When at the Gubernick's house, whom I have mentioned before, I had a number of terrific meals. My favorite was a tofu stir fry with sticky rice, the tofu was soft and marinated in a sweet sauce, and the rice was nice and....sticky. There were some vegetables like asparagus, that added a nice crunch to the meal.
At the Vizard's house, who I'm sure I've also mentioned, I had a light salad with Dijon mustard vinaigrette and pizza. The vinaigrette was pungent, and tasted like a combination of mustard and lemons, a perfect idea! The pizza was exactly what I was craving that day, and I talked animatedly over dinner.
After my first week at school I came home to my grandparents, Brenda, Stella (my dog), Cruella (my rabbit) and Jennifer. I was overjoyed to see Jennifer. That night we went out to Asahi Ramen on Sawtelle. As we scored a table and sat down we were giggling like we hadn't seen each other in a long time. But truthfully, I see her a lot while she is reading to my grandpa. The first items to arrive were our pickles, now you must understand that these are no ordinary pickles, they are soaked in sesame sauce and a pinch of hot sauce. So after we tried, unsuccessfully, to eat them slowly, we ordered another plate for each of us. Then, using my sweet voice, I ordered a platter of noodles with pork and bean sprouts. Jennifer specified a half order of fried rice and tofu. The noodles were decadent and the bean sprouts were crunchy. There was some sort of spice on the top, like curry or cumin. The only problem was that after a while the pork and pork sauce on top was very rich. The "Half Order" of rice didn't seem like a half order to me, or to Jennifer. But combined efforts conquered the rice. It tasted like any other fried rice. Jennifer also had some of my noodles, but not the pieces with pork. The tofu from the rice dish was soon soaking in soy sauce in its bowl while we half laughed half ate. I made sure that Jennifer had chewed and swallowed whatever she had been eating before I told her a funny joke. After our dinner we made a quick cupcake stop to Magnolia Bakery to have a late night birthday celebration for Brenda. We had planned on beating Brenda and the grandparents home but we were a little bit later than we thought. We arrived at the house and set out our homemade card and one chocolate cupcake with a sign and candle (not lit) in it. As Jennifer turned off the lights I ran upstairs to get Brenda. And once we had sung "Happy Birthday" we each had a very yummy butter cream cupcake.
After drinking three glasses of milk to help with the rich and silky frosting, I went to bed.
The next morning, it was time to make HOMEMADE ICE CREAM! One of the bonuses, even though making ice cream is the big bonus, was that it was going to be strawberry flavored. So at about 8:00 in the morning Jennifer and I followed Brenda into the kitchen to get her ice cream maker. Once she left us with little else than the ingredient book and some yummy items, Jennifer and I started to add them to a big metal bowl.
While we were gone Brenda added the strawberries to our ice cream and then all we had to do was blend them together and put the bowl back in the freezer. We were looking forward to a great dessert after dinner!