Thursday, September 29, 2011

Being a Tourist in Your Own Town

Or, how I spent my last weekend.

It started with a delicious dinner (wine, manchego brought back from Spain, chevre from Bonnie Blue Farms, an Arkansas Black apple from Jones Orchard, and salami from Fino's) and The Wire, which will be the main reason the SO and I will not have much of a social life until we have burned through all five seasons.

Pumpkins between the coffee cart and Jessie Harris Produce

Saturday we lazed about in the morning and headed to the Memphis Farmers Market -- too late for the eggs, but in enough time to take pictures of things on diagonal axes.

Salad bowls from Willow Oaks Farm.

After the MFM, we wandered over to a store I've been wanting to check out for a while: South Front Antiques.

It's a restorationist's dream -- tons of old doors, wrought iron, bannisters, stained glass windows... basically everything you'd need to fix up an old house in Midtown.

Doorknobs, South Front Antiques.

The top floor was a Miss Havisham's attic-full of old furniture and chandeliers.

Later that afternoon, we checked out the Rock 'n' Soul Museum just off Beale Street with a free museum day pass from the Smithsonian. I really loved the exhibits on the Sun Studio artists and the fact that you could listen to tons of great, key Memphis music. Would have loved more information on Hi Records and recent Memphis musicians (there was a tantalizing photo of Big Star, but the placard only talked a little about the Box Tops... the SO and I wanted more).

After the museum, we walked over to Gus's Fried Chicken for an always-delicious dinner. No pictures of it due to the eating it so fast.

Aside from the groceries at the market and dinner, it was a completely free, fun day. I love fall in Memphis.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Simple Potato

Gahhh blogger layout changes ///change is hard.

Work/life changes have been many and varied. My co-clerks and I started work about a month ago and stared into the gaping maw of a big deadline at the end of this month. As we get closer, it turns out not to be full of sharp teeth, but getting ready for it has consumed a lot of time nonetheless.

Anyway. I love my new job, but adjusting to it has taken time from my evenings. Hence with the not blogging. And my new kitchen has terrible light, which is a perfectly legitimate aesthetic reason for not feeling inspired to take pictures. But I have found time to try my hand at canning (salsa!) and cheese-making (ricotta!). Both of which kind of feel like magic.

The first month on the job was an exercise in remembering how to make really simple things. Lots of egg burritos, risottos, etc. This humble little dish is from the Kitchn and came from a need to use up a lemon before it went bad. I ate two potatoes from Ly Vu Produce roasted on a bed of supersweet onions from Flora Farms. It was filling and nourishing and about all I needed at the time.

As for a Spain update, see Jessica's series: Barcelona, Aragon and Navarra, the Basque country, and Madrid.