Simplify the Holiday Season

Yesterday morning, I got out to pick up some veggies at the market. Yesterday also happened to be our eight-year anniversary. And I was still kind of thinking of what to make for our anniversary dinner all the while I was shopping. I knew I wanted to make Harry Potter-themed food, since we had planned to start re-watching the first six movies last night. I knew I wanted something that went with beer, maybe a shepherd’s pie, and pumpkin pasties. But, other than that, I was just going to find something while I was out.

I had been meaning to visit the market when it started last month – this is the first year since I’ve known about this market for a while but it was only recently that they’ve extended it into the autumn and winter months. But yesterday was the first Saturday I managed to go. I had been craving kale so badly the past few weeks, so I was planning on getting that while I was there. I figured I could saute some and beautiful beets. I’ve only had beets a handful of times, but I decided to pick some up because they were just too pretty to leave there. I also purchased a head of lettuce for a salad.

I got a bunch of golden beets, as well as a bunch of candy cane beets, I think they’re called. When I say I’ve had beets a handful of times, I mean I’ve had the regular, old, red beets. I’ve never had either of these varieties. So I was pretty excited about trying them! I’m going to have to find a recipe for the beet greens, because I’ve never cooked them before and these are just too pretty to let go to waste! I think I might just saute them with garlic, salt, and pepper.

Good grief, I love non-fussy food!

Thai Iced Tea

A couple of weeks ago I had a glass of Thai iced tea and fell in love. If you will be hosting a tropical party theme then this is definitely something that should be on your refreshment list. I’m kind of sensitive to caffeine since I don’t drink anything with it, and it made me a little giddy too.

The next day we went to the Asian grocery store and bought a one-pound bag of Thai tea which I honestly thought we would never finish. I made some up in Saul’s coffee maker (after cleaning out any coffee residue, of course) and it was amazing! And orange! And I’ve been drinking it a lot! I ran out after filling the coffee maker with water, and only adding about half as much tea as I needed. I made up the difference with the only other loose – leaf tea we had on hand which was jasmine tea and it tastes good, but weird, and not what I wanted! So we went back to the store today to get more Thai tea, and I just finished the last of the weird Thai-jasmine tea.

In Bangkok, apparently, they serve Thai iced tea in a plastic bag with a straw.