Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Honey Mustard Grilled Salmon

Do you have honey? Do you have whole grain mustard? Do you have salmon steaks? If you answered yes to these three questions you can make this delicious salmon meal in no time.

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 least.
We move tomorrow...THANK JEBUS.

Rating = So Damn Good

Monday, July 28, 2008

Mixed Berry Soup

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)
6 servings

• 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

Room with a View

Can you imagine my surprise when I pulled back the curtains in my hotel room in Montreal and this stared me in the face, big as life.

I think my exact words were "holy shit". I was especially shocked because upon check-in I was told that they couldn't guarantee that I would have a view from my room.


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

Ugh..I Suck at Posting

One comment asked me to elaborate on why July (and March and October) suck the big one in my industry, this is why. In general I put out about 35 proposals a year for new work. This should break down to about 3 a month, which would be manageable. But. the deadlines don't always fall into that nice 3 a month spread, they usually pile up on given months, for example so far this month I've had 7 requests for proposals for new work - 7, so about two a week, this is on top of preparing for a few interviews that are coming up in the next few weeks. So, that's just the proposal and interview part. Then there is the conferences that I have to travel to and attend. My company is often invited to present at conferences around the county - all these conferences seem to fall in the three months mentioned before, so not only do I have to prepare 7 proposals, and at least 2 interviews, I need to bounce around to these conferences that we are presenting at as well, to see existing and potential clients. It's tiring and a bit nerve racking, but it's also fun, I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it, it's just a lot of work in a very small period of time.

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
Amazing Grace
Ocean's 13
The Brave One
American Gangster
Charlie Wilson's War

Back Soon. Peace!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Summer Lovin

Remember when summer seemed so long...when it was relaxing and slow. I looked at the calendar this morning and was completely dumbfounded by the date...July 15th. Where did the summer go, how is it that the fourth of July has passed and I'm making plans for the fall. 12 precious weekends stud the summer months and I can't find one that will be filled with summer sun, laying on a blanket and reading a book.

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 " 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

Chai Bread...still a work in progress

This post is quick quick quick like a bunny. Sorry, work is so amazingly craptastic right now. If you've been reading this blog for a while you know March, July and October suck balls in my business so I've been burning the midnight oil and not much else. I did find the time late the other night when CB was at the Red Sox game to make this bread, which I was super psyched about when I found the recipe, but honestly was a real disappointment. Maybe it's because it's been forever and a day since I've baked anything non-vegan, but this bread, I thought, was a real stinker. So I'm going to veganize the recipe and try it again next week hopefully with better results. If you want to try your hand at this recipe even though I've already said it sucks. Here it is.

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

Chickpea Fritters

I've become a bit of a chick pea freak as of late. Ever since I learned how to make hummus, every time I go to the grocery store I pick up at least two cans of chickpeas. This is great if I was actually constantly making hummus, but I just haven't made it in a while, and now I have seven cans of chickpeas in my tiny ass kitchen. CB actually opened up the cabinet the other day and said "do you think you have enough chickpeas?" So, in an effort to whittle down the chickpea stash I decided to try and make chickpea fritters, no recipe, just whatever I had in the fridge. This is what came out of that little experiment, and they were actually pretty good.

Chickpea Fritters..ish
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

Happy Fourth of July

Hey everyone, just a quick note to wish you all a Happy Fourth of July weekend. I won't be at work, therefore I won't have access to the internet (because there isn't access at the retirement village) so this is so long until Monday when I'll be back at work and all sorts of hooked up to modern technology.

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.