Good Friday morning, folks. Hope your week went well and that you are ready to scale back some this weekend. We’re off to Boston for a wedding (a Sunday wedding as such) so the recipe testing will have to take a break for a few days. That picture above you see is a picture of bitter melon, aka bitter gourd. A friend of mine got it in her CSA and was so mystified by its presence (well, first she was mystified by what it was) that she unloaded her exotic bounty unto me, and I took to the interwebs (thanks, social media) to seek advice of those who knew better. I’ve had plenty of bitter melon in before, and knew I liked it. Learning to make a new dish with a vegetable that normally isn’t hanging out in my crisper was also alluring. Cooking something not for a cookbook and just for the sake of cooking sounded even better – and I was hoping that maybe, just maybe, I’d share this new recipe with you.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The bitter melon proved to be so bitter, even after cooking, that I had to transport the whole mess of it right into the garbage can. Of course, now I’m determined more than ever to buy more bitter melon and cook with it until I get it right.
In other news, Andrew was a last-minute guest on an Al Jazeera America news show last night* speaking about climate change and the IPCC report that got released (to so much fanfare, you all woke up to see the press conference at 4am EST, right?) this morning. If you have, then Andrew was in good company; and if you haven’t – man, you missed one titillating press conference. Or so I hear. The cat and I were sleeping in the other room. One of us, and I’m not naming names (ahem, Forrest) was snoring.
Folks, I wish you a lovely weekend. I hope to come back with a recipe soon! I might just post a picture with a paragraph and a recipe because I tried something yesterday and it was not only delicious, but really easy and useful. So fingers crossed. Maybe I’ll do some photo editing over the weekend (when I’m not writing recipes and headnotes or dancing the Sunday night away at a wedding). In the meantime, I wish you rest and calm for the next few days.
*I’ll try to link to it if I can find the link.
PS Things might look slightly differently here – I’m in the process of tweaking a few things here and there. Hopefully you all like the new look and upcoming changes!
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