Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Evenings at Home

It has been too long since I've checked in. I guess that happens at the beginning of a semester. Wow. I have been so busy but this is shaping up to be an informative and amazing Spring!

I'm working, as you may know, to pursue happiness as a priority for my 2012 New Year's Resolution. So far, so good. I've been spending more time in my little house (that I'm proud of buying on my own), getting organized and cooking! This makes me happy.

When my close friend Carter was in town in December, I prepared a baked bone-in ham using Nigella Lawson's gorgeous recipe. The piece of meat was huge so I froze part of it and this week, I baked the remainders with onions, spices and a bit of white wine. After boiling the ham (with the bone in), I roasted it at 325 for about an hour. I enjoyed it with fresh green beans and cracked pepper. The meal was simple but lovely. I cut up the left over ham and I'm stewing it now with chopped onions, garlic, a tiny bit of butter, olive oil, salt to sweat the onions, Northern white beans and the bone (with marrow in tact). It smells amazing and I listened to WUOT-FM's jazz improv while I was chopping and sautéing.

While waiting for dinner to cook, I've set the three-point lighting in the living room as I like it (some TV news habits die hard) and since I finished a major research draft today, I have the opportunity to blog. This is fun for me. Yes, these moments seems small to some but I enjoy being a home body and honestly, cannot wait to have someone to share this warm solace with.

How is your week?

1 comment:

Stephen Ross Johnson said...

Hey Denae! Ran across your blog. Phd!!! That's exciting. Good luck (just tried a post a moment ago and something messed up; sorry if this goes through twice). I read an article about CNC today, it made me think of Bonners, I pulled up a group Bonner photo from 1998 (you are holding a box of Tide for some reason), it made me think of you and I found this blog. Funny how my brain makes connections. Hope you're doing well. -Steve Johnson