Day 207: A little lamb

July 26, 2007

Tomorrow we will become house owners once more, and renters of our currently owned condo. It all seems so very messed up. We had our final walk through in the new place today, which was bizarre to say the least. It was great to see the place without furniture- the bedrooms don’t seem so pokey, and the living area is a little more spacious than it seemed. However, we did discover that some of the “built-ins”, the wardrobe in one of the bedrooms and shelves and cupboards around the front window in the lounge, feature some of the shoddiest workmanship ever. They are worse than useless, so we have more things to add to the list of things to rip out. In better news, we found out that the hardwood floors upstairs, currently buried under assorted vile carpets, seem to be in very good condition, so that’s a relief. On the downside, there was a particularly sinister smell emanating from the kitchen sink. And we appear to have a number of giant spiders in the basement. Nice.

Och well, tomorrow we will get to hang around there all day and perhaps regret our decision to move at our leisure. We do both believe that moving is the right thing to do, and living in a house will be so much easier once we have two kids, but it is going to be so hard to leave our condo. Oh gloriously high, very smooth ceilings, we will certainly miss you. Our kitchen parts do appear to have arrived from Ikea which is fabulous news, so on the plus side we will soon (ha!) have a beautiful new kitchen where all the cupboard doors will close properly. We hope. In the meantime we all have to be up and out of the house before 7.30am, leaving behind a cleanish condo so the new owners can come through and check for holes in the walls and the like. That in itself should be quite a challenge.

This evening we messed up our newly clean kitchen to make Olive-Butter-Slathered Broiled Lamb Chops with Caramelized Zucchini Orzo, which actually sounds much fancier and more impressive than it actually was. We did find lamb at Target which saved us from trecking all over town; we bought 3 little chops for $10 or so. The recipe calls for 12 lamb chops for 4 people, that’s 3 each. That’s insane, not just greed wise but also it would mean that this meal would be phenomenally expensive. Anyway, we had 3 chops between 2 of us, and that was still quite alot of meat. If they had comes in packs of 2 that would have been even better. The lamb was grilled with salt and pepper, with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dollop of olive tapenade mixed with butter smeared on top just before serving. The cooked orzo was mixed with garlic, onion and zucchini which had been fried in olive oil until browned. The recipe said that the zucchini should be caramelized, but as there was no sugar added to the pan, they were merely slightly burnt. Lemon zest, parsley and Parmigiano cheese were added just before serving.

The lamb was pretty nice, although the tapenade was pretty disappointing. Of all the ways that we have had lamb, this was one of our least favourite. Whereas a mint sauce or black cherry-red wine reduction complement the lamb and bring out its meaty flavour, the strength of the tapenade overpowered the lamb itself. The meat could equally therefore have been something much cheaper like chicken, although then the meal would be even duller. The lamb was certainly pleasant, it always is, but this was nothing spectacular. On the other hand, the orzo as a side dish could have been absolutely anything. The flavours were so meek and mild that this dish was somehow reminiscent of the food we used to make for Baby A when she was just starting on solids. Nothing was noteable, it was really a whole plate of blah.

Tomorrow we try again, this time with beef in the form of Olive and Anchovy-Slathered Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Caramelized Onion Orzo and Sliced Tomatoes. Will it be any more exciting? We shall see.

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