Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Weekend Adventures - Part 2

Waking up to another morning of snow and hearing that we are expecting 6-12' tomorrow night has thrown this Sailing Foodie into a land of deep deep mid-winter blues....  I can't help but dream and hope that soon I will be sharing with you all pics like these:

 Oh summer... I miss you so much! Won't you please hurry back!!!!

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!)
 Next up was my beef stew made from local beef & veggies from the Farmers Market!
Local beef!

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!!!