Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cooking & Travel

Today I've been very productive in that I made my own jam (strawberry) for the first time. I chose strawberry because, quite frankly, it's my favorite. It wasn't too terribly difficult, but the end result seems to be a bit more liquidy than I'd like, and I'm not quite sure how to fix it. Perhaps a third packet of pectin, next time; I'm really not sure. But I got six jars out of it, and I plan on inflicting it on some friends, so if they know what's good for them they'll tell me it's delicious. (On a side note, in response to my tweet that my jam seemed a bit liquidy, Marisa tweeted in return that jam can take up to 48 hours to really set, so there's still hope.)

I also made some honey butter tonight. I've made my own butter before, and it's really delicious, so I thought I'd make some tonight. I came across some orange extract tonight in our spice closet, too, so tomorrow I'll mix some a little bit of that in the butter with the electric beaters.

Ed and I have decided that it's time we did some travelling, so aside from going to Pittsburgh next weekend to hang out with some friends, we made plans to go to Seattle, just the two of us. I'm very excited; I've been neither to Washington State nor the Pacific Northwest, so even though we're going for a short trip (a long weekend - Friday to Monday), it should be a good time. We've made dinner reservations at the Space Needle, and bought tickets for the Boeing Tour. We're also considering the Underground Tour (and the related Underworld Tour), so we'll be busy.

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