Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What I Eat, when left to my own devices, Part IV

Chocolate Chip Cake with Cinnamon Oat Streusel from Abby Try Again here. Made it before Mom's visit and made sure to keep some leftover - very good afternoon snack material.

I think this is where I got this, but no cinnamon butter (I'm not big on frostings either). It made a LOT, which was fine cuz they were also good snacky-snacks.
Reprise of beet-walnut-garlic (from New York Times' Mark Bittman) and pasta with the very last of the delicious bolognese sauce from Pink of Perfection. Yum.
Upon return from France, Mom sets the table- a vast stretch of coquelicots! Her creative choice to cook: potato pancake (my Dutch Yellows were sprouting) and a frittata (more than one carton of eggs). Genius!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. (Or at least some views of the France trip for those who eagerly await them....

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What I Eat, when left to my own devices, Part III

Continuing with the breakfast theme...
Here I splurged on the "Irish bacon" from Whole Foods, and it was pretty good, with maple syrup, fried grits, and sweet potatoes, but not enough on its own to warrant the price.
That pot roast again (from a chuck roast cut, btw), with German red cabbage, a good standby recipe.
A picnic lunch when I went on a solo daytrip to Frederick, MD: ciabatta, pasture butter, farmers' market radishes, and sea salt- scrum-tiddly-umptious on a fine day in a green park.
A recipe I had longed long to make: Pumpkin Five Spice Cinnamon Rolls (4/5/10), from Coconut and Lime, a Baltimore-based blogger. They were a bit unwieldy to make and serve, but tasted pretty good.
A nice tidy dinner: boiled egg and inventive sauteed chard with sauce and raisins and what looks like pine nuts....
A gift from Trader Joe: a mache salad with my own vinaigrette, topped with TJ's arancini balls- basically fontina cheese melted inside a bread crumb crust- perfect hot atop the sweet greens.
My first foray into frying! I used Love and Olive Oil's recipe for Panko-Coated Chicken Schnitzel, and with a little experimenting it turned out great, even reheated as leftovers. (Now what to do with the panko?) It is accompanied here by Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Beets, and Asparagus, which was okay-- sauce was good, asparagus not cooked enough though. It all comes down to timing...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

What I Eat, when left to my own devices, Part II

More!! :-)

First try at sardines- warmed, smushed, and dispersed into a cauliflower and raisin side dish- sweet and umami. (from Pink Of Perfection here, 4/5/10)
Reworked the leftover pasta with the leftover pot roast-- the sauce was liquid gold.Packing for a picnic lunch at work: pear, brie, basil, crackers. Exquis.
Breakfast food not being left out: grits! A newfound favorite, ever since Founding Farmers.

And more breakfast: oat muffins- brought in to work to share. :-)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

What I Eat, when left to my own devices, Part I

It has been a vast amount of time since I've updated food photos, so I will here include a smattering of the ones I have from the past few months, without belaboring it too much (at least I'll try not to, but sometimes I am just so proud...)

What to do with pot roast that got a little too personal with the pan? Turn it into Swiss steak! (2/20/10)
A dinner for two, starring corn steamed with bay scallops, my *famous* eggplant with garlic, and some kind of beet-with-walnut-and-vinaigrette dish that I can't exactly remember the ingredients for, but I do remember it was darn tasty!

And these were some of the dishes I had for my Roman Feast of Neighborliness party (2/23/10): sweet Italian meatballs (sorta tweaked from Last Night's Dinner here), chicken adobo-hybrid soup from In Praise of Leftovers' here)-- I added some more liquid and kale so that my mouth wouldn't catch fire.