We are still waiting for snow! Instead of snow we had unbelievable winds that are still blowing! I couldn’t sleep last night because the wind felt as though it was literally blowing throughout the entire house. Den and kitties were snuggled and dreaming while I listened to strange…very strange…knocks and thumps. Our bedroom has vaulted ceilings and an attic right above us with dormers. At one point I thought the wind was tearing right through the dormers! I think that the high vaulted ceiling in our bedroom magnifies every sound…especially at night. So…today I am tired…and it’s cold outside…right now it’s sunny and 10 degrees. We are staying in and drinking tea and making soup. It’s too cold and too windy to want to go anywhere.
I finished Girls Of Glass late last night and started The Suspect. Girls of Glass was really good…an abduction of a little girl and a detective seeking revenge. Secrets abound in this book and I actually am not certain if the wind kept me up or the fact that I couldn’t stop reading this book kept me up. I started The Suspect almost the minute I finished my other book and it’s already got me hooked…two young girls disappear while on a trip and everyone involved seems to be connected. This cold windy day is a great day to read. And make soup! I am so excited because The Suspect will publish tomorrow and I will review it tomorrow! A first for me. This makes me so happy!
So…my cooking plans changed over the week end. We were trying to empty our freezer…just a little bit…in case we lost power. So we had these tuna steaks based loosely on a recipe from Fine Cooking. I can’t eat raw tuna right now so I needed a recipe where the tuna would be cooked but still moist. Plus I had two bags of baby tomatoes from the summer in the freezer and we were able to use those, too. And I used calamata olives rather than green ones. You toss everything in a sauté pan and then eat this saucy juicy tuna over rice. Yum! I actually used this rice from Costco.
Den loves moist breads like blueberry, pumpkin, and banana ones…he loves to slice them and store them in the freezer for later with tea or coffee. I had not made any in a while…so yesterday I made this banana one. It’s my favorite recipe called Flour’s Banana Bread…it’s moist and slightly sweet…I never add all of the sugar and I always toss in pecans or walnuts. We had it for breakfast this morning. You can find it on the Food Network or just by googling Flour’s Banana Bread.
Later this week I am making smitten kitchen’s Pumpkin Bread and Blueberry Muffins. I have made these before and they are easy and amazing. The pumpkin bread is the best ever! I never sift or separate anything. Even for the Banana Bread I just dump everything in at the same time. It always turns out and I don’t even know why. I think I don’t want to know! If you have never looked at smitten kitchen’s blog you really should. She has the most amazing recipes. I have her cookbook, too and it’s luscious!
So…my goals today are to finish The Suspect…so good…and make Den a Pumpkin Bread…and to stay warm!