Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More Living Room Travel

Some people only get to go one place, maybe Florida, for spring break.  We’ve already been to Jamaica, and last night we traveled to France, all from the comfort of our own living room and without the disrupting forces of jet lag!  We got lots more fresh fruit at the grocery store and proceeded to make a decadent dark chocolate fondue in which to dip it.  Turns out fondue is easy to make, and not all that expensive, so we might end up doing this again in the future.  Who doesn’t love hot, dripping chocolate to dip their strawberries, oranges, bananas, marshmallows, and rice crispy treats in?  Certainly not these girls:

We have a fondue pot and six of those special fondue forks to go with it.  We couldn’t figure out how to get the flammable part of the fondue pot to light, though, and every time we tried it just gave off this horrible, chemical, brain-cell slaughtering stench, so we stopped trying and got out the old standby: the crock pot.  And it worked just fine.  I’ll bet they even use crock pots in France from time to time.  They’re just so handy! 
So there we were, dipping and enjoying (repeat, repeat, repeat), and watching “Chocolat,” that cute movie set in a small French village where all the people (remarkably enough) speak perfect English with a slight hint of a French accent.  The four of us finished off what was supposed to be 8 servings of fondue AND a yummy fruit salad Liz had made with some leftover powdered sugar/milk frosting and coconut from Jamaica night. 

When our bellies were full and our sweet tooths sated, we cuddled in the ever-present (these days anyway) nest on the living room floor.  Here’s Liz waiting for the rest of us:

We’ve just been enjoying the slower pace of life this week. We have time to make fondue, cut up fresh fruit to dip in it, and enjoy it while watching a movie.  We can leave the cuddle nest on the floor because we use it every day.  We can go out for lunch, as we did today to Marie Catrib’s, an artsy little cafe in Eastown.  Here we are in the sunshine, waiting for our table to be ready:

While going out is nice, and a fun treat, I also love to just have the time to slice, dice, chop, and mince fresh ingredients to cook and experiment with.  I don’t really cook by the book very often, and find it much more liberating to make up my own recipes just going by what sounds good at the time.  During the school year though, I feel like I don’t have time to experiment, because if it doesn’t work out, I’m without a meal and without time to make another one.  I’m currently enjoying a love affair with cumin and have been figuring out all sorts of tasty foods that it complements.  Tonight, for example, I sauteed fresh sugar peas, corn, and chicken in garlic, cumin and a little soy sauce, and it was absolutely delicious over rice!  Spring break can’t last long enough.

Posted by Emily MacLeod on 03/12 at 06:47 PM

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