My, my. This has been a near-perfect day!
Matt and I spent the afternoon chilling (as promised) and then got that “We need to leave the house since it’s so beautiful” feeling.
Should we go for a walk? No, my legs are tired.
Should we go for coffee? Yes, I’m cold. But coffee in the afternoon just feels wrong.
Should we go for a beer. It’s only 4PM. We have kegs in the basement. Probably not.
What about TEA? Where can we get tea.
A quick 15 minute bike ride later…
We were downtown!
And bazaaring our own teapot
We ordered a pot of chai tea, but quickly had to amend the order when I realized we had ordered a pot of whole milk and sugar. Luckily I caught it in time and we got a delicious pot of chai spice.
Spiked with a little honey
And because I am ravenous today, I packed the perfect tea accompaniment: cookies! Suzanne’s peanut butter chocolate cookies (which are PERFECTLY seasoned with salt and sugar) and one of Emily’s Hungry Bars.
We split both and hunger subsided
We read and sipped for about an hour and a half. I will be back! It was such a perfect place to read. I find when I read during the daytime I home I get antsy that I should be doing something else. At a tea bar, not so much!
We departed for home around 6PM and immediately set into baking some whole pumpkins to stuff for dinner!
I know you are probably tired of the ‘P’ word, but I gotta soak ’em up while I can! You wouldn’t want to see pumpkins in July, would you!?
While the pumpkins baked a la Emily’s instructions, we pondered the mountains with a few P Beers
First up was this Hoppin’ Frog Double Pumpkin
It was light and reminded me of the Pumking a bit…but not nearly as flavorful or aromatic. And I felt that it was a bit too light for my liking of a pumpkin beer.
Next on the tasting menu was the Weyerbacker Imperial Pumpkin Ale
But I did not care for this one that much either. It tasted and smelled metallic to me. I did appreciate the darker color though, and some of the spice was there.
Note the comparison: Weyerbacher on the left
We rounded out the tasting by adding Matt’s pumpkin beer to the line up.
But compared to the other two, it tasted like a wannbe pumpkin soda. It was lower in alcohol and lacked spice. It made the others actually taste better. I think Matt’s beer is quite good, but it’s not nearly as pumpkin spice as I’d like.
Dinner tonight was Risotto Stuffed Pumpkins!
The risotto was made traditionally with parmesan and veggie broth on the stove top and then we stirred in cooked bacon, mushrooms, zucchini, carrot, celery, and garlic that we cooked separately in a skillet, with arugula stirred in. It was DELISH!
I was surprised that the pumpkin “meat” was SO much like spaghetti squash. It was yellow and not orange and very stringy. Not nearly as good as canned!
Thinkin’ about something for dessert. A wee bit of chocolate perhaps!?