I hope everyone's been able to enjoy a lazy Sunday like yours truly.
After the tiring whirlwind of yesterday, today was a breath of fresh air.
It started off with brunch at Blu Jam Cafe on Melrose (one of my favs), and this brewski:
It was just one of those mornings.
I munched on:
2 poached eggs with mixed greens and wheat toast
to save room for this to-die-for splurge:
The best pancake ever, banana walnut.
I crave this pancake. For real.
After brunch, I came home to lounge around the house and, thanks to the pancake and meager breakfast, was starving just a little while later.
What to eat, what to eat?
I wanted something filling since that pancake had clearly not done the trick.
Brown rice came to mind. And maybe some beans?
Wanting to invent something tasty rather than looking up a recipe, I gathered ingredients from the [still disheveled] pantry
and made something simple I'd never tried before:
spicy black beans and brown rice with sauteed onion and garlic.
Goat cheese would have been perfect but since I was out, cheddar cheese had to suffice... Not too shabby.
It was wonderful- hit the spot and filled me up until the dinner gathering I was due to go to later in the evening.
SINCE I had somewhere to be and that beer from earlier was starting to induce potential nap time, I figured it was time for:
RETURN OF THE ICED COFFEE
I haven't been keeping it in the fridge as I used to, so I thought I'd try my second experiment of the day (my, how we are spoiled by Google).
I thought, "Who says water in a French Press has to be hot?"
So I did my own thing:
to see what would happen.
Now I know by doing: water must be hot for coffee to work properly.
I don't know why- maybe it's more susceptible to soaking up the ground coffee bean essence? If anyone has a clue, please let me know!
After allowing it to steep for nearly 20 minutes (5 times the duration coffee with hot water takes), I poured it into a glass
This photo does not capture how transparent the end product turned out to be.
With the standard almond milk, cinnamon and ice, it was bearable enough:
But now I know that coffee is brewed hot for a reason.
Today really has been a day of casual experimentation.
I urge you guys to give something you've been thinking of a go. Who cares if you don't have a recipe to go by or a "how to" written out by someone on the web or in a book? The best way to do anything is to try it yourself, so go ahead.
I'm off to catch up on Boardwalk Empire but before I go, a little info on my goal for the week:
No eating out whatsoever. A casual dinner down the street with my love? Nope. My weekly coffee at Starbucks? Not gonna to happen. Everything I consume is coming straight from my kitchen.
As always, I'll let you know how it goes ;)
Have a Happy Monday!!