Sunday, July 13, 2008

Saturday night dinner by myself

Tonight's dinner, originally uploaded by beau.raines.

Last night, Heather and the kids went to see the American Idol show in Tacoma, so I had the afternoon and evening to myself.

I ended up going to the grocery store (we'd been out of orange juice for a while) and I had a craving for avocados. This was my final product!

I enjoyed soy-cilantro chicken on skewers, grilled marinated tofu and a tomato and avocado salad. Accompanied by Rouge Chipotle ale and a peanut soy sauce dipping sauce.

While I was cooking, I had some Reed's Ginger Beer - it had been a very long time since I had seen that in the store and so I snatched it up. We'll have to see what the kids think since it is an acquired taste.

I also made strawberry ice cream while Heather was out. Strawberry ice cream requires that you macerate the berries, strain the liquid out and then puree some of them. If you're keeping track, thats 5 dirty dishes in those steps alone. I didn't empty and reload the dishwasher last night (it was a 22 ounce bottle of beer so I didn't do too much after dinner other than sit on the couch and watch a movie). When Heather came home later, we were talking and she asked if I had a party because of all the dishes! I'm going to go start Heather's coffee and empty and load the dishes now, for those of you that may be wondering. :)

Earlier in the day, I was chatting with a friend about cooking and meals and it some how came out that we use cloth napkins at every meal. You can see that even in my dinner by myself, I have a cloth napkin. She was a little surprised about the cloth napkins. We don't do it from an eco standpoint, I think it is more about the dining experience.

It has already been ascertained that I am weird, but is it out of the ordinary to use cloth napkins (especially white, restaurant grade ones) at every meal?


Erik said...

Glad I'm not alone in preferring cloth over disposable - though I avoid white, for the stainability factor.

Mark said...

I love that you made yourself a gourmet dinner when the wife and kids were out of the house. You're such a metrosexual! (Does anybody use that word anymore?) On the cloth napkin tip, Anne and I are also regular users, and I second Erik's comment about the stains.

Anonymous said...

I like how you said Reed's Ginger Beer is an acquired taste cuz that's a polite way of saying it tastes like ass. And that's what my KIDS said about it. lol.

Beau said...

Erik and Mark - eating is all about the experience for me and the napkin just helps make it that much more of an experience.

Helen - my kids liked the Ginger Beer, much to my surprise. Heather, on the other hand, did not like it. I'm okay with that, though, there's more for me!

Anonymous said...

The food looks yummy.I haven't tried tofo before.I live in a very rural town in Mississippi,I'm not sure where you can buy in around here.