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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What 31 Dollars Got Me at Picnic Garden



The plan originally was to just order some fried rice. Because it was on my mind and I didn't really feel like cooking. Okay, maybe order some white rice too (because you mix them together and have more rice... duh). And maybe soup. But that's it.

This was on Monday. And I forgot that my go-to Chinese take out place is closed on Mondays.

Sure, I could have just went home and rummaged though the fridge for something. But no... stubborn me needed fried rice. So I hit up Picnic Garden. It was okay the last time I was there. And I wanted the most basic of food items - fried rice. Fried freakin rice.

But then I looked at the menu. And my eyes glazed over. And the next thing I knew, the lady walked out of the kitchen and handed me my order. A $31 dinner for just me.

Here's the breakdown - 

Thai fried rice with pork - $9.95
Quart white rice - $3.25 
Quart hot & sour soup - $3.95
Quart wonton soup - $3.95
Fried squid - $7.95

Fried rice was pretty good, with even bigger cuts of pork than usually found in pork fried rice. The squid was tough and tasted more like the oil it was fried in, and just a bit of pepper. Wonton soup broth was good, the wontons tasted pasty. The hot & sour soup was no good. I could barely get though half of it.

Lesson learned - should have gone to Lucky Corner. Not saying I'm going to swear off Picnic Garden, I decide on that after I try the hot pot.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happy Spring. Have Some Bread.



Winter is over. Hurrah.

This morning I decided to try another no knead bread recipe. Not too bad, but stickier than other no knead recipes I've made. Well received by my co-workers, who have gone a while without my homemade bread.

Will try a whole wheat sandwich bread soon.

Monday, March 19, 2018

This Blog Lives! (Sorta)



We celebrated my grandmother's birthday this past weekend, and as she requested, I baked her a birthday cake. Nothing too fancy, a white almond and dark chocolate layered cake with vanilla buttercream. The green sugar is the only acknowledgement of the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Turns out I didn't bake a large enough cake - there twice as many people there than I had expected, so the slices ended up being thin and halved. There was also a fruit tart, but that went unnoticed.

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I ran into Mr. Fussy at Nine Pin a few weekends ago and he had mentioned I had survived the blog roll purge. Not bad. I wish I had the motivation to write as much as he does, but writing is hard for me. And as I explained to him at the time, it is much easier to post on Instagram than write blog posts. If you look at my IG feed, you will see that I post almost daily. Photo with a few words... send.

If writing could be that simple.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lunchables for Grown Ups


At least that's what I call it. Bought this at Sam's Club this weekend. Figured this would be good for those days I don't have time to make lunch.

It's okay. To heavy on the smoke flavor for my tastes. But edible. I wonder if they have other varieties... will there be pizza?!? I have a soft spot for the lunchables version.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Day 19: National Popcorn Day



A food holiday I can get behind. Normally I air pop my corn, but every now and then I'll cook some on the stove. Coconut oil, corn kernels. Get a decent arm workout when you shake the pot around. Usual toppings include avocado oil, smoky salt, nutritional yeast.