Posts Tagged 'Cooking'

Right now.. at this very moment…

I am cooking over 2.5 lbs of eggplant. 1/2 are white ones, from my garden, and 1/2 are purple and from the Scratch Farm CSA that I belong to and love dearly.

I’m going to admit to you, I don’t think I like eggplant. I feel just eh – about eggplant parmesan, (i’d really rather have veal (gasp)) but I have to do something with it. I had some baba ganoush I liked once, but recipes tell me to cook the eggplant right on the burner, and I have an electric stove, so I feel weird about sticking my eggplant on my electric burner. I’m currently roasting all of this eggplant for 40 minutes at 350 with some olive oil and garlic, and then adding it to the last of my garden tomatoes (cold, i hate cooked tomatoes) and some dill. It sounds like its going to be good, but will it be? I’ll tell you tomorrow, and I will have a photo for you.

BTW I’m sure I’ll be getting more eggplant, so if you have any spectacular eggplant recipes that don’t involve breadcrumbs or frying, please clue me in.

Booze and Veggies.

This summer I belong to a great CSA, and have a garden, so I’m already finding myself with a shitload of vegetables. Last night after a few beers at the new neighborhood bar The Scurvy Dog, I made some really unphotogenic but yummy pickles, and whipped up these effin’ delicious onion goat cheese muffins.

They are based on Jugalbandi’s Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Muffins, but I used what I had in my fridge, which was onions and zucchini and some dill.

onionmuffin

I was drunk when I made them, but somehow they came out really well, and so fluffy, I think because I used egg whites instead of the whole egg? They are for a picnic tonight at Blithewold, and I think they will go nicely with the Portuguese wine they are serving (More drinking).

Whenever I drink 4 beers on an empty stomach, I crave some za, so luckily I had the right ingrediants.

Last nights dinner Goat Cheese Salami Broccoli Pizza:
za

See that beautiful broccoli, its from my garden. I know, you are jealous.

Butternut Vest

Last week I finished the Back to School Vest by Stephanie Japel. I am happy with it and it reminded me a little of macrame so I decided it needed a long hippie necklace to go with it. So I went to Forever 21 and spent 5.20 on this :
today I am wearing a garment I knit to work

All day I got compliments on the necklace, and only a few on the vest (by other knitters) oh well, I love that vest and will actually wear it.

Looking at the photo for a week really made me want some butternut squash soup. So I yesterday afternoon I opened my new food processor and whipped some up.
butternut squash and apple soup

It was yummy! I still have some left, you can come have some if you want.

now that i’m 29, i’m trying to do a bunch of things i’ve never done before, before i turn 30.

last night i made my very first lasagna. i’m not particularly fond of lasagna which is why i’ve probably never bothered to make it, but this one came out well. I don’t really like ricotta cheese unless its in a sweet state, but find it more tolerable if vegetables are mixed in. I think next time though I won’t use frozen spinach but fresh, because i think it made it stay colder than it should have, even though i cooked it at 400 degrees. (All of you lasagna pros, does that make any sense at all?) This is the recipe I used and I suggest all you first timers try the same.

the first lasagna i ever made

a damn fine cookie

I am not that great of a cook, but I can choose and follow a recipe quite well. Epicurious.com is my go-to recipe site, in fact every so often i update that “what i’m eating tonight” with what i’m actually eating tonight, and usually its something from epicurious. This weekend I was invited to a “Cookies and Games party” so I looked to Epicurious and found a great Candied Ginger Shortbread recipe. Amazingly enough I had every single ingredient in the house except for brown sugar. These cookies were so simple and came out so adorable, plus they tasted really good. My friend was visiting and we made them together over a bottle of wine and they still turned out perfect.

candied ginger shortbread

I’ll probably make these again for some celebration this winter and you should too!

gobble

happy thanksgiving guys.

watching project runway last night made me realize i haven’t made a post in a week, but i have a knitting one to make later on tonight. right now i have to go make my portion of todays dinner, an escarole and fennel salad (substituting boston lettuce for oak leaf, where the hell does one find oak leaf?), and a green bean casserole. also making some orange jello to eat with condensed milk, just because.

dia de los muertos

Even though my birthday is on the Day of the Dead, and the calavera decor has been kind of ‘hot’ recently, I never was really into it before this year. I guess because I’m from New England, there are not many Dia De Los Muertos Celebrations. This year I had the inclination to go to a Festival, but it didn’t end up happening, so instead I ordered some extra large sugar skull molds and crafted these cuties.

señor y señora cara dulce

I have to say, I was kind of afraid to make them. On the internet there are so many warnings concerning these things. For instance “YOU MUST use meringue powder!” “DO NOT make in the rain, or on a day with ANY humidity AT ALL!” Luckily I found this blog entry and was able to make them with just sugar and egg whites and they stuck together smashingly.

I did use meringue powder to make the royal icing just because i saw it at the craft store and thought i might as well try using it. (I also used wilton food coloring gels). Really it was one of the most fun projects i’ve ever made and I’ll probably be much more excited about the holiday next year.

Wouldn’t they look cute on this sixteen dollar paper doiley? Maybe for next year. I feel a Day of the Dead 2008 30th Birthday celebration in my future.