How was your weekend? Anything of note to report? We had a really mellow weekend. And by mellow I mean I crossed some things off my list (coffee table plants, painted a mirror, AIA Portland House tour were the highlights, I won’t bore you with the laundry and the sweeping). We also made a lot of food (Red Curry with tofu instead of fish, Ginger Molasses Cookies, Sriracha Hummus and Mediterranean Wraps). I feel organized, refreshed and ready to start today. Not exhausted and overwhelmed with my to-do list. Which has been happening more often that I would like.
The AIA Tour of Homes was just what I needed. I met some interesting people, saw some great homes and got lost a few times driving around Portland. Getting lost is my favorite way to get to know a city. It’s also inevitable because I have such a hard time driving and reading directions on my iphone. I think that has to be worse than texting and driving.
As for the projects, I’ll show you the mirror once it dries and I get it on the wall. I love the green (above) but it wasn’t working with my current beige-ish walls. I know what you’re thinking too. No, I’m not painting my beige walls. Yes, I am an interior designer. There are some things I just have to work with. This time it’s beige walls. Fortunately, a quick stop at Home Depot for a sample size of one of Martha’s colors and I have a fresh color on my antique mirror. My favorite part is how some of the silver on the mirror is worn in spots. I can never get rid of this piece.
As for the food, the Red Curry recipe is from a great cookbook called the Food of Thailand. It was given to us as a wedding gift by dear friends and while the book has a very boring name, the photographs and all the recipes I’ve made from it are wonderful. The Ginger Molasses cookies came about because we were buying ginger for the curry. And because I have an unapologetic addiction to the ones at the Pearl Bakery. Sam introduced me to them when I started working down at the shop. They are rich, chewy, buttery and flecked with ginger. Pretty much cookie perfection. After doing a search, I found a handful of recipes that I took bits of in hopes of recreating cookie perfection. I think it’s pretty close.
Ginger Molasses Cookies with fresh ginger
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon of fresh ginger finely chopped
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 extra-large egg
1/4 cup regular unsulphured molasses
Granulated sugar (for coating cookie dough before baking)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center. Line 1 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium bowl. Set aside. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl with mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Lower to medium speed, beat in the egg and molasses, then increase speed to high and beat about 1 minute longer, until mixture no longer looks curdled. Mix in the flour mixture on low speed. The batter will be rather stiff. Transfer dough to your hands and roll each portion into a rough ball about 1.5″ in diameter. Place some granulated sugar in a small bowl. Then roll each ball into the sugar. It’s ok if they aren’t coated completely or perfectly. Place sugared dough on a baking sheet (usually about 9 – 12 balls), spacing them evenly, because they will spread during baking. Refrigerate the remaining dough in an airtight container. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cookies have spread and are firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack then enjoy.
I’m not sure how many cookies this batch makes. I made 9 on Saturday and we’re still enjoying them. My guess is 24 average size cookies.