*No, I did not stay up all night to watch the wedding (festivities started at 1AM our time)
*Yes, I did get up early and watch recorded BBC coverage of the actual wedding.
*Yes, Mr. L did get up to watch with me. He actually became human after breakfast and some tea.
*After the wedding we fast forwarded to the kiss
*Mr. L thought the sister looked hot. I thought the same thing about Harry.
*Loved the dress. Classic, elegant, and will hold up in thirty years (unlike Princess Diana's which I loved at the time, but now, not so much).
*I now want to wear hats
*Loved the BBC's coverage...no commercials and no incessant talking over the festitivies.
*Good grief Princess Eugenie of York, do you realize The Fug Girls are going to have a field day with you?
*I didn't get teary eyed until the WWII bomber flew over. I may have to turn in my Royal Watchers hat and get a military one!
*I got a kick out of the Godsons Mom texting me from their vacation in London during the wedding...they stayed far away from all the crazyness but were enjoying the festitivies.
*We will continue the British celebrating with dinner tonight consisting of Shepards Pie, Steak and Mushroom Pie, Bangers and Mash, Mushy Peas, McVities Digestives and some Spotted Dick with cream for dessert.
*We will eat dinner to the six hours remaning of the recorded BBC wedding coverage. Then I will watch the recorded 8 hours of CNN coverage, the recorded 8 hours of ABC coverage not to mention all of tonights highlight reels and fashion recap shows. Maybe I don't have to turn in my Royal Watchers hat just yet.
*I have a feeling that Mr. L will be very very happy when today is over.
*Photo above taken with my iPhone: Breakfast (way to early in the morning for me): Blueberry scones, Twinnings English Breakfast Tea, Duerr's Black Current Preserves, Somerdale Double Devon Cream. Served on our wedding china.
SIMPLY MING ONE-POT MEALS - Quick, Healthy & Affordable Recipes by Ming Tsai & Arthur Boehm
This cookbook has a copyright of 2010. I got this cookbook at Costco. I have never cooked from this before.
I'm not a huge fan of Ming Tsai. I've watched his cooking shows only a handful of times. I actually did like him on The Next Iron Chef even if he was a bit full of himself.
I picked up this book because I've been so time crunched lately that the idea of casseroles or what I think of as "one pot meals" appealed to me. Throw a bunch of stuff in a pot, let it cook and you have dinner. I should have read more about the Simply Ming One-Pot Meals as it's not quite that simple.
The premise of this cookbook is "Taste, Healthfulness, Simplicity and Affordability" and is broken down into techniques: "Braising, Wokking, Sauteing, High-Temperature Cooking, Roasting, Tossing (salads) and Soups. Supposedly each recipe would cost around $20, have easy to find ingredients and you only have to use one pot to cook the dish.
Chapters are divided by technique (Braise, Wok, Saute, Roast, High Temp, Soup, Toss) so you'd have to go to the index if you are looking for say, shrimp recipes. There are several pages of a glossary with ingredients and techniques. A full page photo of each dish (nice so you know what things are supposed to look like). Each recipe has a "To Drink" tip which pairs wines, beers or champagne with the dish. Some of the recipes have Ming's Tip's which tell you things like how to test lamb racks for doneness or how to peel a maitake.
The recipes seem fairly straightforward. The ingredients may be a problem. Though he mentions easy to find ingredients, I'm not sure that some of the stuff listed could be found in a normal grocery store though you could probably find them at any upscale or oriental market ...Maitake mushrooms, rock sugar, Togarashi, duck legs, sambal, cabbage kimchee. He also says to use things like organic Worcestershire sauce...which I've never seen at my normal markets.
The main thing I found while checking out the recipes is that, well, there's more than one pot involved. I found the title of the cookbook to be a bit misleading. Sure, portions of the dish may only take one pot to cook, but there are other pots involved to get the finished dish on the table. For example something like Warm Lemongrass Chicken with Olive and Cucumber-Couscous Salad takes marinating the chicken in a resealable bag, cooking the chicken in a skillet, taking chicken out of skillet to rest while you prepare the rest of the dish and making the couscous in a completely different pot. Lots more work than I would have thought from a one-pot cookbook.
That being said there are many dishes that I'd like to try: Oxtail and Shiitakes with Quinoa, Curry Beef with Potatoes and Onions, Garlic Osso Buco with Celeriac, Pork Belly with Jalapeno-Pineapple Salsa, Kung Pao Chicken with House Rice, Gingered Pork with Leeks, Scallop and Bacon Fettuccine, Asian Spaghetti, Thai Basil Shrimp Risotto, Mom's Famous Vinegared Shrimp, Wild Mushroom Polenta with Thai Basil Salad, Jerk Chicken with Mango, Wine and Black-Bean Pot Roast with Smashed Potatoes, Chile Pork Fillets with Garlic Brussels Sprouts, Spicy Fried Chicken with Crispy Onion Rings, Sweet and Sour Mango Pork, Lion's Head and Snow Cabbage with House Rice, Lemongrass-Coconut Chicken Soup, Wonton Shrimp and Noodle Soup, Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad, Coriander-Crusted Tuna Salad Nicoise.
I find some of the standard recipes in Simply Ming One-Pot Meals more interesting as they seem to have an Asian bent, like Asian Spaghetti or the Osso Buco where a bit of soy sauce is added, though some of the more traditional recipes look great too.