saturday night i was invited to a girls night in - and by girls night in i mean adult novelty party. i knew that the hostess would be pouring cocktails at 6 so that we would be able to peruse the wide array of lotions and creams, software and hardware that the athena company had to offer at 7. i was taxed with the question though... what to bring for an appetizer to a party where the highlight of the evening will be something life-like and large that can suction to a window which was followed up by something larger that not only spun but also had lights? baking a giant penis shaped cake did cross my mind, but i don't have a pan for that and i am no geoff from charm city cakes (even though i wish we were bffs). so instead i broke out the sushi rice and made up some california rolls. light, refreshing, perfect for spring and perfect with a cocktail, oh and my secret...they are also impressive. they are really only impressive because no one believes that they are pretty simple to make as long as you have a bowl of water and a roll of paper towels.
sunday i hit up my favorite market and the traders after i glanced through how to cook everything vegetarian, which is a favorite of mine. i was inspired to make a balsamic syrup to drizzle over my veggies this week. what a good idea. the trader has decent enough balsamic at $1.99 a bottle. all you have to do is simmer a cup of it on medium for 30 mins or so and you are left with a sweet and tangy balsamic reduction perfect for steamed broccoli, pasta sauce or a nice spinach salad.
the draw back... your kitchen will smell like vinegar so turn on your fan and open the window.