A Spoonful Of Friendship

November 19, 2010

Currently listening to the Home Alone soundtrack. One of the best ever! “Precious Moments” is a total warm + fuzzy song.

And I tie it in by saying…so was today!!

KERF reader Olivia drove down from the north to attend not one, not two, but THREE concerts this weekend, two of those being Dave Matthews! [He's a Charlottesville native!] She’s a trooper! We met this afternoon for an hour-long walk + talk…plus a beer!

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I have two kegs in my basement and never use them!

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Filled up my little mug with Pumpkin Beer Round II. I’ve tasted it but haven’t actually drank any yet and it is FABULOUS. [I think because it’s 8% alcohol! Go matt!)

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Tonight for dinner Faith + Tate came over last minute. I love how Faith and I can email at 3PM and decide to do a joint dinner and pull together such a nice meal.

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I had a mocktail (diet tonic + cherry) while I cooked up some wheatberries

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Mmmm! I just put in 2:1 water to grain and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover for about 40 minutes, basically just until they are edible and chewy, and then drain.

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Turned into a garbanzo wheatberry salad!

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This gross goo is the dressing. 1 tbsp mustard, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp pumpkin spice vinegar, pinches of salt + pepper, random herb mix blend.

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We also tasted the black cherry vinegar Larbs gave us – it’s divine!! Like POM juice. This photo makes me burst out into: “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!!!!” I used to LOVE how Mary Poppins glugged her medicine into a spoon!!

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POMs!!! And here is my 2007 video on how to eat one!! (Soooooo long ago!! Do I look young!?)

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Into the salad:

  • ~2 cups wheatberries
  • ~2 cups cooked garbanzos
  • ~1.5 cups mixed chopped veggies (peppers, tomatoes, cucumber)
  • ~2 cups spinach leaves, chopped
  • ~2/3 cup POM seeds
  • Dressing above

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Some salami from Hickory Farms for the boys to add if they preferred (and they did)

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F+T brought some vino, per usual ; )

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I had a small glass – gotta save up for our big wine event tomorrow!

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Faith also made this delicious curry pumpkin soup out of a pie pumpkin, topped with yogurt, pumpkin seeds and maple syrup!

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It was incredddddible!

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Matt’s contribution was this glorious loaf of Flax Oat Bran. How will I ever have him make any other bread!?

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Fresh outta the oven, hot and chewy

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I had a second piece – me like bread.

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Cheers, to friends and small businesses!

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The music has changed to the Harry Potter theme song. Matt is over halfway through Book 7. I’m debating reading #6 but he doesn’t think I will be done in time for the movie to be in theaters! Perhaps not, but I might start it tonight. It’s about time to retire to the bedroom for reading hour.

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1 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Sounds like a fabulous evening. I spent some time with some girlfriends and am now winding down for bed.

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2 Hannah November 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Garbanzos and pomegranate seeds – what an inspired combination! I don’t have cherry vinegar but maybe my quince vino cotto will work as a replacement…

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3 Kiran November 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Colorful, healthy and yummy salad! Hmm.. I love freshly baked breads :)

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4 stacey-healthylife November 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

That is a great looking salad, I love wheat berries in salads. It gives a nice texture.

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5 Lauren November 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I used to refuse to take medicine unless it was out of a spoon when I was little and all because of Mary Poppins!

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6 hungryforbalance.wordpress.com November 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I LOVE the Home Alone soundtrack! I’ve already done some Christmas shopping but I don’t think I’m ready for any Christmas music just yet. I think it’s because once it starts that’s all you hear everywhere you go- I don’t want to get tired of it.

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7 Kristy @ KristyRuns November 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Mmmmm! Everything looks so good! Curry pumpkin soup? Yes, please! Fun night! :)

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8 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I love that you often eat soup out of mugs — very cozy feeling!

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9 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life November 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

awesome tutorial on pomegranates! I’ve always wondered how to prepare them! The salad looks delicious!

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10 Bronwyn Coyne November 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm

That bread looks absolutely delicious. And pumpkin + curry is always a good combo.

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11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I would love to skip on over to the casa de KERF and have joint dinners with you and Faith :) 2 1/2 hr drive is not a skip, sadly.

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12 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm

That looks like such a fantastic meal!!

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13 Christin@purplebirdblog November 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I had never seen that video, and that is actually extremely helpful! :D

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14 Meg November 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Friendship is the best kind of spoonful you can have :D

Dinner looks amazing, and dessert? Even more so!

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15 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm

just got back from seeing harry potter. the new music is great!

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16 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm

That soup sounds amazing!! Oh my goodness, is there a recipe anywhere?

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17 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Looks like a fun day! I love pom seeds.

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18 Vanessa November 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I definitely ‘laughed out loud’ to the marry poppins reference! That bread is awesome.

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19 Sarah November 19, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Dinner parties with good friends are the best!

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20 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan November 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I loved the Harry Potter books. How is it that I didn’t know about the Home Alone soundtrack? I must buy one right away! :-)

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21 holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm

That salad and curry soup looks delicious.

I love Home Alone 1 and 2 — I like to watch them around the Holidays :)

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22 Tracy November 20, 2010 at 12:04 am

Hey Kath! I have a question for Matt: where did you order your dual tap from? I wanted to get my husband one for Christmas and I’m not sure which one to order. Please help :)

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23 Matt November 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

I got this one on Amazon from Beverage Factory:

http://www.amazon.com/Double-Stainless-Steel-Draft-Kegerator/dp/B0048CDUBC/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1290263187&sr=8-1-fkmr0

It was the best price I could find, and it looks like it’s cheaper now than when I bought it, plus free shipping! If you have some extra dough, you might want to spring for the Perlick faucets:

http://www.amazon.com/Perlick-525SS-Keg-Beer-Faucet/dp/B003714DTS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1290263366&sr=1-2

They are much cleaner than the regular faucets because of the way they operate. No beer is in contact with the moving parts so there’s no chance for things to get sticky and stuck. They’re not 100% essential, but after some use you’ll see how the regular faucets can be hard to open.

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24 Tracy November 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Thank you so much for getting back with me, Matt! I had no idea which tap handle to purchase, but now I do :) My husband is going to be very happy on Christmas morning! Thanks again!!

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25 Camille November 20, 2010 at 12:17 am

I would just go see the new HP! It is amaaaazzing!
That soup looks awesome, by the way :)

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26 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 20, 2010 at 1:13 am

I love Home Alone! I always have to watch it around the holidays; it has become my tradition! That salad looks amazing!! I’m off to make some of Matt’s bread tonight!

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27 Ramona November 20, 2010 at 5:18 am

The dressing is a great idea! I’ve never made my own before and I’d like to try something like what you did.

Dave Matthews is not a Charlottsville “native”. In fact, he’s not native to this country. He was born in South Africa. He lived in other places (New York, then South Africa again) before he even moved to Charlottsville.

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28 Tabitha (From Single to Married) November 20, 2010 at 6:52 am

That bread and the pumpkin soup looks amazing!

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29 Simply Life November 20, 2010 at 6:54 am

oh that salad looks so good! It looks very similar to one of my favorite things to get a whole foods! :)

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30 Lauren at KeepItSweet November 20, 2010 at 7:05 am

that dinner looks so perfect, yum!!

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31 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 20, 2010 at 7:07 am

Your salad looks so fresh and colorful!

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32 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 20, 2010 at 7:16 am

What a lovely evening!! The bread looks fabulous, as does the pumpkin curry soup. :D

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33 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 20, 2010 at 7:31 am

I just started rereading HP7 last night. I’m tempted to reread the entire series…brings me back to my childhood!

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34 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 20, 2010 at 7:44 am

We have great friends that we love to eat dinner with, but they are an hour away…just a little too far. Dinner shouldn’t be complicated and you all did such a great job! It looks delicious and sounds like a great night!

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35 faith @ gracefulfitness November 20, 2010 at 7:57 am

On the car ride home Tate said, “I love that they eat like we do”. And so do I! :)

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36 Kath November 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

Awww, likewise!

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37 Julie @ Honey B. November 20, 2010 at 8:20 am

The soup and salad look soooooooo good! I love the drink while you were prepping dinner. I am a huge fan of having sparkling water and lime or something like that – it makes me feel like i’m indulging in a boozy beverage without actually doing so.

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38 mariaeatsbeets November 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

The whole dinner looks, fresh, simple and flavorful. I’ve made butternut squash soup in the past but never pumpkin. The yogurt adds a nice touch, greek or regular?

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39 Kath November 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

Regular, actually, and maybe homemade by Faith!?

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40 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 20, 2010 at 11:33 am

That is such an awesome throw together meal! Especially with that freshly baked bread! Mmm.

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41 Sana November 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

You have awesome friends that can pull together a healthy meal!

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42 Lisa November 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Such a nice post! Gotta <3 good friends, foods and drinks. :)

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