It’s Monday. Time for the (new) usual: the weekend roundup. Maria starts us off this week:
Let’s see . . . On Friday, John cooked up some ribs on the Big Green Egg and I threw some fries in the oven. This was at the beginning of the Weekend of Sickness, so we were still fairly energetic. We all sat around gnawing on the ribs, although Nick insisted on the meat being pulled off the bone. Then we watched Year of the Dog, which I thought was going to be cute and funny, and turned out to be horribly depressing. Saturday, I moped around the house all day except of a brief trip to Kerrytown when I could no longer stand being cooped up. We made a pizza margerita on the grill that night and watched The Wire. Sunday I . . . you guessed it . . . moped around the house all day, except for a trip from the front porch to the garage and back again. I did rally a bit on the cooking front, and we made some pumpkin risotto with sage and pan seared scallops for dinner. It was good, but my tastebuds are a bit off, so it wasn’t great. I couldn’t quite get the risotto creamy enough either. Perhaps I should have dumped another stick of butter in?
I think my best culinary experience for the weekend was actually Friday on the way home when John and I split a black bean soup and a chicken tortilla soup from Le Dog. That was just right.
Thanks for the reminder: I’m all out of butter.
It wasn’t a total loss of a weekend, but I just had such high hopes for a cooking extravaganza (apple pie! marrow bones! more quick pickles!). I decided to throw my energy into rearranging furniture and redecorating instead.
What I did end up doing wasn’t bad, just no real well-thought-out meals came out of the kitchen. I made veg stock and roasted some butternut squash, to be used . . . somehow this week. I’m feeling a bit tired of winter squash soup, but maybe I’ll take a stab at risotto. Or some butternut squash-ginger muffins. Any suggestions?
I did make a really good sandwich for dinner Saturday night (too tired and too blue to cook for real). I took some day-old Café Japon baguette, which still had some life in it, sliced it in half lengthwise, and put it under the broiler with some gruyere cheese. Once it was melted, I added some cured duck breast that I had from Tracklements (which is truly beyond) and some apple-onion chutney that my friend brought back for me from London, and heated it all through for a bit. Très yummy, if super lazy.
There was also an impromptu get-together at my newly rearranged apartment; friends Claire and Eric came over and we cooked a family supper, which we try to do as many Sundays as possible. Claire contributed a lovely spinach salad with roasted peppers, and Eric kept us from starving with bacon-wrapped figs for appetizers. I did up some roasted brussels sprouts with gorgonzola (who knew?) and pork tenderloins with some sort of sauce that I made up on the fly: apple cider, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and more of that chutney.
And a really nice rustic apple tart with currants and nuts. Recipe here (with lots of modifications, as is my method).
That sounds like a lot to report! Can you send along instructions on the brussel sprout thingy? I have both sprouts and gorgonzola in my fridge this very moment.
I’ve been liking squash roasted, then packed into a little gratin dish with some butter, salt, gruyere cheese and sometims cream mixed in, and then baked for a bit.
We’ve been eating that duck breast too. It’s great. Did TR tell you to put it in the freezer for an hour and then slice on a mandoline? It works great.
Friday night was lost cause because Lenny had a show in Ypsi and I am too embarassed to tell you what we got on the way home since we were starving.
Saturday we went to farmer’s market/Kerrytown and we stopped at Kosmos for Bi Bim Bop. Sat night we were tired from the night before so we had some snacks (olives, Lenny’s roasted chick peas with oregano, and we steamed an artichoke which we had with a mustard yogurt sauce), then we ordered our favorite NYPD pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, bacon, and mushrooms, and I made a salad with Tantre Farms arugula, roasted red peppers and toasted pine nuts. I bought pistachio gelato from Whole Foods for dessert but I was too full/tired to get to it that night.
We had bought a pork tenderloin from Sparrow on Sat, plus some squash and purple cabbage at the market. So I made this recipewith the squash, that I steamed and topped with butter salt and pepper and brown sugar, and braised cabbage with onions and thyme. We started with some roasted garlic, duck pate, and two cheeses – one was an aged gouda, the other was an English cheese that was some variation on a blue, but it was orange. For dessert I made roasted pears and we topped with crème fraiche. I have photos (decent not good) of the pears.
Oh come on, spill. Taco Bell? White Castle?
Sounds like we were all very autumnal last night.
yeah it was taco bell – not my choice but it was like 1:30 and Lenny just pulled in and I was so starving I didn’t argue. I gotta finish reading your post on the Scott place but sounds like it was awesome!
Shana (piping in with brussels sprouts “recipe”):
Clean, trim, and slice the sprouts lengthwise. Toss with olive oil, s+p. Roast at 375 until tender; if you can stand for some of them to get a little charred, do so — you will be rewarded with fantastic flavors. I think I roasted them for 15-20 minutes, shaking the pan once about halfway through. Then I crumbled a few tablespoons of gorgonzola over top, and mixed it through. Next time, I might add some toasted pine nuts.