Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I simply took a few tablespoons of whole grain dijon mustard and mixed it up with about 1/4C honey and then smothered a few salmon steaks with the..well, (I don't know it wasn't a marinade and it technically wasn't a rub...I'm not sure what you would call it) but I covered the salmon on both sides with the stuff and then let it sit in the refrigerator for a while until I was ready to grill them.
I placed them on a hot grill and let them cook on one side until they were almost cooked through, and then I flipped them and cooked them on the other side just long enough to get grill marks on them. I think it was about 7 minutes or so. Seriously. People. Make. This. Recipe.
I served it with a nice Israeli cous cous and a cucumber salad. Mmm.
On a side note, the kitchen is officially in boxes, no cooking or baking for a few days...at least.
We move tomorrow...THANK JEBUS.
Rating = So Damn Good
Monday, July 28, 2008
I had the most God awful, annoying T driver this morning. I boarded the train at 7:15..way too early to have a T driver who thinks he's an announcer for the WWF. As we approached every train station he announced the name of the station like he was announcing a prize fighter on his way to the squared circle. "Next stop.....HaaaayyyyMaaarrkkeet..grrr" I shit you not. And what made it even more annoying was that he talked all the way in between stops..."please remember to take your belongings...your papers...your bags...your trash." and then he would go into the reminder to "stay clear of the doors, stay clear of the doors, stay clear of the doors." We're not daft, I think we know how to get in and out of the train. What made it even worse, is, it's Monday and I just wanted to relax and read the paper on my way to work this morning, but I couldn't read more than three words before the WWF announcer would pipe back up and start his ridiculous announcer voice again. Ugh.
I had the opportunity to make a few quick things this weekend before I completely packed up the kitchen, so I should be able to post a few times between now and when I'm unpacking at the end of the week. The first thing I made I got the recipe from the Today show. They have this Italian family that comes on about once a month and shared their restaurant recipes with everyone. This one was fabulous, I'm not really sure how it can't be it includes a bottle of wine, berries and sherbet, all of which is good on its own, even better when mixed together. Yum.
If you make this recipe please let me know if you like it. I literally could have just drank the soup it was that good, but I want to know what you think.
Mixed berry soup with raspberry sorbet
Fresco by Scotto (on the Today Show)
• 4 cups mixed berries plus more for garnish
• 3 cups red wine
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 quart raspberry sorbet
Combine 4 cups berries, wine, sugar, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat, chill very well, about 3 hours, remove cinnamon stick.
Divide soup between 6 chilled bowls, garnish with additional berries and sorbet. Serve immediately.
Rating = So God Damn Good
Thursday, July 24, 2008
It was really wonderful to see this every morning when I got up, and then again at night after returning from a very very long day.
So, yes, I'm back...and now I have to pack. Shit.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
That, compounded by the fact that...thank you sweet Jesus...we are finally moving into our house in two weeks, I am now faced with the fact that I for the second time in 10 weeks need to pack all of my belongings and put them into boxes and move them. AGAIN. I can't wait, I really can't wait, but packing and moving again, ugh.
So, posting...not going to be much of that in the coming weeks. I do apologize, I know you all wait with bated breath for my new posts...NOT. But I will try and post when I can, come August, the posts will be much more frequent and will contain actual recipes. (Damn it where did the summer go?)
Also, one more thing. because CB and I were only going to be in the retirement village for 10 weeks we didn't have cable installed. Thank God for Netflix. Here is just a sample of what we have watched since moving in:
The Ice Harvest
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Brave One
Charlie Wilson's War
Back Soon. Peace!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I hate NPR and their list of the best beach reads, because to me it's like a bratty kid with it's tongue stuck out saying "na-na-na-na-na-na...you don't have time to relax and read any of these books".
Ugh, what I would give for one sweet smelling, relaxing day at the beach, with no fear of sunburn and my nose firmly planted in a good book, and maybe, possibly, a cabana boy delivering frosty pina coladas to me every 45 minutes or so.
Remember when summer seemed so long...
Friday, July 11, 2008
Oh, and also, I have to have dinner with my mother-in-law on Sunday night. Please say a special prayer for me that I get through that.
Have a good weekend y'all. See you on the flip side.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
3 scallions chopped (white and green parts)
3 ribs celery finely chopped
1/2 onion finely chopped
1 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste.
Note: I didn't have any fresh herbs in the house, but if I did I would have added fresh parsley and cilantro (or whatever you like).
In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas a few times so that some remain whole, but most are mashed. In a bowl, combine the chickpeas mash and the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and form into patties.
In a non stick skillet heat enough olive oil (or whatever light oil you prefer) to come up to the mid part of your patty. Get oil hot enough so that when you place the fritter onto the pan it immediately starts to sizzle. Cook about 5 minutes on each side depending on the size of your fritters.
I served mine over cous cous, but I bet it would be great if you just served them with a little cucumber dill yogurt sauce. Mmm.
Rating = Good
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday weekend. And if it's too hot for you and you're getting ass crack sweat and you just want to sit inside in central air conditioning, may I suggest that you rent the John Adams miniseries that HBO aired earlier this year. It's an amazing story about the founding of our country and how the Declaration of Independence was written and accepted. It's an eye opening look into colonial America, and I think everyone should take the time to watch this amazing story.
All the best.