Sprang for a new refrigerator too. Nothing fancy. Small - big enough for my needs but nothing extra. Freezer on bottom. No water/ice; I dislike those - just another thing to maintain and keep clean.
To christen the new oven, I cooked fancy food over the weekend. Based mostly on recipes from Taste of Persia.
- Thanksgiving pumpkin rice: a nice round squash stuffed with rice and fruit and walnuts, then baked. I didn't have sour plums so I substituted gooseberries. I also added some chickpeas, because I generally find a way to add beans to most of my meals.
- Duck "fesenjan": a stew of pomegranate molasses and ground walnuts. I rendered the fat off a couple of duck breasts, then added the cut-up meat and some of the fat to the stew. I put "fesanjan" in quotes because I don't want to imply I can do authentic Persian cooking. I did stick fairly close to the recipe, but I should at least go to the Persian restaurant in Madison to see how mine compares. Anyway, authentic or not, it tasted wonderful, and paired well with the squash rice.
- Brussels sprouts fried in duck fat. Not from the cookbook. Added some garlic and pepper, and dressed with the meyer lemon juice.
- Miscellaneous fruit cheesecake, using a bag of fruit I found during freezer cleanout (I think raspberry and mango). I tried to make a glaze of ruby tango and meyer lemon, but didn't get the consistency quite right. Still tasty, though. Tequila whipped cream, using tasty Espolon tequila blanco.
In unrelated news, a few nights ago I dreamed I was beheaded. Can't remember the details leading up to it, I just recall really tensing up and trying to keep my severed head perfectly in place on my body. I recall noting in my dream that I wasn't nearly as creeped out by it all as I'd expected.
In other unrelated news, another teammate has given notice. This week, about a third of the remaining team is on vacation and at least a third is down with various nasty viruses.
Tomato seedlings are all up; pepper seedlings are mostly up. This week I will start okra, tomatillo, ground cherry, and a bunch of herbs and flowers. I have rented a kick-style sod cutter and am taking my frustrations out on the yard, clearing the area for the new (ridiculously large) asparagus bed; after that I will clear more space for yet again still more garden rows.