Archive for September, 2014
This weekend was full of open windows, making homemade guacamole to put on tacos, dogwalking, making biscuit donuts, and eating fried chicken. Not too bad for the first weekend of fall.
Last Sunday, we took a walk with a particular destination in mind — Easy Tiger. We figured we’d head there for a drink and lunch.
Easy Tiger is a great little place right in downtown Austin that serves beer, cocktails, bread, pretzels, and BEER CHEESE. All very tasty, but on this journey we split a pastrami sandwich, and I got a Bloody Mary, while Josh sampled a few beers. I love sitting in their outdoor area, and they are always so nice to bring out Sydney a big bowl of water and to say hi to her.
Now that the weather is getting SLIGHTLY cooler (highs around 90!), I’ve decided it’s a good time to start going on dogwalks with Josh and Sydney again. On Saturday we headed from our house down to the boardwalk, and then walked my favorite part of the hike and bike trail. It’s the part between I35 and Congress, on the north side of the lake.
It was a great day because it was mostly overcast. However, it was also pretty humid, so halfway through the walk we found a lush patch of grass and all took a break. Overall though, not too bad. I am looking forward to slightly lower temps in the 80s soon, which will make these walks even better!
This weekend, I read the book The Vacationers. It’s about a family that goes on vacation to Majorca, Spain. On their first day there, one of the family members runs to the market to get things for dinner, and decides on a snacking-type dinner with cheese, bread, olives, etc.
This reminded me of being on vacation in Italy. Our first day there, we did something very similar. We headed to a small grocery store to grab ingredients for lunch. We snacked on the best salami I have ever had in my life, cheese, bread, butter, and tomatoes. I’m always trying to capture that feeling of being on vacation, so I decided we were going to have a Saturday of snacking.
First, I decided to make bruschetta. This was my first time ever attempting to make this tomato toast, so it was a lot of guesswork, but it turned out delicious! Josh said he didn’t think he could have anything more delicious in a restaurant.
5 campari tomatoes
Handful Fresh Basil
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 shake crushed red peppers
salt and pepper to taste
crusty loaf of bread (I used ciabatta, but any baguette should work well)
1. Cut the campari tomatoes into small pieces. I removed most of the seeds. Place this into a bowl.
2. Cut the basil into thin strips. Add to the bowl.
3. Dice the garlic and add to the bowl.
4. Shake some dried parsley, a touch of crushed red peppers, and add some salt and pepper to the bowl.
5. Add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the bowl and mix to combine all ingredients.
6. Preheat the broiler on your oven.
7. Cut the bread into thick slices. You want them to be thick enough to easily pick up.
8. Lightly butter each slice of bread and put onto a baking sheet.
9. Broil in the oven until the tops are getting nicely toasted.
10. Take out, and add shredded or slices of mozzarella cheese to the top. Put back under the broiler.
11. Once the cheese is all melty, remove and put the toast onto a plate.
12. Top the toast with the tomato mixture, open a bottle of wine or sparkling water and enjoy!
Next up.. Chili-lime shrimp.