Monday, January 30, 2012

Good stuff!

One great thing about being married to a Brit is my introduction to some very tasty food.  Why people believe British food is bland is beyond me.  We recently began ordering food from the British Food Depot - a great source and not horribly expensive, either.  We could probably find some of these things in shops off the island, but since we rarely leave these days it makes more sense to buy online.  We've made two orders so far...

Lots of tasty treats from England!

I'm ready for the apocalypse!

This all came about because the store we were buying malt vinegar from didn't have any.  They had every other type of vinegar you could imagine.  But no malt vinegar.

Every kind of vinegar except - MALT VINEGAR!

It turned out to be a good thing, because now we're getting all of the other tasty foods too!  Why we didn't do this sooner, I don't know.  As you can see, our first order was a bit timid - but the second time we ordered we meant business!  Ha.  I can only imagine what our next order will look like.  It will have many more boxes of marrowfat peas, that's for sure!

Michael made pea and ham soup for dinner this weekend, and it was scrumptious.  Nothing like split pea and ham soup, I'm told.  I'm not a fan of sp&h, and haven't tasted it since I was a kid - or maybe never!  It could be that I was disgusted by the look of it as a child that I've never let it pass my lips.  I'd probably like it now, especially if Michael made it.  But he won't, because he'll be making mushy peas and ham soup instead!

Mushy peas and ham soup!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Goodbye 2011...

Well then.  That wasn't really too bad - in fact, 2011 was a pretty good year.  A few highlights:
  • Another successful garden!
Fourteen jars of pickles, right there baby!

The basil from the garden that will soon become pesto
  • Good health (mostly)
Nolan, the invalid
  • Two fun trips to the Olympic Peninsula
My beloved cracks a beer in the forest, in honor of Darwin Day

Kalaloch sunset

Michael and Nolan looking appropriately uncomfortable in front of the Twilight store
  • Work at the library is very fulfilling and challenging too
Just waiting for it all to start...

Library display case - Picture it @ your library!
  • We ate a lot of good food, both at home and out
Salmon with caper sauce

Hazmat burger
  • Nolan took up mycology, which means everyone else in the family did too, with mixed results
Nolan learned a lot and was happy to see so many varieties in person

No Nietzsche, nooooooo!
  • Clowns
My clown collection takes shape...

So there you have it.  A nice little review of the year, in pictures.  Let's hope 2012 is even better!