Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pho Sure!

The culinary adventure continues as Mr. Leisure spends more time in the kitchen.  We both love Asian cuisine, and that love prompted a trip to the cookbook section at the local library.  Lives were changed.


For those of you who don't know Pho - it's a Vietnamese street food consisting of broth, noodles and herbs.


Top with condiments.  We used cilantro, red onion, lime, and jalapeno.


(I'm drooling all over again as I write this).

A bonus of making Pho at home is that your entire house will smell like star anise for days.  Trust me - that's a good thing.

Who knew that spring rolls are so simple to make at home?  John rolled as I manned the deep fryer.


The final product produces a crispy crunch so loud, it'll wake the neighbors!






Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bad Weather, Good Times

I know our weather isn't that bad compared to what some of you are experiencing - it's just the typical tiresome Southeast winter.  Sunny skies bring frigid temps and warm days bring rain.

I've missed the southwestern desert scene this winter but ... it's been a great trade-off watching Mr. Leisure tend to his new duties (when he's not standing on some tee box).


Hours at the desk have been replaced by hours at the cooktop.  Two rusty skills are being honed: bread-baking and sleeping late! John digs deep into the old recipe box and pulls out a long-neglected focaccia recipe.  Dee-lish!


We are also deep into the Fish Taco Project.  Kimchi (background) has proven a vital ingredient.


As for me, I've been deep into the digital art, learning more every day. Yesterday's freezing weather was spent in glorious fashion at the University Library, immersed in the endless stacks of art books. Infinitely more fun than the year spent on my dissertation!


A stack of scanned treasures for eventual use in my art pieces.


Below is one of the many prints on the walls of the library, one which always moves me.


After the devastating poisoning in 2010 of our beloved Oaks at the campus entrance by a twisted Alabama fan, an Auburn student and an Alabama student played tribute to the much-mourned victims of the attack by pairing up for a cello concert at the scene of the crime.

I leave for the east coast in a few weeks in hopes for the ideal weather of two years ago.  Stay tuned!




Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Best of All Worlds

Life is all about choices ...  right?  


OR


Both simple, different, easy.

All of the above, please!