Monday, September 21, 2009

Random Assortment

...of Thoughts

I've been on a cooking kick lately. It happens. Every other month, or thereabout, I'm bombarded with ideas and the inspiration to cook from scratch. (Just to clarify: I do cook dinner every night, but often it's simple, thrown-together meals.) Last night I made a yummy turkey spinach lasagna--although I forgot the olives, which is a cardinal sin in my family! Today I pulled out some (healthy elk) steaks and have been marinating them in red wine and rosemary. I'm brushing them with fresh ground pepper and salt and then broiling them. (That inspiration was weird for me...I rarely eat red meat anymore, and I cook it even less. And yet I already had it once this week! Perhaps all the running has affected my appetite?) Next I want to make something--anything!--pumpkin. I think pumpkin muffins or bread might be just the thing.

I am a consummate night owl. For about two months I have been on a late night bender. I could not fall asleep, so I never went to bed early. Last week I was a bit under the weather, and therefore finally able to sleep at a decent time. I decided to take advantage of that and slowly transition my schedule to a slightly more normal one. I was in bed before 12:30 last night - quite good for me! However, I started a new book: Sarah's Key. It's a page turner, and it's one of those books with super short chapters, so you keep telling yourself, 'just one more'. Next thing I know, it's 1:45am, and I'm still reading. *sigh* So much for my early night. There's always tomorrow right?

Lastly, my brand new cell phone arrived in the post today. Yay! Now if I can figure it out, I will be a messaging, mobile web-browsing master.


JJ Beattie said...

I really wish that I could get on a cooking kick... the pumpkin muffins sound particularly wonderful.

Rebecca said...

broiled steak - what IS that???!!!
oh and I've just started making pumpkin scones, they're delicious, and I think of them as being very American (though I could be very wrong)

Kristen @ said...

Fun fun fun all around! That lasagna sounds fab.

Angie said...

JJ, unfortunately mine are always fleeting. Don't they?

Rebecca, I'm not sure if you call broiling something different, but it's the high (top only) heat in the's basically like grilling the steak in the oven. It can keep it from drying out unlike cooking it in a skillet.
Your pumpkin scones sound fantastic! Where'd you find the recipe? I suppose they are pretty pumpkin pie. :)

Kristen, I wasn't sure if I should tempt you what with all the cheese. It turned out pretty good. For some reason, I'm much more adept at manicotti and calzones than at lasagna. Weird.