Good morning! Do you ever think about work so much that you feel as if you worked all weekend but you didn’t actually get anything done? That’s how I feel this morning.
We actually had a really great weekend and we got to do a lot of really fun things. There is just this lurking voice in the back of my head that was frustrated about a project I am working on. Even though I knew I couldn’t get anything done over the weekend, get answers or make changes until Monday, that voice kept telling me “you should be doing something,” “don’t forget about this,” “make sure you do this like this, don’t forget!”
That stupid voice has had me playing out my to do list so frequently this weekend that I may as well have done the rest of the week already. Stupid voice! It’s the freakin weekend baby I’m about to have me some fun ~apparently there is another voice in my head that sounds an awful lot like Nelly.
Okay so…the fun stuff! How about just a Saturday recap and not every waking moment of our weekend?
Saturday morning we went to the very last farmer’s market! It was bitter sweet because I loved the coolness in the air, the changing of the leaves, grabbing a hot (instead of iced) coffee before we roamed around Historic 25th – I was so enjoying our time that it was sad to think this will be our last market until next June!
Pike Place Market is seriously under-valued by Seattle-ites. Yes, they/we love it but let me tell you that moving somewhere that does not have a year round market is the total pits. We have a couple great food markets that will definitely get us through winter with fresh fruits and veggies but none of them really offer up the same vendor/stall nostalgia.
If New York can have a year-round farmer’s market that goes inside for winters and Seattle can pull it off in the constant rain – well, shoot, Utah needs to step it up already.
A few errands and chores later, it was time to drop the kids off at their preschool date-night party so mom and dad could head down to Salt Lake for some grown up time!
Heather, of @slclunches – who plans #ladieswholunch and is a local food critic – hosted an amazing Indian cooking class with Lavanya of Saffron Valley. Lavanya teaches these classes about once a week so you should definitely check if there is one near you! Our class was held at Ferguson Kitchen and Bath on 300 West.
We got to cook in a kitchen showroom!
As a child, I always used to “play cooking show” – lining up my ingredients in little bowls and then telling the audience (likely, a stack of spice containers) what we would be making and which step went first, etc. Cooking with Lavanya at the Ferguson showroom was as close to having a cooking show as I will probably ever get.
We each got to take a turn preparing a dish.
I was responsible for the carrot dish which would serve as our dessert.
It was fun and the food was very, very good. We made Tandoori Chicken, Vegetable Korma, Basmati Rice, and Carrot Halwa.
The chicken was definitely my favorite!
We came home with four new spice blends and a copy of each of the recipes we had prepared for our meal. Lavanya has her own line of spices: East India Pantry. How cool is that? We will definitely be experimenting with the spices and I’m sure you’ll be seeing them pop up in our dinners here and there.
With Nick he is either all-in or all-out. Nick was all-in on this one – he bought every single one that she had…that’s a lot of spice!
And yes, just to be clear, I took a break from working on the cookbook to go to a cooking class with Nick. One can never have too much cooking, that’s what they say, right? No, no one says that? Hmm.. Call me crazy..
After our cooking class we met up with some friends who came down from Idaho to do the Tough Mudder here in Tooele. (Nick and I say out in the toolies… but it is really pronounced too-il-la. Yeah right, that’s what those letters spell…) Crazy fools! There is no way I’m ever doing one of these races. Paying $120 to go through a wall of shock therapy, swim in a vat of ice water, and various other “challenges” over a twelve mile course – no thanks!
I will, however, meet up with the team at the bar and cheer them on!
It was a great Saturday. Family, friends, and great food! I have no complaints about that.