Saturday, August 11, 2007

a blog of many colors.

They say that the one most important factor in making a blog or a website successful is finding a focus and sticking to it. If you're a food website, don't post family photos. If you're writing about books, don't link to music. By that rationale, this blog is doomed to fail. Well, so be it.

Here is your post for today... perhaps my first food-blog-post on this website.

Last night for dinner I was seeking something easy, cheap, and delicious. I ended up with an awesome vegetarian treat: hummusy, garlicy, spicy, and fresh. It doesn't get much better in the summertime. So, without further adieu, let me introduce my Sauteed Mushroom Flatbread "Sandwich."

It all begins with the mushrooms. Sauteed in garlic with thyme, a splash of sherry, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Once the mushrooms are ready, the Flatbread (from Trader Joe's) goes into the cast iron skillet to warm.

Then the hummus--home-made is preferable; it's light, garlicy, and exactly how I prefer it.

Smear the hummus on the warm pita, garnish with lettuce and tomato, add the mushrooms, and you're done.

Holy delicious, Batman!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

It's been a while.

Life's been busier than it seems lately. C and I went on a big hike up to the Goat Rocks Wilderness back in July sometime... had an amazing time (check out the photos here). After that? Life has been a blur of work, cycling around town, and giving my much-neglected friends a little love.

Anyhow, I have no good excuse for my lack of summer posting, except for the fact that every time something remarkable happens, something else busier (but less remarkable!) happens shortly thereafter, thus preventing my comment.

To try and make up for it, and to win back your hearts, here are two awesome little tidbits from today.

The first, I (along with many other Portlanders) felt as if we were directly a part of. We were grilling on the back slab last night, when C. points to the sky, exclaiming "LOOK!" It was a pilot, half-way through a sky-writing exercise! How COOL! It was positively mesmerizing to watch the plane zoom, dip, and twirl through the evening sky leaving white trails of letters in its wake.

This morning I did a google search on the words she spelled, "COOL MOON ICE CREAM" and found that a few other people had noticed it too. I also learned a little more about the stunt and was highly impressed by the story of the pilot and the way that the advertising and local history intersected. Anyhow, here's the link: "When Oregon Women Collaborate, the Sky's the Limit"
I hope this gets picked up by a few more of the local news outlets, because it was just so neat.

And here are links to a few Flickr photos (not mine, just what came up when I searched the aerial phrase on flickr... 1, 2, 3) of what we saw....

In other news, the BBC has an article on an awesome four-footed version of book-mobile... the bibliomula!!