Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Family Bike Trip

We went on our first family bike trip yesterday. We haven't been biking since Theo was born, so now that Theo can ride on 2 wheels so well, Danielle and I replaced our rusted out, 15 year old bikes and we went out for a ride around the neighborhood. Luke got to ride in style in the trailer that our friends next door gave us.

Theo did great - he didn't complain once! We took frequent breaks for him and helped him along on some of the more steep hills. But overall, it was a great experience!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Culinary Experimentation

Tonight was a night of messing around in the kitchen, trying to recreate my all-time favorite sandwich, the Roasted Eggplant Sandwich from Angelico's in Tenleytown.

Here's my result:





It worked out really well - I roasted the eggplant, onions, tomatoes and red peppers on the charcoal grill. All except the onion was from the local farmer's market.

The bread was pizza dough that I made in the bread machine. It has a little feta and melted fresh mozzarella as well. The only thing missing from the real deal is the kalamata olives, mainly because Danielle hates olives.

Theo decided to have his own creation for dinner as well: a Grilled Macaroni and Cheese sandwich. NOT grilled cheese, mind you - this is mac and cheese in sandwich form:



Needless to say, he loved it.

Theo is the creator of many classic recipes, including Marshmallow Muffins - these are basically blueberry muffins where marshmallows have been inserted in the place of the berries.

Actually, he came up with a great recipe last week which has made it into our morning routine: Eggcakes. These are pancakes where scrambled eggs have been mixed in, much as other less creative types would mix in blueberries or chocolate chips. These are actually quite delicious, and rather healthy given his other culinary creations.

Lukie, not to be outdone by his older brother tonight, came up with this masterpiece:



Salmon on a Ritz cracker, which he immediately declared "Yummy!" despite the fact that he barely tolerates the taste of salmon.

It was fun, but we're all completely wiped out now.