Blue Apron: Week 30

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Roasted Chicken & Mixed Mushrooms with Crispy Rosemary-Orange Salad & Chipotle Pan Sauce
This Roasted Chicken & Mixed Mushrooms with Crispy Rosemary-Orange Salad & Chipotle Pan Sauce was very good. The orange and goat cheese worked quite well with the overall dish, but I think we over-roasted the mushrooms. Probably would've been better sauteed.

Spiced Pork Chops & Mashed Potatoes with Kale, English Peas & Goat Cheese
The Spiced Pork Chops & Mashed Potatoes with Kale, English Peas & Goat Cheese was quite good as well. I don't think I've ever had fresh English peas before, but it worked quite well with this dish. I overcooked the porkchops a tad, so it was a bit on the dry side. 'Gotta keep better tabs on what I'm doing.

Spring Gemelli Pasta with Garlic Sugar Snap Peas, Crispy Capers & Soft-Boiled Eggs
I also liked the Spring Gemelli Pasta with Garlic Sugar Snap Peas, Crispy Capers & Soft-Boiled Eggs, especially the capers, but it could've used about three times the amount of peas.

Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wax Sealed Envelopes

Note: If you're going to use sealing wax on an outer envelope, be sure to use flexible wax. Also, use as little wax as possible (~4 drops) as thicker bits might get caught in the USPS processing machines and cause the envelopes to need hand-canceling. This can cost you extra postage! Sealing wax is best for inner envelopes and hand-delivered letters.

Or just sealing wax. I've had bits of gold and red sealing wax candles sitting around for awhile, and decided to whip 'em out for the current round of thank you cards. Cheap and easy way to feel super fance. It's kinda fun and makes me wish I had more excuses to send out envelopes.

When I bought this kit ~8 years ago there wasn't much variety, but when I checked Etsy today, the selection is amazing. I would've definitely gone for a fancier 'I'. Capital I ends up looking so dull in most fonts! There's also all sorts of sealing wax colors and stamp shapes now, like this one that has 20 color options and the stamp is of gingko leaves!

I also like pretty postage, and used some of my "Gifts of Friendship" sakura stamps to further jazz 'em up!

Purple Envelope with Gold Sealing Wax
Wax Seal Supplies
Pretty Stamps
Wax Sealed Envelopes

Flavored Matcha

Sunday, May 22, 2016

For Xmas I was given the very thoughtful gift of a collection of flavored matcha tea. David's Tea no longer sells this exact collection, but it does have the three matcha flavors in a single-serve collection: mocha, mint, and vanilla.

David's Tea Flavored Matcha Collection: Mocha, Mint, and Vanilla
Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder that's usually suuuuper expensive, which is why you often encounter it mixed with cheaper green tea leaves. But sometimes it's nice to enjoy some special matcha all on its own.

Matcha Supplies: A cup of nearly boiling hot water, spoon, whisk, and matcha
You'll need a mug of near-boiling water, a spoon, a whisk, and some matcha.

Two Spoonfuls of Matcha Powder into the Water
Put 2-4 small teaspoons of matcha powder into the water.

Whisk until combined! There is a special bamboo whisk for matcha, but they're a little pricey for a single-purpose item and a metal whisk does a fine job in this case.

Add some milk.
I like to add a bit of milk at the end, super tasty. This is the mocha matcha, which is why it's a bit browner than usual. I imagine the mint matcha should be bright green, then!

Warby Parker Glasses

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Warby Parker Glasses
The blogosphere has been talking about Warby Parker for awhile now, but it wasn't until a storefront opened up locally a few months ago that I decided to give them a shot. They have this great plan where they'll mail you ~5 pairs to try on at home, and then you pick the style you like. However, I wanted to try them all on. And so I did! Nothing beats a storefront for trying on 15+ pairs of frames with new shapes on yer face.

It was really a smooth process, and makes you wonder why prescription glasses have to cost a fortune. These were $100 without eye insurance (I do have it, I just chose not to use it). Prescription sunglasses are a bit pricier, so it might be wise to go the traditional prescription route for the sunglasses. A rando stranger complimented me on my Marshall glasses, so I guess that's a win?

I just wish they had adjustable nose pieces. These all-plastic glasses always slip down my nose all day long.

Bonus: Warby Parker donates a chunk of money to eyeglass distribution/charities for those in need, for every pair purchased.

Warby Parker Glasses
Warby Parker

Blue Apron: Week 29

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Orecchiette Pasta & Roasted Chickpeas with Kale & Smoked Paprika
Blue Apron always makes a fantastic pasta dish. Adding roasted chickpeas to this Orecchiette Pasta & Roasted Chickpeas with Kale & Smoked Paprika, which are pretty easy to make, was a super lovely touch. This made 3-4 Iris meals.

Chicken Fried Chicken with Baked Sweet Potato & Collard Greens
The Chicken Fried Chicken with Baked Sweet Potato & Collard Greens was also pretty good. I don't mind breading chicken as much when Blue Apron sends it. Although, there's always more than enough batter for the 2 chicken breasts. 'Gotta remember to keep some spare chicken breasts on hand.

Steak & Eggs with Quick Kimchi Fried Rice
The only reason the Steak & Eggs with Quick Kimchi Fried Rice is in third place this week is because I slightly overcooked the steaks. The meat is usually of high quality, but you sorta lose that when you cook to well done. Pink in the middle is sorta super necessary! The kimchi-fried rice was brilliant though. A nice twist on fried rice.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stanford Group Fitness Room
Twice a week this is where I am for 45 minutes or so. A university's group fitness room, surrounded by undergrads, trying to figure out how to move my body through physical space. My whole adolescence and young adulthood I was terrified of dancing. Still am. So now I'm attempting to desensitize myself with a series of cardio dance classes. 'Nothing like 1.5 hours of week of doing something you're really terrible at. I have no delusions of actually getting better at dancing, but there's some hope I can stop caring about how I dance.

At least half the class is also incapable of dancing, so no need to be too self conscious! No one can dance! Sometimes it's good to not be a special snowflake.

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