Weekend Roundup

Some strong coffee from Trailhead roasters was in order this weekend, as it was a busy one. Aside from a few lazy breakfasts, I was on the go, starting my apprenticeship/in'curd'ship/mini-monger-in-training program with Cheese & Crack food cart, getting ready for the upcoming holidays, and spending an afternoon at the art museum.
Challah bread french toast, soaked in egg, almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and citrus zest.

Behind the scenes at Cheese & Crack! Ladling up some cheddar broccoli soup with rainbow chard, topped with Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds.

We made a batch of rosemary & parmesan savory oatmeal cookies. I hope to take the training wheels off and try a batch of my own during the holidays!
Catering order for an afternoon event

House marinated Wisconsin curds

Cloud cap from cascadia creamery, atop a savory oatmeal cookie with a smear of apple butter (cut it out!!)

Bruleed brie and butter crackers.

My take home plate, also featuring cana de oveja, pickled roasted garlic and hazelnut chocolate ganache.

Morning breakfast and snug.

Samurai exhibit at the Portland art museum! The attention to detail was truly remarkable.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!


Soups On: Roasted Garlic Tomato

Now that it is getting dark at about 4:30, it is starting to feel like winter is officially upon us! A part of me finds the nighttime slick and shiny streets of Portland sort of romantic. The other part of me feels suicidal until June. Either way, soup is in order, and a hearty bowl at that.
Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup from Veganomicon

Post-soup, I settled in with some homemade chai tea. I simmered orange peel, star anise, coriander seed, cinnamon stick, peppercorn, fresh ginger and cardamom pod for 40 minutes, then steeped black tea for about 6 minutes. This makes a concentrate, so I mixed half a cup of chai and the rest hot water and coconut milk.

This hit the spot on a cool night and made my apartment smell amazing. Now, currently on the hunt for a chai tea candle.