Snow day! Snow day! Snow day!
Yeah, here in Baltimore we are getting hit by quite the winter (spring?) storm. And everything is closed. EVERYTHING.
It is supposed to snow until 5pm tonight, but look at what I’ve got outside my window before noon:
My street doesn’t even look like a street. I don’t think I’ll be getting out of my house anytime soon. But it’s OK considering that I was diagnosed with tonsillitis yesterday at the Patient First and would not have gone to work anyway. I’m a little hopped up on cold meds/antibiotics but I’m gonna write through it. Bear with me.
I made the Swedish Meatballs! That’s what yinz voted for way back when I asked what my next dinner should be.
Where does one buy assorted herring appetizers? IKEA! I needed to make a trip to buy a new mattress for the daybed in Brian’s room (yes, I have decided to just call the front bedroom Brian’s room), so it’s not like I went specifically for the fish. But of course, in addition to the mattress and the herring, I came home with a bag of meatballs and lingonberry jam and pillows and a rug and an end table and candles…oh, IKEA. It always happens that way.
And here is the recipe for the Jansson’s Temptation:
Potatoes cut into strips? This is a job for the VEG-O-MATIC!
By golly did it work! I think I am going to have to try my hand at french fries very soon. Perhaps make a homemade Primanti’s sammich.
Although I loved the fact that I was able to bust out the Veg-O-Matic, the flavor of the Jannsenn’s Temptation was off. And it didn’t thicken right. I don’t know if there needed to be an actual roux, because it didn’t really set. I was expecting this to be more like a potatoes au gratin. Know what I mean? This happened to be more like soggy not-fried fries in a cream sauce with a hint o’ anchovy.
That makes it sound worse than it was. It just needed to be more set.
I should have just made the IKEA meatballs. These were fine. But the texture wasn’t great, and they were a little bit burnt. And there wasn’t enough gravy. And because the meatballs got a little charred, and the gravy was made from the drippings, the gravy had a bit of a burnt taste, too.
OK, so I guess I’m saying that this dinner was kind of a fail.
But it looked nice:
OH! I can’t forget the dessert which I BAKED (and how often do I say that?).
The recipe was from So Good With Fruit.
It was so good. And with fruit.
OK, I’m gonna go make some egg drop soup for lunch. And then take a nap.
Yeah, I need a nap.