You Win Some, You Lose Some

13 06 2011

Sometimes I (Steph) wish that on Monday morning I can press the rewind button and go back to Friday, so that my weekend is only about to begin, instead of just ending! For the sake of sharing, I’m going to do just that, but unfortunately, when I’m finished, it will still be Monday. If only I had super powers…

So, my Friday was off to a great start. I’m working summer hours, which means that I can work longer days on Monday through Thursday, and on Friday, I get a half day! Score! Anyhow, I scheduled a hair cut for Friday afternoon to get my long locks trimmed:

I was a little early for my appointment, so I walked around the block to Sweetgreen for some fro-yo. I ordered my usual: tart fro yo with strawberries, blackberries, and candied walnuts.

I give the cashier my frequent buyers card and a five dollar bill. She swipes my card and she says I have 57 points. Ok what does that mean,  I’m thinking in my head, since I don’t really know how many points I need to redeem anything there. I must have paused long enough, because the guy behind me chimed in and said, “It’s 50 points for the yogurt.” SCORE! I told the lady I wanted to use my points, so she gave me my $5 back, and off I went with my FREE fro-yo! Happy Friday to me!

Before I move on, here’s my post-hair cut ‘do:

Whaddaya think?

Anyhow, I head home after my hair cut, with big plans to cook and blog. After all, since I’m getting home from work a little early, and the sun sets so much later, I’ll have plenty of sunlight to cook and take great photos. (Wait, did I just admit that I was spending my Friday night home cooking? Yes, I’m a cool cat!)

I was pretty excited because I had made some pizza dough on Thursday, to make a pesto pizza with balsamic chicken, roasted red peppers and goat cheese. I was also planning to make some homemade garlic scape pasta to go on the side. (No, I wasn’t carbo loading for a race, just really excited to get creative in the kitchen and take lots of pictures with great lighting.)

So, I marinated the chicken in some balsamic vinegar with a few cloves of garlic.

While that was marinating, I got started on my pasta. I threw a garlic scape into my Vitamix, and blended it up as finely as I could. Then I put in a dash of salt, 1/8 cup semolina flour and 1/2 + 1/8 cup all purpose flour, and blended some more. When the scape seemed to be mixed throughout, I dumped the mixture onto the counter in a mound, and made a well in the center, where I cracked an egg.

Beginning by pinching the flour into the egg, and then gradually pulling all the flour into the egg, I kneaded it until it formed a nice green ball of dough:

While the dough rested, I went back to my chicken, and popped it in the oven at 375ºF for 25 minutes.

When it came out of the oven, I prepped my pizza.

I rolled the dough

Topped it with garlic scape pesto, roasted red peppers

Added the chicken and goat cheese

and snapped LOTS of pictures (I’ll spare you most of them:) )

Work it, pizza.

As I opened the over to put it in, all of the sudden  the oven shut down, the AC turned off, the clock on the microwave went blank. Um? Did I blow a fuse? Nope, my friends, the power went out. It came right back on for a second, and then off again. And stayed off. For 4 hours. My poor pizza, all ready to go into the oven, sat on the pizza stone from 6:45 until 10:45. Fail.

And my pasta dough! I almost forgot about it, in my disappointed state. I wrapped it in a wet paper towel, and let it sit some more, while I sat and waited for the power to come back on.

With nothing better to do, and my stomach starting to growl, I decided to head to Chop’t for a salad. I ordered my usual there, the Vegetarian Powerhouse (Greens, broccoli, edamame, carrots, sunflower seeds, walnuts, crasins, apples) with hard boiled eggs and goat cheese too. As I checked out, I pulled out my frequent buyers card there and the lady told me that today I get a free soda! Though I don’t normally drink soda, it was free, and I wasn’t going to be able to eat my pizza, so why not? I got a creme soda, and it was DELICIOUS. A real-sugar soda beats a HFCS soda any day:)

So, I was having good luck when it came to salad shops and frequent buyers cards, but when it came to making food for myself, it was a total failure.

I went back home and ate outside while the sun was setting, and played around on my iPhone for a little. At about 9:45,  I saw the lights starting to turn on in the apartments around me, and the sound of the AC units turning back on. Hooray! I packed up, and went inside, eager to get back to cooking, though all my sunlight was now gone.

No sooner do I get inside, but all the power goes out again. ARGH! At least I had food in my belly!

So, I lit some candles and read some old magazines for awhile to kill the time. At about 10:45, the power turned back on, and stayed on, thankfully! I immediately turned on the oven and threw in the pizza, not even letting the oven preheat.  I also finished making the pasta, some half moon raviolis.

When everything was done cooking, I wasn’t hungry, but I tasted it anyhow.

The pizza looked pretty, but was soggy in the middle and I wasn’t super keen on eating something that had been sitting out for that long.

The pasta was pretty tasty though, but I didn’t have  tomato sauce, so I ate them plain. I have some pasta dough leftover, so I’ll be making them again, with sauce this time.

Sigh. What an annoying Friday night. Oh well, there’s always next Friday!

Question of the day: has a power outage ever spoiled your plans to do something fun? How do you keep busy when the power goes out?

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8 responses

13 06 2011
Emily

sweet green and chop’t are my two of my absolute favorite places in DC. On friday before we headed to NYC, I made the bf leave 30 minutes early so we could go stock up on salads for the bus ride!

bummer about all the power outages. i usually flee to someone who actually has power and camp out there!

13 06 2011
321delish

I used to be a big Cosi or Panera fan until I discovered sweetgreen and Chop’t. SO GOOD! Sounds like you had a blast in NYC:-)

13 06 2011
Erin @ untilyoutri

Haha, as a total frequent buyer/club card hoarder I love that you got some FREE FROYO and a soda. I looooove cream soda, but I haven’t had it in forever. That really sucks about the power outage:( I’m so sorry. The only thing worse than a power outage is a power outage that ruins your food. Totally uncool.

13 06 2011
321delish

Thankfully, my food was safe:-) PHEW!

13 06 2011
Tara Molles

Steph, your hair looks wonderful! I wonder if you will ever go shorter than that? Oh, I know when you will. After you get married. We have all done it. So I will wait for the ring on the finger and the vows exchanged then I will see steph with short locks! Hate that your power went out. BUMMER. Pizza looked great though!

13 06 2011
321delish

Um I’m going to keep it long as long as possible!!! The shortest I’ve been recently is shoulder length…and that was 6 years ago! I like it long!

13 06 2011
Daniel

Couple of suggestions:

At sweetgreen, I like blueberries, mint, and agave syrup.

2 c all-purpose flour + 3 beaten room-temp eggs = 1 lb pasta dough. (I made some last night, still have half left over, and I’m planning my first ever garlic scape pesto to accompany the rest.)

13 06 2011
321delish

ooh good combo!

Do you know how long the pasta dough typically lasts? I made the rest of the ravioli tonight, because I was a little worried about it.

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