Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Weekend Breakfast

As you may be aware, I work a lot of hours and I rarely find time to do the dishes and do the cooking. As I hate doing laundry more than I hate cooking and dishes, our current arrangement has me doing the bulk of the cooking and dishes with Horn doing the laundry and ironing.

For the most part it works although I think that he has more clothes than me so his need to do laundry is less pressing than my desire for him to do laundry.

Regardless of the dish or laundry situation, on weekends I really like to cook one substantial meal. I sometimes see it as a quasi-bribe for Horn to do things like go to IKEA with me. It usually works.

As you are probably unaware, I love reading cookbooks. I like checking them out from the library and pouring over recipes that I want to make as well as ones that I know would never fly with my more picky eating husband (to his credit, since being diagnoses as a diabetic, his eating habits have been enlightened).

My most recent library finds include the 2009 Southern Living Cookbook (from which I made what I am coining "Fat Elvis Bread Pudding") and Gourmet (sadly no longer published as a magazine).

While Gourmet has very interesting recipes, I find a lot of their recipes unapproachable or just plain weird (where can you even buy aspic?). That said, I fell in love with a few of the recipes - especially breakfast.

While I loved "Cowboy Breakfast," it was a little too big for Horn and I but the Baked Eggs with Cheese was perfect for the two of us (down graded from six eggs to four eggs).

The Baked Eggs were absolutely perfect. I used a gruyere & swiss blend (purchases from Trader Joe's) and baked my eggs in a 8x8 pan. While the eggs still came out well, being served "family style" wasn't the easiest way to eat this dish. I would definitely steer any other cook towards using the ramekins.

For cooking time, granted I keep cast iron cookware in my stove so the temperatures might be off, mine took about 16 minutes compared to the 14 minutes suggested in the recipe. The egg white did puff up and turn nice and crispy. The yolks kind of sink into the whites and the cheese and creme fraiche create a nice gooey cover. Horn suggested that folding in ham or bacon (or his most favorite - pot roast hash from TJ) would make it even better. It is definitely worth considering.

This would be a great brunch dish - maybe even for Easter.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Revisiting our wedding mass

Rob and I were married during the Easter Season of the Catholic Church - the time period immediately following Easter Sunday and Holy Week. It is a time of rejoicing in the church - we have been washed of our sins by the sacrifice of Jesus's death on the Cross.

For us, it meant we had great opportunities to select our readings. One of the important things for us was to have reading the were "us" and spoke of our commitment to each other.

Being Catholic, our choices were limited, but it didn't mean that our choices were any less rich.

Our first reading was from Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16. The irony of this reading is that it talks about a "clean home" which is what I strive for but often find it lacking. This was my reading selection

For our Psalm, we wanted something that was used in regular masses. As it is a traditional Lenten/Easter Psalm, Rob and I have been hearing a lot of it lately which makes me smile at him. Our selection was based on Psalm 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4. This most definitely isn't a typical selection for a wedding but because it was Easter, it was acceptable.

Rob selected our last reading from the Old Testament. In college, he had taken a class on Revelations and wanted to use that reading selection. It was Revelations 19:1, 5-9.

Finally, our Gospel reading probably took us the longest. We wanted something that spoke of us as a couple and some of the struggles we had faced. We picked this passage:

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 17:20-26

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:
“I pray not only for my disciples,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Commentary

Just before Jesus enters into his passion and death, he prays this prayer for love and unity. He looks up into heaven and desires that the glory of heaven will be made known on earth. His prayer draws upon the profound unity of the Trinity, where God the Father perfectly and fully loves God the Son and they dwell in each other’s love.

The Trinity has at times, been described in our tradition this way: The three persons of the Godhead are like a Lover, the Beloved, and the Love between them – corresponding to God the Father, who loves God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit who is the love shared between them. The seamless unity of the Father and Son (the Lover and the Beloved), is a metaphor for the unity that is desired through a sacramental marriage.

As Jesus mystically envisions heavenly glory, he desires that all in his flock are to share heaven with him. Married couples embark on a journey that is to culminate in heaven. They walk alongside each another in their earthly lives, and an indispensable part of life include a spiritual life and an eternal dimension.

This passage might be favored by couples who desire an intense bond, including a strong spiritual unity that can only come from relying upon the Holy Spirit in their relationship. Also, those who have struggled to reconcile differences between themselves, their families, or within their community of faith, might find this a useful passage. Jesus desires the same unity for them, the fullness of which will not be realized until eternity breaks through.

Unless the homilist is drawing from the phrase, “before the foundation of the world” little will be lost using the shorter form (below). It retains the Trinitarian image of unity, and preserves the vision that the community of believers is to be perfectly one.


Monday, March 08, 2010

Spring 2010

Rob and I have been married for nearly a year at this point. This last year has been extremely busy but fun.

We took a few trips: wedding in August (Justin and Kelly); wedding in October (Bekah & Ben); football game in November; and most recently, a trip to Las Vegas - you can link out to the pictures on an earlier post.

We are looking forward to our first anniversary in a month or so.

Here is to a great 2010!

Las Vegas Feb 2010 (87 photos), by Hannabert


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