30 September 2010

The last couple of days


Wednesday: I attended a book launch at The Gourmet Warehouse for Caren McSherry's new cookbook In a Pinch (beautifully designed by the Working Format team). It was catered by some great local chefs and fooditarians, including Ron Shewchuk, who made us pulled pork sandwiches, and seafood expert (and C Restaurant executive chef) Robert Clark.

Incidentally, these guys both also recently released some pretty great cookbooks, BBQ Secrets Deluxe (it really is deluxe) (and designed by the lovely Setareh Ashrafologhalai, whom I quoted in my previous post) and C Food, featuring otherworldly seafood sculpture photography by Hamid Attie. Anything else I can link to?! I am writing this while flying on an airplane.


Thursday: I ate a tofu Vietnamese sub. Also pictured: ReadyNAS server, flea spray and Swans wheat beer.

28 September 2010

"Cheese is life." —Setareh Ashrafologhalai


I've been really into tomato soup lately. It must be the season.


Also I ate a cheddar-basil-tomato grilled cheese pita. Note that I ate grilled cheese for lunch as well. I've been really into grilled cheese lately.

27 September 2010

Creamy Lentils with Rosemary


I've been creeping on Emily's blog again, this time for a Meatless Monday breakfast-for-dinner, originally "Creamy White Beans with Rosemary". I did a little substituting here -- lentils instead of white beans, dried rosemary instead of fresh, green peppers instead of celery, and a fried egg because I don't currently have the patience to learn how to poach one. But it still turned out very nice.


Other ingredients include: garlic, anchovy, dijon mustard, nutmeg, cream and Parmesan cheese. This is not unlike a family favourite, a little something I call "Lentils & Eggs", but with a few new and interesting flavours. [Note that when I made Lentils & Eggs in the above link, I "didn't have the time or patience" to learn how to cook an egg sunny-side-up. Progress!] See Emily's recipe here!

Nyala

Last night:
A Safe Amp show, papadoms and spicy chicken stew at Nyala.

26 September 2010

Eggplant Umami Rounds


These rounds are very loosely based on an eggplant sandwich recipe I found in Cooking from the Garden, my continuing source of vegetable inspiration.


I sliced a couple eggplants into 1 inch-thick rounds, brushed them with olive oil, salted and peppered them and baked for 20 minutes at 400°F.


I topped them with grated aged cheddar cheese, chopped basil, anchovies and tomatoes, and sprinkled with panko crumbs mixed with chopped pine nuts. I broiled these for probably less than a minute, until the tops were golden.

Yay recipe experimentation! This comes at the two-year anniversary of my blog. Happy anniversary to me! I can cook sometimes. Thanks, blog.

25 September 2010

Lunch Leftovers; Negroni


I accidentally bought a giant special of sushi for lunch today so I ate the rest for dinner. The smoked salmon rolls smelled like barn yard animals, but the spicy tuna and dynamite rolls were passable.


Also last week I bought a bottle of gin, a bottle of Campari and a bottle of red vermouth, and have been drinking nightly Negronis ever since.

24 September 2010

Cheeseburger Doritos


This is pretty much what dinnertime looked like last night.

22 September 2010

Ricotta Salad; Banana Cookies


I still have this ricotta cheese left over from the kale salad that I don't really know what to do with, so I keep mixing it with random vegetables and eating it. So far this has been fine. Tonight I mixed it with tomatoes, green onions, green peppers, black pepper and blue cheese. Green onions are the secret ingredient that makes these ricotta salads work. Without them they would be pretty bland.


To compensate for this afternoon's jog through Stanley Park, I also made some Banana Oatmeal Craisin Cookies, based on a One Smart Cookie recipe.


And left the flour lid on one of the back burners, which apparently gets pretty hot when the oven is 350°F.

21 September 2010

Spaghetti with sun-dried tomato pesto


Spaghetti, featuring red onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, basil, vermouth, sun-dried tomato pesto and Parmesan.

20 September 2010

Beans and Toast and Salad


Baked beans and toast! Yeah.


And tomatoes with ricotta cheese, green onions and black pepper. Is that even a thing? It was tonight.

Pita Pizza


Hi, pita. With red onions, black olives, green peppers and mushrooms and blue cheese.


And hello, melty cheddar cheese. Welcome to my belly.

Scenes from a Pig Roast


Jordie hosted a pig roast on his deck this past Saturday. I've never seen anything like it.


Here's the pig in action.


And my fixin's, waiting patiently.


But people got impatient. And Duncan brought marshmallows. And so we roasted them, underneath the roasting pig.


But eventually...


its time had come.


Here's Al preparing to carve the beast...


And there it is.


I couldn't help but think of this little guy, whom I met in Parksville a couple weeks back... and that this was probably his fate as well. But I hope we did the piggy's life justice by making him delicious in death. Or something less morbid-sounding.

Kingyo Izakaya


I ate these things with Max at Kingyo on Friday night:


Stone-grilled things: Beef tongue and Kobe beef with sesame oil, sesame seeds, salt, garlic, onion and lemon juice.


Kakuni Bibimbap: slowly stewed tender pork belly "Kakuni" & Korean-style pickles on "Koshihikari" rice in a sizzling stone bowl.


Pressed Mackerel Sushi: lightly seared marinated mackerel pressed sushi with mustard dressing. SO. GOOD. All of the above items should most definitely be eaten again ASAP.


Soft Shell Crab Salad: Spicy deep-fried soft shell crab on a bed of organic springs and Chinese cabbage topped with snap pea, garlic oil, lemon, kaiware, radish and soy-based dressing. Overall the food was exceptionally exceptional. Really a delicious night. I've lived next door to this place for a while without knowing how truly great it is.

16 September 2010

Grilled Cheese with Fennel


A bowl of yesterday's salad, and I made grilled cheese with fennel, another recipe from Cooking from the Garden, which I use so much it now gets its own label.


Then I assembled my new Lowel Ego digital imaging light. And used it to photograph this tomato. While eating Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style chocolate frosting.

15 September 2010

Kale & Ricotta Salad


The past week was a fairly starchy and potatoey one, so it was time to mix things up with a dinner made of kale. And I found a great, simple recipe in an article written by my friend Amanda in the latest issue of The Tomato: Kale & Ricotta Salad.


Ingredients: one bunch of kale, chopped into thin strips, and a cup of ricotta.


The dressing: one finely chopped shallot, juice of half a lemon, a pinch of salt, pepper to taste and 4 Tbsp olive oil.

Like Amanda, I was skeptical about how good this would be, but pretty pleased with the results.

14 September 2010

Tomato Soup with Leeks Braised in Vermouth


Boot camp again tonight. And so I kind of ate two lunches at work, but still made dinner later: Campbell's tomato soup, and some leeks braised in vermouth.


The leeks are loosely based on a recipe from Cooking from the Garden. I seared them, simmered them in some vermouth and vegetable stock, removed them from the pan, reduced the liquid to a glaze and poured it over them.

13 September 2010

Delicious Leftovers Unite


Dinner was a mix of (not so) random leftover ingredients that I had. It probably would have been impossible to screw this up, given how well they go together.


They went into the pan in this order: butter, red onion, diced chorizo, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, dill pesto, black olives, white wine, spaghetti and orzo. Topped with some Parmesan cheese. Delicious leftovers unite!

Knishes


We finished off the mushroom shepherd's pie last night, accompanied by some delicious knishes (sweet potato and spinach & mushroom) from Solly's Bagelry.

Budgie's


Saturday night I dined on a burrito at Budgie's with Bleating Hearts, prior to performing at Purple House.


A portrait of our drummer with his spirit animal.

11 September 2010

All The Pizza


After work I called Panago from the back of Mauve's car, and my Tropical Chicken pizza was ready for pick-up by the time I got home. Organization! I ate the entire pizza last night. It was only a medium.

Boot camp


Thursday evening I began my month of boot camp (thanks, Groupon) so to prepare, I ate two lunches instead of one. Thus I didn't really need much of a dinner; just this banana, a coffee and half a spinach & cheese scone. Health!

09 September 2010

Shepherd’s Pie Sans Shepherd


Wednesday night I tried a recipe from one of my favourite local food blogs, the lovely Emvandee's Well Fed, Flat Broke. It was mushroom shepherd's pie: a perfect dinner for an early September evening. And because it's made with a little red wine, you get to drink the rest of the bottle while you eat it.


Emily recommends using a variety of mushrooms so I kind of went overboard and bought every mushroom in sight, and unfortunately I was at Safeway when this happened, which means I got to be mean to the environment (they were all packaged separately) AND spend some big bucks.


But I have no regrets. Mushrooms used: oyster, white, crimini, shiitake and portobello.


You can find the recipe here, which starts off with shallots and garlic and leeks...


and becomes a beautiful thing with rosemary, red wine, soy sauce, Worchestershire sauce, pepper, nutmeg, parsley and cream.


Mmmm.


Topped with creamy, eggy, Parmesan cheesey mashed potato wonderment. A+++++++++++ WOULD MAKE AGAIN.
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