Sunday, May 23, 2010

my oven does not like broiling.

This morning, I managed to wake up and go to spin class.  Go me!  It was nice to be back at spinning, and it was a teacher I'd never had before - she was pretty good!  I'm not too sore (yet) from spin, but I feel like I got a good work out.  I definitely am going to try to keep going to spin class once (or maybe if I'm feeling crazy, twice!) a week while I become more into running.  I get bored with the same type of exercise, so I think it's  good to continue to mix it up.

After spin class, I was starving, so I made tuna with three-herb pesto.  The tuna was supposed to be broiled, and I once again set my fire alarm off approximately 11 times while I broiled.  I have heard that you are supposed to leave your oven slightly ajar when broiling if you have an electric oven - and I'm wondering if this would help.  Also, the recipe said to broil for 8-10 minutes, but after just 5 my tuna was definitely done, and maybe even slightly more well done than I like it - any more and it would have been a tragedy.  I'm not sure if this is because of the broiler, the recipe, or both.  The three-herb pesto I made to go with it was DELICIOUS!  It calls for all fresh herbs, of which I had none, so I can only imagine how even more delicious it would have been had the herbs been fresh.
Sidenote: I'm basically obsessed with pesto, and very excited to finally know how to make it at home.  Anyway, later today I made Roasted Vegetable Lasagna for a barbeque I'm going to this afternoon/evening.  The recipe turned out to be a little more time-intensive than I had thought.  Also, while making it, I was trying to switch around pots in order to make room on the stove.. and I broke my tea kettle :-( :-( :-(  My beautiful red tea kettle is probably my most favorite kitchen item.  I will be replacing it immediately.  Other than that, making the lasagna wasn't terrible dramatic - just time intensive.  First of all, lasagna noodles are big, so you have to boil water in the largest pot you own in order to cook them... and then drain the water from that pot to get your noodles.  I also had to cut up a crapload of vegetables - including two onions, but I'm proud to say I didn't shed a tear.
The lasagna went over well - I only got compliments!  The only downside is, I have somewhere between one third and one half of it left... meaning, I have a ton of leftovers!  But it was quite delicious, in my opinion, so I can't  complain too much!

Sidenote: at the barbeque today, there was the MOST TERRIFYING STORM EVER.  Mostly because, I kid you not, the lightning seemed so close to us I could have sworn it struck in L's back yard.  Eek!

1 comment:

  1. The pesto looks fantastic! I always have to buy the premade pesto cause I have no idea how to make it.

    Also the lasagna was great! Just think, you don't need to make a lunch this week :)