Life in Philly
At the beginning of the month, we attended Philadelphia’s March for Humanity.
We saw a few movies in the theater, including LaLa Land and a 25th anniversary screening of Wayne’s World. Both were kind of disappointing. Luckily we redeemed this by seeing Hidden Figures at the end of the month, which was wonderful.
Due to my dentist’s referral after an oddity in my x-ray, I saw an oral surgeon, who diagnosed me with a benign cyst, which I’ll need to get removed. I had scheduled the removal but came down with nasty flu and had to cancel. Being sick again so soon after the rotten cold I had over the holidays was a drag.
The weather is crazy. We had a NorEaster, giving us the first snow day (only a delayed opening for me, I still had to go to work at 11am) of the season. The snow didn’t last long, though, and by the end of the month we basically had an early spring, with weather in the 70s, and daffodils blooming.
I didn’t end up taking any pictures this month, but this time of year the markets aren’t too exciting. Here’s a squash, which ended up becoming soup:
I continue to do recipe testing for a friend of mine who is starting a food blog. This month’s recipes included:
- hard boiled eggs with parsley
- carrot apple ginger soup and baked maple walnuts
- roasted beets with garlic and cumin vinaigrette
- roasted cauliflower with tahini dip
- homemade salad dressing
- butternut squash soup
- massaged kale salad
- fruit tart with nut crust
- braised sausage w/fennel & apples
Other than that, highlights from dining in this month included:
- dan dan noodles – we’ve made this before, but this time we actually had homemade pickled mustard greens, which made a big difference. I also got a new batch of sichuan peppercorns, which seemed especially potent.
- roasted chicken w/clementines – we’ve made this before, but this time actually used clementines. Still a keeper!
- pastitsio (aka “tits”) – another repeat, but so comforting this time of year!
- roast chicken with couscous, dates, and buttered almonds – so good, definitely need to do this again and take better pictures
- mushroom ragu
- charmoula-spiced salmon with za’atar vegetables
We barely went out this month, except for Tom’s birthday (below). All we really did was go out for drinks a few times at Tria Fitler Square and Friday Saturday Sunday. One Friday night we intended to go out for date night but just ended up ordering Rosario’s Pizza for delivery instead.
Tom’s Birthday, Part 1
Since Tom’s birthday fell in the middle of the week toward the end of the month, Part 1 was in February and Part 2 will be in March. To kick off his birthday celebrations, we went to an “old world vs. new world” tasting at Jet Wine Bar, followed by beers at Rex 1516.
The weekend before Tom’s birthday, we celebrated with family at Radice. I also tried to make a special birthday brunch dish of Spanish breakfast casserole, but since it got burnt to a crisp, Tom will get a second birthday brunch next weekend!
Tom’s actual birthday fell on a Tuesday night, which was nice because it was a good reason to go to Cafe Lutecia‘s BYOB night. It was also Mardi Gras so Cafe Lutecia had some themed decor and food.
To be continued in March!
I continued fermenting the batch of garlic honey that I started in January. It was still really bubbly and frothy at the beginning of the month, but mid-month it calmed down. 2 more months to go!
I also made a batch of butternut squash kimchi:
Tom made a few more successful attempts at bread, including rosemary focaccia and pita bread!
In the beginning of the month I finished Octavia Butler’s Dawn and then read the rest of Lilith’s Brood, which was really great. I skimmed through Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and was too bored to finish. I started The Handmaid’s Tale, which is so disturbing and scary and hits way too close to home. So I’m still working on that.
About midway through the month, Tom and I both bought Kindles! We had been meaning to do so for a long time. I was particularly curious as to whether it would help me with 1) getting more comfortable with e-reading and 2) encourage me to read more. It’s still new, but so far I have found both to be the case. In the future, I think I’d like to upgrade to a fancier Kindle so that I can read color comic books, but in the meantime, even the low-end Kindle is really great.
Last Month’s Update