recipes

eating this: a poached egg

05.02.12

Is there anything better than a perfect little delicate egg on your bread? WHOA YUM!

I LOVE EGGS! And poached ones are my favorite! Definitely my top 3 styles. I’ve been doing it the same way for years (I watched a Gordon Ramsey tutorial and became obsessed with trying), but recently watched this video and thought I should try it. But I didn’t, this was done my usual way.

Poached Egg

Fill a pot with a couple inches of water. Add a dash of vinegar. Turn on high heat and bring to a simmer (not a boil!).

Crack a cold egg into a shallow bowl (it’s easier to pour in this way). Once the water is getting super hot, take a slotted spoon and spin the water, causing a whirlwind type thing.

While it’s tornado-ing, quickly drop the egg in. About 3-4 minutes later, lift the egg out with your slotted spoon and let dry on a paper towel. Then demolish it.

 

interiors / internet shopping / wish list

the perfect office chair

05.01.12

Months ago I bought a vintage steelcase task chair from Craigslist for my desk. But Gideon has slowly started using it more and more and it’s now basically become his chair. So now it’s time for me to get another. I could probably find another like it at some point, but I’ve been doing research to find one that is not only pretty, but actually comfortable, you know, since I’ll sit in it.

(clockwise) one – a reupholstered generic office chair like this is what I’ve been considering most, but you’d be surprised how much shitty chairs from Staples actually cost. I’d have to find one on craigslist for this project. two – i love love love bamboo chippendale chairs at a desk, but worried my back might be covered in that pattern at all times. three – an upholstered dining chair in the office adds some class and feels comfy, love the ikat. four – it looks like a reupholstered vintage desk chair, but the wood and the casters look perfect. this one is my favorite.

So then I looked for what was available online – should I just go for ergonomics and buy a straight office chair? 

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recipes

eating this: caramel chocolate chunk cookies

04.30.12

So I saw this cookie recipe, my mouth watered, and I immediately planned on trying it. Well, chopping chocolate is really really hard and blah blah I screwed them up.

So yeah, chopping chocolate is very difficult. I was basically making chocolate shavings until I decided to warm the chocolate a little in the microwave. Oh and did I mention I chopped the chocolate too small? Here was where that happened.

THOUGHT I was making the chunks super big but NOOOOO, they weren’t big enough! So although they turned out very delicious, I am very pissed at myself and my lack of attention to detail.

By the way, the dough tastes very yummy.

Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies (adapted attempted from Not Without Salt)

1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
6-8 oz dark chocolate, ROUGHLY chopped (don’t make the same mistake I did!)

In a small saucepan melt the butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Don’t let the sugar get scorched.

Let it cool slightly, and add it to a large mixing bowl and continue to cool for 20 minutes. Once cooled, add the eggs and vanilla, then stir to combine. Stir in the salt, flour and baking powder. With a few streaks of flour remaining, add the chocolate.

Place the bowl in the fridge and let chill for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat your oven to 350°

Line a sheet tray with parchment paper and scoop the batter into tablespoon-size rounds and place on the sheet tray. Bake for 12 minutes until golden around the rims. Let the cookies cool on the tray for five minutes while they settle into themselves creating a crackly crust.

Finish cooling on a wire rack.

diy

making this: recipe box redo

04.27.12

For Christmas, my mom got us a custom recipe box and embosser from Williams Sonoma. I love it. But after sitting on our counter for half a year, I decided it would look a little prettier in a darker stain. Sorry mom. Thanks mom!

I didn’t take any in between photos because I must have gotten distracted, but here it is before I stained it:

During the staining, I designed these recipe cards to go inside.

I was planning on putting white paint in the engraved part and wiping it off, but after finishing the staining process, I opened the box and there were splatters of stain all over the inside. So I decided to paint the inside with a gold glaze. And then went a little crazy and did a blue trim. I probably should have just left it alone. Now I’m worried about doing anything else to it. OH WELL! Way better, right?

internet shopping / wish list

cute cat stuff roundup

04.26.12

So yesterday I witnessed this.

My best friend Nicole’s UNSPAYED therefore slutty cat had kittens. Five of them! It was a pretty crazy thing to experience. Now my friend is insisting we take one of the little guys. I’m not a cat person, but boyfriend is. He’s into this idea. So naturally, I’ve been researching all that stuff you need for a cat and finding some cute things!

one – do cats actually sleep on their bed the way a dog does? / two – modern litter box, cleaning this will be boyfriend’s job / three – a teeny tiny cute little chevron striped collar / four – this cat toy looks like something i’d stick on a bookshelf. i’m sold / five – cats need mats right? don’t know why but this one is cute / six – custom cat tag in lowercase / seven – hungry and thirsty bowls, love these! / eight – a scratch pad that i would totally be ok looking at

uncategorized

lauren’s guest room / office

04.25.12

Lauren’s guest room slash office has been slowly collecting dust while waiting to be finished. She asked me to devise a plan for how to make it comfy enough that it wouldn’t feel like her house guests were crashing her office. So I picked out a relaxed office chair that could double as an occasional chair for guests, a daybed so it wouldn’t feel too guest-roomy for the office double duty, and a snug flokati rug to maximize all over room comfort and ease.

one: dining chair that seems way less formal when sitting at a desk / two: a fun pop of color for the desk which would double as the nightstand for the daybed (and she can keep her laptop inside!) / three: neutral but whimsical linen bedding / four: graphic and easy conversational art / five: a vintage inspired card catalog for the desk so that all her supplies can be hidden / six: a modern day bed that feels relaxed and loungey / seven: soft flokati rug for everyones feet to be happy / eight: an industrial style floor lamp that works for the office, and mood lighting for the guest.