Wednesday, July 9, 2014

last week in vintage-ish

Thrifting:
I haven't found anything the past two weeks on my trips. The above chair was the only thing that tempted me it reminded me of tooled leather and it would have been a great summer night project to re-finish. But it was pretty pricy for the Goodwill so I passed on it, just took it's picture.
was not supposed to be buying macrons...
I got a few etsy orders over the weekend which is my cue to look for more vintage! It was a nice weekend so I decided to go somewhere I had never been which was the Mulvey flea market on Osbourne. I love the idea of an indoor flea market but this one was not to my taste, none of the sellers had any drool worthy items so I left empty handed and made my way down to Vintage in the Village to see what was new, sadly there was slim picking and I again left empty handed. I had passed Tea Story on the way and took a walk back to see what they offered. While paying for my drink I saw they sold french macarons and decided to buy a bunch for my freezer. Bad idea these are okay but not worth the money if you are going to splurge go to Jenna Rae Cakes (just saying)

I have also been trying to find simple yet elegant recipes as side dishes. On Lisa's intragram awhile back she posted roasted romaine and I was intrigued. I got a chance to try it out and here is what I learned/did

Basic recipe:
Half your romaine hearts and place on baking dish. Preheat over to 450 degrees and add dressing on your choice and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 5 minutes and enjoy (cut off bitter end once cooked)

Try #1:
I used way too much olive oil and I found my lettuce to be too soggy for my liking
Try #2:
I used no dressing and tried to broil the lettuce so the cheese was baked more. This didn't 100% work I was too wussy to leave it in the over too long, but the lettuce was more crisp so I personally would add the dressing afterwards.

Overall I liked the idea of this, it went really well with lasagna. It is not like kale chips at all (that was what I thought it would be) but has a really warn quality to it.

This is pretty much what I get up to on a weekly basis besides work.
Anyone else tried roasting romaine?

2 comments:

  1. That elegant, artistic chair would have caught my eye like a piece of shiny metal in a desert, too. It has such an appealing design and would work beautifully as a decor element in so many types of homes.

    Thank you very much for your wonderful comment on today's post, dear gal. I too believe that finding, embracing and consciously choosing happiness is one of the most important things in life, especially in the face of chronic illness. I couldn't fathom having gone through the last twelve years (since I became chronically ill) without my steadfast desire for joy and to focus on the positives in life, no matter what negatives came my way. Doing so has helped me in more ways than any medicine and is what helps ensure I'm still able to smile through the (physical) pain and endless curveballs that the universe likes to throw my way.

    Big hugs to you, sweet soul,
    ♥ Jessica

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  2. If I remember roasting the romaine correctly (it's been a while and I haven't done it since) I generously brushed it with dressing - no olive oil - and grated parm cheese on top. And your oven wasn't hot enough. Next time set it to 450 F and bake for 5 min.
    Another tip: I would cut out as much of the core as I could without the lettuce falling apart before baking. We found it was a bit bitter after it was cooked.

    Hope this helped!

    The vintage pickings HAVE been slim, haven't they?! I found absolutely nothing on my birthday. I've got a GC for Ruby Slipper and am thinking about going. You should come with me, I'll drive. Text me and we'll head out there next week maybe! :)

    Lisa.

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