[Bottling up] the weekendPosted: February 26, 2012
As far as weekends go, this one has been pretty good! My only complaint is the same as any other weekend- it just goes by too fast! I’d eventually love to live a life where I didn’t feel like I was always living for the next weekend- but does that life exist?
I mentioned in my last post that I was looking forward to trying out Ashley’s pizza pan bread. I threw out my cast iron skillet (it was cheap and had gotten nasty), so I just used a nonstick pan. I altered the recipe a bit (I used 1/4 c. buckwheat flour and 2 T oat flour total and less coconut oil). I called mine “pizza pancake.”
(Can I just say how excited I am for daylight savings coming up soon?! I will be so happy to get some natural light into my kitchen for my photos!)
And of course, because it’s my favorite way to enjoy pizza, I loaded it with veggies (plus a some rice shreds and a bit of real mozzarella).
It was really good- the buckwheat flavor is so unexpected, and such a great combination with the tomato sauce! The crust was a bit too thick for my liking (I like paper thin, crispy crust) so I’ll probably cut back on some of the flour when I make this again.
Greg had also picked out this beer for me the other day- I guess since it has buckwheat, he thought I would like it. 🙂
I thought it sounded interesting enough- and it had something you don’t see on too many beer bottles: a nutrition label.
Maybe since it was gluten-free? Sadly, I was not a fan of this beer. It was not good. The end.
I did not take a single photograph on Saturday, but I can give a quick re-cap. Greg and I hit the gym early (I did cardio intervals and he lifted) and came home to eat a big breakfast. We cleaned, hit up Whole Foods (of course we had lunch there) and Hedgeapple Farm for some grass-fed beef, and then just relaxed at home for a bit. My brother and his girlfriend invited us over that evening and cooked a lovely dinner- which included couscous! We had couscous all the time when I was growing up (that’s about as exotic as we got) but I hadn’t had any in years. I forgot how good it was!
Sunday started out pretty standard: I met Brie for her private Bodypump session taught by yours truly, and then taught a rockin’ spin class. I left the gym covered in sweat and with majorly sore quads and thinking about my lovely breakfast that I would be eating in a matter of moments. I quickly (yes- quickly!) threw this together:
It’s a BIG protein muffin (made with buckwheat and coconut flour- basically doubling the recipe) cut in half and stuffed with Greek yogurt, berries and banana. This definitely hit the spot!
Greg had been out mountain biking (and managed to break his fork!) and when he got home, we headed out to bottle the beer we brewed on my birthday. I was actually really interested to taste it- even though I knew it wouldn’t be great just yet. It was okay- but just tasted like a flat IPA that had been sitting out all day. It will be awesome in two weeks, I assure you. 🙂
We divided bottling duties- Greg filled up the bottles
And I capped ’em.
Success! Perhaps I’ve found my true calling?
We had enough for two full cases of beer!
We took our beer home, where it will sit and get better for about two more weeks. We’ll probably crack one open in about a week or so, just to see where it’s at. We were told that it will continue to get better the longer it sits!
When we got home, I cooked up a lunch that I had been craving: some chicken breast and a roasted portabello mushroom cap with roasted red pepper tapenade and goat cheese (and some greens).
This is more typical of something that I would make for dinner- but obviously, it tasted good at any time of the day! Greg and I feasted on these while catching up on some DVR. I decided to be lazy for the rest of the day- I earned some couch time with my crazy workout this morning.
Of course, I did go outside for a little bit to play with these guys…
One more gratuitous puppy shot…
Right now we’re all just waiting for the next weekend…
How was your weekend? What did you do?