What I Did This Weekend

Man, I ramped up the activity level 150% this weekend and right now I’m paying for it.  But, it was fun for the most part anyway.

K and I went out to dinner for the first time in over a month Friday night. Not only dinner, sushi – it’s been too long. We tried a new roll called a Tournador roll (I’m sure Ichiban just made it up) that had softshell crab and cucumber wrapped up in spicy tuna wrapped up in a soybean wrapper. Got that?  We also got a couple pieces of tako nigiri sushi, and crab rangoons.  Add a couple of bottles of sake, and it was a good night!  I’m so mad I forgot to bring my camera, but I managed to grab a pic of the sake bottles the next day at least.


After dinner, we went back to the house to rest a bit (for me) but then we went to see the new Harry Potter movie. Holy cow, dinner and a movie on the same night?  Now I’m just gettin’ crazy!

So, what did you think of the movie?  I love the Harry Potter books but I didn’t love this movie.  It was missing something, but I’m not sure what.  I could say what most people are saying – too much emphasis on the “young relationships” but I didn’t begrudge that – I just thought it needed more of something else.  More Alan Rickman?  I melt with that voice 🙂

Saturday we took Zöe-cat to the vet to get her stitches taken out.  Poor thing had surgery a couple of weeks ago because the vet THOUGHT she had a blockage in her colon…but um, she didn’t. I’m currently very unhappy with said vet, so she’s very lucky she didn’t try to charge me for taking out her stitches. (On a side note, I don’t think I ever need to go to a doctor/vet to get stitches taken out again.  I can use a scissor and pull them out just as easily as a tech).  I’m looking for another vet, but one thing I’ve loved about the one we have is that it’s a practice solely focused on cats.  Still, $1000 for a surgery my cat turned out not to even need?  And in the end, it’s not even the money, it’s that my cat underwent unecessary sugery – poor thing. She looks quite pathetic with her belly, side and paw shaved.

After we dropped the kitty off at home we headed to our local deli to get lunch and picked up these for a treat!


That’s right, zucchini flowers are in season! Anna and Mo (short for Modesta), two lovely Italian ladies that run the deli with their family, have hundreds of zucchini plants and this time of year sell them in bunches for $2 each.  Can’t get more local than the backyard! K and I bought a bunch and enjoyed them that night.


The flowers were a little wilty by nighttime.


We cut the stamens out (pollen doesn’t taste very good), then dipped them in our homemade batter, then fried them.


A little parmesan cheese, a little pepper, and it’s delish!


Today was Farmer’s Market today, so of course we hit that up and came home with this:


  • 1/2 gallon of low-fat milk from Battenkill Creamery
  • 1/2 gallon of apple cider from Migliorelli Farm
  • 1 loaf honey wheat bread from Our Daily Bread
  • 1 pint blueberries from Migliorelli Farm
  • 2 ears of  corn from Barber Farm
  • 1lb chicken sausage from Coopers Ark Farm
  • 1 small fresh mozzarella from Hemour Farm

We enjoyed more fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato with oil and balsamic vinegar for lunch. Yum!

Later on today we went to the garden and finally got the sugarsnap peas properly staked with chicken wire we bought at the hardware store yesterday.  They’re almost done, so there was no real point, I guess, but we picked a few more and we can always reuse the wire and stakes next year.  We looked for more zucchini but they don’t appear to be growing right. We picked one, but the end was all yellow and bad.

Then I thinned some of the carrots out. We also pulled one of our garlic stalks to see how far along the garlic is.  It was small, but usable, and we still have 6 left in the garden.

We used the garlic scapes from last week and made a great steamed mixed vegetable side dish with dinner tonight.


Baby carrots!



Sugarsnap peas and partially bad small zucchini

Sugarsnap peas and partially bad small zucchini

Look how yummy!