Tuesday, March 3, 2009

of food and questions

the food...

I didn't think to take a picture of this *before* we started eating it... and soon there was absolutely none left. There was a small fight over who would get to scrape the pan.

Fridge-raid Pie

3 onions, peeled and cut into wedges
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups chopped ham
1/4 cup flour
1.5 cups milk (or 3/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup chicken broth)
1 cup grated cheese (I used a 4-cheese Italian blend... I think sharp cheddar might have been better)
3 cups leftover mashed potatoes mixed with 1 head roasted garlic
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (approx.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Caramelize the onions in the olive oil (saute gently, stirring often so that they get well-cooked without browning - this usually takes at least 30 minutes. Don't try to rush it!) Add the ham and cook til it's heated through. Stir in the flour until it's completely absorbed by the oil in the pan. (Add more oil if necessary.) Slowly stir in the milk, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly til thickened. Pour into 2-qt baking dish. Put a layer of grated cheese over top, and then top that (carefully) with the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes, til the cheese on top is golden, and the filling is bubbly.

Comfort food!!!

...and now the questions.
This is a shawl I made last week. The yarn is gorgeous... noro silk garden. I love the colours - to look at. D'oh! When am I going to figure out that although I love bright colours and multi-coloured objects, I. do. not. wear. them.
Nor do I wear bulky chunky things around my neck.
On the other hand, when I'm cold, which is most of the time these days, I have been known to walk around the house with a blanket around my shoulders.
So, do I keep the thing? Frog it? Try a different style of shoulder-warmer? Dye it black (heaven forbid!)

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