouldn't want to eat that?!?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Work in progress…t-shirt!

I've been working on a fun new project today. It is a t-shirt design for RIPT Apparel—a new online t-shirt retailer based out of Chicago. They will be launching in early June with limited edition t-shirts designed by a variety of artists. Each design will be available for a 24-hour period and then — no more! So I'm trying to get the word out early. I will be sure to give you a heads-up as to when the tee I design will be available. Don't worry, you'll have plenty of notice! And they will be very affordable: $10. Can't beat that!

I'm at the point where I'm trying to figure out placement on the tee — my initial design layout won't exactly work right because it's too wide. Once I get that figured out, I'd like to add a few more design elements. I'll keep you posted on progress.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NEW! Photo prints in shop

Well folks, I've been debating with myself for quite some time now about adding photos to my Etsy shop. And now I've done it. I posted this one just a few minutes ago, with more to follow in the next few days. We'll see how it goes… at the very least it makes me happy to put some of my favorite images out in the world that have just been shoved in the back of my virtual junk drawer — enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Made it to the front page!

Yippee! Saw a spike in my Google Analytics and realized I made it to the front page yesterday. That makes me smile. Thanks, Alibi!

Sunday night Korean feast

Well, I did it! As promised, I went ahead and made the Korean feast from Gourmet this weekend. I think I was a sucker for the glamor shots they included in the magazine of sexy models in dimly lit rooms looking all moody. I spent some time Saturday doing prep because a lot of the items needed to sit and pickle overnight. Honestly, it didn't take as much work as I expected. Many of the banchan — or small dishes, almost like condiments — are quick and easy to put together, and then can chill in the refrigerator for as long as you need or they are served at room temperature. So I was ticking through the list quite easily and didn't have to worry about timing everything to be finished at the same time. Here is what I ended up including:
Cucumber Apple Pickle
This was very tasty and easy. I couldn't stop nibbling on it.

Quick Kimchi
A requisite Korean dish, and I wanted to like it, but really, I just don't. This version uses fish sauce to get that deep musky flavor that comes in other recipes from many days of pickling.

Korean-Style romaine
One of my favorite parts of the meal, really. So easy, just chopped romaine with a hot dressing poured over it, then chilled to marinate for a few hours (or overnight in my case). Addictive!

Sauteed oyster mushrooms
Again, really simple. Just sauteed mushrooms with a little salt and cider vinegar, served at room temperature.

Shrimp and scallion pancakes
The batter for these is very thin when it comes together, so I was worried they would be trouble in the pan. But they set up really nicely and are easy to flip. Quite tasty!

Short rib and vegetable stew with brown rice and barley
This photo looks straight out of some 1970s magazine, doesn't it? By the time we had eaten the little scallion and shrimp pancakes and I had been nibbling at the banchan here and there, neither the boy or I were very hungry! I had a little taste of the stew and kept picking at the little dishes, but we are going to dig into it tonight with vigor. It should taste even better with a day of stewing! I also made the soy-pickled jalapenos (you can see them in the first photo above) and the spicy garlic sauce without the warm tofu to serve it on — they are both delicious on everything!