4.12.2010

My weekend table







I have a good feeling coming off of the weekend, and I'm hoping to hold on to it. I did some writing, took a walk with Eli, met some new people, scanned a bunch of photos, and went for a run. I also tried a lemon ricotta pancake recipe that I've been meaning to get to for a while. I highly recommend it, especially with a sauce made of wild blueberries, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon spooned over top. The batter is loaded with beaten egg whites (there's only a half a cup of flour in the whole batch), which makes for uncommonly light and springy pancakes. Like lemon-scented clouds. Anyway, I've put together some shots from my weekend table so that if things get a little crazy over the next few days, I can pop in here for a visual deep breath.

Happy Monday.

28 comments:

Lilly Higgins said...

Those pancakes look amazingly light, gorgeous. Looks like a beautiful relaxing weekend, I love the romantic forks photo! x

Jess said...

Romantic forks! Lilly, I love that. Hope you're having a great day.

jacqui | happyjackeats said...

love these shots, jess. they tell the story of a happy weekend so beautifully.

Shayne said...

Yay going for a run, yay!

I finally made your cinnamon-crumble banana bread. Let's just say that my banana bread jinx is still going strong, but that your recipe is just as tasty with a slightly gooey center.

Andrea [bella eats] said...

I like your style, my friend. A lovely Monday to you, as well.

Jess said...

Thanks, Jacqui and Andrea.

Oh no, Shayne! I'm sorry about that gooey center. You know what? I wonder if you might have a problem with your oven temperature. (Especially if you're suffering from a "banana bread jinx" and this recipe wasn't the only trouble maker.) A lot of ovens run hot or cold. I'd suggest putting an oven thermometer in there to see if the number on the dial matches the actual temperature inside the oven. Then you can adjust the dial as necessary. You deserve some perfect banana bread in your life! Big hugs to you, friend.

Darby O'Shea said...

Lovely little post! Also, the photos are drool-worthy.

Jada Ach said...

Beautiful! I want those little flapjacks in my office NOW!

Lindsey @ pickyeatings said...

It looks like you ate a lot of delicious things this weekend! Also, meeting new people is usually fun, so cheers to that!

braiseandbutter said...

I'd say that's a pretty fantastic looking weekend spread! with all the eating i did this past weekend, it's looking more and more like i'm going to have to suck it up and somehow learn to like running, too!

Rosiecat said...

A visual deep breath indeed! Gorgeous photo spread, Jess. You just made my Monday a little happier too.

Tracy said...

I love the last photo especially, sans food. Forks collapsing into one another. :)

Jess said...

Thanks, Darby O'Shea.

Jada - I actually stashed a couple leftover pancakes in the fridge for a mid-day work break today, and I'm so glad I did.

Lindsey - It was fun. The new people were some of my sister's friends, and it was nice to finally meet them.

braiseandbutter - I hear you. For me, it works to remind myself that I always feel better after a run than I did before it. (Also, there was a long period of time when I wasn't able to run because of illness. All I have to do is think about that, and I gratefully sprint out the door!)

Thanks, dear Rosiecat. Hope the day's been a good one.

And thank you, Tracy. I really like that one, too.

megan said...

mmmmmm, beautiful! My favorite waffle recipe is mostly egg whites, too - too bad it's been ages since I had a waffle iron!

Off for a run myself in a few (er, a jog-shuffle, 'running' would be too generous) -

xx
megan

Jess said...

Ah, Megan, as you know, I'm a pro at the old shuffle-jog. And wait, the girl who claims total ignorance in the kitchen has a favorite waffle recipe? You're a step ahead of me on this one, friend. I've never even operated a waffle iron! Glad you're taking a much-deserved break from all of that work. xo.

Lo said...

Mmm. Simplicity at its finest. Those ricotta pancakes look positively divine.

molly said...

Ahhh, ricotta pancakes. They are so dreamy, no? Sometimes I add lemon, as often nutmeg, and love them both equally, madly and deeply. And you know, I quit beating the whites, mostly because I'm making them on a weekday morning for 3 little kiddos. And they're STILL the bomb, like eating a dream. (FYI, in case you're rushed.) How I love those forks.

Megan Carroll said...

As always beautiful Photographs... Now I will have to try Ricotta pancakes!

Julie said...

What a wonderful sounding weekend! I may try to recreate it next weekend. Bliss.

Rebecca Martin said...

Jess, a belated response to your comment over on my blog: I must say, I am honored that you pop over from time to time! Mostly because yours is one of the best-written blogs I read. I really enjoy and appreciate your skill with weaving moments, memories, and meals into engaging stories. (Not to mention the photography and the recipes!) It's inspiring. And I'm glad you like the little writing snippets and quotations . . . I post them with a tad bit of guilt; they're my sorry offering for not pulling together an actual, well-written post. But at least they're something, right?

nikole said...

I just reread your post from December, the one with the party map. I kinda really love that you build party maps. Good stuff, that.

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

That looks like one delicious weekend! One of the great things about weekends is the time they can afford for enjoying truly great food.

megan said...

PS. The egg over greens and rice and chickpeas has been a lifesaver, btw. Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

thanks!
Megan

Karen said...

those chickpeas look delicious...is the recipe listed elsewhere on the blog?

hautenthekitchen said...

I really enjoyed just seeing your images of a weekend. It tells a story (truth or not) in my mind of what each image says. Fun! I just recently had ricotta pancakes as well with seville orange zest & a creme fraiche whip with nutmeg. I could have licked the plate. :)
Great blog!

Caitlin said...

Your photos are beautiful! I recently made a pasta dish with chickpeas and it was delicious. Everything on your table is making me hungry!

http://amusebouche-caitlin.blogspot.com/

seamusoconner said...

Love fried or poached eggs with bitter greens. Great photograph.

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love the photos! it made me hungry. yum!