Paula and I got married!
So I’m interrupting my not-so-regular recipe-posting schedule [although finally the tendinitis/RSI pain is subsiding a little] to bring you these photos of our tamale-centered wedding feast!
Next time I’ll be back with a recipe, though… I promise.
Unlike all of my other blog posts, these are not my photos, but those of our fabulous wedding photographer, Debbie Gardner. And the food wasn’t made by me or Paula (although we thought about doing it ourselves — for about 5 seconds!), but by Pure Joy Catering. We were very happy with both!
There’s just over a week until Paula and I get married!
And there’s still a good three or four weeks’ worth of stuff left to do… Luckily my parents are arriving in California today, so they can help. Then my sister will arrive a week from today, and will promptly bake 255 cookies in my non-air-conditioned apartment to pass out as wedding favors. We’ve got this under control.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been much help with any of the hands-on wedding preparations – no placecard-writing, mason jar-decorating, chalkboard art, or cookie-baking for me, not with my tendinitis/RSI.
The only sign of hope is that my physical therapist finally showed me some wrist-strengthening exercises, meaning before too long I should be out of the inflammation stage and into the chronic stage! Good thing you don’t need to pass a typing test, or be able to hold a laptop (or a drink) with only one hand in order to get married in the state of California. (Actually, being able to hold a drink with one hand might be useful during the reception…)
But enough about a day that hasn’t even happened yet. Instead, let me talk about this recipe which I
cooked up fermented at the beginning of the summer, pre-tendinitis.
This recipe has been a long time coming – and not just because I didn’t post last week due to my ongoing tendinitis (which makes it painful to type).
Paula and I have been making Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus for a while now, but every time she’s asked me to put it up on the blog, I tell her I want to wait until we’ve made our own pickled jalapeños (rather than using the ones from a can). This is what she has to deal with – putting up with a semi-purist, always-perfectionist food blogger.
She also thought I was crazy for insisting that we stop buying the delicious Trader Joe’s cilantro jalapeño hummus and make it from scratch instead. Although eventually homemade hummus began to win her over, especially since we started using Ottolenghi and Tamimi’s recipe from their cookbook “Jerusalem,” which calls for dried chickpeas, not canned – it makes the hummus even smoother and creamier.
Back again, and let me tell you, tendinitis is no joke.
My hands, wrists, and arms might be getting slightly better now after three weeks of resting them, but it’s hard to say. Part of the problem? I’ve realized how difficult it is to really “rest” my hands – without them, I am helpless in front of a computer; without them, Paula is stuck cooking and washing the dishes every single night. (And I really miss cooking!)
So of course, although I’ve cheated a little and used the keyboard here and there, editing photos, typing up recipes, and responding to your comments over this past month has been out of the question. I’m sorry I was gone so long, though!
Before you get all worried on my behalf, I’m not actually typing this – I’m dictating it using voice recognition software. It’s frustrating sometimes, but I am slowly getting used to it and I don’t know what I would do without it.
A month ago, though, back when I was in denial and still typing/cooking through the pain, I made you these blueberry crisps! And they were so, so good. But yes, I can sense what you’re about to tell me, and you’re right: I definitely shouldn’t have done that.
My summer of snacking on cold salads directly out of the fridge continues!
Not that this is a salad; it’s more of a side dish. Goma-ae is a delicious Japanese vegetable side dish, often using spinach (or another green vegetable, like green beans) and always seasoned with goma (sesame).
It’s such a simple recipe, I have a feeling this is going to be a short blog post…
It’s summer! But I am still, technically, a grad student until the end of my 6-week summer TA-ship… so the crazy feeling of having finished grad school probably won’t quite hit me until then.
In the meantime, starting last week, I’ve been waking up early to teach (and grade for) a summer intensive course in first-year Japanese, and it’s led to something of a rude awakening: waking up early five days a week is exhausting!
(Don’t laugh — after seven years of grad school, I have a lot to re-get used to…) The sad part is that Paula still wakes up earlier than I do and leaves the house before me… so obviously I have nothing to complain about.
This potato salad is like a collection of all of the foods I used to hate.
Key words: used to!
Mustard, pickled red onions, and even capers have all grown on me in recent years. (Capers, most recently — they used to be the bane of my bagels & lox experiences.)
So the other day when I picked up a little container of this vinegary, mustardy red potato salad from a sandwich shop, I enjoyed it immensely. Possibly because it was the first thing I ate after I defended my dissertation…
But don’t get me wrong, it tasted good for other reasons, too!