Ok, let us continue with the second part of the weekend shall we.....
After a lovely Saturday with the parents tasting all that Rhode Island has to offer in mid-winter produce I headed back to Boston for a Birthday party!! Not one with streamers and pin the tail on the donkey (although, how much fun would that be!)
The roommate and I braved the cold night air and made our way to the Woodward at the Ames Hotel in downtown Boston. The majority of my pictures where extremely dark so I am going to "borrow" pictures from the fabulous Birthday girl herself Bianca. She arranged a wonderful gathering of people to enjoy a phenomenal meal of small plates in a private room (that is actually all glass so we could see everyone!)
We ate, we drank, we laughed and some even danced! I cannot think of a better way to welcome Bianca to the Dirty 30 Club! Thank you so much for including me!
|Spare Rib Tortellini that I must recreate some how!!!|
|Duck Confit Pizza w/ cranberries & goat cheese!|
|Entrance to the Woodward from the 2nd floor. Is so SHINY!!!|
After a lovely evening and lets face it a busy weekend, I was in no mood to leave the apartment.... The roommate and I showed the apartment a lot of TLC and did a good proper cleaning (
took down the xmas tree what?!) Sad but true. Cleaning made me very hungry so after a quick turkey sandwich I decided to try my hand at baking bread and beef stew (a Sunday classic in this foodies apt!)
I can say that the Stew was an EPIC success and the bread was a half success/half fail.... (you can't win at everything right?)
I found a recipe online for Asiago bread that sounded amazing! I think my downfalls for this experiment was using all Whole Wheat Flour and lazy yeast. The bread ended up being very tasty but never rose.... What should have been a light cheesy loaf was a very dense loaf. It was still perfect for stew dunking though! Guess I will have to try again on Sunday :)
|My small list of ingredients|
|heating my milk and butter before adding the yeast....|
|kneading the dough (a good arm workout!)|
|Sadly this is how the dough looked at hour 0 and at hour 3 :(|
|But it baked off nicely (even if I could use it as a dumb bell!)|
|Pre-assembled bag for stew! Genius!|
|Celery Root, Turnip, Carrots, onions and parsnip (not shown)|
I may have forgotten to take a final pic of this masterpiece during all the chaos of the 30lb bread. But if you view my earlier post you can get all the details of how I make my stews. This time I used Sam Adams Black Lager as a base. It added the most amazing depth to the stew!
Ok, so that is my wonderful weekend in 2 posts! whew I am exhausted!! However, even with record low temps, more snow and grey days I figured a way to keep a smile on my face....
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Tasting! Yippee! Tonight the roomie and I are off to the brewery to meet the brewmaster and learn all about their newest variety! Can't wait!!!