Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lamb + Lentil Stew

Inspired by a late lunch the other day at Clyde Common the husband and I decided that a warm bowl of homemade lamb stew with french lentils would be just the ticket.


2 lamb shanks - approximately 1.5lbs including bones
3- 14oz cans of beef broth
1 cup of Bordeaux
3 springs of rosemary
2 springs of thyme
1 handful of parsley
1 medium white onion
2 shallots
3 red chilies
6 to 7 cloves of garlic
1/2 pound of carrots
1 cup dried french lentils


Place the lamb shanks in the bottom of the pressure cooker, add the wine, 2 cans of broth and the herbs.  Chop the onion, carrots, chilies, shallots and garlic into small pieces.  Add enough water to cover the mixture completely.  Seal the pressure cooker, place it on the stove on high.  Once at pressure turn the heat down to roughly medium and cooker for an hour.

While the lamb is stewing, prepare the lentils.  We buy bulk lentils which require sorting to pick out any stones or other bulk debris.  Rinse the lentils under cold water.  In another small pot heat up the third can of beef broth until it is on the brink of boiling.  Then add the dry lentils and simmer for about 40 to 45 minutes.

Once the lamb had been under pressure for an hour, release the pressure.  Open the lid and using 2 forks pull the meat apart and away from the bone.  Remove the bones from the stew and set pot back on low heat.  Add the cooked lentils.  Season with ground pepper and sea salt.  Serve.  Garnish with fresh parsley.

Drink the rest of the Bordeaux and enjoy with a baguette (we like Ken's the best).

Bon appetite!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Water Pressure

Maintenance is shutting off the water at my apartment building today.  As a result a more in depth blog post to follow in the days ahead.  Off to coffee.


image found here

Monday, March 26, 2012

Zoo Swag

Packy is turning the big 5-0, and since an elephant never forgets... check out the commemorative USB memory stick.  

For more information click here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Night Cap...

Because working nights can be long and sometimes draining... this is my recent unwinding concoction- a glass of bubbly, preferably La Marca prosecco, with a few drops of Scrappy's Cardamon Bitters.  

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Day Late + Dry

I suppose the waterproofing of the shoes should of occurred at least a week ago.  Better late than never.  Have fun this weekend.  xoxo

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring is in the Air

Well, at least between showers the daffodils have managed to bloom.  I can't get enough of their bright bursts of yellow and orange.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lunch Hour

If I had a job that necessitated packing a lunch I would use this.  

Monday, March 12, 2012

Three Looks... A New Crush

I am coveting the new collection by Massimo Dutti.
These looks are my top three... in no particular order.

It definitely has much to do with the color palette, the simple silhouettes and the distinguished collars.  

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lovely Friday

The weather outside is just too nice, so instead of surfing the internet and working on some illustrations, I am going to work on my vitamin D intake.  See you on Monday.  xoxo

(A couple shots taken with my phone a few months back)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dreaming of DVF

The dress I would love to be wearing today... 

I guess spring can't get here fast enough.  The Squaretan Dress from DVF.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Sweater Love

If only my closet looked like Vogue Italia.
Keeping busy with a few projects these next couple days, but stay tuned for updates later on this week.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Water Holding Containers...

A few more ink drawings from my sketchbook to share with you. 
Happy First Thursday.