I said I’d show you a side dish, one that could be converted to a main. But the photos! They were terrible! I simply couldn’t salvage them, and I definitely couldn’t post them. Meanwhile, the baby refused to nap. I was getting desperate on all fronts.
So I’m sharing some stuff. Some things I’ve learned recently, really little things. And some photos I’ve posted on Facebook that you may or may not have missed. It’s the little things in life, right?
1. Blondies are so much more fun when you top them intensely with sprinkles. This was like a quarter of a container, by the way. Chocolate chip bars, which already have chocolate chips peeking through the top, are also vastly improved by a heavy, um, sprinkle of sprinkles. Rainbow sprinkles are ideal.
2. Eating a blondie as large as the ones pictured is a bit much. I like them best when they’re itty-bitty bite-sized pieces. Ideally straight from the freezer. It’s like super cold vanilla fudge. Mmmmm.
3. Can we talk about edamame? I discovered them really recently, and only because our friends who were moving gifted us with a bunch of things from their freezer. (Thanks, Ilana!) But now I can’t get enough of these crazy things. So easy to cook. Such fun to eat right from the pods. And such great color. If you were wondering, a 1 kilo-bag of frozen edamame in the pods equals 3 cups of shelled edamame. True fact.
4. Quiche. Did you know that you can make a dozen adorable mini quiches from one normal-sized quiche crust? Yep. Other things I love about these are that they freeze well and that they demand so little in the form of filling. One halved cherry tomato and a pinch of cheese. It cracks me up.
5. Although I try not to give air time to products you can’t get here in Israel (that would only leave out about half my readers), I have to confess that I still import some things. There are Ziploc bags (gallon and sandwich), peppermint extract, and food coloring. This ice java syrup is the latest. You squirt some in a glass of milk and it seamlessly becomes one with the milk. Seriously. It’s kind of like instant joy. I won’t exaggerate — slushy Israeli iced coffee is still the best, but when you don’t have that easily accessible, this is a great alternative.
And there you have it! Stuff.