The first week

It’s kind of hard to believe we’ve only been here 4 days. We really worked hard to get all the rooms except the office in comfy/livable condition, so that we’d have a warm space that felt like home. We’re still missing some big items (replacing the table that our movers broke, putting up a hanging shelf/cubby for kitchen things, some kind of solution for spice jars, a headboard), but for the most part, it’s cozy! Or, as cozy as a gigantic loft can be.

I’m so happy to be back in the kitchen. I know there are plenty of great places to eat and drink in GVL, but not nearly as many as in Austin, and definitely not as many within walking distance. It used to be so easy for us to just walk to any one of 10-20 restaurants for a quick dinner; now it’s much easier for us to cook. Which is a good thing! I’ve missed being in the kitchen.

I’m excited to go back to some oldie-but-goodie recipes from poco-cocoa, too! We had our old friend, “French Bread Pizza” for dinner a couple of nights ago – really good toasted bread drizzled with olive oil and topped with tomatoes, dried herbs, and cheese (a local asiago!), then baked until crispy. So simple, so delicious, and something I forgot about in the past few years, as I was busy making pasta from scratch and spending days making oxtail broth. It’s times like these that I’m so grateful for the years of kitchen experience under my belt, and I know that this little bread pizza tastes 10x better than the ones I made years ago, now that I understand time, temperature, salt, etc.

Anyway, the kitchen has been a nice respite for me, as my days have been pretty crazy with moving logistics + lots of meetings + lots of work leftover from the holidays. More homemade dinners to come!