but dinner was awesome last night. I made Pioneer Woman's Risotto and chicken thighs (bought at Whole Foods)*. OMG I died and went to heaven when I tasted the Risotto. The only thing I did different was I browned my chicken thighs in the same pan I was going to make the Risotto in. When I fried the onion and garlic I scraped up the bits and left them in the pan. It took 30 minutes to make, the whole time spent over the stove, but so well worth it.
Oh I had also made the dough Hakucho has blogged about, the day before, so yesterday I just needed to cut off a hunk, let sit for 40 minutes and then bake. OMG it was awesome! I liked it a lot better than the other No Knead Bread. What is so wonderful about this recipe from Hakucho is you can leave the dough in your fridge for up to 14 days and use it as you need it. Also since it is just Kris and myself I could cut off a hunk just enough for us and not waste any. LOL not that bread goes to waste here.
I've also started making marmalade; I sliced, very thin, an orange, grapefruit and lemon and they need to soak for 24 hours. So in an hour or so I will need to add some sugar and cook them. This is my first time making this so we'll see how it goes. I am going to make some scones to go with this. I got thinking after I had it going that on Sunday I will be gatekeeper at the Shambhala center and it will be our first Open House on a Sunday, so I'll bring some of the marmalade and scones to put out for the Open House.
Oh I didn't mention this yet. When I got back from NY I had an email from the head of our center asking if I would be interested in doing Umdze (follow the link to see what an Umdze does) and/or Gatekeeping. I told her I am honored she thought of me and I would love to but I was very sick and didn't know if I could make the training. She offered to train me when I got better, but I drug myself out that night for the hour and half class. Umdze on Sunday's scare me as we do chants on Sunday's and I am not confident enough to do it. However, it is a practice to overcome fear so maybe one day I will give it a try but in the meantime I offered to gatekeep on Sundays. I did offer to do Umdze every fourth Thursday which is less formal but still scary, so I'll practice overcoming fear on Thursday night. Every first Sunday I will be gatekeeper and that means I will be meditating out in the hall by the door. I make sure that quiet and order is kept during the meditation time, also since every first Sunday will be Open House I will meet and greet any newcomers and help them to get settled.
*I feel that Whole Foods or my co-op is a better choice to get my meats (until I am completely vegetarian) as they are organic and range free.