At my last writing, I was in bed with the little one awaiting the lab results for the test they had run to see if she had “The Flu”. First, in case you have never had the opportunity to be tested for “The Flu”, or have one of your own children tested for “The Flu” let me explain the test. They take what appears to be a teeny tiny baby bottle brush and stick it as far up each nostril as possible and swirl it around. Now imagine the response of a seven-year old to this. Right.
Well, the test came back positive for “The Flu”. Needless to say, the past week has included very little no cooking on my part. Unless you count the packet of dry soup mix that I opened and added water, then stirred until boiling. No. No cooking.
I do have an exciting tale to tell about my dinner last, however. I had the opportunity to meet a work acquaintance for dinner last evening at a restaurant inLawrence, called Pachamamas. It is a step outside of the normalMidwestfood scene, and offers a seasonal menu designed around locally produced foods. I enjoy to opportunity to eat there occasionally to remind myself that experimenting with a food is a good thing, and that there are places in Kansas that do it right.
For dinner I chose the Toasted Sweet Potato and Cashew Raviolis with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Fried Mushrooms. The pasta dough was definitely homemade and the filling was sweet, without being too dessert like. I am an enormous fan of Brussels sprouts, although these were something I could prepare at home. The winner of the dish was the fried mushrooms. Not what I expected at all. Not that I was expecting a bar food. I was not. I was also not expecting the delicately battered (like tempura) flavor bursting attraction that I got. Really amazing. Of course, I had to have dessert. So, I chose the Warm Apple Almond Tart with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Fleur de Sel Caramel. Í’ve had this before. It did not disappoint. I’m quite sure I will, at some point in my life, have it again!
I will most definitely get back to cooking and writing soon. The house has been nearly disinfected and everyone was back to school and work yesterday except the hubs. He was still down with it yesterday but seems to be much better today! Ah!
I know the number of amazing food choices inLawrenceoutweighs the number of amazing food choices in many towns, but if you have the chance to try Pachamamas, you won’t be disappointed.